Meet The PYP Seattle Board of Directors

Erin Krawiec – President, Treasurer and Co-Founder

Erin Krawiec grew up in Southern California. She moved to Mercer Island in 2015 and was a Seattleite for over 10 years before that. She is currently the CEO of her home and manages the lives of three active kids. Erin has a B.S. degree from UCLA and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and has over 14 years of professional experience. Most recently, as an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting, Erin served as an expert witness and testified in corporate litigations on matters related to economic damages, accounting, finance, and business strategy and marketing. Before that, she founded WebWisher.com, an online gift registry for kids and worked in various business roles in the high-tech industry. Erin was chronicled by Fortune magazine in four issues between June 1999 and March 2001 and appeared on the May 2000 cover. Erin volunteers as a wish-granter and sits on the Corporate Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish’s Alaska and Washington Chapter.  Erin served as the President of the Mercer Island Community Fund Board of Directors for four years through 2022 and led the WeLoveMI Covid Relief campaign in 2020.  She is also an active volunteer and involved in the PTAs at her kids’ schools. Erin enjoys interior decor, travel, yoga, and skiing.

 
Alyson Burks – Vice-President, Secretary, Membership Chair and Co-Founder
Aly is originally from Portola Valley, CA and grew up in New Canaan, CT.  As an adult, she has lived in New York City, Washington DC and the Seattle area since 2008.  She currently lives in Mercer Island, WA with her husband, Justin, and four children, Ryley, Meredith, Kaitlyn and Thomas.  She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in French.  After roles in finance and sales for JPMorgan Chase and The Estée Lauder Companies from 2002-2009, she began ARB Real Estate Services, a rental real estate investment and management company from 2009-2021.  She recently began a new professional chapter, operating and managing investments for The Ryder Family Office.  On the volunteer side, apart from Pitch Your Peers, she is active in her local community, serving on the school district’s Instructional Materials Committee, Lakeridge Elementary’s Principal Advisory Council, and has recently accepted positions on the school district’s PTA Council and as the 7th Grade Advisor for National Charity League’s Evergreen Chapter.  In her free time, she enjoys walking Jack the Big Yellow Dog, taxiing her children, adventuring with her family, and singing — you can see her performing around town as a member of the rock cover band, MIMX and the vocals/keys duo, The Small Bandits.

 

Dina Wampold – Board Member, Community Connection Chair

Dina moved to Seattle from Philadelphia as a young child and now resides on Mercer Island with her husband and 3 children. Before getting married and starting a family she worked in retail with The Gap Inc. which took her to San Diego in store management and then to San Francisco as a Merchandiser for the Women’s Division.  She found her way back to Seattle where she worked at Eddie Bauer as a Catalog Merchandiser, re-kindled a friendship with a high school friend who turned into her husband and chose to take on the role as full-time caregiver to their children.  Giving back has always been a part of Dina’s life journey. She was a founding board member for The Ruby Room, has served on the board of University Child Development School for 6 years, is a parent advisor for The Island Friends Jr. Guild and is an active volunteer at her children’s school. She currently has her own personal styling business and loves helping her clients look and feel their best.

Catherine Booms – Board Member, Grants Co-Chair
Catherine grew up in Minneapolis, MN and has loved living in Seattle since 2007. She works part-time as a hospitalist physician at EvergreenHealth and full-time as a mother to two young boys. After graduating from Cornell University, Catherine worked in health care quality for seven years before attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington in 2010. Between medical school and residency, Catherine returned to health care policy working on the health care redesign in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. During her tenure in New Orleans, she earned a Master’s in Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University. Catherine is active in her children’s school, The Evergreen School, volunteering in the classroom, leading school tours, serving as Co-President of the Parent Guardian Association during the 2019-2020 school year, and now sits on The Evergreen School Board of Trustees.   She also is active with the Washington chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and serves on the Economic Inequity Task Force. 

Mina Velamoor – Board Member, DEI Chair

Minakshi (Mina) Velamoor grew up in Chennai, India in a family where love was expressed through diverse culinary creations. She is a Computer Science engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani. Mina moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft and has been a product management professional in the technology industry leading global product management teams through product planning, strategy development, product launch, budget and competitive analysis. She spent 15 years at Microsoft in program management leadership across Bing Ads, Outlook, Health and Windows. A majority of her career was spent building insightful technology solutions for big data needs across product lines. Her expertise with data driven decision management has helped steer products from a compelling vision to a clear execution path. She is currently a sales and business development advisor at Optio3 a technology startup in the Seattle area and leads the career pathways initiative at Rainier Scholars, a college prep program for low income students of color building pathways across STEM and Computer Science, Law and Medicine, Entrepreneurship and the Humanities. Mina is passionate about giving back to local and global communities and strongly believes that giving encourages dialogue between people and unites communities for a common cause. Mina serves on the board of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the Virginia Mason Foundation. She is also starting her first year as VP of Fundraising at Lakeridge Elementary. Mina is married to Gautam Velamoor who grew up on Mercer Island and is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Virginia Mason. They have two girls Zara and Anisa. Mina loves to travel, is a foodie and loves to plan places to see around foods to eat.

Kim Kamolz – Board Member, Co-Grants Chair

Kimberly Kamolz grew up in Minnesota. She holds a B.S. in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Organizational Communications from Washington State University. Kim has extensive experience as a program, product, and project leader across industries including technology, retail, insurance, and telecommunications. She is now a professional coach with a mission to support others while they pursue their goals and discover what they truly value. Kim has volunteered for Hopelink, Women’s Jubilee Center, Plymouth Housing Group, and Global Mentorship Initiative. Kim, her husband, and their three daughters have lived on Mercer Island since 2012. Kim and her family enjoy skiing, traveling, trying new recipes, and being outdoors with their two dogs.

Sarah Morris – Board Member, Social Chair

Born in Vancouver, BC and raised in Seattle, Sarah attended the University of Portland where she holds a B.S. in Social work, with an emphasis in Criminology and Psychology.  Sarah’s passion and education led her to a career in a variety of high impact organizations such as the Young Women’s Christian Association, the Center Against Self Destructive Behavior, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation. Her longest tenure was at the Seattle Parks and Recreation where she aggressively grew her 18-year career in numerous capacities ranging from an Administrative Specialist to a Recreation and Youth Leader and finishing as a Grants and Contracts Manager where she oversaw the Families and Education Levy.  Sarah’s most recent role as the Director of Programming and Events was at a Production, Marketing, and Event Management Company called the Piranha Blonde. Sarah’s broad professional expertise with an emphasis on the nonprofit sector transcends into her volunteer work.  With her passion for community building and problem-solving, she participates in numerous organizations such as Mary’s Place, the Crisis Clinic, CASA as a court-appointed special advocate, Head for a Cure Foundation, Powerful Voices, the Center Against Self Destructive Behavior as a Gang Intervention liaison, and the Queen Anne Community Center with a focus on chairing and coordinating fundraising events.  In addition to her active tactical contributions, she has engaged as a strategic board member at her alma mater, Seattle Preparatory Academy as the President of the board for 7 years and was the former President of the Magnolia Community Advisory Board.  Sarah lives in Magnolia with her 3 active children. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, experimenting with cooking, and playing an interior designer role for her friends.  She firmly believes in the power of giving back and driving grassroots efforts to bring about positive change one step at a time.