Meet The PYP Seattle Board of Directors
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.
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.
Mina Velamoor – Board Member, Membership Chair, DEI Committee Member
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, Grants Chair, DEI Committee Member
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, Treasurer, Social Chair, DEI Committee Member
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
Jody Kris – Board Member, Secretary, DEI Committee Member
Jody moved to Mercer Island in 2011 with her husband, David, and two daughters, Hannah and Audrey, relocating from Washington, DC where she had practiced as a lawyer for 18 years – first as a Department of Justice legal fellow and a law clerk on the DC Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court, and later in private practice at law firms for 16 years. She litigated criminal and civil cases involving regulatory or criminal investigations by the federal government at both the trial and appellate levels, and represented financial institutions in complex civil disputes. After moving to Washington, Jody resigned from private practice to concentrate on developing community ties here. She sought volunteer leadership positions at various Mercer Island and greater Seattle non- profits, including Girl Scouts of Western Washington; MIFC Board member and girls soccer coach for two teams; girls basketball coach at the MI Boys and Girls Club, a 6 year MIYFS Board member of the MIYFS Foundation, and as a volunteer for the Mercer Island schools, PTAs and the band program. She is also active in Do The Work, promoting racial equity education and fellowship.