ISOEL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continuing education, development,
and training of servant oriented, socially responsible entrepreneurial business leaders.

ISOEL Instructors

Brent BoonBrent Boon

Brent works at Boeing primarily in IT and financial organizations. Graduating with an accounting degree, he began in the military and corporate headquarters refining budget analysis and company-wide overhead accounting. For 18 years Brent has worked with sophisticated and strategic IT systems at the corporate level.

He was placed on a team soon after receiving his Certified Wireless Network Administration credential to design and deploy wireless communications to support two of the airplane programs—777 and 767—at the Boeing factory in Everett, WA.

Brent then completed his Master's Degree in Organizational Management in 2001. He has been researching, networking and presenting information on trust since the fall of 2002 in and outside of Boeing. The primary emphasis has been to increase the awareness of trust to create an environment in which people want to become more engaged at work to provide more value to their employers and supply chains.

As time permits he enjoys gardening, golfing, coaching soccer, play as well as teach drums and keyboard. Brent is currently married and has three daughters.

Sam BurchSam Burch

For the past ten years, Sam’s career as a civil and structural engineer has provided him with opportunities to work on large scale transportation infrastructure projects. His work with HNTB has ranged from small bridges to one of the largest bored tunnels in the world. On these projects he has served in design, team leadership, and project management roles. Sam brings a combination of skills to his career, including the ability to proactively engage clients and understand their needs, communicate with and motivate project team members, and adapt to fast-changing project conditions.

Though Sam’s degree in civil engineering from Gonzaga University gives him a technical background, he has a deep interest in creating organizational environments where people thrive. To this end, he has completed an MBA at Seattle University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Outside of work and school, Sam has a passion for traveling and immersing himself in other cultures. His passion has taken him to 12 countries on four continents, where he has had the opportunity to build relationships with friends and partners around the globe. He also enjoys spending time with his wife of almost ten years and two young children.

David Carlson - Chief Development Officer of iSOELDavid Carlson

For the past 30 years David’s role as President (10 years) of an investment brokerage firm, Laney & Company, an NASD member firm, managing personal wealth building portfolios for varieties of clients across the financial spectrum followed by 20 years service in the non-profit work of Agros International, first as Board Member and then the first Executive Director, with his most recent position as Donor Relations National Director from January 2009 through December 2012 prior to joining ISOEL as Chief Development Officer beginning January 2013 to present.

In addition David has served on the boards of several Social Enterprise organizations and including Board Chair of the American Friendship Foundation. A popular public speaker David has most recently served as Adjunct Professor of Northwest University’s International Care & Community Development Master’s Program.

David graduated from University of Washington in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health & Community Medicine, Environmental Health.

Married 34 years to his wife Vicki with 5 children, two grandchildren; Bilingual (Spanish); David loves people and telling stories of changed lives while serving as a bridge between cultures, peoples and a colonizer of dreams!

Dave CrumboDave Crumbo

Dave has a passion for leadership mentoring, as well as over 30 years of business experience in the accounting and finance fields. After graduating from Seattle University with a business degree in accounting, he worked for five years as a Certified Public Accountant. From this position a client recruited him to be Chief Financial Officer for a start-up seafood company. During his 20+ years with the company, which operated the largest factory vessel in the country, his duties expanded to include that of Global Sales Manager.

In 2008 the company was sold and Dave’s focus slowly swung from a life of business success to a life centered on achieving significance. In this regard, he started a Social Enterprise and has just completed his Masters Degree in International Care and Community Development from Northwest University.

He has held several board positions for nonprofits over the years and is currently in the start- up phase of establishing a consulting firm focusing on leadership development in the nonprofit sector.

Dave has been married to Sharon for 32 years, and has three wonderful children and two brand new grandchildren. He loves to see people living in the “sweet spot of life”, and loves to ride motorcycles, mountain bikes, and travel.

Jeff EricsonJeff Ericson

Jeff is a consummate entrepreneur, who over the last 30 years has created dozens of businesses and taken them from idea to launch. In 2000 Jeff sold his printing companies and related software solutions. Then, he decided to use his money and his energy to launch Camano Island Coffee Roasters -- a business that is now considered a model for social business.

Jeff Ericson owns a total of 4 businesses that serve the specialty coffee industry and his products and services are currently being used in 32 countries. He specializes in consulting with companies that are looking for fast growth and multi-unit solutions in order to exponentially grow their business.

Over the last decade, Jeff has traveled extensively speaking on the subject of Social Business and the opportunity to, “Do well by doing good.” Married for 32 years to his wife, Jodi, with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Jeff’s biggest passion is taking an idea and creating a business with that idea that impacts the world.

Greg EsauGreg Esau

Greg is a trial lawyer who has practiced law for 30 years in the area of civil litigation and family law, currently Of Counsel at Ellis, Li & McKinstry in Seattle, Washington.  Greg represents clients in court, defending their rights and presenting their cases in court, and counseling them as to their rights, responsibilities and ethics.

In 1979 Greg earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westmont College with a special emphasis on international relations and the post-colonial political and social development of India. Greg received his J.D. from the University Of Santa Clara School Of Law.

Greg practices law with a focus on ethical responsibilities within the context of the law, taking into consideration both legal rights and ethical responsibilities.  Greg has served on non-profit boards in a broad range of civic activities, and is a volunteer attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund fighting to preserve values and Constitutional legal rights in America.

Greg has been married for 30 years and has two adult children – one an engineer and the other an economist.

Jill EsauJill Esau

Raised in Los Gatos, CA Jill grew up in the small town that became a nascent, integral part of the high tech Silicon Valley. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley in 1980, she moved to London, England for a graduate program at Sotheby’s Auction House.

After several unique business experiences, including museum management, fine arts appraisal, and Public Sector Liaison at World Vision, Jill graduated from Seattle University with a masters of Non-Profit Administration. Jill published her thesis Start and Grow Your Faith Based Non-Profit, (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2004), which is being used today as a university textbook.

In 2009, as a serial entrepreneur, Jill established World’s Best Treats, LLC., after Whole Foods Markets agreed to distribute Jill’s signature product, English Toffee. Today, the blue ribbon award English Toffee now have a dozen wholesale outlets, a retail store, and an ever expanding ecommerce market.

Jill has been married to Greg Esau for 30 years and have a daughter, who is an IT Analyst at Cisco Systems in Santa Clara, CA, and a son, who is a data analyst in Seattle, WA.

John GeigertJohn Geigert

For almost four decades, John has embraced a career of assisting pharmaceutical companies in bringing new and innovative medicines into the international marketplace.

John obtained his PhD degree in Organic/Analytical Chemistry from Colorado State University. Beginning in 1973, John joined Cetus Corporation in Berkeley, California and provided leadership in successfully obtaining European market approval for one of the first bio-pharmaceuticals to treat kidney cancer. In 1991, John joined Immunex Corporation in Seattle, Washington. Then in 1996, John moved to San Diego, California to join IDEC Pharmaceuticals. There, as Vice President and Executive Board Member, he provided leadership in obtaining international market approval for one of the most medically and financially successful bio-pharmaceuticals to date – Rituxan.

Continuing with his passion to help patients, John formed his own consulting company in 2001, and over the past decade, he has assisted numerous companies in moving their developmental medicines closer to market approval.

John is married with two adult children. Out of love, he and his wife have raised numerous ‘velcro children’ (children that needed a stable home for months or years).

Gretchen HuizingaGretchen Huizinga

Gretchen began her career in the early 1980s teaching secondary school English after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She quickly assumed a leadership role and moved into administration. In 1988, she pursued a Masters in communications and was later recruited to join a prominent Seattle-based media production agency as a salesperson and account executive. There, she grew personal sales to more than $1 million, and, in 1995, she bought the company.

For the next decade, Gretchen grew her new company, Millennium Arts, working as a media consultant, writer, executive producer and business owner. In 2002, recognizing a need for high quality communications within the charitable organization world, she founded Extra Strength Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing educational and promotional communications for other non-profits and NGOs. Concurrently, Gretchen began a PhD in at the University of Washington, with focus on how new media and technology are changing the culture.

In 2011, Gretchen was recruited to work as a researcher and product planner at GlobalScholar, an educational software company. She continues periodic promotional media work with non-profits. Gretchen lives with her husband and daughter in the Seattle area. Her life’s motto is Primum non taedium. First, do not bore me.

Jim GunlockJim Gunlock

Jim is a seasoned executive search professional with more than 36 years of C-level and Director-level retained executive search experience. He has served numerous publicly and privately held clients across a broad spectrum of industries.

Prior to the formation of C.O.O. Services - Search, LLC In 2012 he spent more than 20 years as a Partner, Principal and Managing Associate with two leading global management consulting firms in Colorado and Washington.

During the 1990s he operated a successful solo practice in executive search firm Gunlock Associates, Inc. where he served emerging, mid-cap and Fortune 50 companies He has also conducted searches for not-for-profits and NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief.

During the early 2000s was the Director of International Marketing with FasTracKids International Ltd, a Colorado-based franchisor of educational enrichment programs for young children. He traveled extensively through Asia, the Arabian Gulf region and Western Europe and he played a key role securing area development rights in the U.S., Japan, India and Turkey. He holds a BA from Cedarville University and an MA from Bowling Green State University.

Jim JohnsonJim Johnson

Jim has over 30 years experience in leading senior management teams to maximize shareholder value through strategic planning and revenue growth. He is recognized for building enterprises that deliver premier service to customers and a high quality of work life for employees. Jim has served in leadership roles on both corporate and not for profit boards, and currently serves as Board Chairman for the International School of Entrepreneurial Leadership (iSOEL). He is also Managing Partner of Group 42, a provider of executive resources for interim management, sales growth and marketing strategy initiatives.

Prior to founding Group 42, Jim served as President and CEO of Pro-Tech Services, a medical device company providing sensors used in sleep apnea studies. Before becoming a part of the Pro-Tech team, he served in various executive positions within PACCAR, a multinational technology company that manufactures premium commercial vehicles sold around the world under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife Pat are the proud parents of two adult children and have two grandchildren. For relaxation, Jim restores and races vintage and historic cars with his daughter.

Maria LyonMaria Lyon

Maria’s passion is mentoring and motivating people in order to bring out maximum participation and efficiency. For over 15 years she has been an entrepreneur developing educational programs for non-profits including: program development, creating resources and training materials, coaching, strategic planning, staff development, and establishing internship programs.

Team building and equipping are at the heart of her strategy for organizational success. Her goal is to successfully motivate and inspire people to prosper, catch the organizational vision, and take ownership of their circle of influence. As a leader, her strategies have resulted in programs more than doubling in size.

As a public speaker for 30 years, Maria speaks at conferences, retreats, camps, workshops and seminars motivating audiences to greater results. She has also written and published a book called Making It Real and Relevant. Maria holds a B.A. from Northwest University and a Master’s degree from Fuller Seminary. She has been married to her husband Chris for 26 years, and has two teenage children. In her spare time Maria loves to get re-energized with a good book, a good friend, or some good music.

Tim MushenTim Mushen

A Native of Washington State, Tim studied at Seattle University before founding Clocktower Media in 1999. Clocktower Media is a full service web design and development agency and has worked with clients like Tully's, Wells Fargo, Eddie Bauer, Microsoft, Iomega and the US Department of the Treasury. Clocktower Media has earned several awards including Eastside Business of the Year, a Webby Award, Congressional Leadership Award, as well as "Talk of the Town" for Kirkland,WA two years in a row.

Tim was also named as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 for 2012. In addition to Clocktower Media, Tim has also founded Email Designer and Easytone, a full-service recording and artist promotion company.

His hobbies include band and food photography, and playing lead guitar in two popular bands, Crème Tangerine and The Rockomatics. Tim has even had the privilege of playing with John Lennon's drummer! A designer, a musician, and a businessman, Tim Mushen loves creating, engineering, and sharing his talents in multiple mediums.

Glenn RephGlenn Reph

Spanning three decades, Glenn’s passion for innovation has taken him from creating a multi-million dollar enterprise by the age 32 to raising funds for one of the largest non-profit organizations, World Vision. Glenn combines creative business acumen with deep humanitarian compassion to improve the lives of the people with whom he works.

Beginning in 1982, Glenn opened two dozen major markets as a Vice President for Credit Card Systems (Citibank). Then in 1986, Glenn started his own company with two employees creating National Bankcard Association. Over the next ten years he created bank credit card technology and US patents and grew the organization to $1.8 billion in annual sales and 100 employees. After the successful sale of NBA, Glenn helped a friend expanded a very small ecommerce website ( with less than $60,000 in sales into a national brand exceeding $12 million in annual sales volume in less than 2 years through an innovative cross branding liscence with Marvel Comics.

Over the last ten years, Glenn has been Executive Director for a number of non-profit organizations. Today, Glenn does business consulting, serves on a number of boards and is CEO of ISOEL. Married with four children and seven grandchildren, Glenn is currently finishing a PhD in Leadership at Gonzaga University.

Jon SweenJon Sween

Jon has a passion for leadership development. For thirty-five years he has worked in the non-profit sector helping people find purpose and passion. Jon has pioneered leadership development in a number of universities around Central Asia, and has been part of a team developing new leadership curriculum for investing in young, emerging leaders on college campuses.

Jon was one of the founders of ISOEL and helped develop an entrepreneurial leadership training process that harnesses a conversational learning model to empower university students with the heart, knowledge and skills they need to be successful in both their life and careers.

Jon has a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He also holds a Masters in Leadership Development from Fuller Seminary.

Jon has been married to Pat for thirty-seven years and they have three married daughters and eight grandchildren.

T.J. SmithT.J. Smith

TJ’s enthusiasm for training is matched only by his love of Indian business and culture. Having personally trained hundreds of Indian professionals across a variety of sectors, he seeks to understand the way culture impacts successful, ethical business.

Before moving to India in 2005, TJ trained two call centers for Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest medical technology company. Becoming a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, he reduced Medtronic Diabetes’ real-time training processes by 22%, saving over $430,000 a year.

Since 2007, TJ has worked with Delhi-based Shanti Consulting. By 2008, TJ and a team of Shanti professionals had trained over 2,500 engineers for HCL Technologies, the 4th largest IT Company in India. In 2011, TJ coached an entire process of Convergys, moving them from 13th (and last) place to 2nd in their global customer rankings.

After completing a Masters degree related to Intercultural work, TJ specialized in Assessment and Training for the MNC at Portland’s Inter-Cultural Institute. He speaks Hindi, lives in Lucknow with his wife and daughter, and enjoys a good Bollywood drama.

Gin ErnsterGin Ernster

Gin is a life-long learner who is passionate about teaching. This is her twenty-third year in the teaching profession. Gin currently teaches Honors English and serves as the ASB (All Student Body) Advisor teaching Leadership. She is a member on the Secondary English Language Arts Committee.

Gin graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor's degree in Education and went on to earn a Master's degree in Education from Lesley College. Six years ago Gin earned a Humanities endorsement in social studies and English. Gin is the recipient of the PTSA Teacher Appreciation Award and the Golden Acorn Award.

She has organized numerous events for non-profit organizations and has a heart for helping and serving others. Gin is married with three children. She loves traveling, hiking, biking and reading.

Tom WatsonTom Watson

Tom is an attorney who practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, business, taxation, and elder law. He helps individuals and families through all aspects of the estate planning process. He prepares wills and trusts and formulates specialized wealth transfer, charitable giving, and succession planning strategies. After a loved one dies, he guides clients through the probate and trust administration process.

He also represents for profit business and non-profit organizations in formation, operation, reorganization, and related tax planning strategies. He also provides advice in navigating various federal and Washington state income, excise, estate, and gift tax issues.

Tom’s career passion is to bring peace and order into the lives of his clients, and he says, “Day after day, people put their estates, businesses, and most difficult problems in my hands. This puts me in a position to make a real difference in the lives of my clients and in the community. That’s why I joined the bar, and that’s why I continue to practice law.”

Jim HumphriesJim Humphries

Compelled by his passion to markedly improve the status quo, Jim has established himself as a successful entrepreneur, strategic planner and executive leader. For more than 40 years Jim’s pedigree of knowledge has been drawn from the full spectrum of business experiences, including three Fortune 100 companies, a major nonprofit organization as well as two privately held small businesses serving as their President.

Innovation and internal drive when united with business acumen have always resulted in a winning formula for Jim, as evidenced by the launch of several successful start-ups including Costco Wholesale’s One Hour Photo Labs, a high end transportation company and a global nonprofit e-Commerce platform.

Jim currently is engaged in the start-up of a new company and serves as it Founder and Chief Evangelist. Married for 40 years, Jim and his wife Jane, have two great sons and two exceptional granddaughters. When not mountain hiking or golfing, much of their ‘spare’ time is focused towards different aspects of community support and volunteer functions. Jim’s credo for life – work hard, play hard, maximize every minute of life, be a planet changer.