Board of Directors

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Chris Fontana, M.A. | President

Chris is an educator and facilitator, and serves as Founder/Executive Director of Full Circle Leadership Center. He has facilitated professional development workshops for adults and youth on democratic classroom foundations and diversity, equity and inclusion since 2006. Chris has 31 years of experience in public school classroom teaching and experiential education including 17 years teaching Spanish and Global Leadership in public middle and high schools. Chris created and piloted from 2003-05 the Global Leadership class which expanded to four of Seattle Public Schools. He taught a year of college level Spanish and a summer of K-5 Reading.

Chris holds an A.B. degree from Washington University, St. Louis in Spanish Literature and Education with a minor in Art and an M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, Seattle. He was honored in 2007 as the Antioch Alum of the year. He has been an adjunct professor at SCCC (Seattle Central Community College) and Antioch University, Seattle. Chris received 3.5 years of executive coaching from Valeo Consulting.

In 1992 – 1995, he served as the co-adult organizer of YES, the youth-organized global Youth Environmental Summits, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program and the University of Peace in Costa Rica, which brought 600 high school students from 32 countries and 40 States together and was awarded the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award. One highlight illustrated: a rally/march, coordinated by the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club and the YES students in Denver outside the GATT talks to push the world’s trade ministers to include social and environmental protections in their negotiations.

In 1998, Chris co-founded and was Executive Director of One Earth Revolution, which served youth by getting them involved in environmental and social justice issues through the arts. In 1999, he began working with Global Visionaries (GV), a for-profit corporation at the time based in Colorado. He soon began integrating the work of One Earth Revolution and Global Visionaries, and in 2003, co-founded and became Executive Director of Global Visionaries, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA. With his leadership, Global Visionaries brought together racially and economically diverse youth to experientially consider ways to address systematic oppression and imperialism while exploring global leadership from a solidarity perspective. He designed and led multi-year leadership programs for high school youth in Guatemala and the U.S. In 2004, he initiated Guatemala based operations and programming for youth run by and for Guatemalans.

GV served over 5,000 youth in in-school and out-of-school leadership programs due to the partnerships Chris created with scores of schools, NGOs and municipalities both in the U.S. and Guatemala. One such partnership linked Seattle Public Schools, youth in foster care, donors, Treehouse, which serves youth in foster care, and Seattle University’s Fostering Scholarships Program. Through this partnership, youth in foster care were able to secure four-year scholarships from SU due to their experience in GV.  

Chris was an honoree of The Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award in 2008 and received Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Redwinged Leadership Award in 2011 for social justice leadership and business acumen to a non-profit leader.

He has extensive cross-cultural experience having resided in Spain for one year, one cumulative year in Guatemala, and has traveled extensively in Central & South America, Europe, Asia and Egypt. He is fluent in Spanish.

Chris grew up in a family which was rooted in Adlerian democratic parenting principals; this informed his belief that children can become global leaders at any age given the opportunity and guidance. He is the father of two with his partner, Lisa.

He is grateful to have had inspirational mentors in his life including Sadie “Tee” Dreikurs, innovator of art therapy and wife of Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, Robert Muller, former Under-Secretary General of the U.N. and Co-Founder of the University for Peace in Costa Rica, Lenny Kohm, activist/protector of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Hazel Wolf, Seattle environmental and civil rights activist, and his mother, Mary Dalton, parent educator and author.

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Chris Fontana, M.A. | President

Chris is an educator and facilitator, and serves as Founder/Executive Director of Full Circle Leadership Center. He has facilitated professional development workshops for adults and youth on democratic classroom foundations and diversity, equity and inclusion since 2006. Chris has 31 years of experience in public school classroom teaching and experiential education including 17 years teaching Spanish and Global Leadership in public middle and high schools. Chris created and piloted from 2003-05 the Global Leadership class which expanded to four of Seattle Public Schools. He taught a year of college level Spanish and a summer of K-5 Reading.

Chris holds an A.B. degree from Washington University, St. Louis in Spanish Literature and Education with a minor in Art and an M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, Seattle. He was honored in 2007 as the Antioch Alum of the year. He has been an adjunct professor at SCCC (Seattle Central Community College) and Antioch University, Seattle. Chris received 3.5 years of executive coaching from Valeo Consulting.

In 1992 – 1995, he served as the co-adult organizer of YES, the youth-organized global Youth Environmental Summits, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program and the University of Peace in Costa Rica, which brought 600 high school students from 32 countries and 40 States together and was awarded the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award. One highlight illustrated: a rally/march, coordinated by the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club and the YES students in Denver outside the GATT talks to push the world’s trade ministers to include social and environmental protections in their negotiations.

In 1998, Chris co-founded and was Executive Director of One Earth Revolution, which served youth by getting them involved in environmental and social justice issues through the arts. In 1999, he began working with Global Visionaries (GV), a for-profit corporation at the time based in Colorado. He soon began integrating the work of One Earth Revolution and Global Visionaries, and in 2003, co-founded and became Executive Director of Global Visionaries, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA. With his leadership, Global Visionaries brought together racially and economically diverse youth to experientially consider ways to address systematic oppression and imperialism while exploring global leadership from a solidarity perspective. He designed and led multi-year leadership programs for high school youth in Guatemala and the U.S. In 2004, he initiated Guatemala based operations and programming for youth run by and for Guatemalans.

GV served over 5,000 youth in in-school and out-of-school leadership programs due to the partnerships Chris created with scores of schools, NGOs and municipalities both in the U.S. and Guatemala. One such partnership linked Seattle Public Schools, youth in foster care, donors, Treehouse, which serves youth in foster care, and Seattle University’s Fostering Scholarships Program. Through this partnership, youth in foster care were able to secure four-year scholarships from SU due to their experience in GV.  

Chris was an honoree of The Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award in 2008 and received Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Redwinged Leadership Award in 2011 for social justice leadership and business acumen to a non-profit leader.

He has extensive cross-cultural experience having resided in Spain for one year, one cumulative year in Guatemala, and has traveled extensively in Central & South America, Europe, Asia and Egypt. He is fluent in Spanish.

Chris grew up in a family which was rooted in Adlerian democratic parenting principals; this informed his belief that children can become global leaders at any age given the opportunity and guidance. He is the father of two with his partner, Lisa.

He is grateful to have had inspirational mentors in his life including Sadie “Tee” Dreikurs, innovator of art therapy and wife of Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, Robert Muller, former Under-Secretary General of the U.N. and Co-Founder of the University for Peace in Costa Rica, Lenny Kohm, activist/protector of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Hazel Wolf, Seattle environmental and civil rights activist, and his mother, Mary Dalton, parent educator and author.

Jessica Langmaid | Vice- President

In her role at Full Circle Leadership, Jessica is excited to build a strong community and inspire others to get involved.  She is passionate about developing and connecting people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.  Jessica first got her hands in nonprofit work 15 years ago when she established an advanced leadership program for high school youth to continue their journey to become global citizens. Today, she is a certified human resource professional for a digital tech team in Seattle. Jessica is forward-thinking, adept at problem-solving, building relationships, and resolving conflict—with an understanding of the values, perspectives, and experiences of all parties in a global workplace.

Jessica was born and raised in Seattle. She earned a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on leadership and psychology at the University of Denver. She has a love for the Pacific Northwest. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, exploring the city, and never misses a moment to socialize.

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Jessica Langmaid | Vice- President

In her role at Full Circle Leadership, Jessica is excited to build a strong community and inspire others to get involved.  She is passionate about developing and connecting people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.  Jessica first got her hands in nonprofit work 15 years ago when she established an advanced leadership program for high school youth to continue their journey to become global citizens. Today, she is a certified human resource professional for a digital tech team in Seattle. Jessica is forward-thinking, adept at problem-solving, building relationships, and resolving conflict—with an understanding of the values, perspectives, and experiences of all parties in a global workplace.

Jessica was born and raised in Seattle. She earned a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on leadership and psychology at the University of Denver. She has a love for the Pacific Northwest. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, exploring the city, and never misses a moment to socialize.

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Howard Choder | Treasurer

Howard spent 15 years serving in the IRS in the Seattle office. He owns his own accounting business at Taxman.cc where he provides tax accounting, IRS problem solving, and other general tax solutions, as well as financial planning. When not in the office, he enjoys family and good non-profit causes like Blue Earth Alliance and like Paws.

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Howard Choder | Treasurer

Howard spent 15 years serving in the IRS in the Seattle office. He owns his own accounting business at Taxman.cc where he provides tax accounting, IRS problem solving, and other general tax solutions, as well as financial planning. When not in the office, he enjoys family and good non-profit causes like Blue Earth Alliance and like Paws.

Aimee Duran | Secretary

Aimee Duran has dedicated her career to the education and empowerment of young people and underrepresented populations. From 2009 to 2017, she administered her own English-language institute, the Global Leadership English School, in Temascalcingo, Mexico. She founded the school to meet the community’s need for high-quality, affordable English instruction and grew the school until it was serving 100 youth a semester. Previously, she was the Program Manager at Global Visionaries, a non-profit organization in Seattle, where she managed a Leadership Program for local high school students. Before Global Visionaries, she coordinated an ESL program for low-income Latino immigrants and served as an AmeriCorps member for a domestic violence and child abuse early education and intervention program. Aimee is now taking her career in a new direction, currently working as a Program Manager in Privacy for Microsoft. In her free time, she loves exploring new places with her husband, Jesús, and her five-year old son, Diego.

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Aimee Duran

Aimee Duran | Secretary

Aimee Duran has dedicated her career to the education and empowerment of young people and underrepresented populations. From 2009 to 2017, she administered her own English-language institute, the Global Leadership English School, in Temascalcingo, Mexico. She founded the school to meet the community’s need for high-quality, affordable English instruction and grew the school until it was serving 100 youth a semester. Previously, she was the Program Manager at Global Visionaries, a non-profit organization in Seattle, where she managed a Leadership Program for local high school students. Before Global Visionaries, she coordinated an ESL program for low-income Latino immigrants and served as an AmeriCorps member for a domestic violence and child abuse early education and intervention program. Aimee is now taking her career in a new direction, currently working as a Program Manager in Privacy for Microsoft. In her free time, she loves exploring new places with her husband, Jesús, and her five-year old son, Diego.

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