Board of Directors

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Chris Fontana, M.A. | President

Chris is an educator, facilitator, and serves as Co-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 30 years of experience in public school classroom teaching and experiential education including 17 years teaching Spanish in public middle and high schools. Chris created and piloted from 2003-05 the Global Leadership class now taught in four of Seattle Public Schools.

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) since 2005.

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, which brought 600 high school students from 32 countries and 40 States together and was awarded the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award.

He was Co-Founder & Executive Director of Global Visionaries from 1998 – 2017 during which GV served 5,000 youth, 2,000 of whom participated in a transformational leadership program integrating anti-oppression work with a solidarity-based cultural immersion in Guatemala. He 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.

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Chris Fontana, M.A. | President

Chris is an educator, facilitator, and serves as Co-Founder/Executive Director of Full Circle Leadership Center. He has facilitated professional development workshops on democratic classroom foundations including diversity, equity and inclusion components since 2006. Chris has 30 years of experience in public school classroom teaching and experiential education. He grew up in a family which was rooted in Adlerian democratic parenting principals; this informed his belief that children can become agents of change at any age. 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.  Chris taught 17 years in public schools; he created the Global Leadership class now taught in four of Seattle Public Schools. He has been an adjunct professor at SCCC (Seattle Central Community College) since 2005. In 1992 – 1995, he as the co-adult organizer of YES, the youth-organized global Youth Environmental Summits, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program, which brought 600 high school students from 32 countries and 40 States together and was awarded the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award. He was Co-Founder & Executive Director of Global Visionaries from 1998 – 2017 during which GV served 5,000 youth, 2,000 of whom participated in a transformational leadership program integrating anti-oppression work with a solidarity-based cultural immersion in Guatemala. He 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 provided “train-the-trainer” workshops for youth in anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion work since 2006.  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. He 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 opportunities and guidance. He is the joyful father of two with his partner, Lisa.

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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