Partner Facilitators & Staff

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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.

Corrie Wallace, M.A. | Anti-Oppression Educator & Consultant

Corrie Wallace is a parent and bilingual educator dedicated to enriching the lives of marginalized people through local and international community outreach. She’s taught Spanish at ETHS (Evanston Township High School) and UWCSEA (United World College of South East Asia) as well as English at Kogai Shogako, a Japanese public school in Tokyo. She was the founding director of the Niles Township Schools’ ELL (English Language Learner) Parent Center serving one of the largest growing populations of immigrants and refugees outside of Chicago. Corrie then served as Director of Equity and ELL leading efforts to close the “gap,” eliminate the racial predictability of student achievement and address disproportionality in District 219, one of the most diverse high school districts on Chicago’s north shore. Wallace is a founding member of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders. Since 2008 she’s presented on a variety of topics at numerous conferences across the United States including the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the 7th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents, AP Dream Deferred & Preparate, ASCD, AERA, School Social Worker Association of America, the International Latino Studies Conference, the Courageous Conversations About Race National Summit and the White Privilege Conference. Corrie is the Chicagoland SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Coordinator and has lead seminars for faculty/staff in K-12 public and independent schools. Corrie is a trainer-in-training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond which has been providing Undoing Racism workshops since 1980. She’s also a PEG Affiliate leading Beyond Diversity for educators on the north shore and has conducted cultivating consciousness and inclusion trainings for non-profits, community organizations and libraries. Corrie has a BA in Women’s Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan and an MA in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

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Corrie Wallace, M.A. | Anti-Oppression Educator & Consultant

Corrie Wallace is a parent and bilingual educator dedicated to enriching the lives of marginalized people through local and international community outreach. She’s taught Spanish at ETHS (Evanston Township High School) and UWCSEA (United World College of South East Asia) as well as English at Kogai Shogako, a Japanese public school in Tokyo. She was the founding director of the Niles Township Schools’ ELL (English Language Learner) Parent Center serving one of the largest growing populations of immigrants and refugees outside of Chicago. Corrie then served as Director of Equity and ELL leading efforts to close the “gap,” eliminate the racial predictability of student achievement and address disproportionality in District 219, one of the most diverse high school districts on Chicago’s north shore. Wallace is a founding member of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders. Since 2008 she’s presented on a variety of topics at numerous conferences across the United States including the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the 7th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents, AP Dream Deferred & Preparate, ASCD, AERA, School Social Worker Association of America, the International Latino Studies Conference, the Courageous Conversations About Race National Summit and the White Privilege Conference. Corrie is the Chicagoland SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Coordinator and has lead seminars for faculty/staff in K-12 public and independent schools. Corrie is a trainer-in-training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond which has been providing Undoing Racism workshops since 1980. She’s also a PEG Affiliate leading Beyond Diversity for educators on the north shore and has conducted cultivating consciousness and inclusion trainings for non-profits, community organizations and libraries. Corrie has a BA in Women’s Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan and an MA in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

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Mary Dalton, M.A. | Parent Educator

Mary holds a BA in Education and Counseling from Governors State University, Illinois, an MA in Counseling and Psychology from Vermont College and a Certificate in Child Development from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago. She served as Dean of Students at Kendall College in Evanston, and taught pre-teachers and teacher professionals as adjunct professor at DePaul University, Columbia College and Western Washington University. She founded the Family Education Center of the North Shore. However, the seminal event in her education came from being counseled by Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, MD. This series of counseling sessions changed the trajectory of her life and the lives of her six children. Mary Dalton is the author of It’s Not in the Genes, the story of how meeting Dreikurs changed her life and the lives of her six children. Mary is an activist, lecturer and educator who has worked for over 40 years with thousands of parents, grandparents, teachers and teens concerning the struggles and challenges of raising our children. She has 13 grandchildren.

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Mary Dalton, M.A. | Parent Educator

Mary holds a BA in Education and Counseling from Governors State University, Illinois, an MA in Counseling and Psychology from Vermont College and a Certificate in Child Development from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago. She served as Dean of Students at Kendall College in Evanston, and taught pre-teachers and teacher professionals as adjunct professor at DePaul University, Columbia College and Western Washington University. She founded the Family Education Center of the North Shore. However, the seminal event in her education came from being counseled by Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, MD. This series of counseling sessions changed the trajectory of her life and the lives of her six children. Mary Dalton is the author of It’s Not in the Genes, the story of how meeting Dreikurs changed her life and the lives of her six children. Mary is an activist, lecturer and educator who has worked for over 40 years with thousands of parents, grandparents, teachers and teens concerning the struggles and challenges of raising our children. She has 13 grandchildren.

Ganae McAlpin, M.A. | FCLC Facilitator

Ganae McAlpin is a mother of 2, educator, coach and facilitator dedicated to fostering relationships among people of different races, socio-economic status, and sexuality.  Ganae is a History educator at Evanston Township High School where she teaches World History to Freshman and African American Studies to Seniors. In addition to her teaching duties, she is also the History department Instructional Coach and the facilitator for the second year induction program. Ganae grew up in Chicago where she attended Lane Technical High School where she was the recipient of the Golden Apple teaching scholarship.  After high school, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she studied History and Secondary Education. She then pursued her first Masters degree from Eastern Illinois University in Educational Administration and her second Masters from Concordia University in Curriculum. Ganae is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum from DePaul University. 

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Ganae McAlpin, M.A. | FCLC Facilitator

Ganae McAlpin is a mother of 2, educator, coach and facilitator dedicated to fostering relationships among people of different races, socio-economic status, and sexuality.  Ganae is a History educator at Evanston Township High School where she teaches World History to Freshman and African American Studies to Seniors. In addition to her teaching duties, she is also the History department Instructional Coach and the facilitator for the second year induction program. Ganae grew up in Chicago where she attended Lane Technical High School where she was the recipient of the Golden Apple teaching scholarship.  After high school, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she studied History and Secondary Education. She then pursued her first Masters degree from Eastern Illinois University in Educational Administration and her second Masters from Concordia University in Curriculum. Ganae is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum from DePaul University. 

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