Bainbridge Graduate Institute is pleased to announce our new board officers: Board Chair, Jeff Wiggin; Vice Chair, Joyce LaValle; Treasurer JoAnne Ellis; and Secretary, Annie Brudno. The combination of industry experience, customer care expertise and strategic vision, community and civic engagement coupled with a passion and strong understanding of sustainability represented on the 2012 Board will enable BGI to have continued growth in our impact on business through our growing student and alumni body as well as developing stronger and more expansive program offerings.
Jeff Wiggin, Vice President for IT Development at T-Mobile
Jeff worked for Andersen Consulting and Deloitte Consulting, specializing in business transformation programs in the retail, consumer products, technology, and energy industries. His clients included Nestle, REI, Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, The Seattle Times, Philips Medical Systems, Puget Sound Energy, Hewlett Packard, Pacific Bell, PacifiCorp, and Southern California Edison.
In 2001, Jeff transitioned from management consulting to IT management and held senior positions at JDSU, The Home Depot, and Chico’s FAS prior to his position with T-Mobile.
Jeff holds the rare combination of strategic planning and a deep understanding of stakeholder engagement that allows for innovation to move forward. Jeff received his MBA in Sustainable Business from BGI in 2010 and has a deep understanding of BGI from both inside and outside perspectives.
Joyce LaValle, Retired Senior Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Customer & Associate Engagement at Interface, Inc.
Joyce is a veteran in the commercial-interiors industry and long time influential advocate for environmental sustainability, Joyce retired recently from Interface, Inc., as both Senior Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Customer & Associate Engagement. In her time with Interface Joyce was able to steer the company in a positive direction by positioning sustainability as a core strategic advantage. Joyce is passionate about sustainability education and maximizing people’s talents. Joyce’s passion led her to create a series of events and seminars for design professionals that use personal development as a means for leadership development. Joyce is seen as an expert on stakeholder engagement, sustainability, design, and people development.
When asked about her role on the board, LaValle states, “I am honored to serve on the BGI Board as it provides the opportunity for me to further the vision of Ray Anderson: Mission Zero by 2020 for Interface. In supporting BGI I contribute to a culture of leaders who will follow in Ray’s footsteps of “Changing Business for Good.”
JoAnne Ellis, Former President of Bainbridge Island Rotary Club
JoAnne Ellis, a graduate of the University of Oregon, has a lifetime of experience in arts administration, civic organizations, nonprofits, schools, and community outreach, most recently as the longtime managing director of Bainbridge Performing Arts, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and encourage youth and adults in the performing arts of theatre, music, and dance. Through decades of work in arts administration, in both the United States and Canada, JoAnne is very skilled at navigating the delicate balance between the disparate entities of the business elements of an arts organization and its artistic personalities to facilitate creative problem solving. JoAnne brings an important understanding of civic and community engagement to our board.
Ann Brudno, Co-Founder and Director of Design for ecoFAB LLC, Seattle, Washington and Principal of Routh & Company, Austin, Texas
Ann Brudno has 30 years experience running a hands-on green design/building company, many years of teaching environmental design in architecture and construction at the university level. She is Director of Design for ecoFAB LLC, Seattle, Washington and Principal of Routh & Company Sustainable Architecture & Interior Design in Austin, Texas. Both companies are progressive, enthusiastic teams of professionals in architecture, engineering, and science with a passion for sustainable development. Their guiding principles are respect for community, sharing of knowledge, collective change, and advancing social and environmental justice.
Ann is a pioneer in incorporating sustainability into her education. She not only attended BGI when the school was in it’s infancy, trusting that the school’s mission would penetrate the market, but she also developed her own program in green design as a student of architecture at the University of Texas.