*Any funds over the base cost of the venue go to support non-profits working with the homeless
It is time that we the people come together to learn and commit to helping those who are most vulnerable in our community...
Join your neighbors, local police, homeless service providers, policy experts, and others for a discussion about Seattle’s homelessness and addiction crises. This panel will explore a set of diverse topics touching on the effects of homelessness and addiction, new solutions to the ever-building problems, and much more.
Suzie Burke is the President of Fremont Dock Company, which manages 65 plus acres of Industrial and Commercial Property in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. As Board Member of the North Seattle Industrial Association, she is committed to preserving and protecting North Seattle's unique and diverse industrial heritage for all.
She is a highly active board member and fundraiser for many organizations, including Development Board Member for Holy Names Academy, UW Medicine Northwest Hospital, Seattle Police Foundation, Foundation Board Member for the Institute for Systems Biology, and Legacy Regent for Seattle University.
Chad Mackay is the CEO of Fire & Vine Hospitality. The company provides operational leadership for iconic Pacific Northwest hotels and restaurants including El Gaucho Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, and Portland; AQUA by El Gaucho; The Inn at El Gaucho; Miller’s Guild; The Lakehouse; Civility & Unrest; Eritage Resort; Walla Walla Steak Co., Crossbuck Brewing and Aerlume Seattle.
Chad is active in the Washington State Hospitality Association and Visit Seattle, as Finance Chair and Board Chair. He is the co-founder of Third Door Coalition working to end chronic homelessness in Seattle. Chad holds a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University.
David Preston manages Safe Seattle, a Facebook watchdog page that shines a spotlight on issues of public safety and government corruption.
Founded in 2015, Safe Seattle has grown to a community of over 10,000 reader-contributors and is followed by public officials, first responders, and Seattleites from all walks of life.
Mr. Preston also writes an investigative news blog called The Blog Quixotic.
John is an Emmy® and Edward R. Murrow® Award-winning broadcaster with a television and radio career spanning 30 years with work in major markets on both the East and West Coasts. He is host of the top-rated radio program, The Tom and Curley Show, on KIRO 97.3FM. He hosted KING TV's Evening Magazine in Seattle for a record 16 years, and he is known as the most recognized local celebrity in the Emerald City.
Charismatic and fun loving, John brings a dynamic energy to each of the nearly 100 charity events he hosts around the country each year. As an auctioneer he has helped raise over $85 million for non-profits. When he’s not charming audiences on TV or radio, or raising much-needed funds for worthy charities, John applies his boundless energy to IronMan® and powerlifting events.
Joyce Sundin, an intervention consultant based in Seattle Washington, is well known in the Pacific Northwest for effective interventions. She is one of the pioneers of intervention in this region and has been training and facilitating interventions since 1980.
Joyce Sundin received her formal education from Seattle University, later becoming adjunct faculty in their Addiction Studies Program teaching Intervention Process for 7 years. She also taught Intervention Process at Bellevue College. She was an early member and served on the board of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) and later served on the board of Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). In addition to being a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) she earned the following: a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC II) through the Chemical Dependency Professionals of Washington State in 1982, National Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC II) through The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors in 1991, a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC) in 2005 through the Washington State Council on Problem Gambling, now known as Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. (Served on their board for 8 years) Joyce has been trained in the Johnson Institute Model, the Invitational Family Systems Model, the ARISE Model and the Storti Model of interventions.
Officer Mike Solan has worked as a commissioned Washington State Police Officer for the Seattle Police Department since 1999. Since that time, Officer Solan has worked patrol, was a Gang Detective and is currently assigned to SWAT.
Officer Mike Solan is a board member for the Washington State Tactical Officers Association and teaches SWAT tactics across the state. Mike has instructed hundreds of officers for Patrol, SWAT and Active Shooter operations and has a national certification as a Less-Lethal Instructor.
Officer Mike Solan is currently the Vice President of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) and President of the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) representing over 2000 police officers in Olympia.
Bruno Kelpsas is a former Regional Administrator for the United States General Services Administration. His family has battled with opioid and alcoholism.
Bruno is a former combat veteran with the 82nd Airborne and commissioned officer. His volunteer activities include the local Lithuanian American community, and, the Knights of Columbus.
Currently, Bruno works in the Puget Sound areas as an IT consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University.
Terry C. Pallas is a decorated military veteran, experienced pastor and executive that has a deep passion to serve those who are broken and in desperate need of hope and healing. He has served the homeless, addicted, and hurting for 12 years at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. As Chief Program Officer he oversees multiple key programmatic components to serve thousands of homeless each year throughout King County to include: Legal and Dental Services, Street and Gang Outreach, Emergency Shelters, Addiction Recovery, Transitional Living, Prison Ministries and Mental Health care.
Terry also serves locally in congregational ministry as a Pastor and Elder. Terry has his Bachler of Science from Central Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Faith Evangelical Seminary. He is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Rantz is the the afternoon drive time host on KTTH (weekdays 3-6pm). He's been a leading voice on tackling homelessness, with frequent appearances on FOX News
Mark Miloscia is the Executive Director for the Family Policy Institute of Washington which represents an alliance of Churches, activists, and businesses in order to promote Christian public policy at the state and local level.
Mark served as a WA State Senator and Representative for 18 years where he was a leader for accountability, ending homelessness, and effective drug treatment.
As House Housing Committee Chair and Senate Human Services and Housing Committee Vice Chair, he authored and passed numerous housing and human services bills including the Homeless Housing Act, HB 2163, which mandated a ten-year plan to end homelessness. Mark won numerous federal, state, and local Housing Awards for his efforts to end homelessness and poverty.
Mark has an Engineering degree from the USAF Academy, MA in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University, and an MBA from UND. Mark has worked as a Director for different mental health, rehabilitation, and housing agencies.