PO BOX 1292, Mukilteo, Washington 98275

Board of Directors

Linking families, schools, and communities together for sustained educational success.

Academic Link Outreach

Board of Directors

Brian Sullivan, Chairperson: Brian attended the University of Washington and Central Washington State University in Political Science. Brian has served as a Mukilteo City Councilmember, Mayor of Mukilteo, Washington State Representative for the 21st District and is currently a Snohomish Council member for District 2.

Jan Link, President/Director of ALO: Jan served 36 years as a teacher, curriculum, director, elementary and high school principal. She worked with staff and parents to take an elementary school to year-round providing inter-sessions while school was not in session.  These additional learning opportunities provided skill-based and enrichment instruction. She was director of the summer school program for the Edmonds School District for years.

Leslie Mix, Vice President/Treasurer: Leslie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Washington State University. She previously worked for the Boeing Company as the Noise and Hearing Representative. She is currently the manager of Academic Link, which she and Jan established in 2006. Having worked in both corporate and small business settings, she has developed a broad range of skills. She has experience in sales, marketing, event planning, public relations and office administration.

Taylor Murgallis, Secretary: Taylor is a dedicated UW student who attended Mountlake Terrace High School and was involved in the PATH to College Success Program. He is an outstanding student and continues to work toward academic excellence and support his community. He is a strong advocate for student’s academic success.

Ray Corona, Board Member: Ray is an advocate for Latino students and works closely with several organizations, bringing his expertise and background to support students. As a recipient of the College Success Foundation Achiever Scholarship and English language learner, Ray has a unique perspective when working with students and families of similar background. Ray works hard to share his vision of academically supporting students not only within his own community but throughout the state bringing several initiatives to lawmakers in Olympia.

Isaac Kastama, Board Member: Isaac has extensive public policy and advocacy experience in Washington State politics. As Director of Government Affairs at the Washington Business Alliance, Isaac headed its PLAN Washington initiative, which convenes business leaders and community stakeholders to achieve shared goals for state improvement across six key issue areas. His first job was in the classroom, teaching technology and science as part of an inner-city youth development program offering full day academic instruction during the summer months. He was an active part of his public high school in Tacoma serving as Student Body President and captain of the swim team. He graduated from Pomona College with distinction for his thesis on the US Medicare system. Isaac is currently the principle of Water Street Public Affairs LLC.

Pam Lytz, Board Member: Pam holds a BS in Microbiology from Oregon State University. She brings a wide range of skills to the program including: database management, accounting, office management, public relations and program management. She has worked with youth organizations, including Girl Scouts and PTA for over 20 years. Currently Pam works at an elementary school where she interacts with students, staff and parents in a variety of roles; teaching assistant, tutor, test administrator, office assistant and program facilitator.

Karyssa Mathison, Board Member: Karyssa gradued from Seattle University and is currently working on her masters. Karyssa is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction at Seattle Central Community College. Karyssa was an integral part of ALO’s history working closely with Jan on the PATH to College Success Program and the SES program. She is a great supporter of academic excellence for all children.

Kimberly Murgallis, Board Member: Kimberly had a strong voice and presence for Taylor and other students that participated in ALO’s PATH to College Success Program for six years. She continues to be an integral part of her son’s success and is always willing to share her struggles and triumphs to inspire others. Before moving to Washington, Kimberly provided administrative and sales experience to a variety of industries. She shares her experience to support the community she lives through volunteerism, a gift she has passed on to her son. She has supported multiple fund raisers for Holly House as well as planning and participating in the MDS camp and walk.

Adam Sbai, Board Member: Adam attended Lynnwood High School and was an active participant in ALO’s PATH to College Success Program. Adam strives to make his community a better place by finding ways he can help issues through action. He has organized many successful fundraisers for a variety of causes and has been an active volunteer at the Lynnwood Recreation Center. Adam continues to show strong leadership qualities and strives to broaden his horizons whether it is volunteering or continuing with his studies at the University of Washington.

Majida Sbai, Board Member: Majida was an active and essential participant in the ALO’s PATH to College Success Program for six years, supporting Adam’s academic success. Majida will be the first to tell you that the academic team and bond with her son that was created through the participation in the program is unlike any other. She has an educational background in tourism and hotel operations from the Moroccan Institute of Tourism in Casablanca, Morocco. Majida holds extensive knowledge in the restaurant tourism industry working at Columbia Tower Club, Bellevue Club Hotel and at Kasbah Restaurant. Majida has instilled the importance of volunteerism in her children and others using their skills and passion to create clothing drives through their church and support other needs in the community.

Shirley Sutton, Board Member: Shirley holds a BA in Law and Justice and a MEd in Community and Human Resources. Shirley served 20 years in the railroad industry and the next 20 dedicated to public and post-secondary education. She partnered with community agencies, to support students and families of underserved communities. She trained K-12 parents on issues of drug and substance abuse in youth and established off campus learning sites for GED and ESL instruction. She guided and assisted many students and families to gain equity and access to educational opportunities. Shirley applied her expertise for eight years to the Washington State Council on Homelessness appointed by Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire. She served for four years as the VP on the Multicultural Council under the State Board for the Community Technical Colleges.

Larry Wewel, Board Member: Larry’s formal education began in a one room schoolhouse. He attended Wayne State College obtaining a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Education then on to Stanford University College of Business in Organizational Change. In his professional career, Larry, has served in a variety of positions with a focus on education: Director of State Agency, CEO Nonprofit, City Department Director, Department of International Union, Community College Instructor. Larry has devoted himself to lifelong enrichment learning and service on multiple boards and involvement in agriculture. Larry shares his expertise with ALO and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

David Whitney, Board Member: David is a Math Instructor at Lynnwood High School. He is an advocate for all student’s academic success. David’s dedication and belief in the value of education is greatly appreciated!

Dr. John Yost, Board Member: Dr. John Yost graduated with a BA degree with highest honors from Washington State University. He received his M.A. degree from Stanford University, his PhD from Duke University and did postdoctoral research at Cambridge University. Dr. Yost  retired as Associate Provost for Research/Dean of the Graduate School at Bradley University. He has published over 100 articles and referenced publications along with four edited volumes and a textbook.