Board of Advisors

Dr. Patricia D. Galloway, Co-Founder and Director

Patricia D. Galloway

Dr. Galloway is a Co-Founder of the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation. Dr. Galloway is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc. (Pegasus-Global). She manages all aspects of the firm’s management consulting and services. For more than 30 years, she has provided strategic advice to boards and senior management concerning governance, management structures, and performance and risk management. She is skilled at providing project risk identification, project assessment and analysis, project trend evaluations, and risk reduction plans and also provides performance, prudence, and management audits. Dr. Galloway also serves as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and its Executive Committee. She holds a certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors and has served on a number of private and non-profit boards.

In 2004 Dr. Galloway was honored to be elected by her peers to the position of the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Galloway was also appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States National Science Board in 2006 for a six-year term. In that position, she served as Vice Chair from 2008 to 2010.

Dr. Kris R. Nielsen, Co-Founder

Kris Nielsen

Dr. Kris Nielsen is a Co-Founder of the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation. He was also a founding partner of Pegasus-Global. Dr. Nielsen’s whole professional career was focused on increasing the effectiveness of large scale construction projects and delivering more successful projects. The international construction industry has improved due to Dr. Nielsen’s ambassadorship, communication, and never-ending quest to learn study and share knowledge. In recognition of his achievements, in 2010, ASCE awarded Dr. Nielsen with its highest award-the OPAL lifetime achievement award for construction. Central Washington University, in partnership with the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation hold an annual Dr. Kris Nielsen Lecture Series as part of its Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The speakers are visionaries and emulate the values Dr. Nielsen held so high. Dr. Nielsen will be missed by so many around the world, but his contributions and the lives he touched will live on, improving the quality of life for all in the construction industry. Here’s to you Kris!

Kim Coe, Executive Secretary to the Foundation and Board of Advisors

Kim Coe' Acqua

Mrs. Coe is the Executive Secretary to the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation and is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the Foundation and its Board of Advisors. She handles and routes all information requests, greets and welcomes all visitors to the facility, prepares agenda for meetings, and plans and executes all Foundation events and volunteer activities, including handling all submitted grant applications.

Gary L. Bane

Gary L. Bane

Mr. Bane specializes in the development and management of deep ocean and offshore technology projects. Previously an executive at Rockwell, his principal areas of technical expertise include manned submersibles and work systems, unmanned and autonomous underwater vehicles, offshore systems and structures, deep ocean hardware and instrumentation, acoustical sensors and subsystems, and offshore/sea floor oil and gas recovery and production systems.

Mike Helgren

Mike Helgren

Mr. Helgren is a trial attorney for McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren in the areas of product liability, lender liability, director and officer liability, professional malpractice, civil rights, health care, personal injury, insurance coverage, employment discrimination, maritime law, and commercial, trust, and estate disputes.

Mr. Helgren has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in his practice. The cases he handles are often high-profile and involve a range of entities and clients, including the Cities of Seattle and Bellevue, technology and intellectual property ventures, business executives, financial institutions, motion picture distributors, natural resource companies, telecommunications companies, recyclers, and insurance companies. He also handles a variety of claims, including product defects, employment disputes and severance agreements, major fire losses, trust and business valuation, shareholder rights, fiduciary duties, antitrust, and healthcare fraud. Mr. Helgren has also spent a significant amount of time handling class action litigation.

Following law school, Mr. Helgren clerked for Justice Robert F. Utter of the Washington State Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. He entered private practice in 1981 with the firm of Culp Dwyer Guterson & Grader, and he remained there until 1995, when he became a founding member of McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Helgren has written papers for and made presentations to the legal community, and he has served on the boards of various social service and arts organizations.

Kostas Mallios

Kostas Mallios

Mr. Mallios brings over 20 years of executive level experience to the Foundation. He believes in the power of ideas and the individual’s ability to make a difference. His interdisciplinary experiences in building new businesses and expanding existing ones have spanned research and development, product development, mergers and acquisitions and business development. Kostas is currently Vice President at Intellectual Ventures, an invention capital firm, where he manages the company’s business innovation strategy and R&D organization. Through invention and strategic partnerships across industry and governments, he is creating new business opportunities founded in invention that aim to address some of the world’s biggest challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Bill Provaznik

Bill Povaznik

Dr. Provaznik is the Director of the Central Washington University Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE), a center dedicated to developing entrepreneurship through developing entrepreneurs. He is also an Associate Professor at Central Washington University where he teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and business courses while publishing research in peer reviewed journals. After graduating in 1994 with his BA in mathematics and psychology, Bill worked for the U. S. State Department to facilitate the relocation of political refugees into the U.S. by arranging employment and translating for Russian and Eastern European political refugees. At the completion of his contract he was hired by the South Korea Consulate of Vietnam to be a project specialist for the Consulate General office.

While in Vietnam, he also served as a marketing analyst for McCann Erickson. Given the enormous growth in East Asian trade that was yet to involve the U.S., Dr. Provaznik returned to the States and set up a business importing ceramics and furniture, which later evolved into brokering industrial manufactured goods. He also worked for a Taiwanese furniture distributor selling wholesale import goods while taking business courses at a community college. Becoming fascinated with economics, he started taking night classes at the University of Nebraska while working the in finance industry, eventually working as a licensed broker for the Premier division of TD Ameritrade, which consisted of the company’s top 2% largest accounts.

In 2001, Dr. Provaznik was hired by Steril Manufacturing, one of the customers of his imports business. As president, his charge was to transition the 90 year old manufacturing company and its more than one hundred employees into an assembly and distribution firm. The company was one of few that maintained consistent growth during the ensuing recession. During this time he finished his MBA, specializing in finance and international trade, and started a nail spa with his wife. Over the years, Dr. Provaznik has performed various consulting and training activities for organizations including Viet-Com Bank, Sanofi Pharma, McCann Erickson, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. His research interest is on the effects of CEO decision making on business performance. He has made conference presentations and published research articles on this topic as well as on various aspects of entrepreneurship and economic development across cultures.

Dr. Provaznik started working at Central Washington University in 2008. When he finished his Ph.D in management from the University of Nebraska in 2011, he and his family moved to the Kittitas Valley in Washington State, where they now live.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Mr. Smith was selected as the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), effective January 1, 2015. As a dedicated member of ASCE for more than 25 years and a civil engineer by training, Mr. Smith served as the association’s deputy executive director since 2010 and general counsel since 1997. During his tenure at ASCE, he has provided leadership, direction and management oversight across a wide spectrum of ASCE’s programs, operations and strategic initiatives, working closely with ASCE geographic and technical organizations and affiliates worldwide. As general counsel, Mr. Smith provided legal consultation in multiple areas vital to ASCE and also oversees ASCE’s professional conduct and construction contract documents committees.

Prior to joining ASCE, Mr. Smith practiced law in Northern Virginia from 1990 to 1997 with the firm of Hazel & Thomas, P.C., now combined with Reed Smith, LLP. While in this position, he focused on commercial, construction and land use litigation in federal and state courts, and land use applications for commercial, industrial, and residential development. In addition to his master’s degree in structural engineering and B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Virginia, Mr. Smith holds a law degree from Washington & Lee University. He is admitted to the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP).

Outside of ASCE, Mr. Smith serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics; is past chair of the Legal Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); and is a member of Chi Epsilon, Order of the Engineer, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2011, he received the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, which recognizes ASCE members for their continuing efforts to promote appreciation for the history, tradition, developments and technical and professional activities of the Society.

Actively involved in his community, he serves on the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals, and previously chaired bar association committees providing legal services to local homeless shelters as well as coordinating national moot court competitions. Smith has published articles on engineering ethics and legal issues and is a frequent speaker on these subjects.

Wendy S. Goffe, Partner, Stole Rives LLP, Foundation Outside Counsel

Wendy S. Goffe

Wendy Goffe has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients on estate planning issues. Her experience includes advising clients on matters including probate and trust administration, estate and gift taxation, charitable giving and nonprofit trusts and corporations, family-owned business succession and issues concerning unmarried couples. Wendy is a regular speaker at local, regional and national events addressing a number of estate planning topics. She has also been interviewed by and written for many national publications.

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