Mike Kann a Seattle native and graduate of Seattle University Albers School of Business, is a 29-year finance professional for a large corporation. Professional experience includes accounting, financial systems, budgeting as well as parametric forecast modeling.
Earlier in his life, Mike was involved with Peer Seattle’s service both as a client and peer group member. He returned as a peer group member to Peer Seattle in 2008, became a peer group facilitator (via Peer Seattle facilitator training) and has been serving as board president since January 2013. Peer support has been a valuable asset in Mike’s life and he works to promote this model to others in the LGBTQ community who are in need of support.
Carol Burton was a peer group facilitator at Peer Seattle for 5 years, running Daring Divorced Divas, a support group for women who had ended a same-sex relationship. The group ended its run in 2013. Her work facilitating that group led to her continued involvement and commitment to Peer Seattle, becoming a board member in May 2013. Carol graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1993. She is employed by Premera Blue Cross doing insurance defense work. Carol is also active in the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), Northwest Chapter. Her partner has HD. She is the proud parent of a daughter who attends college in Los Angeles. And she loves her dog, despite the fact that her dog sometimes eats the couch cushions.
Mark is originally from Long Beach, California, and attended UC Irvine where he double-majored in biology and chemistry. After continuing studies at UC San Diego, and working as an enzyme biochemist in La Jolla, he moved to San Francisco where he attended dental school at UCSF. It was in school in 1982 that he first encountered AIDS, not yet even named: a patient brought in by his oral medicine instructor with a baffling and unexplainable case of KS. It was also in The City that he met his husband Charles and together they moved to Seattle in 1989. They live in the same little Ballard house they bought that year, complete with picket fence! Mark practices dentistry in downtown Seattle. A member of a peer-to-peer group himself, he has benefited from several activities at Peer Seattle and wants to ensure that others in our community can do likewise. He joined the board in December 2014.
Michael has been a member of the Peer Seattle Board of Directors since January of 2016. He spent his formative years in West Saint Louis County, Missouri and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1989. He moved to Seattle in 2012 for a job at Amazon Web Services and is currently employed as a software engineer by a 20-year-old Seattle-based technology firm located in the International District. He has attended 12-step groups at Peer Seattle continuously since relocating to Seattle. His hobbies include building computers, fitness, hiking and listening to music.