About The WAVE Foundation
The WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Foundation is a small not-for-profit organization established in 2011.
TWF raises awareness about the societal impact of sexual assault and domestic violence. We build community and we fundraise to address the issue. We empower everyone, particularly youth and young adults, to recognize the warning signs of violence and to prevent its occurrence.
We’re against Violence Everywhere. Because it can happen to Anyone.
Dollars raised go towards grants for Puget Sound programs that assist and care for domestic violence victims, and to Discover Your Power, The WAVE Foundation’s educational program committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
Currently, The WAVE Foundation (TWF) hosts 3 annual events – Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride; Raise Your Glass, a wine tasting event; and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a men’s march hosted in partnership with the University of Washington Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Collectively, these events are the financial pillars of the organization. They attract 2,000 participants each year, bring visibility to the issue of domestic violence, while supporting Discover Your Power and supporting the WAVE Foundation’s grant program. To date, The WAVE Foundation granting program has distributed a majority of the net proceeds from these events to Washington based agencies.
The WAVE Foundation is governed by a 7 member Board of Directors including 1 Emeritus and 4 Advisory Members. Although it began as a 100% volunteer-led organization, The WAVE foundation now employs 4 part time staff members who are focused on growing our events and expanding our programming reach as to create a bigger impact in our community.
The WAVE Foundation continues to seek out new partnerships and opportunities to expand our ability to implement change in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Board of Directors:
Sharon Anderson – President/Board Chair
Sharon is the founder of Cycle the WAVE, a brainchild of her vision to empower women through exercise and put a stop to domestic violence in our communities. In March of 2011, born out of Cycle the WAVE, she Co-Founded The WAVE Foundation. Sharon has volunteered her time to the mission of ending domestic violence through education and is excited about our outreach program “Discover Your Power”.
In addition to cycling with her husband (and hopefully someday her kids), Tracy loves all things outdoors. Tracy is an Associate Professor at the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington, Tacoma where she teaches classes in strategic management and organizational change. Her current research examines how social entrepreneurs are working to re-invent capitalism, specifically to use market logics and profit-oriented activity to generate social good and collective value.
Anne-Gigi is an avid cyclist with a passion for introducing women to the joy of cycling. She became a ride event team volunteer for Cycle the WAVE in 2012 and later joined the Board in 2014. When not volunteering with the WAVE Foundation, Anne-Gigi has a dual career in wetland/restoration ecology and veterinary medicine and lives in Sammamish with her husband, Dan, and her Labrador Retriever, Gimli.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Washington and has been engineering faculty at Bellevue College since 1990. Frank is passionate about teaching, learning and empowering students to pursue their career goals. Frank also supports The WAVE Foundation through video production and photography for event promotion
Salisa Roberts – Treasurer
Salisa Roberts is Senior Vice President and leader of Key Investment Services for Key Bank’s Washington North Region. Salisa has been in the financial services industry for 27 years. Salisa and her husband live in Bellevue, Washington. When Salisa is not working, she enjoys yoga, reading, writing and bike riding.
Board Member Emeritus:
Born, raised and educated in the Seattle area, Nancy spending her career as a health care practitioner, mother of three grown children and community advocate she developed strong community ties to help drive her passion for social justice. Seventeen years ago she saw the need to bring the issue of domestic violence out of the darkness, and with some local like-minded women, began a journey that led to the creation of The WAVE Foundation. As Co-founder of The WAVE Foundation, she is proud of the progress being made to bring greater peace and safety to communities where we reside.
Marc is the Director of Government & Community Affairs at REI. Before joining the co-op, he held similar public policy roles at the US Commerce Department and Microsoft, and he started his career as a regulatory lawyer. He advises TWF on legal and business matters.
Lisa has participated in the Cycle the Wave cycling event as both a participant and a volunteer since the event’s inception. Lisa is a local Certified Public Accountant in the state of Washington
Jane, is a shareholder at Clark Nuber P.S. the premier NFP public accounting firm in the Northwest. Jane leads the tax exempt organization practice as part of the not for profit niche where she specializes in providing tax services to private foundations and public charities. Her primary focus is on minimizing exposure to excise and unrelated business income tax, charitable giving strategies and communicating with the IRS.
The WAVE Foundation Staff:
Gina Kavesh – Executive Director
Gina brings extensive knowledge of both business and cycling to TWF; she ran a successful retail chain for more than 25 years and has been a competitive cyclist and champion of women’s cycling for two decades. She’s also the President of the Washington State Bicycling Association, serves on the board of USA Cycling.
Sherry’s background in event management combined with her love of cycling make The WAVE Foundation an excellent fit for her skills and passions. A resident of West Seattle since 2010, Sherry jumped in as the volunteer ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ for Cycle the WAVE in 2016. “I was flattered when I was asked to join the team on the heels of being a first-time volunteer, and I couldn’t say no. This is an inspiring group of people, and it’s exciting to be part of the Foundation at a time when the organization is expanding. There is a lot of opportunity to heighten awareness of our work and mission — with our programs, especially Discover Your Power.
Peter Verbrugge – Event and Operations Manager
Peter worked for many years in the music business-owning, operating and promoting at several alternative rock clubs in San Diego & Seattle. He’s worked extensively in the Seattle Special event field from 1995 to present. He has produced many well-known festivals and events; winning three King County Event Producers Awards.
In 1998 Peter started riding a bike after a twenty-year break and was hired to work as an event producer at Cascade Bicycle Club in 2003. His successful signature events included the Bike Month Commute Challenge, Seattle Bike Expo and the Ride around Washington.
In 2014 Peter came to The WAVE Foundation as its first full-time staff member and looks forward to help grow the event each year.
Meggan Atkins – Discover Your Power Program Director
Meggan organizes workshops and community events to further our quest to teach strength through confidence. She has been teaching the Empowerment Model of Self-Defense for six years in local middle schools, high schools, and on college campuses. In 2010 Meggan created a a high school girls’ self-defense program in the Issaquah School District under the Fight the Fear Campaign name. Since 2016 Meggan has been evolving the original curriculum into Discover Your Power which is a broader reaching program that encompasses relationship behaviors, consent, bystander intervention and sexual assault awareness training. Prior to joining The WAVE Foundation Meggan was a middle school teacher for almost twenty years.