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 relationship and sexual violence victims, and to Discover Your Power, The WAVE Foundation’s educational program committed to empowering young people through training in relationship and sexual violence education, and self-defense.

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.

The WAVE Foundation Staff

Ariana Orford – Executive Director

After Ariana worked as a victim advocate nearly 10 years ago, she decided to dedicate her career to ending violence against women. As a prosecuting attorney at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, she advocated for survivors of domestic violence in trial. Then as a legal aid attorney, she fought to protect the privacy of victims in criminal cases and to get protection orders for survivors of domestic violence. Most recently, Ariana founded the Legal Hope Program, which mobilizes over 100 lawyers in Seattle to offer pro bono legal services to survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to her J.D., she will be completing a Graduate Certificate in public policy and nonprofit management from Seattle University’s Masters of Public Administration Program in June 2019.

Ariana is also an instructor at Pure Barre, a Pilates-based exercise studio focused on empowering women and building community. Ariana is thrilled to combine her passions for ending violence against women and empowering women through fitness in her role as Executive Director, and looks forward to meeting all the amazing members of the WAVE Foundation’s community.


 AAllyson Rileyllyson Riley – Discover Your Power Program Director

Allyson took her first self defense class over 25 years ago, and has been teaching martial arts and self defense in the Seattle area for more than 15 years. She loves to share her skills with others, using potentially life saving drills and techniques to help people find their power and their voice. To teach self defense is to facilitate transformation.

In addition to being DYP’s Program Director, Allyson is co-chief instructor at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu. Contact Allyson at Allyson@thewavefoundation.org

Board of Directors

board members sharon croppedSharon 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”.

Tracy (4)Tracy Thompson – Board Member

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 Chan – Secretary

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

salisa2016Salisa 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.

Tim Culbertson – Board Member

Tim Culbertson is Senior Finance Manager at Microsoft. He has participated in Cycle the WAVE as a ‘guy-on-bike’ and served on the Foundation’s grant committee. Tim’s financial and corporate experience brings additional expertise to  support The WAVE Foundation and help position the organization to not only help groups that support survivors but also build awareness by the next generation of adults who will hopefully make a difference in the conversation and the outcome.

Kim Smallwood -Board Member

Kim Smallwood is a VP, Relationship Manager at U.S. Bank. Kim became involved in The WAVE Foundation after learning about The Discover Your Power Program.  She has a keen interest in educating youth by speaking their language and giving them tools to address the peer pressures and societal norms that influence behaviors.  Kim is focused on helping Discover Your Power thrive and become embedded in our community.

Board Member Emeritus

board members nancy croppedNancy Belur

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.

Trusted Advisors

board members marc croppedMarc Berejka

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.

board members lisa croppedLisa Rosenblatt-Hood

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

board members jane croppedJane Searing

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.

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