Appointed and Elected

Supporting Research, Training, and Education


The Trust Fund is administered by a Board of Administrative Trustees, of which some members are appointed by the Board of The Arc of Washington State and others are elected by the Trust Fund Board from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Thomas Schulte


Thomas Schulte and his wife, Martha, have been advocates for the intellectually and developmentally disabled since the birth of their severely challenged son, Nathan, in North Carolina in 1981.  In 1988 they were named Parent/Volunteers of the year by The Arc of North Carolina. 

Dr. Schulte is retired from a 30 year career as a senior executive developing medical devices, particularly in the infectious disease diagnostics area.  He holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from the Univ. of Wisconsin, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Univ. Colorado Medical Center, and was a post-doctoral fellow in Pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schulte is currently serving as President of The Arc of Washington Trust Fund.

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Eugene Aisenberg

Vice President

Dr. Gino Aisenberg is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work where he has made significant contributions for the past sixteen years.

For the past five years, he has provided leadership as Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs in the Graduate School.  Dr. Aisenberg is also the founder and co-Director of the Latino Center for Health, an interdisciplinary research center promoting the health and well-being of Latinx communities. His is a proud father of a daughter who has Down’s Syndrome.

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James Russell


Jim Russell and wife Kasey are the proud parents of a 25 year son who has Down Syndrome and a 23 year old daughter who graduated this year from the University of Washington.

Jim grew up in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington and served in the US Navy specializing in aviation electronics. He owned a local CPA firm for thirty years. Jim’s past volunteer work included fundraising for the United Way as a Loaned Executive and Board servitude for Child Strive, a non-profit providing early intervention services.

Presently, Jim is the head swim coach for a local Special Olympics Swim Team and Treasurer for the ARC of Washington Trust Fund.

Brandi Monts


Brandi has a life-long personal connection to developmental disabilities, as well as several years of work experience in the IDD field.

Her previous positions include residential services, supported employment, transition from school to work, teaching, and county government.

Realizing her commitment to the disability field early in her education, Brandi earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Washington and later went on to obtain a Master in Public Administration, with a focus on Public Policy at The Evergreen State College.

She’s currently a Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Wise, a non-profit organization based out of Seattle, WA.

Terry Price

Board Member

Terry J. Price is the Executive Director of the University of Washington School of Law Asian Law Center and Center for Law, Science and Global Health.  He has a Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. 

He teaches Family Law, Legal Issues at the Beginning of Life and Mental Health and Law, in addition to his administrative work.  Prior to joining the law school, He was Senior Policy Counsel to the Washington House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, where he advised members of the House Judiciary, Public Safety and Early Learning and Children’s Services committees.

Lance Evans

Board Member

Lance Evans and his wife, Kathy, have been advocates for the intellectually and developmentally disabled since the birth of their severely challenged son, Bradley, in Florida in 1983.  Unfortunately, their special angel passed away in October 2017 after 34 years with them. 

Dr. Evans is retired from a 38-year career as an electrical engineer and executive manager developing avionics products, of particular note the air-to-air collision avoidance system, TCAS.  He holds a B.S., M.S. and D.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Mendy Ramirez

Board Member

Mendy Minjarez, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, the Program Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Early Intervention Program at Seattle Children’s, and an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.

Dr. Minjarez completed her doctoral degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. Her current clinical activities and research are focused on early intervention for children with autism, specifically, Applied Behavior Analysis, Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions, and parent-mediated interventions.

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Deborah Thoros

Board Member

Artist Crafts Advocate and Wife

I have a family background in autism. My late father had ASD. I have central auditory processing deficit.

I served on several boards including Autism Society of Washington and Washington State Development Disabilities Council. I partake in nature and study natural health and the bible.