Mark Perry has over 35 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing and general management that covers a broad range of roles in the Information Technology (IT) industry, most recently at Microsoft, Inc. where he served an illustrious 25-year career and retired in October 2019. During his tenure at Microsoft, he led teams that focused on product strategy, sales, marketing, and customer service. He was in a general manager position for the majority of his tenure which enabled him to sharpen his business skills along with people leadership. He will say he is a lifetime learner. Defining a business strategy with clear priorities is what he believes enables people to realize their potential and that is what Mark believes defines success in any organization. And that leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example that applies in his life every day whether it is personal, a professional role or public service. He has served on non-profit boards and you can see that as part of his background on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mperrywa/
He enjoys working with innovative people and areas to advance one’s personal growth. And he really enjoys being on the edge. Since retiring he has been fortunate to utilize his background to assist businesses in shaping their strategic direction and priorities. He currently serves on the advisory board for companies like Officium Labs to drive improvements in customer experience. Along with talentsky as they explore the potential to recognize new ways of skills development.
Over the years he has always enjoyed being outside whether that is spending time on a trail hiking, cycling on pavement (or dirt), and in a river (or on a lake) fishing which provides him with a connection to nature while finding a relaxing harbor to reenergize. With his wife Deb, they have experienced multiple cycling tours to places like Vietnam, Italy, and Croatia. In 2019 they enjoyed a wonderful hike in Italy trekking the Dolomites. He does have a passion for fishing around the Pacific Northwest and in places like Baja, British Columbia, and Alaska. He also works closely with Washington Trails Association (WTA) on trail maintenance teams and assisting to advocate for being outdoors as a healthy life choice.
In addition to his business and personal interests, Mark and Deb have several philanthropic interests where they contribute their time, talents, and financial contributions, whether that is in a contributor role or as leaders. They work with non-profits like Medical Teams International (MTI), and visited places like Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala, and Lebanon. He contributes to Seattle Union Gospel Church, Acres of Diamonds, Sophia Way and most recently has been working with Humanize Homelessness to assist in every way possible as he has a deep concern for people unsheltered and in need.
Mark has always had a strong interest in giving back, utilizing his career and personal experiences to help those in need and do everything he can to help the local communities. He believes philanthropy is the love of mankind. And he looks forward to assisting in any way he can and feels there is a complete alignment with his interests and the vision of Recovery Beyond. He looks forward to serving the team and the community served as best as he possibly can.
Sarah Langton is the co-owner and partner of Langton Spieth, LLC, a public affairs consulting firm founded in January 2002. Sarah has over 25 years working on the Eastside in government affairs, community outreach, stakeholder development and engagement, communication/messaging, project/community strategy, grassroots coalition building and fundraising.
Prior to her forming Langton Spieth, Sarah served as the President & CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce following a seven-year tenure at the helm of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce. Sarah has also earned the distinction of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from the national American Chamber of Commerce Executives organization. In 2012, Sarah and her business partner Betty received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Leadership Eastside, a community leadership development organization they founded in 2004.
In her career Sarah has participated in numerous boards and activities, several of which she has led, including:
- American Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors
- Association of Washington Business Board of Directors
- Seattle King County Economic Development Council Board of Directors
- Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives (past President)
- Southcenter Rotary Board of Directors
- Bellevue Schools Foundation Board of Directors
- Seafair Board of Directors
- Eastside District YMCA Board member (2001 – 2007)
- Eastside District YMCA Capital Campaign (2002 – 2005)
- Co –Chair, KidsQuest Children’s Museum Board of Directors (2002 – 2006); Board member (2002 – 2017)
- Co-Chair, KidsQuest Children’s Museum Capital Campaign (2003 – 2005)
- President, Bellevue Rotary (2008-2009); Member (1995 – present)
- Bellevue Police Foundation Board member (2008 – 2010)
- Lake Washington Schools Foundation Advisory Council member (2009 – 2014)
- President, Bellevue College Foundation (2013-2014); Board member, (March 2010 – 2015)
- Leadership Eastside Board of Directors (2020)
Sarah received her BA Magna Cum Laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Washington. A Bellevue native, Sarah currently resides in the city of Sammamish with her husband Todd with whom she has two college aged daughters, Haylee and Lindsey.
Todd currently serves as Director of Communications for Hopelink, a non-profit working to build a community free of poverty. He is a mission-driven individual who has used marketing and PR as tools to help companies achieve their business objectives or organizational missions for more than 20 years.
Focusing most of his career in healthcare marketing and communications, he has a broad range of experience having put his skills to use for large public technology companies such as Microsoft, globally recognized biomedical research institutions such as the Institute for Systems Biology and local healthcare providers like Overlake Hospital and Clinics. He or members of his teams have generated media coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, Discover, Wired Magazine, Rolling Stone, MITs Technology Review, Barrons, Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek Online, Internet Week, Internet World, Information World, Computer World, Network World, eWeek, San Jose Business Journal, Denver Business Journal, Crain Cleveland Business Journal Puget Sound Business Journal.
Mostly what he brings to the table is an overriding desire to support organizations that are focused on improving the human condition and making people’s lives better. He believes that, working together and working for the right reasons, we can build a world that provides an opportunity for everyone to make the most of the time they have been given on this big blue marble.
Brad is an entrepreneur and investor who has built and sold successful companies in the home accessories market. He is also an experience IT and software development executive. He currently designs and builds outdoor recreation facilities under his brand, High Trek Adventures, and is an active investor and mentor to technology startups.
Brad has served as a board member for Timberlake Church in Redmond and is actively involved in Acres of Diamonds as a investor, advisor, and Volunteer. Brad participated in the Climbing Out of Homelessness program as a community climber and summited Mt Rainier in 2017.
Marcia is a program and product manager at Microsoft in their Consulting division. She has worked in the technology consulting industry for three decades with public, private and social sector organizations worldwide. Her expertise includes product development, project management, and organizational transformation.
Marcia has served on non-profit boards in both King and Pierce Counties that focus on training women to get back into the workforce, breaking generational poverty, and bringing the education and business sectors together to solve employment issues. She worked for the city of Tacoma to facilitate the trades hiring minority apprentices, and volunteered as a consultant helping non-profit boards build their strategic plans.
Mark Ursino has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing, Sales and general management – experience that covers an unusually wide range of assignments, technologies and channels. He has worked for or with such companies as Boeing Computer Services, Microsoft, Asymetrix, Compaq, IBM, DEC, Tandy and Zenith. He has worked in Technical Support and Systems Analysis as well as Sales, Marketing, and was general manager of a training division. His direct product experience ranges from Systems Software such as Windows, OS/2, and UNIX to horizontal applications and training developed by Microsoft University, and Asymetrix’s consulting organization. Outside of computing, Mr. Ursino has consulted with and / or provided executive training for diverse organizations such as small Long-Distance phone companies, large telecommunication companies and municipal governments.
In the 20 years since he retired from commercial pursuits, Mark has been an expedition mountain climber, an international traveler, and a self-described, “rabid amateur photographer”. In addition he has a number of philanthropic pursuits, contributing time, talent, and treasure to various organizations, including Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, The Tacoma Rescue Mission, and Tent City 4, some times as a contributor, and sometimes as a leader.
In 2010, Mark partnered with Mike Johnson to implement Mike’s vision, the “Climbing out of Homelessness” program. The Climbing out of Homelessness program took promising men and women in substance abuse programs and gave them the opportunity to form a team that trains in the outdoors, ultimately leading to a summit attempt on Mt. Rainier.
In 2016, Mark founded Recovery Beyond to perpetuate the work begun in “Climbing Out Of Homelessness.” Since then, Recovery Beyond has re-invented itself into a program that offers a broad range of people recovering from substance abuse disorders long-term support in maintaining their sobriety.