WIN Leadership Team
Nam Nguyen, Chair
In the 90s, Nam Nguyen and his family immigrated to Washington State as part of the Orderly Departure Program, a UNHCR initiative for South Vietnamese citizens. They settled in the suburb south of Seattle, where his dad is a retired administrator for a local community college and his mom retired as an administrator for a local hospital.
Mr. Nguyen followed his dad into State service and is currently an Assistant Attorney General. Prior to working at the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Nguyen worked in private practice in Bellevue, WA and Houston, TX. He graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2010.
Mr. Nguyen has a history of serving his community. After law school, Mr. Nguyen volunteered in Bayou La Batre, AL (where Forrest Gump started the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company) to help address the economic and social problems caused by the BP Oil Spill. There, he developed, managed, and implemented youth development programs, social service programs for those with limited English proficiency, and work training/retraining programs for workers displaced by the BP Oil Spill. Mr. Nguyen has, in the past, volunteered as an assistant scoutmaster and troop leader for both boy and girl scouts troops in Alabama, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington.
Currently, Mr. Nguyen is a commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Mr. Nguyen was also a recent fellow of the Washington Leadership Institute, a University of Washington School of Law leadership training program for young attorneys.
In addition, Mr. Nguyen has a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. He was also a treasurer for Toastmaster Capitol Club # 422, located in Lacey, WA. He currently resides in Tumwater, WA, where he is a planning commissioner.
Kim Sauer, Vice Chair
Kim Sauer emigrated from South Korea and joined the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in 1999 as a Customer Service supervisor. She then promoted to Program Manager of the Mandatory Alcohol Server Training and the Responsible Vendor Programs. Kim teaches Korean on the weekends and enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking mountains in the region. She served as a vice president of the Korean-American Intermarried Women’s Association. Kim graduated cum laude from Saint Martin’s University and is a Certified Toastmaster.
Alex Countouriotis, Communications Officer
Our Communications Officer, Alex Countouriotis, is the child of a Greek/French father and a Japanese immigrant mother. He grew up in San Francisco in a predominately Russian neighborhood, but was exposed to Japanese arts and culture thanks to his mother's active involvement in San Francisco's Japanese/American community.
Alex is an Engineer with WSDOT and has over 14 years of project delivery/management experience. Alex is a proponent of diversity in all forms. His passion, though, lies in helping those from immigrant backgrounds overcome the many barriers (language, cultural, age, socio-economic, gender, racial, etc.) that exist in this country. He prefers to do this on a personal level by forming trusting relationships with those that he endeavors to help. This is why WIN's Mentoring Program is so near and dear to his heart.
Jarrod Irvin, Secretary
Jarrod Irvin is a cross-cultural professional who is passionate about advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion. As an Army Veteran, Jarrod has experience working with people and organizations around the world. Jarrod earned his Master’s of Science in Social Psychology from Walden University.
Jarrod currently serves as a Diversity Consultant for the Washington State Department of Corrections. Prior to his work in state service, Jarrod served in the United States Army in a variety of roles. Among the more impactful roles for Jarrod were those in which he managed organizations’ equal opportunity and prevention of sexual violence programs.
In his free time, Jarrod enjoys movies, camping, baking, and all-things Halloween.
Lorraine Lee, Executive Sponsor
Lorraine Lee has served as Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings since July 2009. She was initially appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire and, in 2015, was reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee. Her public service career includes varied policy and management positions in state government over the past 20 years.
In the 1990’s, Judge Lee was a criminal defense appellate lawyer representing indigent criminal defendants before the Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington State Court of Appeals. From 1984 –1990, Judge Lee was a military lawyer in the U.S. Army with duty stations in Washington DC, Hawaii and Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Judge Lee came to America from Hong Kong as a young child. She attended public school in New York City and Moses Lake, Washington. Judge Lee graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.
Her husband John is a public defender in Pierce County. Their teenage daughter Grace and a four-year-old German shepherd, Skye, keep their household lively.
Christine Stalie, Advisor (Immediate Past Chair)
Christine Stalie is a cross-cultural, multilingual professional with experience working within diverse communities locally and internationally. Ms. Stalie earned her Master’s in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
Ms. Stalie currently serves as a Senior Performance Advisor with Results Washington in the Office of the Governor. As a consultant for UNICEF, Ms. Stalie collaborated with local teams in Mali and Senegal to conduct field evaluations and lead national trainings for a cross-sectoral network of public, private practice and NGO professionals involved in child health and development in resource-scarce populations. Ms. Stalie has also served with the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at Al Zarqa’a refugee camp in Jordan, and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. As a volunteer, Ms. Stalie provided ESL tutoring through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, Oregon, as well as the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington.
Rooted in her experience and background as a first generation American, Ms. Stalie is dedicated to raising up leaders and supporting underserved and marginalized communities.
In her free time, Ms. Stalie explores international cuisine with family and friends.