2014 Speakers

Dave Sabey
/ Sabey Corporation

From the beginning of a career spanning more than 40 years, Dave Sabey has sought out people with a fresh perspective, an inspired vision and a relentless sense of purpose. Among his earliest developments were building Boeing Electronics clean rooms, constructing ADP’s first data center, building and owning one of McCaw Cellular’s first switches, developing facilities for Exodus Communications, provider of the world’s first internet colocation services — even Starbucks‘ first external roasting plant— all were breaking new ground in industries of world-wide importance.

Today, that trend continues both through real estate development and investment with a particular focus on high performance data centers, healthcare & life science research and communications. From IT efficiencies and technology platforms dedicated to solving some of the hardest problems facing health care and life science, Mr. Sabey is passionate about promoting ideas that positively change the world. 

One of those ventures is CODONiS, a company recently co-founded with Jim Harding, a veteran Vice President of Technology for Amazon, to develop technology platform services for Life Sciences & Health Care and to optimize hyper-computational applications and cloud services designed specifically for major hospitals. 

Mr. Sabey is also founder of the Seattle Science Foundation which was established to foster the collaboration of medical scientists, practitioners, and engineers through high bandwidth transmissions while sharing some of the world’s most sophisticated skill sets. Through the Foundation and his work with some of medical technology’s most creative and productive thought leaders, Dave is helping to advance a global healthcare network with Seattle as a central node. 

Mr. Sabey and his wife, Sandy, have three children, two of whom work in the family business. 


  • Systems Biology Advisory Council, Harvard Medical School

  • Institute for Systems Biology, Chairman, Board of Directors

  • Global Health Nexus, Seattle, Advisory Board,

  • University of Washington Medical Center Board, Past Member

  • New York City Tech Connect Advisory Board

  • University of Notre Dame Business Advisory Council

  • Gonzaga University Honorary Doctorate of Law & Trustee Emeritus

  • Board of Trustees, Seattle University

  • University of Washington President’s Club,

  • Eastside Catholic High School Foundation, Bellevue WA, Board of Directors

  • Eastern Washington University President’s Council

  • Young Presidents’ Organization Alumnus

  • Washington State Roundtable Board


  • U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School

  • University of Washington

  • Eastern Washington University

About Sabey Corporation

Over its 40 year history, Sabey Corporation has been developing, constructing and managing a real estate portfolio of commercial properties that now comprises 5.2 million square feet. Approximately 3 million square feet of that portfolio consists of networked data center campuses across the United States supporting some of the world’s most acclaimed internet and technology enterprises, government and universities. Headquartered in Seattle and family-owned, Sabey credits the building of long-term relationships as fundamental to its success.

Colin Brine
/ Be,Clearly™

Colin Brine, co-founder/CEO of be,clearly, thrives when working in spaces of transformational leadership. As a facilitator, coach, and seasoned strategist, Colin helps visionaries and their teams to achieve clarity – clarity about who they are at their best, clarity about a future where who they are is thriving, clarity about the way forward to create the future they imagine, and clarity about their experience along the way. Colin approaches change from a ‘human organics’ perspective and customizes strategic planning efforts, leadership development, identity discovery, retreat facilitation, team development, project and process design, and large-scale community conversations with clients as varied as professional athletes to multinational business leaders to local school districts. 

Additionally, Colin is a graduate of the Disney Institute in Leadership Excellence and has earned certification as a Leadership Guide from the Upstream Academy. He also has an active history of social investment - he is a long time Rotarian, has served on many civic boards, and has received two humanitarian awards. Colin is a licensed professional yacht captain, a competitive road/mountain cyclist, and Nordic skier/coach; but is most proud to be “dad” to his 11 year old son, Torin, and 6 year old daughter, Kikkan, in Leavenworth, Washington.

Glenn Johnson
/ Cashmere Cares

Bio in the works.

Donte Quinin
/ Wenatchee Valley College

Donte Quinine is an enthusiastic advisor, teacher, and mentor determined to inspire and encourage his students to reach their full potential. He holds a BA in Education from the University of Oregon and a MA in Leadership from Gonzaga. A former collegiate and professional basketball player, Donte continues to pursue health and wellness as an avid yoga practitioner and instructor. Donte is the Director of Student Programs and Leadership Instructor at Wenatchee Valley College. He also facilitates workshops and retreats on effective leadership, communications, team building, and personal wellness.

Nancy Warner
/ Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS)


Nancy Warner is the Executive Coordinator for the Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship, an organization that fosters sustainable rural communities in North Central Washington by gathering and sharing success stories that enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action, and build community in North Central Washington www.irisncw.org. She completed a BA in Biology at the University of Colorado in 1979 before attending graduate school at Utah State University where she earned a MS in restoration ecology and a MS in American Studies with an emphasis on environmental history. She served as a program manager for The Nature Conservancy for 18 years, working extensively with local communities in California, Colorado and North Central Washington to balance conservation with resource use and the maintenance of strong, rural communities.

Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship
P. O. Box 4563, Wenatchee, WA 98807
509-881-1812, nwarner@applecapital.net

DR. Gene Sharratt
/ Washington State Leadership Academy


Dr. Sharratt is currently the Executive Director for the Washington Student Achievement Council. Created by the Legislature in 2012, the Council is the lead state agency bringing together all sectors of the state’s education system to improve access, achievement and outcomes for all Washington citizens, from early learning through higher education. One of the Council’s primary duties is building a comprehensive 10-year Roadmap that will help guide education reform and innovation. 

Before joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Dr. Sharratt spent ten years as a college professor and twenty-plus years as a K-12 classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, school superintendent, and ESD superintendent in international and public schools.  This experience was in Washington, Alaska and Norway. 

Dr. Sharratt enjoys writing and has published numerous articles in professional journals and magazines. He is the past president of the Washington Educational Research Association and serves on the editorial board for Washington Kappan.


Ph.D. 1983 Washington State University
MA 1974 Pacific Lutheran University
BA 1972 Washington State University
AA 1970 Highline Community College

Some of Gene’s awards include:

  • 2013 Educational Leadership Lifetime Legacy Award, Washington Association of School Administrators

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, Pacific Lutheran University, September 2009

  • Washington State Bilingual Leadership Award, March 1992. Washington Association of Bilingual Educators (Washington Association of Bilingual Educators)

  • Washington State School Superintendent of the Year May 1991. Washington State Capitol Building, Olympia, WA.

  • National Educational Administrator of the Year Award May 1988. NAEOP, San Francisco, CA.

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, June 1982. Pi Lamda Theta Educational Honorary Society, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Jeff Ostenson
/ North 40 Productions

Jeff Ostenson is owner of North 40 Productions, a digital media production house here in Wenatchee Washington. Currently on his third career, Jeff spent several years as a mental health provider and was also the General Manager of an organic treefruit packing operation before determining that telling stores with digital media is where his true vocation lies. 

Over the last eight years, Jeff and his team at North 40 have amassed substantial experience working with clients to develop and deliver marketing messages and by creating their own original material. From Wenatchee to Austin Texas, from fruit growers, non-profits, state agencies and Native American Tribes to from ski areas and mountain bike trails, Jeff and his crew have consulted on a remarkably diverse group of projects and filmed in produced stories around the world creating TV commercials, animations, motion graphics, documentary shorts, narrative shorts, and feature documentary films.

Growing up on a local apple and pear orchard, Jeff left to pursue his education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, moved to Bellingham to marry his future wife, Heather, and in1997, the two returned to their hometown of Wenatchee to pursue a goal of improving the community around them. Jeff is currently serving as President of the Board at the Performing Arts Center and volunteers with the Chelan Douglas Landtrust, Greater Wenatchee Technology Alliance and the Wenatchee School District. He also enjoys skiing and biking of all sorts.

DR. Peter Rutherford, MD / Wenatchee Valley Medical Center

Dr. Pete Rutherford is an Internal Medicine Physician and the CEO of Confluence Health, with branches in Wenatchee, and throughout North Central Washington. Dr. Rutherford graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1974, and then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, graduating with a BA in Chemistry. He then attended the University of Washington Medical School, and following that completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He and his wife Karen then moved Cody Wyoming where Dr. Rutherford was in a two person private Internal Medicine practice. In 1990, Dr. Rutherford returned to Wenatchee, and has practiced medicine here since that time. In 1/2011, Dr. Rutherford became the Board Chairman of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, and then assumed the CEO role of Confluence Health when it was formed as an affiliation of WVMC and Central Washington Hospital in 2013.

Dr. Rutherford also volunteers on the Mission Ridge Physician Ski Patrol, and serves on the boards of The Community Foundation of North Central Washington, and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Rutherford has two sons who graduated from the University of Washington, and are currently working in the software industry in Seattle. Dr. Rutherford and his wife Karen, live in the same house they bought in 1990 with their dog Ernie.

Leo Garcia
/ Wenatchee Valley College

Bio in the works.

Chef E. coyote
/ Chef Extraordinaire

Chef E. Coyote is an award winning internationally known chef with over thirty years of experiencein the restaurant industry. He is currently  head Chef at the four star Coyote’s Den Cafésituated at the foot of the North Cascades Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Wenatchee in Washington state.  The caféis a favorite among foodie coinsures from through out the Pacific Northwest. He is an honors graduate of the prestigious Taillevant Culinary School in Paris, France. 

As a guest chef and lecturer, Chef E. Coyote has demonstrated his craft in Russia, Japan and Mexico.  He has previously worked under the tutelage of famous New York Chef Gandie Brodie.  Chef E. Coyote served as Chef In-Residence at the famous Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during his early years of kitchen explorations.

Steve King

Steve King is dedicated to serving the community and strives to facilitate improving the social and economic health of Wenatchee. Raised in the small North Central Washington town of Omak, he moved to Wenatchee in 1997 after earning a MS degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University. Steve really values five years of working at a local private consulting firm which provided invaluable experience for his current position as the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Wenatchee. Steve really enjoys travel in which he spends his time observing the social and physical dynamics of various communities and analyzing what makes a community great. Steve’s engineering background lends himself to another passion of his which is data analysis. Combining data with anecdotal evidence provides a unique opportunity to share stories to help empower communities to improve, solve problems, and embrace change. While Steve has had the opportunity to participate in numerous community improvement projects, two come to mind when asked what he is most proud of. The first project was the opportunity to work with all of the Wenatchee Valley Rotary clubs in the design and construction of Rotary Park. Today, it brings him great pleasure to see this busy park enjoyed by the community. The second opportunity was helping in the creation of a public private partnership for the construction of the Pybus Public Market on the Wenatchee Waterfront. Steve believes in local healthy foods, local economy, and is thrilled to see the growth of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market at the world class and community supported facility. Steve asserts that the Wenatchee Valley has a promising future with assets like these, not to mention, our wonderful outdoor environment, our beautiful downtown, and our history of being a community known for innovation, a hard work ethic, and resiliency.