Board of Directors


I was born in Medellin, Colombia.  I lived in the Seattle area since I was 8 years old.  I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Theoretical Math.  I got married and became a certified Wedding and Event Planner in 2010. In 2012 I gave birth to my little hero and angel,  who has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 1. Currently, I am a certified Refit Revolution dance instructor, artist, an actress, and the Founder/CEO/President of ‘BORN A HERO, Pfeiffer’s Health and Social Issues Awareness’ nonprofit organization. Most importantly I am a stay at home mom and all my life revolves around my faith.  My hobbies include being with my family, volunteering and giving back to the community, singing, dancing, painting, traveling, experiencing different cultures, playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, rock climbing, surfing, hiking, watching movies, playing the guitar, and being immersed in nature.

Carolina Sommer


Paul is from Medellin-Colombia and works as a faculty member in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University. He has over 20 years of philanthropic experience working with Poder Joven Foundation- an organization that serves children who are victims of the humanitarian crisis in Colombia. Paul is passionate about serving others and channels some of that desire in teaching. He loves to spend time with his family and playing soccer when he gets a chance.

Jhon Paul Smith

Treasurer of the Board

I grew up near Seattle as the second of four boys, no girls. I went to college in Seattle and Illinois, and I am now working as a structural engineer. After undergrad I volunteered for a year at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and my wife and I would return there for a couple weeks a year until our daughter was born. I met my gorgeous wife at church where I played piano and she sang in the choir, and somehow I tricked her into marrying me – it was my most successful con, as we are still married. In 2012 she gave birth to our first child, our beautiful daughter Mariana, and our journey with Pfeiffer Syndrome began.

David Sommer

Vice President of the Board

Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship which is Seattle University’s highest faculty honor. He was also awarded the 2009-2010 Thomas J. Bannan endowed chair of engineering. Dr. Thompson joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

Phillip Thompson

Board Member
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