Board of Directors

Paul Misleh

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Paul has served as a Managing Partner with Fortis Capital Management, LLC for 3 years. Before Fortis, he was with Ernst and Young,

from 2005-2014. He first served as Assurance Senior in Ernst and Young, San Diego, then Manager of Transaction Services at Ernst,

San Francisco, and finally Global Analytics Manager at Ernst and Young, London, UK. Paul graduated Summa cum Laude, from University of  San Diego with a BS in Accounting/Finance emphasis. He is certified as a CFA and CPA.

David Machemer

Board of Directors

David Machemer is an architect with over 25 years experience working in various aspects of the profession, from front-end design definition to production of contract documents for construction.  Before settling in Seattle in 2014, David spent 19 years in mainland China, where he first served as stay-at-home dad for his young son for nearly 5 years, and then helped develop a small, rep office into one of the largest foreign-owned project management firms operating in China.  While helping to define project requirements and concept designs for dozens of foreign investors in China, such as Nike, Boeing, Siemens and Volvo, David also built long-term relationships in Shanghai for sharing the love of God and furthering his Kingdom.  David currently serves D.A.D.S in the capacity of strategic planning for long-term growth and expansion.

Gregg Towery

Board of Directors

Gregg Towery has been involved at DADS since 2005 and hosts the Thursday night Bible study/support group. With a background in theology directed toward application in daily life, he has served in pastoral ministries to men for more than 20 years. He has a passion for fathering and seeks to "turn the hearts of fathers to their children."  The deep pain and grief experienced in his own life helps him to connect with the needs of struggling fathers. Greg lives in Kent with his wife, has six adult children and six grandchildren.

Donnie Griffin

Board of Directors, President


Donnie has enjoyed a 33-year career as an executive in business, government and non-profit organizations.  His 20-year management tenure with US WEST Communications included positions as Managing Director of Community Affairs & Corporate Contributions and General Manager of the 911 Public Safety Group.  In government, he served as Agency Chief Deputy Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services, a 10,000-employee organization with a $4 billion annual budget.  He is a co-founder of the non-profit Choose 180 Program, a faith-based inspired partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to divert low level juvenile offenders away from the criminal justice system.  Donnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University, Master’s degree in Management from Antioch University Seattle and is a graduate of the Master Class for Leadership Educators Program at Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government. 

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Debbie Jacobson

Board of Directors, Vice President 

Debbie Jacobsen has been associated with DADS for a number of years through friendships with its founders, Marvin and Jeanett. Currently a graduate student at Fuller Theological Seminary, and excitedly expecting to receive her Masters in Theology (MAT) in 2019. Free to serve as the Lord leads-- to champion fathers separated from their children and families by helping to break down restricting barriers impeding the course towards a future that closes the tremendous gulf of despair fatherlessness has created in the greater Seattle area. Lives in the Seattle area with her husband of 36 years. Mother of five adult children and soon to be grandmother of three!

Joe Marra

Board of Directors

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Joe has been an attorney at the Seattle law firm Davis Grimm Payne & Marra for over thirty years. His practice focuses on representing employers in all areas related to private and public sector labor and employment law. Prior to entering private practice, Joe was an attorney at the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Joe is a frequent and popular speaker for associations, companies and non-profit organizations. Although a litigator, Joe’s priority is enabling clients to avoid costly lawsuits and legal risks by utilizing proactive, preventative business practices.  Joe is admitted to all state and federal courts in Washington and Montana. He has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from WA. Independent Business Association and has been repeatedly recognized by the Washington State Bar Association for his pro bono work. "A lawyer must be much more than a litigator for his clients. He must be an honest and realistic advisor, strategist, risk assessor, counselor and advocate."