Mathematician by education, software developer by trade, innovator and entrepreneur by heart, Mr. Raciborski has more than 25 years of experience developing state-of-the-art technologies and building software products for global markets. He works for Microsoft Corporation where, for last 15 years he has held various management positions in Windows Server and Client divisions. Before Seattle, Mr. Raciborski lived in Montreal, Canada where he worked in a number of local startups building high performance computing clusters and video servers. Mr. Raciborski holds M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Warsaw Polytechnic (Politechnika Warszawska).
Mirka E. Nakovski, P.C.
Founder of Mirka Nakovski Law in Everett, practicing Immigration and Family Law in Washington State since 1992. Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and Washington State and Snohomish County Bar Associations, including Family Law Sections, she is committed to obtaining the most current training and providing her clients with the most expert legal services. She is zealous, experienced and compassionate in presenting her clients in court, in mediation, in settlement conferences and in front of administrative authorities. Fluent in Polish, proficient in Russian with basic knowledge of Spanish, Ms. Nakovski holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Texas and J.D. from St. Mary’s University of Texas. See full bio
Director and Treasurer
Current Redmond, WA resident, Janusz Wisniewski moved from Poland with his Family in 2008. Mr. Wisniewski is Sales and Marketing, Automotive, Technology experienced professional and consultant with 20 years of business experience – both at corporate level and as an entrepreneur. He has held various Management and Director positions at General Motors, FIAT (Alfa Romeo, Lancia), Jaguar and Land Rover car companies as well as provided an in-house consultation in business development, sales and marketing management for SMB (Small and Medium Business) sector in Poland. Mr. Wisniewski holds M.S. in Economics from Warsaw School Management and Law. See full bio
Born (1954) and educated in Warsaw, Poland. Taking advantage of the relaxed passport policy after 1971, I left Warsaw for Hamburg, West Germany to study German, and learn entrepreneurial skills in real market economy in 1977. A few years later, in September of 1980, I married my longtime Polish friend with American roots in West Berlin, and we moved to Seattle, Washington. After two years of learning English and exploring different opportunities, my wife and I followed the “American dream” and opened up our own business, Richard’s Artistic Framing – an art gallery and custom framing shop that we currently still own. Today after more than 30 years, the business is vibrant and has been widely recognized in Seattle communities and beyond, as a solid brand. While the framing business was running smoothly, I was looking for new challenges to prove my entrepreneurship skills. In 1999 I started European Flavor Cafe and built it from ground up, to be self-sustaining and prospering business. Two years later, I sold it and invested in new business – Richard’s Flooring – installing and restoring new and old wood floors. I still own this business and enjoy its prosperity. Currently, I am looking into new and more challenging ventures capitalizing my accumulated knowledge, multiple skills and rich American, German and Polish business experiences. I love working with customers directly, meeting their expectations and needs. Over the years I have become a good contract negotiator, salesman and purchasing expert for my own business and for others that I have represented. I also learned a lot about logistics and customer service in America and the European Union. This is why I have joined PACCPNW – to contribute to building business bridges between the United States and Poland, as well as other European Union countries. I have dual – Polish and USA citizenship.
Communications and Public Affairs Professional with extensive experience in public relations, corporate citizenship and community leadership. She has held several Communications and Marketing positions at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington and internationally. In Europe, she managed Microsoft Central and Eastern European communications strategy and implementation of community investment programs, including the subsidiary in Poland. Prior to Microsoft, she worked at WRQ Attachmate, a connectivity software company, and KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliate broadcast corporation in Seattle. Ms. Indelak Davis holds an M.P.A. from University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs and B.A. in Communications from University of Washington. She has also attended Universytet Jagiellonski in Kraków prior to leaving Poland. A longtime resident of Seattle, she has been an active member of Polish-American community, serving on a board of Polish Home Foundation and co-organizing the Polish Festival Seattle.
Zbigniew Bochniarz, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs, Senior Lecturer, an affiliate faculty member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program at Harvard Business School and founder of the Center for Nations in Transition at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. He is a recipient of Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Republic of Poland among other prestigious awards. He is an international speaker and serves on several environmental boards. Prof. Bochniarz holds Ph.D. and MA in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and honorary doctorate from the Miskolc University in Hungary. See full bio
Director and Secretary
Paul works for the Washington State Patrol as the Assistant State Fire Marshal. His responsibilities include: the Fire Training Academy in North Bend; the International Fire Service Accreditation Conference certification of firefighters in the state; fire resource mobilization for wild land fires; and state-wide Hazardous Material Training. Prior to coming to the State Fire Marshal’s Office Paul worked for the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development. He was responsible for a $92 million budget for other state agencies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations.See full bio:
Previous Board members
Greg Plichta, J.D.
Patent Attorney at Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the business of invention, and prior at Woodcock Washburn. Mr. Plichta has a broad experience managing a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to solo inventors across a wide variety of technical fields. As a patent prosecutor, he has handled hundreds of patent applications and responses to office actions. He has taught patent law concepts and doctrines to foreign patent agents, attorneys, and judges at the University of Washington School of Law. Managing Director of the Seattle Polish Film Festival, former Editor of Washington State Bar Association Newsletter and former Chair of King County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, he holds B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.A. in Philosophy, B.A. in Political Science from University of Washington and J.D. from University of Washington School of Law.
Staff Scientist at Amgen, one of the world’s foremost biotechnology firms. Ms. Senczuk specializes in downstream process technology that innovates production of pharmaceuticals. She frequently presents at scientific conferences and contributes to patent (protein purification) applications and scientific journals in the field of chromatography. Ms. Senczuk produces an education program titled: “On the Border of Science,” featuring the latest scientific and technological discoveries for a Polish language Internet radio, Radio Wisla. She promotes science to young people as a Science Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts of America and BioTech Expo Monitor for The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. Ms. Senczuk holds M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Calgary. She also attended Wroclaw Medical University (Akademia Medyczna im. Piastów Śląskich) in Poland prior to leaving her native Silesia.
Len Radziwanowicz, MBA, MPA, CRPC®, CFP®
Senior Financial Advisor and Partner FDR Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America in Seattle, specializing in financial planning and investment strategies that utilize unique solution-based experience for every client. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Radziwanowicz was a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with B.S. in Economics & Management and supervised the Port Safety, Port Security and Environmental Protection mission for the Puget Sound region. Active in the business community as a Diplomat, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Member SODO Business Association, former Board Member of Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center and Member of National Association of Corporate Directors, he also promotes youth leadership as an Outdoor Committee Chairman and Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Radziwanowicz holds MPA from Seattle University and MBA from University of New Orleans. See full bio
Portland State University, Professor and former Department Chair (2004- 2010) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A member of the Board Governors of the Circuits and Systems Societyof the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, she has extensive experience in engineering research and development, and in managing technical and organizational committees of international conferences and workshops. A voice for exploration of tomorrow’s emerging technologies in “Oregon’s Silicon Forest”, she is an active member of Polish Library Association in Portland, Oregon. A former Scout Troop Leader in Poland, she has led many student science and tourism activities throughout her career. Prof. Chrzanowska-Jeske holds M.S. in Electronics from Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering form Auburn University in Alabama. See full bio
Alexandra Filutowski, J.D.
Founder of The Filutowski Law Firm, PLLC in Seattle, committed to representing individuals in personal injury, employment, landlord tenant and business issues. Ms. Filutowski lectures on law at the University of Washington and at Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Krakow and writes regularly on substantive issues in her field. She helped pioneer US leading academic center on business ethics and corporate governance, The Center on Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University School of Law. Ms. Filutowski is the Vice Chair of the International Practice Section of the American Association for Justice, Board Member of the King County Washington Women Lawyers, Chairing the Solo Practitioners’ Group and Member of Washington State Association for Justice New Members’ Committee. She holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington. A Puget Sound native and first generation Polish-American, Ms. Filutowski started attending the Seattle Polish Home as a child. See full bio.
Olivia Miasik is an audit associate at KPMG LLP, a global professional firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services. Prior to KPMG LLP, she has worked for a range of companies in the seafood and life insurance industries. Olivia graduated from the University of Washington cum laude in June 2009 with a B.A in Accounting, Certificate of International Studies in Business and Minor in Spanish. While at the University of Washington, she was an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Business and Economic Development Center. She built a business and marketing plan to raise capital and increase brand awareness for a local business and placed 3rd in 2008 and 1st in 2009 at the national Georgetown University Business Case Strategy Challenge in Washington, DC. Olivia is currently the editor of Nasz Dom, a local Seattle Polish gazette.
Former Long Term Care Specialty Executive Sales Specialist for Novartis Pharmaceuticals with 20 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Leadership. At Novartis, she managed complex institutional clients, led high-performance cross-functional teams, developed Key Opinion Leaders, negotiated formularies for a broad product portfolio and drove results for regional budgets. She consistently won national awards, Best in Class and Outstanding Mentor. Resident of Washington State since 1989, in April 2010 Ms. Orlowska formed the Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest. Board Member of Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, World Trade Center Seattle, Association of Washington Business, University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee, her interests center on promoting US-Polish business relations in High-Tech, Biotech and Biomedical sectors. Ms. Orlowska holds B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and 45 EMBA credits from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Filutowski relocated from Warsaw, Poland to New York City in 1971 while still in high school. He continued his education in New York City where he earned BE in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering. He started his professional career in Washington DC with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Filutowski worked on the seminal implementation of the Clean Air Act for vehicle emissions with collaboration from both domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers to ensure regulatory standards for air emissions were met. While at EPA, Mr. Filutowski continued his education at the University of Maryland in the Master of Science program specializing in energy. With his focus on energy engineering, Mr. Filutowski transferred to the Puget Sound area to work for the US Department of Defense where he directed and managed test programs of naval nuclear propulsion systems. He is a WA state licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with extensive experience in managing complex manufacturing and business processes with focused value targets. Mr. Filutowski is the Founder and the President of Moneta Trading LLC. It is a capital allocation trading entity that invests in diverse range of markets and investment instruments. Mr. Filutowski is a long time resident of Washington State who actively enjoys, theatre, reading, studying psychology of financial markets, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, as well as sports car driving.
Danuta J. Moc
Experienced sales and real estate professional, entrepreneur and former construction engineer with knowledge of the international trade. Personally committed to professional excellence, environmentally responsible business practices and community service.
Ms. Moc is a founder and owner of Our Best Services, Inc., Real Estate Investments, Engineering and Project Management Company since 2007. She holds M.S. in Civil Engineering and Construction Management and Technology from the Silesian Institute of Technology (Politechnika Slaska) in Gliwice, Poland. A longtime resident of Seattle, she has been an active member of Polish-American community since 1985, serving on community boards of directors: Polish Home Association, Polish Home Foundation and PHA Trustees. Ms. Moc is passionate about Polish culture, history and traditions and is a co-founder and the Producing Artistic Director (2012- 2014) of the Polish Festival Seattle at the Seattle Center Festal Cultural Festivals.