Think Tank Members

Note: Being a Burien Homelessness Think Tank Member does not mean the member agrees with the various articles or posts on this web site. It does not mean members of the Think Tank agree with other Think Tank members about the problems or solutions.  What it does mean is that the member wants to see the homelessness situation to be addressed and want to be part of the solution to the homeless problem in the Burien area. Those who are listed as anonymous choose to remain anonymous because of concerns of repercussions because of their beliefs or to protect their privacy. Click on a person’s name to read more about them.

Dean Gruver

I have been a Burien resident since 1948. graduated from Highline High School in 1966. US Navy veteran. U of W Graduate (Asian Languages and…

Anonymous-4

I have been working at  Transform Burien for 3 years now. Here is my opinion. Problems Homeless come to TB and get food several days…

Matthys van Leeuwen

(Member)

Here is  letter I wrote to the Burien City Council: Dear City council members, It looks the city council is facing a real leadership test…

Doug L.

(Member)

In the past I have been a UPS driver and construction worker. Because of my alcoholism I have made bad choices and spent time in…

Anonymous-3

(Anonymous)

I am a nurse-midwife, currently working at a hospital. I volunteer (bring meals) to Hospitality House, and in the past to a men's shelter in…

Anonymous-2

(Anonymous)

I have been a school psychologist for many years. I served numerous students in need, not all of them living in homeless conditions but many living…

Thomas Gudmestad

(Member)

I have a 40 year career as a Firefighter/EMT and Paramedic with King County Medic One. Volunteer at Highline Food Bank and Transform Burien. My…

Anonymous-1

(Anonymous)

Experience: 20 years experience as a case manager with low income families Concerns Regarding Homeless Inefficient use of public/private funds to address homelessness. There also…

Vince O’Neill

(Member)

I am a data analyst by profession and work at the Gates Foundation, where I have done some work with regional family homelessness data. Your…

Pamela Staeheli

(Member)

My biggest concern regarding the homeless is the trash and the animals in the camps. I worked on rescuing over 75 cats in a green belt…

Richard D. Dover

(Founder/Organizer)

Burien Homelessness Think Tank Richard D. Dover (Rich) is the founder of the Burien Homelessness Think Tank, and the current organizer. The Burien Homlessness Think…