Staff & Contributors

Thank You

The Roll of the Dice Experience was created with the support of many community members and their organizations.  We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the creation of the “game”: 

  • Nancy Roberts-Brown, Catalyst for Kids (Producer)
  • Mariko Ohiso, Catalyst for Kids (Editor)
  • Sandy Hart MSW, Casey Families
  • Eci Ameh, J.D., Washington Children’s Administration
  • Kathy Taylor, King County Children’s Administration
  • Lyman Legters, Casey Families
  • Joel Odimba, King County Children’s Administration
  • Ron Murphy, Casey Family Programs
  • Magdaleno Leno Rose-Avila, City of Seattle
  • Nathan Phillips, South King Council of Human Services    
  • Paula Steinke, Child Care Resources
  • Isidro Rodriguez, United Way of King County
  • Lori Guilfoyle, United Way King County
  • Lynn Briggs, Casey Families
  • Richard Tagorda, DSHS  
  • John Argerious, East African Community Services
  • Joseph O’Connor, King County Racial Disproportionality Coalition
  • Commissioner Mark Hillman, King County Juvenile Court
  • Judge Patricia Clark, King County Court
  • Hamdi Abdulle, Somali Youth services
  • Richard Watkins, ThomasbV Giddens Jr Foundation
  • Julie Cornell, University of Washington
  • Germain Covington
  • Gia Wesley, DSHS
  • Uriel Iniguez, Washington Commission of Hispanic Affairs
  • Carlos Rios, Immigrant Rights Network
  • Elia Cardenas, Des Moines Community College
  • Jennifer Litchfield, Principal Financial
  • Angelica Cardenas, SOAR
  • Nick Yasinski, University of Washington
  • Dr. Pam Taylor, Seattle University
  • Roxanne Finney, DSHS
  • Nora Coronado, Group Health Research Institute
  • Yvonne Redding-White, United Way of King County
  • Toi Sing Woo, New Directions Consulting
  • Bertha Alicia Garza, Centro de Servicios Comunitarios
  • Larry Wewel, Everett Community Leaders
  • Sheryl Shapiro, City of Seattle




About the Author: 

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, MSW, an immigrant from Guatemala has been recognized at the local, state and national level for his work with and for youth and families of color.  John-Paul has served as the Executive Director of Foster Promise, the Latino Community Fund and is the former State Director of Equity and Civil Rights at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Before coming to Washington State, John-Paul was the Public Policy Lead and Product Development Manager at the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, MN, where he oversaw an eight-state multimillion-dollar portfolio designed to promote equity, build assets, reduce poverty and improve the lives of families and communities of color.  Before joining NWAF, John-Paul served on the Iowa State Governor’s Cabinet.  He has also served as the National Training and Technical Assistance Director at the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, the Executive Director of the Institute for the Support of Latino/a Families and Communities, and a co-founder of the Disproportionate Minority Confinement/contact Resource Center at the University of Iowa. John-Paul has thought graduate courses in areas such as Discrimination, Diversity and Oppression, Latino Immigration to the United States, multicultural education and family/community development.   John-Paul has a B.A. in Sociology/International Relations/Multiculturalism from Saint Mary University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, and completed his course work towards a doctorate in cultural competence education and training at the same institution.  As young adult, he worked in meatpacking in Kansas to put himself through school, and it was there he began his work in the United States as an advocate, community organizer and educator.