Board of Directors
Board President Victoria Millard received an international education in the art of clowning and has had a long career of performing and teaching in the art form. As co-founder of Room Circus Medical Clowning, she wears many hats, including in-kind administration and an occasional in-kind stint as one of the hospital clowns. Victoria looks forward to joyfully tossing off some of those hats as Room Circus rapidly develops and grows. Nonprofit board experience includes Board Presidencies of Ear to the Ground, S.L.A.P.P—Seattle's Loosely Affiliated Physical Performers, Offshoot Mime Company, and member of the board of Prospect Congregational Church. Victoria majored in Theatre at the University of Washington and received a degree in English from the University of Iowa. A former magazine editor and writer, she presently writes poetry, monologue and memoir. As the wife and mother of a family who all chose health care as a profession, she is outnumbered as a clown, but when sharing her Room Circus stories, all enthusiastically agree that laughter is medicine!
Board Member Olivier P. Martinez is a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed. He assists his clients in pursuit of their personal financial goals. Olivier relocated from Paris to join his wife in Seattle in 2010. He is an active member of the Emerald City Rotary Club to support children’s education. He is also involved in the French community (expatriate organization Board member of UFE Seattle; Membership Committee of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest); and the international community (Ambassador of InterNations Seattle). Olivier believes in laughter and humor to help children overcome their illness.
Board Member Marc Grau originally from California, is a French-American who came to Washington State University over 20 years ago. His education taught him finance & risk management, yet his heart led him to marketing in Seattle’s high-tech industry. Marc works for Avanade, a global company based in Seattle helping clients achieve greatness through technology. Having worked for technology companies as a marketing professional, he is always looking for the story behind the product. Life certainly keeps him busy because he also owns a small coffee shop, the Frog and Kiwi Cafe! When the opportunity came to join Room Circus, Marc smiled and said yes, without hesitation. He experienced first hand how important laughter can be when his 8 year son was in the hospital with Guillain-Barre Syndrome for three weeks. Like his family, Marc wants others to have the same experience of joy while in the most difficult times. An expert at ‘faire l’imbécile,’ Marc is always looking for the humor in life. He has a daughter & son (both under 10), enjoys the outdoors, wine, great cuisine, biking, music & documentaries.
Board Member Howard Gross is a Management Consultant with expertise in organizational development and business transformation for non-profit and for-profit organizations of various sizes--from Fortune 500 companies to startups. These include Intel, Electronic Data Systems, Kaiser Permanente, Premera Blue Cross, and Blue Shield of California. He has an extensive background helping organizations determine who they want to be (mission and brand), how they want to get there (strategy, vision, tactics and plans) and developing or transforming these organizations to achieve their desired goals. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, an MBA from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Management Science from The University of California, San Diego. Howard enjoys traveling, mountain and road biking, music, movies, theater, improvisational and stand-up comedy. He wanted to help Room Circus because he has personally experienced the pain and isolation of being confined to a hospital and how laughter can make you forget about your woes, and would like to help provide this joy to every person who needs a little comic relief.