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Volunteers, Committees, Board & Staff 

Office Volunteers

Mary Lee Fenton - It is my honor to introduce myself to the community as a volunteer for The Volunteer Center, office staff and The Volunteer Center, Advisory Board member. I am a life-long resident of Whatcom County area. I have worked in the Health Care and the Social Services fields. I provide office support to the CHORE, RSVP and House to Home programs.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know our partners, our volunteers and our staff here. I encourage everyone in our community to get enrolled as one of our special volunteers! 

Donna Hennessy - My family and I moved to Bellingham about 5 ½ years ago. I'm currently working toward an accounting degree at Whatcom Community College. I wanted to get some office experience, so I decided to volunteer at the Whatcom Volunteer Center as an office assistant. Helping people has always been my passion and I have spent the last 13 years assisting elderly and disabled clients to remain living in their homes. My husband and I also volunteer through the Rotary Club. We both hold a General Class Ham Radio License and are looking forward to being a part of the Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) Disaster Preparedness Team. In our free time we love to sail, hike, camp, ride our bikes and play music together.  
Katie Swanson -

Volunteers with Heart Committee 

Pam Brady - is an Associate Director of Government and Public Affairs for BP, responsible for public affairs and community outreach at BP Cherry Point Refinery, as well as Oregon legislative issues.  She has spent the 14 years in the industry, previously as a Land and Right of Way Agent for BP US Pipelines and Logistics.  Pam and her family reside in Bellingham.  

Helen Moran -

Daria Smith -

Katie Swanson

Kudos Krew Committee

Jennifer Chapman I am a local free lance writer who loves to dabble in anything that peaks my curiosity and allows me to learn. Helping others has been a staple in my life and that drive continues to grow the longer I do it. I am happy and excited to be a part of the Kudos crew to help bring light to our communities out standing members.

 

 

 



Claudia Elliott - has lead a multi-disciplinary professional career of administrative, qualitative analysis and project management. From natural resource science, commercial property management and brokerage, to luxury item sales.  As a Vietnam veterans daughter her passion includes being a voice for those with PTSD and multigenerations fighting for awareness of affects of Agent Orange. Hobbies include mixed media art, writing, and expressing herself musically. Nature immersion through organic gardening, hiking trails and as a Master Garderner/Composer helps keep Claudia centered.

Natália Galindo Cestaro-I am Natália, which means "the one who was born to bring light", but I do not feel like carrying that weight. I am an only child and I was born and raised in São Paulo, a Brazilian city of 20 million, which contributes to my multicultural and plural personality.    I am about to finish my degree in Event Management, and my plan is to get a MA in Cultural Journalism and, later, a PhD in Semiotics, probably.  I love languages and writing is one of my biggest passions and the best way I find to express myself, as well as arts, music and dance. When I was at age of 3, my dad started educating me at home, so I learned how to write and read pretty early, which made it possible for me to skip earlier grades, graduating from high school when I was 16. Then, despite passing the test and being admitted to two of the best universities in São Paulo, I decided to study dance and got a diploma in general dance specializing in jazz and flamenco.  I enjoy meeting new people and listening to their stories, so my future dream is to open a cultural cafe because I believe that good music and a chocolate bar can enhance any bad mood.

Annegret Bates -  At the moment I am looking for a job as an Office Assistant/Receptionist. I finished my degree in April 2015 at the Bellingham Technical College.I have been introduced to the Kudos Krew  in the Volunteer Center in Bellingham and like to help as a volunteer. In 1998 I moved from Germany to the United States. In different countries in Europe I worked for the tourism and loved it. I married an American, who lived in Germany, in 1981. So, as you can see, I am a little older and always interested in trying something new.


Nancy Steele - I have lived in Bellingham for nearly 35 years with my spouse Rick. My passions are teaching and playing African music, singing, copy editing/writing and long walks in our beautiful region. Rick is a Certified Financial Planner and CPA who loves to play guitar, sing and play mbira (African thumb piano) with me.

Katie Swanson

Professional Photographers

Edye Colello-Morton - has been living and photographing in Bellingham for over 25 years. She works with a wide variety of photo subjects including art, portraits, events and commercial assignments. Edye has created several award winning photographs and has shown locally and nationally. Notable photography projects include the documentation of the Chacsinkin-Cajun Connection medical mission in the Yucatan, Mexico, "Faces after Katrina", Lafayette, Louisiana and most recently Bellingham/Whatcom County Project Homeless Connect. 
http://edyecolellomorton.com

Malinda Warder 
 

RSVP Advisory Committee

Mary Lee Fenton - It is my honor to introduce myself to the community as a volunteer for The Volunteer Center, office staff and The Volunteer Center, Advisory Board member. I am a life-long resident of Whatcom County area. I have worked in the Health Care and the Social Services fields. I provide office support to the CHORE, RSVP and House2Home programs.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know our partners, our volunteers and our staff here. I encourage everyone in our community to get enrolled as one of our special volunteers!


Linda Giles - Volunteer Services Director, American Red Cross.  Keynote speaker, author and motivational coach.  Former General Manager and Communications Director for Hawaii Weight Watchers franchise.  B.A. in English from WSU.

Jayne Jurado - Walgreens Infusion and Respiratory Services; Board Member of Whatcom County Health Department; Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program; Skagit Valley Nursing School

Carl Taylor - Retired Professional; Past President of Washington Teachers' Association

Louis Walbrek - Assistant Director,  Louis joined the Volunteer Center’s Board of Directors in April, 2014, and is the current Board Chair. Louis graduated from Western Washington University in 2011 with a combined major in Politics/PhilosophIy/Economics and a minor in Psychology.  Immediately after college, he served two years as an AmeriCorps CIS Site Coordinator at Sehome High School (2011-12 and 2012-13).  After his two years serving in AmeriCorps, he is now working as Assistant Director for Communities In Schools, Whatcom.   



   

Disaster Advisory Committee

Sage Bishop
Donna Fullner  
Bud Hardwick – Bud has been an outdoor recreation and survival instructor and guide for activities including wilderness travel; hiking and climbing on rock, snow and ice; paddling; snowshoeing; skiing; and avalanche avoidance.  He has written extensively about outdoor recreation and natural areas primarily in the Pacific Northwest and designs new trails and routes for various entities including land holding companies, federal and state agencies.  He also volunteers for activities related to safety in outdoor recreation and conservation of natural areas.  Bud recently received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Washington Department of Natural Resources in recognition of his long-term valuable contributions.  His passion in life continues to be introducing people to the beauty of nature with an emphasis on personal safety.  Consistent with this, he has organized rapid response teams among local outdoor clubs to provide assistance should a disaster occur requiring volunteer assistance.   

Pat Lynam  
Maureen (Mo) Mackenzie
Russ Stewart
Beth Vonnegut - Retired Senior Professional in Human Resources; over 35 years of Executive/management experience  in Higher Education, manufacturing and construction.   Skills/Abilities: union negotiations, safety, emergency and disaster preparedness, training, harassment /discrimination investigating, policies/ procedures, hiring, AA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, worker’s comp, compensation, benefits, I-9/E-Verification, as well as payroll.  Education:  BSBA and MBA City University of Seattle. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  Service organizations include Rotary and Lions.  Extensive volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resource Management on the National, Regional, Area, State and local levels; volunteerism on the local level for the Red Cross, Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden Performing Arts Guild, Whatcom Volunteer Center, Northwest Youth Service, ReUse Works, and the YWCA

Project Managers for Disaster Volunteer Mobilization Center

 Chalice Dew-Johnson
 
 Dave Evans
 
 Michael Henken
 
 Pat Lynam
 
 Gayle Shipley
 
 Scott Sutherland
 
 Terri Temple
 
 Pam Melton
 
 Don Diebert
 
 
 


Board of Directors

Kaylee Eckert

Heather Flaherty - Program Officer for the Riverstyx Foundation in Bellingham, Washington, has been a happy Bellingham resident for 10 years now. As the usual story-line goes, Heather moved here to attend Western Washington University and then decided to never leave if she could help it. While at Western, she earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Community Health Education and later a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Before joining the Riverstyx Foundation, Heather served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. She finds working for an organization that gives back to the community rewarding. When Heather's not working, you can find her enjoying hikes around Bellingham, organizing parties and events, taking photographs of sunsets, and enjoying time with her friends. Her deep loves include Western Washington University (she is often quoted as saying Western changed her life), the movie Dirty Dancing, Panang Curry from On Rice, and her cat Bowser.  

Eric Lipson - is originally from Seattle and moved to Bellingham in 2002. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Engineering and an MBA. He works in Business Development and teaches a couple classes for WWU. In his free time he can found be found in the mountains or outside somewhere near water. 

Rob Sloan

Mara Snyder

Louis Walbrek - Louis joined the Volunteer Center’s Board of Directors in April, 2014, and is the current Board Chair. Louis graduated from Western Washington University in 2011 with a combined major in Politics/PhilosophIy/Economics and a minor in Psychology.  Immediately after college, he served two years as an AmeriCorps CIS Site Coordinator at Sehome High School (2011-12 and 2012-13).  After his two years serving in AmeriCorps, he is now working as Assistant Director for Communities In Schools, Whatcom.    


Staff 

Randall Carroll, Interim Executive Director.  Randall Carroll retired as Chief of Police from the Bellingham (Washington) Police Department in January 2008. He began serving the department in 1977, and was the Chief for eight years. Over the course of his career, Mr. Carroll worked locally, nationally and internationally on law enforcement policy development, law enforcement cultural change and education. Mr. Carroll is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and was a member of The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Executive Committee for six years. Mr. Carroll currently serves as a consultant to the IACP, is a member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center, and is faculty for the National Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. Mr. Carroll serves on the Advisory Group for the State Attorney General. Mr. Carroll is Past President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs’ and Police Chiefs’.Mr. Carroll is President of PROFECTUS, LLC, a company that provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, executives and community service agencies on issues related to violence against women, and organizational culture and change. Mr. Carroll has served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (Northwest Region), the Bellingham/Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence and WomenCare Shelter. 



Jennifer Hebert, Special Projects and PR Manager. She holds a degree from WWU in Business Administration/Marketing. Much of her career has been sales and marketing in the banking industry and she served on the Lydia Place Board of Directors. Her work supporting special projects and public relations engages her passion for people, projects and communications. She sees herself as a great "utility player” willing and able to support the Volunteer Center and its program directors with their communications and outreach needs while serving partner agencies and volunteers with their needs too. Outside of work Jennifer likes to surround herself with family and friends, great food, music and books, and warm afternoon sunlight.

Abby Lund, Chore Program Director. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in English literature and a minor in Spanish. After school, she moved home to Seattle and worked as a freelance writer and for the nonprofit Volunteers of America. Missing Bellingham, she returned in 2007 and continued working with nonprofits as a volunteer. She loves being close to the water, the mountains, and living in such a community-oriented city.
 


Mel Monkelis, RSVP Program Director. Recently he was Executive Director of Whatcom Events, and managed the Ski to Sea Race, Tour de Whatcom, and the Muds to Suds Race. The Ski to Sea Race is the largest community event held in Whatcom County each Memorial Day weekend that utilized over 1,000 volunteers and generated 1.2 million dollars into the local economy. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional association event and volunteer management. His favorite saying is "It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t mind who gets the credit.” He is married, enjoys the outdoors and working in the yard. He has a B.S. degree in Human Services along with course work in his Master’s program in Human Relations and Organizational Management.

Karen Saupe, House2Home Program Director.  Spent many hours over the last 15 years volunteering in various Bellingham schools projects.  Was a House2Home volunteer for 3 years before assuming the project director position.  In the process of completing the Master Gardener program.  Loves spending time with her family and friends outdoors, on the water or in the garden. Graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in International Relations

Astrid Sloan, Accounting. She joined The Volunteer Center in April 2014 as our Operations Director and has transitioned to overseeing accounting, allowing her to spend more time with her family. She has over 15 years experience in operations, customer service and accounting. Astrid relocated to Bellingham in 2002 from the Portland, OR area. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut and migrated west in 1991. Astrid loves Bellingham and finds it to be the perfect place to raise a family. In her spare time Astrid enjoys gardening, jogging the trails of Bellingham and enjoying the beauty of our area with her family.  
 
 




 





 
 
 
 
  
      

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