Executive Director, Matt Talbot Center
Gregory K. Alex, MA, CDC, is the founding Director of the Matt Talbot Center, a long-standing Seattle non-profit organization that operates a substance abuse treatment program and offers support, rehabilitative and restorative services to Seattle’s homeless, addicted, and mentally ill populations. Mr. Alex holds a master’s degree from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and has obtained certificates in chemical dependency counseling and executive leadership.
Stake President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Michael R. Anderson was born and raised in San Jose, California. At the age of 19, Mr. Anderson served a full-time mission to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 1989, Mr. Anderson graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then began working at the Boeing Company where he is currently employed as a Research & Development Engineer. Mr. Anderson earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management in 2001 from Washington State University.
Mr. Anderson has served continuously in various volunteer positions within the LDS Church. He also currently serves in the community as an Executive Board Member for the BSA Chief Seattle Council. Mr. Anderson served as the bishop of his congregation from 2004 to 2010 and began his current assignment as President of the LDS Renton Stake in October 2012.
Board of Trustees, Muslim Association of Puget Sound
Dr. Wael Bahaa-El-Din currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). A computer scientist by training, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din worked for several years in academia before moving to the software/hardware industry. He worked for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) for several years and then Microsoft for 15 years, and has worked on the design, architecture, and performance analysis of operating systems, database systems, networking, server applications, client applications, compilers, tools, and hardware. He is considered one of the top software industry experts in software performance, reliability, scalability and quality. In 2010, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din retired from Microsoft as a Corporate Vice President and a Microsoft Fellow for 10 years.
During 2010-2011, Dr. Bahaa-El-Din was instrumental in building the new MAPS community center in Redmond. MAPS is now the largest community center in the Northwest of the U.S. Between 2011 and 2014, he was President of MAPS’ Interfaith and Outreach Committee (IOC), which is responsible for relations between MAPS and the Interfaith community at large.
Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Family Service
Rabbi Will Berkovitz is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of Jewish Family Service. His responsibilities include program oversight and mobilization of philanthropic, volunteer and advocacy support to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable in the Puget Sound region.
Before coming to JFS, Will was Senior Vice President and Rabbi in Residence at Repair the World. He developed innovative partnership initiatives with organizations across the United States. Will cultivated dedication to service through a Jewish lens by working with and teaching at a variety of educational institutions. Prior to Repair the World, Will served as Rabbi and Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Washington and Connect Seattle. In that capacity, he was instrumental in making innovative, post-college programming and Jewish service-learning pillars of the organization.
Will is a graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He is an opinion contributor to local and national publications. Will enjoys time with his family, working in the Polack Food Bank and welcoming refugees when they arrive at SeaTac Airport.
Executive Director, Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington
Jim Dean has been the Executive Director of the Interfaith Association for Northwest Washington since July 1st, 2017. In the seven years prior to his appointment, he served as a board member and president. Interfaith NW has been running The Family Shelter for 21 years. Jim’s passion for people and homelessness have guided him to his current vocation.
Jim retired from the field of education immediately prior to his appointment as Executive Director, after serving 25 years as a school principal and teacher, and as an administrator for 13 years before that. Jim is married to Mary Dean. They have four children and five grandchildren. He has been active in the Everett community where he has lived for the past 20 years. Jim is an avid skier and hiker, and loves wood working and restoring his 113-year-old home near down town Everett.
Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County
Ned Delmore serves as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County, one of our region’s premier community service organizations. Mr. Delmore grew up in a “blue collar” family of ten siblings and had a loving mother who taught her kids to notice and care for the vulnerable. He says he was fortunate to be schooled by wise teachers who helped him escape the confines of the criminal justice system. Mr. Delmore brings over 35 years of practitioner experience in working to turn lives around in juvenile departments in both King and Kitsap Counties and has managed at every level within the juvenile court system. Mr. Delmore holds a master’s degree from Seattle University in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is married to Janet, a skilled and loving former teacher at St. Benedict Parish,, and has three adult children.
Director, Westside Interfaith Network
Mary Anne currently oversees WIN(Westside Interfaith Network), which is a group of 20+ congregations working together to provide a "network" of help and services for people in need throughout our community via: emergency financial assistance, hands-on ministry, support for local human service agencies, advocacy, community education and involvement on justice issues. She represents WIN in numerous City and interfaith groups.
Executive Director, The Coffee Oasis
Dave Frederick is the Founder and Executive Director of The Coffee Oasis. The Coffee Oasis began in 1996 through the vision of Mr. Frederick and his wife, Cindy. While volunteering as a police chaplain, doing foster care, and inviting homeless individuals into their home to live, their eyes and hearts were opened to the scores of young people in Kitsap County whose lives seemed to be on a downward spiral of incarcerations, addictions, and domestic troubles. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick purchased The Coffee Oasis business to provide a drop-in place for such youth, as well as a business to support their outreach and provide job training.
Mr. Frederick now overseas four Coffee Oasis retail businesses and a coffee roasting business supporting three Oasis Drop-In Centers serving at-risk and homeless youth in three communities across Kitsap County (Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Port Orchard), with Kingston projected to have a Coffee Oasis café and Oasis Drop-In Center in 2018.
District 7 Neighborhood Action Coalition
Shaun Glaze is an activist, data enthusiast, and a parent of a preschooler, obsessed with figuring out how to build community around what works. Shaun has nearly 10 years of experience in community organizing and action research and holds a certificate in Human Rights and International Justice from Boston College. As Shaun finishes her dissertation on youth activists, most of Shaun's professional work is consulting. Shaun advises on data, research, and analysis projects for grassroots groups. Shaun blends personal and professional expertise to support activist campaign development and evaluation. The Glaze family (Shaun, wife, and kiddo) are Queen Anne neighbors of Tent City 5.
Executive Director, Homestead Community Land Trust
Kathleen Hosfeld is the Executive Director of Homestead Community Land Trust, which she joined in 2014, with a background in stakeholder-based strategic planning and organizational change.
Since 1989, she has worked with mission-based for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, using a collaborative approach to growing organizations and strengthening their impact. Her work at Homestead builds on prior experience in commercial real estate and commitments to environmental sustainability, social justice, inclusion and equity. In addition to providing overall agency leadership, Kathleen also leads Homestead’s various grant-making and community partnership initiatives, which seek to grow the number of permanently affordable homes for ownership in our region.
Drawn to Homestead by its democratic governance and community ownership values, Ms. Hosfeld seeks to deepen Homestead’s diversity and culture of racial and social equity. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality at Seattle University and is a spiritual director.
Director, Pacifica Institute Seattle
Tezcan Inanlar is the director of Pacifica Institute in Seattle. He was born and grown up in Turkey. Finishing his undergrad in engineering, he moved to United States for higher education in 2001. He earned his MS degree in engineering at Clemson University in 2003. Upon his move to Los Angeles for his engineering work in 2006, he served at Pacifica Institute as a board member in which he volunteered in interfaith and intercultural dialog work in Southern California for 5 years. In 2011, he joined Pacifica Institute full time and served as SoCal director for 4 years. He is pursuing his MA degree in Islamic Studies and Leadership at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School in Los Angeles. He currently works for Pacifica Institute as Northwest Regional Director. He also serves on the advisory board for the Seattle University School of Theology & Ministry and on the board of F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relations in the Eastside), an interfaith alliance in Seattle. He lives in Bothell with his wife Sibel and they have three kids.
Executive Director, Housing Development Consortium
A champion of place-based strategies for community revitalization in the United States and abroad for 27 years, Mr. Kooistra is recognized for progressive work in the areas of sustainable building practices, homebuyer financial readiness, community development, the rehabilitation and preservation of foreclosed and distressed properties, as well as board development and strategic alliances. A first career as founder and CEO of a successful diversified construction business, and a subsequent degree in social work, allowed him to merge his passion for the built environment with his commitment to social justice, and led him directly to the affordable housing sector.
Before coming to Seattle in 2008 to lead Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County, Mr. Kooistra held several leadership positions with Habitat for Humanity’s international headquarters. He then served as Board President of Housing Development Consortium before being appointed as Executive Director in 2013. A past Bush Foundation fellow at the Joint Center for Housing and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Mr. Kooistra currently co-chairs the University of Washington’s West Coast Poverty Center Housing Roundtable and serves on the boards of Global Washington, Emerald Cities Seattle, HomeAid Puget Sound, and the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA).
Co-Founder/Minister, Matt Talbot Center
Ms. Krasucki was born in Seattle and raised in St. Therese Parish. She is a mother of three daughters, the grandmother of seven grandchildren, and the wife of Gregory Alex. She and her husband founded the Matt Talbot Center 32 years ago to serve Seattle’s homeless, addicted, and mentally ill.
Ms. Krasucki received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University in 1974. In 1979, she received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She also received her Master of Divinity from Seattle University in 2000 and completed the Pastoral Leadership Program in 2008. Ms. Krasucki attended Portland State University to study Interpersonal Neurobiology and is a current School of Theology and Ministry Doctoral Candidate. She also spent over 18 years at King County Detoxification Center, retiring as the Director of Nursing Services.
Ms. Krasucki has been in the field of Addiction for over 35 years. Her current ministry is to homeless, addicted and mentally ill women and she is the visionary behind Mary McClinton Home for Women, a ministry of the Matt Talbot Center. Her passions are Scripture, prayer and helping people find their healing.
Chief Program Director, St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle / King County
Ms. Muñoz-Roach holds a Master of Arts from Seattle University and a BA in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from the University of Florida. Ms. Muñoz-Roach was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is bilingual and bicultural, and brings over 25 years of experience, knowledge and skills working on issues of equity, multi-cultural diversity, and inclusion. She has a lifetime of experience working with communities of Latino/Hispanic origin, and most recently working with other communities of color in the area of educational equity through South King County.
Ms. Muñoz-Roach sits on numerous local and national boards, including the Access to Justice Board, where she is committed to elevating the voice of the non-legal community in an effort to create a network of support. In 2016, she was elected to the first Community Leadership Team of the Center for Education Results , which is comprised of visionary regional leaders working to achieve educational equity and community accountability across South Seattle and South King County.
Director, The Bridge Care Center
Josh Perme is the Director of The Bridge Care Center (BCC), a drop-in center for men and women experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the Ballard neighborhood run by Quest Church. He and his wife, Kara, moved to Seattle from Boulder, CO in late 2012. They’ve called Quest Church “home” ever since. Josh joined the staff of the BCC in 2014. He has a B.A in English from Kansas State University, and a M.Div in Christian Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary. Josh‘s passions include his beloved Kansas City Royals, pursuing issues of economic justice/policy, celebrating the image of God in people, and spending time with his lovely bride.
Executive Director, Compass Housing Alliance
For the past 15 years, Janet Pope has worked to address the issue of homelessness and housing in the greater Seattle Area. Since 2013, Janet has served as the Executive Director of Compass Housing Alliance, a leading service provider for homeless and low-income individuals and families with 23
locations in the Puget Sound region. She previously served as Executive Director of the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington and the Director of HomeStep, leading programs in support of families exiting homelessness. Janet Pope holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Seattle University and a bachelors degree from the University of Washington. She recently served on the Mayor Murray’s Tent Encampment Task Force and is spearheading the “Compass Crossing Pilot Project”, a responsive steel modular housing development bringing innovation, services, and community together as a solution to homelessness.
Executive Director, Accelerator YMCA
Mark Putnam is Executive Director of Accelerator YMCA, an organization that provides housing to youth and young adults and works with them to achieve stability. Before joining Accelerator YMCA, from 2013 to 2018, Mark was Director of All Home, a broad coalition of government, business, faith communities, nonprofits, and homeless advocates working together to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. In 2015, Mark was named Change Agent of the Year by Real Change newspaper. Previously, at Building Changes, he was responsible for overseeing technical assistance, grant-making and evaluation of family, youth and young adult homelessness initiatives. At AIDS Housing of Washington, Mark consulted with cities nationwide to develop housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Mark graduated from Whitman College and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University, and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs. He lives in Ballard with his wife and daughter.
Director for Social Services, Salvation Army, U.S. Western Territory / NW Division
Major Phil Smith is currently positioned in Seattle as Director for Social Services with The Salvation Army’s U.S. Western Territory / NW Division. This designation includes oversight of 10 different social service programs serving families and individuals in poverty and crisis. Major Smith has additionally served in a variety of settings over the last 25 years within The Salvation Army to include Executive Director of the San Francisco Harbor Light Center, Chief Administrator for the Santa Barbara Hospitality House as well as corresponding Corps Officer appointments where he and his wife Major Lawry Smith served as Senior Pastors. Major Smith and his family including their adult son have resided in Seattle for 3 years and have embraced the Northwest as their home. Major Smith is a proud United States Air Force Veteran having served 10 years active duty prior to answering God’s call to Salvation Army ministry and service.
Director, Seattle Innovation Team, City of Seattle
Tina Walha serves as Director of Innovation and Performance, an internal unit focused on working with departments using data and design to creatively solve problems. Ms. Walha has spent 15 years working to strengthen the public sector’s ability to make positive change for constituents. Her past experience includes serving as a policy advisor to Mayor Mike Bloomberg in New York City and as a management consultant to government and nonprofit leaders at the city, county, state, Federal, and international levels to create actionable enterprise strategic plans and explore innovative financing mechanisms. She holds degrees in Economics and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University.
Pastor, True Vine of Holiness Church
Rev. Lawrence Willis was born in San Diego, CA, and is married to Lady Carole Stephanie Willis. Together they have five children. He has been the Pastor of True Vine of Holiness Missionary Baptist Church since 2001.
From 2009 to 2016, Rev. Willis was the President of the United Black Christian Clergy. He currently serves as a Board Member for the City of Seattle’s Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise and the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI). Pastor Willis is also a facilitator and sponsor for My Brother’s Keeper and Cities United.
Rev. Willis is the Program Administrator of the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program at Seattle Vocational Institute and was a Journeyman Carpenter from 1992-2003. In 2015, he was awarded the Washington State African American Achievement Award and an Exceptional Community Service award for Community Partnership for Transition Services. Pastor Willis has also been acknowledged for his work in the area of racial, social and economic justice by the Washington Community Action Network.
Church Engagement Partnership Specialist, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Dawn Zern has worked for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission since January 2011. She has experience working in their women’s recovery program, as well as supervising the operations of an emergency shelter for single moms. She currently works in community engagement, helping others learn best practices from the work the Mission and its partners are doing. You can read more about this on the Light Up the City blog. A Pacific Northwest native, Dawn lives in Federal Way with her husband and teenaged step-daughter.