2019 Washington Nonprofits BoardFront Row: Tina Flores-McCleese, Terrie Ashby-Scott, Nancy Yamamoto (former), Rhona Sen Hoss, Laura Armstrong, Sandy Gill, Judy Andrews. Back Row:  Erick Seelbach, Marty Kooistra (former), Sheri Emerson, Lawson Knight, Trudy Soucoup

Washington Nonprofits is governed by a board of leaders from across Washington State. They represent the diversity of our membership, and they contribute significant time, talent and energy to ensuring that nonprofits across size, field of service, and region are represented in our decision-making.

Officers

President
Lawson Knight, Edward Jones
Walla Walla


Vice President

Terrie Ashby-Scott, MSW, PhD, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Spokane

Terrie is currently is the Director for Scholar Success for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS).  The scholarship supports Washington students from low- and middle-income households to attain bachelor’s and certificate degrees in high-demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care to help increase the rate at which students enter the state’s workforce. Prior to WSOS, Terrie worked at the College Success Foundation as well as Eastern Washington University and Washington State University Spokane in various student support and success positions.  She currently serves on the boards of the Friend of the Black Lens/Carl Maxey Center and Washington Nonprofits.  She also serves as a Commissioner for the Washington State Judicial Conduct Board.

Treasurer
Erick Seelbach, Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Tacoma

Erick identifies as genderqueer and describes herself as a queer nun, health advocate, poet, and love ethicist.  She was born in California, raised in Nevada, and became an adult in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching from The Evergreen State College, she lived in Germany on a teaching Fulbright. Upon returning to the U.S., she found her calling working in HIV, and for the past two decades, her work has led her to many different corners of volunteer, nonprofit and government settings: as a participant in HIV vaccine and prevention research studies, a leader of various research community advisory boards, a graduate of several leadership institutes, an outreach worker, a technical assistance and training provider, a grant writer and reviewer, a conference planner, and more. What she learned from these experiences helped build a foundation of love, compassion, and justice into her leadership. Erick currently serves as the Executive Director of Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Outside of work, she is a performance poet and a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan.

Secretary
Sheri Emerson, Opportunity Council
Bellingham

At-Large Directors

Judy Andrews
Apex Law
Seattle

Laura Armstrong
La Casa Hogar
Yakima

Laura became La Casa Hogar’s Executive Director in April of 2015. She has worked with non-profits and Latinx immigrant communities throughout the country since 2006 and has a passion for working with immigrant and farm-working families in the Yakima Valley and central WA region. Laura contributes a background in Spanish, non-profit development, affordable housing, community organizing, domestic micro-finance, and public health. Laura grew up on the east coast and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a degree in Political Science, and minors in Latin American Studies and Poverty Studies. When not working, Laura embraces the Pacific Northwest by being outdoors.


Paige Collins

The Council on Aging & Human Services
AND Happy Pastures Livestock Rescue
Colfax

Paige ran the Providence Regina House food and clothing banks in Seattle for almost 8 years and provided leadership to the Seattle Food Committee, a coalition of 27 food banks. She moved to Eastern Washington to work for Northwest Harvest, and then became the Executive Director of the Council on Aging & Human Services, located in Colfax, Washington in 2015. The Council on Aging & Human Services supports 11 Whitman County food pantries, facilitates six senior/community meal programs, and provides ‘meals-on-wheels’ for both Colfax and Pullman. The Council on Aging’s Coast Transportation division provides fare-free, public transportation for anyone with a special need for a ride. She serves on the Executive Board of the Washington Food Coalition and as an Advisory Board member for the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement. She is a founding member and two-term Chair of the Whitman County Food Coalition, and in her spare time runs Happy Pastures Livestock Rescue with her husband in LaCrosse.

Tina Flores-McCleese
Clarity
Port Townsend

Tina is the brains and the vision behind Clarity Enterprises. She earned her BA in Accounting, then went on to work as a Financial Controller, Accountant, Human Resources Professional, Finance Director and Executive Director for both businesses and nonprofits small and large.

Tina is a Change Agent. She loves to tackle new challenges and brings energy to any project she becomes engaged in; this led her to grow Clarity from a two-person bookkeeping and accounting start-up to a thriving business that offers a suite of creative, pro-active support services to her clients.

In addition to leading Clarity, Tina serves as a financial consultant and guide to several Pacific Northwest non-profit and for-profit organizations. Tina’s passions include her two kids and her fabulous husband, and serving on the board of the Port Townsend Education Foundation. She continues to think this community is the perfect fit for so many reasons—mountains, beaches, culture, and fabulous people.

Sandy Gill
Northwest Nonprofit Resources
Spokane

With a background in education and counseling Sandy has worked in the nonprofit world since the early 1980s. Her experiences ranges from nonprofit management, program design and development to event/process facilitation. She has served as a community organizer, program manager, meeting designer and facilitator, board member and community volunteer. Lots of her time centered around affordable housing, early learning and the health of the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Sandy serves as a resource for nonprofit leaders who are looking for learning opportunities, leadership resources and information on nonprofit policy issues.  Her passion is engaging people who care about their communities and who want to make the most out of their collective efforts and talents toward a brighter future.

Kathy Gillespie
Community Advocate & Volunteer
Vancouver

Kathy is a retired newspaper editor and reporter whose career included posts in four Western states. She served two terms on the Vancouver Public Schools’ Board of Directors and has been a long-time volunteer in Clark County schools working closely with students, educators and families as a fundraiser, tutor, mentor and advocate. She is a board member of the grassroots public education advocacy group, Washington’s Paramount Duty, and serves on the board of Friends of Vancouver Lake. She has twice run for the state Legislature in the 18th District – a Republican stronghold in Southwest Washington. Kathy and her wife of 29 years have two children, both graduates of Washington public schools and enrolled in state universities.

Rhona Sen Hoss
Office of the Governor, SW Washington Region
Vancouver

Prior to becoming a liaison to the Governor’s Office, Rhona served as senior staff for Senator Anita Cleveland. She served as Assistant Director of Development at Washington State University Vancouver, Community Partnerships Manager of The Columbian newspaper and Executive Director of SWIFT. Rhona continues event management consulting for The Columbian and is a travel agent. She brings extensive fundraising and board and trustee experience (Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Clark College, WSU Vancouver Advisory Board, YWCA Clark County).

Trudy Soucoup
Homes First
Lacey

Trudy Soucoup joined Homes First as Chief Executive on November 1st, 2011, and began leading the organization into its third decade of creating safe, healthy, and affordable rental housing in Thurston and Mason Counties. Trudy came to Homes First from Community Youth Services where she served as Manager of Organizational Development. She has over 25 years working in nonprofits around the world, including several in the Pacific Northwest. Trudy volunteers her time with many mission-driven organizations that include being a member of the Board for the Washington State Employee’s Credit Union. Trudy has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and a passion for working with staff and leaders to grow nonprofits and plan for their future so that our community members can have better, healthier lives.

Interested in joining our board?
We are happy to hear from individuals who may be interested in serving on the Washington Nonprofits’ Board of Directors or one of our board committees. We are seeking leaders with strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector in Washington State and commitment to our mission. Please review our board profile and be in touch if you want to explore whether there is a good fit between your interests and our needs as an organization.