Washington Nonprofits is governed by a board of leaders from across Washington State. They represent the diversity of our membership. They contribute significant time, talent, and energy to ensuring that nonprofits across size, field of service, and region are represented in our decision-making.
2020 Washington Nonprofits Board.
Front Row: Tina Flores-McCleese, Terrie Ashby-Scott, Nancy Yamamoto (former), Rhona Sen Hoss (former), Laura Armstrong (former), Sandy Gill, Judy Andrews. Back Row: Erick Seelbach, Marty Kooistra (former), Sheri Emerson, Lawson Knight (former), Trudy Soucoup
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.
Erick Seelbach, President
Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Erick is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. For the past 20 years, her work in HIV 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. Erick is currently the Executive Director of PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation), chairs the Pierce County Human Services Coalition, and serves as the President of the Board of Washington Nonprofits. Outside of work, Erick is a poet and a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan.
Terrie Ashby-Scott, MSW, PhD, Vice President
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
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.
Tina Flores-McCleese, Treasurer
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.
Paige Collins, Secretary
Council on Aging & Human Services
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.
Paige is an Advisory Board member for the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement, and she is a founding member and two-term Chair of the Whitman County Food Coalition. In her spare time, Paige runs Happy Pastures Livestock Rescue with her husband in LaCrosse.
Sheri Burgler Emerson
Sheri Burgler Emerson is the Associate Director at the Opportunity Council, a community action agency providing human services for people in the Northwest counties in Washington State. Sheri has a journalism degree from Western Washington University and joined the Opportunity Council in 2000 as a public relations coordinator. After working in several positions at the agency, she became the Associate Director in 2013. Sheri has over 30 years’ experience working with various nonprofit organizations and has served on a number of local boards and commissions including the Bellingham Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. Sheri and her husband Jim have lived in Bellingham for 40 years where they raised three daughters.
Northwest Nonprofit Resources
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.
Community Advocate & Volunteer
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.
Trudy joined the Board of Washington Nonprofits in 2018. She currently chairs the Policy Committee and is a member of the Equity Committee. Trudy is Chief Executive Officer at Homes First, a low-income rental housing provider celebrating their 30th years serving the south sound region. Trudy came to Homes First in 2011, from Community Youth Services where she served as Manager of Organizational Development. She has over 30 years of experience working in nonprofits around the world. Trudy volunteers her time with many mission-driven organizations: she is a member of Rotary International and serves on the Board for the Washington State Employees Credit Union. A 2008 graduate of Lead Thurston County, Trudy’s passion is for working with staff and leaders to grow nonprofits and plan for their future so that our community members can have better, healthier lives.