WHC Board of Directors
Katie Watkins, president
I have been working in the field of Social Work for the past 9 years, primarily with foster youth and adults with disabilities. I have worked as a child and family counselor here and in Syracuse, NY, where we previously lived. My passion is in direct service and helping people get the most basic of their needs met. My husband, two boys, and I moved to Whidbey Island three years ago to be closer to nature and a community that cares for one another. Since arriving here, I have been inspired by all those around us who want to give back to their neighbors. I am thrilled to be working for the Whidbey Homeless Coalition and believe whole-heartedly in their mission to make homelessness a brief and rare experience here on our gorgeous island.
Shellie moore, Vice-President
I was born and mostly raised in Seattle and moved to Whidbey Island in 1983 with my husband Lance and our two children, Elijah and Goldah. We quickly put down deep roots and have been involved with many community organizations and endeavors. I worked with young families for 20 years, primarily with Pregnancy Aid, most of that time right in the House of Hope.
In 2004 I dove into being a full time Realtor with Windermere in Langley. Affordable housing is an issue in this line of work that comes up nearly every day, so I was interested in South Whidbey Homeless Coalition nearly from the inception. I was pleased to help WHC get into the House of Hope; it was one of those coming full circle experiences in life. Entering my 60’s, I am now ready to curb my workaholic tendencies to make more time once again for community service. WHC feels like a good fit for my interests and skills and I hope to help further their goals.
TANYA STAGER-GRAN, Secretary
I'm a long-time resident of Island County, a full-time mother of five girls and a baby boy, and a wife. As a devoted volunteer, I offer resources and advocacy through service work, promoting compassionate and positive changes in our local community. I enjoy spending time with friends and family
I am a compulsive Volunteer. Since retiring, from Puget Sound Energy I have given service to His Hands Extended, a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church devoted to the homeless in Seattle, served as Co-Director of Helping Hand, and have served on the WHC Board since it's inception. I have also Volunteered at Bayview Senior Center, working in the kitchen for Meals on Wheels and driving seniors to their medical appointments. I am currently a volunteer at Whidbey General Hospital, assisting a nurse in the Heartwise Screening program at Island Athletic Club. I love helping out my neighbors and those who are struggling in this economy.