Whidbey Homeless Coalition Staff


ursula roosen-runge, executive director

After more than 30 years working with public agencies and non-profits as a consultant and managing my own small business, I am happily turning my skills, experience, and passion for social justice to supporting the homeless on Whidbey. Over the years I have worked with communities across the Northwest to address issues of poverty, community health, mental health and substance abuse, access to health care, universal pre-school, and higher education. Now, after living on Whidbey Island for almost 25 years I am taking  joy in my energies to the Whidbey Homeless Coalition.  While currently working halftime I will be phasing this new role into full time by year's end. 

Ashley Rowley, Residential guest programs manager

I was born in Bellingham, Washington and raised in the foothills of Mt. Baker. I attended college at Washington State University, graduating in 2012 with a double major in psychology and human development. After graduation, I followed my college sweetheart and now husband Sam Rowley back to his hometown of Langley where we now live. My heart lies with non-profits and helping others . I manage the House of Hope and the Mentor Program, including ongoing support to tenants in the WHC Master Lease Program.


Samantha will provide, among many diverse job duties, administrative support to Executive Director, Board, and Program Managers, Coordinate and maintain administrative and technology systems, and at all times hold the vision, mission and values of WHC as central to her work.and ensuring quality performance. 

In Samantha’s words “It's exciting to make the transition from Port Townsend and call Whidbey Island my new home. There's a wonderful community here, and I look forward to working with the great staff and board of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition.”


I was raised in Arlington, Washington, where your neighbors were just as likely to be cows or horses as they might be humans. After high school, I moved to Spokane to attend school, where I earned my associates degree in hospitality management. While working on my degree, I also worked as a property assistant, to aid in the management of several apartment communities. It was here I found my passion in helping others find housing and housing resources, as well as helping others to understand their rights under Fair Housing Laws. Upon graduation, my husband and I moved back to western Washington, to beautiful Whidbey Island, where we have founded a non-profit foster based animal rescue group, Critter Conscious. I am nearing completion of my bachelors degree in non-profit administration, and am very much looking forward to utilizing my skills and passion for helping others to serve our community! I manage the Haven shelter in Oak Harbor, which provides overnight shelter and light meals to Haven guests.

DeAnna Furman, The Haven -  assistant Shelter Manager

I am a born and raised 5th generation Islander whose compassion for the homeless community has led me to do outreach in the Oak Harbor area for the last 8 months. I am dedicated to serving and helping those in need. I am super excited for this opportunity for our community. 

My  role is to open and close the Haven on nights the Shelter Manager is not there. I provide guest hospitality; guide the night's volunteers in their work and coordinate with intake and transportation resources.


Words can’t describe how rewarding this opportunity is for me. The journey that lead me to this moment started when I began working for The Ritz-Carlton on February 2010 and was introduced to customer service and the hospitality industry. Right from the beginning I had the passion to serve others and take that extra step  to create memorable experiences. Being fortunate enough to be able transfer with the same company, starting at home Puerto Rico, followed by Florida then Washington D.C and lastly, Texas.

My favorite part about the company was being encouraged to serve the community by volunteering for different organizations, my favorites being The Salvation Army, The Soup Mobile which consisted in going town to town in a van to feed the less fortunate and The North Texas food bank. I can’t think of a more rewarding experience  than to assist and care for the less fortunate. That being said, I feel blessed to be a part of the Haven team and look forward to making a difference in this great community.


I was born and raised in Louisiana. I love helping others.  In addition to being a shelter assistant for the Haven, I am currently the cook at Spin Café. I also provide laundry service and all of the donation pick-ups. I happily added registration and closing for the Haven to my duties.