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 BLACK, OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
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.”
shawnA pinder, The haven - Shelter manager
My background is in health care with a specific focus on quality of life. I came to Whidbey Island ten years ago with my husband and knew very quickly this was our forever home. Through the network of wonderful and giving people on Whidbey, I have been blessed with opportunities to volunteer with organizations and events that make our Island such a wonderful place to be. I have hosted The Street Store for the last three years with the support of SPIN Café and other dedicated volunteers. I am passionate about serving our community and helping to provide opportunities for people in need.
My responsibilities include managing the Haven; recruiting and training volunteers; coordinating with supporters and planning committee while representing the work of the coalition to the north island community.
DeAnna Furman, The Haven - shelter assistant
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.