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.
Tracey Channing, administrative and facilities coordinator
I was born and raised in Washington. I enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling. I first visited Whidbey Island in 2006 and I immediately fell in love with this beautiful island. It is medicine to my soul.
Every human being has strengths that can be of use in making the world a better place. My strengths are office administration, business management and event planning. With this being said, I am only one piece of the puzzle that works behind the scenes to ensure a constant flow in this raging river of making homelessness brief and rare in our community.
I am responsible for all the things no one else does. This includes coordinating and maintaining the administrative and technology systems, supporting volunteer and donor relations, and assuring that repairs and maintenance happen as needed for the House of Hope and Master Leases.
shawn pinder, manager, the haven
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: shelter assistant, the Haven
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.