Vision House is blessed with a group of talented staff members providing leadership and direction to the agency

To contact a member of our staff, please call: 425-228-6356 or email

(In alphabetical order)

Family Services Director, Sarah ButlerWills, received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Washington, and then a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary, Seattle and Pasadena locations. Sarah was a Christian Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, a Pastor of Healing and Prayer for five years, and has recently been teaching as an adjunct professor at Bellevue College in Parent Education. Her passion is prayer, children, families and the healing of the Holy Spirit in community.

Director of Operations & Co-Founder, John Camerer, has over 25 years of experience managing a non-profit organization. He has provided much of the leadership and vision to successfully expand Vision House from conception to its present capacity. Prior to Vision House John worked for the Department of Corrections for 15 years as a counselor and administrator. He earned a B.A. in Crime in Society Sociology with a minor in Organizational Communications from Pacific Lutheran University. John also serves as the Men’s Ministry Leader at Highlands Community Church, where he and Susan have been attending for 28 years.

Finance Manager, Jeff Darr, has 35 years of experience in accounting and finance. He has a BS in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For nine years Jeff worked as a CPA in public accounting serving a diverse client base including several non-profit organizations. The following 20 years he worked in investment banking for a fixed income broker dealer. His responsibilities included technical support to institutional accounts, compliance, and office administration.

Executive Director, Melissa Gehrig, has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University with an emphasis in servant leadership and strategic planning and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She has over 20 years of experience in program management and leadership development. Melissa’s work with Vision House as Human Resources Manager over the past decade has included all facets of leadership and strategic planning. Her prior experience has included leadership positions in the banking industry, the arts and with a large church staff. She currently leads a staff of 58, overseeing a $3.5 million budget as well as a $3 million capital campaign.

Human Resources Coordinator, Noreen Graham, has 10+ years of administrative experience in which 5 of those years were in Human Resources. She received her HR Generalist Certificate from Lake Washington College in Kirkland WA. Other education background includes Civil Engineering and an AS Degree in Computer Drafting from Iowa Lakes College. She is involved in ministry at Northwest Foursquare Church. Her passion is to see people find freedom in Christ.

Resale Manager, Renee Johannsen, has over 18 years of retail and customer service experience. She has managed multiple family businesses, including a trucking company, a property maintenance company and a tire distribution center. Before Vision House took ownership of the thrift store, Renee was the manager of Bellevue Christian School’s thrift stores: Aslan’s in Issaquah and Aslan’s Too in Bothell Washington for over 10 years.

Children’s Village Child Care Director, Lindy Marquez, has over 14 years’ experience working in education. She has worked with children ages two through twelve in a variety of settings, including preschool and kindergarten teacher and Assistant Director for seven years. She studied Dramatic Arts at S.J. Delta College and is currently going to school full-time for Early Childhood Education. For 24 years Lindy worked as a manager for AT&T in Executive Sales, Court & Cal-OSHA Liaison, and as a Customer Care center manager.

Senior Coordinator, Michelle Nelson*, has worked for over 20 years in the fundraising field for various non-profit groups. Working at Vision House since 2001, Michelle has written over 375 grants contributing more than $3,000,000 for the agency’s programs and capital campaigns. Michelle graduated from California Lutheran University and went on to receive an M.A. in Journalism from California State University, Northridge.

Shoreline Operations Manager, James Richey, has over 29 years of leadership at a Christian Non-profit in many different roles. He has led before and after school programs, run camps and retreats and at times led a staff of over 100. He has volunteered working with children in 4H & WA Junior Poultry and has been President of Christian Camping Conference Center Association North West. He enjoys working with people as well as teaching CPR and First Aid for the Red Cross. James has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Western Washington University.

Development Manager, Venetia Vango, has over 25 years of experience in non-profit work involving fundraising, community outreach, event planning/execution and donor cultivation. Her professional background speaks to her passion for community, teamwork and connecting people to resources: For eleven years, Venetia worked with the Navigators in Russia organizing nationwide conferences and teaching students, educators and lay leaders; prior to that she enjoyed eleven years in community banking with Seafirst Bank/Bank of America; more recently, before coming to Vision House, she was at Hopelink managing million-dollar fundraising events. Venetia holds a BA from the University of Washington, loves gardening, birds, books and the Arts, and is a third-generation Seattleite.

*contract staff

 Vision House Founders: John and Susan Camerer