A big vision requires a team who leads with clarity. Meet our team!

Leadership Team

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Melissa is in her fifth year as Executive Director with a staff of almost 70 and a $4 million budget. Her previous 11 years at Vision House was spent serving as human resource manager. She has a passion for Leadership and Organizational Development with a focus on Servant Leadership. Melissa obtained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of California and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Melissa loves to travel, read, play golf, but most enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, their four kids and spouses and grandson, Connor.

Finance Manager

Jeff Darr

Jeff has 32 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 9 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.

Program Director

Helen Bariamichael

Helen has a B.A. in Communications from San Diego Christian College and a M.A. from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Helen has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served local and global Nonprofits and NGO’s as a Community Development Consultant providing program development services by training local and global leaders in how to engage and empower their communities. In her former work, she managed community centers in affordable housing and volunteered on housing boards focused on equipping service providers in their professional development. She is passionate about justice for those on the margins, family, discipleship, and spending time on foot in nature.

Human Resources Manager

Noreen Graham

Noreen has 10+ years of administrative experience in which five of those years were in Human Resources.  She received her HR Generalist Certificate from Lake Washington College in Kirkland WA and a 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.

Operations Director

James Richey

James has 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 done volunteer work with children in 4H and 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. He has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Western Washington University.

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

Venetia is a native Seattleite, lives in Renton, and is smitten with her Cavalier Spaniel, Jasper. Before her term as Development Manager at Vision House, she worked in events management at Hopelink, missions in Russia with the Navigators, and retail banking with SeaFirst. Believing generosity to be a part of everyone’s spiritual formation, Venetia delights in helping people on that journey. She loves gathering with friends, gardening, estate sales, and discovering connections with people. Venetia also leads a Bible Study for career women through Crossroads Bible Church, where she has attended since 1981.

Managerial Team

Brianna Baines

Entry Supervisor

Angela Morales

Family Services Supervisor


Teresa Bates

Assistant Development Manager

Dale Murray

Accounting Supervisor

Sherrine Rakish

Child Care Director


Renee Johannsen

Resale Manager

Maribel Rios

Child Care Program Supervisor


Eric Dalke

Operations Manager


Meet Our Staff

Alex Ssebugwawo

Maintenance Tech


Alexa Kokosz

YFA & Family Services Admin Assistant


Alexandra Dillard

Case Manager


Angelica Garcia

Director's Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator


Carolyn Garcia

Lead Case Manager


Cheryl Massingill

Events Coordinator

Dan Phillips

Maintenance Supervisor


Debbie Gannon

Volunteer Coordinator


Derek Balcom

HR & Executive Assistant

Gloria Schnieder

Resale Associate

Hawk Hawkins

Maintenance Tech


Jane Gunningham

Entry Coordinator


Julie Wagner

Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator


Karen Dalgardno

Administrative Coordinator

Karen Grubb

Family Services Assistant


Kaula Archie

Accounts Receivable Clerk

Mario Garcia

Youth & Family Advocate


Mark Stewart

Maintenance Tech

Mary Burton

Volunteer Coordinator


Nichole Genheimer

Communications Coordinator


Paloma Andrade-Mora

Child Care Program Supervisor


Payton Saunders

Entry & Alumni Services Intern

Sabrina Thornton

Case Manager


Serena Rice

Lead Youth & Family Advocate


Shannon Ford

Accounts Payable Clerk

Tess Brenneman

Family Services Intern

Tireion Turner

Youth & Family Team Lead


Vision House
… until every child has a home.