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

Leadership Team

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Operations Director

James Richey

Finance Manager

Ashley Samuel

HR Coordinator

Derek Balcom

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Melissa serves as Executive Director of Vision House, a transitional housing program for families experiencing homelessness. Prior to being named executive director, Melissa served as the agency’s HR manager. Her previous professional experience includes international banking, curatorial staff with a major museum, and ministry coordinator for a large church. Melissa holds a BFA from the University of California and an MA in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on servant leadership from Gonzaga University. Melissa loves to travel, read, play golf, but most enjoys spending time with her husband, four kids and their spouses, and two grandchildren.

 

Operations Director

James Richey

James has more than 29 years of leadership experience working 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.  James 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.

 

Finance Manager

Ashley Samuel

Ashley grew up in South Carolina and was raised in a Christian home. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Strayer University in Atlanta, GA and has over 15 years of accounting and customer service experience where she worked with several for-profit companies to develop efficient protocols and implement state-of-the-art technology strategies for various accounting platforms. As a result, her innovative ideas and metrics have taken entities to new levels. Ashley brings her years of experience, a love for Christ, and a compassion for the local community to now serve the non-profit sector.

HR Coordinator

Derek Balcom

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

Managerial Team

Angela Morales

Renton Family Services Site Supervisor

Renton

Brianna Baines

Entry and Alumni Supervisor

RENTON

David Harris

Resale Manager

RENTON

Jennifer Weis

Shoreline Family Services Site Supervisor

Shoreline

Marcus Radford

Client Care Coordinator

Maribel Rios Garcia

Site Coordinator

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - SHORELINE

Mariya Carrier-Esquivel

People Development Specialist

RENTON

Phil Edlund

Operations Manager

RENTON

Sherrine Rakish

Child Care Director

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Meet Our Staff

Alexa Kokosz

Program Support Coordinator

RENTON

Amy Morris

Communications Coordinator

RENTON

Angela Chick

Accounting Assistant

RENTON

Angelica Garcia

Assistant Child Care Director and Enrollment Coordinator

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Caleb Pearson

Caleb Pearson

Maintenance Technician

RENTON

Carly Sullivan

Entry Assistant

SHORELINE

Carolyn Garcia

Housing Specialist

RENTON

Chanise Keo

Diversion Specialist

RENTON

Colette Sweers

Retail Associate

RENTON

Dan Phillips

Lead Maintenance Technician

RENTON

Debbie Gannon

Lead Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Eliza Schober

Family Services Intern

SHORELINE

Gay Hawkins

Facilities Maintenance Lead

SHORELINE

Jamal Pourian

Facilities Maintenance

RENTON

Jane Gunningham

Diversion Specialist

SHORELINE

Josie Rice

Alumni Specialist

RENTON

Julia Wagner

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator

SHORELINE

Karen Dalgardno

Administrative Coordinator

RENTON

Karen Grubb

Entry Assistant

RENTON

Kennajha Bloodsaw

Youth and Family Advocate

RENTON

Kerry Mazengia

Program Support Coordinator

SHORELINE

Kevin Gabriel

Kevin Gabriel

Entry & Alumni Intern

RENTON

Kristi Fischbeck

Development Associate

RENTON

Liz Heffington

Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Makenna Kokosz

Makenna Kokosz

Development Admin Coordinator

RENTON

Mario Garcia

Youth and Family Advocate Lead

RENTON

Michelle Nelson

Grant Writer

RENTON

Nichole Genheimer

Program Support Coordinator

SHORELINE

Noah Lenhart

Noah Lenhart

Family Services Intern

RENTON

Noreen Graham

HR Associate

RENTON

Patrick Washington

Maintenance Technician

SHORELINE

Pauline Hailstone

Case Manager

RENTON

Peggy Mann

Administrative Assistant

SHORELINE

Rhonda Matt

Case Manager

RENTON

Shannon Ford

Accounts Payable / Payroll Clerk

RENTON

Shannon Watson

Retail Associate

RENTON

Tess Brenneman

Youth and Family Advocate Lead

SHORELINE

Vision House
… until every child has a home.