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

Leadership Team

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Finance Manager

Jeff Darr

Operations Director

James Richey

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

HR Coordinator

Derek Balcom

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.

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.

HR Coordinator

Derek Balcom

Managerial Team

Brianna Baines

Entry and Alumni Supervisor

RENTON, SHORELINE

Angela Morales

Shoreline Family Services Site Supervisor

SHORELINE

Teresa Bates

Assistant Development Manager

RENTON

Dale Murray

Accounting Supervisor

RENTON

Sherrine Rakish

Child Care Director

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Renee Johannsen

Resale Manager

Maribel Rios

Child Care Program Supervisor

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - SHORELINE

Eric Dalke

Operations Manager

RENTON

Adriel Searcy

Renton Family Services Site Supervisor

RENTON

Meet Our Staff

Abby Iblings

Abby Iblings

Entry and Alumni Intern

Renton

Alex Ssebugwawo

Maintenance Tech

RENTON

Alexa Kokosz

YFA & Family Services Admin Assistant

RENTON

Angelica Garcia

Director's Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Carly Sullivan

Entry and Family Services Assistant

SHORELINE

Carolyn Garcia

Lead Case Manager

RENTON

Cheryl Webster

Events Coordinator

RENTON

Christine Munson

Christine Munson

Nonprofit Administration Intern

Renton

Dan Phillips

Maintenance Supervisor

RENTON

Debbie Gannon

Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Emma Seal

Emma Seal

Youth and Family Advocate Intern

RENTON

Gloria Schnieder

Resale Associate

Hawk Hawkins

Maintenance Tech

SHORELINE

Jamal Pourian

Maintenance Tech

SHORELINE

Jane Gunningham

Diversion Specialist

SHORELINE

Julie Wagner

Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator

SHORELINE

Karen Dalgardno

Administrative Coordinator

RENTON

Karen Grubb

Entry and Family Services Assistant

RENTON

Kaula Archie

Accounts Receivable Clerk

RENTON

Mario Garcia

Youth & Family Advocate

RENTON

Mary Burton

Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Nichole Genheimer

Communications Coordinator

RENTON

Noreen Graham

HR Associate

Paloma Andrade-Mora

Child Care Program Supervisor

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Sabrina Thornton

Case Manager

SHORELINE

Shannon Ford

Accounts Payable Clerk

RENTON

Tess Brenneman

Youth and Family Advocate

SHORELINE

Tireion Turner

Lead Youth and Family Advocate

RENTON

Whitney Hooks

Lead Case Manager

SHORELINE

Vision House
… until every child has a home.