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

Leadership Team

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Finance Manager

Jeffrey Darr

Operations Director

James Richey

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

HR Coordinator

Derek Balcom

Executive Director

Melissa Gehrig

Melissa is in her sixth year as Executive Director with a staff of nearly 70 and a $4 million budget. Her previous 11 years at Vision House were 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 two grandchildren.

 

Finance Manager

Jeffrey 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 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.

 

Development Manager

Venetia Vango

Venetia is a native Seattleite, lives in Renton, and is smitten with her Cavalier Spaniel, Jasper. She has served as Development Manager at Vision House for eight years. Previously she worked in events management at Hopelink, missions in Russia with the Navigators, and retail banking with SeaFirst Bank. 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

Angela Morales

Shoreline Family Services Site Supervisor

SHORELINE

Brianna Baines

Entry and Alumni Supervisor

RENTON

Dale Murray

Accounting Supervisor

RENTON

Eric Dalke

Operations Manager

RENTON

Marcus Radford

Renton Family Services Site Supervisor

Maribel Rios Garcia

Site Coordinator

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - SHORELINE

Renee Johannsen

Store Manager

RENTON

Sherrine Rakish

Child Care Director

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Teresa Bates

Assistant Development Manager

RENTON

Meet Our Staff

Abigail Iblings

Entry and Alumni Services Intern

RENTON

Alexa Kokosz

Family Services Assistant

RENTON

Angela Chick

Accounting Assistant

RENTON

Angelica Andrade Mora

Child Care Program Supervisor

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Angelica Garcia

Assistant Child Care Director and Enrollment Coordinator

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE - RENTON

Ashlee Walker-Jones

Donor Database Coordinator

RENTON

Carly Sullivan

Entry Assistant

SHORELINE

Carolyn Garcia

Housing Specialist

RENTON

Cheree Porter

Youth and Family Advocate

SHORELINE

Cheryl Webster

Executive Assistant

RENTON

Christine Munson

Administration Intern

RENTON

Dan Phillips

Lead Maintenance Technician

RENTON

Deborah Gannon

Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Emily Pham

Family Services Intern

SHORELINE

EmmaLee Seal

Youth and Family Advocate Intern

RENTON

Gay Hawkins

Facilities Maintenance Lead

SHORELINE

Jamal Pourian

Facilities Maintenance

RENTON

Jane Gunningham

Diversion Specialist

SHORELINE

Julia Wagner

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator

SHORELINE

Karen Dalgardno

Administrative Coordinator

RENTON

Karen Grubb

Entry Assistant

RENTON

Kennajha Bloodsaw

Youth and Family Advocate

RENTON

Mario Garcia

Youth and Family Advocate

RENTON

Mary Burton

Volunteer Coordinator

RENTON

Michelle Nelson

Michelle Nelson

Grant Writer

RENTON

Milleline Ramirez Narvaez

Retail Associate

RENTON

Nichole Genheimer

Family Services Assistant

SHORELINE

Noreen Graham

HR Associate

RENTON

Patrick Washington

Maintenance Technician

Shoreline

Peggy Mann

Administrative Assistant

SHORELINE

Sabrina Thornton

Case Manager

SHORELINE

Sarah Bustad

Case Manager

RENTON

Shannon Ford

Accounts Payable / Payroll Clerk

RENTON

Stacey Kimball

Stacey Kimball

Supportive Childcare Coordinator

RENTON

Tess Brenneman

Youth and Family Advocate

SHORELINE

Trynne Lilleskare

Event Coordinator

RENTON

Whitney Hooks

Case Management Lead

SHORELINE

Vision House
… until every child has a home.