Our Board of Directors
David has served on the board since April 2010, including as past treasurer. He has lived in West Seattle with his wife and three children for more than two decades. He has coached many teams for the West Seattle Soccer Club and West Seattle Little League and is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hike, fish and ski. David is CEO of Signal4D Inc. and the Managing Partner of KILN LLC.
Joe was Vice President of the West Seattle Helpline board when it merged with the Food Bank in 2020. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he has lived with his wife and two children in West Seattle since 2013. Joe has worked as an attorney in the public sector since 2007, and an Assistant City Attorney with the Seattle City Attorney's Office since 2013.
Joan graduated from Harvard Law School and moved to Seattle where she was in the private practice of law in the fields of family law, probate and estate planning until she retired in 2011. She lives in West Seattle and lived with then P.I. reporter and columnist, Shelby Scates, until his death in 2013. Joan joined the board in 2013 because she truly wanted to give back to her West Seattle community. She was an active climber for many years and a member of both the Mountaineers and the American Alpine Club.
Jan joined the WSFB board in 2015 after retiring from 35 years in dairy industry marketing. Prior to that she taught nutrition and vocational education for 8 years in Seattle Public schools. She holds a degree in Nutrition Education from the University of Washington and a Food Service Vocational Certificate from South Seattle Community College. Jan’s volunteer work at the West Seattle Food Bank includes both working on the produce line and on the board of directors. Her work at WSFB enables her to share her nutrition expertise and passion for fighting hunger to our neighbors in need. She enjoys golf and gardening.
Ted was born in Snohomish, WA, attended Western Washington University and has lived in West Seattle since 1992. As a father who raised two now grown sons he became active in youth sports, which in turn lead to working to promote active recreation facilities in Seattle parks. In his time in West Seattle Ted has also been active in local politics serving on the executive board of the West Seattle Democrats.
Katy joined the WSFB Board in 2021, but has served on the Board's Advocacy Committee since 2018. She formerly served as the PTA President for both Madison Middle School and Lafayette Elementary, as well as President of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, and founded the “Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Park" concert series. She is also a Master Gardener with the King County WSU Master Gardener Program. Katy is an Assistant District Director with the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, and has lived in West Seattle since 2005 with her husband and two children, where she enjoys tending to her own garden, cooking, reading, and traveling.
Syretta was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where she began her work in non-profit and partnerships with local food banks. She moved to West Seattle in 2020 and has been working with Neighborhood House at High Point serving the community through Head Start programming and the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP). Her passion lies in DEI where she facilitates training from the Racial Equity Action Lab of Seattle (REAL). Syretta joined the board of the West Seattle Food Bank because she wants to find new, innovative ways to serve the community in partnership with Neighborhood House.
Douglas served Washington State as Director of Communications for U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02), Deputy Press Secretary/Digital Media Manager for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Communications Lead for the Washington State Department of Health's Office of Healthy and Safe Communities. Today, Douglas lives in West Seattle and serves as Deputy Director of Communications for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a Commissioner on Seattle's Community Police Commission.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and a graduate of the University of Washington. He is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He joined the West Seattle Food Bank in 2020. Prior to that, Nick served as board chairman for the West Seattle Helpline. Nick lives in the West Seattle neighborhood with his wife, Cameron and their baby girl, Stevie. He enjoys cooking, golfing, and just about anything involved being on or near the water. Nick strongly believes in doing what he can to shrink the opportunity gap, and serving the community he lives and works in; and is an advocate for all things West Seattle!
Ashley is a Financial Advisor for RBC US Wealth Management in downtown Seattle. As a strong communicator with a passion for her community and issues that make a difference, she joined the West Seattle Food Bank Board in November of 2022.
Ashley has lived in West Seattle with her two teenagers and husband for 18 years. Ashley is a Sustaining member of The Junior League of Seattle, where she served as President and many other leadership roles. She is a member of Eagles, Impact West Seattle, and formerly served as a Girl Scout leader. Additionally, she has experience as an educator, including elementary and preschool, as well as tutoring students with learning disabilities. Having grown up in Texas in a huge family, Ashley never meets a stranger. She enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, cooking, gardening, fly fishing and watching sports.
Corey has been on the West Seattle Food Bank Board since 2006. Corey earned his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1993 and received his MBA in 2000 from University of Phoenix. A resident of West Seattle since 2002, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. Corey is currently Division Manager of WaFd's Seattle Commercial Banking Team.
Nicole was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and moved to Washington to attend Seattle University where she met her husband, Rand. They later put down roots in West Seattle in 2013 where they have been raising their two kids since. Nicole currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the 34th Legislative District State Senator, in addition to helping West Seattle families navigate pregnancy, childbirth and newborn life as a birth doula. In her free time she enjoys organizing the 4th of July Children's Parade, attending her kids sporting events and paddleboarding off the many beautiful local beaches here in West Seattle.
Maliha is a social worker who brings more than a decade of experience engaging with diverse populations in community health and mental health settings. Maliha is a social worker at a hospital in Washington state,where she focuses on low income/refugee populations. Before that, she worked for 10 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and practicum instructor at Lutheran Community Services. Maliha speaks Dari, Farsi, Hindi, and Urdu, and she understands Pashto. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington.