Our Board of Directors
President, Ben Viscon
Ben has been on the board since September 2009 and a resident of West Seattle since 1997. He is active in volunteering for outdoor trail clean ups and efforts to preserve the wild spaces in the northwest and has also been a volunteer with the Washington Wine Commission. Ben is also the Owner and Winemaker for a local West Seattle winery called Viscon Cellars and Viscon Cellars Tasting Room on California Ave. SW. He is married with two children.
Vice-President, Jan Roberts
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.
Treasurer, Joan Hansen
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.
Secretary, Dana Ross
Dana joined the WSFB Board in October 2013, and has lived in West Seattle since 1999. She is the Director of Communication & Community Engagement at Continental Mills, with responsibility for employee communication, corporate public relations and community partnerships. Dana is passionate about food – cooking for friends, growing vegetables in her garden, and ensuring others in our community have access to nutritious food. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, taking photos and keeping up with her teenage son.
Director, Ted Barker
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.
Director, Jim Dean
Jim was born in Spokane, WA. and has lived in the Northwest all my life. Educated at Willamette University and University of Washington. Retired from a career in Real Estate development, spanning over 40 years. Presently a Home Delivery volunteer at the Food Bank, West Seattle Senior Services and maintenance of the Walking on Logs mini park on Fauntleroy.
Director, Nam Le
“As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” Nam has a special relationship with food. Combined with that and the belief that we all should give back to the communities we work, live, and play in, he connected with the West Seattle Food Bank in 2016. He works as the West Seattle Branch Manager for HomeStreet Bank. He is a PNW native and an alumni of Oregon State University (Go Beavs!). When he isn’t working he is always on the quest to find the best tacos in the Puget Sound or exploring the great outdoors. Causes he is passionate about are diversity and inclusion, affordable housing and ending hunger. “
Director, Corey Limbaugh
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 works for JP Morgan Chase.
Director, Reverend Ron Marshall
Ron Marshall has been on the board since 1996. He served as vice president in 1997. He also has been on the board of the West Seattle Helpline since 1989 and Music Northwest since 2003. He has been pastor of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle since 1979. He’s been married to Dr. Jane L. Harty since 1972. They have three grown children: Susannah, Ruth and Anders.
Director, Cara Mohammadian
Cara Mohammadian joined the WSFB board in 2005 after becoming inspired by the forward looking, dynamic nature of the board. She has been busy the last 22 years raising her two sons, helping her husband manage his retail business and for the last 11 years managing her own real estate business. She most recently joined the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, where she and her colleagues donate time and a significant portion of their earnings to support community development and affordable housing. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and spent her “pre-children” life, working in the social service arena , traveling and generally trying to have fun.
Director, Douglas Wagoner
Douglas proudly served Washington State from 2015-2017 as Director of Communications for U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Deputy Press Secretary & Digital Media Manager for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). After graduating summa cum laude from U.C. Santa Barbara, completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, and advocating for progressive causes around the country, Douglas now serves as President/CEO of Wagoner&Associates, LLC, a full-service public relations and public affairs firm based in Seattle.
Director, Leslie Skavland
Leslie Skavland began volunteering at the West Seattle Food Bank in early 2016 and became a member of the Board in April 2016. She has had a long career working as a paralegal, mediator, and investigator in Seattle’s legal community since 1996. She previously worked as a volunteer, member, and secretary for a variety of Seattle’s non-profit organizations, including the Vera Project, FareStart, and the Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle. Leslie is delighted to be able to give to her community by serving on the board. She is also very active in Seattle’s music scene and loves collaborating with her friends and colleagues in her local community. Leslie currently works as a consultant and private investigator and resides in West Seattle with her husband, Paul, and their vocally talented feline children, Tabitha and Sasha.
Director, Pete Spalding
Pete has been on the Board since January 2006 after having served on the University District Food Bank Board for 6 years. He has served three terms as President of the board. He is also active in a number of other community activities having served as the Chair of the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council, Chair of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, Chair of the City Neighborhood Council, Chair of the SW Precinct Advisory Council, is in an advisory role to the Chief of Police on public safety issues that impact the Delridge neighborhoods and currently is on the board of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce serving as President. He also was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Viaduct Stakeholders Advisory Group and after having served on the committee to develop the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy he was appointed by the Seattle City Council to serve on the Citizens Levy Oversight Committee. Pete moved to West Seattle in July of 1998 after having lived in southern Louisiana.
Director, David Weld
David is a life-long entrepreneur who has experience as a senior executive at both private and public growth-stage technology companies. David has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in computer science and Russian and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School. David lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hike, fish and ski. David coaches Little League baseball and loves his affiliation as a board member for the West Seattle Food Bank.