Our Team

Fran Yeatts, Executive Director

Fran Yeatts was hired as Executive Director of the West Seattle Food Bank June of 2001. Prior to joining this agency Fran had managed vocational services at Highline West Seattle Mental Health (now called Navos) for 10 years and worked with at risk youth for two years. She graduated from the  University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and  enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling in her spare time.

Karla Marifjeren, Program Manager of Food Bank Services

Karla, a Seattle native, joined the West Seattle Food Bank staff in 2015 after volunteering her time since 2004.  Through her experiences as a food bank volunteer, Karla was able to learn about the food security issues in her own neighborhood and how she could best help.  Now as part of the WSFB staff, Karla serves her community both as part of the team overseeing the daily operation of the food bank and by helping to plan and manage our fundraising events.

Robbin Peterson, Development Director

With more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, I’ve served as Development Director for organizations like the Progressive Animal Welfare Society and Fishline Foodbank & Comprehensive Services. Originally from Dawson Creek, Canada (Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway), I’ve made Washington State my home for 26 years, after studying at the University of Alberta.

As a Nutritional Therapist, I’m deeply committed to advancing food security and nutrition initiatives. My career spans both nonprofit and corporate grocery sectors, providing me with a comprehensive understanding of community needs and sustainable solutions. I believe in the power of diversity and the importance of bringing lived experiences to the table to create positive change.

Beyond my professional endeavors, you can often find me zooming in my convertible to visit my daughter Audrie at WWU, playing with my Shih Tzu “Smurf”, spending time with my partner at his favorite lake or metal detecting site, learning a new textile art like bobbin lace, or perfecting Pliny the Elder’s sourdough bread recipe from Pompeii.

I’m excited to merge my passion for community service & food security with my experience with fund development in my role at West Seattle Food Bank.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

Jesica Silva, Program Manager of Helpline Services

Jesica joined the West Seattle food bank in April 2021 as the new Volunteer  Coordinator. She is excited to be  supporting a non-profit that  emphasizes the importance and power of community. Jesica grew up in the  Seattle area and attended the University of Washington where she studied  education and diversity. As volunteer coordinator, she will be the first point of contact for volunteers who are crucial in the success of the food bank. Jesica is passionate about assisting others and hopes to keep promoting and growing the inclusive and welcoming environment that exists at WSFB.

Chris Pierce, Program Coordinator of Food Bank Service

Chris grew up in Arizona and attended ASU where he received his degree in  Business  Communication, with a minor in sustainability. In October 2020, Chris started volunteering at WSFB and was hired as  a part time staff member in June 2021. After seeing his skills and work ethic, Chris was offered the  opportunity to work full time and a promoted to Program Coordinator of Food Bank Services in February 2022. Chris has been a West Seattle resident for the last 4 years. When he isn’t working at the food bank, you can find him  outdoors kayaking, biking, golfing or hiking with his dog.

Whit Carter, Development Coordinator

Whit has been with the West Seattle Food Bank since 2014, initially as a volunteer and hired on to staff in 2021. As a self-described civics enthusiast, he is excited about government, advocacy, and public communications. Whit grew up in Texas and Hawaii, and studied history at Richmond University in London, but finally found his home here in West Seattle. Outside of work, he can be found playing board and video games, reading, podcasting, or getting very worked up about ancient Roman Republic history. He lives a short ways from the food bank, with his wife and cats.

Karen Dahl, Volunteer Coordinator

Karen has been a volunteer at the  organization since September 2017. She began volunteering when she lived in West Seattle and wanted to find ways to get more involved with the community. Her 5 years of experience at WSFB, as well as her many years as a  board member for other local non-profits, make her a great fit as our new Volunteer Coordinator. In addition to volunteering in her free time, Karen is passionate about art and music, including her hobby of playing drums.

Yaiko Iizuka, Client Services Coordinator

Yaiko grew up in Colombia, where she went to college to obtain her Bachelor’s degree and study business, marketing and communications. She is  currently continuing her education with courses at Stratford University to further develop her business administration skills. Yaiko has lived in Washington for 7 years and has worked in customer service and administrative roles at Microsoft and El Centra De La Raza. She is excited to join the WSFB as the Client Services Coordinator and help neighbors connect to services that can help make a positive impact in their lives. When Yaiko is not working, you can find her hiking, camping with her dog, or paddle boarding on a nice day.

 

 

Janeth Margolin, Warehouse Coordinator

Janeth joined the West Seattle Food  Bank team in October of 2017. She has been volunteering at the food bank since 2014 and has been the point person for our Backpack Program since we began the program. Janeth’s  professional background includes work as an Office and Sales Manager in  Bogota, Columbia, and in Marketing and Publicity in California. Janeth lives  in West Seattle with her husband and daughter.

Chezarae Hernandez, Transportation Coordinator

Chezarae Hernandez joined the team in July 2023, after volunteering for some time.

More to come!

Serena Streitman, Home Delivery and Backpack Coordinator

Serena is a long time West Seattle resident and first started volunteering at WSFB when she was still in high school. Since then, she went on to earn her degree in Human Services at Western Washington University. She also brings years of experience and skills from working in shelter services. Serena joined the staff in November 2022. What interested her most in the job was the opportunity to connect with families and students in order to fill gaps in food access.

Jack Riley, Operations Assistant

Jack has been at the Food Bank since 2008, starting as a volunteer and becoming staff in 2019. He grew up in West Seattle and recently graduated from South Seattle College with a degree in Landscape Architecture. As Operations Assistant, he works in the warehouse ensuring that food gets to our neighbors. He’s passionate about helping people and strengthening his community.