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.

Breanna Bushaw,
Development Director

Breanna started March 22nd at the food bank as the new Development Director. She comes to us from Publicis Media where she was the Digital Media Analyst. Breanna is a West Seattle resident, passionate about helping others and building an inclusive and equitable community. She holds a M.B.A. and Masters of Education from WGU. Her career background includes nonprofit fundraising and digital marketing. Before working in nonprofit, Breanna was also an elementary school teacher in King County school districts. When she isn’t working, you can find Breanna hiking, rock climbing or camping around the PNW.

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.


Lester Yuh,
Operations Director

Lester manages our over 500 volunteers on site and ensures that food donated to the Food Bank is safely stored and distributed. His background in managing and improving efficiencies at large restaurants, including Salty’s both Redondo and Alki, are helping the West Seattle Food Bank run much more efficiently and effectively. His efforts in utilizing the talents of our volunteers shows in the improvement of our service.

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Karla Marifjeren,
Operations Manager

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.

Jesica Silva,
Volunteer Coordinator

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,
Operations Assistant

 
Janeth Margolin,
Operations Assistant

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.

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Dick Haggart,
Operations Coordinator

A ten-year West Seattle resident, Dick began volunteering at the West Seattle Food Bank in 2017 and has been a staff member since October 2018.  He operates the West Seattle Food Bank’s vans, coordinates with volunteers to pick up food and other donations from the generous businesses that support the Food Bank and provides assistance within the warehouse with food distributions, technology and facility issues. Prior to joining the Food Bank staff, Dick was retired from a nearly 40 year career as an attorney in Alaska and Washington. Prior to becoming a lawyer he was a partner in a Wall Street investment firm and was employed by two United States Senators.

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.


Samantha Thompson,
Programs Manager

Sam Thompson loves Washington: she's lived in Anacortes, Spokane, Bellingham, Olympia, Shoreline, and been in Seattle since 2017. Working as Program Manager for the Helpline services, she's only become more passionate about affordable housing. The best part of her job is meeting so many West Seattleites, volunteers, service providers and neighbors.

Yaiko Iizuka,
Client Services Coordinator

Yaiko grew up in Columbia, 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 or camping with her dog, or paddle boarding on a nice day.

RJ Williams,
Home Delivery Coordinator

RJ Williams has been a part of the Food Bank family since March 2020 and started her position as Home Delivery Coordinator in October 2020. With a background in caregiving and plenty of experience coordinating care, she brings a strong set of skills to the Food Bank’s Home Delivery program. Coming into the food bank, she feels like it’s home. Helping people is core to her and motivates her to keep going. RJ is excited to be working for a nonprofit, especially one that cares so deeply about its community. She’s also excited about the adventures she’ll have here and what they will bring.