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Valerie Norwood

Executive Director

Once, sitting at an office desk amidst piles of home mortgage loans, Valerie asked herself... what in the world was someone with a Comparative Sociology degree (and an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology no less) doing juggling the mortgage processing for dozens of home loans? What at the time seemed a mid-twenty-something crisis, in retrospect, turned out to provide invaluable administrative and organizational skills. She utilized these later while working in young nonprofits, helping them take the early steps toward organizational maturity. 


In 1999, Valerie and her husband Tom became part of the Krista Colleague Charter Class. They embarked on a year-long volunteer assignment in Kenya, bringing Valerie back to the root of her passion for engaging socio-cultural identity, responsible development and the inherent power and privilege dynamics. Upon her return to the United States she joined the Board of the Krista Foundation. Valerie continued to work in the business world and then with Mustard Seed Associates, an international Christian ecumenical ministry where she played a central role in designing their programs. 


She later became the Krista Foundation's first Program Director where she provided exceptional talent and leadership in shaping the distinctive nature of the Krista Colleague program. The Foundation provides the perfect platform for combining her long-time care for healthy development & volunteer service practices (service ethics) with over a decade of youth and young adult mentoring and leadership development. A gifted writer, she has also served as Managing Editor (aka midwife) for The Global Citizen journal.


Additionally, her great joy is to play in the forest with her sons Caden and Colin, have friends over for dinner, grow vegetables, and toss the Frisbee for her Australian Shepherd, Luna.

Stacy Kitahata

Director for Partnerships

Stacy is a community leader with a sustained commitment to fostering cultural competence and active faith. Stacy joined the Krista Foundation in February of 2011. Prior to that, she served as Director for Community Engagement and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett. As an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, Stacy regularly facilitates intercultural competency training with an ecumenical consortium of Northwest churches and trainers. 

Stacy brings a solid background of investment in young adults. She has been deeply involved as an advisor and young adult mentor for a five-year Asian American Discipleship Conference series on faith and vocation. Stacy has also served on the Lutheran Volunteer Corps Board of Directors (LVC) and connected locally with service volunteers. Since her own youth, Stacy has been rooted in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and has served as denominational staff and in many volunteer capacities, including the ELCA's national Multicultural Youth Leadership Events.

While in Chicago, she was Dean of the Community and member of the faculty at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. Stacy has traveled extensively in Latin America, Asia and Africa and holds degrees from UCLA and McCormick Theological Seminary. These experiences equip her with a wealth of global, ecumenical, and theological insight. Meanwhile, Stacy brings another talent from urban Chicago: an "unparalleled ability" to parallel park in the tightest of spaces!


In her spare time, Stacy still loves reading books: from how the brain works to the latest on understanding the complexities of culture and politics. Alongside her spouse Diakonda, Stacy is passionate about advocating for inclusion of all members of our communities, particularly immigrants. 


When asked what she looked forward to in partnering with Krista Colleagues, Stacy shared, "In these terribly polarized times when the tensions in our life together seem daunting, the wisdom and perseverance of the Colleagues—together with the access and potential available in our connected/global world—will move us all to a better place than we can even begin to imagine. The Colleagues are inspiring and challenging and it is an honor to serve with them."

Jaleh Sadravi

Development Director

Jaleh is excited to join the Krista Foundation as the new Development Director! Jaleh brings a solid background in fundraising and development. She previously served as the Development and Communications Manager at Rainier Valley Corps . Prior to that she served as the Annual Campaign Manager with College Access Now.

Jaleh earned her Bachelor's in Communications from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  After college, Jaleh served two years with City Year. She earned her Master's degree from Valparaiso University, specializing in Digital Media. She then served two years with Teach For America in Jackson, Mississippi, as a High School English Teacher. As a multiracial woman in America, Jaleh strives to find ways to highlight and empower the voice and experience of those often ignored. In her spare time, Jaleh enjoys photography, travel, and surfing.  

Rediet Mulugeta

Program Associate

After studying Global Development at Seattle Pacific University, Rediet Mulugeta served in Houston, Texas with Mission Year for 2 years. While developing relationships and working alongside local non-profits, leaders, and church communities, Rediet continued to develop passions that deepened her understanding of faith, justice, and service. Since then, Rediet has been on Mission Year staff both in Houston and Chicago facilitating week long service-learning trips in various cities. She is a lover of good books, deep conversation, wholehearted genuineness, strong coffee, and heartfelt laughter. As a 2012 Krista Colleague and Seattle native, Rediet is excited to be closer to family and eager to join staff in supporting future colleagues through their service journey. 

Becky Collier

Communication and System Administrator

Becky brings a depth of non-profit administrative experience to her role at the Krista Foundation. She joined the Krista Foundation in 2015. Prior to that, she worked at Seattle Urban Academy, an alternative high school in South Seattle. 

Becky originally came to Seattle from North Carolina as a young adult volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Following her year of service, Becky skipped between states and careers--searching for a way to connect her service experience with her new-found worldview. Becky enjoys connecting her service experiences with other like-minded individuals who are part of the Krista Foundation. 

Becky lives in White Center with her family and an ever-expanding collection of heirloom plants, fruit trees, and peonies. 

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Maren Haynes Marchesini

Service Ethics, 2007 Krista Colleague

Maren spent one year volunteering with the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Young Adult Volunteer Program in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands of Tucson, Arizona. There, she worked with homeless and migrant communities on a variety of humanitarian aid projects through Southside Presbyterian Church. Maren then moved to Seattle to pursue a PhD in Ethnomusicology, studying the intersections between identity, power, participation, and music genre in American Christianity. She now lives in Montana with her husband Michael Marchesini (also a Krista colleague) where she teaches at Montana State University, directs music and worship at a church, and leads community youth music ensembles. 

Bridget Hinton

Sojourner Support, 2014 Krista Colleague

Bridget served two years with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Grays Harbor, WA and Hood River, OR. In Grays Harbor she helped run a Feed the Hungry program where she and volunteers prepared a hot meal for folks in the community everyday. In the afternoons she ran a Youth Tutoring Program for students at two schools. In Hood River she served with a small program through Providence Memorial Hospital called Volunteers in Action where she provided friendly visiting, transportation, and light housekeeping for patients receiving palliative care and/or hospice care. She continues to live in Hood River where she enjoys swimming, sipping coffee and building intentional community in a rural locale. 

Richard Murray

CAST, 2015 Krista Colleague

Richard Murray explores overlaps of identity, culture, and design through his art, community engagement, and his career in architecture. Richard served at Friends of the Children through the Quaker Experiential Service Program. He is active in Seattle's Filipinx community and local architecture community groups. Outside of civic engagement, Richard can be found playing soccer or walking around with a sketchbook in hand and camera around his neck.

Ricki Ruiz

Community Building, 2016 Krista Colleague

Ricki Ruiz continues to serve with his original placement, the Rockwood Initiative, an organization he co-founded that invests and advocates for youth recreation opportunities within the neighborhood of Rockwood and the City of Gresham, Oregon. Concurrently, Ricki is as an employee of the City of Gresham and serves as an elected board member in the Reynolds School District.  

Taylor Tibbs

Service Ethics, Board Liason, 2015 Krista Colleague

Taylor Tibbs served two years with the Urban Leaders in Training Program at the Northwest Leadership Foundation - first with College Bound at Lincoln High School in Tacoma and second with the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Program. Today, she is the Act Six Program Manager and supports students through mentorship and by developing new curriculum for the Summer training program. This past summer she served on the planning team for an Urban Leadership Convention for her students and coordinated peer-facilitated worships on multicultural K-12 education, leadership and social capital, and activism. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys cooking with friends, listening to live music, and buying (too many) books.

Lauren Winnewisser

Sojourner Support, 2014 Krista Colleague

Lauren (Amundson) Winnewisser served with the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México from August 2014-July 2015. She served with a non-profit environmental organization and lived alongside her host community in the spirit of accompaniment. She attended California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA and earned her BS degree in Criminal Justice (2010) and her MBA with an emphasis in non-profits (2014). She currently works in fundraising at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. In her spare time, you can find her chasing a good sunset, exploring a new mountain or hunting down the most authentic Mexican food she can find with her husband Christian and their dog Stanley.

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Jeanne Blair

Marianne Brockhaus

JPaul Fridenmaker

Executive Member

Woody Garvin

Jim Hunt


Co-founder of the Krista Foundation, Jim taught history at Whitworth University for over 25 years. Taking college students to Central America sparked Jim's research interest on the influence of youthful travel on future leadership, as well as his book, Restless Fires: Young John Muir's 1000 Mile Walk to the Gulf (Mercer University Press). 

Richard Kelley

Vice President

Joe Martinez

Hierald Osorto


Jim Shaw

Taylor Tibbs

Board President

Becky Wilcox


Linda Hunt

Board Emeritus, Co-Founder

Co-founder and initial director of the Krista Foundation, Linda taught writing in the English department at Whitworth University for twenty years where she also served as faculty director for their innovative Service-Learning program. A freelance writer and national speaker, her bestselling book Bold Spirit, a true story of a mother and daughter who walked across Victorian America (www.boldspiritacrossamerica.com), received regional and national awards. Mother of Krista, she finds gardening a source of healing and joy, and delights in friendships with Krista Colleagues.

Sharon Daloz Parks

Advisory Board

J. Derek McNeil

Advisory Board

Raymond Reyes

Advisory Board

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