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STAFF

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. 

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."

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. 

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.

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.  

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COLLEAGUE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 

 

Linda Chastine

Service Ethics, 2016 Krista Colleague

Linda Chastine (pronouns she/they) has a B.S in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Linda is a Black Queer Femme living, working, and building community in Seattle, WA as an HIV Program Coordinator with African Americans Reach and Teach Health ministry (AARTH). In life, Linda is committed to creating spaces for Black, Brown, Indigenous Queer People of Color (BIQPOC) to share their narratives as a joyful proclamation of defiance, resiliency, reclamation, and reparation. Ultimately, Linda is dedicated to dismantling all forms of oppression so that one day, all may have the ability to live their fullest lives with love, joy, and dignity, free from fear and injustice.

Terrell Hawkins

Sojourner Support, 2017 Krista Colleague

Terrell Hawkins works in Tacoma, WA alongside two others in their Mentorship Business BROTHAS (Battling Real Obstacles Together Helping Achieve Success). Based in the 3 principles of Honor, Integrity and Respect, they provide youth with academic help and skills that allow them to better themselves and their community.Outside of this, he is a Para-Educator at IDEA High School (Industrial Design Engineering and Art) where he serves as a Study Skills teacher. When he is not doing either of these things, you will most likely find Terrell somewhere having a “deep” conversation, laughing way to loud or listening to Drake.   

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. 

Lindsey Hendrixson

Board Liason, 2009 Krista Colleague

Lindsey Hendrixson joined the Krista Colleague community in 2009 as she was preparing for a year of spending time with youth in Kampala, Uganda through the Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program. Returning home, she felt the need to further develop “hard” skills to be better equipped to love and serve communities – whether in the States or internationally.  This led to earning a Master of Social Work degree at Columbia University, and the unintended consequence of living far from the NYC subway lines – the joy of a bicycle! Her social work experience includes working with refugee families resettling in Seattle, defendants in NYC and now with those living with Multiple Sclerosis across the U.S. Her husband, Andrew, is a studio artist, and they dream of vocational convergence somewhere at the intersection of faith, art and loving their neighbors.

Damon Motz-Storey

Community Building, 2017 Krista Colleague

Damon Motz-Storey (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) has lived in the Rocky Mountains, the Philadelphia suburbs, and now the city of Portland, Oregon. He served with the Quaker Voluntary Service in Portland, OR in 2016-2017 as the Program Assistant for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, where he is now the Healthy Climate Program Director leading regional climate advocacy efforts from a public health perspective. A lifelong Quaker, Damon is passionate about creative storytelling as a means for social change, whether through campaign messaging, choral music, or drag queen performances. They enjoy riding their bike, cooking big meals, and hosting theme parties.

Erin Routledge

CAST Liason, 2016 Krista Colleague

Erin Routledge attended Gonzaga University where she studied civil engineering, a career that brings together her love of math and science with real-world problem solving. Following graduation, Erin served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Houston, TX where she provided academic support for math and science classes as well as assistance in the college readiness department at a high school that prepared students with limited economic resources with a college preparatory education. After her time in Houston, she landed back in her hometown of Everett, WA where she works as a transportation design engineer for a local engineering firm and seeks to design spaces and places that bring people together. Her passions include inspiring more women to pursue careers in STEM and finding new coffee shops to frequent.

Ricki Ruiz Madrigal

Buzz 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.  

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BOARD & ADVISORS

 

Jeanne Blair

Marianne Brockhaus

JPaul Fridenmaker

Executive Member

Woody Garvin

Jim Hunt

Co-Founder

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

Secretary

Jim Shaw

Taylor Tibbs

Board President

Becky Wilcox

Treasurer

Sharon Daloz Parks

Advisory Board

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.

J. Derek McNeil

Advisory Board

Raymond Reyes

Advisory Board

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