The Team

Board of Directors

Laura Brent
President

Laura is a founding Board Member of HopeWorks and a former Housing Hope Board Member. She is a long-time supporter of transitional housing and advocate of social enterprises. Laura is owner of Brent Planning Solutions, a land use and environmental planning firm. Having graduated from the University of Washington in Urban Planning, she has a strong passion for maintaining our high quality of life in the Puget Sound region. Laura serves as co-chair for the Generations of Hope capital campaign.

John Chambers
Vice President/Secretary

John has served as a member of the Housing Hope East Branch Board and as its President. He also served two years on the Housing Hope Board of Directors. John was employed as an Executive in the Weyerhaeuser Company for 33 years.

Paul Vexler
Board Member

Paul was the founder (1982) of Quantum Windows and Doors, located in Everett. He is currently a wood sculptor. Paul is a Housing Hope Board Member Emeritus and founding Board Member for HopeWorks.

Kerri Lonergan-Dreke
Board Member

Kerri is the co-owner of Lombardi's Italian Restaurants. Community involvement has been a staple of Kerri’s business career since volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters after college. Kerri has served on Chamber of Commerce boards & was a member of the Lynnwood City Council from 2010- 2013. In addition to her work on the Hope Works board, Kerri is also a board member of the Northshore School District Foundation, the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau & Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County.

Mark Henning
Board Member

Mark is the founder and owner of Signature Landscape, a successful company operating in King and Snohomish Counties. His family was instrumental in the early development of Stanwood and actively supported Housing Hope’s latest venture in Stanwood called the Lincoln Hill Village.

Sue Ambler
Board Member

Sue is the Principal of Triple R Solutions a woman owned contracting firm focusing on Relationships, Respect and Responsibility. Sue has over 30 years of collaborative business, non-profit, community, education, management, and leadership experience Ms. Ambler retired from Workforce Snohomish after 11 years with the council and served as the President & CEO from 2006-2014. An active member of her community, Sue invests her time in support of youth advocacy, veterans, military families, and working to end homelessness.

Glen Bachman
Board Member

Glen Bachman draws on more than thirty years of retail and asset management experience. He is currently the General Manager of the Everett Mall, and Vice President of Washington Real Estate Operations for Steadfast Properties. He is active in the community as Commission President for the Port of Everett, and is active with the Institute of Real Estate Management, International Council of Shopping Centers, Washington Retail Association, Puget Sound Regional Council, and Washington Coalition on International Trade.

Louise Stanton-Masten
Board Member

Louise Stanton-Masten is President of Stanton-Masten Consulting. Her practice provides consulting services in organization management, strategic planning, public policy, and government/community relations. She is the former Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Alliance and has served as President/CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and Business Development Director of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. She has been a Snohomish County resident since 1983. She has been active on the boards of the Institute of Flight, Mukilteo Community Orchestra, the Future of Flight Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Everett Rotary and the City of Lynnwood Planning Commission.

 Staff

Fred Safstrom
Chief Executive Officer

Fred served on the Housing Hope Board of Directors from 1996-2006. He joined the Housing Hope staff in 2006 as the Chief Operating Officer. He has a BBA from Seattle University. Fred was recently promoted to the Chief Executive Officer position for both Housing Hope and HopeWorks.

Ed Petersen
Chief Strategic Officer

Ed was the founding Executive Director of both Housing Hope (1987) and HopeWorks (2011). He has 39 years of experience in human services and affordable housing. Ed has a BBA from Pacific Lutheran University and a MSW from University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and served as Associate Professor of Social Work in Norway for two years.

Joe Claeys
Chief Operations Officer

Joe has 22 years in banking experience and came to HopeWorks after working with us on a loan and getting to know our CEO, Fred Safstrom. Joe had been looking for the right opportunity to enter the nonprofit field for awhile. When asked by Fred to interview for the role, Joe finally found the right opportunity. Joe is greatly involved with the local Rotary Club and loves to ski, he's even a certified ski instructor.

Kristen (KK) Kosidowski
Director of Food Social Enterprise & Training

Kristen (or “KK”) brings a diverse background in sustainable community development through non-profit and mission-driven start-ups. Experience building food service operations and job training programs makes KK a great fit for HopeWorks’ exciting growth plans. In her spare time, find KK cooking, gardening, paddling or adventuring in the tidepools or mountains. She’ll likely have a snack and binoculars in tow.

Nick Montanari
Social Enterprise Coordinator

Nick graduated with his Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Idaho. During his undergraduate degree at Washington State University, Nick lead the revitalization of the Acacia Fraternity chapter at WSU, tracked the most volunteer hours as a student (over 1,200 hours) and received the MLK Distinguished Student Service Award as well as the Big Ten Senior Award. Nick enjoys volunteering, woodworking, and getting outdoors.

Kandi Graber
Enterprise Manager-ReNewWorks

Kandi Graber is a resale expert with over 30 years of experience in business. Furniture and home decor design are her passion. Kandi's hobbies include display merchandising, design, flea market shopping and relaxing at the beach with family.

Steve Stackpole
Enterprise Manager-GroundWorks

Steve Stackpole has over 20 years in the Landscape Industry working on all types of properties from commercial and multifamily to residential and estate properties. He understands the impact healthy vibrant landscapes have on their communities and the perception they portray for commercial properties.

Dana Daniel
Food Service Operations Manager
Vicki Murphy
Bookkeeper

Vicki brings extensive experience and talent to the HopeWorks team. Her hobbies include spending time in the garden and baking.

Jim Gabriel
GroundWorks Foreman

Jim has 8 years of experience in the Landscape Industry. His experience varies from landscaping construction skills to hardscapes, irrigation, water features, drainage operations, lighting, proper plant recognition and installations. Jim’s specialty is quality control procedures and safety is his number one objective.

Calli Johnson
New Social Enterprise Developer VISTA
Calli joins the team for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She is excited to combine her passion for community service with years of experience in the food service industry to help HopeWorks expand their culinary bandwidth and increase job training capability. As a Colorado native, and recent transplant, you can find Calli exploring as many nooks and crannies as possible in the great state of Washington. Go Buffs!
Miranda Currier
ReNewWorks Training Coordinator/Sales Associate
Miranda is a recent graduate from Northwest University with a BA in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys art, music, Netflix, reading, and baking. She likes traveling and trying out new coffee shops. 
Bryant Blauvelt
ReNewWorks Sales Associate
Bryant has a diverse background in sales, delivery driving, and landscaping. He has been recently featured in King 5's Evening Magazine, and is a dedicated father and husband. He has a deep passion for anything "Seahawks".

 

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