Introducing our Board
Back Row: Ted Barker, Chris Porter & David Weld
Second Row: Rev. Ron Marshall, Ben Viscon, Pete Spalding, Corey Limbaugh, Dana Ross, Cara Mohammadian
Seated: Joan Hansen & Jim Dean
Not Pictured: Jan Roberts
President, Ben Viscon
Ben has been on the board since September 2009, and a resident of West Seattle for over 15 years.
He is active in volunteering for outdoor trail clean ups and efforts to preserve the wild spaces in the northwest and has also been a volunteer with the Washington Wine Commission. Ben is also the Owner and Winemaker for a local West Seattle winery called Viscon Cellars and Viscon Cellars Tasting Room on California Ave. SW. He is married with two children.
Corey has been on the West Seattle Food Bank Board since 2006. Corey earned his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1993 and received his MBA in 2000 from University of Phoenix. A resident of West Seattle since 2002, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. Corey works for JP Morgan Chase.
Treasurer, Joan Hansen
Joan graduated from Harvard Law School and moved to Seattle where she was in the private practice of law in the fields of family law, probate and estate planning until she retired in 2011. She has lived in West Seattle where she lived with then P.I. reporter and columnist, Shelby Scates, until his death in 2013. Joan joined the board in 2013 because she truly wanted to give back to her West Seattle community. She is an active climber and a member of both the Mountaineers and the American Alpine Club.
Director, Reverend Ron Marshall
Ron Marshall has been on the board since 1996. He served as vice president in 1997. He also has been on the board of the West Seattle Helpline since 1989 and Music Northwest since 2003. He has been pastor of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle since 1979. He’s been married to Dr. Jane L. Harty since 1972. They have three grown children: Susannah, Ruth and Anders.
Director, Pete Spalding
Pete has been on the Board since January 2006 after having served on the University District Food Bank Board for 6 years. He has served three terms as President of the board. He is also active in a number of other community activities having served as the Chair of the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council, Chair of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, Chair of the City Neighborhood Council, Chair of the SW Precinct Advisory Council as well as acting in an advisory role to the Chief of Police on public safety issues that impact the Delridge neighborhoods. He also was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Viaduct Stakeholders Advisory Group and after having served on the committee to develop the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy he was appointed by the Seattle City Council to serve on the Citizens Levy Oversight Committee. Pete moved to West Seattle in July of 1998 after having lived in southern Louisiana.
Director, David L. Weld
David has a passion for creating growth through innovation and disrupting the status quo. He has deep experience as a senior executive and manager at both private and public growth-stage technology companies. David has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in computer science and Russian and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School.
David lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hike, fish and ski. David is committed to fighting hunger in our community and enjoys his position as a board member for the West Seattle Food Bank.
Introducing our Staff
Pictured: Steven Curry, Fran Yeatts, Christopher Dickie, Judi Yazzolino & Lester Yuh
Not Pictured: Karla Marifjeren
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 is currently serving on the Boards of the Food Resource Network Federation and the Coalition of Charitable Choice. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling in her spare time.
Steven J. Curry, MA, Operations Director
Steven J. Curry has over 20 years of experience supervising and developing non-profit social service programs for youth families and communities. He has supervised programs for Friends of Youth, Ryther Child Center, YMCA, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of King County, Neighborhood House, and Compass Housing Alliance. Steven is the past Board President of ADD-Resources and has served on the Explorer West School Board in West Seattle. He is the co-owner of Curry Landscape Inc. and is a certified leadership consultant with the Cerecore Institute, a performance resource company dedicated to bringing the full capacity of thinking processes into everyday action. Steve is dedicated to increasing awareness in the community about hunger issues and in continuing to provide only excellence in programming services to the greater West Seattle community.
Judi Yazzolino, Development Director
Judi Yazzolino is a long time West Seattleite and is very excited to be working and giving back to her own community. Judi’s entire career has been in the radio broadcast/advertising industry and most recently was the National Sales Manager for a cluster of 5 radio stations here in Seattle. She finds it incredibly refreshing to work in the non-profit sector. Having been a volunteer fundraiser for various non-profits for the majority of her career, she is looking forward to using all of her knowledge to benefit the Food Bank. Her passions are hanging out with family and friends, skiing, traveling and walking Alki.
Lester Yuh, Operations Manager
Lester manages our over 200 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.
Christopher Dickie, Food Rescue Specialist
Christopher began volunteering at the West Seattle Food Bank in August 2014 and has been a staff member since November 2014. He operates the West Seattle Food Bank’s van, coordinates with volunteers to pick up food and other donations from generous businesses that support the Food Bank and provides assistance within warehouse with food distributions, technology and facility issues.
After moving from Minnesota to Seattle in 1996, Christopher worked and studied at Cornish College of the Arts, was a volunteer field investigator for the King County Public Defender Association and dedicated over thirteen years in the legal field as a paralegal focusing on complex litigation.
Karla Marifjeren, Operations Assistant
Karla moved to West Seattle in 2003 and has been a volunteer at the West Seattle Food Bank since 2004; serving clients, helping out in the warehouse and helping manage our annual fundraiser. Through the Food Bank Karla was able to learn about the food security issues in her West Seattle neighborhood and how she could best help. In her prior position as Warehouse Manager of the White Center Food Bank, she served their clients through her leadership, organizational skills, volunteer management and commitment to helping her community. As Operations Assistant since January 2016, Karla is passionate about treating every client that comes through our door with compassion and access to the food they need. “I love working for the WSFB, where the staff is like family and showing up to work every day is a joy”.
Karla is an avid Seattle sports fan who enjoys walking her neighborhood, chatting with her African Grey Parrot or sitting down to a book of Sudoku.