Introducing our Board

 

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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.   He is married with two children.

Vice-President, Corey Limbaugh   

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, Jessica Lee

Jessica, a born and raised West Seattlelite, joined the board in March of 2011.  After spending time in other parts of the country (recently New Hampshire and Las Vegas), and living in Bellevue, she returned to her Gatewood neighborhood in 2009 to be closer to family.  Wanting to get back involved with a non-profit organization, she sought out the West Seattle Food Bank.

Jessica is the Corporate Controller for Zillow.com and a CPA.   She graduated from both Seattle University and the University of Washington with degrees in Accounting and English, respectively.  She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family and friends.

 Secretary, Dana Ross   Bio photo
Dana joined the WSFB Board in October 2013, and has lived in West Seattle since 1999.  She is the Creative Services Director at Continental Mills, with responsibility for creative project management, communication planning, social media and digital marketing.  Dana is passionate about food – cooking for friends, growing vegetables in her garden, and ensuring others in our community have access to nutritious food.  In her pare time, she enjoys traveling, taking photos of our beautiful surroundings, and keeping up with her 11 year old son.
Director, Ted BarkerTed Barker
Ted was born in Snohomish, WA, attended Western Washington University and has lived in West Seattle since 1992.  As a parent of two athletically active
sons, he became involved in youth baseball in West Seattle and served on the board of West Seattle Baseball for 8 years.  Ted is also very interested in politics, especially at the local level and serves as First Vice Chair of the 34th District Democrats.  He currently lives in the Junction area with his 17 old son, a junior at Chief Sealth International High School and occasionally enjoys a whirlwind visit from his 19 year old son, a sophomore at Western Washington University.
Director, Jim Dean                                                                                                         Jim Dean
Jim was born in Spokane, WA. and has lived in the Northwest all my life.  Educated at Willamette University and University of Washington.  Retired from a career in Real Estate development, spanning over 40 years.  Presently a Home Delivery volunteer at the  Food Bank, West Seattle Senior Services and maintenance of the Walking on Logs mini park on Fauntleroy..

Director, Patrick Dunn  

Patrick is a community organizer who joined the Board in 2009, after volunteering on the Food Bank’s distribution line.  He is currently the Program Director for The Phinney Neighborhood Association and also serves on the Board of Directors for Sustainable West Seattle.  Over the last few years, Patrick has helped to found and manage both The West Seattle Tool Library and The Community Orchard of West Seattle.  He is constantly impressed by the generosity of those who allow the Food Bank to offer such a wide variety of healthy food and honored to be a part of this great community resource.

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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, Cara Mohammadian
Cara Mohammadian joined the WSFB board in 2005 after becoming inspired by the forward looking, dynamic nature of the board. She has been busy the last 22 years raising her two sons, helping her husband manage his retail business and for the last 11 years managing her own real estate business. She most recently joined the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, where she and her colleagues donate time and a significant portion of their earnings to support community development and affordable housing. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and spent her “pre-children” life, working in the social service arena , traveling and generally trying to have fun

Director, Chris Porter   

Joined the board in September 2012. Moved to Seattle in 2005. Earned a bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Diego State University and Masters of Science in Nursing from Western University of Health Science. Owns a practice in West Seattle as a Nurse Practitioner. Enjoys cooking, cycling and traveling. Recently became certified to scuba dive. Though traveling with my partner is fun, working with board members to bring food to those in need will be a lifetime challenge for me.

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.

West Seattle Food Bank Staff

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 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 just started at the Food Bank in April of 2013.  She’s 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 industry and most recently was the National Sales Manager for a cluster of 5 radio stations here in Seattle and finds it incredibly refreshing to work in the non-profit sector.   Having been a volunteer  fundraiser for the majority of her career she is looking forward to using all of her knowledge to benefit the Food Bank.   She loves spending time 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.

Charlie Workman, Food Rescue Specialist

Charlie Workman arrived in Seattle from the Hoosier state in September 2001. He started working at the Food bank in 2007 after working at the IMAX @ The Pacific Science Center. Charlie drives the van & is our Food Recovery Specialist by day and an accomplished musician by night. He loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and living and working in West Seattle because it reminds him of his childhood living in a small community.