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, Sharee Adkins, Nam Le, Leslie Skavland
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.
Vice-President, Jan Roberts
Jan joined the WSFB board in 2015 after retiring from 35 years in dairy industry marketing. Prior to that she taught nutrition and vocational education for 8 years in Seattle Public schools. She holds a degree in Nutrition Education from the University of Washington and a Food Service Vocational Certificate from South Seattle Community College. Jan’s volunteer work at the West Seattle Food Bank includes both working on the produce line and on the board of directors. Her work at WSFB enables her to share her nutrition expertise and passion for fighting hunger to our neighbors in need. She enjoys golf and gardening.
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.
Secretary, Dana Ross
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, Sharee Adkins
Sharee joined the WSFB board in 2015. She is the Associate Director for Grants on United Way of King County’s Development team. She received her BA in Sociology from Boise State University and her MS in Adult and Organizational Learning from University of Idaho. When she’s not working on a grant deadline, she loves to spend her free time exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Director, Ted 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 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, 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, 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.
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, Leslie Skavland
Leslie Skavland began volunteering at the West Seattle Food Bank in early 2016 and became a member of the Board in April 2016. She has had a long career working as a paralegal, mediator, and investigator in Seattle’s legal community since 1996. She previously worked as a volunteer, member, and secretary for a variety of Seattle’s non-profit organizations, including the Vera Project, FareStart, and the Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle. Leslie has lived in West Seattle since 2013 and is delighted to be able to give to her community by serving on the board. She is also very active in Seattle’s music scene and loves collaborating with her friends and colleagues in her local community. Leslie currently resides in West Seattle with her husband, Paul, and their vocally talented feline children, Vergil and Sasha.
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.
Director, Jessica Lee
Jessica joined the board in 2011, having grown up in West Seattle and wanting to give back to the community. She is Vice President, Corporate Controller for Zillow Group and owns FASTSIGNS West Seattle with her husband James. Jessica holds a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, a B.A. in Accounting from Seattle University, and is a licensed CPA in the State of Washington. In her spare time Jessica enjoys staying active outdoors, listening to music, playing cards, cooking, traveling, reading, tapping into her creative side writing and drawing, organizing “stuff” and most important, spending time with friends and loved ones.
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 & Development 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.