Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services

Working together. Helping people get home again.

Are you in need of shelter?  Please call or text (425) 773-2874

Brent was born in Austin Texas, raised in Butte Montana, and moved to Seattle in 1988. He then purchased his home in Snoqualmie in 2000 in order to get closer to the things he enjoys most… hiking, camping, fly fishing, foraging for mushrooms, and just generally getting "out there” with his current dog, Lou.
Brent had a long career playing rugby both in Montana as well as the PNW and is the Founder/Creative Director at Front Row Graphics - A local, award-winning creative agency. He believes that it’s important to get involved in the community he lives, works, and plays in. Past and current organizations he’s been involved with include; Middle School Youth Group leader, Camp Korey, Echo Glen, and local Food Banks. He has also served as Vice President of the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation and is a current member of the Mt Si High School Multi-media Department Advisory Team. He’s looking forward to continuing his volunteer work as a member of the SVSS board.
​​​Jan is an East Coast transplant whose husband, Rich, was transferred to the Pacific NW while in the Coast Guard. They fell in love with the beauty of the area and vowed to return. Jan and Rich have lived in North Bend for the last 19 years and enjoy sharing it with their two grown daughters and their spouses/partners, two wonderful grandkids and three adorable granddogs!  Jan retired from teaching in 2016 with her Masters in Education and 21 years as an educator. The last 13 years were here in Snoqualmie Valley, working at Snoqualmie ES, and then at the District level, where she gained leadership skills, organized and coordinated program services and trained teachers and parents.  Jan's passion for giving back to the community has steered her towards active involvement in many local organizations such as The Food Bank, Senior Center and Thrift Shop, organizing neighborhood meals for the Winter Shelter and in holiday efforts for those who are homeless. She now serves as a Board Member on 3 nonprofits. Jan is enthusiastic about making a commitment to SVSS and delving deeper into our mission to help those in need. 
Art was born and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Duvall. He has been married to Ronda for 36 years and they have 3 adult children, all married, and four grandchildren. Art has an MBA as well as a doctorate in Transformational Leadership. Art moved to North Bend in 2014 and is eager to give back to the community by lending his expertise to Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. Art serves on the board of Encompass here in North Bend as well. Art is an experienced CFO who is passionate about stewarding profits, people, places and partners for small to mid-sized privately held companies and non-profits. He provides strategic financial oversight to multiple companies through his practice, CFO Business Partner™. Art is highly motivated by mission and operates with integrity, confidence, professionalism, and resourcefulness in a way that allows all stakeholders of the organization to flourish.

Haley Cohen

Jen was raised in Mossyrock, Wa, a small town of 500 in SW Washington.  She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington.  After graduating she started working at WaFd Bank, and is now the SVP of Lending Operations.  Jen is excited to use her operational and financial background to help SVSS grow, and loves being able to give back to this amazing community.  Jen and her husband, Rankin, moved to North Bend in 2019 with their 3 adorable rescue dogs, Zoe, Niko and Hyak.  Jen, Rankin and their puppers loves the outdoors North Bend has to offer, as well as the close-knit community that has embraced them. 

Catherine Pickard

Jennifer Peterson, Treasurer

Catherine proudly hails from the State of Michigan and has called the Snoqualmie Valley home since 2015. Catherine has dedicated her career to the transformation of the legal system, advocating for equal opportunities for those who have been most disenfranchised from society. Her career and volunteering endeavors have focused on supporting young people, including prior board membership with the Federal Way Youth Action Team and The Boys and Girls Club of Redmond/Sammamish. She currently works as a Policy and Program Manager for King County.  Outside of the professional environment, Catherine is an avid hiker and skier and loves to play both field hockey and ice hockey. Catherine appreciates the opportunity to support Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services and looks forward to being a part of the expanding impact of the organization.
Chris immigrated from England in 1976 after earning BS and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Nottingham.  He taught for three years as a Professor at Virginia Tech before moving to Denver then Redmond in 1983 working as a Civil/Mining/Geotechnical Engineer on mining, tunneling, and blasting projects.  He started companies in Germany in 1990, in Redmond (1991), in the UK (1992) and in Israel in 2014.  The US company moved to North Bend in 2000 and the family to Ernie’s Grove where he resides with Trish, his wife for 37 years.  The family has supported Seattle and Snoqualmie Valley shelter programs and has been involved with homeless programs in the US and Israel.
Haley is another East Coast transplant (West Coast, Best Coast!) and has lived in Fall City on a small farm for almost four years with her husband, two dogs, and a menagerie of poultry. Haley has ten years of experience in social services and has a M.S. in Sustainable International Development. After working on international projects for a number of years, she decided to turn inwards to her own community for more direct work. This has included working on farms to grow food for her community - and to address food sovereignty, managing meals for youth experiencing homelessness, and providing services to community members in need in the Snoqualmie Valley. Haley strongly believes in the power of community and building a better network to ensure that folks in the Valley are able to get their needs met. In addition to her work at Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services, Haley sits on the Young Professionals Board at Imagine Housing, and is a Youth Mentor with the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network. She is the Program Manager at A Supportive Community for All.

Don Scaramastra

For more years than he cares to admit (29), Don has lived in the greater Seattle metropolitan area and moved to Snoqualmie in 2014.  Don works as an attorney for a firm based in downtown Seattle, where he helps business and individuals resolve complex legal disputes. A believer in the power and responsibility of lawyers to make the community a better place, Don has contributed through board service (including on the boards of the Children’s Alliance and the King County Bar Association), and through pro bono legal representation of those who lack meaningful access to justice. With other lawyers, he served as counsel in litigation that led to a Washington Supreme Court ruling establishing the constitutional right of foster children in Washington to a safe and stable home. He also represented a class in successful litigation to secure the constitutional right to effective legal representation for those accused of crimes, and helped a number of refugees obtain asylum, immigrate to the United States, and pursue their dreams of citizenship here. Don is proud to lend his efforts and support to the important and meaningful work of SVSS’s dedicated staff and volunteers. When he is not spending time enjoying the company of his two kids and honing his ability to tell the best (worst?) dad jokes, Don likes to try his hand at hiking, cooking, and pretending he knows the finer points of wine.  

Jan Formisano, Secretary (& Volunteer Meal Coordinator)


Brent Cook

Art Zylstra, President

Chris Breeds, Vice President