Working together. Helping people get home again.
Previously the Valley Renewal Center
Are you in need of shelter? Please call or text 425.505.0038
Irene Wickstrom has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for 10 years. She works as a Librarian Services Manager where she leads her team of 9 Librarians in providing interesting programs to meet the needs of the communities of Fall City, Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie. Irene came to KCLS from Southern California where she started her library career as a Literacy Specialist with the San Bernardino County Libraries and shortly thereafter, Branch Manager of the Lake Arrowhead Library. She later took a position with LSSI as City Librarian of the La Quinta Library, part of the Riverside County Library System. She holds an MLIS along with an MPA and has worked in libraries since 1998. Irene also holds a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and has taught school at various times throughout the years. Her love of children which led her to initially consider a teaching career transferred into the joys of motherhood with 4 lovely talented children to nurture and raise. Now that her children are grown, she is enjoying her 2 grandchildren. Irene enjoys traveling and loves learning about other cultures. In her spare time she studies languages and hopes to teach English abroad someday. Over the years, she has volunteered with a number of organizations and is currently Secretary of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network as well as Treasurer of the Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. She is passionate about community outreach and looks to make a difference in the lives of those she meets and in the communities where she lives.
Lee Carney Hartman lives with her family in North Bend and is pastor of Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. Lee served a long time in youth ministry while completing two theology degrees at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, including a Master of Transforming Spirituality (2005), and a Master of Divinity (2009). Her work history includes stimulating years playing newspaper reporter and school teacher.
Trissa Dexheimer, President
Andrea began her lifetime of volunteer work as a teenager, tutoring third-graders in reading. She has been a volunteer with our Day Center since it opened in July 2016. After retiring from a career managing human resources programs in state and federal government, Andrea returned to school at Seattle University's School of Ministry and Theology. Upon completing her Masters Degree, she was elected to the Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services Board of Directors in September 2017. Andrea is also a Certified Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and has volunteered with the Bellevue School District, Bellevue College, and A Call to Vietnam charity in Hue, Vietnam. She has been inspired by the work and writings of community activist, Peter Block.
Irene Wickstrom, Treasurer
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lee Carney Hartman, Vice-President
Trissa is a co-founder of the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter and current Program Coordinator for Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. Trissa has worked for nearly 20 years in nonprofit administration, first serving as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America, “the domestic Peace Corps”) at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in 1997 during the startup phase of the Lyon Building which provided supportive housing to formerly homeless HIV+ adults. In 1999, she undertook another VISTA project in Portland, working to strengthen the volunteer program at a domestic violence shelter. Returning to Seattle, she managed the MLK VISTA Corp at the Fremont Public Association (now Solid Ground), worked for Parent Trust for Washington Children and worked as the Program Assistant for Compass Housing Alliance Fund Development Department. During the shelter’s off-season, Trissa is a wedding and events florist.
Board Retreat, March 2018
Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services
Henry has been a resident of Snoqualmie since 2000 and has watched the community evolve during this time. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Chapman University in Orange, CA and moved to the Seattle area in 1998. He worked as an account sales manager for a cabling technology company from 1998 to 2008 in Tukwila, WA. He then co-founded a commercial networking technology company in December of 2008, and led the sales engineering team. The company became a worldwide industry leader and was acquired in December of 2015. Henry enjoys living in the Snoqualmie Valley with his wife and two daughters. He believes in the value of our community helping neighbors in need and was invited to join the board of directors for Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services in December of 2017. He is excited about the opportunity to help discover and cultivate effective solutions for our homeless residents.
Jim is a 40-year resident of Snoqualmie. He worked in various human resources management positions before retiring in 2006. Afterward, Jim became a certified bicycle mechanic and began working and volunteering as such. While bike riding on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail around North Bend, Jim noticed people on the trail, some walking, many on bikes, carrying backpacks and bags of food. He realized these people were coming from the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank so he volunteered to do bicycle maintenance at the food bank, beginning in 2013. In the process, Jim got to know a lot about the food bank clients and the circumstances that led to their homelessness or unstable housing. Jim also helped provide dinners at the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter during the 2016-2017 winter, further elevating his awareness of the need for stable housing for the homeless. When presented in September 2017 with the opportunity to become part of an organization dedicated to providing emergency shelters, social services, and connections to permanent housing in the Snoqualmie Valley, Jim volunteered to serve on the Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services Board.