Gabby Burrell​ (she/her)​, Program Manager

James Simmons​ (he/him)​, Assistant Program Manager

Trissa Dexheimer ​(she/her), Operations Manager

James has spent the last 10 years chasing his dreams of helping people in need and following in the footsteps of his hero, his late mother.  He worked as an Emergency 9-1-1 Dispatcher for 6 years, helping people in their most immediate time of need.  After this amazing career opportunity, he was gifted the opportunity to travel with his mother during her ongoing battle with cancer.  She was a huge part of his life and an example of what a truly selfless person is.

James recently relocated to Washington, to follow in her footsteps of helping people in need and giving back to the community. James also spent a large portion of his life in Anchorage, AK where he saw firsthand the effect homelessness has on people in extreme climates. His recently acquired role with SVSS was a perfect transition into the dream of what he wanted for his future, allowing him the chance to help people in need and give back to the community.

In his personal life, James is the epitome of a family man!  He has five wonderful children with whom he enjoys life during his down time.

Kellie Parker (she/her), Housing Case Manager

As an agency co-founder, Jennifer has a deep passion for connecting with those experiencing homelessness. Having worked in most areas of sheltering, from overnight staffing to volunteer work to management, stepping into the role of Director in 2014 was a natural fit.  Additionally, her case management background brings about the ability to navigate through the most challenging of situations with our clients.​  During her time as Director, Jennifer has worked to connect with the larger community, local businesses, faith organizations and government agencies.  This includes nurturing an environment of partnership, investment and cohesion between our neighbors, whether housed or un-housed.​  Her passion lies in the relational side of social service and in helping people find their way home.

In her personal life, Jennifer enjoys time with family and friends.  She loves to read, work puzzles, cook a good meal, practice meditation/yoga and walk through our beautiful valley scenery.  Prior to her time with us, she was a Real Estate Broker.
Trissa works behind the scenes to keep all SVSS’ ducks in a row. She is responsible for the administrative side of SVSS and, most importantly, grant writing. She also has a strange fondness for writing policy & procedure and creating spreadsheets and checklists.  Trissa knows that a well-organized agency allows direct service staff to focus on their mission and believes nothing is impossible with a good filing system and label maker. Her creative thinking challenges assumptions about what is possible.  Trissa takes pride in her role as a co-founder of Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter. A lifelong volunteer, Trissa has served as a VISTA (domestic peace corp) in Seattle and Portland. 

When not engaged with saving the world, Trissa likes to escape to the Middle Fork or hang out around the campfire with friends and family. If the weather isn’t great, she likes to play board games and research her family history.  Trissa holds a BA in Geography from the University of Washington.
Before joining SVSS in August 2021, Evie worked at We All Belong: South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter. Evie has always been passionate about helping and healing others, she studied Pre-Nursing at Cascadia College and worked as an HCA through the COPES program for almost two years before discovering a love for working with the unhoused in November of 2020. As a co-founder of the PTSD Breakfast Club, she strongly believes in a trauma-informed and compassionate approach to social services. 

In her free time, Evie loves to create upcycled art pieces and sculptures, spend time with her friends, and swim in the beautiful PNW. She is currently taking vocal lessons and loves learning new skills or reading when she gets a chance. 

Kate Mueller​ (she/her)​, Development Manager

Gabby has been with us since 2016. She was born and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley and is passionate about our community.  Gabby is part of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island. She has worked with our local tribal communities both in the Snoqualmie Valley and the greater Seattle area. Her understanding of native cultures and people has made her an important asset on our team.

Her love of kids has also led her to work with youth in the Wrap Around program at Friends of Youth, and as a counselor at the Snoqualmie Tribe’s summer camp for tribal youth.  Gabby’s energy, easygoing nature, ability to get along with anyone and everyone, and desire to advocate for people until they are able to advocate for themselves has made her someone that we can’t do without; nor would we want to! 
Kate brings extensive marketing, business development and program management experience to the SVSS team.  As our Development Manager, Kate is responsible for managing fundraising activities, submitting grant proposals, and assisting with marketing and PR efforts.  Her ability to create and foster relationships, in addition to her love of research and writing, will enable her to build strong donor relations and successfully drive fundraising efforts.

Native to the Seattle Eastside, Kate believes it is a privilege to live in such a special part of this country.   She is passionate about serving the marginalized people in her community and is grateful for her role in supporting our neighbors without homes.

Outside of work, you can find Kate enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three boys. They enjoy camping, hiking and skiing together, as well as family game and movie nights at home. 


Kellie has been with SVSS since June of 2021 and has been imbedded in the Snoqualmie Valley for the entirety of her life. She is passionate about social equity, community resource management, direct advocacy, and empowering community members to stabilize their lives. She's worked in social services for 5 years, and is an amazing asset to SVSS and the people we serve.

In Kellie's free time, she and her partner enjoy quality family time with their 5 kids . She loves to connect with her family by coordinating spaces where they can volunteer and give back to the community. She also enjoys the perks of living in the Pacific Northwest, especially snow boarding and paddle boarding. 

Evie S​ (she/her)​, Navigator

Jennifer Kirk​ (she/her), Executive Director

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