Board of Directors
Board Chair: Arlesia Bailey, Seattle Children's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
Vice-Chair / Chair Elect: Julissa McWashington, Starbucks
Past Chair: Ben Shobert, Microsoft
Treasurer: Michaela Kay, BDO USA
Secretary: Eleanor Bradley, Pacific Science Center
Ex Officio: Heather L. Fitzpatrick, CEO, Wellspring Family Services
- Colleen Cosgrove, Community Involved Citizen
- Mike Cusack, American Seafoods
- Emelie East, Ceis Bayne East Strategic
- Amy Hwang, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Richard Jacroux, Buddy Platform
- Rachel Lonsdale, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Matt Lund, UW Medicine
- Mohammad Malakoutian, Amazon
- Lisa Mayfield, Aging Wisdom
- Ethan Norris, Health Management Associates
- Chuck Nordhoff
- Joe Nguyen, Washington State Senate, 34th District
- Olga Perelman
- Derek Ruckman, Recology
- Mark Ruffo, Landesa
- Dave Sampson, Hootsuite
- Julie Seidenstein, Lane Powell PC
- Jason Shindler, efelle creative
- Lynn Tuttle, Lynn Tuttle LLC
- Edward West, Swedish
- Derrick Williams, Columbia Bank
- Stuart Williams, Kinzer Partners
- Dr. Lee Wong, Neighborcare Health
Heather Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer
Heather joined the Wellspring team as a contractor in 2017, and became the President and CEO in October, 2018. Prior to joining the Wellspring staff, Heather was the CEO of MarketFitz, Inc., a management consulting firm, where she worked with non-profit, healthcare and professional service organizations to help them reach their financial and organizational goals. An active community leader, Heather has served on a dozen boards of directors, including Northwest Center, the Washington Society of CPAs, Leadership Tomorrow, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Rotary #4, CityClub and Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She received her MBA from the University of Washington, her BA from Colgate University, and was a Fulbright Scholar. She began her career with Deloitte, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a licensed CPA in Washington state.
Peter Drury, Chief Strategy Officer
Peter Drury serves as Chief Strategy Officer, where he is charged with keeping Wellspring future-focused, aligned, growing, and increasingly wise. A social worker with a business education – plus years of innovative leadership and consulting for philanthropists, executives, and boards – Peter is uniquely positioned to facilitate strategy, planning, performance measures, and optimization of the whole. Peter has supported many high-performing organizations during critical stages of growth, such as Splash, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s, Sightline Institute, and Make-A-Wish. He is a member of the faculty in Seattle University’s acclaimed Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program, and holds MSW, MBA, and M.Div. degrees from the University of Illinois, Seattle University, and Yale University.
Asa Tate, Chief Development Officer
Asa Tate serves as Chief Development Officer, leading a team of fundraisers who partner with the community to raise the resources needed to best serve our clients. Asa brings over twenty years of results-driven, ethical fundraising experience and leadership at Make-A-Wish, KCTS 9, Women's Funding Alliance, Technology Access Foundation, Food Lifeline and Girl Scouts. Asa is best known for her strategic thinking and exceptional ability to create lifelong relationships and partnerships that strengthen non-profits and our community. Asa actively volunteers to grow the field of philanthropy; serving as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Advancement Northwest Chapter and on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Certificate in Non-profit Management & Fundraising Management. Asa is an alumnus of Western Washington University and Leadership Tomorrow Seattle.
Ernest J. Cathcart, Cultural Competency Specialist
Ernest J. Cathcart, MSW, ACSW, received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. In the field of academia he has taught social work and cultural competency at George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, Antioch University in Seattle, and Trinity Lutheran College in Issaquah. He worked for Children’s Home Society as Director of their Western Regional Office. For 18 years he worked for Casey Family Programs; where he was Director of Division Operations for the Seattle Field Office; and also worked at Headquarters of Casey Family Programs as Manager, of Clinical Diversity Practice.
Kevin Host, Senior Director of Enterprise Services
Kevin Host, LICSW, has directed the Wellspring Employee Assistance Program since 1993. Wellspring EAP provides management and employee support benefits to over 300 regional businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits and trade associations serving over 185,000 employee lives. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience providing mental health, employee assistance and business consulting services. He is a member of the Northwest Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association and the Past-President of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work and Past-President of the Clinical Social Work Association, a national professional organization representing the legislative, educational and practice needs of clinical social workers.
Bevette Irvis, Director of Early Learning Center
As Wellspring’s Director of the Early Learning Center (ELC), Bevette is responsible for the overall management of the ELC and service delivery to vulnerable families and children. She is currently a board member of the Southeast Seattle Child Care Directors’ Consortium, the Child Care Directors Association of Greater Seattle, and Team Neutral Zone. She’s also on the Planning Team for Cultivating the Genius of Black Children, and recently served on the state-wide Trauma-Informed Care Advisory Group. Bevette frequently provides educational training and consultation to community groups and other early learning educators about the effects of trauma and homelessness on young children. Bevette has worked in the field of Early Learning for 33 years and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Bob Mendonsa, Director of Human Resources
Bob Mendonsa came to Wellspring Family Services in May 2014 following a successful career as an executive and consultant in the fields of Human Resources and Organizational Development. Bob leads all Human Resources functions at Wellspring, recently implemented an agency-wide leadership training program, and plays a key role in the Wellspring’s strategic planning process. Bob has significant experience with nonprofits both as a consultant and Board member. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University Hayward and several professional certifications in the HR and OD fields.
Walter Washington, Senior Housing Services Director
Walter is a Seattle native with an extensive history of working with and designing programs for vulnerable populations in the greater Seattle region. His interest and development was seasoned through academic and civic work at Washington State University. Professional work has threaded education and human services; including STEM education advocacy with Technology Access Foundation, supplemental education support for foster students with Treehouse, and transitional housing management with YouthCare. Walter’s more recent work as Emergency Services Director with Compass Housing Alliance, included leading Housing First initiatives across 10 distinct programs making up a department of over 200 staff. After opening Seattle’s largest, full service shelter, Compass at First Presbyterian and piloting a 24hr model, Walter began working to advance transportation needs for vulnerable seniors as Director of Transportation at Sound Generations. He continues to serve as an advocate and steering partner in the Transportation community, while finding a home at Wellspring Family Services as Sr. Housing Services Director. Walter is laser focused on progressive solutions and innovative program design that will serve the most vulnerable families in and around Seattle.
Board Chair: Alyssa Villablanca, Tyler Technologies
Vice Chair: Sarah Kilpatrick, John L Scott Real Estate
Ex Officio: Heather L. Fitzpatrick, CEO, Wellspring Family Services
- Mares Asfaha, Philanthropy Northwest
- Kelsie Bartolome, Washington Athletic Club
- Gavin Hudson, Peterson Sullivan LLP
- Cody Nelson, Amazon
- Lucas Nestvold, Alvarez & Marsal
- Jolene Power, Amazon
- Emily Rooney, Google
- Lauren Stradford, Microsoft
- Jae Suzuki, Regence Blue Shield
- Jamie Webber, Amazon