Jake Weber – Executive Director
Jake Weber joined FamilyWorks as Director in 1997, after serving on its founding Board of Directors for two years. Jake has a BS in Music Therapy and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the UW. In 2007, Jake was honored by the Children’s Trust Foundation with the first annual “Janet Miller Award for Excellence.” She feels lucky to have a job that she loves, getting to partner with the community, the staff and the Board to nourish individuals and families on a path to resiliency.
Shirley Ferkingstad – Resource Center Manager
Shirley Ferkingstad was born and bred in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. She has always worked in non-profits in Seattle. Shirley spent about 25 years working in the field of Early Childhood Education: teaching young children at the UW Experimental Education Unit and Head Start and directing several child care centers. She has worked at FamilyWorks since 2002.
Joey Ashenbrenner – Resource Development Manager
Joey comes to FamilyWorks with over 11 years of service in Seattle’s non-profit community. Having primarily worked with youth-development organizations Joey has experience in both program development and fundraising. He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and in 2011 he completed his MBA. He is honored to be at FamilyWorks, getting to serve alongside such a dedicated staff team on behalf of such a wonderful community.
Kirby Lochner – Reading Buddies Coordinator/Resource Assistant
Kirby was born and raised in Encinitas, CA. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2014 with a BA in History, he moved to Seattle to work at a non-profit and play music with the band, Versing.
Mike Cox – Food Bank Manager
Mike left Mark Twain country in Missouri 20 years ago to move to Seattle. He has spent the last 14 years managing Chicken Soup Brigade’s food program at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and has experience working with both food banks, medical nutrition and hunger advocacy. Mike has a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri and completed certification in Non-profit Management at the University of Washington in 2011. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at FamilyWorks as we help families attain nutritional security and family stability.
Billy McLendon – Food Bank Warehouse Coordinator
Billy was born in Angeles City, Philippines but was raised in the good ole Midwest. He attended Missouri State University and graduated with a BS in Management. He has been in Seattle since 2014 and loves building relationships with fellow community members. He is passionate about working towards building a more equitable community for all and has worked with non-profits for the past 3 years in youth development and nutrition education. .
Gladys Martinez – Teen Parent Coordinator
Gladys was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Seattle in 2004. She served with AmeriCorps from 2004-2006 as a Legal Advocate for Domestic Violence. She is the mother of three multi-talented teenage boys. She enjoys working with teen parents and having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
Elizabeth Ralston – Volunteer Coordinator
Elizabeth Ralston has a public health background and has worked as a health educator for the Seattle King County Department of Public Health, University of Washington, and various nonprofits. In addition to her position as volunteer coordinator at FamilyWorks, Elizabeth writes “Doing Good”, a bi-monthly column for Parentmap and consults with nonprofits on storytelling, social media, and marketing. She is very excited to be here at FamilyWorks, getting to make a difference in the lives of people working to benefit and strengthen our community.
Krista Gould– Family Programs Coordinator
Krista was born in San Pedro, CA. After receiving her acceptance letter to a Master’s program in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Washington, Krista decided to move up and start a life in Seattle. After three years in the MSW program she fell in love with everything Washington has to offer. She received her bachelors in Psychology with a focus in child development and group dynamics in 2012. Since then her work experience has been in teaching & mentoring children’s, teens, and young adults. She is passionate about working with families and is excited to be a part of the FamilyWorks team.
Virginia Gonzales – Family Advocate
Virginia has a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy. She has worked in various agencies in King County for over 20 years. She has worked with newly immigrated families from all over Latin America and is an immigrant from South America. She has worked with families, teens, homeless youth and HIV/AIDS patients. Virginia is fluent in Spanish.
Hayley Berra – Family Advocate
Born and raised in California, Hayley moved up to Seattle in 2012. She has a BA in Political Science and is working toward her MSW from the University of Washington. She is passionate about social justice and breaking down the systemic barriers to equity for all. She has worked with non-profits for over 6 years and enjoys working with people from all different backgrounds. Hayley also speaks Spanish.
Jesse Shandrowski – Driver
James Moody – Food Bank Warehouse Coordinator
James has a passion for hunger relief work. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and was a former Manager of Food Lifeline’s Seattle’s Table Program (A perishable food rescue program). He is a former Seattle Firefighter and more recently worked for a cruise line for eight years before deciding to return to community service work.
Pete Metzelfeld – Driver