Board of Directors
Board Chair: Ben Shobert, Microsoft
Past Chair: Ethan Norris, Community Health Plan of Washington
Treasurer: Jonathan Perrino, Cushman & Wakefield
Secretary: Derrick Williams, Washington Federal Bank
Ex Officio: Heather L. Fitzpatrick, CEO, Wellspring Family Services
- Chase Alvord, Tousley Brain Stephens
- Arlesia Bailey, Seattle Children's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
- Eleanor Bradley, Pacific Science Center
- Colleen Cosgrove, Community Involved Citizen
- Emelie East, Ceis Bayne East Strategic
- Rachel Lonsdale, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Mohammad Malakoutian, Amazon
- Nicole Matuska Moscheck, Microsoft
- Julissa McWashington, Starbucks
- Mark Ruffo, Landesa
- Dave Sampson, Community Involved Citizen
- Julie Seidenstein, Lane Powell PC
- Stuart Williams, Kinzer Partners
- Dr. Lee Wong, Western State Hospital
- Carrie Woolman, Adobe Systems Incorporated
Heather Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer
Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in successfully helping nonprofits reach their financial and organizational goals. As the CEO of MarketFitz, Inc., a management consulting firm, her clients have included San Francisco Performances, InvestED, Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington, and the Benaroya Research Institute. 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.
Dr. Megan Beers, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services
Megan is a licensed clinical psychologist, with an expertise in early childhood mental health. She has a background in early childhood systems building, mental health consultation in community settings (child care, Early Head Start/Head Start, primary care), as well as brief and long-term dyadic intervention with young children and their caregivers. Megan leads Wellspring’s Early Childhood Services team, provides training both internally and in the community around trauma-informed care, and provides programmatic leadership around integrating early childhood mental health and trauma-informed care principles across Wellspring’s services.
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, Director of Wellspring EAP
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.
Bevetter 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.
Thomasina Schmitt, Corporate & Community Engagement Director
Thomasina Schmitt joined the Wellspring development team in the fall of 2016. As the Corporate & Community Engagement Director she helps lead the Development Team to create and implement a development strategy and plan for acquiring and deepening community and corporate partnerships through outreach, volunteer recruitment, employee engagement, donation drives and other development initiatives. Thomasina earned her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and her Master’s degree from Goldsmiths, University of London.
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: Joe Nguyen, Microsoft
Vice Chairs: Emily Rooney, Google
Alyssa Villablanca, K2
Ex Officio: Heather L. Fitzpatrick, CEO, Wellspring Family Services
- Mares Asfaha, Philanthropy Northwest
- Kelsie Bartholome, Washington Athletic Club
- Aaron Blankers, Washington Holdings
- Devin Gorman, Swedish Medical Center
- Gavin Hudson, Peterson Sullivan LLP
- Michaela Kay, Peterson Sullivan LLP
- Julie Lutton, Lakeside School
- Sarah Kilpatrick, John L. Scott Real Estate
- Cody Nelson, Amazon
- Nataliya Piskorska, Amazon
- Jolene Power, Amazon
- Isobel Press, Allison + Partners
- Keely Rankin, T-Mobile
- Lauren Stradford, Microsoft
- Kassidy Vietti, Peterson Sullivan LLP
- Jamie Webber, Amazon
- Leslie Wright, Puget Sound Energy