Our Leadership

Heather Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer

Heather is passionate about helping families and employees find help quickly, preventing homelessness whenever possible, and permanently breaking the cycle of family-homelessness in our community. She brings years of management consulting expertise, a passion for innovation, and financial experience to the table. Heather is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a licensed CPA who served as CEO of MarketFitz, Inc. before joining Wellspring. An active community leader, Heather has served on more than a dozen boards of directors, including current service to Northwest Center and Archbright, and previous service to Leadership Tomorrow, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Rotary #4, CityClub, and the Washington Society of CPAs. Heather received her MBA from the University of Washington, her BA from Colgate University, and was a Fulbright Scholar. 

 

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.

 

Bevette Irvis, Senior Director of Childhood Services

As Wellspring’s Sr. Director of Childhood Services, Bevette is responsible for the overall management of the Baby Boutique, Early Learning Center and service delivery to vulnerable families and children. She has a passion for delivering quality services to families that affirms and supports their identities and backgrounds. Bevette is involved with several early learning groups focused on advocacy for children and families and is a board member and past board chair of the Child Care Directors Association of Greater Seattle. She also served on a state-wide Trauma-Informed Care Advisory Group, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. Bevette frequently provides educational training and consultation to community groups and other early learning educators about the impact of trauma and homelessness on young children. She has worked in the field of Early Learning for over 35 years, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science from the State University of New York at Cortland.

 

Cindy Taketa, Director of Counseling Services

Cindy has been serving Wellspring since 2007, providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults as a psychotherapist. She became Branch Director in 2019, and was promoted to Director of Counseling Services in 2020. Cindy also serves as co-chair of Wellspring'sTrauma-Informed Care Council. She enjoys the diversity of her work: providing mental health care, being a supervising therapist, and providing leadership to build culture on an organizational level. Cindy received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College and attended Western Washington University for her undergraduate program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Host, Senior Director of Enterprise Services

Kevin Host, LICSW, has directed the Wellspring Employee Assistance Program since 1993, and oversees Counseling Services. 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.

 

 

Nawiishtunmi Nightgun, Director of Housing Services

Nawiishtunmi Nightgun is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. She is a descendant of the Blackfeet and Gros Ventre tribes. Nawiishtunmi leads Wellspring's housing department with culturally relevant services that meet the needs of all families experiencing homelessness. As Vice President on the Mockingbird Society's Board of Directors, she supports ending youth homelessness. She has also served as Co-Chair of the CEA Public Policy Committee, and as an Indian Policy Advisory Committee Delegate for Washington State as a tribal leader. A vocal advocate for ending homelessness and racial equity, she has presented on decolonizing colonialism, decolonizing data, and addressing the needs of our community during the pandemic in collaboration with the regional public health agency. And she is a recent un-graduate for the Agency of Change cohort. Nawiishtunmi received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is actively pursuing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health.

 

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.

 

 

Peter Schultz, Chief Operating Officer / Chief Information Officer

Peter Schultz joined Wellspring in March 2019 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer / Chief Information Officer. He provides oversight and leadership to all administrative operations of the organization including HR, Finance, IT, Facilities and general operations of the agency.  Ensuring we have robust technology solutions and operational processes which streamline operations, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. Peter began his career in nonprofits at Lifelong Aids Alliance and the Woodland Park Zoo with a focus on IT. For nearly 20 years he was CEO of P S Consulting, helping clients meet and exceed their business goals through judicious use of change management, staff development, business process design, and system implementation. Peter used his wide range of experience in technology and business processes to advance the work of many sectors of non-profit organizations, including higher education, cultural organizations, hospitals and human services.

 

Trisha Aldrich, Director of Employee Assistance Program Services

 

Trisha Aldrich has served as Director of the Employee Assistance Program since 2018. She honed her expertise as an Employee Assistance Professional and leader over the past 15 years at Wellspring, joining the program as a triage specialist before moving into account management and then holding a series of leadership roles. She has represented Wellspring by previously serving as Vice President on the Board for the Northwest Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Trisha earned her Human Resources Management Certificate via the University of Washington program and holds the SHRM – Senior Certified Professional (SCP) credentials. She has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Diego, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington State University with a BS in Psychology.