Board of Directors

Board Chair: Ethan Norris, Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group
Chair Elect: Ben Shobert, Microsoft
Past Chair: Emelie East, Ceis Bayne East Strategic
Treasurer: Jonathan Perrino, SoundTransit
Secretary: Diane St. John, Community Involved Citizen
Ex Officio: Ruthann Howell, CEO/President, Wellspring Family Services

  • Chase Alvord, Tousley Brain Stephens
  • Arlesia Bailey, Seattle Children's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
  • Eleanor Bradley, Space Needle & Chihuly Garden & Glass
  • Colleen Cosgrove, Health Perspectives Group
  • David Hiatt, Outerwall
  • Leah Lewis, Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Nicole Matuska Moscheck, Microsoft
  • Ben Margoles, Washington Holdings
  • Julissa McWashington, Starbucks
  • Nancy Myles, St. Thomas School Early Learning Center
  • Anne Nielsen, Community Involved Citizen
  • Mark Ruffo, Malaria No More
  • Christian Schiller, Cascadia Capital
  • Julie Seidenstein, Lane Powell PC
  • Jeff Turner, Praxis HR, LLC
  • Heather Wight-Axling, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 
  • Derrick Williams, Washington Federal Bank
  • Carrie Woolman, Adobe Systems Incorporated

Executive Team

Ruthann Howell, CEO/President

Ruthann became CEO of Wellspring Family Services in 1990, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing human service agencies. Before coming to Wellspring, Ruthann was the director of the Salvation Army's Catherine Booth House and then Director of Salvation Army social services for Seattle/King County. She also has direct service experience working with battered women and their children. 

Ruthann has had the privilege during her lengthy career to chair many local coalitions and has been invited to participate on many local task forces and initiatives, and is a recognized nonprofit leader. Nationally, she is currently a member of the Resource Development Solutions Committee with the Alliance for Children and Families. Ruthann holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. 

Sandy Lowe, Chief Program Development Officer

Sandy has been with Wellspring Family Services since August 1990 and in her present position since 1992. She has worked in human services for 25 years. At Wellspring, Sandy oversees all Community Services, including domestic violence intervention, homeless children's services (including specialized homeless childcare), and family stabilization services for homeless families and those at risk of homelessness. She has been instrumental in implementing the "housing first" program model for ending family homelessness. Sandy currently serves on the United Way of King County's Impact Council on Older Adults. Sandy holds a Master's degree in Human Development from the School of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago.

Bob Mendonsa, Human Resources Director

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 has significant experience with nonprofits both as a consultant and Board member. He has a B. A. in English from San Jose State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University Hayward and several professional certifications in the HR and OD fields.

Kelly Pearson, Chief Development Officer

Kelly came to Wellspring Family Services in March 2008. In her position, Kelly leads the effort to engage and involve the community in Wellspring's efforts to end family homelessness and to build a community where all children thrive. Outside of the office, she is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kelly received her undergrad degree in economics from the University of Puget Sound and her Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

Associate Board

Board Chair: Joe Nguyen, Microsoft
Ex Officio: Ruthann Howell, CEO/President, Wellspring Family Services

  • Mares Asfaha, Philanthropy Northwest
  • David Bonelli, Graystone Mortgage
  • Xi "C.C." Gong, Microsoft
  • Marcy Hupp, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Michaela Kay, Peterson Sullivan LLP
  • Julie Keller, Lakeside School
  • Sarah Kilpatrick, John L. Scott Real Estate
  • Mohammad Malakoutian, Amazon
  • Nataliya Piskorska, Amazon
  • Keely Rankin, T-Mobile
  • Emily Rooney, Expedia
  • Paige Stoll, Garden Grow Organics
  • Lauren Stradford, Microsoft
  • Ali Urbick, PepsiCo
  • Alyssa Villablanca, K2