board

David Ramirez

President

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
WFCN helps build safe and healthy communities by building partnerships that strengthens our youth and families in our community.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
I bring the passion and desire to serve in my community. With my executive and business ownership background, I can assist in seeing the organization is moving forward in a responsible financial direction.

JustServe.Org, Boy Scouts of America, Home Front Therapy

Lindsey Karas

Vice President

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
I think that Whatcom Family and Community Network is a great community connector. They do a fantastic job and facilitating dialogue around important issues in the community. They bring people and organizations together, and spur action and support where needed.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
My insight comes from actually experiencing the work that WFCN does before joining the board. I took a Community Building class with them years ago and worked in collaboration on the Gang Prevention Team. I have seen first hand the gifts WFCN has to offer and the concrete positive changes in the community due to this work.

Mercy Housing Northwest, Whatcom Family and Community Network, Skookum Kids, Whatcom Public Health Advisory Board

Michelle Williams

Secretary

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
WFCN helps build safe and healthy communities by building partnerships that strengthen our youth and families in our community.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
The value of seeing/helping to build youth and adult partnerships. Seeing that all lives bring value to our community and that when there are groups of people not succeeding with the most basic needs/skills; neither is our community.

4-H, Promise 23 ranch ministries

Candice Wilson

Treasurer

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
I values the spaces WFCN creates for meaningful conversations on youth prevention and trauma-informed thinking across Whatcom County. I appreciate when people convene to build stronger connections, to know one another authentically and inspire creative problem solving to keep children & families safe, healthy and loved.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
I love children, respect families and bring experience helping create community resilience with many others in the Lummi Nation and beyond

Lummi Service Organization, Lummi Nation, Ferndale Community

Stevona Burks, MEd

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
The Whatcom Family & Community Network is important to me because it highly emphasize on building community and acknowledge resiliency as strength amongst children, youth and families to live long productive and healthy lives. This is the key to establishing long-term inclusion for next generations to come.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
I will bring new perspectives and awareness on social issues through learned and lived experience to Whatcom Family & Community Network Board. The fact that I am passionate about underrepresented communities having access to equity opportunities aligns wholeheartedly with WFCN mission and purpose. Also, my work ethics, energy, and persistent will serve and promote a strong team collaborative environment.

Parent and Community Advocate

Angela “Angie” Harwood

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
I believe that healthy communities are built by developing relationships between caring individuals and organizations. WFCN serves a key function of connecting people and organizations around issues affecting the health and well-being of youth and families in our community, which enables us all to build on our collective strengths.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
As a teacher educator in Woodring College, I have the great honor and privilege of working with people who strive to make a difference through teaching our youth. My profession provides me with the opportunity to bring academic or theoretical frameworks into the real-world contexts of our schools. I especially value partnering with local schools to work on grants and programming designed to support young people and families.

Western Washington University

Rebecca “Becky” Kinley

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
I believe that healthy communities are built by developing relationships between caring individuals and organizations. WFCN serves a key function of connecting people and organizations around issues affecting the health and well-being of youth and families in our community, which enables us all to build on our collective strengths.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
As a teacher educator in Woodring College, I have the great honor and privilege of working with people who strive to make a difference through teaching our youth. My profession provides me with the opportunity to bring academic or theoretical frameworks into the real-world contexts of our schools. I especially value partnering with local schools to work on grants and programming designed to support young people and families.

Western Washington University

Taylor Lawson

What is important to you about the work WFCN contributes in our resilient Whatcom County community?
I am a firm advocate for collaboration and community connections not only for the richness that diverse experiences bring to the work of WFCN, but also because the strength and growth of a healthy community must come from the community members, partners, and organizations that support it. Through partnerships that it builds, facilitates, and sustains, WFCN provides our community with countless opportunities to learn, participate, and collaborate with one another to build a deeper understanding of the importance of community support and empowerment. We, as a community build our resiliency through these connections. It is through the support of the work of organizations such as WFCN that we create healthy and sustainable systems for each and every member of our community.

What unique perspectives or insights do you bring to WFCN’s Board of Directors?
I have a degree in Human Services and am actively pursuing and/or participating in multiple avenues to deepen my understanding of child and family development through the lens of behavior health and health promotion. My work and volunteer experience has been primarily with children in families in a variety of capacities including: therapeutic self-growth and resiliency, domestic violence and child protection services, and education for both children and family development.

Communities in Schools AmeriCorps Site Coordinator