Our Board of Directors & Advisers

//Our Board of Directors & Advisers
Our Board of Directors & Advisers 2018-09-19T13:35:49+00:00

Our voting board and community advisory groups are comprised of a diverse range of professionals with numerous ties to the communities we serve.

Homes First is a certified CHDO organization and is actively seeking Board members who represent the low-income community.  This includes members of Boards from Neighborhood Associations who serve the low-income community or those who are members of the low-income community themselves.

Homes First accepts new board member application each September with the goal of having new members join the board in January each year.  For more information call 360-236-0920 or president@homesfirst.org

President, Amal Joury, Senior Counsel for USCF Investments

Amal joined the Board in February 2016. Although her community leadership experience is limited due to her recent arrival in Olympia, she has become involved with several committees for Olympia Master Builders.  Amal is working with the Goldstein law firm to increase their activities and leadership within the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. She has, in her prior East Coast life, been active in organizing opportunities for work colleagues to volunteer their time with Rosie’s Place and Community Servings.  She currently serves on the board of the Capitol Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.

Amal’s unique skills come from eight years of serving as an attorney for a third party administrator to executive boards in the securities industry. She is comfortable with running meetings, taking minutes and ensuring that all items on an agenda get attention, as well as preparing resolutions and responding to board questions. She has spent the last year as an attorney in private practice in Olympia developing a network of professional connections that she believes will benefit Homes First.

Vice President, Chris Lester, Business Development Manager, Thurston County Title

Born in Longview, Chris joined Homes First Board in 2017, and in August 2018, stepped up to be the Vice President.  Living in our area for his entire life and raising a family here, he knows that serving his community is a lifelong passion.

You may have seen Chris around in his role at Thurston County Title or as the owner of The Tailgate BBQ.  Chris has also been a Volunteer Firefighter for Black Lake Fire Department. Working for Thurston County Title as their Business Development Manager has led him to many new opportunities to serve. Some include: Homes First, Thurston County Realtors Association, Thurston County Multiple Listing Sales Association, Olympia Master Builders, and Yelm Professional Network.

Chris also volunteers his time with Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Homeless Backpacks, Tumwater Rotary, Tumwater Chamber of Commerce, Yelm Chamber of Commerce among other organizations.  He is currently the Vice President with Lacey Chamber of Commerce. Chris has stayed true to his dedication to community, passion for services for others and looks ahead to new opportunities.

Treasurer, Beth Brown, CPA, Owner, NW Accounting

Beth joined our team in November 2017 after learning about our mission at Lacey Chamber event hosted at our new office here in Lacey.  After four years of tax preparation and auditing the financial statements of nonprofit organizations and for profit organizations, Beth and her husband started their own accounting firm here in Lacey, Washington. In addition to running the business, Beth is an adjunct professor for South Puget Sound Community College and enjoys volunteering in her community. She is on the board of the North Thurston Education Foundation and volunteers her accounting services to other local nonprofits such as the Olympia Film Collective. When not working, Beth and her husband enjoy mountain biking in Capitol Forest and spending time with their family. Beth has a passion to help those in need and is a strong advocate for affordable housing.

Co-Secretary, Sarah Reyneirse, Payroll, Gale Contractor Services

After leading us through updating our Strategic Plan as an intern from The Evergreen State College, Sarah decided she wanted to join our board!  Sarah brings a passion for the plight of the unhomed and an inquiring mind on all topics of housing.  She has been a lively and intelligent addition to our team and we look forward the many ways she challenges us to do more. Sarah is a single mom of a young daughter and loves to be outdoors having fun with her and their friends.

Co-Secretary, Mary Roberts, Health Services Consultant, WA State Dept of Health

Mary, also a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, joined the board in February 2018, and brings a wealth of insight to the struggles of living at less than area median income.  Mary has a passion for serving the low income community and helps Homes First remember who we are here to serve.

Board Members

  • Kai Neisman, VP Loan Review, Columbia Bank
  • Aaron Rodriguez, Owner ACR Business Consulting
  • Kevin Sparks, Community Representative
  • Hallee Starborn, Home Depot

Advisory Members

Policy as of 03.30.18
Representative Andrew Barkis State Representative, 2nd District; Owner, Hometown Property Managment
Project Development as of 10.30.17
Chuck Stewart Community Lending, Fairway Mortgage
Rick Pitts Olympia Federal Savings
Mark Kitabayashi Windermere Real Estate
Resource Development as of 10.30.17
DeAnn Conway Umpqua Bank
Chris Lester Thurston County Title
Kevin Hochhalter Attorney
Sarah Koch Umpqua Bank
Kevin Sparks Farmers NW Insurance
Skip Thompson Guild Mortgage
Property Management as of 10.30.17
Scott Hanauer Community Youth Services
Mike Pratt Green Realty
Interested in becoming a board member?
Download our Board Member Application in an MSWord or PDF form.  Please contact our Board President, Russ Carstensen or our Chief Executive, Trudy Soucoup for more information.  info@homesfirst.org

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