Our Staff

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Our Staff2019-06-24T08:02:00-08:00
Trudy Soucoup
Trudy SoucoupCEO

Trudy joined Homes First as Chief Executive on November 1st, 2011, and began leading the organization into its third decade of creating safe, healthy, and affordable rental housing in Thurston County. Trudy came to Homes First from Community Youth Services where she served as Manager of Organizational Development. She has over 30 years experience working in nonprofits around the world. Trudy volunteers her time with many mission-driven organizations that include being a member of the Board for the Washington State Employee’s Credit Union and Washington Nonprofits. A 2008 graduate of Lead Thurston County, Trudy’s passion is for working with staff and leaders to grow nonprofits and plan for their future so that our community members can have better, healthier lives.

Courtney Williams
Courtney WilliamsAssociate Director

Courtney most recently worked at the WORK SOURCE center in Thurston County. She is also an adjunct professor with Centralia College teaching students in the BASM program “Foundations of Management 300” which prepares our future leaders by providing resources guiding them when exiting school.

In Courtney’s own words, “I care about people and their overall quality of life. To me, having a home that is affordable dramatically changes the lives in our community. When people have a quality of life it leads to a restoration of hope. Hope leads to an enhanced energy, and in my opinion, that energy goes back to our community.”

Courtney is also a graduate of the Masters in Public Administration Program from the Evergreen State College

Amy Sewell
Amy SewellOffice Manager

Amy joined Homes First in 2009 to help support daily office operations. Since that time, she has gone from working 20 hours a week to being a full time Office Manager. She has seen many changes at the organization and helps ensure that the daily care of our tenants and our finances stay on track. When she isn’t at work, Amy is a loving mother and avid gardener. Amy also has a background in biology and studying nature. You will often see Amy on her bike commuting to work.

Ron Stewart
Ron StewartProperty Manager

Ron celebrated his 11th Anniversary with Homes First on April 04, 2014. Ron is a stalwart at our organization supporting the maintenance of both our homes and our tenants. He doesn’t hesitate to enter crawlspaces or climb ladders when the day calls for it. Ron is active in a local youth football league and is a doting uncle to his niece. Homes First is lucky to have his dedication to excellence for so many years.

Leah Hawtin
Leah HawtinTenant Navigator

Leah joined Homes First in February 2017, in a new position of Tenant Navigator. Her job is to work with our current and incoming tenants to navigate the many systems in our community; systems that they need to be successful tenants. Leah comes to us with a background in both professional property management in the private market and experience working for a service provider for adults with developmental disabilities. We are so glad to have her added to our amazing family and look forward to the systems she will help us develop to improve the lives of our tenants.

Felly Giorgianni
Felly GiorgianniMaintenance Lead

Felly is a member of the Homes First staff but has worked with us since 2013 as a contractor. Felly is also a former tenant, A leader in his faith community and in the Oxford House International program. He has many years of maintenance and remodeling skills learned alongside his father, who is a professional builder. In his spare, Felly collects knives and is a rabid Subaru fanatic, #SubieFlowBro. We are happy to have Felly on our team.

Keith Garlinghouse
Keith GarlinghouseMaintenance Assistant

Keith comes to us with a lot of experience in property maintenance work. He worked for a well know company for 10 years in his last role. Keith enjoys fishing, The Dallas Cowboys and sports in general. He also enjoys spending time with his family and 2 kids on the weekends.

Thea LaCross
Thea LaCrossAccounts Payable

Thea comes to Homes First with years of book keeping experience. She joined our team as our AR/AP contractor in 2018 and has helped us grow in ways we never thought possible. Thea has always had a particular interest in housing and serving the community and when the opportuity around to work directly with us, all the stars aligned and she joined our team.
Thea spends her spare time volunteering with other nonprofits in the area and is very musically talented as well. Catch Thea singing with her vocal improv group at a theater near you.