Alison Alfonzo Pence – Director
Alison Alfonzo Pence has been a community activist for over 40 years. She was baptized, confirmed and raised in St. Mary’s Church where she continues to worship and volunteers. She is also a graduate of St. Mary’s School. Alison works on issues that affect underserved communities especially immigrant, refugee and undocumented families. She has been a Cabrini Minister since 2007, ministering to the sick & dying. She has volunteered with the Children’s Alliance Public Policy Council, Pacific Asian Empowerment Program, South King Council of Human Services, United Way of King County Impact Council to name a few. When she is not working in the community Alison plays her ukulele with the Nikkei Concerns Kimochi Band, the Mother Pluckers, and the Seattle Ukulele Players Association.
Deep Singh – Operations Manager
I am of East Indian descent but was born and lived in Kuwait till the age of 26. In Kuwait, I worked at the Doha power station right into the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990. Due to the impending war I moved my family to Tanzania where I worked for a local construction company on the USAID funded Core Rural Roads Rehabilitation Project in Kilimanjaro region. I immigrated to the USA with my family from Tanzania in 1998 and have been fortunate to work for St. Mary’s Food Bank ever since. One of the many reasons I love working at St. Mary’s Food Bank is that I get to use Hindi, Punjabi, Kiswahili and Arabic to serve our immigrant families who come from South Asia, East Africa and the Middle East.
Tina Kimbrell – Program Manager
Tina grew up in rural Missouri and attended Northwest Missouri State University where she studied English and Sociology. She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Her volunteer experience includes teaching English as a second language, and various work with a few women’s shelters and transitional housing programs. She is currently seeking a certificate in Nonprofit Management from UW.
Mike Sullivan – Operations Assistant
Mike was born and raised in Washington. He has one daughter named Mary Ann. He enjoys eating sushi.
Rolando Alfaro-Lara – Operations Assistant
Bio coming soon.
Pat Lewis – Board Chair
Pat Lewis has been a member of St. Mary’s Parish for about 30 years. She volunteers at the food bank when needed and really enjoys the work and atmosphere. Pat sees the food bank as a very important outreach of St. Mary’s. Pat finds fulfillment in working in her ministry “Age-ing with Wisdom®”, which is her passion, as well as other volunteer work and traveling.
Ed Hill – Board Vice Chair
Ed is a native of Seattle, currently living in the Hillman City of South Seattle. Ed has been a member of the parish for over 30 years where he has served on several committees. He attended grade school at St. Mary’s and graduated from Franklin High in Seattle. Ed has been a member of the board since 2009. He is active in the church and believes that even small things done today can have large effects on the future. When he is not volunteering hours around the church and food bank, Ed is a Field Operations Supervisor at Seattle City Light. Ed is married to his wife Beverly, who also volunteers at the food bank.
Jarod McNeill – Secretary
Jarod was born and raised in Bellingham, WA. After jumping around to Oregon, New York City and the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas, he settled here in the Seattle area. He is currently a Flight Attendant for Alaska Airlines, based in Los Angeles. His previous volunteer experience includes chairing the “Crew Welfare” board at Norwegian Cruise Lines, United Way, the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps as a EMT and Big Brothers & Sisters. He currently volunteers in a leadership role for the AFA (Association of Flight Attendants Union) and is on Board here at the Food Bank @ St. Marys. He enjoys the outdoors (sking, scuba diving, biking), traveling and spending time with his friends.
John Steedman – Treasurer
John has been a member of St. Mary’s Parish for over 30 years. He is active in music, finance, and built the altar and much of the furniture for St. Mary’s Church. The photo is of him planting cedar seedlings outside his home in Port Orchard.
Catherine Bryant – Board Member
Born and raised in Seattle, Catherine is a graduate of St. Mary’s and vividly remembers her first communion at St. Mary’s with her Grandpa, Diego, as her sponsor. Catherine was the Executive Vice President for the Northwest Education Loan Association, and retired from the student loan industry after 20 years. For the past ten years she worked with her own company providing construction administration services to NBBJ Architects for several major construction projects in Seattle, Everett and Olympia. She and her husband, Mike, live in the Wallingford area. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. As a new retiree, she began volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Bank where she thoroughly enjoys working the distribution line and helping out with Baby Corner. She also enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, sewing, quilting, gardening and camping.
David Coffey – Board Member
Originally from Denver, CO, David came to Seattle via Washington D.C. He is the Executive Director of Recovery Café. David is an alumni of Colorado College (BA), Georgetown University (MPP), and Leadership Tomorrow (2008). He aspires to be an internationally recognized champion nap taker. He enjoys spending time with his wife Hilary who is valiantly trying to teach him how to sail.
Jack Safar – Board Member
Originally from the Minneapolis area, moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Graduated from the University of Washington with a BA degree in Law, Society and Social Policy. Has worked for the Starbucks Coffee Company since 1999. Enjoys traveling, dining out, and enjoys the beautiful scenery that the Pacific NW has to offer. Resides in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle with his partner.
Janet Sittig – Board Member
Janet was raised in West Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University, but loves Seattle, where she has lived since 1981. She is a self-employed freelance writer, specializing in writing fundraising letters for nonprofit hospitals and other nonprofit agencies nationwide. Previous volunteer experience includes writing case studies for the American Red Cross and serving as a peer counselor to adolescents in the Juvenile Detention Center. She lives in north Seattle with her long-time partner, Bob, and their Springer spaniel, Cosmo.
John Morefield – Board Member
John is a consultant on leadership and organizational development to schools, school districts and other organizations throughout the United States and Asia. During his more than 35 years in education, he has served as teacher, counselor, principal (for 24 years), and education director, all within multicultural communities in Seattle, Washington. He deals extensively with educational leadership issues, especially as they apply to principals and superintendents working to bring about educational justice for all students, particularly those living in poverty and students of color. He also is on the faculty of the Danforth Leadership Preparation Program at the University of Washington and is a retreat facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal and works primarily with school leaders. Since 2001 he and his wife, Kathy, have been volunteering in Cambodia where he has created a leadership development program for public school Cambodian principals. They stay 3 to 4 months a year in Cambodia.
Kiku Hayashi – Board Member
Bio coming soon.
Tricia Wittmann Todd – Board Member
Tricia is the Pastoral Coordinator of St Mary’s Catholic Church. She has a BA in history from Mundelein College 1970, MSW in Social Work University of Washington 1980(Gerontology), and MDiv Seattle University 1995. Married 29 years, 3 adult children. Originally from Iowa.