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.
Umair Ahmad – Office Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
Umair was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and moved to the U.S. in 2010, where he served in the U.S. Army for three years. He has earned a degree in electrical engineering. In his free time he likes to explore.
Freeda Babson – Development (Photo coming soon!)
Freeda has been involved in non-profit Development and Special Events for over 20 years. She feels blessed, honored and privileged to be able to help her community through her work in fundraising for The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s. She has been with the food bank since 2010. In her “other” life, she is an artist and muralist. She is also on the Board of Directors for a horse rescue agency in Grapeview, WA.
Darya Golriz – Warehouse Assistant
Darya is from Iran and speaks both English and Farsi. She has been in Seattle since 2006 and has a son named Arshian. she has made many friends working at the Food Bank and loves her work.
Vicente Nengasca– Warehouse Assistant
Vicente moved to the United States from the Philippines in 2004, and moved to Seattle in October of 2010. Vicente started as a volunteer at The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s as part of NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program in December of 2010.
Tom Rice – Warehouse Assistant (bio and photo coming soon!)
Don Munro – Warehouse Assistant (bio and photo coming soon!)
Catherine Bryant – Board Chair/President
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.
Ed Hill – Board Vice Chair & Treasurer
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.
Kiku Hayashi – Secretary (Picture and Bio coming soon.)
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo – Board Member (Picture and Bio coming soon!)
Barbara Harrington – Board Member (Picture and Bio coming soon!)
Yvonne Pascal – Board Member (Picture and bio coming soon!)
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.
Scott Southwood – Board Member (Picture and bio coming soon!)
Jay Spencer is a native of Idaho, but has been living in Seattle for far toolong to remember at this point. At his day job, Jay is an attorney for an actuarial consulting firm downtown. His evenings and weekends are mostly spent exploring and learning about the great Pacific Northwest with his wife and two young sons. Jay is proud to serve on the board of the food Bank @ St. Mary’s and assist in the provision of such a basic human need.