FOUNDER & CEO
As our Founding CEO, Heather brings with her more than 30 years working in the nonprofit and educational sector as a consultant, interim and permanent senior executive, coach and instructor. With her Masters in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, and her Bachelor's in Human Services from Western Washington University, she continues to give back as a current WWU Instructor in the same program, and a Certified Facilitator of the Pacific Institute's Developing Capable Young People. Heather is committed to making the world a better, more equitable place, and following the fentanyl overdose of her son, she found herself leaving the health field to found the CHAN Project. Her background includes leadership, marketing and funding, building and strengthening organizations/individuals, and a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges inherent in today's nonprofit, social, health and educational sectors, and leadership in general.
Heather most recently worked in healthcare at Brookdale Home Health, following executive positions in organizations that have included Courage360, Renton Technical College Foundation, New Futures, Social Venture Partners and United Way, and Goodwin Connections (formerly Seattle Milk Fund). Heather maintains skills in strategic planning, organizational development, leadership, fundraising, and community engagement. As our Founder and CEO, Heather believes her heart, passion and experience will lead us well into the future with our programs and community support.
In her free time, Heather has two corgis, Barnum and Bailey, and provides care for her mother with dementia. She has two children and two grandchildren, and enjoys writing, reading, and enjoying sunsets at the beach.
John is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Josephine Caring Community overseeing the marketing and sales of their Expansion Project in Stanwood and Smokey Point. John is a skilled healthcare and nonprofit professional with 30 years of leadership, sales, training, and fundraising, experience. His expertise includes building relationships and generating revenue, motivating sales reps to succeed, outstanding presentation and training skills, and consultative selling and managing key performance indicators. John's development work has spanned organizations including multiple United Ways in the US, Cocoon House, Atlantic Street Center, and more. Together with his healthcare experience, John brings top skills in leadership, fundraising, public speaking, community relations, planned giving, and volunteer management. With more than 30 years of leadership, as our inaugural Board President, John's leadership is sure to lead the CHAN Project well into our first years of being.
In his free time, John enjoys watching his 17-year-old son Noah play soccer; catching up on episodes of Dr. Who with his 20-year-old, Luna; and enjoying a beer while watching the Yankees with his 32-year-old, Alex. John is also an avid hockey fan and longtime season ticket holder for the Everett Silvertips. John also spends time with his fiancee Debbie, traveling wherever there is hot weather and a beach, or hitting the dance floor to kick up his heels with the love of his life.
Colette is a dynamic, personable, results-focused Project Manager with keen ability to foster synergy, generate trust, and accomplish business objectives across diverse, internationally distributed, stakeholders and cross-functional work groups. Champion of motto “One Team, One Dream.” Highly skilled in complex IT project management. Deep experience developing effective software testing infrastructure and teams to proactively develop robust solutions, Colette identifies root causes through “dig and discover” methodology. She has a consummate attention to detail, accuracy, and quality that she brings to the CHAN Project as a founding Board Member.
Carol is a seasoned project manager with more than a decade of experience managing successful technology and product implementations along with real estate tenant improvement and branch build-out projects. As Senior Project Manager at Gesa Credit Union, Carol's work exemplifies leadership, project management, process improvement and strategic planning, and program and change management. Carol brings with her multiple years in the finance and banking industries that lend well to the CHAN Project.
Currently, Director of Philanthropy for Catholic Community Services, Jaime's resource development work spans institutions that include the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Teen Feed located in Seattle's University District, which links homeless youth with services and serves a hot meal every night. Jaime additionally ran his own consulting business that raised funds for institutions across the U.S.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER
Stacey is a full-time lecturer and field faculty instructor at the University of Washington School of Social Work who teaches in field education courses and across the MSW curriculum. Prior to joining the UW, Stacey directed the implementation of a federally funded research project in partnership with UW emeritus psychology professor and author John Gottman (Loving Couples, Loving Children) at the Center for Human Services. During that time, she served as a UW field instructor and was a member of the School of Social Work Practicum Advisory Committee. She has served on the board of the Washington State Clinical Social Work Society and coordinated statewide public health data projects and program evaluation for the Washington State Department of Health’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. Stacey provided training and technical assistance for the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago and conducted case reviews for program evaluation at the Administration for Children Services in New York City.
Stacey received her master’s degree in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER
KELLEY SCHUKAR, MSN, RN
University of New Mexico, School of Nursing, Education of Health and Human Services EHHS Division, Chair
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER
Katrina is an accomplished executive and nonprofit professional with a career focused on building teams to drive innovation, reduce cost, and align community aspirations with an organization's mission and goals. She has more than 20 years of experience in community outreach, management, operations and budget oversight, program development, and advocacy. Katrina's most recent work includes executive leadership at senior assisted living communities, following her work with United Way, where as Executive Vice President Katrina's work led community-focused activities, providing executive oversight including financial management, grant-making and grant-seeking, public policy and government relations, marketing and communications, research and analytics, and community engagement. As a driver of innovation, Katrina led a three-year organization re-visioning process. In 2016, Katrina was a candidate for Washington State House of Representatives, 44th LD. Katrina is inspired by communities and individuals solving their most complex community concerns, together.