Board of Directors

2021 Board of Directors

Cathy Lehman – President

Cathy is a program officer for a private foundation in the Pacific NW that supports conservation and ecosystem protection. She has over 2 decades of experience working with numerous community based advocacy organizations across Washington, and has focused her career on community and economic development, environmental policy, grassroots organizing, social impact and philanthropy. She has served on dozens of community boards and commissions, including three years on Bellingham City Council, and as a governor appointed commissioner for the state’s volunteerism initiative, Serve Washington. Cathy graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Communications, has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. She lives in Bellingham with her husband David, their dogs Cash and June, and their kitty Knowing.

Jenny Hoover – Director

Jenny joined the board of YWCA Bellingham in November 2018, and is currently serving as President. She has a strong knowledge of non-profit administrative services and fundraising/donor analysis having worked in University Advancement at Western Washington University for 12 years. Currently, Jenny works as a Business Intelligence Analyst for WECU credit union. She holds a BA in Media Arts from DePaul University and an MA in History, Archives and Records Management from WWU. She has volunteered for a number of local non-profits including the food bank and the Hub bike coop.

Deb Gaber – Vice President

Deb boasts a variety of volunteer experiences, including Habitat for Humanity, Wise Buys, and YWCA Bellingham’s own Back to Work Boutique.

Taryn Maloy – Secretary

Taryn is a paralegal with experience in municipal, business, land use and water law. She enjoys all aspects of legal work and is eager to broaden her expertise and knowledge through working on a variety of cases and continuing her education. She interned with Law Advocates as the paralegal for the Self-Help Parenting Plan Clinic for domestic violence survivors. Taryn has several years of experience holding positions on committees and boards in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in sponsorship, fundraising, public relations, and advocating for and connecting individuals with necessary resources within the community.

Courtney Martin – Director

Born and raised in Bellingham, WA most of my life, I have a passion for this community. I have a BA in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. I perform credit analysis at a local credit union by trade. Before that, I interned for and coordinated volunteers at a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. known as the International Leadership Association. I often volunteer through my employment at WECU and enjoy frequenting local establishments in my free time.

Rita Jefferson – Director