Cathy Lehman (she/her) – President
Cathy is Senior Program Officer for a private family foundation that supports conservation and biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent the last 20 years working in various roles of community and economic development, environmental policy, grassroots organizing, social impact, and philanthropy, and has served on dozens of community boards and commissions – including Bellingham City Council, and as a governor-appointed commissioner for the state’s volunteerism initiative, Serve Washington. Cathy has a BA in Communications from WWU, 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 rambunctious dogs Cash and June, and their wise old kitty, Knowing.
Jenny Hoover (she/her)- Vice President
Jenny joined the board of YWCA Bellingham in November 2018. 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 several local non-profits, including the food bank and the Hub bike coop.
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 loves to continually broaden her knowledge by working on various cases and continuing her education. Taryn has held numerous 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. Taryn believes strongly in helping others. One of her favorite experiences was helping domestic violence survivors as the paralegal for the Law Advocates Self-Help Parenting Plan Clinic.
Courtney Martin – Treasurer
Born and raised in Bellingham, Courtney has a passion for our community. She has a BA in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She works as a credit analysis at the Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU). Previously, she was an intern and volunteer coordinator at the International Leadership Associationation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. You can find Courtney volunteering through her employment at WECU and enjoy frequenting local establishments in her free time.
Samatha Roeder (she/her) – Member
Samantha Roeder is a full-time Real Estate Agent and a mom who joined the YWCA Bellingham board in 2022. A Washington native, she came to Bellingham in 1998 to attend Western Washington University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with a focus on photography and art history. She has a background in art gallery operations, non-profit event planning, film making, and graphic design. Additionally, she is a licensed postpartum doula with Childbirth International and holds a beginning yoga teacher certification from Red Mountain School of Yoga. Samatha served on the board for House to Home, a non-profit furniture bank, from 2017 until it dissolved at the onset of the 2020 pandemic. She recently purchased her first home in Bellingham with her daughter, cat, and four chickens, and she is grateful to have her roots in this beautiful community that she loves!
Kristina Martens (she/her) – Member
Kristina Michele Martens, originally from San Diego, CA, moved to Bellingham in September of 2016 in search of a close-knit community that was at the forefront of positive change in all arenas from combating climate change to racial equity. In the summer of 2020, Kristina partnered with communities across our city in leading rallies for racial justice that drew over 5,000 participants. Inspired by the wave of protests and policy reforms in communities across the country, Kristina began working to co-found the development of the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission. In November of 2021, Kristina was the first Black woman ever elected to Bellingham City Council. She is honored to have the opportunity to bring a new voice and different perspective to the conversations on how to better our community. On the Council, Kristina serves as Chair of the Climate Action Committee and is a member of the Community and Economic Development, and the Public Works and Natural Resources Committees. Kristina is the Council’s representative to the Whatcom Council of Governments Policy Board, the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees, the Community Development Advisory Board, and the Sister Cities Advisory Board.