Staff

Karen Burke
Executive Director
karen.burke@ywcabellingham.org

Before accepting her position with YWCA Bellingham, Karen was previously the Executive Director at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS). Karen is a great leader and has tons of experience serving Whatcom County, Lummi Nation, and more. 

Alle Schene,
Finance Manager
Alles@ywcabellingham.org

“I have lived and worked in Bellingham since 2011 after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. I have a B.A. in Business Marketing and Communications and a Certificate of Accountancy from South Seattle College.”

Kirsten Hammer,
Housing Coordinator
kirsten.hammer@ywcabellingham.org

“I am a graduate from the WWU class of 2004 with a BA in Human Services. I have been an advocate and leader on behalf of women in this community for many years. I have had the opportunity to work for and with many non-profits in this community and have held a variety of positions from advocate to Executive Director. I have held positions on the Board of Director’s for the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence and the Whatcom County/Bellingham Commission against Domestic Violence. I have had the opportunity to work with many hard working people over the years that share my passion for serving others. I am glad to be working at the YWCA, utilizing my previous experience and knowledge and continuing to learn and grow along the way.”

Amber Gray,
Housing Coordinator
amber.gray@ywcabellingham.org

“I have lived here in Bellingham now almost a decade , ever since I moved here to go to WWU. After completing my undergrad in Human Services, I have been working with the homeless and low-income population in our community. I have worked and been a part of many organizations in the area and have advocated for youth, children and families, and women. I have a strong passion for community building and incorporating client engagement into my work with those experiencing housing instability. I look forward to empowering women and supporting those most vulnerable in the Bellingham community for many more years.”

Jessica Howard,
Office Manager
jessica.howard@ywcabellingham.org

“I graduated from WWU in 2018 with a BA in Education and a teaching certificate. Prior to that, I earned my AA degree in Elementary Education at Cascadia Community College. I have taken on various community-involved roles in the past few years, including: substitute teaching in 3 districts, working as a Literacy Tutor for Washington Reading Corps, volunteering at the Bellingham Food Bank, working as an Office Assistant in the Office of Admissions at WWU, and now being the Office Manager at the YWCA. This opportunity is one that I am very grateful for and I look forward to serving and empowering women in my community.”

Allison Minor,
Security and Facilities
allison.minor@ywcabellingham.org

Allison keeps our building sparkling clean, helps with room turnovers when our clients move out, and provides event security for Ballroom rentals. She is an avid cyclist, so if you see her out and about, be sure to wave!