Karen Burke (she/her), Executive Director

“I have lived in Whatcom County since 1994 and have over 25 years of experience in social services. Previously, I worked as the Court Director of the Lummi Nation Tribal Court for 6 years and the Executive Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in Whatcom County for 13 years. I began serving as The YWCA Executive Director in 2020 and am now the CEO.” 

Alle Schene (she/her), Finance Manager

“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.”

Theresa Hohman (she/her), Housing Director

“A UW graduate, I started working with the chronically homeless community in Seattle in 2006 – first as a business owner, then with three non-profit organizations providing housing in Seattle’s Downtown, Belltown, Lake Union and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.  I’ve served as Program Director of the Wintonia, a Catholic Housing property, and most recently was the Tiny House Village Program Manager with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI).  After opening Gardenview, a Tiny House Village in Bellingham, I fell in love with the area and chose to pursue work here. I love being part of the YWCA’s rich history and legacy!” 

Stacy George (she/her) Emergency Housing Case Manager

“After graduating from Seattle University with a BA in Psychology, I spent many years working in the non-profit sector which included mental health counseling, crisis intervention, and job coaching. I am honored to be working for an organization that empowers women to gain their self-esteem and independence.”

Xan Dindinger-Hill (she/her) Senior Housing Case Manager

“I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska but moved to Washington to attend school in 2018. I graduated from UW with a double major of Sociology and Law, Societies, and Justice in 2021. I moved to Bellingham last summer to be closer to the activities I love. I’m an avid skier, love to camp and hike with my dog Lucy by my side, and I’ve recently started river kayaking. I’m excited to be part of such an amazing community and organization.”

Kristy Backer (she/her) General Housing Case Manager

“I recently moved to Bellingham but am PNW born and raised. I recently made a career change to case management after being a professional baker for over 10 years. During that time, I worked at a non-profit bakery teaching job skills to neurodiverse folks. I am excited to be working with so many amazing people at the YWCA!”

Jessica Howard (she/her), Office Manager

“I’ve grown up in the PNW for most of my life and can’t imagine ever leaving. I have a background in Elementary Education, by which I earned my AA degree at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, and my BA from WWU in 2018. I’ve become involved with Bellingham & surrounding communities by teaching in 3 districts, volunteering at the Food Bank, working in the Office of Admissions at WWU, and becoming the Office Manager at the YWCA. This opportunity is one that I am very grateful for, especially getting to serve and empower women in my community!”