Karen Burke (she/her), Executive Director

Karen has lived in Whatcom County since 1994. She has over 25 years of experience in social services. Previously, she 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. Karen began serving as The YWCA Executive Director in 2020. 

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.”

Stacy George (she/her) Emergency Housing Program 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.”

Jessica Howard (she/her), Office Manager

“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.”