Karen Burke
Executive Director

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

“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

“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.”

Davilynn Fischer,
Office Manager

“I began interning for the YWCA Bellingham in September of 2018 while I was working on my undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. I continued interning and volunteering here until I graduated with my BA in Human Services in June of 2019, and accepted a position as Office Manager the following fall. The YWCA Bellingham holds a special place in my heart. Each day I feel grateful to be working for an organization that does such good for the community, and to be able to put the knowledge and skills I gained from my undergrad to good use.”

Allison Minor,
Security and Facilities
Security Phone: (360) 319 – 9086

Allison keeps our building sparkling clean, helps with room turnovers when our clients move out, and provides event security for Ballroom rentals.

If you have any questions or concerns on the day of your Ballroom rental, you can reach Allison on her Security Phone at the number listed above.