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Meet our Board

Emilie Davidson | Board President

Emilie is an expert in strategic planning and development with a master’s degree in Public Health and over 12 years of professional experience working with human-centered services. She has worked in nonprofit, government, education and private sectors to support the needs of varying communities. She is passionate about changing systems to constantly serve the needs of the people they aim to support. Emilie feels lucky to live with her husband, daughter and two needy dogs in their forest dream-home in our valley’s beautiful Middle Fork.

 

Why I am serving on the Board:  My personal and professional familiarity with the profound impact of nutrition and food access fuels my drive to challenge the traditional system of human services and behaviors around food insecurity. I insist on the social responsibility of a community to empower those in need through true empathy, dignity and inclusion. Plain and simple: I want to build a space where anyone feels comfortable and supported in their time of need.

Lauren Thomas | Board Vice President

Lauren is a clinical school social worker at Mount Si High School, with a master’s degree in social work. She has been working in the social work field for over a decade across a variety of settings, including: community mental health, public education, special education, hospitals, research, homeless shelters, and crisis centers. Lauren is passionate about her work, particularly around public education and collaborating with others to strengthen school systems, and work directly with children, adolescents, and families. Lauren and her husband love living in the North Bend community with their daughters and dog.

Why I’m serving on the Board: I want to help students and their families access healthier food options and other basic needs. I also want to strengthen the collaboration throughout our community to help meet our shared needs, learn from others, and take advantage of an opportunity to serve a community that has been so good to me and my family. 

Austin Dodd | Board Secretary

Austin has lived his whole life along the I-90 corridor and is committed to improving the health and well-being of his friends, neighbors, and community members. He is graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Theatre, with the hopes of being accepted into medical school soon.

Why I’m serving on the Board: There are many people in the community that wish to donate to the less fortunate, and there are too many families who are in critical need of support, but the key is to have an organization who can connect those groups together. I am honored to be a part of the SVFB because of the dedication they show in their mission to end hunger in the valley - I have seen first hand how hard the volunteers, staff and board work to be the efficient and respectful cornerstone that our community needs, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help.

Erica Haycox | Board Member

Erica and her family moved to North Bend in the spring of 2014. She grew up in rural eastern Washington where she worked on a family friend’s wheat farm for 8 summers. She went to Central Washington University and got her degree in elementary education. She taught in the Federal Way School District for 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Erica has been a substitute teacher for the Snoqualmie Valley School district for the last 3 years. Their family are members of Mt Si Lutheran Church where she has served in multiple roles on the council and various committees.

Why I’m serving on the Board: I want to help serve our community. I believe that sharing a meal with friends and family can bring us together and help to lift and support those who need it most. The Snoqualmie Valley Foodbank has done great work supporting and caring for the valley residents for the last 10 years. I want to collaborate and nurture our partnerships and relationships so that we can continue the mission we have been entrusted with. I believe that by caring for our neighbors and advocating for those who need it most we can continue to support all our community members with compassion and integrity.

Isha Ralhan | Board Treasurer

Isha recently moved to the North bend neighborhood with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. She's worked in the investment industry for over 15 years across 2 continents at rating agencies, banks, corporations and fund management. At her current role, Isha is responsible for choosing debt investments across industries. She holds a CFA charter, postgraduate degree in Finance and did her undergraduate majors in Economics. Isha likes to spend time outdoors with family and binge-watching drama series! 

Why I’m serving on the Board: Having my roots in India, I grew up seeing a great economic divide and how circumstances shape you as a person. The lack of food for one’s family compels people to do unimaginable things. I am an advocate for food and education being the two necessities for a brighter global future. The macro issues which countries face today, need actions at the micro level and charity really needs to begin at home! 

Krista Oppie Johnson | Board Advisor

A Seattle native and Pastor at Mt Si Lutheran Church in North Bend, Krista joins the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank as Director.  Previously, she was the Pastor of Bethany Lutheran in Elmira, NY and a Synod Council Member focusing on mission and socially responsible investment teams.  Krista has served to train congregations in Strategic Mission Planning and was on the Upstate NY Synod Council of the ELCA.  She attended the University of San Diego for her undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies and earned her Master's (MDiv) from Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN.  Krista's previous volunteering experience includes serving as a youth for the Seattle Compass Center and with the NWWA Synod Hunger Team.  She also served as a missionary doing human rights work in the Philippines, El Salvador, and Mexico.  

Why I’m serving on the Board: I am committed to serving North Bend and feel a particular call to serve those who find themselves in need of the most basic of necessities; food.  The congregation I serve is equally engaged and committed to seeing the hungry fed and the causes of hunger rooted out so that all living in the valley can live without the fear and worry of what to feed themselves and their families. 

Meet Our Staff

Alison Roberts| Executive Director

Alison joined SVFB in March of 2024. She previously worked in leadership roles at the Kirkland Food Bank, as well as a national nonpartisan nonprofit focused on voter engagement. She began her career in the tech industry 15 years ago, but after volunteering at a food bank and loving it, she made a career transition into nonprofit work. She and her family live in North Bend. 

Why I’m serving: The mission of the food bank resonates deeply with my belief in the importance of creating dignified, positive, and equitable experiences for all. I’m passionate about social impact and giving back to my community, and I’m honored to be able to help in addressing the growing problem of food insecurity in our valley. 

Dylan Johnson | Operations Manager

Dylan went to Snohomish High School and got his bachelor's at The Evergreen State College with a focus on music performance and the practice of sustainable agriculture. He loves the Snoqualmie Valley and all of Western Washington and plans to live here all his life.  He is proud to work at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

Why I am serving: I believe that access to healthy food is a human right. I plan to live here in the Valley the rest of my life and it is important for me to be an active member of the community.

Amy Harder | Assistant Operations Manager

Amy has lived in Snoqualmie for 20 years and loves the beauty of the valley, and the west coast.  She grew up in western Washington, but spent 10 years in New York. While in NY, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Buffalo State University, with a focus on Information Systems Management.  After 30+ years as a workaholic in the software Industry, it was time to reduce stress and find something more meaningful.  She wanted to find ways to put that energy into being a more helpful member of society. 

Why I am serving: I have been volunteering with SVFB for the past two summers.  I immediately felt welcomed by the staff, volunteers and patrons.   It is an honor to be able to give back to the community, and to be an active part of doing something to help those in need.  

Andrew Cutler | Assistant Operations Manager

Andrew was born and raised in Ellensburg. He lived in Seattle for a number of years before settling here in North Bend 11 years ago.  

Why I am serving: I joined the SVFB team because I wanted to help the community and be able to help the services I utilized in the past myself. 

Shirley Heath | Guest Support Specialist

Shirley is a lifelong resident of the Snoqualmie Valley, growing up in Fall City and attending local schools. She has held several positions over the years including running a small home business while homeschooling her two (now grown) children and serving as the office manager for a Sammamish based construction company. She enjoys spending time with her family (all located in North Bend) and traveling and hiking around the world with her husband. 

Why I am serving: I started volunteering with the Food Bank when COVID hit. I immediately felt a connection with the staff and volunteers and began working part-time in July. I very much enjoy serving the community through my work at the Food Bank.

Brian Busby | Food Rescue Driver

Brian grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and retired from the Snoqualmie Fire Department in 2/2019. He had been a volunteer for many years with the SVFB before joining the staff at SVFB in February of 2024 as a Food Rescue Driver.  Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters and grandsons and family.  He also enjoys hiking and fishing in the mountains. 

Why I am serving: Brian is honored to be on staff. He has been motivated through his faith in Jesus to serve his community through his church, SVA, and as a board member for Reclaim, formerly Snoqualmie Valley Shelter. 

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