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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. 

Krista Oppie Johnson | Board Director

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. 

Ken Vaughn | Board Director

My name is Ken Vaughn, and my wife and I have been a part of the Snoqualmie Valley for about 15 years now. We moved from Salt Lake City to come back to the state we loved and grew up in We spent 10 yrs in Salt Lake City and b4 that time we lived in Lake Forest Park for 15 years.
Both Joan and I worked for 10 yrs at University of Washington in different jobs. In 1996 we moved our family to Salt Lake City expecting to stay for 2 yrs. On business .We stayed for 10 yrs and loved it. 2006 we came back to the Seattle area to help with family as needed. While looking for homes I found the neighborhood we currently live in. The Beautiful Mt Si Rd...  And here we are. 

 

Why I’m serving on the Board:  Joan and I both believe in volunteering and giving back to the community as much as possible. I feel a sense of responsibility to do the small things that I can do to help to make our community a better place to live. And working with the food bank has helped me understand some of the needs we  as families may have. It's great to see my fellow board members and those in that role before us just how passionate and understanding they are to help in any way they can. That's what I want to do.

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.

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! 

Meet our Staff

Nikki Lloyd | Executive Director

A long time North Bend resident, Nikki has been involved and active in The Valley community for many years. Her background in Spanish Teaching and Elementary Education has taken her into leadership roles at Encompass, where she was the Manager of Family Support Services, and Newport Covenant Christian Preschool, where she served as Director. She brings a wealth of skills from her experience in legal, HR, and community involvement.

 

Why I am serving: I know SVFB to be a pillar of our community. I have a belief that human connection is a critical need for each of us. I believe that food is a beautiful and sacred vehicle to this connection.

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.

Terrie Meyer | Assistant Operations Manager

Terrie has only lived in North Bend for a short time but has always embraced its beautiful landscape. A Michigan native, she spent 30 years working in the field of education. She has a bachelor's degree from Adrian College and completed post-secondary graduate work at Eastern Michigan University. Most recently she worked as a Community Projects Coordinator for St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Renton. While there she founded the non-profit, After-School-Across the Street, which offered a variety of programs for middle school students. She also supported Sustainable Renton's drive thru grocery store by writing grants and serving as a volunteer coordinator. The grocery store provides food at no cost on a weekly basis to the Renton Community. Spending time with her husband, two children, and three grandchildren is something she enjoys on a regular basis. 

Why I am serving: Food is meant to be shared. By sharing food we sustain people, forge relationships, and build a strong community. A food bank reflects how much a community values each of its members. I consider it a privilege to serve the community by working at the food bank. 

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.  

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.

Tami Flaherty | Marketing & Development Coordinator

Tami grew up in the Hobart area and after spending a decade in Seattle, she returned to her rural Hobart roots along with her husband and two dogs. She graduated from Tahoma Senior High School then went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. After several years in administrative roles in healthcare and the media, she earned an MBA from the City University of Seattle. For the last five years she held the role as promotions coordinator for a local news station. 

Why I am serving: I believe everyone deserves access to the necessities required to live a happy, healthy life. I am thrilled to now be an active part of helping that happen by joining the amazing team at SVFB. 

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