Nela Cumming’s passion has always been for helping others in her community, especially children. She knew she wanted to be a social worker since she was a teenager and has worked in the social services field since 1982. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Nela has a particular affinity for immigrant families. Nela is the Executive Director at Encompass and has been a Board Member with the SVCN for five years. She lives in North Bend with her husband, 12 year old son and six year old miniature dachshund named Forrest. Nela loves to hike, bike and walk her dog on all the beautiful trails we enjoy in the Valley.
Sarah Cassidy has been a valley dweller for 15 years, ever since she and her husband Luke Woodward began Oxbow Farm on the Alberg family property. Oxbow, now in its 15th season, has a 25 acre organic production farm, a native plant nursery, and an education center, which she directs. Sarah has been on the board of our local Sno Valley Tilth as well as the state-wide Tilth Producers board. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Cedarcrest’s High School’s Future Farmers of America. She and Luke have a 8-year old daughter. Sarah is honored to serve on SVCN’s board, helping to “connect the dots” of our beautiful, multidimensional valley.
Ken Heikkila, the Director of Student Services in the Riverview School District, earned his teaching credentials at Carleton College followed by early teaching experiences in private and public schools. After earning a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, a move to the Northwest found him teaching students with disabilities in the Kent School District. The educational career evolved into school administration while completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle University. During his first administrative role in the Tukwila School District, he gained experience in English language learner programs, early childhood education, community-based human services, refugee relocation agencies, and city government linkages. Ken has been a valley resident since 2007 living in the community of Snoqualmie.
Molly Jensen, Treasurer
Molly has served children with special needs and their families for 29 years, in Wisconsin, Utah and Washington States. She and her husband have been Ames Lake residents for over 17 years, are raising two children and have hosted many exchange students. Her background as an Occupational Therapist gives her a unique perspective on health and wellbeing related to our various “occupations”. Whether it is our role as parents, employees, students, mentors, or even how we care for ourselves, our physical and mental health impacts the community we live in. Participating in the Snoqualmie Valley community Network is a natural extension of her career and life work, and gives a voice to the those that may not be heard.
Kim Lisk has been active in the PTSA’s since 1996 in one way or another. She has served on Carnation Elementary, Tolt Middle School & Cedarcrest High School and the Riverview PTSA Council boards. She has been involved with the Carnation 4th of July Celebration since 1996 she has served as the chairperson for the past 8 years!
Kim served on the Sno-Valley Senior Center Board from 1997-2000. She has been involved with the Carnation Chamber of Commerce and is currently in her first year as a City of Carnation Council Member.
Nancy Meeks, the Executive Director of Student Services in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, did her undergraduate work at the University of Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Washington and started her career as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Auburn School District. She continued her career in the Highline School District where her work evolved into special education administration. She later earned her administrative credentials through Central Washington University. She was the Co-Director of Special Education in Highline School District for six years until she moved to the Snoqualmie Valley School District in 2007 in her current position.
Alicia is a wife and proud mother of two children who are now both in college. Her husband of 30 years is her best friend, and her family and close friends mean the world to her. Alicia strives to “pay it forward” every opportunity she gets. She believes in developing positive relationships with people and, ultimately, in building strong communities and giving back whenever possible. These beliefs flow into her business as a real estate professional and, in turn, shape the experiences of her clients. Alicia’s true passions are to help all people realize that they are enough just as they are, that communication is key in any healthy relationship, and to help end bullying and teenage suicide.
Warren Moon, President Elect
Warren Moon has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for almost 20 years and absolutely loves it here. He is the proud father of two daughters, 11 and 8, and is committed to having the valley be a rich and fertile place for them and other children to grow into their full potential. Warren has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and worked as an environmental engineer until he discovered that nature and mentoring were his true passions. He is the current Executive Director (since 2001) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilderness Awareness School. Warren loves gardening, sports, playing guitar and enjoying the beauty of the Snoqualmie Valley with his wife M’liss and their family.
Dariel and her husband moved to Snoqualmie Valley 38 years ago to raise their family of eight children. Dariel has been an adult leader with Boy Scouts & 4H. She is an active member of the Preston Community Club having chaired a number of committees. She co-led an 18 year vision that is now the Preston Ball Fields.
Dariel has sat on K.C. Parks Levy Review Committee representing district 3 for 6 years and was recently elected to K.C. Hospital Commissioner, Position #2.
Dariel Norris is a graduate of the UW School of Nursing having worked at Harborview and Overlake ERs as well as Echo Glen.
Alan M. Painter
Alan Painter is Manager of King County’s Unincorporated Community Service Areas (CSA) program. The CSA coordinates King County’s outreach and engagement to over 230,000 unincorporated residents, including those in Snoqualmie Valley. Alan has a long history of supporting housing and human services for low income and homeless persons throughout King County. He has worked at the City, County and national level to increase resources and support for nonprofit organizations serving local communities. He chaired the Washington State Advisory Committee on Homelessness and co-chaired the staff group that developed King County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Alan is a fourth generation resident of the Northwest.
Emily grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and went to school in Santa Cruz, California where she attended Bethany University and got her degree in Communications. She’s traveled to various countries around the world serving in a number of different capacities. After moving back to the valley, she spent five years in fund development working at Encompass and has a passion for community engagement, nonprofit development and supporting people as they pursue their passions.
Emily is now the Local and Global Outreach Director at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance where she has the opportunity to bring her love for local and global work together. She and her husband live in The Snoqualmie Valley and enjoy being part of the community.
Michael Tenney has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for 16 years and it is a very special place for him. He has two sons and two daughters and wants the valley to manage growth but be sustainable for future generations. He wants the youth of the valley to have the resources they need to be successful, respect the environment, and make good choices. Michael has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Puget Sound and has worked at Microsoft for ten years. Michael spends his time with his wife Theresa exploring the valley, boating, and forging connections that last a lifetime.
Larry T. White
Larry has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley his entire life and has been married to the love of his life, Kathy, since 1983. Together they have raised three amazing kids, Matt, Abbey and Emily. While raising their family in Fall City, there were many ways to get involved in working with kids. You could often find the Whites coaching a Softball, Basketball, or Baseball team or working with the youth at their church. That is where the passion to work with kids began.
Larry has worked for the City of Snoqualmie for 20 years as the Parks Superintendent and he also served as the Head Softball Coach at Mount Si School for 15 seasons, where he took full advantage of every teachable moment; the Life Lessons were a much bigger part of his program than the wins or loses.
Building relationships with student athletes, their parents, teachers and other coaches was a huge part of the many successes over his coaching career. This was recognized when his team was voted to receive the Sportsmanship Award (9) times during his coaching career. His passion for serving in the community that he grew up in and loves has never been more evident than by his commitment to be a part of something that is bigger than himself.
You will often hear him say “How you show up makes a difference”
Irene Wickstrom, Secretary
Irene Wickstrom has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for the last 8 years. She works as a Librarian Services Manager with the King County Library System where she leads her staff in providing unique and interesting programs to meet the needs of her community. Irene enjoys traveling and loves learning about other cultures. In her spare time she studies languages and hopes to teach English abroad someday. She has volunteered with many nonprofit organizations and looks to make a difference in the lives of those she meets and in the communities in which she lives.
Monty Wright: Member at Large
Monty Wright is the Lead Pastor of Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, as well as the Executive Director for Planet Changer (a Global Non-profit Relief Organization), Executive Director for Community Connections of Snoqualmie (A Local Benevolent Non-profit for the Valley), an author and a leadership consultant.
Monty is married to Amy Wright (Principal of Opstad Elementary School in North Bend) and has two fabulous kids (Emma and Liam) who are both attending Seattle Pacific University. Having been involved with people development for twenty nine years, Monty loves bringing different groups of people together to make a greater impact
Having grown up in the Snoqualmie Valley, he enjoys absorbing its unique character and beauty along with an incredible cup of coffee.