Janet Pope, Executive Director, holds a master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University and a bachelor’s in Theater and Communications from the University of Washington. Before coming to Compass, she served as the director of the HomeStep program at the Church Council of Greater Seattle and as executive director for the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington. She was CEO of Common Bond Consulting, providing direct services and consultation to nonprofits. Pope’s community involvement includes the Snohomish County Homeless Policy Task Force, the King County Committee to End Homelessness, the Snohomish County Food & Shelter Committee and the Puget Sound Regional Task Force Advisory Board. Among her awards are “Woman of the Year” from Greater Everett Business and Professional Women (2005), and the “Collaboration Award” from the Snohomish County Children’s Coalition (2006).
Bill Reddy, Chief Operations Officer, started off in facilities management in the United Kingdom, at London’s Westminster City Council managing the estates of 1,500 homes. After owning and running numerous businesses, he returned to local authority work, gaining further expertise in more areas of facilities management. While holding the responsibility of more than 22,000 homes in his day job, working for the Westminster City Council, he began volunteering with charities and local churches in his free time, helping people on the streets and those struggling with mental health issues. Reddy earned his master’s degree in Psychotherapy and was awarded the coveted “member status” of the Chartered Institute of Building in the U.K. He, then, served both as a psychotherapist and an estate surveyor. After making his new home in the U.S., Reddy served as executive director for the Housing Resources Board and as senior developer for Common Ground (an affordable housing consulting firm.) Just prior to coming to Compass, he was the nightlife premises coordinator for the City of Seattle, where he regulated nightlife.
Beth Boram, Director of Property Development, has worked in the field of affordable housing for 20 years. For the past eight, she has led all new housing development activities for Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing (LATCH), and continued when LATCH merged to become Compass Housing Alliance. Boram oversees the development of new buildings creating 250 affordable homes for mostly formerly homeless individuals and families. Prior to Compass, Boram served as Housing Planner for King County and at Common Ground. She began her work in affordable housing as a VISTA Volunteer. Boram holds a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia and is a bicyclist who has ridden across the continental U.S.
Francesca Martin, Chief Program Officer, brings 20 years of experience in both behavioral health and affordable housing program and policy development to her role—including experience as a community based mental health clinician and as a manager of crisis/respite and residential treatment programs. She served for a decade at the Connecticut Program of Corporation for Supportive Housing playing a central role in the Connecticut’s financing and development of more than 4,000 units of permanent supportive housing as the foundation of that city’s strategy to end homelessness. Martin’s professional involvements are guided by longstanding interest in the organizational capacity of human service and affordable housing nonprofits, particularly given their role as ‘agents of equity’. This has led to her to serve on the board of directors for several housing and human service organizations.
Pastor Kristy Daniels is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Her first call to service was in Dagmar, Montana and she has been serving as the pastor of the Church of Steadfast Love and Compass Housing Alliance since 2007.
Liz Jarrard, Director of Human Resources, is dedicated to serving in the homeless and low-income Seattle community. She first began her nonprofit career at an organization that provides civil legal assistance to low income and homeless individuals in Whatcom County. She has eight years of experience working in Human Resources and business operations and holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University (NU). While at NU, she concentrated in trauma and multi-cultural therapy, pursuing her clinical internship at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Jarrard traveled to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the slums of Kolkata, India to study poverty and race. She is active in her church and the Seattle arts community.
Patrick Gehring, CPA, Director of Finance, earned an MBA at Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg with a Dean’s Award for leadership excellence. He received a bachelor’s of International Business from Washington State University where he served as an ROTC cadet. Gehring is a marathon runner and Army Major with twenty years of service in the U.S. Military, including command of a 175-member Reconnaissance Troop in Western Iraq. Gehring has eight years of accounting, audit and financial management experience at financial institutions up to $750 million in total assets and has served in financial leadership roles in Lutheran churches in Nevada and Washington State. Patrick is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Marshall J. Curtis, Director
of Information Technology, has over 25 years of experience in technology leadership and finance with a wide range of large and mid-sized global enterprises. Before coming to Compass, he was the Vice President of Information Technology at Walker Group Holdings, where he managed the technology due diligence, integration and technology operations across three continents. Curtis has held key roles at other global companies including FEI, a company that designs, manufactures, and supports microscope technology, and Intel. Marshall was part of the Intel team that developed the Next Generation Internet Platform that launched the Web 2.0 evolution. He is active in his church and is an advocate for organ donation and education.
Tom Phillips, Director of Asset Management, is responsible for facility and operations management of 47 Compass properties. Among his duties are construction, contract and vendor management, space planning and move management, organizational procurement, supplies and equipment inventory control and governmental compliance. Before coming to Compass, Phillips was facilities director at The Kenney, a residential retirement and assisted living community with 180 residents. He was an accountant for Greenpeace and operations project manager at LizardTech. He also served as the facilities and food bank director for the Salvation Army, leading that organization to successfully serve more culturally appropriate food to clients of color.
Jackie O’Ryan, Director of Communications, has served in that capacity for the Seattle City Council, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Lakeside School, and UFCW Local 21. She also served as director of Public Affairs at Central Washington University. O’Ryan was a member of Seattle’s press corpse for 15+ years, as a reporter for KIRO TV and Newsradio and public affairs producer for KCTS Public Television. She’s a fifth generation Seattleite.
Robert Bowery, Director of Clinical Services, grew up in rural central Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. Bowery served at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic as a milieu therapist in residential, inpatient, and partial hospitalization programs. He worked as a counselor at Paradise Valley Community College where he also was a member of the adjunct Psychology faculty. At Compass since 2008, Bowery has ran the family emergency shelter, HomeStep, and Compass on Dexter.
Katie Talcott, Director of Housing Operations, has 16 years of experience in property and asset management for affordable housing and community building programs. Before Compass she served for ten years at LATCH (Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing) as director of Asset Management and Housing Programs. In 2010, Talcott received the designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist in Professional Asset Management. She’s a board member for DASH (Downtown Action to Save Housing) and an original member of HDC’s Asset and Property Management Group. Talcott has competed in track and cross country running and is coaching others in competition.
Wayne Wilson, Emergency Services Manager, has worked at Compass Housing Alliance since April 2012, moving up the ranks from the position of manager of the former Adult Service Center on Third Avenue and The Hygiene Center. Before working at Compass, Wilson served as manager at a variety of businesses in the private for-profit and non-profit sectors.