Hannah is the Executive Director of HonorWorks and serves as Interim Board President.
After retiring from more than 30 years a as public school teacher, Kathy now is an adjunct faculty member at Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, and Lesley University, teaching classes to pre-service teachers. She holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and was an Assistant Director in the Educational Technology Department at Northwest Educational Service District.
Kathy is the education program specialist for HonorWorks and, as a member of the Board of Trustees, serves as board secretary.
It is Kathy’s hope that through HonorWorks she will continue to advocate for children and to erode barriers that hinder their growth and development as honorable and caring human beings.
As a professional storyteller, and the General Manager & Green Burial Coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes - Greenacres, Brian is a passionate and engaged member of the community in Whatcom County. He is privileged to both entertain families of Whatcom County, creating meaningful happy experiences, and to serve those same families during their most difficult times, creating meaningful healing experiences Brian is the Past President of The Green Burial Council, an international non-profit engaged in eco-certification for green burial offerings. He attended Western Washington University and is a lifelong resident of the most beautiful place in the world. Residing near Everson with his wife and daughter, Brian takes every opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural and social splendor of the Pacific Northwest. He is honored to bring his energy and experience to HonorWorks.
Chris Friday, Emeritus Board Member
Chris Friday specializes in Pacific Northwest History, American Indian History, Ethnic and Racial History, Modern World History, and Public History. He has been in the History Department at Western Washington University since 1992 and is currently a full professor there. He has published two academic books and numerous articles and chapters. He has also given many conference papers and public talks in his research and teaching areas. After serving his term on the Board of Trustees, we asked Chris to stay on as an Emeritus Trustee .
Curtis Crisp brings a wealth of experience to the HonorWorks Board of Trustees. He grew up in a multi-cultural environment that spanned across racial and socio-economic lines. He has strong ties to the Bellingham community, spending nearly half his life here as a young child, teenager, college student and working adult. He graduated from Bellingham High School, attended Whatcom Community College with a basketball scholarship and served 3 years in the U.S. Army after receiving his AA degree. After serving his country during the 9/11 attacks, Curtis returned to Whatcom County and worked as a Service Technician at Pioneer Ford in Lynden, where he eventually moved into a supervisory role. As a result, he has an important perspective on the challenges faced by his fellow veterans when returning to a civilian lifestyle.
Curtis also began attending Western Washington University while at Pioneer Ford, completing his Bachelors degree in Financial Economics in 2011 and his MBA in 2013. He currently works at PACCAR Inc. in Bellevue, WA as the lead financial analyst for the Corporate Credit department. His financial skills are welcomed at HonorWorks, and serving on the Board of Trustees satisfies Curtis' desire to contribute to his community. “HonorWorks is a chance for me to give back to a community that provided a wonderful opportunity at a better life for myself and my family. I’m very excited to help others achieve that same opportunity!”
Juanita is a highly respected elder in the native and non-native communities. Her experience and wisdom are a valuable resource to HonorWorks staff and Board of Trustees.
Joseph Garcia, EdD.
Dr. Joseph Garcia is an award-winning educator who has created unique learning tools for the health care and parenting communities. These seminal learning tools serve to promote effective communication between people who otherwise might have no way to communicate. Dr. Garcia has served on State, County, and University policy committees and non-profit Boards and has helped numerous organizations with organizational and fundraising infrastructure. He has been an agency administrator and university adjunct professor/grant writer for 30 years. Joseph is a military veteran who spent years teaching in prisons, working as a sign interpreter in schools, and working with foster youth. He has directed regional and national research projects and lectured for professional organizations and at many universities and hospitals.
I honor others when I listen to them, quiet my internal voice, and try to perceive their reality.
Keith Jefferts, PhD, Founding Board Member
On August 16, 2014, our dear friend, founding board member, and generous supporter Keith Jefferts passed away. We honor his memory and plan to do what he wanted us to do: work hard, do well, and have fun.
Keith , the inventor and developer of Coded Wire Tags, received a PhD in Physics from the University of Washington. After serving in the Navy for several years, he became a member of Bell Telephone Labs’ technical staff in 1963. During the following 12 years at Bell Labs, he produced more than 40 articles which were published in peer-reviewed journals. In 1971, he formed Northwest Marine Technology, Inc. and is the company’s president. In 1984, he formed and funded the Fisheries Management Foundation.
Sue Jefferts, PhD, Founding Board Member
Sue has retired from being active on our Board of Trustees. Without her initial vision, and emotional, spiritual and financial support, HonorWorks would not exists as it does today. We are deeply grateful for all that Sue has done to help us bring our work into the world.
As a doctor of psychology, Sue Jefferts has helped thousands of individuals and groups find their path to recovery from physical and emotional trauma. In 2000, she closed her successful therapy practice in Portland, Oregon, and moved to the Seattle area. Since then, she has volunteered her time to serve on more than one board of directors in her community. She has initiated positive change in all organizations she is involved in. Her experience both in leading board of director teams and fundraising activities are key to the HonorWorks' success.
"I honor others when I take the time to listen with my heart as well as my ears."