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Meet our team

Staff

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Leanne Sanderson Executive Director

Leanne (Annie) Sanderson joined Jubilee Women's Center as the new Executive Director on June 18th. She has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in the fields of fund development, marketing, strategic business development, and communications.

Annie has worked with transitional housing clients, homeless youth, and nonprofits that have provided continuation of care in services such as mental health, addiction recovery, job skills training, and safe havens for victims of domestic or sexual abuse. 

She has an affinity toward nature, exploration, and adventure. Her hobbies include kayaking, painting large canvas abstracts, public speaking, organic gardening, biking, camping, hiking, complementary and alternative medicine, writing, off-the-beaten-path road trips, and most importantly, being an advocate of hope, healing, and empowerment.

Annie a mother of eight adult children (whew!) and Nana to two grandchildren, and the author of two books on nutritional healing.

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Irina Bobrik
Data and Grants Specialist

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Kiri Brennecke
Development Coordinator

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Tracy Clarke
Next Step Program Coordinator

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Nathan Gifford
Facilities Coordinator

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Marie Girard
Care Manager

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Matt Lewison
Operations Director

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Elizabeth Mather
House Coordinator

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Francoise Maxie
Finance Manager

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Angie Muthee
Development Director

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Aura Payne
Volunteer Services Manager

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Carol Rozumalski, MSW, MEd
Occupancy Administrator & Care Manager

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Dani Turk
Employment & Education Manager

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Jen Zug
Marketing & Communications Manager

 
 

Board of Directors

Jubilee’s Board of Directors is made up of highly dedicated volunteers who act as the governing body of the organization. The board’s principal responsibilities include long-term planning, fundraising, financial oversight, executive supervision, and advocacy.

For information about joining the Jubilee Board of Directors please contact us.

Joe Krukowski, President
Waste Management

Jen Engles-Klann, Vice President
The Derschang Group

Sean Maygra, Treasurer
BDO Financial Group

Kate Opatz, Secretary
Montana & Nacho Burracho
Daysha Carter
Microsoft

Chero Chuma, CSJP
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

Judith Desmarais, SP
Sisters of Providence

Jennifer Hall
Sisters of Providence

Georgene Karambelas
Community Volunteer
Shari McClure
UW Medicine

Paul Neutz
GetInsured

Nancy O’Brien
Community Volunteer

Marilyn Sherron
AT&T

Cecilia Zapata-Harms
CZH Global Leadership

Associate Board

Jubilee’s Associate Board is made up of young professionals dedicated to fundraising, expanding networks, and stewarding the mission of Jubilee through creative outreach and connections. For information about joining the Jubilee Associate Board, please contact us.

Kate Opatz
Co-Chair

Nandi Butcher
Co-Chair

Courtney Schwartz
Treasurer

Kelly Hostetler
Secretary

Monica Armstrong

Lorraine Anderson

Leslie Andrews

Alicia Annamalay
Shibani Das

Rachael Dlugolecki

Kelly Hostetler

Edna Kalinko

Rachel Marshall

Cara McGree

Katie Rankin

Ashley Rodriguez
Courtney Schwartz

Erica Strehl

Zoë True

Chika Uchendu

Rosemary Verba Mauer

Jena Wylie

Rachel Zaccaro

See our history

How we got here

Seattle in the early 1980s was in the midst of a housing crisis. Federal cuts to subsidized housing, the deinstitutionalization of mental health, and downtown revitalization overwhelmed the city with “displaced” people.

At the time, three Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were working in a local shelter. After watching women move in and out repeatedly, they devised a different program to break the cycle of homelessness.

Jubilee Women’s Center opened in a former Capitol Hill convent in the fall of 1983, named for the Sisters’ 100th “Jubilee” anniversary, also in 1983. Believed to be Seattle’s first transitional home for women, Jubilee offered residents a supportive housing community in which to heal from crisis and domestic abuse and get back on their feet. With an 18-month program—much longer than the typical three-month emergency shelter stay—women had more time to stabilize and work toward independence.

During the next three decades, Jubilee continued to adjust its programs and services in response to the changing needs of clients and community. Jubilee became an independent 501(c)(3), ramped up private fundraising efforts, and added Seattle’s first learning and technology center dedicated to homeless women. Jubilee also renovated facilities, moved to a holistic model of care, and acquired two additional residences, including a former ministry of the Sisters of Providence, which was gifted to Jubilee in 2014. A fourth residence will open in 2019, dedicated to program graduates.

Today, Jubilee’s program serves approximately 60 women each year with affordable community housing, holistic support services, on-site care managers, and a focus on employment preparation to advance each woman on her path out of poverty with a living-wage job and a home of her own. Jubilee serves an additional 2,000 low-income women with free referrals, job and life skills classes, clothing boutique, and computer lab.

Watch a video about the history of Jubilee.

Career opportunities

With a talented staff dedicated to impacting homelessness and empowering women to rebuild their lives, employment at Jubilee is a great opportunity to work toward something that truly matters.

Open Positions:

Case Manager - This position provides direct, supportive, ongoing coordination of services to assist homeless women at Jubilee Women's Center in obtaining employment, permanent housing, and personal empowerment. Includes but is not limited to needs assessment, goal planning, resource identification and development, advocacy, service monitoring and follow-up.

See Job Description

 

Facilities Manager - This position oversees the repair, maintenance, and improvements at the four physical locations that Jubilee Women’s Center leases. This position is full-time, on-call as needed and reports directly to the Executive Director. Send cover letter and resume to annie@jwcenter.org.

See Job Description

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