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Meet our team

Staff

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Kari Whitacre Executive Director

We're pleased to announce that Kari Whitacre is joining Jubilee Women’s Center as our new Executive Director.

Kari, who recently relocated to Seattle from Corvallis, OR, brings with her over 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and marketing. For the past 9 years, she has served as the Executive Director of a non-profit social service agency dedicated to addressing the root cause of homelessness and poverty. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Kari has served on several boards and committees focused on breaking down system barriers for marginalized populations.

Kari holds a BS in Communications from Southern Oregon State University, is a 2008 graduate of the Ford Foundation Leadership Program, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Corvallis. She is also the proud mother to three daughters.

Impassioned by the life changing impact of transformational programs, Kari believes deeply in Jubilee’s mission of “rebuilding lives, one extraordinary woman at a time.”

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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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Marie Girard
Care Manager

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Meridith Isaacson
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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Dean Sanger
Facilities 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.

Paul Neutz, President
GetInsured

Jen Engles-Klann, Vice President
The Derschang Group

Sean Maygra, Treasurer
World Wide Distrubutors

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


Joe Krukowski
Waste Mangement

Nancy O’Brien
Community Volunteer

Marilyn Sherron
AT&T



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

Employment at Jubilee is a great opportunity to support women on their journey toward empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Open Positions:

Senior Case Manager, Housing - We’re seeking an experienced and compassionate social service professional to join us in supporting women experiencing poverty and homelessness to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Successful candidates will have professional experience with housing case management, job readiness support, and occupancy administration.

Jubilee Women’s Center believes in a holistic approach to supporting women, addressing the complex reasons they experience poverty and homelessness. Our unique program offers women the time and space to heal from trauma and crisis as they build new skills and develop short and long term goals. We do this through offering support in education, employment readiness, financial security, and building life skills that ensure long term success.  Women whose journey brings them to Jubilee will emerge empowered and self-sufficient, with a safety net of support.

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