Generations of Hope Steering Committee

Thank you to our GOH Steering Committee for their commitment to making this campaign a success and supporting families in need! Read more about the community members who led this campaign.
Sue Ambler, Co-Chair

Sue is the Principal of Triple R Solutions a woman owned contracting firm focusing on Relationships, Respect and Responsibility. Sue has over 30 years of collaborative private, public, business, non-profit, community, education, management, and leadership experience Ms. Ambler retired from Workforce Snohomish after 11 years with the council and served as the President and CEO from 2006 until August 2014. Sue holds a BA from WSU and a Master of Education from UW-Bothell where she is a Teaching Associate in the School of Educational Studies.

Laura Brent, Co-Chair

Laura serves on Housing Hope’s Board of Directors as well as the Resource Development Council. She is a founding Board Member for HopeWorks and currently serves on that board. Laura has a degree from University of Washington in Urban Planning. She is a land use planning consultant and the Principal-Owner of Brent Planning Solutions.

Tom Berquist

Tom has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has worked at BECU since 1994. As Senior VP of Marketing and Cooperative Affairs, he leads BECU’s marketing, community affairs, and strategic planning efforts. Tom currently serves on the board of Housing Hope, and is a trustee of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.

Chris Blakely

An Everett native and graduate of Everett High, Chris graduated from the UW with a degree in Economics. Since 2005 Chris has worked at comScore, a leading internet technology company in Seattle where he serves as a Vice President. He lives in Everett with his wife Heather and two sons, Owen and Oliver. In 2013 Chris served on the ChildHope Steering Committee and helped launch two annual events, Houses for Hope and an Evening at Emory’s. Chris joined the Housing Hope board in October of 2014.

Ryan Blakely

Ryan grew up in Everett, and still calls it home. He graduated from Everett High and then from Washington State University. Go Cougs! Today, Ryan is a National Sales Manager at Microsoft and has been with the company for over 5 years. Prior to Microsoft, Ryan spent 12 years with a Technology Merger and Acquisition firm. Ryan and his wife Ann have 3 children, Carsten, Abby and Reece. Ryan has strong ties to Housing Hope and has been active with the organization for the past 3 years.










Sue Cooper

Sue is a long-time Housing Hope supporter, former public school teacher and community volunteer. She has served on boards and committees in Snohomish County that focus on education and the welfare of children and families, including the Everett School Board, United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Campfire Boys & Girls and the Everett Public School Foundation. Sue and her husband, Tom, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Bob Dent

 Bob is a founding Board Member of HopeWorks and current Board President. Bob’s father was an early major supporter of Housing Hope, as evidenced by the Robert K Dent Transitional Housing Facility located at Housing Hope Village in Everett. Bob was an owner of Tyee Aircraft at Paine Field for many years. He’s an active community volunteer and has served on several boards including Board Chair for the United Way of Snohomish County, Social Venture Partners-Seattle, The Overlake School, and Express Advantage in Seattle.










Dianne Easley

Dianne retired from The Boeing Company in 2011 as Vice President of Human Resources for Engineering, Operations and Technology.  She currently spends her time volunteering with HopeWorks, The Puget Sound Kidney Foundation and Everett Assistance League. Dianne is a lifelong resident of Everett, a graduate of Everett High School and WSU. She is married with three grown daughters and three grandchildren. She and her husband Tom love traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Garret Hunt

Garret has worked as a Realtor with Lamoureux Real Estate since 2012 after transitioning from working in video production for a number of years. He grew up in Snohomish County and currently lives in North Everett with his wife, Esther. As part of the Millennial generation, Garret is eager to find ways to inspire other millennials to get invested in the Generations of Hope Campaign.










Chris Lamoureux

Chris is a Managing Broker/Realtor® at Lamoureux Real Estate and lifelong Everett resident committed to supporting the community where he lives and works. Chris and his wife, Samantha, are diehard Silvertips hockey fans and have 2 children.

Judith Shoudy

Judith retired from the City of Tacoma in 2001 after a career in local government serving as a Department Director for the cities of Everett, Yakima and Tacoma. She currently owns a Pilates studio on Camano Island, where she’s lived for the last 14 years with her husband, Gordon. She’s a proud mom/stepmom and grandma!










Vikki Strand

Vikki is a 5 year board member of Housing Hope and serves as Secretary. She is a former manager at BECU and has spent 24 years in the financial services industry in lending and business development management. She is also a 5 year board member of the Everett Community College Foundation Board and enjoys actively volunteering at several other Snohomish County organizations including Volunteers of America and Endeavour Elementary School. Vikki and her husband Scott live in Mukilteo and have 3 children.

Paul Vexler

Paul has been a professional sculptor since 2006. With his home and studio in Machias, WA, he splits his time between public art commissions and work displayed in the Foster/White gallery in Seattle and the Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto. His latest commissions were installed in Nashville, TN, Beaverton, OR and Oklahoma City, OK. Paul is a Housing Hope Board Member Emeritus and currently serves on the HopeWorks Board.

Barb Yates

Barb is an Everett native of 46 years, having raised 3 daughters here with her husband. She served as Director for LINK, a small non-profit out of the Everett Chamber of Commerce which facilitated partnerships between six local school districts and the business community. She’s also served on the boards of United Way of Snohomish County, Compass Health (formerly Olympic Mental Health), and the Everett Housing Authority, and has volunteered with Imagine Children's Museum and Everett First Presbyterian Church.