Ken Thomas has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 2011. He is the Board President. Ken is the Kent Police Department Chief.
J. David Huhs has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 2006. He is the Board 1st Vice President. He is also a member of the KYFS Finance Committee. David is an attorney for Curran Law Firm P.S. in Kent where he represents clients in business and real estate matters. David is a past-president of the South King County Bar Association. In addition, David spends numerous hours volunteering, as a pro-bono attorney, at neighborhood legal clinics. David sees Kent Youth and Family Services as a way for children and their families to achieve their dreams by providing outreach, resource, and support to those in need.
Brandy Reed has been a member of KYFS since 2009. She is the Board 2nd Vice President and a member of the fundraising committee. Brandy Reed works at Ashley House as Director of Clinical Services.
Brandy graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma in March 2011 with her Masters in Nursing Leadership. Brandy graduated with her BSN from the University of Washington, Bothell and her ADN from Bellevue Community College. Brandy participates in several sports and plays on 3 different softball leagues in the spring. Brandy spends her spare time gardening, volunteering in the community, hiking and spending time with her great dane, Oakley.
Carla Dean has been serving on Kent Youth & Family Services Board of Directors since 2003. She is the Board Secretary and a member of the Fundraising Committee. Carla served as Board President from November 2007-2009. She is also serving as Board Vice President for the Puget Sound Federal Credit Union.
Carla works at the Manufacturing Industrial Council, a non-profit business association sharing a commitment to retaining and supporting the "family wage" job base in the industrial sector through advocacy and educational opportunities. In addition to being a student at South Seattle Community College, Carla is very active in her community and is married and raising two children in Maple Valley.
Chuck Adams has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 2011. He is the Board Treasurer. Chuck works at Boeing Kent Space Center.
Israel Vela has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 2007. Israel served as Board President from October 2011 to September 2013. Israel Vela is the Executive Director of Schools for the Southwest region in the Seattle School District. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Student and Family Engagement in the Kent School District. The KSD mission is to successfully prepare all students for their future. Israel has been an educator for 24 years and during this time he has served as a classroom teacher, staff development educator, elementary school principal, and special services director. Israel oversees a wide variety of state and federal support programs serving the district’s highest need students and families and his expertise relative to ensuring success for English Language Learners (ELL) is constantly sought by both professionals in other districts and OSPI state officials. It was Israel’s vision that resulted in the KSD Refugee Transition Center becoming a reality. Israel has had first hand knowledge of how critical support and high expectations are to making sure that all students are prepared to be highly skilled and productive citizens.
In addition to serving as a board member for Kent Youth and Family Services, he has been a strong advocate for the Lucy Lopez Center in the City of Kent. Also, Israel is highly respected as someone who works to build bridges among the various cultures in our educational system and community. Israel is a productive leader whose actions exemplify true professionalism.
Mike Mathews has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 1993. He has served as Board President twice and is a member of the KYFS Finance Committee.
Mike is currently a Vice President and Branch Manager for Banner Bank in Kent and has held that position since September of 2004. Mike has been in the banking industry for over 27 years, working in South King County since 1990. Mike is married and raising two daughters in Kent. His belief that “family comes first” is the reason for his commitment to Kent Youth and Family Services.
Anil Abraham has been serving on Kent Youth & Family Services Board of Directors 2003. Anil served as Board President from 2005-2007 and is currently the Audit Committee Chairperson. He is a partner in "The Peoples Builder LLC" as well as the owner of "Tacoma Peoples Builder LLC", a local affordable homebuilder.
Born and raised in Kent, he graduated from Kentwood High School and received his BA from WSU. Anil currently resides in Renton with his wife Annie, daughter Alisa and son Ahron. Anil has been active in the local and East Indian community for many years and has a strong passion in dealing with the needs of the Kent Community.
Pastor Jane Prestbye has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since 2004. Jane served as Board President from November 2009 to September 2011. Since September 1999, Kent Lutheran Church has had the pleasure of Pastor Jane Prestbye serving as lead pastor. She and her husband Fergus reside nearby in downtown Kent. She has lived in northwest Washington all her life except for some time in Minnesota while studying for her Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary. She has served several congregations in the northwest area including Bellingham, Seattle, and Bothell, where she devoted time to Christian Education and Youth Ministry. Before accepting her call to Kent Lutheran Church, she was on the faculty of Trinity Lutheran College (formerly LBI) for thirteen years. Pastor Jane excels at getting people together to talk, listen, think, pray, laugh, and serve. She delights in any opportunity to help people consider God’s love in and through their lives.
Lesley Hogan has been serving on the Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since April, 2012. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Green River Community College, 2006-2013. She also worked in human resources at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Hexcel Corporation in the Kent Valley and Britannia division of Levi Strauss & Co. All of her past organizations celebrate deep ties of giving back to the community – a value Lesley shares. With over twenty five years of human resources management experience in for-profit and non-profit work, Lesley feels that serving on the KYFS board compliments her professional role of helping people obtain tools necessary for success.
Lesley earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington after graduating from Kentridge High School. She and her husband are raising two daughters in Kent and all are active in the northwest swimming community.
Melanie Strey has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since October 2013.
Renton School District
Cynthia Tanis has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since January 2014.
Tamar Zere has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since January 2014.
Green River Community College
Rona Popp has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since November 2014.
Kent School District
Wade Schwartz has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since March 2015.
Blanc & Schwartz Salon Proprietor
Naomi Knoll has been serving on Kent Youth and Family Services Board of Directors since May 2014.
Kent Meridian High School Student
Honorary Board Members
Curran Law Firm
Rev. William Carleton
Retired Pastor, Kent 1st Presbyterian Church
Kent Police Department, Chief (Retired)
Holy Spirit Church
5th District Member, Metropolitan King County Council
Bremerton Chief of Police
47th Distict Representative, Washington State Legislature
Assistant Superintendent Human Resources Kent School District (Retired)