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Deanna Wildermuth, Executive Director

“Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.” – Martin Luther

These words describe Interfaith Coalition and its Member Congregations in action. As I begin my work as Executive Director of Interfaith Coalition, I believe the care of the most vulnerable in our communities is a call of faith. Interfaith Coalition offers opportunity to make a difference in individual lives and in the communities it serves. It is my delight to join a diverse group of volunteers, donors, staff, and communities of faith, who by working together, can accomplish amazing things!

Carolyn Roy, Family Promise and Family Housing Director

carolyn-roy-interfaith-coalitionI love the dedication of the staff and the volunteers to a common cause: helping the homeless in Whatcom County with housing and other needs. I am so impressed with the commitment of the volunteers toward this goal and the varied ways in which they serve. Knitting hats, working a shelter shift, serving food, distributing coats, organizing the holiday gift program, helping with housing repairs and restocking homes with necessities when new families move in. Everyone serves those in need in such a tangible way and I’m humbled to be a part of this organization.

Janie Pemble, Outreach Manager

Janie-PembleAs Outreach Manager I am the liaison with our member congregations and their congregational representatives.

I really love getting to know and work with many people in congregations and groups throughout the county, and I feel blessed because they give me the gift of hope and inspiration on a daily basis. The continual experience of so many generous and caring people in our county quietly going about doing good things for others empowers me and brings me daily affirmation that what we do together is meaningful and important. I think we provide this same hope to our families, shelter guests, and others we reach out to.

Andrea Hausner, Finance Manager



It is very rewarding to work for an organization that actually does make a difference in peoples’ lives. And as an added bonus you meet and work with amazing individuals, including our many volunteers, spending a lot of their time helping out where help is needed.

Trish Navarre, Development Specialist

Trish-Navarre-board-member-interfaith-coalitionHaving worked in development for over 25 years before serving on the Board at Interfaith, I jumped at the opportunity to join the staff. Having a personal connection to families experiencing homelessness, I am passionate about the work of Interfaith and, in particular, the Family Promise program, which works to keep families together while helping them gain self-sufficiency and stability.

My work at Interfaith focuses on events such as the Hope Auction, Bed Race and Camp Out to End Homelessness, as well as writing and editing, which are two favorite activities.

Lindsey McGuirk, Volunteer Engagement and Communications Manager

I am so happy to have found a place at Interfaith Coalition, an organization I’ve valued in our community for years. Being able to help homeless families gain a stable and safe foundation brings a level of service and purpose for which I am thankful. I’m also consistently floored by the loyalty and generosity of our supporters and volunteers — they are truly what keeps our organization thriving.

Shannon Laws, Family Housing Coordinator

It is a great joy to be a part of the Interfaith and Family Promise team! Homelessness is devastating for any person, how much more so for families. Keeping families together in a safe and welcoming environment during a time of crisis is a bright and restorative way to build better futures for us all.

Warren Meier, Property Manager


I am grateful to be part of the Interfaith team, an organization dedicated to improving people’s lives and giving them the opportunity to thrive. I take great satisfaction in maintaining our buildings at a high level to ensure the safety of our tenants and finding solutions to challenges that will benefit those who need it most.