STAFF

 

Kimberly Dominguez-Barranco | Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Languages: Spanish, English

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In her role as the Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer, Kimberly connects immigrant community members with accompaniment  volunteers to go to immigration appointments across the region. She coordinates the Church Council Accompaniment Hotline. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Washington in June of 2019. One research projects she worked on was, “Impact of Children of Incarcerated Undocumented Immigrants” at the 2019 UW Tacoma Children of the Incarcerated Conference.  She also wrote a legal research paper titled, “International/Transnational Human Rights of Undocumented Latino Children.” Kimberly has worked as an Active Vista by Powerful Voices developing a one-hour workshop on social justice issues. Upon graduation, she was promoted to a Paralegal at a Law Office for a private Criminal Defense Attorney where she carries out the Padilla vs. Kentucky case law through the Washington Defenders Association. Kimberly is a proud daughter of immigrant parents. She is pursuing a legal career in immigration law. Kimberly loves to be open minded in trying and learning new things, engaging in outdoor recreational activities. Let’s do great things together! 

 

Cesar Linares Estevez | Highline Organizer

Pronouns: he, him, his

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Cesar L. E.  is a nepantlero, meaning, he is neither from here nor from there, ni de aqui ni de alla, but rather from both places and from neither at the same time. Cesar’s roots trace through the west coast United States to Toluca, Mexico. He has spent time studying in both Texas and Boston, MA. Cesar has a passion for justice and healing and for seeing young persons and the community thrive together.

In his role as Highline Organizer, Cesar is working to build collective power with members of the Burien community through coalition and relationship building. Cesar believes that organizing requires building deep relationships with community members to move in ways that are both organic and sustainable for the community and the organizing. For Cesar, being a nepantlero means being guided by the wisdom of his ancestors, his faith, the experience of being an immigrant, and his roots. Being a nepantlero means recognizing the intersecting oppressions that exploit us and walking in solidarity with the community toward freedom where there is healing and justice.

What brings Cesar joy is hip-hop instrumentals, a tasty cup of coffee and having a good time with family, friends and his German Shepherd, ‘Koffi’, watching the latest marvel show/movie.

 

 Joey Lopez | Faith Land Initiative Lead, Community Organizer

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Joey Lopez (he, him) is a Southern transplant to the Seattle area. Joey has a passion and purpose for building collective power and channeling that power towards collective liberation. Joey believes that alone we are incredibly powerful people, and when we organize that power, our wildest dreams become reality. 

Joey lives into his purpose as a facilitator, trainer, and community organizer at The Church Council of Greater Seattle. As a trainer, facilitator, and organizer, Joey strives to embody the values he has learned throughout his life and the intersections of his experiences. Joey’s upbringing in a rural southern community, constantly hearing “sit down and stay awhile,” nurtured his value of deep, authentic relationships. His kinship with LGBTQ elders reminds him of the importance of persistence and bringing others along the journey toward liberation. And, the generations of resilience modeled by his Puerto Rican ancestors inspire him to sustain the work in new ways.

In his moments of play and rest, you can find Joey spending time in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his partner, Dustin, and dog, Baldwin, reading queer fiction and/or science-fiction, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

 

 Maricruz Maldonado Vargas | Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment Associate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Maricruz Maldonado Vargas is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington with a double major in Law, Societies, and Justice and Spanish and a minor in Diversity. She is from a small town called Othello on the Eastern side of Washington and loves to make jewelry in her free time. Maricruz’ dream is to become an immigration lawyer because she has “seen and experienced the fear that comes with being undocumented.” She is very excited and grateful to be working with the Church Council team because she knows the CCGS accompaniment program is supporting the undocumented community in times where their safety may be compromised. She is grateful to be advocating and fighting for the rights of our community together with you!

 

 

 

Irene Muller  |  Communications Manager

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email Irene  |  direct: (206) 525-1216

Irene was raised between Southeast Alaska and the PNW, attending unprogrammed Quaker meeting with her family throughout her youth and young adulthood. She graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with an interdisciplinary degree in Anthropology and Biology and a minor in business in 2017, and has been working with both arts and social justice nonprofits in various capacities for the past fifteen years. Irene is grateful for the opportunity to work with The Church Council community to support the organizing, legislative, and community-building efforts of her coworkers. The Church Council’s work in support of affordable housing and immigrant accompaniment, especially in her home area of South King County, helps keep her hope-full for the world we are all building together, one in which all our neighbors see justice.

 

 

 

 

Michael Ramos  |  Executive Director

Pronouns: he, him, his

Languages: English, Spanish

Email Michael   |  (206) 525-1213 ext: 102

In his role as the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Michael connects congregations in King and South Snohomish Counties, empowering them in working toward God’s shalom. He has worked on ecumenical community building for two decades and enjoys connecting spirituality with social justice. At the Church Council, confronting homelessness, immigration accompaniment and reform and building a living wage future have been his central commitments with faith communities throughout the region. Michael served as Director of Latino Ministries for the Catholic Diocese in Oakland in the mid-1990s before moving back to Seattle with his wife, Donna, and their two (now-grown) daughters. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Seattle University.  After growing up and going to college in New York City, Michael came to the Pacific Northwest thirty years ago.

 

 

 

 

E.N. West | Faith Land Organizer

Pronouns: they, them, theirs

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 E.N. West, affectionately known as “E”, proudly hails from the DC metropolitan area, by way of Alexandria, Virginia. They graduated from William & Mary with dual degrees in American Studies and Government. In addition to working as a Faith Land Organizer with The Church Council of Greater Seattle, E is the Communications & Community Engagement Manager at Surge Reproductive Justice as a Community Impact Fellow with RVC , and as a member of the board of Got Green, a BIPOC-led environmental justice organization in South Seattle.

E deeply believes “we are uninhibited when we know our power” and is committed to co-creating a world where everyone intimately knows how powerful they are and directs that power toward collective liberation.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Rev. Dr. Troy Lynn Carr

The Rev. Troy Lynn Carr is pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Seattle, after serving Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church in South Seattle for two years. Rev. Carr holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY, a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary (now United Theological Seminary), Gettysburg, PA, and five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, with a completed Residency from Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA. Rev. Carr is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME tradition. Rev. Carr is humbly honored to be elected to serve as a new board member with the Church Council of Greater Seattle, where she is excited to serve with the committee on community engagement. She is passionate about justice issues which impact youth of color and literacy.

 

 

 

Cheryl Cooney

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Cheryl Cooney has been involved in volunteering since growing up as a Seattle native in the Montlake neighborhood. Truly, home-grown and a lover of greater Seattle. She has contributed with event development and ten years’ with the American Cancer Society, co-chairing an annual fundraiser for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and in diverse church callings of the Church of Jesus Christ.  She has served in leadership capacities with the church’s Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary programs. Currently, Cheryl serves in Communication/Public Affairs as a Co-Director.

Active in arts education, Cheryl has enjoyed serving as Picture Lady for the Bellevue School District supporting immersion of grade school children in the visual arts. Dedicated to the environment, she served ten years as a Commissioner for the eastside’s Wetherill Nature Preserve. She continues to work with Congregations for the Homeless and ‘Feed the Homeless’ programs. Great fulfillment has come in seeing a family grow, meeting the needs of children, grandchildren and aging parents. She confesses that she still simply loves the privilege of ‘raising her family’ all the while, staying engaged with church and community.  

 

Kevin Cooney | Treasurer

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Kevin Cooney is a communication and media consultant residing in the Seattle area. Professionally, he has served in marketing and management in both traditional and digital media. He is currently enjoying work as a senior advisor to a digital marketing start-up. Kevin received an undergraduate degree in Finance from Brigham Young University. He continued his post-graduate education in executive management programs at Notre Dame and the University of Washington.

In his faith, Kevin served in recent years as the bishop for the Bellevue Ward (congregation) which he has attended since the early 60’s, and presently enjoys serving with Cheryl as Co- Communication Directors for the Seattle Coordinating Council (comprised of 10 stakes, or some one-hundred-plus wards/congregations, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) Volunteerism includes work with the Eastside Interfaith Gathering, CCGS and JustServe.org. Past volunteerism on boards/committees has included Bellevue Arts Museum, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Seattle-King County Convention & Visitors Bureau (board and chair.)

 

The Rev. Kacey Hahn

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Rev. Kacey Hahn currently serves St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Renton, WA.  Her pastoral heart flutters with joy when communities of faith tend to matters of justice, advocacy, youth ministry, shared leadership, creativity, public engagement, and innovation. For over 20 years, Pastor Kacey has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as youth director, campus pastor, interim pastor, ELCA Youth Gathering team manager, speech coach and parish pastor in the Southwest and Midwest. She is passionate about cultivating authentic diversity, ecumenical partnerships and fostering communities of trust. When Pastor Kacey is not pastoring, you can find her hiking, sipping a pint of craft beer, traveling, hanging out with family and friends, laughing with her kids (Derek and Grace), or walking along Lake Washington with her husband (David).

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Staci Imes | Vice President

Staci ImesRev. Staci Imes is the pastor of Woodland Park Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) on Phinney Ridge. As a faith leader, activist, and artist, Staci is passionate about ecumenical and interfaith social justice work. She has worked and volunteered as an advocate and educator for issues related to immigration, homelessness, and peace-making. As a parish pastor, Staci strives to teach and live a model of engaged spirituality and she enjoys folding the visual arts and music into all aspects of her work.

Prior to entering ministry, Staci worked as a bilingual speech and language pathologist, with a B.S. from Truman State University and a M.S from Marquette University.  Later, she served as a Young Adult Volunteer for the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the US/Mexico border and earned a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

 

 

J. Vince Larkin | President

An active member and current moderator at All Pilgrims Christian Church (DOC/UCC), with connections to Metropolitain Community Church, Vince’s faith journey had its beginnings in the LDS tradition. Previous board work includes All Pilgrims and MultiFaith Works, where he served as president through the merger with Rosehedge, remaining on the combined agency’s board through its sunsetting. Professionally, Vince is the General Manager at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider. His calling in life centers around helping people through transitions which come with death and loss, and finding unique ways to celebrate the significance of lives well lived. Ecumenical work done by the Church Council is so important today as our society finds itself more and more divided. Regardless of individual tradition, the reality of our faith is that we are all one in God’s presence. Whether by focusing on homelessness, living wage, or other issues of social justice, we are stronger when we work together.

Deborah C. Towner

Deborah is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest.  She is married to John Towner, has 3 adult daughters and 6 grandchildren.

 

Deborah spent the bulk of her career as a Senior Vice President with General Electric managing one of their commercial real estate investment departments. There she managed a nationwide team involved in mortgage financing, equity acquisitions and securitization of investment grade properties in the $2 million to $50 million size range with annual volumes of $2 billion.  This career blessed Deborah with deep management and leadership skills both strategic and operational.

 

Deborah had a second creative degree and career in architectural interiors and worked for a commercial Architectural firm downtown Seattle for nearly a decade.  She is now fully retired.

 

Deborah has been a member of Community of Christ all her life. She is currently serving as administrative lead on the pastorate team at her congregation and also serves on the world church’s investment advisory board. Deborah has served in many capacities over the years such as worship director, finance officer, camp director and counselor and others.  She is fully committed to Community of Christ’s enduring principles and mission initiatives and lovingly walks with her faith community every day.