Church Council 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!

 

 

 

Cristhian Josue Ordonez Gomez | Immigrant Accompaniment Associate

Pronouns: he, him, his

Languages: Spanish, English

I was born and raised in Honduras. A third world country that has made me who I am. And…I am the man who likes to wake up to the smell of coffee and music because there is no better way to start your day than by dancing. Although I am not sure how to express thoroughly and briefly who I am, sometimes I’ll say hello with a loud laugh. Laughter is one of the greatest things in the world, if you ask me. So here is another fun fact: I love stand up comedy. I hate carrots.

Growing up in Honduras inspired me to become a criminal lawyer. With a crime index of 74.54, Honduras ranks fifth in the world in terms of crime rate. I had to do something. I had to understand how could I help my people. I still have the same doubt. How can I help my latino community? I am inspired by the big causes, like this one and also the smallest ones, like teaching my best friend how to ride a scooter. Opposites. This is another way to describe my life: I have had the best, I have had the worst. This has forged my determination, my mind, my character. Which is why, the best sentence I can think of when describing myself is: A proud latino embracing the American culture.

 

 

Joey Lopez | Community Organizer; Lead, Faith Land Initiative

Pronouns: he, him, his

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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. 

 

 

Meli Morales  | Organizer, Faith Land Initiative

Pronouns: they, them, theirs

Email Meli  |  direct: (206) 525-1216

Returning to the Pacific Northwest by way of San Diego, Meli is excited to be part of the Faith Land Team at the Church Council. Meli brings 8 years of experience in advocacy, policy & electoral work, and grassroots organizing at the intersections of racial equity, disability advocacy, and land justice. The alchemy of people turning their individual passions and love for their community into radical change gives Meli life! When not spending pandemic days at home with their partner, two children, cats, puppy, and plantitas, Meli can be found recharging in the woods or the hardware store. They aspire to train their puppy Dulce to hunt for mushrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Muller  |  Communications Manager

Pronouns: they, them, theirs/she, her, hers

Email Irene  |  direct: (206) 525-1216

Irene was raised between Southeast Alaska and the PNW, attending unprogrammed Quaker meeting with their family throughout their youth and young adulthood. Irene 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. The Church Council’s work in support of affordable housing and immigrant accompaniment, especially in their home area of South King County, helps keep them hope-full for the more just world we are all building together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tara Miller  |  Operations Manager

Pronouns: they, them, theirs

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Tara Miller came to Seattle from Virginia through the Global Missions Fellows program of the United Methodist Church in 2012, where they worked with faith communities to support families experiencing homelessness through Mary’s Place. Most recently, they provided administrative and communications support to faith communities and advocates across the state through Faith Action Network (FAN) as they pushed for progressive bills at the state legislature, rallied against unjust federal policies, and celebrated interfaith collaboration. They are now excited to support the organizing work of the Church Council as the Operations Manager, returning after an internship with CCGS as part of their Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry Masters of Transforming Spirituality degree. Tara got their Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Biology from the College of William and Mary.Tara’s deepest places of learning and praxis come from their personal struggle growing up with nationalistic Bible Belt Christianity, the encouragement of youth and college ministers who asked systemic questions about injustice, families surviving poverty in Appalachia and Seattle who lived out what community should be, working at a grocery store and attending community college where they learned a lot more about life through the people living it than a four-year institution could ever teach, Black and Indigenous protest leaders in Seattle who taught them how to use their white body and resources, the endless nuanced discussions that social media opens up, coming into their queerness and genderqueerness, and by connecting and reconnecting with people of faith and conscience who keep fighting for systemic change in the many overlapping nonprofit and activist bubbles. Tara’s default is pessimism, but they find joy in goofing off with kids, going on adventures and doing photoshoots with their friends, thrifting for wild costumes, watching and performing in drag shows, and sneaking cuddles from their standoffish husky-child Kodi.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Cinda Stenger | Development Lead

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email Cinda | direct: (206) 525-1218

Cinda has been in corporate settings for over 35 years but has always been driven by social justice work in her “free” time- it kept her balanced and filled her soul. Upon losing her job in 2020 due to COVID19, it was an opportune time to put her passion for social justice front and center, to truly pursue what her faith calls upon her to do. Cinda’s deepest spiritual desire is to serve: to be of service to her community, to support those who are building beloved community, to bring about the transformation of our society. Cinda believes in co-creating God’s kin-dom on earth through practicing radical love, deep listening and compassionate understanding for the liberation of all.

When not in service to her community, you could find Cinda in service to her garden attempting to grow her own vegetables, learning to cook various cuisines (South Asian is currently her favorite exploration for plant-based deliciousness), hiking up to a waterfall, or hanging out with friends and family over a delicious meal.

 

 

 

E.N. West | Organizer & Co-Founder, Faith Land Initiative

Pronouns: they, them, theirs/he, him, his

Email E | direct: (206) 525-1218

E.N. West, affectionately known as “E” (they/he), proudly hails from the DC metropolitan area, by way of Alexandria, Virginia. 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. They are many things, but at the heart of all of them, they are a community organizer based in Seattle, Washington.

E feels called to community organizing as both a vocation and way of life. They are also deeply committed to lifelong leadership formation. To those ends, they’re currently:

• Building toward a world without reproductive oppression as Co-Director at Surge Reproductive Justice.

• Organizing around faith communities and land stewardship as a Co-Founder and Faith Land Organizer of the Faith Land Initiative of The Church Council of Greater Seattle.

Outside of vocational work, they enjoy staying embodied through boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, calisthenics, hiking, and biking. They love and live in South Seattle.
 
 
 
 
Staff photos by Max Shaw Photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Council Board of Directors

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Jenn Hagedorn

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

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.

 

Steve Pomeroy | Treasurer

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

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.