I was born in Montana and our family eventually moved to Spokane Washington, located on the eastern side of the state. After attending WSU (Washington State University), I moved to Seattle in 1981. My passion for non-profits and charities began in the early 1990’s. I assisted a friend during the Christmas season to distribute clothing to the homeless in downtown Seattle. During a 10-year stretch, I included friends, family and co-workers and we gathered clothing, food, blankets and such. We would spend the holidays distributing these items. It is still a passion, but on a smaller scale.