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The individuals that make up are leadership team are smart, passionate, and intend on making the world a better place.

 

Barbara Ebert, Executive Director

Professional Background: 
Barbara is the newest addition to Lifelong’s leadership team. In her role as Executive Director she oversees all of finance as well as the agency’s general operations, planning, and structure. Her previous management experiences were in healthcare, insurance, professional services, manufacturing, and non-profits, where she focused effort on improving processes, leading productive teams, creative problem solving, technical accounting, and financial analysis and reporting. Barbara has expertise in General Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory reporting, audit, cash management, process documentation, and internal and external financial reporting.

Barbara completed her Bachelors in Accounting at the University of Washington and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Favorite part of her job:
Revamping internal processes and seeing them in action!      

Favorite food:
Grilled salmon… followed by a good piece of dark chocolate.

Personal motto: 
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

 

D. Mark Baker, Deputy Executive Director

Professional Background:
Mark has a long history of advocating for underserved and invisible populations. From his volunteer experience at AIDS CARE Chicago to his work at United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Refugee Women’s Alliance, Mark’s commitment to social justice and social service has played in important role in his life. At Lifelong, he is responsible for statewide health insurance programs related to the Affordable Care Act as well as the Lifelong Dental Program. Mark launched four new programs  including WAcare, a program that helps low-income people with the highest health needs across the state get connected to health care.

Previously, Mark worked as the director of human resources at several non-profit organizations and founded a human resources consulting and outsourcing company. Mark has a deep understanding of operations, health insurance regulations, third party administration, and risk management.

Favorite part of his job:
Solving problems and feeling good at the end of the day, knowing that he is helping people.

Favorite food:
Ethiopian

Personal motto:
“Our community is better when we consistently treat others fairly and with dignity and respect.”

 

Paul Getzel, Deputy Executive Director

Professional Background: 
Paul has nearly two decades of experience in behavioral health, chemical dependency treatment, HIV care and prevention, and food security work. Paul has served the Chicken Soup Brigade (CSB) program in various capacities for over 14 years starting as a case manager and working his way up to director. In his time with CSB, the program evolved from the cornerstone of practical support for people living with HIV to a regional leader in nutrition care for people with a wide array of chronic illness. His experience helping people faced with incredibly challenging barriers to health only deepens his conviction that access to healthy food is a basic human right. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Favorite part of the job:
The seriousness of the work doesn’t prevent Paul and his staff from the occasional office shenanigans. He also enjoys living in a progressive community like Seattle that is so supportive of social justice efforts.

Favorite food:
A nice piece of wild caught salmon and seasonal vegetables.

Personal Motto:
“When it's better for everyone, it's better for everyone.” ―  Eleanor Roosevelt.  

 

Scott Bertani, Director of Prevention and Community Relations

Professional Background:
Scott directs Lifelong’s HIV prevention work across Western Washington. Formerly the assistant director of prevention at Evergreen Wellness Advocates, Scott began working at Evergreen in 2007 as a case manager. He has also held the position of administrative coordinator for course management at Regis University. Originally from the Midwest, Scott began his professional career in sales and marketing for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.

Scott has a B.S., in Behavioral Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Nonprofit Management (with a public health concentration) from Regis University. 

Favorite part of his job:
Developing and sustaining relationships within at-risk communities.

Favorite food:
Anything Italian

Personal motto:
Act up!

 

Sage Fitzpatrick, Director of Development

Professional Background:
Known for having the “most fun department in the agency” (hey now!) Sage builds savvy and strong internal teams to drive fundraising revenue. She is really, really good at saying thank-you and makes sure Lifelong’s supporters feel the love by thinking of creative ways to consistently and authentically  show the impact of their investment.  As Director of Development, she is responsible for all fundraising activities and manages a $2 million portfolio which includes private grants, major gifts, individual giving, and special events. Previously, Sage held the positions of major gifts officer and development coordinator at Lifelong.

Sage received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.  

Favorite part of her job:
The moment a donor sees the good that comes out of their investment, whether by volunteering on a delivery route or listening to a client story at a fundraising dinner.

Favorite food:
Grilled steaks and veggies 

Personal motto:
“The words you speak become the house you live in.” - Hafiz