Beth Stipe moved to Wenatchee in 2003 to join the Community Foundation of NCW as the Executive Director. She has over 30 years of non-profit experience, serving on many volunteer boards and in foundation management positions. Prior to working at CFNCW, Beth was the Executive Director of a private family foundation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s in Nonprofit Management, and is a certified Charter Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP). Beth loves the outdoors, biking, camping, traveling, and doting on her two dogs, Bella and Clark.
Cindy was raised in Denver, Colorado, moved to Seattle in 1998, then came to Wenatchee in 2008. She has a degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and has held financial positions for over 30 years, with the last 10 years specific to nonprofit work, as well as property management for commercial and residential properties. She has spent many years volunteering in the school system, including PTA, soccer coach and club treasurer, and other activities. Cindy and her husband Doug have 3 sons and an adorable dog. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, in the water, wine tasting, baking, knitting, or volunteering for school and sports events.
Denise Sorom is a native of the Seattle, Washington area. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Business with a major in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Business. Denise has been heavily involved with arts initiatives throughout the community, serving on the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Avenue of the Arts Committee, the Arts Administrators Round Table, and the board of the Rochester Arts Council. In June 2013, Denise and her husband Abe and their three children relocated to Abe’s hometown of Wenatchee to raise their children and enjoy proximity to their families. Denise enjoys hiking, running, skiing, tennis and the arts.
Jennifer joined the Community Foundation in July 2011 to help increase visibility and communications throughout the region. Her previous work experience includes event and program coordination for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation public health initiative and seven years as an administrative assistant in higher education. She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in English with a Writing Concentration. Jennifer has lived in Wenatchee since 2004 and enjoys traveling, hiking, independent films, craft beer, and spending time with her amazing daughter, family, and friends.
Julie wants to live in a world filled with strong communities, books that come bundled with Toblerone chocolate bars, and a force-field around her black pants that repels dog hair and sticky-fingered toddlers. She is an active board member of Wenatchee Central Lions and past President of Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild. Julie co-emceed the 2017 and 2018 Apple Blossom Pageants. She volunteers for the Youth Parade and with Solomon’s Porch. She and her partner, Chris Avey, are raising three amazing and brilliant boys (she’s a little biased); Kenon, Spencer, and Declan. Living with all boys (even their dog is male) means Julie spends a LOT of time in the bleachers at football,
|Claire Oatey, a Seattle native, began her nonprofit career in her hometown after graduating from Whitman College in 2011 with a BA in Sociology. As the Program Associate with Rebuilding Together Seattle, she worked with corporate sponsors and volunteers to provide critical home repairs for low income homeowners in the greater Seattle area. Claire recently moved back to Washington with her husband, Cameron and German Shepherd mix, Lola, after four years in Colorado. In Colorado, Claire worked as a Volunteer Training Coordinator at a prominent animal welfare organization in Denver and then as the Business Manager overseeing budgeting and grant writing at The Center Early Childhood Programs in Leadville, CO. With family roots in Wenatchee, Claire is thrilled to make the valley her home. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, learning to ski, and spending time with her family (particularly her adorable niece and nephew) in Seattle.
Mary was born and raised in Oregon and has a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising from Oregon State University. While in Oregon, she worked in graphic design, advertising and marketing, and was a marcom and marketing manager for the Intel Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group. Mary moved to Cashmere in 2011 when she married Dennis Conley. After moving to Washington, she worked at Central Washington University for 2 years, then Wenatchee Valley College for 7 years where she was the Purchasing and Contract Manager. Mary has a son Cooper, who lives in Oregon, and a stepson Jordan who lives in Cashmere, as well as her dog Max. Mary loves living in the Wenatchee Valley and the beauty of this area. She enjoys all outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, golf, rafting, and just having fun.
Director of Community Grants
|Jennifer was born in 100 Mile House, B.C. Canada, a rural, small logging community, grew up in Okanogan County and graduated from Omak High School. She worked at Wenatchee Valley College while obtaining her AAS, then worked for Heritage University and earned her Bachelor in Education in Bilingual/English Second Language (ESL) and a WA State Teaching Certificate. While Jennifer and her husband Chad raised daughter Kaitlyn and son Conner, she taught multiple grades and subjects in elementary and middle school. She returned to school and earned a Masters of Education in Learning & Technology with ESL focus from Western Governors University. Since 2017, Jennifer has worked for Okanogan County Community Action to provide emergency services throughout the rural region. She has been an advocate of non-profit work for over 25 years, and an active board member with the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Foundation since it was founded in 1999. As a rural advocate, she believes in our communities and expanding the reach, mission, and support of CFNCW.