Beth Stipe

Executive Director |

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 of English and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree. Beth loves the outdoors, biking, camping, traveling, and doting on her two dogs, Bella and Clark.

Kristy Harris

Chief Financial Officer| 

Kristy joined the team in 2015 with an extensive background in finance and accounting along with some familiarity with the Community Foundation. Most recently, Kristy worked in the Finance Department for Cashmere Valley Bank for the last 8 years. Prior to that, she held a CPA position at Cordell Neher & Company, including a few years participating on the audit team for the foundation. She graduated Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Kristy grew up in the Wenatchee Valley and has 6 siblings. After a short residency in Spokane, she returned to the valley to complete her education and begin her accounting career. She has three sons and two grandchildren and enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Dolge

Director of Donor Services and Communications |

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 running, hiking, independent films, craft beer, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Denise Sorom

Director of Philanthropy|

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. Prior to attending graduate school, Denise worked in San Francisco and Seattle as a producer for large-scale digital media and web development projects. Throughout her education and career, Denise remained active in the arts, working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Denise joined the staff Rochester Art Center in Minnesota in 2003 and became its Executive Director in 2005. In Rochester, Denise was 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 Eugene, Oregon, Denise worked for the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences as a Development Associate and then at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History as its Marketing and Special Projects coordinator. 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.

Allison Neher

Director of Education Programs |

Allison previously held the position of Scholarship Administrator at the foundation in 2017, but left to pursue her nursing career. She has returned part-time to continue managing the foundation’s scholarship program. Allison has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a nursing degree from Wenatchee Valley College. When she’s not assisting in the operating room or helping donors and students at the foundation, you’ll find Allison spending time with her daughter Jillian, playing in the garden, reading, and teaching their dog new tricks.

Julie Mott

Scholarship Program Specialist |

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, basketball and soccer games.

Claire Oatey

Director of Community Grants |

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 fiancé 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.

Brandon Johnson

Administrative Specialist|

Brandon grew up in the rolling hills of Spokane, Washington. After taking some time to travel and pursue his dream of becoming a professional bike racer, Brandon moved to Tacoma to attend college at the University of Puget Sound. He graduated in 2015 with a BA in Business Leadership, focusing on social entrepreneurship and project-based learning. While in Tacoma, Brandon was fortunate enough to lead numerous community building programs, such as facilitating a peer-to-peer support group for victims of sexual assault, designing orientations for colleges, and crafting retreats for local non-profits. He also organized multiple philanthropic events like the Puget Sound Hopscotch, a fundraiser for a youth mentorship program that set the World Record for the longest hopscotch course (3.8 miles!). With a passion for helping others pursue their dreams, he is delighted to serve and learn from this community and the Community Foundation of NCW. When away from the office, you can find Brandon playing outside, learning how to hand drum, and dancing with his partner Heather.


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