Friendship House Staff
Our excellent staff is committed to the empowerment of Friendship House guests and people affected by homelessness. Staff members receive ongoing in-service training and adhere to the Ethical Standards of Human Services.
Tina Tate, Executive Director
Equipped with strong management skills and a deep sense of community, Tina brings a passion for serving others to her role as Executive Director. She has a proven track record as a successful manager at Skagit Publishing and previously served on the Friendship House Board of Directors, including two years as Board President. Tina was once a resident of Friendship House, and has proven the program can be successful. Now she gives back to the community that supported her by volunteering with many other organizations in Skagit County. Tina’s heart is in community service.
DeANn Hughes, Women's House Manager
DeAnn has a diverse background working in education with at-risk youth and adults. Before coming to Friendship House, she previously worked at Cascade Job Corps as Residential Advisor and then Employment Specialist. She also has experience working in public schools as a paraprofessional K-12. DeAnn's hobbies include decorating birthday & wedding cakes and working on her growing hobby farm in the country. She and her husband recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary and are blessed with three children and several grandchildren.
Kristie Kaaland, Men's & Transitional HOuse Manager
Kristie cares for other Friendship House staff and residents with motherly
affection. Kristie is a nurturer with a diverse history of helping others and is inspired by the “little things” that can make a person smile, which brought her to Friendship House many years ago as a volunteer. Kristie enjoys spending her free time with her two children and raising miniature longhaired dachshunds.
Tom Hoffman, Kitchen Manager & Hunger to Hope instructor
A Skagit county native, Tom spent 25 years working and managing in the culinary industry at many local restaurants before starting at Friendship House. Tom enjoys the rush of experimenting with new recipes and dishes as the Friendship House Café’s Kitchen Manager and Chef. When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find him practicing Soo Bahk Do, a form of Korean Martial Arts, and cracking jokes.
Jerry Shackette, Hunger to Hope Program Coordinator / Development Manager
Jerry is originally from Spokane and enjoyed many years in the hotel and restaurant business before accepting a faculty position at College of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri where he led the Hotel and Restaurant Management program beginning in 1997. Jerry coordinates the Hunger to Hope program for Friendship House, mentors apprentices and serves as cheer-leader-in-chief for their personal and professional development. Recently moved “back home” to the Pacific Northwest, Jerry has a passion for all things food and enjoys seeking out interesting places to eat and exploring the vibrant local food culture in Skagit County. He and his family enjoy exploring the Northwest especially when there is a nice picnic basket involved.
KADEEM THOMAS, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Kadeem, Thomas , Volunteer Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA – 2nd year
Kadeem is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with us for the 2018-2019 year. He came to us from Tampa, Florida where he completed his bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. Over the years Kadeem has begun traveling and volunteering on many different projects in hopes of finding any opportunity to serve his local and global community, which is what brought him to Friendship House. Through the VISTA program he hopes to create a well-structured volunteer program, learn the ins and outs of nonprofits, and effectively serve those in need with hopes of taking all that he has learned to a global scale through the peace-corps and other NGO’s in the near future. Kadeem loves the outdoors and other outlets of creativity , so in his down time you’ll find him out getting his hands dirty in nature, exploring and gardening or in some hipster café reciting poetry and searching for all the hidden secrets that the northwest has to offer.