HIP Board of Directors
As one of our previous AmeriCorps members, Phoenica Zhang is not new to HIP! Phoenica is the Corporate Engagement Officer at Solid Ground, where she works to connect businesses and people to anti-poverty work. When she’s not working, she’s pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at the Evans School of UW, performing with her band around town, and cooking up a storm. Phoenica is an advocate for approaching nutrition education and anti-hunger work with understandings of racial and social oppressions, and is a firm believer in food as a tool to uplift and unite communities.
Nicki Rosling is the Branch Manager at HomeStreet Bank in Lake City and has 22 years of experience in the banking industry. She enjoys being a manager at a bank which allows her to truly impact customers’ lives as well as retain long-standing relationships. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Nicki raised her three children as a single parent since her oldest daughter was just four years old. Volunteering is her true passion. She strongly believes that making a difference in someone’s life in a significant way is truly a blessing to those who serve.
Yvonne Chiau is a Risk & Regulatory Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, focusing on building compliance programs and monitoring risks and controls in organizations. She has been a CPA for 10 years and has a Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University. Yvonne enjoys exploring her neighborhood and loves discovering new and exciting things to do in the Pacific Northwest. She has lived in North King County for over 7 years with her partner and two cats. She hopes to contribute to increasing access to nutritious food and helping make a positive impact in her community!
Molly Soudant is a Senior Program Assistant with the Gender Equality Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she has worked for almost a decade. She is passionate about addressing hunger and food insecurity and believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, delicious food. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and feeding people and developing recipes for her site A Table, A Chair. She is a contributor to Primer Stories and was featured in chapter 5 of Twain’s Feast, an Audible original narrated by Nick Offerman. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons, and two cats.
Jennifer Cole Wilson
Jennifer Cole Wilson has a background in nonprofit management and fundraising with a specialty in grant writing. With a foundational belief that nutritious food should be accessible to all, Jennifer has spent most of her career working with food access organizations in both management and fundraising capacities. When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the woods with her dogs, and trying new gluten free recipes.
Julia Engel is a Registered Dietitian and works part time in Long-term care facilities. She is a Seattle native and lives in NE Seattle with her husband, two kids and a cat! An active John Rogers Elementary PTA member, Julia enjoys volunteering wherever help is needed. An avid home cook, she loves any of the HIP activities which involve preparing food! Being an active part of community in her neighborhood, school, church and other parts of her life are some of the most important things to her. She believes nourishing food to be a fundamental human right and the foundation of a strong community.
Kristen MacNaughtan is a Program Officer and the Nutritious Food Systems strategic lead on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining BMGF, Kristen worked in both the private and non-profit sectors. She holds a Masters of Science in International Development with a focus on Public Health and Nutrition from Tulane University. Kristen and her partner have called Seattle home for 11 years and have two young kids who are Seattle natives. They love exploring the great outdoors and doing creative projects in the cozy indoors.
Michelle Taylor is a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), a branch of the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that serves people with disabilities. Michelle has worked within the field of disability services for the past eight years, preparing individuals for competitive employment and providing accommodations to students in the community college sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on medical aspects of disability from Western Washington University.