Since 2013 Dustin has served as the Anacortes Family Center's Executive Director. Dustin has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, with a passion for causes that provide and promote opportunity and equality for those that are vulnerable and need a hand-up. Dustin has had the honor to serve in a variety of positions for some of Seattle's leading nonprofits, including being the Business Improvement Area Manager of the Pioneer Square Community Association, working as the Business Development Officer for the Seattle Symphony and creating the fundraising program for Bellwether Housing as the Fund Development Manager. Prior to joining AFC, Dustin worked as the Deputy Director and Development Director for Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a nonprofit that provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected kids. Dustin is proud and honored to work with such a committed staff, board and community - helping women, children and families in crisis work toward healthier and happier lives and achieving lasting self-sufficiency and personal success.
As our Program Director, Beatriz leads our program team, the group that provides direct service to clients 7-days a week. Beatriz has been AFC's Program Director since January 2017 after serving as AFC's Case Manager since 2013. Through leading our talented Program Team, Beatriz ensures that clients are successfully navigating through AFC's life-changing program from intake to graduation. Beatriz also manages the case load of clients in our newest facility and program, our Family Transformation Center. Beatriz has her degree in human services and is a passionate advocate for AFC's clients, representing their interests in the community, growing available resources to facilitate success and health, and establishing and fostering relationships with other providers. Prior to joining AFC, Beatriz worked in case management for a variety of organizations including school districts and county-wide nonprofits.
Najma joined AFC's program team in February of 2017. As AFC's Case Manager, Najma helps clients in our emergency shelter as they navigate the difficult, emotional and confusing experience of homelessness and crisis. She works with each household and family to create a customized plan that includes short-, medium- and long-term goals and identifies barriers to success. Najma then creates an action plan, pairing resources and providing referrals that support the client's goals and helps remove any barriers. Najma previously served for 12 years in the US Navy as an Air Traffic Controller. After leaving the Navy with an honorable discharge, Najma went back to school and received her degree in Human Services. Najma recently completed her Master's degree and is seeking her certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Najma works Thursday through Monday from 8AM to 5PM.
Karen has worked for AFC since our inception in 2009. Karen brings a diversity of experience to her work as AFC's Program Coordinator. As Program Coordinator, Karen manages our wait list, facilitates client intakes, and oversees our weekly Life Skills classes, led largely by community volunteers; Karen also manages AFC's volunteer engagement. Karen's career has been dedicated to the children and families of Anacortes, where in the past she served as the Director of an early learning program. As AFC's point-person for volunteers, Karen brings her experience in community collaboration and volunteer development to her role. To become a volunteer for AFC's life-changing programs, please fill out our volunteer application form.
Jordy joined the AFC's Program Team in July of 2019 as our Community Resource Manager. Before joining the staff, Jordy was AFC's Intern, working on a project for her degree in Human Services. As the Community Resource Manager, Jordy works within the community as a point-of-contact for those struggling with or vulnerable to homelessness. Jordy coordinates with the Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Island Hospital, as well as social service providers in the County. Jordy's aim is to advocate and coordinate with clients, helping them to navigate the various, complex and confusing social-service systems. To reach Jordy, please email her at Jordy@AnacortesFamily.org.
As AFC's Development Director, Heather leads our Operations Team, the group that ensures day-to-day operations run smoothly for our clients. With AFC's Executive Director, Heather also ensures AFC has adequate resources to fulfill our important mission. Heather joined our staff in April 2017 and brings a wealth of nonprofit and corporate experience. Heather worked for five years with the American Heart Association's Oahu Chapter as an Events Coordinator. Heather has also worked in sales and support functions with various insurance companies and medical programs, but her passion is truly helping people. Heather is also an avid equestrian, a runner, and is currently working on getting her private pilot's license. Through leading the Operations Team, Heather works to provide a safe, welcoming and well-maintained facility that supports our client's journey to self-sufficiency. To that end, Heather leads in-kind giving; if you'd like to find out AFC's list of needs in support of our families, please click here. Heather also works with the Executive Director to oversee all of AFC's fundraising ventures.
Samantha Osburn, Facility and Operations Coordinator
Samantha joined the AFC team in March of 2019. As AFC's Facility and Operations Coordinator, Samantha is responsible for ensuring AFC's facilities are ready, well maintained and welcoming for AFC's clients as they begin their hard work to self-sufficiency. Samantha oversees the day-to-day functions of each of AFC's 5 properties: preparing and stocking units for new families to move in, coordinating repairs, processing in-kind donations, ordering products and ensuring clients complete their daily chores. Samantha was previously a program volunteer and was in retail management before joining AFC's team. Samantha has a beautiful family and they live in Oak Harbor.
Seriah began working at AFC in 2017 as our weekend Shelter Assistant. In her role, Seriah supports the Facility and Operations Coordinator with turning units, ensuring each apartment is clean, hospitable and fully stocked for the new family moving into one of our programs. Seriah also supports the Program Team. In this role, Seriah speaks to prospective clients, completing the initial assessment, working to provide alternative resources and referrals and reviewing AFC's program components. Seriah also supports the entire AFC team with administrative support and special projects.