OVER 30 YEARS,

NW Children’s Fund has become a leading voice in child
welfare—aligning resources, organizations and passionate
individuals committed to ending child abuse and neglect.

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VICTORIA PEATTIE HELM
Executive Director
vhelm@nwcf.org

Victoria Helm began her tenure as director of the NW Children’s Fund in September of 2003, succeeding Mary Ketcham Kerr, one of the organization’s founders and its first executive director.

Because her childhood years were spent in Japan, Victoria’s career began in the international arena. Her previous positions included working at an international bank as strategic planner and marketing officer both in Tokyo and in New York, running her own cross-cultural consulting company, and directing an international center at the University of Washington Business School.

Victoria then redirected her focus and brought her experience in management, development, and grantmaking to serving at-risk children. Before joining NW Children’s Fund, she was the Director of Development for a K-8 school for dyslexic learners. Herself a mother of two, Victoria has an intense concern for children’s welfare and believes that every child deserves the best possible start in life. In her role as director of NW Children’s Fund, she is able to apply her personal passion to her professional work.

LORI LEFF MUELLER
Associate Director/CFO
lmueller@nwcf.org

Lori’s resume includes stints as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, book editor and business owner, but she is most enthusiastic about her work in support of nonprofits and community philanthropy. Before joining the staff in September of 2013, she had served in numerous capacities on a multitude of nonprofit boards in Seattle and abroad, including 11 years on the NW Children’s Fund Board. Lori holds degrees in English and education from WSU and a JD from Harvard Law School.

ANNE ALKEMA
Development Manager
aalkema@nwcf.org

Anne has dedicated her career to helping others. As a fundraiser for more than 20 years, Anne is passionate about helping local nonprofits raise funds for all different kinds of programs. Prior to landing her dream job at NW Children’s Fund in October of 2016, Anne helped build fundraising programs for Northwest Girlchoir, Fred Hutch, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, Big Sisters of King County and JDRF Seattle Guild. 

As a mom of two teenagers, Anne cares deeply about the welfare of kids and believes very strongly in the mission of NW Children’s Fund. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington, which has fueled her lifelong love of developing relationships with all kinds of people. Anne finds inspiration in discovering the hero in everyone.

VICKIELEE WOHLBACH
Events Manager
vwohlbach@nwcf.org

Originally from outside Philadelphia, Vickielee received a BFA in Performance from Penn State University and went on to a 25+ year career as a professional stage actress and singer. Before landing in Seattle, her performance work took her throughout the US, Europe and Japan. She brings her theatrical skills and experience to the multitude of events she has produced locally since 1996 including work with Experience Music Project, Allied Arts of Seattle, WOMAD, Bumbershoot, and Wellspring Family Services.

Vickielee’s specialty focus is on helping non-profits to realize their dream events, deepen community engagement in their missions, and surpass fundraising goals.

TARYN ZIER
Communications Manager
tzier@nwcf.org

Prior to the stars aligning for this position at NW Children’s Fund in August 2015, Taryn spent 18 years in a variety of communications, writing and editing work. After 10 years in marketing and public relations with nonprofit arts organizations, Taryn went on to be a writer and editor for Seattle’s Child magazine. She was also the Communications Manager for Sponge, from the time the business launched through its expansion into local schools and centers.

A mother of two, Taryn is passionate about making a positive difference for children in need. She volunteers regularly with Eastside Baby Corner, managing the Northshore operations. She looks forward to telling NWCF’s amazing story.

CATHERINE BEARD
Operations Manager
cbeard@nwcf.org

Catherine graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2013 with a degree in sociology and a minor in English. Previously, she interned for Youth Eastside Services and became passionate about working for the betterment of children and youth, which ultimately led her to NW Children’s Fund.

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