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


Executive Director

Victoria Helm began her tenure as director of NW Children’s Foundation in 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. 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 Foundation, 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 Foundation, she is able to apply her personal passion to her professional work.

Associate Director/CFO

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 NW Children’s Foundation staff in 2013, she had served in numerous capacities on a multitude of nonprofit boards in Seattle and abroad, including 11 years on the NWCF Board. Lori holds degrees in English and education from WSU and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Program Manager

Kelly received her Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University in 2010. Shortly after graduating, she spent four years working as the Grants & Operations Manager right here at NW Children’s Foundation. At the time, she was the only full-time employee, which meant her role was multifaceted. After taking a year off to be with her newborn son, she was ready to jump back into a professional role that focused on grantmaking and program management. In 2014 she began working as a Program Coordinator in Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked directly with program officers, grantees and internal stakeholders to build a large portfolio of grants.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and trying to keep up with her boys, Patrick and Louis.   

Events and Volunteer Manager

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 nonprofits realize their dream events, deepen community engagement in their missions and surpass fundraising goals. She has been a member of the NW Children’s Foundation team since 2013.

Communications Manager

Prior to the stars aligning for this position at NW Children’s Foundation in 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 – Seattle’s first language program for kids – from the time the business launched through its expansion into local schools and centers.

A mother of two, Taryn is passionate about and driven to make a difference for children in need. She volunteers weekly with Eastside Baby Corner – Northshore, and regularly as a youth soccer coach and in her kids’ schools. She loves to help tell NWCF’s amazing story.

Donor Relations Assistant

Jessica is an East Coast native who is excited to now call Seattle home. She grew up on the beaches of Long Island, NY, and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelors in psychology. Jessica is excited about the opportunities that philanthropy can create for at-risk youth, and is thoroughly inspired by the mission of NW Children’s Foundation. She joined the NWCF team in 2017, and is looking forward to engaging with the local philanthropic community and making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents in need.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking, running, dancing and practicing yoga.

Development and Operations Assistant

A Seattle transplant from Michigan, Lauren joined NW Children’s Foundation in 2017 with a passion for social justice and a knack for organization. She worked previously for the Institute for Higher Learning in Ann Arbor, MI, where she was Program Coordinator of the educational consulting firm. Having double-majored in Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Theory & Practice at the University of Michigan, Lauren has long aspired to work in a position that will fulfill her desire to positively impact the lives of others, just as her role at NWCF will do.

Lauren is a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line where she provides support for people in crisis in order to help them reach a calm, safe place. She also regularly volunteers with Planned Parenthood, attending events and assisting their marketing team as needed. For recreation, Lauren enjoys playing board games, seeing live music or theater, and practicing yoga.