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.

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.

Operations Manager

Halie Looper joined NW Children’s Foundation in 2019 after 8 seasons with Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus where she was Directors of Artistic Operations. Prior to this, she taught secondary choral music and theatre in the Bellevue School District for 8 years and continues to work as a Teaching Artists as often as she can for Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island. 

Halie is dedicated to connecting with the community through volunteering, talking to strangers, and walking her dog Melanie into as many new neighborhoods as possible. 

Development & Operations Associate

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Jasmine received her BA degree in Psychology while working full-time with youth at a Salvation Army Boy’s Home. Having faced several ACEs growing up, she made it one of her life goals to help children, youth and families who also faced adversity. In 2018, seeking more opportunity and a faster pace, Jasmine and her husband made the big move to Washington. Continuing with her goal in mind, Jasmine searched for organizations to volunteer with and found NW Children’s Foundation. After volunteering for a few events-she was informed a position opened up, and not long after she became a part of the NWCF team!

Jasmine’s hobbies include paddling with the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club, going to the gym with her husband, creative writing, iPhone photography, and binge watching Netflix.