Phc Staff

Catherine Walker, Interim Executive Director

In addition to service an Interim E.D., Catherine is one of the founding board members of PHC. Her career has spanned legal and executive roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations in Seattle.  Catherine has over 25 years of experience as a chief legal officer, and in 2016 she retired from that role with REI, the largest consumer co-operative in the U.S.  She has served an a variety of boards of directors, including REI (former), PCC (current) and Camber Outdoors (current).  "Unretiring" in late 2017 to take this job, Catherine is excited and humbled to be serving in this interim role with PHC's talented, caring and dedicated team.    

Chris Wilcynski, Director of Community and Social Services 

Allowing service to be a guiding force in Chris’ life has led her to amazing places, including the Peace Corps, providing educational support for kids living in low income housing properties, engaging in intense therapeutic work with children and families in crisis, and opening a restaurant, as well as PHC. She initially began her commitment to PHC as the House Manager, then assisted in the formation of the Community Companion Program and has recently shifted her role to the Director of Community and Social Services. Other sources of great joy in her life are her husband and 3 kiddos, running, exploring new parts of our world, playing with friends, and getting outside.

David Fliegel, Property Manager

David likes finding practical ways to make people’s lives a little easier. His professional background started with engineering and led to software development, where he eventually discovered the satisfaction of service to non-profit organizations. He enjoys the sense of community and common purpose he finds at PHC. David keeps his inner engineer and idealist happy by incorporating environmentally sustainable technologies and practices wherever possible. When he’s not responding to emergencies at the apartments, he tries to catch up with his two active teenagers.

Nate Kraus, Operations Manager

Nate joined PHC as the Operations Manager in 2016. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa with specializations in community, economic, and housing development. Prior to moving to Seattle, Nate was a Senior Planner for the City of Houston, Texas, working on program management and regulation compliance. When Nate is not hard at work, he enjoys traveling, exploring new places around Seattle, and gardening.

Jacob Stuivenga, Program Coordinator

Jacob has a passion for social justice and advocacy. Initially putting his time into volunteer service at a local emergency shelter, he became involved in various aspects of the program, encountering the overlapping repercussions of systemic oppression and interpersonal trauma. Wanting to develop his own capacity as an advocate, Jacob earned a Master's degree in Social Work in 2016, joining his previous studies in film production and critical theory with a framework for direct practice. He is enthusiastic about his new role at Plymouth Healing Communities, where he oversees the House of Healing and Community Companion programs. Jacob enjoys participating in companionship, drawing on his love of learning, storytelling, photography, music, cooking, and connecting with nature.

Lydia Rubenstein, Community Engagement & Housing Stability Coordinator    

Lydia is our newest team member. She is an Americorps VISTA through United Way King County and we are excited for our community to continue to grow and advocate for supportive, holistic housing! She is a Nashville, Tennessee native who graduated from Bates College in Maine and recently relocated to join us from New Orleans, LA. Lydia enjoys getting to know new people and places and looks forward to finding out new and creative ways of helping PHC continue to advocate and work towards supportive transitional and supportive housing in Seattle.

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