Meet the BOD

James Whitfield, Chair

James is the Executive Director of Leadership Eastside. His experience includes being appointed by the White House to oversee the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pacific Northwest Region, serving on the Executive Management Team for the Washington Health Foundation in Seattle, Serving as COO of a high-tech company, and managing his own small business.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, James has studied health care policy at Harvard, is a noted public speaker on leadership issues; is the author of the hospital patient guide, “Just What the Patient Ordered”; and is a member of the board of elders at Overlake Christian Church- one of the largest congregations in the Pacific Northwest.

Cori Walters, Secretary

Cori is the Executive Director of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and one of the Nourishing Network Central founding board members. She graduated from Seattle University with a masters degree in nonprofit leadership. She is passionate about community building, addressing poverty issues and bringing people together to solve problems. Cori is drawn the the NNC board because of her experience being a guardian, leader and coordinator of the Issaquah Nourishing Network. Her motto is that "it takes a village" and no one organization or community member can solve our community issues, things get done through cooperation.

Scott Wallin, Treasurer

Scott has been an executive in the high tech game and entertainment industry for the past 25 years. On the leading edge of technology and innovation, Scott has led many great teams through successful launch of ground breaking products, inventions and technologies, from working as a Director at Paul Allen’s Starwave to his own company as CEO creating numerous products for cell phones, with the focus always being on fun and innovation.

Scott graduated with a B.S. in Fine Arts at Portland State and did his graduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. First in Portland, OR, and now in Seattle, he has always served his community, as a three sport coach for 25 years in the youth sports leagues, multiple service roles in his home church, and is currently an active Board Member at Hopelink in Redmond. Scott is also involved in the Keiretsu Forum NW, an active group of angel investors in Seattle and on the Eastside helping to create jobs and companies on the cutting edges of their various industries.

Anne Hamilton

Anne has dedicated her career to solving resource inequities through collaboration, education, and technology access. As the publishing director for Microsoft Press, Anne and her team create books and curriculum to help learners around the world benefit from the level playing ground access to technology enables.  She has developed IT and developer curriculum for polytechnic institutions in China, computer basics curriculum for youth and teachers in government schools in India, the Elevate America curriculum used to retrain workers for 21st century jobs across the country, and the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum used by over seven million people in 32 languages worldwide. Devoted to education, community and service, Anne serves as vice chair of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, and as secretary of the Kirkland Rotary Club.

Linda Nageotte

As President & CEO of Food Lifeline, Linda leads our efforts to solve the hunger logistics problem. Linda joined Food Lifeline in 1998. During her time leading the largest hunger relief organization in Washington state, Linda has received awards from both local and national organizations including: the Puget Sound Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’, Executive Director of the Year by Feeding America in 2010 and Feeding America's Jon Van Hengel Fellow in 2012.

Linda especially enjoys new program development, work with Boards of Directors and staff development. She has served on many national and regional hunger-relief boards, councils, advisory committees and task forces. Linda is proud to currently serve on the national advisory council of Catalyst Kitchens, and the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council.

Linda grew up in Oklahoma, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and went on to Washington State University for graduate study. Linda's first nonprofit job was running a neighborhood food bank and shelter for homeless women and children.

Toby Nixon

Toby Nixon grew up in a family led by a single-parent disabled Korean War veteran. His father and two younger brothers survived on public assistance including welfare, Medicaid, housing subsidies, food stamps, free school lunch, and surplus food commodities; his personal experience with these programs informs his work on human services and his desire to “give back” to the community.

Toby is a member of the Kirkland City Council, and previously served as a member of the state House of Representatives and as a fire commissioner. He’s passionate about public engagement and government accountability, transparency, and ethics.

He serves as president of Washington Coalition for Open Government, as vice president of Responsible Choices Washington (which advocates for making more information about initiatives available to voters), on the board of Heart of America Northwest (which advocates for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site), and as a member of the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board. He chaired the task force that developed the codes of ethics and conduct for Kirkland city council and members of boards and commissions.

A 2013 graduate of Leadership Eastside, Toby is a former member of the board of Youth Eastside Services, and a member of the advisory council of Lake Washington Schools Foundation. He’s worked in the computer industry for over 40 years, including at Microsoft since 1993 where he represents the company on the boards of several non-profit industry organizations. He and his wife Irene have been married for over 33 years and have five grown children.

Greg Prang

Greg is an anthropologist who specializes global provisioning systems and sustainability. He has explored a wide range of localities, social groups and subject matter in his career. He has immersed himself into the lives a variety of folks to understand how people make sense of and experience community and economic insecurity. For more than 15 years, he was involved with artisanal fishermen in the Brazilian Amazon, serving as co-coordinator of a sustainable development projects to assist fishermen sustainably harvest and market aquarium fish. His assessment of the needs and perceptions of different stakeholders in the efforts to end hunger were later used to inform the foundation of Nourishing Networks.

Kashif Zahoor

A native Washingtonian and resident of the Issaquah community, Kashif is excited about bringing the Nourishing Networks vision of tapping into under-utilized resources within the community to bear. 

He has spent over 15 years solving business problems for tech and internet companies, and is dedicated to bringing that experience to the non-profit sector. Using technology to help bolster the Nourishing Networks ability to unleash the power of community passion is his chief focus. 

Kashif received his Bachelors of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a focus in Finance and Management Information Systems. He also serves on the board of another local non-profit, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. 

Randy A Howard

Randy is a shareholder who leads the firm’s tax practice. He brings over 14 years of experience in federal and state tax planning, compliance and consulting with closely held businesses and their high net worth owners. His passion is developing and maintaining a group of professional staff whose core values and technical expertise provide a superior level of service.

Randy has a wide variety of industry expertise including retail dealer services, professional services, retail, distribution, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality. He believes in being a client advocate in compliance issues, while providing quality proactive advice at the same time. Randy specializes in complex tax transactions, IRS representation, state and local tax representation, buy-sell structuring, inventory methods, estate and business succession planning, and wealth planning. He works with individuals, partnerships, LLC’s, corporations, S-corporations, trusts and estates.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Western Washington University, and earned his Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. 


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