Meet the Team

Toby Nixon, Board Chair

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.


Randy A Howard, Board Treasurer

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. 


Patricia Tuor, Board Secretary

I’m a native Washingtonian and feel that this is the best state to live in because of the care and concern that the people of Washington have for one another and the environment. After retiring two year and a half years ago from a Kirkland commercial printing company as an estimator and order entry person I’ve been able to take on volunteer projects at our local church, Overlake Park Presbyterian Church. I am 72 years old and live in Bellevue. It was because of the pandemic that I became involved with our church’s food voucher program, creating the weekly vouchers and tally sheets. Because of the voucher program I became involved with Bellevue Nourishing Networks and volunteered to take notes. 

 


Scott Wallin, Board Advisor & Communication and Finance

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.


Greg Prang, Board Advisor & Communication and Finance

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.


Tammy Waddell, Executive Director 

Tammy was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire and has been a longtime resident of Redmond, Washington where she lives with her husband John.  Their two daughters attended Bellevue Public Schools from K-12th grade.

Tammy received her Bachelors degree in Elementary/Special Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her Masters in Education from Lesley University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. 

After her first-year teaching in Bellevue School District, Tammy recognized the rich diversity of students and families in Bellevue and followed her heart to feed people by becoming one of the founding conveners for Nourishing Networks Bellevue in 2012. Recognizing that children have significant difficulties learning when their basic needs are not being met, she passionately took on the role to connect like-minded individuals to address hunger and find the gaps. It definitely “takes a village”!


Linda Benson, Board Advisor & Founder Nourishing Networks

Linda has more than 30 years of leadership, management and fund development experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to her role as CEO for Nourishing Networks Central, Linda spent 20 years at Hopelink as Vice President for Community Initiatives and Director for Development & Communications.   Linda is the former board chair for Center for Ethical Leadership and Leadership Institute, former Vice Chair for Realize Redmond and former Board member for Eastside Baby Corner.  She currently serves on the boards of Eastside Timebank and Timebanks of Puget Sound.  She has a degree in business management from Brigham Young University.

Linda’s passion for the infinite capacity of human potential and an unwavering belief that we have the ability to imagine and elicit a different kind of community is what grounds her work


Jordan Hana, Social Media Coordinator

Bio coming soon...

 

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