Bellingham YWCA elects new board of directors members and officers

Bellingham’s YWCA has announced new board of directors members for the coming year.

New officers were elected during a May 10 board meeting.

President Joni Crines is transportation coordinator with TC Trading of Blaine, a cold storage, warehousing and distribution company. As a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada, she has been active in community affairs, particularly promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Vice president Stephanie Reinauer is an information system coordinator at the Opportunity Council’s Homeless Services Center. Reinauer is on the Triple Play committee that focuses on coordinating mental health, chemical dependency and domestic violence services.

Secretary Mary Harrington has been a business manager for most of her career and is currently an independent telecommunications company representative. She volunteered for 12 years as a domestic violence crisis hot line responder.

Treasurer Donna Bode has been a chief financial officer, comptroller and financial analyst for a number of  major Seattle companies and owns Bode Tax and Accounting of Ferndale. As a two-year member of the board, this is her second term as treasurer.

Three new members joined the board in May after their election at the YWCA’s annual April meeting: Becky Diaz, a Whatcom Hispanic Organization co-founder and Bellingham Public Schools Foundation Trustee; Teresa Taylor-Oliver, an enrolled member of Lummi Nation and small business owner active in civic affairs; Shar Sarte Prince, manager of the Compass to Campus Program that pairs Western Washington University student mentors with K-12 students in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Continuing board members are Shasta Cano-Martin, Katherine Deets, Carol Ann Gleaves- Eriksen, Krisinda Plenkovich, Joan Ullin and Sabrina Walton.

Now in its 105th year, the Bellingham YWCA provides emergency and transitional housing and case management for an average of 100 homeless women each year and operates the Back to Work Boutique for low-income women seeking employment.

It also offers programs in support of its national mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For more information about the YWCA, call 734-4820 or visit


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