About Us

Our Staff


Valerie Norwood

Executive Director
Seattle, WA

Biography (Open)

Once, sitting at an office desk amidst piles of home mortgage loans, Valerie asked herself... what in the world was someone with a Comparative Sociology degree (and an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology no less) doing juggling the mortgage processing for dozens of home loans? What at the time seemed a mid-twenty-something crisis, in retrospect, turned out to provide invaluable administrative and organizational skills. She utilized these later while working in young nonprofits, helping them take the early steps toward organizational maturity.

In 1999, Valerie and her husband Tom became part of the Krista Colleague Charter Class. They embarked on a year long volunteer assignment in Kenya, bringing Valerie back to the root of her passion for engaging socio-cultural identity, responsible development and the inherent power and privilege dynamics. Upon her return to the United States she joined the Board of the Krista Foundation. Valerie continued to work in the business world and then with Mustard Seed Associates, an international Christian ecumenical ministry where she played a central role in designing their programs.

She later became the Krista Foundation's first Program Director where she provided exceptional talent and leadership in shaping the distinctive nature of the Krista Colleague program. The Foundation provides the perfect platform for combining her long time care for healthy development & volunteer service practices (service ethics) with over a decade of youth and young adult mentoring and leadership development. A gifted writer, she has also served as Managing Editor (aka midwife) for The Global Citizen journal.

Additionally, her great joy is to play in the forest with her sons Caden and Colin, have friends over for dinner, grow vegetables, and toss the Frisbee for her Australian Shepherd, Luna.

Stacy Kitahata

Program Director
Seattle, WA

Biography (Open)

Stacy is a community leader with a sustained commitment to fostering cultural competence and active faith. Stacy joined the Krista Foundation in February of 2011. Prior to that, she served as Director for Community Engagement and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett. As an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, Stacy regularly facilitates intercultural competency training with an ecumenical consortium of Northwest churches and trainers.

Stacy brings a solid background of investment in young adults. She has been deeply involved as an advisor and young adult mentor for a five year Asian American Discipleship Conference series on faith and vocation. Stacy has also served on the Lutheran Volunteer Corps Board of Directors (LVC) and connected locally with service volunteers. Since her own youth, Stacy has been rooted in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and has served as denominational staff and in many volunteer capacities, including the ELCA's national Multicultural Youth Leadership Events.

While in Chicago, she was Dean of the Community and member of the faculty at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. Stacy has traveled extensively in Latin America, Asia and Africa and holds degrees from UCLA and McCormick Theological Seminary. These experiences equip with a wealth of global, ecumenical, and theological insight. Meanwhile, Stacy brings another talent from urban Chicago: an "unparalleled ability" to parallel park in the tightest of spaces!

In her spare time, Stacy still loves reading books: from how the brain works to the latest on understanding the complexities of culture and politics. Alongside her spouse Diakonda, Stacy is passionate about advocating for inclusion of all members of our communities, particularly immigrants.


When asked what she looked forward to in partnering with Krista Colleagues, Stacy shared, "In these terribly polarized times when the tensions in our life together seem daunting, the wisdom and perseverance of the Colleagues—together with the access and potential available in our connected/global world—will move us all to a better place than we can even begin to imagine. The Colleagues are inspiring and challenging and it is an honor to serve with them."

Becky Collier

Communication and Administrative Coordinator
Seattle, WA

Biography (Open)

Becky brings a depth of non-profit administrative experience to her role at the Krista Foundation. She joined the Krista Foundation in 2015. Prior to that, she worked as the Office Coordinator for Seattle Urban Academy, an alternative high school in South Seattle.

Becky originally came to Seattle from North Carolina as a young adult volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Following her year of service, Becky skipped between states and careers--searching for a way to connect her service experience with her new-found worldview. Becky is excited to be connecting her service experiences with other like-minded individuals part of the Krista Foundation. 

Becky lives in White Center with her husband, son, dog, and an ever-expanding collection of heirloom plants, fruit trees, and peonies. 

Jonathan Koc

Finance Assistant, Volunteer

Biography (Open)

Jonathan currently serves as an Associate Accountant with Envestnet | Tamarac. Additionally, he volunteers with the Krista Fooundation for Global Citizenship providing financial support. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance degree from Seattle Pacific University.