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We Are Looking for New Board Members!

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Have you been yearning to put your talent in strategic thinking, financial forecasting, organization behavior, project management, or policy advocacy in the service of a great cause?

Cascade Connections is looking for leaders like you to join our board of directors. For 40 years, our volunteer board has been the strategic heart of our organization, ensuring that in our work for individuals with disabilities, we deliver real results, respond to changes in our community and always deliver the highest ethical standards to be worthy of our public support.

If you are one or more of the following, we would like to talk to you:

  • Energetic and entrepreneurial business people, who are not already overextended with other commitments, eager to apply their enthusiasm for changing the world.
  • Community leaders and philanthropists willing to engage their peers.
  • Astute governmental advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding, and legislation.
  • Leaders at our partner agencies—disability, education, community services—interested in building strong programs with us.
  • Health care professionals—doctors, nurses, public health, health associations.
  • Scholars/academics who want to put their expertise in disabilities and mental health promotion, children, youth, and families to work in the community.
  • Parents/grandparents and others who have a demonstrated talent, joy, and energy in chairing successful fundraising events and promotions.

If you hold yourself to high expectations, then you will find board service very rewarding. We are looking for folks who will:

  • Attend a board meeting once a month
  • Actively serve on one of our committees: Strategic Planning, Policies and Procedures, Finance, Development/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Advocate for our needs in the community and among your colleagues and peers
  • Be always curious to learn more about the field of disability as well as non-profit governance
  • Make a personal, charitable contribution to Cascade Connections, to the best of one’s ability

If you are interested in being considered for our board, please read the Board of Directors Requirements and contact George Beanblossom at (360) 714-9355 ext. 112 or [email protected].

“Call for Board Members” document used by permission © Cause & Effect Inc. www.ceffect.com


Board of Directors

Joe Tejeda, President

Joe Tejeda is a husband, father of three, and commercial insurance broker at Rice Insurance, based in Bellingham. When he isn’t enjoying his work or family, he is dedicated to spending his time working with causes close to his heart. Joe is one of six siblings, growing up in the Northern California foothills. Growing up in a large family that was both wonderful and layered, he had an older brother with a mental disability. Watching his brother excel and create a life outside of his disabilities motivated Joe to want to help others do the same. Outside of Cascade Connections, Joe finds celebrating and supporting his brother in the programs he is active in to be a rewarding and positive way to stay involved in his life.

Michael Adams, Secretary

Michael Adams has worked in financial services for over nine years, focusing on operations and compliance for 401(k) and pension plans for Saturna Capital. He relocated to Bellingham from Tacoma in 2006 to attend Western Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Early Modern European History. Joining our board in 2018, Michael brings his financial services experience to Cascade as elected secretary. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, spending time with his wife, son, and daughter, and enjoying all of the outdoor activities that Bellingham has to offer.

Rebecca Kirkland, Treasurer

Becky Kirkland lives in Ferndale, WA with her husband and two young children. She is currently a clinic manager with PeaceHealth Medical Group, having served Cascade Connections for ten years. During her time with Cascade Connections, Becky held roles as direct care staff, Program Coordinator at Cascade Christian Home, and Program Director at Cascade Supported Living. Becky grew up in Whatcom County and has had a personal connection and passion for Cascade’s mission since she was a child—seeing how Cascade played a part in the life of extended family members and others in her childhood church, 2nd CRC in Lynden. Becky is a legal guardian for a resident at Cascade Christian Home and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.

Suzanne Hansen, Vicar

Mark Hildebrand

Mark Hildebrand was born in Bremerton, WA but moved to California at a young age where he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He went on to be an Eagle Scout and earned his BA from Saint Mary’s College of California and his MA in Recreation Education at the University of Iowa. Mark worked on United Cerebral Palsy’s board in the 1970s before moving to Lynden in the 80s. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since the 1980s. As a Cascade Connections board member, Mark enjoys seeing the ins and outs of our organization and contributing to our mission.

Larry Stegink