Marge Johnson Interim Director/ Business and Programs Manager
Marge joined the team at Fishline after having the joy of participating in the Christmas Child project and viewing the generosity of this community and its neighbors. After many years in private industry, having a purpose and meaning behind the work became an important and driving force in the decision to change careers and join the Fishline organization.
Marge attended both the University of Washington, majoring in Engineering, and South Minnesota State University with a focus on Ag Science and small livestock management. Born in Washington, her family spent several years on her husband’s family farm in south eastern South Dakota before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. Marge developed and ran an after-school program for children 1st through 9th grade, focusing on creative and critical thinking skills. After raising her family she worked for a local company operating in both the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Business Process Management prior to retiring from private industry and joining Fishline.
Marge has been married for 27 years, has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, finding new adventures and spending her spare time with her family.
Sandra Allen Client Services
Sandra Allen joined Fishline in November 2016 as the Client Advocate. In May 2018, she stepped into the role of Client Services Manager where she oversees client services programs. As we transition to our new Comprehensive Services Center, Sandra looks forward to working closely with our agency partners to provide more opportunities for Fishline clients. She says, “The message of neighbors helping neighbors is what drew me to the organization. I am moved by the generosity of our community and the positive impact this generosity brings to those in need. My heart is full knowing that I am part of organization that shows compassion and values human dignity and respect.”
Since graduating summa cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Minor in Sociology, she has devoted her time to improving quality of life and strengthening community. In her previous position as a case manager, she partnered with the Department of Social and Health Services to help prepare welfare recipients for self-sufficiency and transition to gainful employment. Sandra also served as a Hospice Counselor, helping provide patients and families the emotional, social and spiritual support needed during end-of-life care.
Sandra has been married for 17 years and is a mother of two. In her spare time, she like walking, biking, camping, knitting and enjoying the company of her family and friends.
As a passionate supporter of community, Sandra has served in many volunteer positions. Some of these include, actively volunteers at her children’s schools, Camp Quixote Homeless tent camp in Olympia, WA and advocate for foster children in Thurston County, WA.
Lidia Gamero Volunteer Coordinator
Lidia was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but grew up in Madera, CA, with her two brothers and one sister. After completing her associate’s degree in business administration, she moved to Sacramento, CA to experience life in the big city. Shortly after, she started her career working for Delta Dental of California as a Human Resources Specialist. Lidia is excited to share her experience in employee relations and managing appreciation events with Fishline.
She moved to Kitsap County, WA in 2018 with her husband; who is in the military. Lidia is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management at Olympic College. In her leisure time, Lidia is busy training her new Siberian Husky and taking him for long walks. Lidia loves to hike and explore what Washington has to offer despite the rainy Washington weather.
Andrea Benson Market Manager
Andrea grew up in Kingston and is a graduate of Bainbridge High School. She moved to Seattle in 2001 to pursue her passion for culinary arts at the Art Institute of Seattle. After completing her culinary degree, Andrea spent a year abroad working as an au pair in Stavanger, Norway.
Upon her return from Norway, she worked as a barista and a cook for several years, before finding her niche with dining services at the UW. She promoted through the ranks within UW Dining and eventually stepped into the role of Executive Chef and General Manager of Lander Hall dining facility. As a leader, Andrea was responsible for more than one hundred student and full-time employees and served an estimated 3,000 meals per day.
In 2017, Andrea returned to college to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Sciences at the University of Washington. Andrea left her position as Executive Chef shortly after that to focus on her studies and spend more time with her two sons. Last June, Andrea returned to Kingston to live closer to her parents and to raise her children in the same community that nurtured her as a child.
Andrea is honored to be one of the newest members of the Fishline leadership team. She is deeply committed to addressing food insecurity and social and economic inequality. She hopes to use her culinary expertise to enrich the lives of the Fishline clients and the community at large.