Lori Maxim Executive Director

North Kitsap Fishline’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Maxim as Executive Director, effective July 6, 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lori to our leadership team and to welcome her family back home”, said Sharon Stiles Board President of Fishline. “With more than 32 years of management and leadership experience, she will be a huge asset to our organization.”

Most recently, Maxim was Director of Revenue for Morris Multimedia and CEO of the World’s Best Adventures in Gainesville, Georgia. Prior to joining Morris Multimedia, Maxim served as Vice President of Sound Publishing, Inc. During her 28-year tenure, she had responsibility for the print and digital operations of newspapers in Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Vashon Island, the Kitsap Peninsula and Tacoma. Maxim started her career with Sound as publisher of the North Kitsap Herald and Bainbridge Review. She and her family lived in Poulsbo for more than 20 years.

Maxim has a vast background serving her community. She served on the board of Kitsap United Way and was a loaned executive for five years. She also served on the board of the Olympic College Foundation. She was President of Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, being awarded the Miles Turnbull Master Editor and Publisher award in 2012. Maxim was involved in North Kitsap Rotary, Kitsap Visitor and Convention Bureau and several local Chamber of Commerce boards in Kitsap County. She was a recipient of the YWCA of Kitsap County Women of Achievement award in 2016.

“To say that I am excited would be an understatement“, claimed Maxim. “This is my dream job! I feel so honored to be able to serve the North Kitsap community, the amazing staff, board and volunteers of Fishline! My husband Glen, my son Sean and I are thrilled to be moving home to Poulsbo to be close to our family and friends.”

Marge Johnson 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 offers over a decade of human services experience encompassing everything from child and youth services to employment support to elder and end-of-life care. She came to Fishline in 2016 as the Client Advocate, connecting people in crisis to community resources. With the opening of Fishline’s Comprehensive Service Center (CSC), Sandra was promoted to Client Services Manager. In this role, she manages a team of six and coordinates services with Fishline’s on-site providers, ensuring our programs are serving clients in the best ways possible. Her Client Services team works diligently to increase the capacity of every service that Fishline offers outside of the market, including programs such as Birthday Fairy, Christmas Child and HomeShare.

As she looks to the future, Sandra would like to implement innovated programs that inspire people to reach their highest potential. She is currently developing Pathways to Hope, a framework which integrates the neuroscience of optimism into our work with clients in order to improve outcomes. Sandra often says, “I believe Fishline is community at its best. We really are just neighbors helping neighbors. I am continuously in awe and inspired by how dedicated and generous our community is, and I am humbled to be part of this community.”

Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Minor in Sociology from Washington State University. In 2018 she completed a year-long Kitsap Strong Collaborative Learning Academy on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and is a certified Trauma Informed Care Trainer.

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.

Emily Klein Homeshare Coordinator

Emily is a long-time North Kitsap resident who was born in North Carolina and has lived on three continents. Her curiosity about our world and the diversity of human experience led her to major in cultural anthropology at Seattle University, which equipped her with a skillset perfectly suited to working with people from all walks of life, including foster kids at Kitsap Mental Health and patients at a rural community health clinic.

As a volunteer, Emily has served with arts organizations, those supporting people living with HIV, and as a small-town firefighter. She spent many years in the restaurant industry and brings her love of service and hospitality to her work as Fishline’s HomeShare coordinator. Emily is passionate about shared housing as an affordable, sustainable option that promotes connected, resilient communities, and is thrilled to be part of an organization with a holistic, person-centered approach.

Outside of work, Emily is an avid cook, baker, and reader who enjoys lots of time outdoors and pursuing her (too many) hobbies. Along with her young son, she lives in a multigenerational shared household, which offers many opportunities for conversation, laughter, mutual assistance, and practicing her communication skills