Mission     Values

Queen Anne Helpline improves the lives of our neighbors in need by providing emergency assistance for housing, food and basic needs.


  • We treat everyone equally and with respect, dignity and confidentiality.
  • We collaborate and partner with other organizations and with our community.
  • We maintain transparency and fiscal responsibility.


President:   Ron Wright, Principal, Ron Wright & Associates/Architects, P.S.
Vice-President: Mike Siderius, Partner, Siderius Lonergan & Martin LLP
Treasurer:  Michell Pihl, VP of Finance and Administration, KCTS
Secretary:  Gwen Brown, Paralegal, McKay-Chadwell

Board of Directors
Krijn de Jonge, Co-owner, Queen Anne Book Company
Mary Donovan, Client Caseworker, Red Cross
Brian Kennan, Attorney, Amazon
Lane Nothman, Managing Director, Boreal Birds
Ann Pearce, Director of Public Affairs, Church of Scientology of WA State
Sharon O’Boyle, Freelance Writer, Community Volunteer
Drew Steen, Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Lisa Verner, Legislative Coordinator, King County

Advisory Board
Tim Burgess, President, Seattle City Council
Rep. Reuven Carlyle, State Representative, 36th District
Rev. Doug Early, Pastor, Queen Anne Presbyterian Church
Marty Johnson, M.D., Psychiatrist
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, State Senator, 36th District
Pearl Leung, Senior Community Relations Manager, Vulcan    Paul Marth, Store Director, Queen Anne Metropolitan Market
Hossein Soleymani, Manager, Queen Anne Homestreet Bank
Maureen Welch, Immediate Past President, Helpline Board of Directors


Lisa Moore, Executive Director
Lisa Barnes, Program and Operations Manager


In the early 1980’s Dick Rhodes, owner of the Thriftway grocery stores, noticed that many of his older customers were coming in and buying pet food, yet Rhodes knew they did not own a pet. As it turned out, they were hungry and pet food was all they could afford. Fueled by his social justice values, Rhodes teamed up with several other community leaders and in 1982 the Queen Anne Helpline was formed, the first of five neighborhood based Helplines. Longtime resident Pat Sobeck was hired as the Executive Director, a position she held until her retirement in 2012. Although there have been changes over the years, the basic mission of the Queen Anne Helpline has stayed the same – to assist neighbors during times of hardship. Today the Queen Anne Helpline continues this mission under the leadership of Executive Director Lisa Moore. By providing financial and other basic needs assistance to residents of the Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union neighborhoods, the Helpline ensures that several thousand people annually have secure housing, are able to pay their utility bills, and have adequate food and clothing.


We are grateful for our many partnerships and continually seek to strengthen and expand these relationships. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from neighborhood businesses, faith based groups, schools and community organizations. To leverage resources and maximize our impact we work collaboratively with other non profits including the Queen Anne Food Bank, Ballard Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, and Dress for Success. We also want to thank our numerous individual donors for their generosity. Without you our work would not be possible. Click  HERE for a full list of our partners.