WestSide Baby Board of Directors

The WestSide Baby Board of Directors is a dedicated group of leaders who volunteer their time to ensure all children in our community are safe, warm and dry.

Nishat Akhter

Data Management Manager at Amazon Web Services

WestSide Baby Social Justice and Equity Committee Member

A data geek at heart, Nishat currently manages an Enterprise Data Management team with a special focus on data quality. Additionally, she runs various initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within, and outside of her work-space. She has been working with WestSide Baby for the last year and loves to be part of a mission helping children.

Nishat lives in Bothell with her spouse and two kids and her favorite book as a child was ” A Tale of Two Cities.”

Janet Ali

Human Resources Supervisor at Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.

WestSide Baby Social Justice and Equity Committee Member

After an early career in hospitality management, Janet discovered her passion for identifying talent and building teams that are greater than the sum of their constituents. After being on the WestSide Baby Board for a year now, Janet most appreciates the enthusiasm of the community.

She lives in West Seattle with her husband, daughter and two dogs. As a child, Janet’s favorite book was the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Devorah Bertucci

Director of Corporate Development at Microsoft.

WestSide Baby Board Engagement Committee

Prior to her current role, Devorah was an investment banker and an attorney with a background in intellectual property litigation. She has been involved in donating to WestSide Baby since she moved here in 2011 and loves knowing the direct impact WestSide Baby’s basic item distribution has on the well-being of children and families. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, and dog, Mr. Darcy and reading Dick Bruna’s Miffy books as a family.

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Becky Bicknell – Board Treasurer

Real Estate Development Program Manager at Bellwether Housing

WestSide Baby Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Lead

Becky has been engaged in urban planning, policy issues around development and affordable housing development in both Denver and Seattle for over 20 years. She has been involved with WestSide Baby for over 4 years and loves how the work is simple and impactful to families. She also loves the energy and commitment the staff and Board bring to the work! She is enjoying raising her two kids in West Seattle.

When Becky was a child, you could find her out and about on her roller skates!

Nakisha Jones

Erin Hulme

Program Officer for Philanthropic Partnerships for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

WestSide Baby Development Committee

Erin works with philanthropists to learn, co-fund and collaborate with the Gates Foundation on Global Health and Development opportunities. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Erin was head of corporate relations at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She enjoys being part of a larger system of WestSide Baby neighbors and friends who connect each other to critical children’s items.

Her and her husband Tristan love to dance and travel with their daughter, Maya. As a child, Erin loved to read and learn about whales!

Nick Peyton

Director of Development at Epiphany School

Development Committee Member

Nick has been involved with WestSide Baby since 2018 and his favorite part of this Board is meeting passionate people who want to better the children and families of our community. He believes that only together can we make the change we want to see in the world.

Nick and his wife Alex live in Columbia City with their asthmatic cat named Miles. His favorite toy growing up (and favorite toy today) are Legos!

Jodi Ryznar – Past Board Chair

Human Resources Manager at King County Public Health

WestSide Baby Past Board Chair and member of the Executive Committee and Board Engagement Committee

Jodi has been working in non-profit and public sector Human Resources for over 15 years. She has been involved with WestSide Baby for over 7 years and loves all the hearts of gold who work hard at WestSide Baby from the Board to staff to volunteers to provider partners. She loves volunteering with her son who just turned 8 and is now old enough to volunteer at WestSide Baby!

As a child, you could find her remodeling and redecorating her favorite dollhouse.

Josh Sutton

Lauren Tomala

Program Manager at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

WestSide Baby Development Committee Member

In Lauren’s current role at REI, she works closely with merchants to progress their strategic initiatives and has spent the majority of her career working between the creative and business ends of companies. She been involved with WestSide Baby for over 4 years. When asked what her favorite thing about being a WestSide Baby Board member is, she says “there are too many to choose from! But, if I have to pick, I love the community connection WestSide Baby has.”

As a child, she was obsessed with the Nancy Drew book series.

Beth Wright – Board Chair

Human Resources Support at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

WestSide Baby Board Chair, Board Engagement Committee, and Executive Committee

Beth specializes in compensation and benefits program design and administration with experience serving clients in large consulting forms and serving managers and employees in companies and not–for-profit organizations. She has been involved with WestSide Baby for over 15 years, including 5 years on the Board. Beth says her favorite part about being involved with WestSide baby is that she is “inspired by neighbors directly affecting the lives of neighbors in need. “

Her favorite toy as a child was her stuffed dog, “Doggie”.

To contact any of our Board members, please reach out to WestSide Baby’s Donor Relations Manager, Carina Schubert.