Our Team

Attain Housing Staff

Natalie Reber

Executive Director

Natalie, a non-profit executive and attorney, joined Attain in May 2021 after spending the previous 10 years in non-profit leadership at Hospitality House in Burien and with Family Law CASA.

Jaquetta Alvarado

Case Manager

Jaquetta is a Washington native and joined Attain in July of 2022. Jaquetta has a background of working with families in social services and the non-profit circuit for the last 10 years. Jaquetta is a graduate of Central Washington University and currently working on a Graduate Degree in Human Services with emphasis in Criminal Justice.

Chandana Gowda

Bookkeeper

Chandana joined Attain in 2021 as the Bookkeeper for Attain Housing. She has six+ years' experience in Accounting and Finance. She started volunteering with non-profit organizations in the 8th grade. Chandana believes in Attain Housing's mission to provide hope to families in need.

Nasim Hessami

Case Manager

Nasim joined Attain Housing in December 2020. Originally from Iran, she has experienced being a refugee and the difficult transition in living in a new country. She has a history of working with children with behavioral issues by providing animal therapy and other therapeutic interventions.

Darlene Jones

Stable Home Advocate

Darlene started with Attain Housing in 2019 as a volunteer. She became acquainted with Attain while she was helping a refugee family find housing. Darlene is a licensed Realtor and also works with low-income families to find housing.

Stephanie Page

Housing and Facilities Manager

Stephanie comes to Attain Housing with over 19 years of serving her communities through social services. As a leader she strives to ensure that her team and the families at Attain get what they need to have successful and meaningful lives. Stephanie believes housing is a human right.

Jesse Perrell

Stable Home Resource Coordinator

Jesse Perrell is a Seattle native who has spent the last decade developing an arts nonprofit and producing music. He originally joined Attain Housing in 2015 as Ride Director for the 7 Hills of Kirkland cycling event.

Shama Shams

Development Director

Shama comes to Attain Housing with nearly two decades of nonprofit experience. She has fundraised and lead development teams serving individuals struggling with mental illness, homelessness, exploitation, and social and racial injustice. Shama believes that no child, especially a child in America, should experience homelessness.

Attain Housing Board of Directors

Terry Shultze

E. Terry Schulze, Board President

Retired Boeing

Terry joined Attain Housing in 1989. He retired from the Boeing Company as an aeronautical/astronautical engineer. He received his MBA from Seattle University. Terry is a vital resource and guidance for Attain Housing.

Toby Nixon, Board-Vice President

Kirkland City Council Member

Toby Nixon is a senior program manager in the Windows group at Microsoft, and chair of the board of directors of Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and a member of the Kirkland city council.

Ken Davidson, Treasurer

Shareholder, Davidson & Kilpatric, PLLC

Ken brings a wealth of practical knowledge in real estate development and construction. He has personal experience with multi-family residential, retail, and office construction projects.

Melisa Acton-Buzard

Melissa Acton-Buzard

Founder and CEO of Chameleon Technologies

Melissa is the Founder and CEO of Chameleon Technologies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.

Kathy Kearney

Kathy Kearny

After a career in finance, Kathy has focused her time on working with local nonprofits, concentrating on their financial management and currently sits on Attain’s finance committee. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Masters in Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Alexis Ruhumuriza

Founder of New Hope Revival and Agape In-Home Care, former Attain Housing client

Alexis also helped found the Rwanda Faith Academy School, which provides education to 1500 children annually. Alexis studied at the Kigali Institute of Management and earned a degree in financial management in 2012.

JK Schatzman

Community advocate & organizer

After a rewarding career in the healthcare field, JK has focused her time and energy as a community advocate helping families and children. Her experience expands 18 years with non-profit organizations and school fundraising programs. JK is motivated to help families provide stable housing in our community.

Attain Housing Advisory Board

Mary Lue Gutow

Walt Krueger

Jane Petter

Christine Rose

Lynn Sanborn

Mark Shinstrom

Susan Sumeri

Bill Vadino

Amy Walen

Peggy Walton