Meet Our Staff: Finance
Born into a Navy family, Jeanette grew up all over the globe, including the east and west coasts of the United States plus Spain, Japan, and the Philippines. As an adult she felt amazed and grateful to put down roots in Bellingham, Washington, where she raised a family. She completed an AAS degree at Whatcom Community College and a BA in Accounting from Columbia College. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2002, she was the owner of a bookkeeping service.
Outside of work, Jeanette enjoys sailing, gardening, photography, and home remodeling.
Tara Shepherd grew up in Kirkland, WA and completed her BA in History at Western Washington University. She started working at the Foundation in 2002. Her responsibilities include coordinating all accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll, as well as other duties including processing all gifts and contributions made to the Foundation.
Tara's interests include skiing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.
Rhiannon Chelini was born in Tucson, Arizona, but grew up in Edmonds, Washington. She has an AA degree from Shoreline community college with an emphasis in accounting and is currently taking online classes through Columbia College to finish a BA in Finance. Rhiannon joined the Foundation in 2005 and shares responsibility for accounts payable and receivable and several other tasks in the finance department.
Before joining us Rhiannon worked for Washington Mutual and also was a preschool teacher. She spends most of her time taking care of her son and spending time with family. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, especially on a nice day.