Babies of Homelessness is led by a team of passionate and devoted individuals who work tirelessly for the mission. Get to know them here.
- Star LalarioFounder / Chair
Star founded Babies of Homelessness in 2016 and built an amazing team of volunteers to assist in implementing her vision. Outside of BoH, she works full-time as a Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty.
Star is a mother of two boys, Jayden (20 years old) and Dominic (10 years old) and wife to Christian. As a family, they enjoy doing anything outdoors: camping, hiking, and BBQing.
- Angela HarmonVice Chair
Angela has been a volunteer for Babies of Homelessness since its beginning. When she met Star and learned about her mission, she knew she had to join her cause. She works at Northwest Pianos, is a mother of two daughters, enjoys music, running, hiking and being in the outdoors.
Volunteering with Babies of Homelessness has been a meaningful experience for Angela:“As a mother, the thought of not being able to provide safe, warm shelter, food or diapers for my children is heartbreaking. Being a part of Babies of Homelessness has opened my heart and eyes to a problem that is so often hidden. The stories we hear from the families we serve about their circumstances and how they became homeless fuels my desire and passion to help. Our families are in crisis and if we can assist in providing the basics they can focus on improving their circumstances. One child at a time, we are making a difference.”
- Timmy WoodsTreasurer
Timmy is a 20+ year transplant from Ireland to Washington state. He is an FCCA (equivalent to a CPA) and is in love with all things math. OK, perhaps not in love, but he’s proud of his intimate relationship with numbers. He volunteers with BoH because he believes that the circumstances that one is either born into or come into later in life should not dictate one’s whole life experience. We must work to lift those around us up and out of their circumstances, no matter the reason why they came to be in those circumstances.
- Katie ForrestBoard of Directors
When Katie moved with her husband from the Midwest to the Seattle area 11 years ago, she was unaware of how many families were struggling with homelessness. After learning about BoH, she knew she needed to be part of their mission. As an educator for many years and a mother of two young girls, children have always been an incredibly important part of Katie’s life. Her background in education working with families and kids have given her valuable experience that helps her serve and support BoH clients and volunteers. She feels privileged to be a part of BoH and she’s very proud of the amazing work we are doing.
- Deanna PowellBoard of Directors
Deanna was born in a small town in Northern California, Placerville, and moved to Seattle/Bellevue at age 10, and has lived here for 30+ years. She has spent most of her career over the last 23+ years in the real estate and mortgage industry, but her true passion is giving back to those in need.
She began her passion for volunteering in high school with several trips to Mexico to build houses in villages just outside Tijuana. She has since traveled to several different countries with different mission projects including Agros International in Guatemala, and another 7 projects helping women and children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Deanna is involved with over 30 non-profits in the Seattle area and most recently joined the board of Babies of Homelessness as the Community Involvement Chair, which encourages local businesses to join BOH in support by either fundraising or volunteering.
Deanna loves to volunteer for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because she experienced homelessness during the recession of 2009 and had to use some of the resources she now helps others to navigate and lean on to get back on their feet. She has first-hand experience of the situations facing many of the people we serve, and that is why she is such an asset and an advocate for Babies of Homelessness.
- Brittan StockertExecutive Director
Britt is a startup enthusiast with an entrepreneurial spirit, having more than a decade’s experience in organizational development, leadership, operations, client relationship building, and marketing. Except for her time in the United States Air Force, she’s spent most of her career helping visionaries in resource-constrained environments transfer their visions to reality.
She’s worked with fair trade jewelers at a social enterprise in Guatemala, formed an international NGO focused on housing & education services for vulnerable children and today, is committed to raising awareness on the fastest-growing & an invisible population: families with children.
Growing up in a low-income working family—which included brief experience with homelessness—she understands in helping others, we’re helping ourselves.