Wellness Place Staff
We are proud of our highly qualified, experienced staff and we know every cancer warrior who walks through the doors at Wellness Place will be greeted with compassion, understanding and care.
Julie has worked for over 10 years in the nonprofit industry, including several of those years working at a nonprofit consulting firm as a Special Projects Director. She has worked for notable nonprofits such as Washington Winegrowers Association, Washington Wine Industry Foundation, Planning Association of Washington, Columbia Basin Development League, Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Center and more.
She has a vast set of skills and experience including nonprofit management, fundraising, donor procurement and management, leadership, marketing, public relations, and large gala/auction planning and execution. For over 11 years she has been a free-lance graphic and website designer, and loves to flex her creative mind whenever possible.
Her journey with Wellness Place started in 2014 on a limited contractual basis before accepting the Executive Director position in August 2019. Julie helped her parents through their cancer battles for nearly 12 years, so she understands the cancer journey all too well and is passionate about helping all of our North Central Washington cancer warriors. Ultimately her parents have both passed, but she says "I helped my mom and dad through five different cancers on six different occurrences, so I have a deep understanding from the point of view of the patient, the caretaker and loved ones. I truly believe my parents would be proud of me today for helping others with my knowledge and experience, because not one should fight alone."
Megan Kovanen, board vice-president has said, “The Wellness Place has had a rich history of service to our community's most vulnerable members, our cancer patients. This history and future is under Julie’s philanthropic vision and thoughtful hands. We are thrilled that Julie has joined in this effort and will be at the helm as we expand our breadth of service and as our community oncology needs continually grow.”
As our support assistant, Karen helps our cancer warriors in a variety of ways, from helping women find the perfect wig, supplying gas cards and nutritional drinks, to lending a needed compassionate ear.
Early in her career, she spent 14 years working with youth at a daycare/preschool and in special education, then over 11 years as a travel counselor at AAA Travel in Wenatchee. When not at work, Karen serves as President of the Wenatchee Valley Lyons Club, and enjoys being in the great outdoors with her husband hiking, camping, kayaking, or biking, and also spending time with her three kids and grandson.
Sadly, Karen recently lost her cousin to breast cancer, and understands the tough journey a cancer warrior and families endure. "I feel honored to be at Wellness Place to serve our cancer patients and help them through their cancer journey and give love and hope during a difficult time in their lives," says Karen.
With her compassionate demeanor and servant heart, Karen is a perfect fit for our organization and the cancer warriors we serve.