Speaker Date Topic
Ken Maaz Dec 02, 2021
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life
Everyone Deserves Their Best Life

Be inspired by the miracles that are created every day for the most vulnerable children in our community and the stories of the people who make them possible at Ashley House Northwest.

Ken Maaz is in the 47th year of a career that has included work for county and state juvenile services agencies in Texas and for the last 35 years as the chief executive of several northwest non-profits.  He has been with Ashley House for nine years and plans to make this his last agency home.  He loves his work, the mission of Ashley House, its wonderful kids, and his exceptional Ashley House family.  A graduate of Baylor University where he majored in Social Work, he also possesses a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and he recently completed his doctoral studies in leadership and learning in organizations at Vanderbilt University. When not working Ken stays busy with his four year old, Mikey, his husband, Miguel, their five dogs, and their soon to completed school bus conversion into a camper.   

Holiday Program Dec 16, 2021

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Ryan Mello Jan 06, 2022
Pierce county Council
Pierce county Council

Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Mello moved to Tacoma in 1997 to attend the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics & Government. Fresh out of college he joined the AmeriCorps program (the domestic Peace Corps) where he coordinated the Youth United program at the United Way of Pierce County – engaging youth to a lifelong ethic of giving back. As Executive Director of the Pierce Conservation District from 2012 to 2020 he led a team of conservation professionals committed to protecting our natural resources, Puget Sound recovery and improving our local food security. Mello served on the Tacoma City Council from 2010 to 2019 and was Chair of the Infrastructure, Planning & Sustainability Committee, led the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board and the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee. He also served on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors and Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, among other assignments. Mello currently serves on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Board of Directors, was a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and previously was on the Transportation Choices Coalition Board of Directors. 

Robb Krehbiel Feb 03, 2022
How You Can Help Orcas
How You Can Help Orcas

One of the biggest threats to orcas and Puget Sound is polluted stormwater runoff, but fortunately, there are ways that everyone living in western Washington can take action and keep this pollution out of the Sound and away from endangered orcas.

 Robb Krehbiel is the Green Stormwater Program Manager for the Pierce Conservation District where he helps homeowners, community groups, and businesses in Pierce County build pollinator and rain gardens, remove lawns and concrete, and harvest rain water. These projects not only help beautify neighborhoods; they also reduce polluted stormwater runoff from reaching Puget Sound. Robb lives in Tacoma’s South End (Blueberry Park Neighborhood).