Meet the Board

Leslie Nodtvedt |

Leslie began her professional career in 1980 as the In-Court Clerk for United States District Court Judge William T. Beeks. In 1984, she switched professions and accepted a position as an Account Coordinator with Revlon, Inc. in the Prestige Fragrance Division. She remained in the fine fragrance industry for ten years holding Account Executive and Senior Account Executive positions with several nationally recognized fragrance companies, including Revlon, Parlux and The Fragrance Group. In 1994, Leslie again shifted careers into designer eyewear, accepting a position as Northwest Regional Manager for Modo Eyewear. She remained with Modo until 2005 where she reached the position of Western United States Territory Manager. In 2005, Leslie retired from Modo Eyewear and began to pursue interests as a volunteer with several local Seattle charities. Additionally she is informally involved in support activities for the Meals on Wheels Program, the Northshore Senior Center and Raven Rock Ranch.

Cynthia E. Roat |President

Cindy Roat

Cynthia E. Roat, or Cindy as she is known to friends, is a national consultant in language access in health care (healthcare interpreting). A native of upstate New York, she spent many years working in socio-economic development projects in rural areas of Latin America before moving to Seattle to earn her MPH in International Health from the University of Washington. Ms. Roat entered the interpreting world in 1992 and quickly became certified by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as a medical and social service Spanish-English interpreter. Her interest in systems change, however, led her to training interpreters, training providers to work with interpreters and assisting healthcare systems to improve their language access programs.

Over the past two decades, Ms. Roat has made significant contributions, both in the U.S. and abroad, in many areas of the field: training, program development, research, policy formulation, advocacy and organizational development. She is the author of a wide array of key resources, including her newest book Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, and is the primary developer of Bridging the Gap, the country’s most widely-offered training for health care interpreters.

Ms. Roat is a founding member of Seattle’s Society of Medical Interpreters (SOMI), the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), where she has served for ten years on the Board. Cindy currently serves at Greater Seattle Cares’ Secretary and Treasurer. She says she joined the GSC board because she so enjoys both the other members of GSC and the Tent City campers she’s come to know through volunteering.

Bill Bear

Bill Bear

Bill Bear began his career in bio medical research and bio technology. In 2001 he joined a software startup that became Bocada Inc. as the system administrator. He remained in the IT business until retiring in 2008 to work as a full time volunteer, ministering in the greater Seattle community. Bill is currently the President of Shoreline Community Care, a group of churches that provide financial assistance to people living in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park to prevent utility shut offs and evictions. He is the Chaiperson of Sustainable Shoreline working to make Shoreline a more sustainable community. Some other projects are  The Back to School Consortium and POPY’s café that serves a community dinner every Wednesday evening. Bill has been Director of the Briarcrest Neighborhood Association and served on several City of Shoreline Citizen Advisory groups. These include Long Range Financial Planning, Human Services, and The South East Sub Area Plan. Bill is a member of Northwest Church and works with the faith community to serve the needs of people in our cities. Bill heard about Tent City 3 through their first stay at Prince of Peace and became the web master for Greater Seattle Cares.

M. Anne Novak

A native of Washington Anne has lived in Vermont and northern and southern California as an adult. Anne is presently a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia assigned to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church near Green Lake in the city of Seattle. Anne is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors degree in Biological Science Education and taught high school biology. She has a Masters degree in Pastoral Care from Seattle University and worked in case management for Elderhealth Northwest ( now known as Full Life). In between Anne studied floral design and has a certificate of graduation from the South Florida School of Floral Design and was employed as a floral designer. Anne says that she has long had a heart for those in our world who are under served and ignored and a passion for the issues that create homelessness in our midst. She became particularly involved with Tent City 3 when they were camped at a church near her home and has worked to invite the St. Andrew’s congregation into this involvement.

Janiece Coss

Jenny has a passion for reaching out to the homeless and to disadvantaged kids. She worked for many years volunteering in Wichita with a program that helped teens learn life skills. When she moved to Seattle, she got involved in a coat drive for TC3, and now she’s developing programs with her church in Snohomish to serve TC3 when the camp is being hosted in the North End of Seattle. Jenny works for Boeing, which has some programs to benefit community projects.