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 Northshore Senior Center.
Cynthia E. Roat, President
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 works 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 to prevent utility shut offs and evictions. Some other projects are The Back to School Consortium and POPY’s Café that serves a community dinner every Wednesday evening. Bill 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 New Hope Seattle 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 POPY’s Cafe’ 5 years ago 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.
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.
Liz Hinkofer, Secretary
With her Fine Arts background, Liz has spent most of her life working in the service and Hospitality Industry. After many years working in the front of the house, and various retail positions, she now supports a global food service provider in the human resources department. Liz met her better half Josef while still in college at the U of W and they were married shortly after. The Hinkofers have lived in their home in Bothell for almost 30 years. With deep roots in our North End community, and becoming very active in our church, Liz has found it very rewarding to use the skills learned through work in service to our neighbors.
A cook by trade, Josef came to Seattle from his native Munich, Germany in 1975. Married to his wife Elizabeth for almost 30 years, his interests include anything automotive and food related. He has worked in a variety of food service establishments ranging from fine dining, country clubs, hotels, and independent restaurants. As a 25 year veteran of Safeway’s meat departments he has had the opportunity to serve the community in a number of ways. This has included teaching community workshops on seafood cooking and fund raisers for a number of charities. Josef’s first love is cooking for people, and as a trained culinarian cannot stand to see perfectly palatable food go to waste when people are hungry. Having been close to homeless in his late teens serving Tent City is especially meaningful. He feels his preparing meals for the camp with gleaned food donations is a great opportunity to give back to those who helped him long ago.