Human Services Commission

The Human Services Commission is directed by the City Council to advise the Parks and Community Services department, City Manager, and City Council in leading the City’s efforts to support a socially sustainable community through health and human services and programs that fulfill the basic needs of all people and enhance the quality of life in our city now and into the future. The Human Services Commission meetings are at 6:30 PM on the 4th Tuesday of every month in Council Chambers at City Hall.


Next Meeting

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - Regular Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting

Community members may join the virtual meeting through the Zoom link below.

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Meeting ID: 9956 6556 7758

Passcode: 862999

Agenda and Meeting Materials:

Public Service Announcement: In response to guidance from Public Health Seattle-King County, we encourage members of the community to implement social distancing as much as possible and in the interim use the following methods to interact at the PC meeting. The virtual meeting audio will be recorded and posted on the City's website.

The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Meet the Human Services Commissioners

Jonathan Stutz - Chair (term expires 03/31/2025)

Jonathan.jpgJonathan Stutz is the President and Chief Diversity Officer at Global Diversity Partners. Previously, he led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for several global businesses at Amazon. His business experience includes Amazon, Microsoft, and Zulily. He completed his Master's degree in Organizational Leadership in 2014. Jonathan has experience in cross-cultural management, international business, operations, human resources, corporate governance, and leadership development.

Jonathan has served on the Kirkland Human Services Commission since 2017. He previously served four years on the City of Bellevue Human Services Commission including two years as the Chair. He is a graduate of Advance Bellevue, now Leadership Eastside, a community leadership training organization. He co-founded the Eastside Diversity Task Force, the Eastside Latino Leadership Forum, and the Professional Technical Diversity Network in the Puget Sound and Bay Areas.

Jonathan is a former Executive Committee and Board Member for Herzl Ner Tamid Congregation on Mercer Island and a former President of the Lake Washington Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He also served on the National Diversity Committee for SHRM.

Jonathan is an active runner and hiker and has lived on the Eastside most of his life. He is happily married to Stacie for 30+ years and they have two adult children.

Michelle Alten-Kaehler - Commissioner (term expires 03/31/2023)

Michelle-Alten-Kaehler.jpg Michelle Alten-Kaehler is a college planning consultant advising students of diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds on the Eastside. Through her work, she has seen the need for making social services, higher education, housing, and career opportunities more available for our youth and young adults.

She is also the founder and president of Threads for Tomorrow, a non-profit that works to empower village women in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. As a community volunteer, Michelle has worked on issues including educational equity, gun safety, and environmental protection. She has volunteered for local schools, Youth Eastside Services, Sophia Way, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and Global Washington.

During her time off, Michelle is often traveling with her husband, assisting with his international photography tours. She enjoys reading, learning languages, hiking, skiing, and cycling with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Antonio Avila - Commissioner (term expires 05/31/2025)

Laney Brackett - Commissioner, Youth Position (term expires 03/31/2023)

Laney Brackett is a sophomore at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington, studying in the International Baccalaureate program. Outside of school, Brackett is an innovative and goal-oriented teen mental health advocate, actively leading and participating in community volunteer programs and resources for teens. Dedicated competitive swimmer and team player skilled at leadership, communication, and conflict resolution. Laney also loves pampering her two cats, Wheedle and Grayman. Laney has lived in Kirkland her whole life and enjoys exploring and learning about new parts of Kirkland. In addition to the Human Services Commission, Laney is the Teen Media Assistant for Kirkland, and on the Kirkland Youth Council.

 

Marjorie Carlson - Commissioner (term expires 03/31/2023)

HSC-Marjorie-Carlson-Bio-Photo.jpg MJ Carlson moved to Kirkland to work at Google in 2016, shortly after completing her master’s degree in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. She also has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a newspaper editor, a case manager, a therapist, a writing tutor, a programmer and a computer science teacher.

These days, she volunteers with Hopelink, OneAmerica and local schools. She is on the steering committee of Indivisible Kirkland and has served on both the Kirkland/LWSD SRO Task Force and the Welcoming Kirkland working group. MJ has been involved in racial justice and immigrant rights work for years, and as the daughter of a formerly undocumented immigrant she has a particular interest in ensuring that ALL Kirklanders can access the services they need to thrive.

Gildas Cheung - Commissioner (term expires 03/31/2023)

2019-Gildas-Cheung-Bio-Photo.jpg Gildas Cheung is a Product Manager at Amazon and has worked in the technology industry for over 10 years. In addition to serving on Kirkland’s Human Services Commission, he is the Board Chair of International Community Health Services, a local nonprofit community health center providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve wellness of King County’s diverse people and communities.

When not working or volunteering in the community, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, playing soccer, and eating at nondescript places.

Jory Hamilton - Commissioner (term expires 03/31/2025)

Hamilton, Jory.jpg Jory Hamilton considers his role to serve along with his fellow Kirkland Human Services Commissioners, Human Services Staff, and City Council Members one of his greatest honors and privileges of his life.  He appreciates the opportunities the people of Kirkland afforded him since he was born in Evergreen Hospital.  

As someone with learning disabilities, a first-generation immigrant, and growing up in a poor single-parent household on Finn Hill, he believes the City of Kirkland's efforts to help those in need are life-saving.   

Jory studies business administration with Washington State University's online master's program after quad majoring in STEM at the University of Washington.  Jory volunteers with the LWSD and BSA Troop 565 at St. John Vianney Church.  He serves as the Bellevue wrestling head coach, his fraternity's domain director, founded and leads local small businesses Suplex City Wrestling, Hamilton Analytics, and the Juanita Class of 2009 Foundation.

Gabriela Lopez Vazquez - Commissioner (term expires 03/31/2025)

Gabriela Lopez Vazquez.  Born and raised in Mexico City she moved to Kirkland in 2015.  She has a Master’s in Logistics and International trade and has 15+ yeas experience as a former Supply Chain Supervisor.    As an immigrant Gabriela decided to get involved with her community and started volunteering at the Bellevue Library as a tutor for adults at Plaza Comunitaria Program that helps Spanish speakers to obtain elementary and high school certificates. 

Later Gabriela became a Promotora at King County Promotores Network and started collaborating with other nonprofit organizations like Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition and Eastside for All in multiple projects mainly doing community outreach to promote for example people’s participation in the Census 2020 and providing information about public programs and resources specially for people impacted by Covid19 on the Eastside. At the end of 2020 she participated with the City of Kirkland to do a survey with the Latino community to learn about their thoughts about living in Kirkland and their needs.

Gabriela loves animals and volunteers at Regional Animal Services of King County as customer service for the adoption of cats at the adoption Center in Kirkland.  She is happily married and still discovering the wonders of the Northwest.