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.
As someone committed to giving back to her community, Dianne wanted to serve on the Human Services Commission to help make Kirkland a welcoming place for everyone. She desires to help others, make a difference and connect with the greater Kirkland community.
Dianne is a native of Seattle and a resident of Kirkland since 2006. She earned her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She recently retired from Verizon. During her 20+ year career with Verizon, she held several sales, marketing and business development positions with the former GTE, Genuity and Verizon companies. Prior to joining Verizon, she spent eight years at IBM.
Gildas 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.
Continuing Kirkland's tradition of compassion for vulnerable people is what drew David to the Commission. The 2018 Community Survey shows that Kirkland is under-performing in terms of providing services to people in need and the Human Services Commission can help Council make improvements in that area. Uncovering, recognizing and beginning to correct systemic racism in our community is another important role for the Commission, in David's view.
Volunteering at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, Hopelink's Kirkland Food Bank and Attain Housing's Community Supper have helped shape the outlook he brings to the Commission. He is also active in the Quaker Meeting on the Eastside.
David formerly worked as a transportation engineer with the Kirkland's Public Works Department. This experience gives him insight as to how the city makes decisions and allows him to be a more effective Commissioner. He has lived in Juanita for the past 25 years.
Max is currently a Junior in High School and has been a resident of Kirkland all his life. He enjoys learning, sports, and strives to make a positive impact in the community. Max plans on pursuing a STEM career in the future in the field medicine, civil or environmental engineering. He has served on the Kirkland Youth Council for 5 years and has recently taken on a leadership role in the council. Max joined the Human Services Commission to represent the youth of Kirkland and become more connected with different cultures and ideas. He believes that it is important for society to support those in need so that everyone can live a happy and healthy life.
Jonathan is a Senior Manager of Inclusion & Diversity at Amazon.com. His business experience includes 3 years with Amazon and 19 years at Microsoft. He completed his Master's degree in Organizational Leadership in 2014. Over the course of his career he has experience in global business, operations, human resources, corporate governance, and training & 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 as well as the Eastside Latino Leadership Forum. 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 trail runner and hiker and has lived on the Eastside most of his life. He is happily married to Stacie for 36 years and they have two adult children.