Meet the Board of Directors

Executive Director: Sister Yvette Mallow

Sister Yvette, a Benedictine Sister, one of the original founders, grant writer, historian, fund-raiser, and spiritual guide for our endeavors.


President: Dennis Lehtinen

Dennis, a constructions/operations manager and owner of a construction company, works collaboratively with board members to plan and guide activities in support of the Refuge. of Mercy.


Vice President: Bill Lehtinen

Bill, a construction company owner for many years, a constructions/operations consultant, and our past president, 


Treasurer: Mary Trykoski

Mary, an accountant, keeps our financial transactions in order.


Secretary; Kay Morison

Kay, a psychologist, takes the minutes and edits text for our website.


Board Member: Tom Fritz

Tom, a lawyer, offers legal advice.


Board Member: Kathi Swarthout

Kathi, a real estate agent, organizes fund-raising activities


Board Members: Kim Chan Sook and Jeff Holbrook


Board Member Adriana West A native of Colombia SA, works in real estate. Her Spanish language is one of the gifts she brings


Associate Board Member: Donald Gregory

Donald, a Christian, an information technology professional, and former treasurer for our board,


Associate Board Member: Michael Roybal

Michael, our former president, vice president, secretary, and the developer of our first websites,


Associate Board Member: Chris Gaines

Chris, our former Secretary, continues to participate in community outreach.




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                  The Sisters from Chile Enjoy a Gathering with
                    Members of the Merciful Love Connection  

                   Left to right: Sr. Yvette, Sr. Mari, Sr. Sylvia,

                    Claudia, Chris, Bill, Sr. Edith, Dennis, Kay


The Sisters of the Congregation of Merciful Love make the Refuge an oasis of hope. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it.


To contact individual board members, our email addresses are listed in Contact Us/Donate