Mark Martenson: Drop In Center Support Specialist
Mark Martenson, a Support Specialist for SPIN Café, joined our organization in March of 2016, when he was hired to staff our Drop In Center Program. Passionate about effecting change in ways that are flexible and suitable to his accumulated life experiences, Mark is drawn to working with disenfranchised individuals in our community. While he has served for many years as a Certified Housing & Program Manager, Disabilities Advocate, Independent Living Specialist, and Fair Housing Advocate for Alaska Housing; he is excited to be in on the ground floor of developing a cohesive response to homelessness in Island County.
Hidemi Dettman: Food Service Coordinator
Hidemi Dettman, our new Food Service Coordinator, found her way to SPIN early in 2013, after a tsunami devastated her hometown in Japan. Looking for a way to give back to the community that had offered her so much support when she arrived, she soon found herself immersed in developing the meal services and vocational training programs for SPIN Café. Hidemi volunteered as a board member and program coordinator with SPIN Café for almost 4 years prior to being hired on as the Food Service Coordinator, In addition to her dedicated service to SPIN every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the last three years, Hidemi has often recruited other women from the Shakunage Japanese Women’s Support Club, where she also is a member, to volunteer with SPIN Café. Hidemi believes it is her role in life to provide our community with healthy nutritious meals, and is excited to put her 10 years of previous food service experience to good use by planning, preparing and serving at SPIN Café. In addition to her work, Hidemi is actively involved as one of the vocational coaches for our high school vocational students that are learning how to work in food preparation. She is also proud to be a first time homeowner through Habitat for Humanity. Hidemi also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and WAIF, the Whidbey Island Animal Improvement Foundation.
Mary Amerson: Support Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Amerson, a Support Specialist and our Volunteer Coordinator, joined our staff in December of 2016. Mary received her associates degree in human services from Skagit Valley College in June of 2016 and has served as both a volunteer and a board member for SPIN Café prior to joining the staff in her new role. Mary brings gentleness and compassion to all areas of her work, including an ability to relate to the challenges that face many of the mothers and single women who are served through SPIN Café. Mary's empathy for our guests and their life circumstances drive her to go the extra mile in helping our clients, which makes her a perfect fit for our organization.