As Mission to Seafarers' work is heavily dependent on volunteers and donations, there is almost always more work than there are staff, but we have a dedicated and committed team that exudes a deep love for the work that MtS does in Seattle. Say hello to them here!
Ken Hawkins [Executive Director]
Ken is Executive Director of the Seattle Seafarers Center (SSC), a non-profit in West Seattle, which is part of the 100 international centers for the men and women of the merchant ships that serve our global economy. Ken is a native of Virginia where he studied political science at Virginia Tech. His professional career focused on sales tactics and marketing strategies for major building materials companies. Ken has applied his considerable career skills to build a solid financial foundation at SSC and grow the core group of volunteers who drive, sew, knit, and ship visit, skills key to the services the Center provides to seafarers.
Barbara Blakistone [Chief Operating Officer]
Barbara is a native of the other Washington and moved to Seattle in January 2016. She was recruited right away by the then Assistant Chaplain and started calling on container ships followed by driving in cruise season. Barbara retired from a career in food science in which she worked as technical adviser for food non-profits in Washington, D.C. When the opportunity came to work for the Seattle Seafarers Center, she was eager to join the staff to help seafarers as a vocation and avocation. Barbara serves as Chief Operating Officer.
Deborah Hack [Office Manager]
Deborah Hack is a retired California native who has lived in the Seattle area for the past 30 years where her career focus was office management. After downsizing and moving into a more urban area, she now finds time for traveling, learning about other cultures and making new friends. Along with hobbies of gardening and reading, she has been a genealogy researcher most of her life. Deborah's work experience will be most helpful in bookkeeping for the Seattle Seafarers' Center.