About Us



Lars Nowack | CEO

Lars Nowack has extensive and varied experience in the non-profit sector and over the last 17 years has lead 2 different organizations through multiple transitions, mergers and growth. He specializes in collaborative solutions, and community outreach. Over the past ten years, Nowack has developed and coordinated over $18 million in foundation, local, state, federal grants and social venture funding.

Nowack holds a B.A. in Counseling from Depaul University and a Marine engineering degree from Esbjerg Marine engineering college in Denmark. He is active in community service, serving on various boards and is a passionate believer in the equal opportunity for all citizens to be self-sufficient.

An avid biker, hiker, ultimate Frisbee and soccer player, Lars lives in Seattle, WA and enjoys sharing the benefits of a vibrant city culture and the natural beauty that Washington State has to offer with his two children, friends and family.


Christopher Rhodes | Director of Development

Originally from Seattle, WA, Christopher was first exposed to the non-profit community as a counselor for the Variety Boys & Girls Club. He continued his community involvement working with King County Executive Ron Sims as the Youth Board Member of the King County Youth and Family Commission.

Chris continued this pattern of service in 1994 while attending Clark Atlanta University. There he majored in Business, minored in Social Work and became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.  as well as The Prince Hall Masonic Order. Both organizations allowed for Chris to serve his new community of Atlanta. There his service was specifically directed towards raising funds to support  “at risk youth” and the disadvantaged areas of the city.

In his current role as Director of Development with Cares of Washington, Christopher is charged with ensuring the financial growth and  success, while establishing additional regional support for the organization. He spends his spare time with his family and is focused on both his hometown favorites, the Seahawks and the Mariners.


Administrative Staff

Cassie Boothe | Operations Manager

Rebecca Lawrence | Administrative Assistant
rlawrence@caresofwa.org | 206.938.1253

Program Managers

Linda Mendiola | South Team Manager
lmendiola@caresofwa.org | 253.948.6486

Wendy Ehr | North Team Manager
wehr@caresofwa.org | 425.418.5521

Board of Directors | Officers

Jason Norlin | Board Chair

Riley Barton | Vice Chair

Lars Nowack | Secretary