Meet The Team
Ken became the Executive Director of Ashley House in 2012, bringing over 35 years of experience working in human services to the organization. Originally from Texas, he earned his B.A. in Sociology and Social Work at Baylor University. After moving to the Seattle area, Ken went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Washington. His paid experiences and his volunteer work on boards, committees and task forces have given him the privilege to work with a variety of client populations including juvenile and adult offenders, special education students, those receiving substance abuse treatments, the developmentally disabled, the homeless, abused and neglected children and families in crisis. Ken has a conviction to expect excellence, value opportunities and lead by example. In his spare time Ken enjoys working out to counteract his sweet tooth and sports of all kinds -Sic’em Bears!
Michaela joined Ashley House as Controller in 1995. As Ashley House has grown, she has provided sound fiduciary responsibility and financial management to the organization. A CPA, she brings more than 30 years of financial and accounting experience to her position. She believes that her role in the management of Ashley House is the best way for her to impact the lives of clients served. Michaela also oversees the IT needs of the agency and she strives to use her technology skills to help enhance employees’ job performance, productivity and communication, using available resources. Her motto is “Have you tried turning it off, and on again?” Outside of work, Michaela volunteers on the board of the Washington State Women’s Soccer Association and loves to do anything active- playing soccer, biking, hiking and skiing are some of her favorites.
Deborah Lambert, MSW
Director of Program Services
Deborah began her career in social services by serving as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for two years. Her enthusiasm for social change was the catalyst that led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. After working with a variety of populations in areas such as healthy relationships, community development, maternity education and familial support, and low-income property management, Deborah joined Ashley House as the Director of Program Services in 2013. She strives to provide culturally appropriate support services for children and families, using a holistic approach. Deborah enjoys travel and has studied abroad in London and taught English in Taiwan. Most weekends she can be found playing with her two rescue Greyhounds!
Mark joined the Ashley House team in February of 2018. Growing up in a home that fostered teens, it was natural transition for Mark to begin his career working with at-risk youth within a residential group home facility (Boy’s Village) in North Seattle. After receiving his BA in Business Administration, Mark continued working with youth, serving as the Youth Director at the church he attended in Edgewood Washington. In 2000, Mark utilized his background in social service and education in business to obtain a Human Resources Coordinator position with Faith Homes, a Tacoma based social service agency providing residential care for at-risk teens and transitional housing for homeless pregnant and parenting young adults. Mark remained with Faith Homes for 9 years, during which he obtained a certificate in Human Resources Management and was promoted to Human Resources Director. Since this time, Mark has had the privilege of serving 2 ½ years as the Human Resources Manager for Community Youth Services, based in Olympia, and 6 years as the founding Human Resources Manager for LeMay – America’s Car Museum, based in Tacoma. When Mark is not at work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in his shop, and tinkering around the house and yard.
Director of Business Development
Michael Pugsley has worked energetically with Ashley House for over 25 years. He has been instrumental in its development and management, focusing on individual fulfillment for each parent and child touched by Ashley House. Michael has worked to develop social service programs with developmental disabled and medically complex populations since 1978. His commitment, expertise and advocacy are recognized by physicians and hospital treatment teams throughout Washington State. Mike has developed partnerships with Washington Health Care Authority, Children’s Administration, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and health benefit managers. Outside of work, Michael grows a prolific garden each year. He loves to experiment in the kitchen and share his bountiful harvest with others.
Director of Human Resources
Bio coming soon!