Staff

Hillary Evans, Executive Director
hillary@plyhc.org 

Hillary Evans is a California transplant where she worked in affordable housing and homeless services from 2006-2015.  In her previous position as Director of Housing Services for a Los Angeles non-profit, Hillary oversaw a team that assisted over 1,000 homeless veterans with securing and maintaining housing.  In addition to direct service work, including outreach and case management, Hillary led advocacy groups for affordable housing and drug policy legislation, and participated in grant writing and fund development that secured over $4 million dollars for direct services.  In January of 2016, Hillary joined PHC as the Executive Director.  Hillary was drawn to the sincerity and intentionality that PHC puts into the work of serving people living with mental illness.  She is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and holds a Harm Reduction certification from York University.  Her dog, Berkeley, has become the PHC mascot. 

Chris Wilcynski, Director of Community and Social Services
chrisw@plyhc.org 

Allowing service to be a guiding force in Chris’ life has led her to amazing places, including the Peace Corps, providing educational support for kids living in low income housing properties, engaging in intense therapeutic work with children and families in crisis, and opening a restaurant, as well as PHC. She initially began her commitment to PHC as the House Manager, then assisted in the formation of the Community Companion Program and has recently shifted her role to the Director of Community and Social Services. Other sources of great joy in her life are her husband and 3 kiddos, running, exploring new parts of our world, playing with friends, and getting outside.

David Fliegel, Property Manager
dfliegel@plyhc.org

David likes finding practical ways to make people’s lives a little easier. His professional background started with engineering and led to software development, where he eventually discovered the satisfaction of service to non-profit organizations. He enjoys the sense of community and common purpose he finds at PHC. David keeps his inner engineer and idealist happy by incorporating environmentally sustainable technologies and practices wherever possible. When he’s not responding to emergencies at the apartments, he tries to catch up with his two active teenagers.

Nate Kraus, Operations Manager
nkraus@plyhc.org

Learn more about Nate soon!

Jacob Stuivenga, Program Coordinator
plymouthhouse@plyhc.org

Jacob has a passion for social justice and advocacy. Initially putting his time into volunteer service at a local emergency shelter, he became involved in various aspects of the program, encountering the overlapping repercussions of systemic oppression and interpersonal trauma. Wanting to develop his own capacity as an advocate, Jacob earned a Master's degree in Social Work in 2016, joining his previous studies in film production and critical theory with a framework for direct practice. He is enthusiastic about his new role at Plymouth Healing Communities, where he oversees the House of Healing and Community Companion programs. Jacob enjoys participating in companionship, drawing on his love of learning, storytelling, photography, music, cooking, and connecting with nature.

Holly Bahnick, Resident Services Coordinator
community@plyhc.org

Holly is a Seattle native, having grown up in the Ballard area. She started as a live-in companion at the House of Healing in 2012 after graduating with a degree in Public Health from Central Washington University. After completing her year of service with PHC, she spent a few years working in various organizations and roles, including a local zoo, health coaching, day center staff for a homeless women and children's center, and domestic violence victim advocate at a local emergency shelter. In the fall of 2015, Holly began a Master's program in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Holly could not be happier to be back with PHC as the Community Companion Coordinator. In her free time, Holly enjoys kickboxing, trail running, backpacking, and helping her family foster senior golden retrievers.

Lydia Rubenstein, Community Engagement & Housing Stability Coordinator              lrubenstein@plyhc.org

Lydia is our newest team member. She is an Americorps VISTA through United Way King County and we are excited for our community to continue to grow and advocate for supportive, holistic housing! She is a Nashville, Tennessee native who graduated from Bates College in Maine and recently relocated to join us from New Orleans, LA. Lydia enjoys getting to know new people and places and looks forward to finding out new and creative ways of helping PHC continue to advocate and work towards supportive transitional and supportive housing in Seattle.