Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Alexander’s Hope’s Board of Directors is comprised of a wide range of distinguished individuals who have all been touched and inspired by both organ donation and Alexander’s story. All of whom are dedicated to Alexander’s Hope’s mission to spread awareness of organ donation and screen young hearts to test for undiagnosed heart conditions.

Bella Chaffey
President and Founder
Bob Chaffey
Vice President
Jen Chaffey
Treasurer
Lisa Carlson
Secretary
Nikola Lakic
Director of Media
Liz Strathy-Merrill
Board Member
Kathy Binder
Board Member
Alexander Chaffey
Board Member
Sophia Chaffey
Board Member
Margo Engberg
Board Member
Georgina Frantz
Board Member
Angelina Olson
Board Member

Bella Chaffey

President and Founder

Bella has had much experience working and volunteering for a plethora of different nonprofits all around the world throughout her lifetime and has known from a young age that nonprofit work is where her heart lies. When her younger brother, Alexander, had emergency open heart surgery and received a donor heart in the summer of 2017 she found a new cause that she realized had to be addressed more in society and that she cared deeply about, organ donation awareness and screening young hearts to try and prevent others from going through what her brother, Alexander did. Through that realization, her past nonprofit experiences, and with help from family and friends she decided to form Alexander’s Hope.

When Bella is not organizing fundraisers and spreading awareness for Alexander’s Hope, she is doing work for her job, which she loves, as a real estate broker at Windermere’s Chaffey Real Estate Team where she partners with her father, Bob Chaffey as a residential Realtor, specializing in single family homes on the Eastside.

Bella is also very active in her community, she serves on the board of Kirkland’s Rotary Club and is a member of their International Committee. She is also on the board of, and heavily involved with, two other local nonprofits, The Forgotten Children’s Fund and Gloryland Missions International.

Bella is an avid runner, competing in long-distance races all over the world, and a member of Club Northwest’s Running Group. She also loves to hike, camp, travel, read, practice yoga, cook Vegan food, renovate her her home by hand, and spend time with her two rescue pups, Toby and Pookie, and boyfriend, Nikola.

 

 

Bob Chaffey

Vice President

Bob has been building and selling homes for nearly 30 years, as a homebuilder with Chaffey Homes and more recently, a Managing Broker with Windermere Real Estate. Over the years, Chaffey Homes has won many awards, including The National Association of Home Builders Green Home of the Year, multiple MAME awards and Best of Show at luxury home events. Bob has a huge heart for children and is on the Board of Trustees for Olive Crest, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse. Bob is or has been a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties as well as Kitsap, Pierce and Skagit counties, National Association of Home Builders, Seattle King County Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors and many more.

Bob is the proud father of three children, Bella, Alexander, a 2017 recipient of a donor heart and Sophia Chaffey. Bob is an avid golfer and enjoys hiking, traveling and most everything outside, he has been married to Jennifer Chaffey since 1995.

 

 

 

Jen Chaffey

Treasurer

Jen has been busy the past 25 years raising three kids as a stay at home mom. She has always said this is by far the hardest and most important job she will ever have. Most of her work prior to having children was in the medical field, which has always been her passion. As her kids have grown older she has had more flexibility which has allowed her to work part time over the last five years as an in-home caregiver for elderly or ill clients. Currently, Jen has a new passion, which is to spread awareness of the importance of organ donations after her son received a lifesaving heart transplant in the summer of 2017.

 

 

Lisa Carlson

Secretary

Lisa has worked in public affairs and fundraising in the Pacific

Northwest for over 20 years. Her expertise includes the areas of

event planning and execution, project management and logistics. She began her career serving the state of Washington while working in Washington, DC and went on to work as an advocate for small businesses in Olympia, WA.

In 1996, Lisa founded a fundraising and event management consulting firm to serve clients in the nonprofit, political and corporate sectors. Her recent work focuses on delivering exceptional results for partners engaged in the arts, leadership development and software industries.

While working with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the past 13 years, Lisa has directed over $8.5 million in funds raised for cancer research. This work includes managing more than 1400 climber/fundraisers as they aspire to ascend mountain peaks across the Pacific Northwest and on four continents.

Lisa is a lifelong Washingtonian and graduated from Washington

State University. She spends her free time reading, hiking,

snowboarding and volunteering her time with organizations focused on children, cancer research and the outdoors. An adventurer at heart, she’s climbed mountains all over the world for charity, completed marathons and loves exploring beautiful terrain.

 

 

 

Nikola Lakic

Director of Media

Nikola graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. After spending several years working corporate communications and executive assisting C-level executives at a billion dollar company, he formed his own marketing and media agency, Lakic Creative. His love for creating is second to his enthusiasm and passion for everything he does. He currently works with small companies to create marketing materials and high quality video productions for web and social media. Nikola is an avid soccer and tennis player. He enjoys running, creating engaging content and spending time with his girlfriend, Bella Chaffey, and their two dogs, Toby and Pookie.

Nikola has helped develop all of Alexander’s Hope’s media including videos, photos and graphics while volunteering at all events!

 

Liz Strathy-Merrill

Board Member

Liz is the Vice President of Investor Services for the Sound Equity Debt Fund and Owner of Sweat Equity Gym (Seattle and San Diego) and is a personal Health/Balance Coach. She attended the University of Washington on athletic scholarship (swimming). Giving back to the community has always been hugely important to Liz. She has raised money to build 8 fresh water wells in Africa as well as a pre-school and hosted fundraisers for the Family Seal Foundation and served on the board of Childhaven for 2 terms. Liz has continued her love for sport her entire life. She has completed over 10 marathons and ultra-marathons as well as many long-distance bike races. Her passion is to combine the lessons and habits taught through sport and business to help women of all socioeconomic and physical backgrounds to truly become their very best selves. To optimize their potential and to use these gifts to change the world.

 

 

Kathy Binder

Board Member

Kathy Binder serves as the board chairperson of a Kent-based high-tech manufacturing company while dedicating herself to providing underserved children the best education possible. Kathy served on the board of directors of the League of Education Voters Foundation and Stand for Children. She is a founding board member of the Washington State Charter Schools Association and served as a founding board member of one of the first local charter schools to open in the state of Washington. Kathy serves as an advisory board member for the Seattle Urban Academy, a high school for some of the highest risk children in the greater Seattle area. All of these nonprofit organizations organize their work around the principle that underserved and at-risk students deserve an equal opportunity for success in education.

Additionally to Kathy’s extensive work on nonprofit boards, she is the mother of two children and a new grandmother of a grandson and owns an aerospace company with her husband.

 

 

Alexander Chaffey

Board Member

Alexander is currently exploring areas of study that impassionate him. He loves writing, music, the study of animals (especially marine life), and video games. He is able to continue pursuing these passions due to the lifesaving heart transplant he received in September of 2017. An unexpected emergency following a family vacation led to him being hospitalized in August of 2017, and he was put on an artificial heart. Due to the generosity of a donor, he was able to receive a transplant remarkably quickly and that saved his life. He has made a full recovery!

 

 

Sophia Chaffey

Board Member

Sophia Chaffey is a student at the University of Washington. Along with studying for her undergraduate, she is part of the UW Women’s National Championship Rowing Team. When not rowing, Sophia works as a lifeguard and enjoys spending time outside hiking, swimming, and biking. Alexander’s Hope has a special place in her heart, since she witnessed Alexander’s journey firsthand. Her competitive drive and winner’s mentality makes her a strong addition to the Alexander’s Hope Board of Directors.

 

 

Margo Engberg

Board Member

Margo Engberg is the mother of four adopted children and is also helping raise a few of her nieces and nephews. She is the CEO and Founder of PinkaBella Cupcakes, a story that was inspired by her adopted children, who had never had a birthday party. Though running her company of five stores, and a franchise keeps her busy, her priority is her family and serving her community. Margo has served on many charity auctions as a chair member, as well as working for outreach organizations for children at risk, doing anything from serving meals to mentoring. More than anything, Margo is passionate about people, especially those in need.

 

 

 

Georgina Frantz

Board Member

Georgina is from the United Kingdom and moved to the United States at a young age. After graduating from Western Washington University, Georgina worked in corporate events, managing multi-million dollar budgets and overseeing production of national and international programs. While enjoying a challenging and creative career, she never felt truly fulfilled with her 9-to-5.

Georgina has a passion for philanthropy, specifically working for the development of youth through education and physical rehabilitation of disabilities. She volunteered through the Junior League of Seattle prior to joining Alexander’s Hope. Georgina left the corporate world in 2020 with the arrival of her daughter, in hopes of dedicating more time to family and community service. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family and their two King Charles Cavaliers.

Angelina Olson

Board Member

Angelina is a health advocate and entrepreneur. She opened The Wallflower in 1993, a retail store at Bellevue Square and ran it for 9 years. She currently runs her own growing health and wellness business with Arbonne. She often uses her business as a platform to create awareness and opportunities for people to come together to give and make an impact.

Angelina has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Speech Communications. She has been involved with the National Charity League Board for 6 years and has served as Vice President of Philanthropy.

Angelina has a Passion for serving children and giving them opportunities to flourish. Philanthropies that she is actively involved with are Jubilee Reach, Children’s Hospital and Alexander’s Hope. She enjoys creating memories with her husband and 3 children along with gardening, hiking, golfing and traveling.