The Whatcom Dream

(360) 319-3759

2303 Moore St, Bellingham, WA 98229, USA

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Meet the Team

Trudy Shuravloff

Executive Director

Trudy is a 2004 graduate of The Whatcom Dream, along with her husband John.

Brenda DeFrank

Financial Oversight Manager

Detailed, organized, patient and kind. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe Brenda DeFrank. She is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.

Michael De Frank

Donor Development

  Michael DeFrank is an invaluable team member. His years of fundraising at The University of Texas bring the necessary skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

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John Sykes

Class Facilitator

John Sykes joined The Whatcom Dream with the vision of offering financial literacy opportunities for all residents of Whatcom County. He facilitates our program with experience and integrity.

John R. Walstad

Class Facilitator/New Markets Manager

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. John facilitates financial classes, as well as Poverty IQ Workshops. He is also responsible for expansion possibilities into new markets and John's specialty is knowledge of senior citizen related financial concerns.

Francisco Ulate

Spanish Curriculum Developer and Class Facilitator

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Francisco Ulate manages all of our classes for Spanish Speaking Whatcom County residents. Francisco has a very positive attitude that tends to be infectious to those around him. He is deeply committed to helping others move forward to a better quality of life.

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Kevin Stray

Class Facilitator/Financial Coach

Kevin Stray brings a long held passion for helping others with their money to The Whatcom Dream. He particularly excels at one on one coaching and working with couples and families. His demeanor is open, encouraging and friendly.


Whatcom Dream Mascot

Emma is The Whatcom Dream's official mascot. Originally from Sacramento, she brings acceptance, kindness and love to our organization. She is a role model for all of us.



Would you like to explore the idea of joining our team? Like any non-profit, we rely on our hard working, generous volunteers. Together, we can talk about what getting involved could look like for YOU!