Meet the Team

Trudy Shuravloff

Executive Director

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

Marijo Hoffman
Administrative Assistant
Marijo's role is to keep things running smoothly and in a timely manner at our organization. Her communication skills are excellent and her organization helps us all work well as a team. 

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.

John Sykes

Financial 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/Poverty IQ Facilitator/New Markets

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.

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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.


Kevin Stray


Class Facilitator/One on One 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.

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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Emma Shuravloff

Official Whatcom Dream Mascot

 Originally from Sacramento, this special pup brings acceptance, kindness and love to our organization. Emma is a daily reminder for all of us that our past experiences, financial or otherwise,  do not necessarily have to determine our future.


The Whatcom Dream

#(360) 306-8324

1846 Iron St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA