Kate Robertson – Executive Director
Originally from Ohio, Kate came to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 and immediately knew this is where she belonged. She spent a decade in Seattle following a winding path that led her through the fields of social work, banking, care-giving, and specialty coffee. After moving to Bellingham in 2012, Kate returned to her social work roots and began working with Northwest Youth Services, eventually helping design and implement the Homeless Outreach Team at the Opportunity Council. Kate is known for collaboration, deep listening, and a drive to breathe new life into systems. She is excited to serve ReUse Works, an organization focused on creating space for individuals through the job-training program and minimizing the impact of waste on our planet.
Bobby Ellingsen – Sales and Customer Service
Bobby is a Bellingham native who came to Appliance Depot as a trainee from Opportunity Council’s Work First Employment program. It didn’t take us long to realize what an asset he was to our organization and we found a way to hire him on. Bobby has a warmth, kindness, and a comfortable way with people that is as welcoming to customers as it is to trainees and fellow staff members. You can find Bobby out on the sales floor, driving our truck, cleaning, recycling, and doing just about anything else that needs to get done. When not at Appliance Depot, Bobby spends his time with his 4 year old son, visiting family and friends, collecting rare coins, and going camping whenever the weather permits.
Steven Ellis – Technician
Steve anchors the shop operations, testing and re-conditioning appliances and overseeing the parts removal process for machines that can’t be saved. He’s a lifelong resident of Whatcom County and a graduate of Squalicum High School. Steve received his AA degree from Bellingham Technical College in the Appliance and Refrigeration Technology Program. He’s also Department of Labor certified as an Appliance Electrician and NARDA certified for refrigerant recovery. He is proud of the work he does with Appliance Depot and likes seeing the confidence that trainees gain in learning a new skill. In his spare time he enjoys camping and hiking in the Cascades.
Jun D. Mariano – Assistant Technician/Driver
Jun moved to Bellingham from Hawaii in 2010 and came to Appliance Depot through the Community Jobs program. His strong work ethic and leadership by example proved him an exemplary trainee and later earned him a position as part of our core staff. Jun is the one person in the shop who does a bit of everything, from teaching new staff to cleaning appliances to delivery. He sees what needs to be done and does it. He has a gentleness which trainees respond well to. What he enjoys about his work is that it keeps him busy and allows him to help people in the community. On days off he enjoys spending time with his family and watching football.
Mel Monkelis – Program Manager
Mel Monkelis has over 20 years of experience in managing non-profits ranging from an environmental professional association to Whatcom Events and the Ski to Sea Race. His degree in Human Services matches well with the different groups he has interacted with in the non-profit sector. He came to Bellingham in 2000 from the Seattle area where he had spent 10 years. His favorite saying is “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t mind who gets the credit.” Mel is married to Martha. They spend their time taking care of the one half acre of garden at their house. When not gardening, he enjoys his time exploring new areas in short weekend road-trips with his wife.
Linda Suther – Business Manager
Linda came to ReUse Works in the fall of 2017. A retired aerospace executive, she found ReUse Works to be the right environment to take advantage of her business skill set as well as a place to grow. Linda holds a Certification in Quickbooks Accounting, a Bachelor of Science Degree and is both a Certified Purchasing and Inventory Control Manager (CPIM) and Lean Manufacturing Administrator. Her favorite things about her job include helping people while helping to save the environment. It’s a brilliant idea and very satisfying to be able to play a part. She also loves that it is both a production and retail environment. In her free time Linda plays guitar, flute, sews, snow skis and volunteers for the Mount Baker Volunteer Ski Patrol in fund raising and business systems support.
Celina Tate – Media Specialist
Originally from Vancouver Island, Celina was lured by love to Bellingham in 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr University and has worked in the areas of advertising, print production, and as a freelance graphic designer. Outside of work, Celina keeps busy doing lots of volunteer design work, teaching character development classes to young children, reading to her kids, taking pictures of her food, and walking for miles. She used to walk for kilometers, but has finally given up and converted from metric. After a few years of playing stay-at-home mom, Celina was excited to rejoin the Ragfinery team where she gets to wear many “hats” and put her degree to good use doing meaningful work.
Rodger Taylor – Delivery Driver/Sales
Rodger is Appliance Depot’s face in the community, driving our truck around town for pickups and deliveries, and doubling as our customer service guy when needed. Rodger came to us from the Community Jobs program. After demonstrating his skill and dedication as a trainee, he was the top candidate when a job opened up for a driver. He brings years of experience in the trades industry and a laid-back demeanor which lends itself well to his work. When Rodger isn’t at work, he’s usually playing video games or taking his Siberian Husky for a walk. What he likes most about his job are the great people and the novelty of each day.