Our Leadership

Our People

FareStart leaders are dedicated to transforming our community one life at a time. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance. We trust our students will use that second chance to turn their lives around. Our Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors work hand in hand. They are unrelenting in feeding the hearts, souls, and careers of our staff and volunteers--with new challenges and resources.

Senior Leadership Team


Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, Chief Executive Officer

Angela Dunleavy-Stowell was unanimously selected as FareStart’s CEO by the Board of Directors in 2018 due to her diverse leadership experience, business acumen and restaurant background. Angela was co-owner and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants for the past 11 years. She oversaw 16 restaurants, $30 million in annual revenue and 420 employees.

While many people know her for her business accomplishments, Angela has been supporting and leading nonprofit efforts for years.

She sits on the board of the United Way of King County and co-chaired its $40 million 2017-2018 annual fundraising campaign. In 2012, Angela co-founded Eat Run Hope, a 5K and culinary event that benefitted the Fetal Health Foundation. She has also volunteered and raised money for numerous organizations such as Amara, Russell Wilson’s WhyNotYou Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pike Place Foundation and other local charities and schools.

In 2013, Angela was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” She is also part of their “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame. She and Ethan Stowell received the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award. She has been honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 “Women of Influence” and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met Magazine. Angela enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring the city with her two sons.


Michelle McDaniel, Chief Development Officer & VP of National Programs

Michelle McDaniel is the Chief Development Officer for FareStart, overseeing fundraising, marketing, communications, community engagement, volunteer services and FareStart's national program Catalyst Kitchens for the organization. Michelle regularly serves on non-profit boards and advisory councils, as well as guest lectures at universities throughout the region.

In 2017, she received the first-ever Innovator Award from City University of Seattle’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.

Prior to joining FareStart, Michelle was the Regional Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross, Western Washington Chapters.

2019 FareStart Board of Directors

President: Ken Hart, Cornerstone Advisors Inc.
Past President: Cate Hardy, PCC Community Markets
Treasurer: Julaine Smith, Accountant Smart LLC
Secretary: Tricia McKay Lincoln, LUMA Consulting

Bill Adamucci, Community Funding Group
Sue Bevington, Microsoft
Michelle Burns, Starbucks Coffee Company
Gail DeGiulio, Community Volunteer
Rodger Kohn, Tousley Brain Stephens
Judy Meleliat, Aegis Living
Craig Russell, Community Volunteer
Joanna Smith, Community Volunteer
Bettina Stix, Amazon
Brian Surratt, Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Nicole Trimble, FSG

Ex-Officio Members: Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, FareStart CEO

Ryan Dean, Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Dean joined FareStart in 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer after spending nearly twelve years as Director of Finance and Administration at the Seattle Aquarium. Prior to the Seattle Aquarium, Ryan held senior finance positions at IBM, Real Networks, Sequent Computers and Boston Market. He holds a Masters in International Management and a bachelor's degree in Finance. Ryan is an avid cyclist and ultimate Frisbee player. He coaches youth ultimate in the Seattle Public Schools in his free time.

Matt Gurney, Vice President, Social Enterprise

Matt Gurney joined FareStart in 2000 as the Youth Barista Program Developer. Now the Vice President of Social Enterprise, Matt leads all FareStart businesses, including FareStart’s School Meals, Community Meals, The FareStart Restaurant (Lunch and Guest Chef Night), FareStart Catering, and two cafés located in the 2100 building and Pacific Tower, respectively. Matt is active in the Social Enterprise community, recently completing Stanford Business School’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship and delivering a presentation on Social Enterprise at Catalyst Kitchen’s Biennial Member’s Summit. When he’s not at FareStart, Matt serves on the board of BikeWorks (a non-profit dedicated to promoting the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth), coaches his son’s youth soccer team, plays ultimate Frisbee and enjoys a strong cup of Seattle coffee.

Molly Hancock, Vice President, Programs

As the Vice President of Programs at FareStart, Molly Hancock is responsible for the adult culinary job training program, the youth barista education and training program, youth culinary and customer service program, student and graduate support services and public funding.  Molly was previously a FareStart board member for 9 years including service as board chair, and joined FareStart as a staff member in early 2012.  Molly also serves as the Board Chair for Jubilee Women’s Center, a provider of transitional housing and services for women experiencing poverty.  Molly is also the Past President of the Seattle chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an association of professional women in foodservice and the culinary arts, and serves on the Downtown Seattle Metropolitan Improvement District Advisory Board. Prior to joining FareStart staff Molly was Director of Strategy at Starbucks Coffee Company and was the Chief Operating Officer for Larry’s Markets and for Consolidated Restaurants.