Wellness House was established in 1988 to help cancer patients and their families in and around Yakima, Washington. When Mazie Meade was diagnosed with multiple cancers, her fighting spirit made her determined to change her fate and share this positive attitude with our community. At the time, there weren’t a lot of support services or resources in the Yakima area. Realizing there was a need, she wanted to make sure that people dealing with similar challenges had somewhere to go for support. She envisioned a place where people and their families could come together and talk about their experiences.
The meetings took place in in her home until the space became too small for the number of guests. For a few years, they met in borrowed and shared spaces, while always carrying along a laundry basket filled with books and articles the many attendees had collected. We still refer to this as our original library! After five years of shifting locations, members of this close-knit Yakima Valley community launched a campaign to buy a building and create what now serves as Wellness House and houses the Mazie Meade Memorial Library.
We are a small organization of four staff members and we rely heavily on the amazing support of our many volunteers. At Wellness House our goal is to create communities of hope and support. If you think you would benefit from becoming a part of our community, call us at 509-575-6686 or stop by and see us today!
Margaret has been with Wellness House since 2007 as the Development Director and then as the Executive Director. Margaret graduated from Lakeside School in Seattle and later earned a degree in business from the University of Puget Sound. She has used her education and experience to enrich the lives of others by serving her community for over eighteen years. As the Executive Director, she consistently acts as a responsible steward of donations and resources, keeping Wellness House stable throughout an unstable economy, while furthering Mazie's dream. Margaret's passion stems from the experience of working with the "amazing supporters, survivors, and volunteers of Wellness House". While she humbly gives credit to others, Margaret is a true inspiration to us all personally and professionally.
You will most likely meet Eunice at North Star Lodge Cancer Center. Eunice has worked at Wellness House as a volunteer, as well as Client Advocate and Community Outreach Liaison for over twenty years. Additionally, Eunice is the Volunteer Coordinator, and a Facilitator for Women Supporting Women Through Cancer and Friends and Family Support Groups. You will never feel alone with Eunice by your side, as her own survivorship provides the perfect blend of understanding, knowledge, quick wit and experience to assist you on your journey.
Amy was hired as a part time Client Advocate, in-house Counselor, and Facilitator for the Women's Depression Support Group, after completing her internship placement through Washington State University in April of 2008. While Amy continues to provide counseling and group facilitation, she is now the full-time Program Director designing and creating programs to expand services in keeping with the mission of Wellness House and Mazie's dreams, and helping raise funds to support our programs. Amy holds a BA in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from Washington State University. Aside from counseling, Amy was a successful business owner for over eleven years. Due to her personal experiences, she was called away from business administration to serve others on their wellness journey.
Jodi was born and raised in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. After graduating from high school, she left the Hawaiian Islands to attend college at the University of Oregon and University of Washington. She moved to Yakima in 1995 to raise her children and be close to family. For the past 20 years Jodi has dedicated her time and energy to raising her family, organizing events and fundraisers at several local non-profit organizations, and working professionally.
Jodi was employed at the Multiple Listing Service for 13 years, assisting members with continuing education classes, political action fundraisers, website maintenance, communications, dues billing and payments, as well as all other “duties as assigned”. This enabled her to gain the flexibility needed when working for small organizations! Most recently she was Executive Assistant and Office Manager at the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties, which included event coordination, assisting with grant writing, annual giving campaign and communications, as well as the daily operation of the office.
Jodi joined Wellness House in December 2016. She is eager to use her marketing, communication and organizational skills, her experience in developing and growing volunteer and non-profit organizations, and her passion for our mission to work on behalf of Wellness House and our clients.