STAFF

Lake City Seniors has a tight knit, small but mighty team. We are comprised of three full time and one part time staff member with many instructors, volunteers and community partners helping make our senior center run smoothly.

Vedrana Durakovic
Program Manager


Vedrana has lived and worked abroad for many years in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has worked in the area of social justice, human rights and philanthropy for the last decade. Her academic background is in conflict resolution and she is passionate about creating positive change and impact in her community. Vedrana loves to read and write in her free time, as well as stay active by going hiking, backpacking, and engaging in many other outdoors activities.

Akira Ohiso
Social Worker

Akira has worked with older adults for the past fifteen years. His past experience includes Holocaust survivors, older adults living with HIV/AIDS, seniors experiencing homelessness and low-income residents of a New York City Housing Authority building. The common thread is that each of these populations was impacted by systemic inequity at the intersection of racism, ageism, gender-inequality and homophobia. Trauma-informed work is always an integral component to his work.  In his personal life, he is a working artist. Creativity is important to him not only in the arts, but in his work life. He coordinates arts programming at the Lake City Community Center. He believes that creativity can help foster confidence, improve mental health, decreases isolation and inspires greater change with clients, colleagues and society.

Justin Ferguson
Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Justin joined the Lake City Senior Center in May of 2022. Justin is originally from Texas, moving to Seattle in March of 2021. He has an academic background in communications and a deep passion for working with the community. He enjoys writing in his free time and can often be found at the theater watching the latest superhero movie. As a former barista, he can also make a mean cup of coffee.

John Feuerstein
Digital Equity Coordinator

John is joining the team to assist community members with technology resources and help troubleshoot technology issues. He studied Electrical Engineering and is experienced in solving all sorts of problems with computers, phones, and other devices. He knows tech can be frustrating and wants to help others feel more comfortable using their devices to connect with their community. John loves a good card game with friends and playing trumpet with the North Seattle jazz ensemble. He looks forward to learning how he can help you use tech to connect to the things that you love.


VOLUNTEERS AND INSTRUCTORS

Cindy, Latin Dance Instructor  

Rachel, Music and Mindfulness instructor

Annie, Gentle Chair Yoga

Daniel, Tai Chi Instructor   

Mish Mish, Rock n’ Roll Aerobics Instructor  

Mark, Wed. Walk leader