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.
Kate Cornelius (she/her)
Kate Cornelius is the Program Manager for Lake City Senior Center. Prior to joining the team, she worked on the economic justice program at Open Society Foundations. Kate also brings several years of experience working for smaller nonprofit organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities in New York City and Washington, DC. She is passionate about human rights and social justice and is excited to leverage her program management expertise to advance antiracism and enhance accountability to the community we serve. Kate holds a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University. She recently relocated back to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to friends and family. Outside of work, Kate enjoys hiking, baking, and playing board games with friends.
Samaa Aiad (she/her)
Samaa is excited to be a part of Sound Generations and to work with older adults in Lake City. She brings about 8 years of experience in various settings in the social services and nonprofit world. The past couple of years she has worked as a mental therapist and counselor for youth and adults. Samaa specializes in working with trauma, eating disorders, anxiety and depression and she uses a strength-based, client-focused approach. Samaa believes that it’s crucial to meet a client where they are, recognizing that humans are complex with different identities and life experiences. Samaa completed her undergraduate degree at University of Washington in Community Psychology and attended the University at Buffalo for a Masters in Social Work. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local coffee shops and bookstores and hiking like every other Seattleite.
Justin Ferguson (he/him)
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. Justin 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 (he/him)
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. John 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 – Zumba and Latin Dance instructor
Kate – Music and Mindfulness instructor
Annie – Gentle Chair Yoga instructor
Daniel – Tai Chi instructor
Mish Mish – Rock n’ Roll Aerobics instructor