Mary Nader Executive Director
Coming together with others to serve a higher purpose has always attracted Mary to North Kitsap Fishline. She believes that something special happens between people when they work together to accomplish something noble. Fishline drew her in with the vibrancy and kindness that she saw throughout the organization.
Mary received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming from Purdue University in Indiana, which took her in the direction of her First career in the technology sector. Mary became the Fishline Volunteer Coordinator in 2010 but quickly transitioned into the position as Executive Director in 2011.
Mary is the oldest of four and has three sisters spread throughout the US.
In addition to her role with Fishline, Mary also serves as the President for the North Kitsap Rotary Club.
Sandra Allen Client Services
Sandra joined the North Kitsap Fishline team in November of 2016. She says, “The message of neighbors helping neighbors is what drew me to the organization. I am moved by the generosity of our community and the positive impact this generosity brings to those in need. My heart is full knowing that I am part of organization that shows compassion and values human dignity and respect.”
Since graduating summa cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Minor in Sociology, she has devoted her time to improving quality of life and strengthening community. In her previous position as a case manager, she partnered with the Department of Social and Health Services to help prepare welfare recipients for self-sufficiency and transition to gainful employment. Sandra also served as a Hospice Counselor, helping provide patients and families the emotional, social and spiritual support needed during end-of-life care.
Sandra has been married for 17 years and is a mother of two. In her spare time, she like walking, biking, camping, knitting and enjoying the company of her family and friends.
As a passionate supporter of community, Sandra has served in many volunteer positions. Some of these include, actively volunteers at her children’s schools, Camp Quixote Homeless tent camp in Olympia, WA and advocate for foster children in Thurston County, WA.
Linda Burris Market Manager
Linda and her husband began volunteering at North Kitsap Fishline when they moved to Poulsbo in 2014. By the time the Market Manager position opened about 8 months later, she knew that Fishline was an organization of good people and great vision – and one that Linda says, “it’s an honored to work here.”
Burris has a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology and spent 28 years in private athletic club management in Denver, CO, specializing in staff development, customer service training, programming innovation and corporate fitness. She spent three years exploring Alaska as a tour driver-guide for Holland America-Princess, based in Juneau, AK.
When Linda isn’t working, she enjoys Hiking, off-road cycling, anything outdoors and spending time with her husband, two daughters, one son, and grandbaby.
Linda’s hobbies have led her on may adventures. She has competed as a competitive triathlete, including two Ironman Triathlon, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and was part of an Outward-Bound house-building team for the Maasai people in southern Kenya.
Raelenea (Rae) Copus Front Desk
Rae has been with North Kitsap Fishline since 2007. Her roles started as a combination volunteer manager and client advocate. Over the years, Rodriguez’s role has evolved with the growing needs of the community and she says, “I consider Fishline my second home.”
A bachelor’s degree in Human Services has helped Rae fulfill her passion to serve the people in community. Other experience includes worked in Banking, owned her own Preschool and interned at the Bremerton Police Department back in the day.
To recharge her batteries, Rae enjoys spending time with her grandchildren at the beach, camping, reading, kayaking, decorating, family and church. She would also like to build Tiny Homes!