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Human Services Commission Members

The Human Services Commission is an advisory commission of the city of Lynnwood. The Commission shall focus on meeting the needs of Lynnwood's lower income residents, the homeless, seniors, veterans, victims of abuse, youth and other needs the Commission finds to be underserved. The Commission shall have the power and responsibility to perform the following functions:

  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in regards to meeting the human services needs of the greater Lynnwood community;
  • Prepare and maintain the Lynnwood Human Services Plan for adoption by the City Council;
  • Prioritize community human services needs;
  • Evaluate proposals that would seek to use city resources to meet human services needs;
  • Evaluate program success in meeting service goals; and
  • Advocate for funding and other resources required to meet identified services needs.

Members of the Commission shall be appointed to a three-year term. Members shall represent the general citizenry and have an interest in human services and a commitment to human services. Individuals with knowledge and understanding of human services, such as a background that provides experience in addressing the needs of youth, seniors, veterans, homeless, etc. is highly desirable. Five of the seven members must be residents of Lynnwood.

Human Services Needs Assessment Survey

In July 2019 the Human Services Commission conducted a Human Services Needs Assessment. We received over 170 community responses to this survey and we are now in the process of analyzing the data and developing recommendations to present to the Mayor and City Council. Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out the survey - your thoughts and opinions are valuable to us in creating a Human Services action plan! 

Commission Members

This Commission was created by the Lynnwood City Council in November of 2015.

Position # Member Term Expires 
 #1  Vanessa Villavicencio  December 31, 2019
 #2  VACANT  December 31, 2019
 #3  Kathy Coffey  December 31, 2020
 #4  Sandi Farkas  December 31, 2020
 #5  Pam Hurst  December 31, 2020
 #6  Michelle Reitan  December 31, 2021
 #7  Mary Anne Dillon  December 31, 2021
 Council Liaison  Christine Frizzell  


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Staff Contact

If you would like more information on the Human Services Commission, please contact Lynn Sordel at lsordel@lynnwoodwa.gov or 425-670-5501.

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