Northshore Senior Center names new CEO

By Bob Kirkpatrick

Nathan Phillips, former chief administrative officer at the YMCA of Greater Seattle has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Northshore Senior Center. He takes over for Brooke Knight who has overseen operations of the senior center since 2018.

In their search to find a suitable replacement for Knight, Northshore Senior Center Board president Suzanne Greathouse said in an Oct. 4 press release the board was impressed by Phillips who also oversaw the design and construction of the Kent YMCA which opened in 2019.

Phillips assumed his new position on Oct. 18

“The Northshore Senior Center’s vision to build a community where everyone leads full, healthy, and inspired lives aligns squarely with my career experience and passion,” says Phillips. “As we emerge from the pandemic, I am looking forward to hearing the community’s ideas about how we can rebuild bigger and better than before.”

During her four years at the senior center, Knight orchestrated a levy campaign to fund improvements at the organization’s Bothell campuses, oversaw the expansion of its social services and food programs, and worked tirelessly on improvements for Northshore Senior Center members. 

Greathouse hinted Knight might be best remembered for the way she handled the center’s response to the COVID pandemic, moving in-person programs online and expanding food pantry services. 

“Both staff and members have recognized Brooke’s tremendous leadership in navigating the Northshore Senior Center through the pandemic crisis,” Greathouse said. “The board is grateful for her many contributions.”

Knight said her decision to step down as the head of operations at the senior center was not an easy one to make.

“It is with mixed emotion that I am leaving Northshore Senior Center. I can’t say enough about how great the organization is. It has truly been my honor to serve in the role of CEO over the past four years,” she said. “When a family member struggled with some serious health issues last summer it seemed the whole world was conspiring to remind me that life is short. After much soul-searching, I decided to leave my role at the senior center to pursue a life-long bucket list interest in real estate.

“I’m very excited for this next chapter of my life and the balance I believe it will afford my family and me. I fully intend to remain connected to Northshore Senior Center as a volunteer, donor and member.”

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