Ahndrea L. Blue, Esquire

President/CEO

Ahndrea is the president and CEO of Pinnacle Equities Investments, (2002) a private equity investment firm., realizing 500 percent of its assets within one year.  Ahndrea is also the Founder, President, and CEO of The Making A Difference Foundation (2003).

Prior to establishing her own business, Ahndrea was the Washington States Governor’s Executive Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel.  Additionally, she worked for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle as their Chief Operating Officer, and was an attorney at law for Lee, Smart, Cook, Martin & Patterson, in Seattle.

Ms. Blue has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in African American Studies and Society and Justice, from the University of Washington, receiving quarterly and yearly honors.  She also obtained her Juris Doctorate, from the University of Washington, School of Law.

Ms. Blue has a wealth of professional and scholastic honors, including Washington State Bar Association, YLD, Thomas Nevelle Pro Bono Award ;  Minority Academic Achievement Scholarship ; Derrick Bell Academic Achievement Award; Earl Warren Legal Academic Achievement Scholarship; Royal Esquire Academic Achievement Scholarship; Myra Davis Hemming Academic Achievement Award; Black Professional Aeronautical Academic Achievement Award; Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society ; Minority Affairs Black Achievement Award.

Ahndrea received the Ford Freedom’s Sisters Civil Rights Award, 2012 Redeeming the Prophet Vision Social Award, Finalist for the 2012 Black Change Maker Award, Black Celebrity Giving, the 2011 Jefferson “Public Service” Award and 2010 Attorney Community Service Award from the Washington State Bar Association,  She is also the 2008 recipient of National Black Philanthropist of the Year Award.  She has also been featured in the King County Bar Association Newsletter Article “Pro Bono Heroes,” Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses; and Ebony Magazine Article, “30 Leaders, 30 and Under”.  She has also been a Key Note Speaker, Family Policy Annual Conference; Speaker, Washington State Church of God In Christ Women Convention; Speaker, Washington State Church of God in Christ Annual Convention; and Speaker, National Urban League Convention.

She has published articles such as Seasons, Central Area Senior Service Center;  Hanging Together, Central Area Senior Service Center Annual Report; Is Society Colorblind?  African American Business and Employment Journal; Who Is Going to Educate Our Children? African American Business and Employment Journal.

Ms. Blue also has affiliations with: Washington State Bar Association, Board Member; Washington Food Coalition (2018-Present); Food Lifeline Coalition (2017), Board Member; Matt Talbott Center (2009-2011), Board Member; Board Member, New Futures;  Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association Diversity Committee, University of Washington, Friends of Equal Opportunity Program; New Life Baptist Church;  Steering Community for Access to Technology; Washington State Advisory Committee of School Safety; Board Member, Lifelong Aid Alliance; Board Member, BRIDGE; Families for Kids; Vice President, Gender, and Justice, Washington Women Lawyers; Attorney General Bullying Task Force; Commissioner, City of Seattle Women’s Commission; Executive Committee Member/Co-chair of Legal Redress Committee NAACP, Seattle Branch; Vice President, Youth Chaplaincy Program; Board Member, Chicken Soup Brigade; Vice President/Board Member, Central Area Senior Service Center; Steering Committee Member, NO! I-200; U.S Justice Department Weed and Seed Advisory Committee; Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America, Urban Emphasis Committee; Board Member, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle; King County Women Lawyers Association; Loren Miller Bar Association; Sub-Regional Director, Black Law Students Association; Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Ahndrea loves traveling around the world performing missionary work in places such as Peru, Chile, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, and Haiti.

Ms. Blue purpose in life is to make a difference in thelives of others.  She credits her faith in God, and her loving and supporting family and friends for her success.  She is a living example that God is faithful in all things


Chinh Le

Technical Developer

Chinh is the Technical Developer for The Making a Difference Foundation. He has completed an Associates in Computer Sciences at Tacoma Community College and now following Computer Science major as a junior at University of Washington Tacoma for pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Having a passion in programming, Chinh usually spends most of his time in front of the computer to research new coding knowledge.

Chinh is currently maintaining the mobile application for Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank.


Chris Morgan

Accountant

Chris is the accountant for The Making A Difference Foundation, and a Tacoma native.  She attended Central Washington State University receiving BA in both Sociology and Anthropology. Upon graduation, she worked as a Social Worker for ten years with handicapped and at-risk youth populations.  She returned to school to receive her BA in Accounting with a specialty in non-profit and small business.   Outside of work, you will find her at the Theater or on the Wallyball court at the YMCA, or volunteering her time by serving on several Not for Profit Boards.


Darian Willis

Administrative Assistant / Data Entry Clerk

Darian is her first year at Pacific Lutheran University. She has completed an Associates in Art at Centralia College and is now working to get her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and minoring in Psychology. She grew up in Winlock, WA and graduated in 2017 with a class of thirty-three students.

Darian is an administrative assistant and data entry for Making a Difference Foundation.


Emmanuel Owusu-Kyereko

Homes for Veterans (H4V) Program Manager

As a Christian who spends most of his time in church, Emmanuel participates in outreach missions to support showing love to one another. He grew up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in a small country called Ghana. Graduating from KNUST with first class in BSc. Actuarial Science and Statistics, he currently pursues his masters’ degree in Marketing Research at Pacific Lutheran University. He spends his free time listening to sermons and gospel music, participating in church activities, and relaxing by playing video games while listening to sermons, gospel music, and hanging out with church friends.


Joseph Gramling

Social Media Coordinator

Joseph is the Social Media Coordinator for The Making a Difference Foundation and a full-time student at the University of Washington Tacoma. Having grown up witnessing the evolution of the internet as a means of creating meaningful connections first-hand, Joseph has the detailed and nuanced understanding of social media necessary to represent The Making a Difference Foundation in the ever-growing digital landscape.

When he isn’t glued to a smartphone or computer screen, he spends time studying business management and learning to cook. He is currently working on developing an algorithm to most effectively connect enthusiastic volunteers to The Making a Difference Foundation.


Kate Lychik

Russian/Ukrainian Outreach Food Bank Assistant 

As the youngest daughter to first generation Ukrainian immigrants, Kate has five siblings. She was born and raised in Tacoma Washington, and attends Pacific Lutheran University. Her goal is to complete a major in chemistry and later pursue a career in the medical field as an anesthesiologist. Her other ardent interests include music, being a PLU singer, and writing fiction.


Samantha Ball

Food Bank Manager

Samantha Ball is our Food Bank Manager at Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank.
She studied Criminal Justice at Pierce College with a goal of helping people. She is a single mother of three spectacular girls. Samantha is a very cheerful and hard working woman who has overcome many difficult obstacles. She is ecstatic to help all the clients with Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank.


Sharlene Rojas Apodaca

Food Bank Assistant/ Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Sharlene is in her first year at Pacific Lutheran University. She is working to get her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies and minoring in English. She grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco and Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Federal Way in 2014 and graduated in 2017 from Decatur High School.

Sharlene is a food bank assistant and Hispanic outreach coordinator for Making a Difference Foundation.


Shelly Spencer

Grant Writer

Shelly is the grant writer for Making A Difference Foundation. Shelly has been a copywriter for the past 25 years with a specialty in grant writing for various non-profit organizations for the past 17. She has written proposals to federal, state, local, and foundation funders earning clients $15+ million in grant and contract funding in the housing, homelessness, hunger, and domestic violence sectors, to name a few.

Shelly is a native to the Puget Sound area being born and raised on Vashon Island and graduating school in Federal Way. She enjoys spending time with her two kids as well as reading, writing, spending time outdoors hiking, floating the river, hanging out at the lake, and practicing photography on the side.


Virginia Menstell

Master Gardener

After graduating from Evergreen State College, Virginia launched a Naturalized Landscape Design & Installation firm. Her interest in native plants of the region resulted in studying Ethnobotany and acquiring a passion for sustainable practices. After more than 20 years of practicing her field, she decided to return to academic efforts and applied her knowledge of horticulture to Urban Agriculture and Carbon Farming. During her studies, Virginia published numerous on-line articles and presentations, both in-person and on-line. Topics were related to Urban Agriculture and small-scale farming.

She recently completed her Masters of Science and is currently serving the Making A Difference Foundation as the Gardens Manager. She has designed and established an Urban Garden Strip and a farm plot, Blair’s Sanctuary Garden. These gardens supply organically raised crops to Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank, the third largest food bank in Tacoma Washington. She loves speaking to folks and volunteers at the gardens, sharing content on sustainable practices and methods for raising organic crops.


Yesenia Rodriguez

Latino Outreach Food Bank Assistant

As a senior at Pacific Lutheran University, Yesenia will receive her B.S. in psychology in May 2019 and she plans to get her masters in nursing next. Giving back to her community and continuing to learn about her culture, Yesenia serves the Hispanic East-Tacoma community delivering groceries and more as the Latino Outreach. When she isn’t at work or school you can find her at the beach, bowling alley, or riding scooters downtown.