NWCDC has a strong team of Cooperative Development Practitioners ready to assist you and your cooperative. Skills specific to start-up and organizational business development include feasibility research, business planning, financial management, dynamic governance (Sociocracy), accountability models, governance training, communications, strategic planning, and group facilitation.
All Center work is guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set and agreed upon by co-op development leaders.

Diane Gasaway: Executive Director

Diane joined the Center in 2003 and together with the NWCDC Board of Directors has been responsible for building the Center into what it is today. Her specialty is in strategic planning, co-op education, co-op development, grant administration, and budget management for a multitude of projects. Diane has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. She received a Master of Public Administration (with a co-op emphasis) from The Evergreen State College.



Victoria O’Banion: Marketing and Acquisitions Specialist

Victoria  recently joined Northwest Cooperative Development Center and serves as the marketing and acquisitions specialist for ROC Northwest. Victoria brings with her nearly seven years of project and program management experience with Rebuilding Together, most recently as the Senior Director, National Programs and Strategic Partnerships. Victoria is well versed in the affordable housing arena and has experience in worker and consumer cooperatives. She lives in Spokane with her husband, two dogs and six chickens.


Sam Green: Financial Officer

Sam joined NWCDC in 2014 as a volunteer becoming a staff with the Resident Owned Community program in 2015. After several years as marketing and acquisition specialist Sam moved into his current position as Financial Officer. He manages grant applications, the center’s bookkeeping, and efforts to establish NWCDC as a Community Development Financial Institution.  Sam is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.



Dr. John A. McNamara: Senior Cooperative Development Specialist

John joined NWCDC in the Spring of 2014. John has 26 years of practical experience in the worker cooperative world with Union Cab of Madison.  John holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Masters in Management: Cooperative and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax). As a student researcher, he assisted in the development of the Co-op Index Report, a tool for measuring co-ops against the values and principles of cooperation. He taught a summer course on worker cooperatives at The Evergreen State College (2014-2018) and at Presidio Graduate School in their Cooperative Management Certificate and co-edited a collection of essays on measuring co-operatives available as an e-book at no cost from the Cooperative Difference. John also serves as Chair of the Union-Coops Council of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Deborah Craig: Cooperative Development Specialist
Deborah Craig joined the NWCDC in the Spring of 2014. Deborah has over 20 years of experience in cooperative management, specializing in Human Resources in the Food Co-op and Home Care Co-op industries. She has a Master’s degree from Western Washington University. In addition to working with NWCDC, Deborah serves as a peer adviser with the Democracy at Work Network. Deborah is also part of the first cohort of Democracy at Work Institute’s Fellows. Deborah specializes in home care/caregiver cooperatives as well as working with the ROC Northwest program.


Cristina Klatovsky: Cooperative Development Specialist
Critstina joined NWCDC at the beginning of March 2018. She works out of Yakima, WA, and primarily covers the Eastern Washington service area for the ROCNW program.  She brings to NWCDC over 20 years of experience training diverse groups in shared governance, program management, and conducting extensive community outreach throughout the area. Cristina is passionate about community engagement, facilitating training and presentations. As a certified Spanish/English Interpreter, she is committed to assuring the opportunity to participate for all regardless of language. Cristina has hit the ground running, falling in love with every community she visits and looks forward to every bit of it.


Fred Medlicott: Cooperative Development Specialist
Fred volunteered for NWCDC as an intern in the fall of 2017 and joined the staff in June 2018. Fred finished his Bachelor’s at The Evergreen State College and joined the 2019 cohort for the  Masters in Management: Cooperatives and Credit Unions program at Saint Mary’s University. He works primarily in the ROC NW program but also provides other cooperative development support as needed.

Sascha Fischel-Freeman: Cooperative Development Specialist

Sascha joined NWCDC in 2020. His introduction to cooperatives came from the CECOSESOLA cooperative network in Barquisimeto, Venezuela where he worked for four years. Later, he worked for the Shelton School District in Shelton, WA where he coordinated the district’s program for homeless youth and families. As an employee of the district, he worked to implement restorative alternatives to zero tolerance discipline, and worked as an advocate for immigrant communities, other communities of color and youth experiencing homelessness. Sascha holds a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College focusing in community studies and youth development and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Cultural Studies in Education. He is excited to partner with communities around the state of Washington to develop and foster internal leadership and to develop systems of mutual support. Sascha is a bilingual, English-Spanish speaker.

Daniel Luis Arrañaga: Cooperative Development Specialist
Daniel joined NWCDC as a technical assistance provider for the ROC program in the Fall of 2014. Daniel has 7 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and was a co-founder and chair for a start-up food co-op in Eastern Washington. Daniel spent over a year in West Africa (Liberia & Côte d’Ivoire) as Assistant Director for an International NGO, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), and now serves on the board of directors for the US Representation of WCF. Daniel brings with him much needed bilingual skills for working with Hispanic communities in Washington State.


Miles Nowlin: Cooperative Development Specialist

Miles arrived at NWCDC in 2017.  Miles has a background in experiential education, child and family advocacy, low income and affordable housing, nonprofit development with a focus on youth programming, and Spanish language.  Miles spent 5 years coordinating the Homeless Education Program in the Shelton School District in Shelton, Washington, where he provided direct services, trained school staff and collaborated with local agencies.  Much of his time was spent working with churches and community service agencies to increase and improve programming for children, youth and their families.  He co-founded the Mason County HOST Program, an education and housing support program for youth experiencing homelessness, based inside of CHOICE Alternative School.  Miles has coordinated over 70 weeks of outdoor/experiential youth education programs, in the United States and Latin America.  He has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Latin American Studies.


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