Board Members

Bruce LeBel – Executive Director


Bruce LeBel’s involvement with relief shelter began when he designed and coordinated a disaster relief shelter project in Guatemala after the 1976 earthquake, with a team from the Mohawk Nation. A year later Bruce became a student of Buckminster Fuller’s in a graduate tutorial program with an emphasis on design science and tensile structures (tensegrity). Bruce went on to become a production engineer and special projects engineer with The North Face – the first manufacturer of tents applying Fuller’s principles of tensegrity.

LeBel has twenty-five years of hands-on management and executive and consulting experience for manufacturing companies. He has led divisions responsible for operations, production, quality, logistics and information systems from tent manufacturing with The North Face to positions in the electronics, medical, and automotive industries. He has also served a range of clients such as IBM, Honeywell and PPG as an independent consultant, providing business systems integration and management consulting.

LeBel is responsible for overseeing the World Shelters organization.

Roger James, President


Roger James is a Managing Director of GelinasJames, Inc. He has 25 years of experience as a consultant, during which he has focused on the development of high performance/high commitment organizations through large-scale, collaborative redesign processes. Each of these redesign efforts included elements of strategic planning and program/organization evaluation.

He has consulted in a wide variety of organizations in the not-for-profit, for-profit, and government sectors including Area Agency on Aging, Humboldt Area Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co., Intel, Contra Costa County and U.S. Geological Survey. Roger also serves as Co-director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership.

Ellen Searle LeBel, Secretary


Ellen Searle LeBel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She has served on the World Shelters Board for four years and is active in coordinating volunteer events and fundraising. Her experience as a mental health professional includes working with psychological trauma, fostering resilience and healing from loss. She believes that providing shelter is essential to restoring health for people who have suffered loss, displacement and trauma. Ellen is also interested in enhancing the design of our white shelters with paint and other materials so that people can create a more appealing, culturally specific and personal transitional home.

Tina Mackenzie, Treasurer


Tina Mackenzie has worked and volunteered in the Humboldt non-profit community for 35 years, most recently as past CEO of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. Over the years her appreciation for the immense contribution local non-profit organizations make to the fabric of our community has grown. Serving on the Board of World Shelters is a tangible way to assist with the effort to provide housing to those most in need of transitional shelter and exemplifies the generous, can-do spirit of the Northcoast.

She also serves on the Eureka Symphony board and volunteers time to the Co-op Community Fund committee and the Breast Health Project .

Arcata, California

World Shelters depends on a community of thousands of volunteers and donors based in Humboldt County.  This work would not be possible without their enthusiastic support and ongoing participation.