Meet Our Team
Mamma’s Hands Co-Founder and President
Denny Hancock is the visionary behind Mamma’s Hands. His idea of a “mother’s unconditional love for her child” is at the heart of its mission and work. The House of Hope was born out of his desire to help mothers and children in crisis, and its family-centered focus reflects Denny’s deep love of family. Denny has made it his life’s work to aid those in need by being right there on the front lines. When he’s not helping at the House of Hope or taking Phone Home volunteers to the streets of Seattle, Denny loves spending time with wife Leslie, his five children, fifteen grandchildren and friends.
Mamma’s Hands Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Leslie Hancock is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Mamma’s Hands. Her compassion, dedication and commitment to homeless mothers and children is unwavering, and has allowed us to serve thousands of families at the House of Hope over the last 30 years. Founder of Team Hancock, Leslie is a widely-recognized and respected leader in the Seattle-Eastside real estate. Her soft-spoken approach hides an iron will and inexhaustible enthusiasm to help others achieve their life goals. Leslie is also a mother of 5 grown children and “Nana” to 15 grandchildren. She has been married to her sweetheart and Mamma’s Hands Co-Founder Denny for over 41 years. Leslie is an avid skier and former instructor. She loves motorcyling with her husband and the many adventures it brings. In her free time Leslie can be found running, playing tennis, road biking and boating.
Kimberly Jackson serves as the Executive Director of Mamma’s Hands. She brings over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit field, and has exclusively managed housing and homeless services organizations in Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California. Kimberly is motivated by her passion for helping others. Her work to end family homelessness has received accolades on both local and national levels. In her free time Kimberly enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and collecting stamps in her passport.
Claire is a marketing and development professional with a passion for helping nonprofits reach their fullest potential. She has diverse experience in the nonprofit field including campaign management, grassroots fundraising, and program development. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, painting, and taking long walks with her dog Daisy.
Genie Benson has been Mamma’s Hands behind-the-scenes “office” since 2001. Administrative, secretarial, publishing and bookkeeping duties are just some of the varied activities she manages. Before Genie joined Mamma’s Hands she enjoyed a long career as a stock brokerage operations manager/branch manager’s assistant, and as a personal executive assistant to corporate CEO’s/CFO’s and private school headmasters. She loves photography, quilting, vintage cars, driving her MINI’s and music.
An alumnae of the House of Hope, Darcy Walker joined the staff as our Resident Manager in the fall of 2019. She brings with her several years of experience working with children and vulnerable adults. Darcy is grateful for how much the House of Hope helped her family during their time of need, and loves being able to pay it forward. In her free time Darcy enjoys spending time with her son Eli and being outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.