I love my job. After spending years as an education reporter and then even more years as chief spokesperson for the state’s learning standards, standardized testing and graduation requirements, I can tell you that early learning is where the real magic happens for children. Oh, yeah, I’m also a mom of two boys, who have gone from early learners to a middle schooler and a high schooler in the nine years I’ve been at Thrive. I see the ongoing power of the early years every day.
My responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and reconciliations.
I have been a nonprofit accountant for the past 20 years (an accountant for much longer than that), and I hold an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. My work history includes four years as the Finance Manager of an Oregon Head Start and 18 years as a Consultant Fiscal Reviewer for the Head Start program. Working at the Head Start in Oregon ignited a desire to help working families that had no access to early education or preschool.
I am a local scuba diver, and my volunteer experience includes treasurer of Washington Scuba Alliance. I am a past treasurer of Denise Louie Education Center, and I volunteer at the Marine Science & Technology Center (MaST).
I am from Brooklyn, NY and after many years and several moves, I ended up in the Pacific Northwest.
Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. I am compelled to support families in this amazing endeavor, especially those furthest from opportunity. I am thrilled to join such a passionate and dedicated team working to build a system that works for families.
Most recently, I managed a child development program at WithinReach focused on providing developmental screening and access to services. Before that, I worked at Building Changes, which is an organization similar to Thrive. I spent eight years providing funding and support to providers ending homelessness.
I love that our state cares about early learning. I am excited to work with partners to identify new and innovative approaches to our work.
I’m thrilled to be a part of Thrive Washington. In this capacity, I am responsible for Thrive’s daily grants management tasks and providing technical assistance to our grantees. Before joining Thrive, I administered international education and exchange programs funded by USAID and the Department of State. These programs focused primarily on adult education, so I’m excited to learn more about early education because that’s where it all starts. I’m particularly excited about Thrive’s work to ensure equal access to education for children across all socioeconomic groups because my volunteer experience has focused on empowering immigrant communities.
A recent transplant from Washington, D.C., I’m looking forward to exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery and expending too much emotional energy cheering on my Washington Nationals from afar.
I have 23 years home visiting experience with families with young children, pregnant women, grandparents, foster parents, and fathers as primary caregivers. I have integrated infant mental health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into home visiting.
As a member of Thrive’s home visiting team, I am the lead nurse consultant for the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Washington state.
I support the Director of Finance and Administration, as well as the grants management team, and I oversee the financial reporting activity. The investment program is also a part of my responsibilities, with the goal of ensuring the long-term financial stability of the organization.
I have spent 44 years in various accounting and financial management positions, in the private and the nonprofit sectors. The focus of my past 32 years has been as Chief Financial Officer and Controller with several social service and affordable housing organizations.
I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. In my spare time, I enjoy entertaining my 12-year-old grandson and driving my Corvette on weekends. I am also currently serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the state’s largest nonprofit organization, providing residential and social services for individuals with developmental disabilities.