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.
I am happy to be at Thrive and to be part of a team so committed to strengthening the early learning system in our state. My work here centers on supporting continuous improvement efforts within home visiting programs, as well as grow in capacity to provide the best programming possible for children and families. I bring to my work almost 20 years of work within Early Head Start and Head Start as an early childhood teacher, home visitor, coach, and manager and many amazing experiences with children, families, and early childhood teams!
When I am not at the work or out visiting a site, I am likely enjoying a good book or a long walk, or learning more about the subject of adolescent development as taught by my teenage son.
I’m delighted to work in the early learning field by contributing my work to the grants management and program innovation team. I started at Thrive in January 2014 supporting the Board and CEO, and coordinating office operations. I am excited about my new data role.
Prior to Thrive I found my deep interest in early learning when I joined a passionate early learning team in fall 2010 at Foundation for Early Learning. I wore many different hats along the way, and have appreciated the journey thus far.
When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring good food spots, reading fashion blogs, and spending time outdoors with my husband and our Siberian Husky.
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 am fortunate to be working with communities across the state to influence the development of the early learning system to ensure all young children have a chance to succeed. My previous work was primarily in the child welfare field, first at Casey Family Programs and then at the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Early learning was always related to that, but I was thrilled to focus on it full time when I joined Thrive in October 2012.
I work primarily on advancing racial equity in early learning and partnering with the state’s 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions to implement the Community Momentum strategy. Outside of work I get to spend my time testing out everything I learn about young children on my 6-year-old son, Devin, and my 3-year-old son, Miles.
Children’s early experiences set the stage for their future and every childhood should be filled with high-quality interactions, relationships and care. Thrive Washington is working to turn this vision into reality.
At Thrive, I contribute to our work on formative evaluation, using data for decision-making, and continuous improvement for programs. Before joining the Thrive team I was at the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education where I partnered with youth-serving organizations to conduct research and build capacity around data-use to improve practice.
Outside of work, you will likely find me with my nose in a book, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, or listening to National League baseball on the radio.
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.
Paint, play, nature, songs, friends, story time — I believe every child should experience these fun moments as part of their early learning. I started my career as an auditor for KPMG LLP and discovered early on that I enjoyed working with my nonprofit clients. Since then, I have worked at nonprofits in California and Washington.
At Thrive, I make sure the organization accurately tracks all public and private revenue and expenses according to funder intentions. I focus on process improvements, audits, budgets, reporting and forecasts. I am able to do this with the help of an incredible finance team.
Thanks to my toddler Mateo, I am seeing the early learning world through his curious eyes. He is my motivation to support the influential work we do at Thrive.