Executive Director – Susan Millender

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Susan brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit professional in Puget Sound, and lived experience as the parent of two children who have struggled. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and was a participant in the 2014 Family Engagement in Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA.

Susan has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in developing and implementing social service programs and grassroots advocacy initiatives with strong volunteer engagement. Susan knows the importance, both professionally and personally, of families helping families and peer support. She is a Certified Peer Counselor since October 2013.

“My lived experience fuels my passion for building additional supports for families and youth to bridge the gaps in resources,” Susan shared, “Personal experience forms the foundation of my professional focus.”

 

 

Office Coordinator – Julie Panick

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Julie brings a strong administrative background in office management.  Her experience includes work in the public sector and as a volunteer in youth and family organizations.

“I am excited to work for an organization that helps families navigate through the many resources available in King County.”

 

 

Parent Partner – John Martin

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John is a certified peer counselor (CPC) since June 2016.  He has experience helping families understand and navigate the Child Welfare System. John is a highly effective worker with diverse groups of people .

“I’m passionate about the families I serve.  I believe that my personal success story can help families change their lives for the better.”

 

Rica2 Youth Peer – Rika Francis

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Rika is a graduate of Seattle’s Franklin High School and a mother of five.  Her focus is on supporting youth to guide them in making life-affirming choices, and building and strengthening healthy bonds with family and friends.  “I want to use my experience as an at-risk-youth to help reduce the struggles and challenges that other young people are facing”.

 

 

Parent Partner – Melody Parshall

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Graduating from the University of Great Falls, in Great Falls, MT in 2012, Melody earned her BA in Psychology with concentrations in counseling and sociology. In addition to a college degree she has also been trained in early childhood programs such as Parents as Teachers and Circle of Security-Parenting. She completed Wraparound Training in early 2017 and her Certified Peer Counselor training in late 2017 but has done in-home support with youth and families for over 10 years. Besides an educational background Melody has lived experience she can use to support others in their journeys.

“I have never met a person with whom I could not find a shared interest. I enjoy meeting new people, learning about them and their interests, offering support where I can, and watching them not just survive but thrive.”