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.”

 

 

Parent Partner Lead – 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.”

 

  Parent Partner- Alrick Hollingsworth

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Hi, my name is Alrick Hollingsworth. I was born and raised in Seattle Washington. I am a single dad. I have one 20 year old son and one 16 year old daughter. My hobbies are weight training, martial arts and watching National Geographic, (how the earth was created). I like to watch sci- fi movies. I have a passion to bring change and offer hope as a solution. I have lived experiences and lead by example. My life is an open book and I will share my story when it is relevant to offer hope that we can overcome our barriers by building our strengths and resilience.

Youth Peer- Meagan MacKay

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Meagan graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Psychology. During her time in college, she was Chief Education Officer of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, where she led community discussions and workshops focused on female empowerment. Born in San Jose, California, Meagan is passionate about boating, camping, and watching the Seahawks. Her lived experience as an at-risk teen allows Meagan to work compassionately with youth.

 

 

Youth Peer- Anusha Maharaj

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Coming from a diverse background herself, Anusha is passionate about social issues. Born and raised in Renton, WA — Anusha is currently a student pursing her A.A. in Psychology, while utilizing her own lived experience as an at-risk youth to make a difference. Anusha enjoys practicing self-care and self-improvement.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Office Coordinator- Jenapher Henslee

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Jenapher Henslee has been working as an Office Coordinator for several years, but just joined Guided Pathways in 2018. She has had 14 years of lived experience through her son, who is on the Autism Spectrum. Jenapher enjoys working at Guided Pathways, because she has always had a penchant for helping people.