Meet Our Education Specialists

Through Treehouse’s Graduation Success program, we work to center those youth furthest from educational justice through the creation of our Special Populations team. Tribal Education Specialists (TEdS) support our youth in tribal jurisdiction and our Dual-Systems Involved (DIY) Navigators support youth in the juvenile justice system and foster care.

All education staff work one-on-one with high school students experiencing foster care to create academic goals, build problem-solving and self-advocacy skills and so much more. Education Specialists, DIY Navigators and TEdS partner with the youth’s existing support system — like caregivers, social workers, teachers and school counselors — to find resources and fill support gaps so the youth can reach their full potential.

Dual-System Involved Youth Program

Greenhill, Echo Glen

Jaliyah Lunde

she/her

Contact me:
206.573.2924
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Greenhill, Echo Glen
Supervisor: Ari McLaren-Simpson

I studied psychology and sociology at Seattle Pacific University, where I received my Bachelors. I became interested in foster care during this time, as I had aged out of the system myself. I have worked in foster care and adoption agencies, foundations that encourage and guide foster kids in reaching higher education, and assisting low income students as they navigate college and future career prospects. Most recently, I was an advocate for kids returning home from foster care after being separated from their parents by incarceration. What brings me joy is the idea of growth. I am comforted by the knowledge that there is always potential for learning and expanding, even when life feels difficult.

Tribal Engagement Team - North

Clallam, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties including Lummi, Lower Elwha, Quileute and Tulalip Nations

Ayla Wilbur

she/her

Contact me:
206.833.2357
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tulalip
Supervisor: Karen Billy

I am originally from Bellingham (Lummi), WA and I am a third generation Japanese American. I have a background in Early Childhood Development as well as working with Tribal Youth. I was drawn to Treehouse because I felt that I had the perfect skill set to bring to this position and growing up my dad consistently worked as a youth advocate Tribal and non-Tribal, I felt like it was a chance to follow in his footsteps! I have a passion and talent for working with youth and I feel like helping youth-especially in tough situations is what I’m meant to do with my life! Something that brings me joy is my daughter and husband and my extended family, my greatest accomplishment in life is the memories made with my family!

Jamielee Johnson

she/her

Contact me:
206.931.3914
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Whatcom County
Supervisor: Karen Billy

Jamielee is an enrolled tribal member of the Lummi Nation. She attained an AAS from Northwest Indian College in 2014. What led her to Treehouse was the opportunity to help youth. She is hopeful that by working with youth it could contribute to her tribal people working towards a better future for the generations of people that will one day steward this land. She believes if each person helps to make life a little better for another person and they continue to work to make things better, then one day the equity gap will get smaller and many native youth will have access to any educational opportunities that they could want for themselves, and any future that they want. The visualization of a future when all youth set goals and have dreams of what they want to be. When they set goals knowing that getting a higher education is an expectation for them, not a dream. With her experience of six years working as a youth advocate for the Lummi Employment and Training Center within The Lummi Indian Business Council. During the summer providing summer work experience for tribal youth an during the school year she helped young people to achieve their academic or educational goals. Being a case manager for a grant funded project called the Young Peoples Re-Engagement Project helping youth that had disengaged from education, work, community, and culture to start working towards goals that they set for themselves, and work under a NDIA grant that was created to help bridge the digital divide in tribal and rural communities by providing individual assistance and resources to the people in the community. She has vast knowledge and experience that she can offer in her roll as a Tribal Education Specialist. The three things that she enjoys doing the most are spending time with her family, working on crafting projects, and gardening.

Eris Blair-Whitaker

she/her

Contact me:
360-584-5729
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clallam County, Forks, La Push, Neah Bay, Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles
Supervisor: Karen Billy

I am a Tribal Education Specialist (TED), serving native students throughout the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. I do this work out of a passion for supporting our students as they navigate their lives and plan for their futures. Education has always been important to me, and I am the first person in my family to earn a college degree (BA in psychology from Central Washington University). When I am not planning for graduate school, I find joy in tending to my garden and spending time outdoors with my husband and our blended family. I am excited to work for Treehouse and help improve the futures of students who experience foster care, and I am eager to help expand opportunities for our tribal youth.

Tribal Engagement Team - South

King, Pierce and Greater Yakima Counties, including Puyallup, Muckleshoot and Yakama Nations

John Littlewolf

he/him

Contact me:
206.638.9886
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Ellensburg, Grandview, Greater Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, Greater Yakima Area, Moses Lake, Prosser, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Virtually, White Swan, Yakama Nation Tribal School, Yakama Reservation: Wapato
Supervisor: Angel Van Brunt

John is from the Yakima Valley, born and raised on the Yakama Nation Reservation where he has lived most of his life. He is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation Tribe that descends from the Oglala Sioux from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In addition to his tribe’s traditions of fishing on the Columbia River and gathering indigenous plants like Huckleberries, he enjoys nature through camping, hiking, and off-roading. John has earned a bachelor’s in social work and psychology from Heritage University as well as a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus of Administrative Nurse Leader from Western University of Health Sciences.

Lu'isa Lualile

she/her

Contact me:
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bonney Lake, Federal Way, Fife, Gig Harbor, Graham, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Puyallup, Puyallup Reservation, Spanaway, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place
Supervisor: Angel Van Brunt

Malo e lelei, Ko ‘eku ha’u ‘o fakafe’iloaki mai kiate koe. Ko hoku hingoa´ ko Lu’isa Helemina Laulile (Hello, I have come to introduce myself to you. My name is Lu’isa Helemina Laulile). My father’s family line is from the islands of Tonga of the village Fakakai, Ha’apai, and my mother is from the Blue Hills of Kentucky, by way of England and Ireland. Culture has always been a part of my life and plays a large part in my work as part of the Tribal Engagement Team. I am originally from Southern California where I began my studies in communication and counseling as a nontraditional student at Santa Ana College. My lived experience within the foster care system inspired me to pursue a career in social work. I have worked with youth and foster families in many capacities, especially as an Indigenous Foster Home Licensor and in many advocacy roles. My desire to help youth in foster care find their voice is what led me to Treehouse, where I serve indigenous students in the Puyallup area. I passionately believe that education is not solely found within the walls of an institution but is a garden one must tend throughout their life’s journey. I find joy in the simple pleasures of life with the love of family and friends and lots of tasty food.

Rebecca George

she/her

Contact me:
509.552.7105
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Muckleshoot
Supervisor: Angel Van Brunt

I am from the Yakama Reservation and an enrolled member. I graduated from Northwest Indian College in 2018. I started off teaching and ended up working for Yakama Nation Behavioral Health in Suicide Prevention. I have been at Treehouse for almost two years and my passion is helping others especially youth. My dad grew up in Foster Care and hearing his experiences made me want to advocate and become some type of help for our Youth that are in the Foster Care System. Not only does being a mother of my two children but working and helping Youth at Treehouse brings me the biggest joy and I cannot be thankful enough to be a part of Treehouse and the work we do.

Educational Service District 101 - East 1 & East 2 Team

Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman

Abby Suda

she/her

Contact me:
360.630.9439
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho and am currently a graduate student at Capella University obtaining my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Prior to my work at Treehouse, I have experience in both mental and behavioral health working. My passion has always been working with youth being their advocate and support system which drives my work. It brings me joy to watch and support others overcome their challenges and achieve their goals/dreams.

Eduardo Renteria, Jr

he/him

Contact me:
509.440.7006
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Brian Reese

Spending much of my working life helping to guide youth in various ways has been a true blessing in disguise. From being a mentor, resident advisor, direct care staff, to even a sitter; my passion to inspire and support youth is truly my calling and I wouldn’t be me now without them. Even so, I continue learning to be a better advocate and leader for youth. Attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Education has been beneficial in leading me to be better equipped in the field. As I further touch the hearts and minds of our future, I am dedicated to empowering young lives as I embrace my role as an Education Specialist by sharing about my own hardships and experiences. Nonetheless, having the company of my family and friends are my greatest joy, fueling my commitment to making a difference.

Greg Fuchs

he/him

Contact me:
206.718.9586
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Brian Reese

I have spent 25 years working with families and teens experience homelessness, teens in at-risk communities, teens in treatment and taught college courses for students working in diverse at-risk communities and neighborhoods. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids traveling, skiing, hiking, camping and chilling at the ocean. I am grateful to work for Treehouse because my extended family has fostered over a dozen children and adopted nine foster kids. I am hopeful that I will be able to support teens as they work hard to complete high school and provide resources to guide Youth into sustainable future young adults, through a kind, gentle and listening heart.

Harianne Nathaniel

she/her

Contact me:
509.863.7313
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

I have spent the last 39 years serving children, 33 years as a Special Education teacher serving the most severely impacted children and the last few years as an Education Specialist here at Treehouse. I received my bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and have pursued post graduate studies at San Francisco State University, Old Dominion University and Gonzaga University. I have always had a passion for people who are underrepresented, whether that be students with special needs, BIPOC people, those with mental health issues, or youth experiencing foster care. Treehouse allows me to continue that passion. Making a difference in a person’s life brings me the most joy. I love how one never truly knows the impact that one can have on another person’s life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs.

Jamie Cleary

she/her

Contact me:
509.598.0646
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Brian Reese

Jamie has been a Graduation Success Coordinator with Treehouse for 7 years. She has had the privilege of working with many sets of Freshman for a full 4 years and this can be the most rewarding. Empowering students to create their own future is Jamie’s why for working at Treehouse. Spending time with her family and 3 dogs is what brings her joy.

Kathy Long

she/her

Contact me:
425.465.3122
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Brian Reese

With over two decades of experience working with youth in various capacities, I possess a natural inclination towards assisting others. My association with Treehouse has provided me with the opportunity to extend my services to those who require it the most. Additionally, I have been happily married for nearly 3 decades and am blessed with three grown children. My interests include nature, spending time with my family and pets, and indulging in crafts, all which bring me immense joy.

Stephen Brown

he/him

Contact me:
509.309.6487
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

I was born in San Francisco, CA and lived in Sonoma County until I retired as a Juvenile Corrections Officer in 2021. When I graduated high school and did not receive a baseball scholarship for my mediocre skills I made the choice to join the U.S. Navy. I became a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and spent those four years deciding what I wanted to do with my life. I became the first person in my family to go to college and received my B.A. in Youth Ministry from Simpson University. I found early on in my life that helping young people was the only thing that gave me a sense of fulfillment. I spent my entire career in Probation trying to help teens discover what they are passionate about, and then steering them toward a brighter future. My goal in working with youth experiencing foster care is to help them overcome the obstacles in their way and assist them in realizing their potential to be successful. First in school, and then beyond. In my spare time I enjoy watching Bay Area sports teams, getting outdoors with my wife and our Dalmatian, and working on our ‘65 Mustang with my son.

Zemira Avdicevic

she/her


Contact me:
509.991.3628
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Spokane
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

I was born and raised in Bosnia and came to the USA in 1997. Earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education from EWU and worked in public high schools 14 years as a bilingual specialist tutoring ELLs. Working with high school students to overcome their barriers and obstacles is what brings joy to me, which is why I joined Treehouse in 2016.

Educational Service District 105 - East 2 Team

Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima

Ashley Heilman

she/her

Contact me:
206.474.8208
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Yakima and surrounding areas
Supervisor: Brian Reese

I am currently in the process of getting my Master’s degree, I was picked up by Treehouse mostly because I have a trauma informed background, with care coordination experience. I previously had an interest in helping out at Treehouse as a mentor because as a youth I struggled with school, I wanted to help young people who also struggle with school. My family, my home, and my pets all bring me joy; also helping people and seeing youth overcome obstacles and become successful young individuals brings me joy.

Educational Service District 112 - Southwest Team

Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum

Dani Erickson

she/her

Contact me:
360.553.9305
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clark County
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

I have been an Education Specialist in the Graduation Success program since September of 2019. I feel honored to be able to collaborate with youth who are experiencing foster care to ensure they have access to the most comprehensive and meaningful support possible during their educational journey. I hope to continue to learn from the youth I partner with, my colleagues and community partners on how we can continue to affect positive change for youth in care. When I am not working to support others, I like to spend my time baking sourdough, growing my garden, crocheting, and binging documentaries. My favorite thing to do is sit around a bonfire with good music, good food, and good people.

Emily Crooks

she/her

Contact me:
360.946.1275
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Kelso, Longview
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

With over 15 years of experience working with youth, I am passionate about supporting young people and meeting them where they’re at. As a queer woman, I hope to empower the people I work with to be their best and most authentic selves. I strive to create atmospheres that are safe and motivating, so that people feel enabled to pursue their goals. The little things in life bring me great joy—an iced latte, my houseplants, a good playlist, laughing with friends, and baking scones.

Fabiola Flores-Villasenor

she/her

Contact me:
360.947.7446
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Kelso, Longview
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

I have worked with youth for over 8 years in the nonprofit realm. I feel passionate about supporting young people discover and develop their skills to grow and pursue their goals. I believe relationship building and being a consistent, positive presence in a young person’s life is a key component in their success. As a young person I was positively impacted by adults around me and I feel honored to be able to do the same for this generation. Besides my work other things that bring me joy are my cats (Athena, Amber and Atlas), dog (Kyda), family and beautiful landscapes.

Katie Moreno

she/her

Contact me:
360.869.8000
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clark County
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Washington State University. During my last year of school, I began my work with children in foster care and it grew to be a passion for me. Being able to support students in different areas, helping them achieve goals, build skills, and be successful if very rewarding. Being bilingual English/Spanish has allowed me to connect with families and students who may have otherwise struggled. My goal is to make a meaningful positive impact in the lives of others.

Kelsi Dodgion

she/her

Contact me:
360.784.2709
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clark County
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

I started my educational journey with an AA from Clark College with a certificate in Early Childhood Education then moved onto Washington State University Vancouver to major in Human Development with a focus in Case Management and Human Services. I have a passion for direct service and have spent over 7 years working with youth in pre-k-12th grade. I enjoy reading and spending time with my two cats Clarke and Blair. I am honored to work with Treehouse because I believe in the importance of knocking down barriers and giving opportunities and resources to all youth no matter what. I strive to continue to provide positive interventions and support to the community in Clark County and beyond.

Renata Hankins

she/they

Contact me:
260.945.2110
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Carson, Stevenson
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

I began my educational journey through the Running Start program at Clark College, concurrently completing my high school diploma and A.A. degree. From there I transferred to Washington State University Vancouver, where I received my B.S. in psychology with a minor in human development. Most recently I completed my M.A. in teaching, after working in public education for over six years. I have specialized in social and emotional learning, and support for LGBTQIA+ youth and individuals with disabilities, being a part of both communities myself. During my time in education, I noticed how much of an impact relationship building had on youth I worked with, and through my job at Treehouse I am able to use that skill to support the young people we serve. Removing barriers increases access to education and other opportunities, and I feel privileged to work in a field where I can support youth throughout this process. A few things that bring me joy (aside from my work) include spending time with my spouse and our new kitten, taking care of my numerous house plants, playing video games, crocheting, and baking bread!

Stephanie Macomber

she/her

Contact me:
360.553.9688
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clark County
Supervisor: Alyosha Van Dusen

My name is Stephanie and I have been working with teens for over 5 years. I have a desire and passion to help youth I work with to achieve great things in their life and find their power in completing goals to better their situation by offering guidance and support as they transition into adulthood. Additionally, my extensive understanding of addiction studies, stemming from personal experiences with family members impacted by addiction, gives me a unique perspective to identify these type of needs and connecting them with supportive resources. In my free time, I find myself being creative with multiple types of crafts and DIY projects, I also enjoy lifting weights, aerial yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and just spending time outside, especially with my 2 dogs, Gunner and Lady.

Educational Service Districts 113 & 114 - Olympic Team

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston

Gloria Pearlman

she/her

Contact me:
360.584.5455
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bremerton, Port Orchard
Supervisor: Andrea Springer

I am an avid reader and life-long learner. My educational background is split between English and critical race, gender, and queer theory. I began my work in nonprofits with the organization Food for People in Humboldt County, an area that experiences some of the highest rates of food insecurity in California. I then taught English at Western Washington University during the early years of the pandemic which fueled a passion for mentoring young people experiencing crisis and upheaval in their educational, social, and personal lives. I began my work at Treehouse to continue acting in a capacity that takes a more holistic approach to learning and educational success. I find my joy in being out in nature, swimming in lakes and rivers, wandering through museums, and supporting the work of visual and performing artists.

Kenny Tran

he/him

Contact me:
206.945.2474
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Grays Harbor County
Supervisor: Andrea Springer

I have a Master’s in Information, with prior experience as a Math and Japanese tutor/teacher. I’ve also worked in the evening GED classroom supporting for students with disabilities. I found Treehouse through LinkedIn and thought this was a good fit with my prior experiences. I enjoy being a support for youth and feeling like I am making an impact with the work I do. What brings me joy are my cats and good food.

Maddie Schmalz

she/her

Contact me:
206.536.0171
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater
Supervisor: Andrea Springer

I am passionate about supporting others and find joy in seeing youth find their “spark.” I have a MEd in Instructional Design, A CA teaching credential in ELA, and a BA in Liberal Studies. As a former High School English teacher, I am stoked to now be on the other side of things supporting foster youth as they navigate the education system. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, doing art projects, and exploring with my family.

Will Tobey

he/him

Contact me:
206.491.4863
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Olympia, Shelton, Yelm
Supervisor: Andrea Springer

I’ve been with Treehouse since the opening of 2022. After teaching for a decade abroad (mostly Asia and the Middle East), I decided to pivot in my career. This led to my pursuit of a Master’s in Public Affairs and eventually brought me to Treehouse. As a former foster youth myself, this work is very close to my heart. And the best part of my day is being able to say “yes” to youth when they need or want something related to school.

Educational Service District 121 - King North Team

King, Pierce

Barbara Rockey

she/her

Contact me:
206.462.8644
[email protected]

Coverage Area: South Seattle
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

I have been honored to work in education and advocacy for 20 years. I hold a Master’s in Public Administration Nonprofit Leadership and Government from Seattle University. The value in my work comes from seeing youth accomplish their educational goals and the personal wins in improving their lives as young adults in meaningful and intentional ways. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, spending time with family, exercising and traveling.

Currently Hiring

Coverage Area: North Seattle and Shoreline
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

Halima Idris

she/her

Contact me:
206.307.8658
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Central & North Seattle
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

My name is Halima Idris. I have years of experience working with youth and families in a variety of settings. I believe every student should have access to High quality education and barriers go succeeding in school should be addressed by supportive adults, which is why I work as an Education Specialist. The things that bring me joy are spending time with friends and family, laughter and traveling.

Henry Loran

he/him

Contact me:
425.240.5918
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Central Seattle
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

I’m Henry Loran, and I’m proud to be part of the Treehouse family as an Education Specialist on the Central Team.
Most of my work is done right in the heart of Seattle, working with students in various High Schools across the Central District, Downtown, and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. Mentorship and counseling are passions of mine, and I am proud to support and guide these young individuals through their high school journey and help them make the most of their experiences.
Before joining Treehouse, I’ve had the privilege of working with unaccompanied refugee minors in the foster care system as a Bilingual Residential Service Counselor at Friends of Youth, and with students in new environments as a first-year Academic Advisor at the University of Puget Sound. These roles have shown me the power of support and the impact it can have on young minds.
What drives me is the incredible energy of the students I work with at Treehouse. I’m dedicated to being there for them, providing counseling, mentoring, and a listening ear whenever they need it. Knowing that I can make a difference in their lives is truly rewarding.
Outside of work, I’m a sports enthusiast. You’ll often find me either watching or playing sports like golf, baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Cooking is another hobby of mine – I love experimenting with different recipes and flavors.
My goal is to create a positive, supportive, and transformative experience for every student I connect with. I believe that every young person deserves a chance to shine and succeed, and I’m honored to be a part of that journey.

Kelse Oakin

she/her

Contact me:
206.462.9129
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Northwest Seattle & Shorline
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

Throughout my career, I have worked with youth in some capacity for the past 15 years, and have served in Seattle public schools for the past 9 years. My background is in play and art therapy, and I strive to offer a non-judgmental and supportive space that is dedicated to social justice and racial equity. I believe that all youth deserve to be seen, valued, given equitable access to education and childhood experiences, and supported in working towards their dreams. Through my work, I aspire to bridge the gaps in education and remove systemic barriers. I’m an avid-animal lover, too, and am known for feeding and rehabbing wildlife in my neighborhood. When I’m not at work, I can often be found out on adventures with my two little ones on hikes or bike rides, come rain or shine.

Kevin Burke

he/him

Contact me:
206.743.4993
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Interagency Schools
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

Father of two young kids, most of my time is spent making dinosaur sounds and a fool of myself on the playground. Creating is important to me, I have been slowly remodeling the house we bought 5 years ago. Both parenting and remodeling a house have allowed me to learn new skills and problem solve to make sure everything is functional. Exploring art, food, music, and running helps me relax and brings me joy. I have a master’s in education and have taught high school math, science, and history in Philadelphia and Portland, where I lived before moving to Seattle. Working at Treehouse has been a wonderful opportunity to continue my work with youth and ensuring education is equitable for all people.

Shellie Carroll

she/her

Contact me:
206.532.3950
[email protected]

Coverage Area: West Seattle
Supervisor: Alexis Jonson

I have had the opportunity to participate in the education of toddlers to adults. Most of that time, as a teacher in middle school in my hometown. When I moved to Seattle, I got swept up in the world of styling parties and houses. It was fun… but something was missing. I missed working with kids and their families! I am here at Treehouse, to make the world a little bit better. And to ensure that our youth believe they can do the same!

Educational Service District 121 - King East Team

King, Pierce

Alex Cooke

she/her

Contact me:
425.495.1363
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Issaquah and Snoqualmie
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

Working at Treehouse allows me to encourage the kind of stability in youth’s lives that everyone deserves. I love being an Education Specialist because I get to help students work towards their potential, even before they may be able to see it for themselves. I’ve always been passionate about fostering resiliency in the face of navigating inequitable systems. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, prioritizing coursework focused on a holistic and humanistic approach to mental health. I used this education at my university’s counseling center to offer outreach that was multiculturally sensitive and strengths-based. That experience connecting young people to resources and providing them emotional support massively informs the work I do today. Away from my professional life, you’ll probably find me doting on my large fluffy dog. Requests to see pictures of him are always welcome!

Amy Kopriva

she/her

Contact me:
206.697.1586
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Renton, Kent and Seattle
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

I am a graduate of Hamilton College where I received my Bachelor’s Degree after majoring in English and minoring in Education Studies. Ever since I can remember, my dream was to either become a teacher or a hairstylist. As a former middle school teacher, public housing tutoring program coordinator, and double-digit year employee at Treehouse, it’s clear which formal career path I chose. Still, I think my early instincts of what would bring me happiness and how could benefit others through hairstyling comes into play indirectly in my current work. I try to keep that dream alive, too! Some of the same characteristics that make a good hairstylist make a good Education Specialist- reflective listening skills, creativity, and honoring the individuality of every person I meet. I strive to demonstrate these skills every day and support my students and families holistically and with lots of intentionality and compassion. Things that bring me joy are finding the perfect present for someone, connecting with others, celebrating holidays, nature, and being in the company of animals.

Leslie Berger

she/her

Contact me:
206.445.9332
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bellevue School District
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

Hello, my name is Leslie Berger! I joined Treehouse in April of 2022 and have loved it ever since. Some fun facts about me: I am a first generation graduate, a bilingual Spanish speaker, a lover of culture, and fan of all things outdoors. I do this work here at Treehouse because I have a passion for education. While in high school, college seemed too complicated, and if it weren’t for key influences in my life, I don’t think I would have pursued it. But with support, I learned how to navigate my time and resources which eventually lead me to getting a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters in Community Development. I want to offer the same kind of support I received in high school to future generations. I want to empower students to dream for their future, recognize their abilities, and develop practical steps that will help them get to where they want to go. So, that is why I am here!

Luis Arguijo Cordova

he/him

Contact me:
206.758.8764
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Lake Washington School District
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

I’m an Education Specialist on the King East team (Go Tree-Vengers) proudly supporting students in the Lake Washington School District. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, with a minor in Human Rights. Prior to joining Treehouse, I was a Bilingual Youth Counselor at Friends of Youth, a non-profit dedicated to serving youth in foster care. I feel incredibly fortunate to be working with the students I do now. Their goals and successes truly inspire me. One of the things I cherish about Treehouse is the opportunity to connect with students from diverse backgrounds and learn about their experiences. It has always been my passion to utilize my bilingual skills to make a positive impact, and Treehouse has provided the platform for me to do that. When I’m doing my thing, you can find me playing piano, kicking it on the soccer field, spending quality time with my loved ones, and feeling the wind in my hair as I cruise around in my Jeep with the roof off. Much Love.

Marco Lemus Keith

he/him

Contact me:
206.673.0720
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tukwila and Mercer Island
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

Hello, I’m Marco Lemus Keith. As an Education Specialist, I’m deeply driven by my passion to make a meaningful impact. My journey includes graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Humanities for Teaching. However, my path is more than just academics — it’s deeply personal. Drawing from my own experience within the foster care system, I am dedicated to supporting and empowering foster youth. My why is simple: I believe in the potential of every young person, and I am committed to providing the guidance and care they need to navigate challenges and build a brighter future. Outside of my work, you’ll often find me enjoying one of my greatest joys: playing board games with friends. Together, we can create transformative change.

Nadia Goforth

she/her

Contact me:
206.638.8673
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bothell, Woodinville, Port Angeles and Port Townsend
Supervisor: Judy Yasutake

Prior to joining Treehouse in early 2022, I continuously worked in education and recreation programs. I worked for several years supervising summer camps and enrichment programs, consistently maintained a passion for foster youth and vulnerable students. Originally from Ohio, I moved to Washington in 2018 where I served in AmeriCorps in Walla Walla, helping pilot their trauma-informed school model and providing interventions. I completed my A.A. in Human and Social Services at Walla Walla CC, and have since acquired my B.A. in Law, Economics and Public Policy at the University of Washington. With my own lived experience in care, I have engaged in a variety of advocacy opportunities locally, as well as with organizations like the National Foster Youth Institute, advocating on a national scale. I am passionate about empowering students to reach their full potential and strive to consistently be a person students can turn to for support, advocacy, or connection.

Educational Service District 121 - King South Team

King, Pierce

Bree Harris

she/her

Contact me:
206.383.3268
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Kent
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

I studied Human Development and psychology at Washington State University. I became interested in working with youth in any capacity. I started working at a community center and did a lot of community engagement with the local middle and high schools. There I transitioned to working in the non-profit sector and community learning centers. After a few years, I wanted to focus more on youth who were experiencing foster care. I ended up with Treehouse and have been here for the last 4 years! I am an avid dog lover and nature enthusiast. I enjoy being outdoors and exploring new places.

Devin Howell

he/him

Contact me:
206.639.9606
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Auburn
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

I have been an Education Specialist with Treehouse for over 10 years. Prior to Treehouse, I ran a program called YouthBuild that served young adults in the community. I got into social and educational justice during my early 20’s, since I wanted to give back to the community like it once did for me. As a high school dropout and a young person who struggled throughout his educational journey, its vital students have support systems to navigate their adolescents. Everyone has their own path educationally and mine was its own. I graduated from high school via South Seattle Community College alternative program, then enrolled at Highline College, and then onto Central Washington University. It took a while to finally achieve a college diploma, but like I tell my students, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, but that you achieve the goals you set! I get energized every day to meet with my students and help them meet their personal and educational needs. I have realized life is short and it’s important we strive to reach as many goals as possible during our time on this planet.

Erika Aquino

she/her

Contact me:
206.825.1508
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Kent
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

Since graduating college in 2016 Erika (she/her) took a headfirst approach to youth development. Starting with behavioral therapy both in a center and in public schools, Erika was able to develop the skills and compassion needed to work with youth of all backgrounds and all needs. She quickly excelled from RBT/Behavior therapist to Transition specialist, assisting youth with transitioning from high school to independence. She joined the Treehouse team in 2019 after 3 years of direct in school therapy and specialties.

Erika currently contributes to the Kent School District as an Education Specialist for grades 8-12. She has worked diligently within KSD the schools and communities to secure a safe space for the youth that we serve. She holds close connections and relationships with the KSD staff as well as the youth. Her passion comes from her lived experience with foster care and DSHS as a youth. Wanting to be the voice and support for underrepresented youth. Erika has committed her time at Treehouse to continuously showing up for our youth no matter the adversaries or hurdles to cross.

Lareesa Blakely

she/her

Contact me:
206.513.4084
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Highline Schools
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

I am a graduate student enrolled in the UWT MSW program, and a proud mom to my amazing daughter. I feel joy every time my daughter gives me hugs and kisses, when I’m singing loudly at karaoke, and sharing belly laughs with my loved ones. Currently, I am proudly associated with Treehouse, an organization that resonates with my deep passion for youth empowerment, social justice, and the art of storytelling. Through my academic pursuits and meaningful work, I aim to create a positive impact on the lives of young individuals and contribute to a more just and equitable society.

Ollie Endicott

he/him

Contact me:
206.496.4560
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Highline Schools
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

I have worked with young people throughout my life and in a variety of capacities, from summer camp counselor, to ski instructor, to baseball coach, to 4th grade teacher. I feel strongly that everyone can find success and happiness when given the caring support and resources they need, and I’m excited to be part of an organization whose mission is to provide exactly that. I love working with collaboratively with others, and it brings me great joy to be surrounded by kind, compassionate people working together to make this world a better place. When I’m not working with young people and my team at Treehouse, you can find me in the kitchen trying a new recipe, outside going for a hike or playing soccer, or by the TV trying to keep up with my beloved Boston sports teams.

Roger Ornelas

he/him

Contact me:
206.330.3912
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Auburn
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

Roger is an Education Specialist with Treehouse who has dedicated many years to working with young people. He’s passionate about the work he does here and will go the extra mile if it means making someone’s day. Working with the students in the Auburn school district, he’s ready to get out there to help give his students the opportunities they deserve.

Educational Service District 121 - Pierce Team

King, Pierce

Danielle Downs

she/her

Contact me:
253.312.2192
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tacoma School District
Supervisor: Danielle Wilson

I have a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I’ve worked with youth and families in the Pierce County area for the past 11 years. My goal is to help empower and equip families and youth to live successful and healthy lives. Navigating systems can be challenging but I know with the right support and tools, our students and their families can become their own advocates. One of the best parts of my role is developing relationships with my students and being able to laugh and have joy in everyday moments.

Jannette Zarate

she/her

Contact me:
253.363.3993
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tacoma High School
Supervisor: Danielle Wilson

I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and am a first-generation college graduate. My direct service work has centered around addressing inequities faced by young individuals. Treehouse’s mission and vision in educational equity, specifically for youth experiencing foster care was what brought me to this organization. As someone who didn’t have close connections or mentors to support my own educational endeavor, being able to support youth as they navigate this part of their lives and watch them grow as individuals has been the highlight of my work at Treehouse.

L'Shray Jones

Name Only

Contact me:
253.320.1126
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tacoma School District
Supervisor: Danielle Wilson

I have a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Counseling. I am a first generation graduate. My goal is to encourage, uplift, and inspire all youth. Barriers are not in place to knock you down but to help build your strength and character as you break through them. I would like all youth that I encounter to know that the sky is only the limit if you choose to stop there. Challenge yourself and go above and beyond. Shoot for the stars, smile, and pat yourself on the back because you are capable, and you will succeed.

Tre Wilkins

he/him


Contact me:
206.676.2396
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bethel School District
Supervisor: Danielle Wilson

I have pursued education in various trade schools, including barber school, mechanic school, and dental assistant school, with a strong focus on community service. My interest in Treehouse was sparked by witnessing a close friend’s involvement with the organization and conducting research on its mission. Recognizing the valuable work that Treehouse does, I was compelled to join, given my extensive experience in community and youth work. Working with young people brings me immense joy, as I am able to demonstrate to them that adults genuinely care about their emotional well-being and are committed to supporting their growth into adulthood. Witnessing the positive impact of the information and tools I provide on the lives of disadvantaged youth is incredibly rewarding.

Virginia Spikes

she/her

Contact me:
360.789.0689
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Clover Park School District and Tacoma School District
Supervisor: Danielle Wilson

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and over 10 years’ experience working in secondary education, special education, and behavioral therapy. Treehouse’s mission to level the playing field for youth in foster care along with my experience working with special populations inspired me to become an Education Specialist. My goal is to inspire and support the youth so that they are able to overcome challenges, grow, live a healthy and happy life, and go after everything they can dream of. Being able to pour into others and help them realize their potential brings me joy and I hope to continue doing that for years to come at Treehouse.

Educational Service District 121 - King/Pierce Team

King, Pierce

Jessica Anderson

she/her

Contact me:
206.850.2861
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Federal Way
Supervisor: Reggie Rogers, Jr.

Growing up in Los Angeles and Seattle in a single-family household, and then having a child right out of high school, I knew I would work with youth someday. I started working with youth in a hospital setting in neurology, One of the toughest jobs I’ve had when it comes to children and their health. That began my journey, I applied to the University of Phoenix, got my bachelor’s in human services, and from there started as a learning facilitator at Sequoyah Middle School. After losing my son prematurely back in 2019, I started a non-profit to help young parents with resources and services, and during all that time, it led me to Treehouse. When I’m not servicing youth, I love being with my family, especially watching my daughter play basketball and my husband coaching her team. I have two German Shepard boys (benzo and Mozzy) who keep me going nonstop. I love meditation, going to the gym, reiki, and all metaphysical things.

Joe Basler

he/him

Contact me:
206.794.3854
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Puyallup, Tahoma and Enumclaw
Supervisor: Reggie Rogers, Jr.

I am an Education Specialist that is determined to advocate for my youth as they work to achieve their goals. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Pacific Lutheran University, I have spent most of my career working in schools coming to Treehouse in 2016. I am passionate about making sure the young people I work with have their voices and stories heard, their needs met, and their successes are celebrated. Outside of work I spend my time playing tabletop games and running a few DND games.

Katya Robles

she/her

Contact me:
206.532.6166
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Federal Way
Supervisor: Roland Pablo

I have a BA in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. After graduation, I worked as a case worker in the Tukwila School District for two years. I have been at Treehouse as of May of 2022 and I primarily work in the Federal Way School District. I am passionate about supporting young people as they navigate the education system and especially enjoy working in the FWSD as someone who attended grades K-12 in Federal Way. I find joy in gardening, attending women’s sport games, and going to concerts.

Michael Dowdell

he/him

Contact me:
206.532.6166
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bethel
Supervisor: Reggie Rogers, Jr.

I graduated from Virginia State University, and Nassau Community College. Networking connect me into this amazing situation by way of working with youth in various areas through sports. I enjoy working with youth because they bring innocence, potential, and a genuine opportunity to change things in a better way. I want to help protect, advocate, and guide them toward that potential and opportunity. Growth, Development, Happiness, and Unity bring me joy.

Preston Jones

he/him

Contact me:
206.759.1603
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Bethel
Supervisor: Reggie Rogers, Jr.

Working on Youth Development BAS from Highline CC. Graduated from Pierce AA. Attended EWU. I’m excited about my opportunity with Treehouse to further advocate for the youth, as I continue help them use their voice. I continue to work with youth through tough times and good times because all youth need someone they can have as a mentor or trusted adult. I find joy in when the youth get moment of understand that, they haven’t failed as long as they don’t give up.

Educational Service District 123 - East 1 Team

Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla

Gina Cariño

she/her

Contact me:
206.809.3065
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Tri-Cities
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

I am a Latina, LGBTQ+ ally and serve the Tri Cities and Othello community. I have been working in social services for about 6 years and began as a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPC) for the WISe program. I have a strength-based approach while staying goal oriented with the services I provide and have been passionate about supporting the youth I serve to find their voice and advocate for themselves.

Jeniece Driver

she/her

Contact me:
206.480.9651
[email protected]

Primary Office: Tri-Cities
Supervisor: Julie Hipp

Prior to becoming a part of the Treehouse Family, I have worked with youth from diverse populations in various settings. I’ve partnered with youth, families, caregivers, DCYF, CASA’s/GAL’s, Attorneys, school districts, and other community partners in multi-facets ranging from providing behavioral rehabilitation services to youth ages 7-21 as a BRS Group Home Program Manager, providing education and behavioral support services to K-12 youth at a psychiatric impatient ranch as a paraprofessional/behavior rehabilitation manager, facilitating an expressive art therapy group for youth ages 8-12 that have experienced extensive childhood trauma, and everything in between. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree from Washington State University, GO COUGS! I enjoy spending time with my family as they are my everything, spending time outdoors doing things like playing cornhole, going on scavenger hunts to find heart shaped rocks with my kids, and tending to my huge garden; as well as going camping and hunting.

Educational Service District 171 - East 2 Team

Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan

Jazmin Murillo

she/her

Contact me:
509.867.8425
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Wenatchee, Moses Lake
Supervisor: Brian Reese

Greetings everyone! My name is Jazmin Murillo and I am the Education Specialist serving the Wenatchee/Moses Lake area! After leaving my hometown of Wenatchee, I attended the University of Washington where I received my degree in Anthropology of Globalization and Medical Anthropology & Global Health. Since graduating, I’ve returned to the Wenatchee Valley & have made it my life’s work to contribute to the growth and development of the community. My experience includes time working as an advocate for a Chelan/Douglas County domestic violence & survivors of crime advocacy center, as well as time spent working in the special education department for the local school district. I’ve joined the Treehouse team to continue making a difference in the community by working with students throughout their high school career to help ensure they have a successful educational journey!

Educational Service District 189 - Northwest Team

Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom

Darien Miller

she/her

Contact me:
206.586.7965
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Skagit & Snohomish County
Supervisor: Alexandria Cornell

At Treehouse, I work as an Education Specialist in the Northern region. Before coming to Treehouse, I worked as a teacher for seven years (both while I was still getting my degree in Education and after). The majority of my teaching career was dedicated to teaching k-12 students in a range of non-traditional schools designed for those who faced challenges within the traditional public school system. Above all else, I have always believed that ALL students are capable of achieving anything they set their minds to as long as they have a solid support system backing them. Treehouse gives me the opportunity to continue being a part of that support system for students. Outside of work, I find joy in exploring new places (whether that’s hiking around Washington or flying outside of it) and trying new things. Though most of my free time is spent reading, watching random things, or just playing with my dog (Lady) and cat (Jack).

David Harris

he/him

Contact me:
360.913.1956
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Edmonds, Lynnwood
Supervisor: Alexandria Cornell

Hi My name is David Harris Jr. and I am the Education Specialist serving the Edmonds School District in Snohomish County. I attended High School in the Edmonds School District and it’s been a full circle opportunity to serve in the school district I once attended. My undergraduate studies were at Western Washington University where I received my degree in Sociology with a focus on Youth development while also studying Psychology and Criminology. After finishing my degree, I have been involved in the Snohomish County Community both professionally and being a volunteer. My experiences have been a Youth Coach for ages 5-17 as well as being involved in the Special Education programs in Snohomish County School Districts. The reason I joined Treehouse was to further serve my community and assist youth who experience foster care as they navigate transformative years of their young adult lives. What brings me joy is watching the growth in youths’ confidence as they prove to themselves that they can conquer any of life’s challenges.

Deshanna Brown

she/her

Contact me:
206.532.6165
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Skagit & Whatcom County
Supervisor: Alexandria Cornell

Deshanna has been working for Treehouse since February 2022 and in the field of youth services in various different capacities since 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Juvenile studies. She currently lives in Bellingham.

Leo Perucca

he/they

Contact me:
206.307.9140
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Island, Snohomish & Skagit County
Supervisor: Alexandria Cornell

Currently, I work as a Graduation Specialist in the Northern region. This comes after six years as a certified behavior technician. My time in working in behavior analysis fueled my passion for special education and inclusion. Because of this experience I am able to execute my current role with a holistic grasp of behavior, motivation, and evidence-based learning tactics. I find immense joy in helping others overcome challenges and enhance pathways to achievement. Outside work, I cherish moments with my wife and canine companion. I am always looking for great tea, so let me know if you have a favorite shop or want to get boba.

Theresa Carter

she/her

Contact me:
206.586.6018
[email protected]

Coverage Area: Everett
Supervisor: Alexandria Cornell

Hey there! My name is Theresa Carter, and I am an Education Specialist serving the Everett and Mukilteo areas! I hold a degree in International Business and a Master of Arts in Spanish. My educational journey has equipped me with diverse skills suited for multicultural environments. My career path led me to Treehouse, driven by a passion for education and community development. I have worked with youth for over a decade, and I am excited to help not only support young adults, but also empower them here at Treehouse. The joy in my work comes from seeing the real impact of my efforts – growth, achievements, and smiles of the youth I assist.  

Leadership

Alexandria Cornell

she/her

Regional Manager, Educational Advocacy

Contact me:
253.293.4335
[email protected]

Having grown up in the foster care system in Washington state I am passionate about helping youth break barriers that they face daily. I believe that each youth, given the opportunity, can use adversities as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block. I have worked for Treehouse for over nine years and continue to learn and grow each day. I started as an education specialist, moved into a launch success coach role and am now a regional manager for Graduation Success. My team covers the area between Blaine, Washington to Shoreline, Washington. I also have background working with youth in the juvenile justice system as a residential counselor. I attended Portland State University were I obtained my degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife, reading, hanging out with our two dogs and exploring the great pacific northwest.

Alexis Jonson

she/her

Senior Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
206.919.9971
[email protected]

Working with a team of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their career to serving our young people who have experienced foster care, brings me joy After years of volunteering at First Place, Child Haven and numerous SPS schools, I pursued a Master’s in Teaching at SU, specializing in working with disadvantaged youth and low income schools. I’ve worked at Treehouse since 2011, originally in direct service and for the last decade as a manager with progressive responsibility and leadership. Outside of work, I love spending time in nature and traveling the world with my husband and two daughters.

Alyosha Van Dusen

he/him

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
509.818.6891
[email protected]

I have been at Treehouse for over 7 years. I started as a Graduation Success Coordinator in 2016 and then transitioned to my current role as a Regional Manager in 2018. I have continuously worked in youth development since graduating from Eastern Washington University as a triple major in Philosophy, Humanities, and History. Prior to starting at Treehouse, I worked at the Boys & Girls Club in Spokane as a Youth Development Specialist, Program Director, and interim Club Director. I find it an honor that I get the opportunity to work with a team of folks who are just as passionate about supporting youth experiencing foster care as I am. When I am not working with our team, I like watching sports, reading books, painting, and spending time with family, friends, and my cat.

Andrea Springer

she/her

Tribal Engagement Manager, South

Contact me:
360.827.1985
[email protected]

I am an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and I was hired as the Tribal Engagement Manger at Treehouse in August of 2022. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Education and Native American Studies. I also hold several Early Childhood Education certifications. I am a certified facilitator of the Caregiver Core Training foster parents are required to obtain before becoming licensed. I am also a certified Positive Indian Parenting facilitator through the National Indian Child Welfare Association; a curriculum that I have been facilitating for more than 20 years. As much as I appreciate the formal education I’ve received, much of the knowledge I draw from comes from my lived experience in the foster care system, being a Colville woman living off the reservation, and being a last generation survivor of the Indian boarding school system. It’s what has drawn me to the work I have been doing my entire career, starting with Early Childhood Development for 12 years, Foster Home Licensing and Program Management for 16 years, and now to Treehouse. I am passionate and outspoken and will always be an advocate for “youth voice” and family reunification. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, watching sports, and creating art. I do traditional Native American beadwork, making cradleboards, drawing, and journal-making. I dabble in the art of basket weaving as well.

Angel Van Brunt

she/her

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
360.764.3251
[email protected]

I have served and worked with youth & young adults in Thurston County for over 10 years. I received two bachelor’s degrees from The Evergreen State College. It’s my goal to help support and connect young folks to community resources and services so that the community as a whole can thrive into the future. Going on adventures and finding new places or experiences bring me joy.

Ari McLaren-Simpson

they/them

Program Manager, Dual-System Involved Youth

Contact me:
253.921.7227
[email protected]

I am a black, queer and non-binary social worker committed to racial equity and community care. I currently occupy the traditional lands of the Puyallup, Duwamish and Coast Salish peoples. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2020. I have experience working as a Behavior Specialist in an alternative classroom setting and as a Child Welfare Social Worker for DCYF. It is my hope to further the fight for all children and youth across the state of Washington to receive equitable education and equitable opportunities to thrive. Spending time in the community, being in nature and participating in community activism brings me joy.

Brian Reese

he/him

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
509.750.2469
[email protected]

I have always had a strong desire to serve my community. My path started as a Counselor/Case manager for community mental health. After 7 years, I shifted to education, with a focus on equity in serving smaller communities with high numbers of youth in poverty. For my work I was named educator of the year in 2008. After working in the for profit world, I began my Treehouse journey, as an Educational Advocate in 2018. I transitioned into the Role of Regional Manager for Treehouse’s Graduation Success program, 3 years later, building programs as we expand our services statewide. On my free time, you can find me in a dusty bookstore, a bustling Record store, attending concerts, or traveling. I have not been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Christian Kelly

he/him

Lead Education Specialist

Contact me:
206.458.8161
[email protected]

Christian possesses more than two decades of dedicated experience in working with and guiding both youth and young adults. Throughout this extensive period, he has been instrumental in positively impacting the lives of young individuals across a diverse range of environments, including Juvenile detention systems, foster care systems, and conventional high schools. One of Christian’s core beliefs centers around the profound importance of authenticity. He firmly holds the view that authenticity serves as a powerful catalyst for building meaningful connections and fostering personal growth among the young individuals he works with. His commitment to being genuine and sincere resonates deeply with his approach to his work, enabling him to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can openly explore their potential and overcome challenges. Christian empowers youth to navigate their unique journeys with resilience, confidence, and a sense of purpose.

Danielle Wilson

she/her

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
253.204.5104
[email protected]

Hello All, I am Danielle Wilson I’ve been with Treehouse 6 years. Starting in 2017 I began working in the Treehouse Store, supporting the needs of Youth in care. Ensuring a space where youth can come find items to support the best versions of themselves. Passionate about helping youth navigate resources, problem solve and meet their goals.

Heidi Hiatt

she/her

Co-Director, High School Programs

Contact me:
360-619-8457
[email protected]

I began working at Treehouse as an Educational Advocate in 2015. My B.A. is in Public Affairs with a concentration in Justice Studies. Since college I have lived in The Gambia for two years as a Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer and worked in a couple of organizations, including a Crisis Residential Youth Shelter and my local Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

I love being a part of the leadership team for the Graduation Success program because my passion is to create a sustainable program that our team can use to provide equitable services and resources to young people throughout the state of Washington. I feel joy when I see how the work I’m doing is helping staff have the skills, tools, knowledge, and experiences they need to provide equitable and culturally relevant relationships with young people based on trust and respect.

Janelle Smith

she/her

Education Specialist Lead

Contact me:
206.300.0166
[email protected]

I am an enthusiastic lifelong learner dedicated to fostering more equitable opportunities for young people. A profound mission fuels my vibrant and joyful personality: ensuring that every young person feels heard, seen, and loved. My academic journey led me to a BA in Theater, igniting a passion that led me to further studies at the University of Washington, where I earned my Master’s in Social Work. Over the past 15+ years, I have been privileged to work closely with young adults. Collaborative and relationship oriented, I find immense gratification in partnering with them, facilitating their growth and progress towards their envisioned aspirations. During my free time, I embrace the outdoors, savoring the beauty of a stunning sunset, taking leisurely strolls with my dog, embarking on hikes, engaging in spirited soccer matches, attending concerts, and relishing meaningful moments with my partner, friends, and family.

Jonathan Chavez

he/him

Education Specialist Lead

Contact me:
509.514.1366
[email protected]

My name is Jonathan Chavez, and I am a proud first generation Mexican American. I have been working for Treehouse since June 2022. It is an honor working for an organization that prioritizes youths’ education and wellbeing. In May 2020 I graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in Justice Studies. Prior to Treehouse I worked with Probation Youth Services and as a Case Manager. In my spare time I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my three pugs.

Judy Yasutake

she/her

Senior Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
[email protected]

I’m Judy Yasutake, a proud Sansei (3rd generation Japanese) and a first-generation college graduate. With an education and psychology degree from the University of Washington and an M.Ed. in Administration and Reading from Seattle University, I bring a rich academic background. Professionally, I’ve been a Senior Regional Manager in the Graduation Success Program since 2015. Prior to that, I’ve had diverse roles in six King County school districts, including teaching and administration. Additionally, I’ve made contributions in three nonprofit organizations. My true joy lies in helping students and my team achieve their academic, career and/or personal goals. In my downtime, I enjoy a good workout at the gym, am a cat lover (Momo!), avid baker, and reader. Spending time with family, attending cultural events and activities, learning new things, watching a good Netflix series, traveling to Hawaii, gardening, and retail therapy round out my interests.

Julie Hipp

she/her

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
509.379.4212
[email protected]

With 28 years as a Spokane resident, my roots run deep in this vibrant community. A journey encompassing role as a CASA, chemical dependency counselor, and education specialist has led me to my current role: managing a team of dedicated Education Specialists. My experience as a CASA and counselor has ingrained in me a passion for advocacy and support. Armed with an MA in Criminal Justice from WSU, I bring a holistic perspective to the Graduation Success program. Guiding a team of specialists, I’m committed to empowering students and ensuring equitable access to quality education. While my professional path is rewarding, it is time spent with my family that truly enriches my life. Amidst the challenges of managing a team, family moments remind me of what truly matters. As Spokane remains my nurturing backdrop, and my experiences shape my approach, both professional growth and cherished family connections define my journey.

Karen Billy

she/her

Tribal Engagement Manager (North)

Contact me:
206.640.3595
[email protected]

Karen is passionate about providing the opportunity for youth to rise to their full potential. Circling in cultural knowledge and understanding of the difficulties tribal youth may encounter on their educational journey leading into an independent lifestyle. Karen has been a licensed foster parent since 2012 and family placement for DCYF and ICW since 2000 keeping tribal youth within their community and within their families. In her fostering experience she has built relations with DCYF, Nooksack ICW, Lummi ICW, Muckleshoot ICW and Swinomish ICW. Karen worked as a Youth Advocate for 3 years with the Lummi Indian Business Council’s Employment and Training Center assisting at risk youth obtain higher education, job skills, Drivers Education, and community connections through a cultural lens prior to joining the Treehouse Team. Karen is currently attending the Northwest Indian College pursuing a BA in Community Advocates and Responsive Education in Human Services. In her free time Karen enjoys amusement parks and camping. She does these activities frequently from late Spring to early Fall when not camping or on thrill rides she is hosting family gathers.

Kateri Joe

she/her

Co-Director, High School Programs

Contact me:
206.751.6970
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Kateri Joe (She/her) an enrolled member of Swinomish and Halalt First Nations, is a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and education. With a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington, Kateri serves as one of three Co-Directors for Graduation Success at Treehouse. In this role, she is dedicated to shaping positive educational experiences for young individuals, striving not only high school completion but also personal growth. Beyond her professional endeavors, Kateri actively participates in cultural activities like canoe pulling, dancing, beading, and sewing, emphasizing the importance of preserving traditions. Through her work and personal commitment, Kateri stands as a resilient leader, embodying the values of her Co-Salish heritage and inspiring positive change in the lives of the youth she serves.

Liz Lanning

she/her

Education Specialist Lead

Contact me:
206.638.9884
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I have worked at Treehouse both as an Educational Advocate and an Educational Specialist. Prior to working at Treehouse, I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and worked in schools as an AmeriCorps and a first-grade teacher. I am passionate about supporting students where they are at and learning as much as I can about what they are passionate about. Spending time outside energizes me, whether it be hiking, biking, paddle boarding, or walking my dog.

Matt Gale

he/him

Education Specialist Lead

Contact me:
206.376.5401
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I am originally from New Zealand and moved to the US in early 2019. In New Zealand, I studied social work and went on to earn a post-graduate certificate in mental health. I have experience in residential youth work, natural disaster recovery, and inpatient and community clinical mental health. I started working at Treehouse in February 2020. I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to connect with the amazing young people who partner with Treehouse, as well as all of the people who support them to work towards their goals within and outside of education. Seeing these young people learn, grow, and build their confidence as they work towards graduation is my “why.” Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, running, playing guitar, traveling, and learning Spanish. 

MonRá Muse

he/him

Co-Director, High School Programs

Contact me:
509.601.5640
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Hello Friends, I’m MonRá pronounced (Mon-Ray) and I have been a Co-Director at Treehouse for the last two years. I have spent much of my life in Spokane serving youth in foster care in some capacity over the last 25 years. I received my master’s degree in social work in 2004 from EWU and since that time I’ve work as a therapist for four years at Excelsior Youth Center, DCYF in the Indian Child Welfare Unit and Legally Free Unit. I worked for DLR and conducted Relative Home Studies for families in Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Ferry County. Other work includes being the Associated Director for the Family Resource & Training Center through Eastern Washington University where I oversaw foster parent recruitment and retention for Eastern Washington and the State of Idaho (Fostering WA & Fostering Idaho). I have been married 19 years and my wife and I share six children, two of which were adopted out of the foster care system. I’m most fulfilled by spending time with my family, mentoring a youth in foster care and serving in a local hospital on Sundays as a social worker.

Reggie Rogers, Jr

he/him

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
253.319.0943
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My name is Reggie Rogers Jr and I grew up in Skyway, I attended Washington State University where I obtained my undergraduate degree in Sociology and my Masters in Education Leadership, while in undergrad I also became a brother of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. I have been working at Treehouse since 2016 spending six years as an Education Specialist in the Federal Way School District in 2023 I became regional managers having the opportunity to work with amazing staff who visit the schools and work to make sure their youths needs are being met. In my free time I spend going on trips or watching Marvel movies with my wife, walking my puppy, enjoying my loved ones company and coaching youth sports; My favorite quote is Slow motion is better than no motion.

Roland Pablo

he/him

Regional Manager, Graduation Success

Contact me:
206.450.2051
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After completing my education at the University of Washington, I launched into an internship at Treehouse. My dedication and commitment let to a full-time position with the organization, focusing primarily on my middle and high school alma mater. With over a decade of hands-on experience in direct service roles, I transitioned into a leadership role, overseeing the South King County team. Outside of my professional life, I find joy in spending time with my amazing family. I’m also passionate about coaching and mentoring young people within my community. Alongside these pursuits, I am an avid supporter of Seattle sports and hold an appreciation for dining at Red Robin.