HISTORY & EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION
North Park University,
Chicago— B.A. History
1993-1997

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago— Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Communication
1999-2000

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Ferndale — Program Director
OCT 2018 - PRESENT
The Program Director is responsible for the coordination and execution of all programs and events of the Chamber. This includes but is not limited to the coordination and organization, monthly programs, luncheons, ribbon cuttings, networking gatherings, professional development opportunities. Community events which are organized under the purview of the Program Director are: the Spring Run-Off Fun Run, The Community-wide garage sale, Makayla Street Jam, Ferndale Street Festival, Downtown Trick or Treat and the Community Tree Lighting. This role also coordinates the massive undertaking of coordination of the Flower Basket Program, which adorns the streets of Ferndale’s main thoroughfares.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Administration
Bellingham — Community Engagement & Resource Development
NOV 2016- OCT 2018
This role is responsible for building, supporting and advancing community engagement programs across Whatcom County to increase resources, ensuring alignment of activities with organizational goals, strategies and BGCWC mission. This position also assists with organizational-wide resource development efforts to ensure the procurement of the necessary resources, both human and financial. The main areas this role focuses on are: community engagement, volunteer management and event organization and support. This role is much like the Branch Director role in Ferndale, however, is amplified throughout the County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Ferndale Clubhouse
Ferndale — Branch Director
JAN 2015- NOV 2016
The position of Branch Director was made obsolete in November 2016. It was a role where I maintained the daily operations of an amazing 25,000 sf facility. I upheld organizational standards, and implemented strategic goals for meaningful outcomes. I managed a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice to provide mentoring opportunities to Club members. I forged and cultivated community relationships and built partnerships to support the organizational mission. I ensured great care and keeping of an incredible facility. I helped provide programmatic opportunities for children to thrive. I interviewed, hired and supervised staff, managed multiple projects and recruited volunteers to work directly with youth. I served with the Ferndale Community Coalition increasing safety for our children, as well as serving on the the DV Commission’s Child Witness Work Group that helped review and advise on Child Protective Services’ cases where children were witness to acts of domestic violence.

Northwest Youth Services
Bellingham— Youth Engagement Manager
2013- 2015
As the Youth Engagement Manager, I provided stability and structure for two new, essential programs that address youth homelessness and the co-occurring issues that surround. Through managing the Street Outreach Program (SOP) and the Queer Youth Project (QYP), I ensured that the organization met the designated requirements for each federally and privately funded grant. Specific duties for the SOP involved providing direct outreach, operating drop-in services, and managing three paid staff and nine program volunteers. The QYP, focused on LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and their unique needs through the development and delivery of appropriate services which included: family reunification, mental health support, guided referrals, integration back into faith communities and further data collection. I researched, developed and wrote the first report of its kind, the Recommendations Report on Serving LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Whatcom County. I oversaw the Youth Point in Time Count which collected data on youth experiencing homelessness and unstable housing. I also coordinated the integration of volunteers for the agency, which included: interviewing candidates, conducting background checks and coordinating the required programmatic certifications. I also served on the Risk Tolerance Committee which is responsible for the mitigation of client and staff risk with safety and confidentiality.

Access Freedom
Ferndale— Executive Director and Co-Founder
2009 - 2013
As the co-founder and executive director, I played an integral part in establishing the organization, as well as the 501(c)(3) application process, which was granted within three months of applying. I facilitated the Whatcom County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Task Force, a local community action team which included members of Department of Children and Family Services Children’s Administration, school counselors, local and federal law enforcement, Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office, juvenile detention staff and street outreach. I supervised three volunteer positions and presented regularly at trainings and awareness gatherings. I also held responsibility for planning fundraising events and keeping detailed accounts for the organization’s finances. It was during this time that I was appointed to the Statewide CSEC Coordinating Committee, led by State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson. The organization culminated its missional work by bestowing a $30,000 grant to DVSAS and Northwest Youth Services to support staffing needs that focus on serving the CSEC population.

Starbucks
Ferndale— Barista
2007-2012
Worked as a barista for the Starbucks Corporation at the Ferndale Haggen location for five years while raising my children. Aside from typical barista duties which include maintaining beverage quality, upholding the utmost highest standards for operation and cleanliness and cash handling, I was the store's Community Lead Partner. I engaged with the greater community of Ferndale and found constructive ways for Starbucks partners to connect with the community as well as give back through local volunteer opportunities.

Milton Family
Ferndale—Chief Youth Development Professional
2004-2007
To account for the gap in career history, it’s worth noting that I chose to be a full-time, at-home parent from 2004 to 2007. It was during this time that we moved from Seattle to Ferndale and had our second child. Too often, a gap in historical professional experience, due to woman’s choice to raise children, is perceived negatively. It was during this formative time, that I realized that I wanted to make a career change to focus my efforts on making a positive impact in the lives of children and young people; and I began this effort at home and within my community. I consistently volunteered in the School District at the local Elementary school and also directed the Children’s Ministry Program at Bellingham Covenant Church.

Hewitt Architects
Seattle— Graphics & Marketing Manager
2001-2004
As the graphics and marketing manager, I was responsible of the pursing of, lay out and delivery of new job proposals for the firm. This included the writing and editing of content as well as incorporation of architectural drawings and other pertinent graphics. This position was also in charge of the implementation and maintenance of the graphics database as well as the marketing database. I supervised the assistant graphic designer and led weekly marketing meetings, as well as presented upcoming marketing opportunities to the lead principals and discussed current jobs.

BOARD & COMMITTEE SERVICE

  • Current Co-Chair of Bond Oversight Committee for the 2019 School Bond Project for the Ferndale School District.

  • Previous President of the Board of Directors for the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.

  • Previous Community Center Advisory Board for the City of Ferndale.

  • Previous Communications Advisory Committee Member for the Ferndale School District.

  • Past member of the Board of Directors for Access Freedom

  • Consulted on the development of the Statewide Model Protocol for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children/Minors (CSEC)

  • Appointed and served on the Statewide CSEC Coordinating Committee under State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.

AWARDS

  • 2014 Kathleen Marshall Award in recognition of outstanding service and dedication in addressing domestic violence and sexual assault, from DVSAS.

  • 2017 & 18 Board Member of the Year for the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

TRAINING

  • Restorative Justice: Addressing Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Whatcom County;

  • Certified in Right Response De- Escalation Techniques;

  • Positive Youth Development & Youth Mental Health First Aid;

  • Parent to Parent Support through the Whatcom Center for Early Learning.