Michelle has lived in and traveled to many places around the world, including: Malaysia, Guatemala, Israel, Thailand, and Costa Rica, and hopes to experience many more. Born in Berkeley, California, she has found her forever home here in Seattle. She has been a “helper” since very early on and has vivid memories of helping her mom, a physical therapist, every Friday at the senior center where she worked. At age 15, one of Michelle’s closest friends was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and she had the honor to being part of his journey for the next nine years before he lost his battle to the disease. He inspired Michelle with his grace and joy, despite the challenges faced, which reinforced her passion for helping others. These life experiences, among others, led to getting a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Counseling. She’s worked in the social service field for over 20 years as a therapist, case manager, investigator, child interviewer, victim advocate, preschool teacher, and non-profit manager, while raising two lovely girls she’s proud to call her daughters.
Alexandra Lundy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Alex first became interested in speech-language pathology, while working as a behavior technician for children with autism. She found joy in discovering how to enter a child’s world and to teach communication. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Oregon. After graduating, she worked in center-based early-intervention programs, pediatric clinics, and a school setting. She enjoys adventuring in the mountains and on the water with her very active pup.
Gabrielle Maya Nonast,
Family Support Supervisor
Gabrielle Maya Nonast
Gabrielle loves the work that supports families, strengthens their bonds, and connects us all in our common challenges. As a parent of a child who has been helped by therapies to reach his development goals and as a child of aging parents, she has appreciated the moments where people come together in shared understanding and/or support of one another. She is passionate about working with families to connect with the supports they need to do the difficult, yet beautiful work of caregiving. She grew up in Northern California and has lived along the stretch of land from Southern California to the Seattle area. She enjoys adventuring with her kids, hiking and running in the woods near her home, reading and watching movies, and singing frequently, but poorly.
Akila Osakwe, LMHC
Behavioral Health Supervisor
A native New Yorker, Akila moved to Seattle in 2006, where she spent five wonderful years before being recruited for a community health role in tribal healthcare in Alaska. She has worked in most areas of behavioral healthcare, including crisis intervention, addiction/recovery, suicide prevention, and serving individuals, families, and couples, in addition to holding administrative roles. A proud mother of two energetic children, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking them on fun-filled adventures. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys salsa dancing with anyone who might join her.
Intake & FASD Clinic Coordinator
A native Seattleite, Solé has always had a passion for working with children and families. She spent a great deal of time in her youth babysitting and caring for her mammoth-sized extended family, as well as families in her neighborhood. Solé has worked in many administrative roles, including an office administrator position with Wonderland for the last two years. She looks forward to taking the skills she has gained over the years and applying them to her new position on the Boundless Team. The opportunity to support children and families impacted by prenatal substance exposure speaks to her heart. Growing up, she has experienced the impacts of drug addiction and prenatal substance exposure in her family. Solé believes these experiences will help her support other families in her new role. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kickboxing, yoga, gardening, reading great books, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends – including her nine-year-old husky Jenna.
Andrea Whipple, M.S., CCC-SLP
Andrea began her studies in education for the deaf and then broadened to speech-language pathology after observing others in the field and realizing that was the career for her. She has a passion for helping children communicate and connect with their family and the world around them. She has worked with children in both school and early-intervention in-home settings. Andrea grew up on a small farm in Spokane, WA and has lived in the Seattle area for the past 6 years. Outside of working with children, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest by hiking, camping, and cycling with her husband and friends.
Katherine Zintel, M.S., OTR/L
Katherine loves to help others, and being an occupational therapist allows her to support others in creative ways. Katherine has taken a particular interest in the sensory frame of reference and understanding how dysregulation affects individuals’ abilities to be in a state of readiness to learn. She is passionate about helping children reach their fullest potential in all areas of development. Katherine brings knowledge and skill from being an in-home support specialist, residential treatment staff member, support staff in an alternative school, and therapy aide in a pediatric OT clinic to supporting children and families at the clinic. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and moved to the Pacific Northwest as a young adult. She finds enjoyment in having her coffee on her front porch, hiking and backpacking, and cooking with her husband.
Lina Chavez-Penner, M.A., LMHCA
Child & Family Therapist
Informed by her life experience and education in multicultural and social justice competencies, Lina prioritizes the relationship at the center of treatment. She developed a passion for providing trauma-informed mental health access to people of color, those who identify as gender diverse, the LGBTQ+ community, transracially adopted children, and children with neurodiversity. Lina’s ultimate goal is to help empower families to foster resilient attachment relationships that will prepare children for their future. When not working with amazing families at Hope RISING Clinic, Lina enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, camping with her partner and their dog, and sharing meals with her friends.
Shawna Hale, M.S. OTR/L
Shawna has been an occupational therapist for 12 years. She is a member of the Department of Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Board at the University of Washington, a courtesy faculty member at the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and a clinical fieldwork instructor for students completing their Master of Occupational Therapy degrees. She has a passion for the occupational therapy process, which includes getting to know each and every person and developing strategies to help them achieve their goals. Shawna is a Bothell native and is excited to serve this fantastic community through Hope RISING Clinic. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, and immersing herself in nature, painting, art, and dance.
Family Support Specialist
Tiara graduated from Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon, with a B.S. in psychology. She played two years of college volleyball and studied abroad in Oslo, Norway. During her studies abroad, Tiara completed an internship in early childhood development and child abuse prevention. Before coming to Wonderland, she worked for an organization serving low-income families on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Tiara loves to travel, coach/play volleyball, and spending time with friends and family. Some of her favorite places she has traveled to are Costa Rica, Spain, and Greece.
Sophie Reynolds, M.S., OTR/L
Sophie is a Bothell native who has always had a passion and desire to work with children. Prior to graduate school, Sophie volunteered for two years in a Head Start classroom, providing support to children with prenatal substance exposure, trauma, and adverse life experiences. She became interested in becoming an occupational therapist after working as a floortime therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder. Sophie is a registered behavior therapist and has experience with aquatic therapy, early intervention, sensory regulation, and feeding interventions. As an occupational therapist, she uses a holistic approach in helping children and their families reach their fullest potential. She finds enjoyment in fashion and outside walks, cooking for family and friends, and spending time with her dogs.
Child & Family Therapist
Jenn graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A in public health, early childhood-family studies, and M.A in child and adolescent psychology. She grew up in Granger, WA, and has lived in the Seattle area for the past eight years. Jenn has always had a passion for working with families and wanted to pursue a career in mental health. Prior to joining the team, she worked for an organization researching and implementing interventions in schools that serve low-income families. While working in research, she also worked in an intensive outpatient program for OCD, providing cognitive behavioral therapy to young children. Outside of work, Jenn loves to travel, hike, and spend time with family and friends.
Medical Billing Specialist
Originally from a small town outside of Portland, Melissa has always had a desire to work with children. It was her heart for children that lead her to an internship in childhood development in the big city. With a drive to help and bring joy to those around her, she is quick to lend a hand, or through her humor and quick wit, bring laughter and joy to people going through difficult seasons. After having her son, Melissa took the opportunity to go back to school for her CBCS (Certified Billing and Coding Specialist) education that would allow her to further help those around her.
Erin Olson, Ph.D
Hope RISING Clinic Consultant
Erin Olson. Ph.D. has a doctoral degree from the University of Washington. She has completed supervised training experiences with UW Center for Human Development and Disability, UW Parenting Clinic, UW Autism Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Professionally, Erin provides educator and parent trainings, consults with local schools, conducts research regarding evidence-based practices, and co-created the Boyden Autism Center at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. In addition to her private practice, she currently teaches assessment and diagnostic coursework in the UW School Psychology Department and is an interdisciplinary diagnostic team member at the UW Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network (FAS- DPN).
Julia Bledsoe, MD
FASD Clinic Consultant
Julia Bledsoe, MD
Julia Bledsoe, MD, is a board certified pediatrician at the Pediatric Care Center at UWMC-Roosevelt and the Center on Human Development and Disability at UWMC and a UW professor of General Pediatrics. She also works as a faculty pediatrician at the UW FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) Clinic, the longest standing FAS center in the US. Dr. Bledsoe co-directs the Center for Adoption Medicine and specializes in adoption medicine: the care of children and families touched by adoption. She strives to create active partnerships with her patients to achieve the best possible outcomes. Dr. Bledsoe earned her M.D. at the UW. She lectures and teaches on topics related to international and domestic adoption, especially as these overlap with fetal alcohol syndrome.
Julian Davies, MD
Pediatrician FASD Clinic Consultant
Julian Davies, MD
Julian Davies, MD, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, where he co-directs the Center for Adoption Medicine and works at the longest-running FAS clinic in the country. His interest in adoption, foster care, and FASD began in Russia, where he started a summer arts and clown camp for Russian orphans. He now has a pediatric practice where 2/3 of his patients were fostered or adopted. Dr. Davies created an online resource for pediatrics and adoption (www.adoptmed.org) and presents on a variety of topics at regional and national conferences. He lives in Seattle with his wife and four bold-flavored children.
Julie K. Gelo
FASD Clinic Consultant
Julie K. Gelo
Julie Gelo is the legal mother to 13 children ranging in age from 14 to 52. Julie and her husband are licensed foster parents with Ina Maka, a private foster care agency with United Indians of All Tribes. Eight of Julie’s children have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Related conditions. Julie has been the Family Advocate for the Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network core team at the University of Washington for 23 years. She is also a foster parent co-trainer with the Resource Family Training Institute with the Department of Social and Health Services. She is the Executive Director for the Washington State affiliate to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS Washington State) and the co-founder of the FASt Friends FASD Community Support Network.