Mary’s career supporting those in need began on the grade school playground, where she regularly challenged and deflated bullies. Thirty years of toiling for The Man helped her develop a broad range of eclectic skills, from editing and publishing, to marketing, and business management at for-profit companies such as Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, 38 Studios, and TOR Books/St. Martin’s Press. She stepped away briefly mid-career to raise two boys who are now men and author twelve novels, as well as study and practice extensively as a certified integrative life and executive coach. She is thrilled to be using the full breadth of skills she’s acquired over her career in her daily work at Wonderland. In recent years she’s turned her sights on golf, a fickle game.
Michelle Stiller Bradley
Programs & Services
Michelle Stiller Bradley
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.
Director of Community Investment
A New England transplant and lobster roll connoisseur (which she misses very much!), Ann moved to Seattle sight unseen in 1992 (back when Seattle was affordable, smaller, and grungier). She is longtime do-gooder having worked for a variety of local non-profits including Food Lifeline and Cornish College of the Arts. When not working, Ann can be found in a yoga studio, hiking or hanging out with her family in Shoreline, or in her garden. She dreams of living in Baja Sur for part of the year and snorkeling with sea turtles. Ann has a BA in psychology from Central Connecticut State University.
Marketing & Events
Katya grew up in Latvia, a beautiful Baltic country with evergreens and annual rainfall rivaling Seattle. Interested in understanding how the human mind works, she earned a BA in psychology and later an MBA in marketing from the University of Southern California. She has over 15 years of marketing experience across different industries, including video games, hospitality, and medical insurance for pets. As a mom of three kids, she is excited to bring her marketing skills to a non-profit that supports children and their families. Katya loves endurance running, taking lessons in classical ballet, and introducing her kids to the joys of hiking on local trails.
Courtney originally hails from the faraway land of Portland, OR. With a heart for children and a desire to learn she trekked all the way to Seattle for college and never left after graduation. Courtney has worked with children as an educator in various capacities: preschool teacher, nanny and as an educator at the Seattle Children’s Museum. It was as a nanny that she met her husband (family uncle) and her charges soon became her nieces. Throughout her career Courtney has also become proficient in bookkeeping and HR practices and is using these skills in her position as Wonderland’s business manager. In her free time Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and their two chocolate labs, Bear and Andi. In spring/summer months you’ll often find her fishing or touring Washington wine country.
Therapy Manager, Special Educator
Jenna is a proud product of the Midwest, which comes out in her connections with others and commitment to her work. Education and working with people with developmental disabilities have been two recurring themes throughout her life experiences. In 1998 Jenna joined a lifetime friend on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle, which led to a move two months later. Flash forward 10 years and Jenna was walking across a stage accepting her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington. Jenna has additional training in promoting social emotional development, visual impairments in young children, and screening for Autism. In her spare time, Jenna finds joy in spontaneous experiences with her “partner in crime” (son), working in the yard, and spending time together as a family.
Family Support Manager, Family Resources Coordinator
A native Washingtonian, Mandy began her career working with the elderly as a medical aid for five memorable years. After she and her husband had their own daughter she developed a deep interest in childhood development and became drawn to work with children and families. She jumped at the chance to join the Wonderland team and truly loves coming to work every day to provide support to Wonderland’s caregivers and children. Mandy also brings a decade of customer-service experience in the hospitality and property management industries. She enjoys getting outside as much as possible, where her family snowboards, camps, hikes, rock climbs, and most of all, surfs. Yes, surfing in our local frigid waters!
Sandra was raised in a small, quiet town on the central coast of California by a large, loving, and loud Peruvian family. The contrast of her two worlds helped fuel a lifelong passion and curiosity about people, cultures, and human development. Drawn to its diversity, she moved to the Bay Area after school, where she honed her skills as a “Jane of All Trades” across various operations and accounting roles. Sandra is thrilled to start a new adventure in Seattle, where she can use her expertise to help Wonderland’s mission. In her free time, she can be found pursuing her passions for cooking, wine, and pottery, while exploring her new home in the Pacific Northwest.
Medical Billing Specialist
Human Resources Specialist
Sarah has been working in the field of human resources for over 17 years. Her experience includes benefits administration, annual enrollment processes, compensation, recruiting, HR systems, and work with diverse employee populations. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in leadership from the University of Puget Sound. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, including several recent adventurous trips in their motorhome.
Program Administrative Assistant
Jennifer loves to use her talents to help others. Her past experience includes roles in marketing and fundraising at local nonprofits in youth development, healthcare, and the environment. Jennifer is excited to help grow Wonderland’s services to children and families using her skills in database management and special events. In her free time, she is a reluctant gardener and enjoys reading, crafting, and, most of all, spending time with friends and family.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Hannah’s heart is truly in non-profit work. After earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Western Washington University, she relocated to the Bay Area where she worked on a political campaign and then for an environmental/political organization. Realizing she wasn’t cut out for a life in politics, Hannah decided to go back to school. In 2011 she graduated from Tulane University with a Master’s of Science in International Development. Since then, she has spent a summer interning in rural Italy, run a successful farmers market, and worked on food access issues.
Hannah spent her childhood in Alaska, where long days of roaming wild and free inspired her love of the outdoors. When not in the office, you can find her gardening, cooking, canning, foraging, fishing, hunting, or tending to a beehive with her husband on their little farm.
Family Resources Coordinators
Family Resources Coordinator
Born and raised in western Washington, Haley’s passion for helping people with developmental disabilities was broadened in academic and experiential ways. A Western Washington University Human Services graduate, she has worked in early learning centers and volunteered for the Special Olympics. Haley’s interests include exploring the outdoors from coastal beaches to hiking trails in the foothills of the Cascades. She is a Seattle sports fan and avidly attends Seahawks and Sounders games whenever possible. Haley also enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Family Resources Coordinator Supervisor, CHERISH Coordinator
Julia’s robust sense of community and eagerness to help others grew out of her small town upbringing in Northern California. Yearning to explore, she moved to the Bay Area to study history, where she first began working with adults and teenagers with special needs and delays. Julia has assisted families with children of various abilities to recognize and work toward their full potential in both the Bahamas and India. Now on her current adventure in Seattle, Julia enjoys hiking, learning new languages, and trying unfamiliar foods.
Family Resources Coordinator
After high school, Kylie attended Linfield College with the goal of becoming a nurse. During the summers when she was home from school, Kylie worked at Camp Prov, a day camp for children with special needs and their siblings. While working at the camp, Kylie realized she was passionate about working with children with challenges and decided to make a career change. She transferred to Colorado State University and earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Professions. Kylie worked as a registered behavior technician at the Providence Boyden Family Autism Center and found a love for supporting children with autism and their families. Kylie also has experience working as an assistant teacher in an ECEAP preschool where she supported children’s social and behavioral needs. Outside of work, Kylie enjoys fitness, attending baseball games, baking, being in the sun, and spending time with friends and family.
Family Resources Coordinator Supervisor, Classroom Coordinator
From fundraising with the Seattle chapter of the March of Dimes to a long stint in the pediatric therapy department at Swedish First Hill, Shelby has always had a heart for advocating for kids with special needs. In her spare time, she cheers on her own two kids and especially enjoys driving around the state watching them play and her husband Jay coach soccer and basketball. She also enjoys volunteering with children’s ministries at her church, making her nieces and nephews laugh, and cuddling her elderly Schnauzer, Effi. Shelby has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from Western Washington University and is happy to be serving families in the communities near her beloved hometown of Edmonds.
Family Resources Coordinator
Charissa has always called the greater Seattle area home! Over the course of her career, she has developed her passion to support individuals and families in many ways. After receiving her master’s in counseling, Charissa worked as a mental health therapist and a school counselor for many years. Combining her love of helping others and her love of young children, she is excited to be a resource for Wonderland families. Outside of work, Charissa loves spending time with her husband, daughter, friends, and extended family. She enjoys family outings and throwing parties!
Family Resources Coordinator, Bridge Coordinator
Marsha is a born and raised Washingtonian! She has been passionate about working with children and parents and has seven years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has been working as a preschool teacher and as a family educator for immigrant and refugee parents in South Seattle. Outside of work, Marsha loves international travel, and she tries to explore two new countries every year.
Family Resources Coordinator, Intake Coordinator
Emily grew up in Des Moines, Washington, and has always loved living in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Washington State University, she took a year to explore and work in Australia. Emily has always had a passion for working with families, and she wanted to continue working on that path after returning to Seattle. She loves traveling, camping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Family Resources Coordinator
After graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology, Becca followed her passion for working with children and joined the Wonderland team. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering with local community groups, fishing with her husband, working on their newly purchased house, and going to the beach near their home on Whidbey Island.
Family Resources Coordinator
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Susanna graduated from Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology with a BA in Finance and worked many years in marketing until she became a full-time mom. It was then that she discovered her love and passion for working with young children, when she volunteered at her son’s preschools and Cub Scout unit. Susanna went back to school and earned her Human Development BA and Early Childhood Education certificate at Washington State University. In her spare time, Susanna likes spending time with her family, traveling, discovering new restaurants, hiking, and going to Zumba class with her friends.
Family Resources Coordinator Supervisor, CHERISH Coordinator
A Puget Sound native, Sarah’s love for working with children started at a young age as a babysitter and nanny in her hometown of Sammamish, Washington. In high school she participated in the Running Start program at Bellevue College and worked at the preschool on campus. Sarah went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Washington State University and taught 1st grade in Lacey, Washington and preschool in Bellevue, Washington. Sarah later earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She has worked with children and families for over 20 years in many different capacities, from early childhood education to trauma-focused counseling and social work. Sarah has spent the past six years dedicated to working with children, adolescents, and families who are systems involved. Sarah lives in Bothell with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, painting, baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Early-Intervention Therapists and Educators
A lifelong Washington and Oregon stater, Theresa’s response to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was, “A grandma, a clown, then a mom.” As a SpEd teacher she would say she was part grandma/part clown because she borrowed kids for a few hours then returned them to their parents, and it required some clowning around to teach preschoolers. She completed her original career list when she became a mom to two children!
After her son qualified for services from Wonderland, Theresa realized early intervention would be a great career fit because she adores babies and toddlers, as well as working as a team member with families and other therapists. She is continually astounded by how all the domains of development weave together and influence the others.
Sarah grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has lived in the Seattle area for the past four years. Her passion for working with children and helping people is what led her to her career as a speech-language pathologist. She enjoys helping children communicate with their families and the world around them. Sarah completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She is excited to be a part of the Wonderland team and to be able to support children and their families throughout their journeys. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
Rebecca Chao, CF-SLP
Growing up, Rebecca always had an interest in working with people and was fascinated by the intricacies of communication. Through an introductory course during her freshman year, Rebecca discovered a passion for speech-language pathology. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Washington. Rebecca is excited to be part of the Wonderland team and to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, baking cookies, and exploring Seattle area coffee shops.
Hannah Currie, OTR/L
Hannah’s passion for working with infants and toddlers stems from the thrill of watching children develop their own personalities and gain developmental skills. She is dedicated to helping families grow together by delighting in the little things that reveal how their child is learning and growing. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys preserving fresh local produce, as well as hiking, gardening, cooking, and sewing. Hannah is now very busy raising a toddler with another little one on the way.
Hannah DeJong, M.A., CCC-SLP
CHERISH Speech-Language Pathologist
Growing up in Iowa, Hannah first became interested in working with children and their families by working as a respite and camp counselor for children with disabilities. She studied speech pathology and Spanish at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoyed spending a semester in Spain learning a new language. After earning her Master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Iowa, she worked in a pediatric clinic and in the school setting before moving to Seattle with her husband. Hannah likes to spend time outdoors and explore new places to hike in Washington. She also enjoys cooking, reading good books, and gardening.
Maria G., MOTR/L
Maria came to Occupational Therapy as a second career after working in the arts and non-profit community development. She has worked with many different groups to build capacity through creative solutions. She came to OT with an interest in working one-on-one with families, adults and children to collaboratively and creatively build solutions to better the daily lives of those facing barriers. With particular interest in mental health, she splits her time between inpatient behavioral health practice and working with families in early intervention. Outside of work, Maria loves to travel, cook, garden, hike, and make all sorts of things.
Kalayla Hough, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kalayla has always been drawn to the “helping” professions. She began working with children with disabilities while a first grader, when she would go to the Special Education room and spend time playing games and interacting with kids. During graduate school, she worked as a behavior technician with children with autism and volunteered as a peer in an adult autism program. As an SLP, Kalayla is passionate about being able to help anyone and everyone communicate and interact with their environment. Her focus as a therapist is understanding the hopes and dreams each family has for their child and supporting them in their journey. Kalayla has lived all over the country, including Wyoming, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Washington. Her favorite summer pastimes include hiking and spending time on the water. During the fall she spends her weekends watching football. Winter finds her out in the snow trying new activities.
Devon Lawrence, MAT
Growing up in Maryland, Devon first became interested in working with children with special needs through her volunteer work with a 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program. She moved to Charlottesville where she stayed for both her undergraduate and graduate schooling. Devon earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and spent a year gaining experience in early-intervention services and preschool special education. She moved to Seattle with her husband and worked for her first five years teaching a special education preschool classroom. In her spare time, Devon enjoys visiting family and friends, reading books, watching movies, baking, and rowing.
Yuling Liu, OTR/L
A former teacher in China and the U.S., Yuling has always known that she wanted a career that enables her to help people. She decided to pursue an occupational therapy degree from the University of Washington because it combines all her interest in teaching, early-childhood development, and medicine. Yuling is excited to be part of this dynamic team with a passion for supporting children and families from diverse cultural background to reach their greatest potential in their daily life. When Yuling is not working, she is busy raising her toddler twin daughters. She enjoys cooking, travelling and exploring outdoor activities. She speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.
Kris Marion, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Therapy Supervisor
A native of Florida, Kris finds great reward in seeing positive changes occur in families. She loves supporting caregivers and children in their daily lives to help them communicate more fully with one another. She is grateful for the opportunity to know, teach, learn from, and collaborate with Wonderland families and has found her niche in co-facilitating parent education classes using The Hanen Program curriculum. Kris brought almost 15 years of speech pathology experience to the field of early intervention to Wonderland after working in both public school and private-practice sectors. She stays busy raising a toddler and school-aged twins, practicing photography, enjoying her backyard garden, planning new adventures, and exploring hobbies involving the arts (dancing, writing, music).
Rachel believes wholeheartedly in families and the power of home-based early-invention services. Raised on the East Coast, she earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy there but has called Seattle home for the last ten years. She enjoys the culture of the Pacific Northwest and all the activities it offers, from skiing to mountain climbing, although recently has been sticking close to home, enjoying the little things with her husband and baby daughter.
Jill Petrowski, CF-SLP
A Pacific Northwest native, Jill completed a Master’s degree in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was first inspired to join the field of speech-language pathology after becoming fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) through an immersive language program during high school. As an SLP, Jill has a passion for supporting children in their communication and feeding development by partnering with and empowering their families. She believes that the opportunity to work with children in their home environments is a privilege, and allows children to learn and grow within their own space. Outside of work, Jill enjoys creating art, singing in a local choir, and spending time with her cat.
Holly Schroepfer, M.S., OTR/L
Holly grew up in a small town in Southwest Minnesota and knew she wanted to become an occupational therapist since her senior year of high school. She has always had a passion for working with children and supporting them as they develop and grow. Holly completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in sunny Arizona and recently moved to the beautiful state of Washington. She is excited to be part of this multidisciplinary team as she is passionate about helping children and their families reach their maximal potential in daily life activities. When Holly is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, shopping, practicing yoga, camping, visiting wineries, watching movies, completing puzzles, and spending time with her fiancé, friends, and family.
Kristen studied English, Linguistics, and Speech Science, and has a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She loves language in all its forms (she once competed in a crossword puzzle competition), and has spent most of her life working and volunteering for, or just enjoying, language causes. She has worked at a publishing house, translated Middle English poetry, taught English to adults, and helped run a reading program for teenagers. She became interested in Speech Language Pathology after reading the book The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, a memoir about finding new ways of communication after a stroke. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son and still reads Middle English for fun.
Shannon Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP
Shannon has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2001. She spent several years in public school districts in California and Texas with students in pre-K through 8th grade, including teaching in a speech-language special education classroom for 4-year-olds. Additionally, she has worked with children from birth through 18 years of age in private practice and in Seattle area hospitals through their outpatient pediatric therapy departments. She previously provided early-intervention speech and language therapy services in natural learning environments and is excited to be working with this wonderful age group again. She is passionate about helping families and caregivers strengthen their communication with one another. Outside of work, Shannon loves to read (mostly from the Seattle Public Library system), cook vegetables, and spend time with her family.
Raised in various states and countries, Lily is thrilled to serve and support families in the Seattle area. She earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Literacy, with minors in Early Childhood Education and History at New Mexico State University in 2017. She believes in the power of enriching and strengthening family bonds through early intervention. In her free time, you may find Lily hiking, reading, traveling or geocaching. She especially loves stickers, finding secret gardens, and snuggling with her husband, Jacob.
Jane Witmer, M.S., OT/L
Occupational Therapist, Therapy Supervisor
Jane originally became an occupational therapist with an early-intervention focus to combine her interests in science and art, but she was surprised to discover how much pleasure she also finds in meeting and getting to know Wonderland’s children and their families. Jane is passionate about nurturing strengths and building on positive assets. She has found this particularly challenging recently as she nudges her two sons toward adulthood. Jane and her family peacefully coexist with one dog and two cats in a much-loved and remodeled home. She finds solace in outdoor activities like biking, hiking, camping, and gardening.
Hope RISING Clinic
Lina Chavez-Penner, M.A., LMHCA
Child and 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.
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 Specialist
Gabrielle Maya Nonast
Gabrielle loves the work that supports families, strengthens their bonds, and connects us all in our common challenges. She believes our “village” is less well-defined than in generations past. As a parent of a child with special needs 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.
Elizabeth McKee, LICSW,
Clinical Social Worker
Elizabeth has worked with children families from diverse cultures and backgrounds in a variety of settings, including early learning programs, partial-hospitalization/day treatment centers, early-intervention facilities, in homes, and hospitals. Through her work with families of young children, Elizabeth developed a passion for providing infant mental health services, with an emphasis on attachment-based therapy to children and their foster parents or relative caregivers. Elizabeth is native to Washington but has spent some time in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, as well as traveling to Spain. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, crafting, and thrifting.
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.
Amy grew up in Lake Tapps, Washington. She developed a close relationship with her grandparents when she was little and later cared for them as they aged. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Western Washington University. She found that working with people became her passion, and she developed an appetite for helping others, especially if it included working with their pets. She enjoys taking the extra time to listen and has built long-lasting relationships with clients, friends, and family. She is recently engaged and spends most of her time doting on her precious dachshunds, Sully and Quincy.
Selena Shelley, M.A., LMHC
Parent/Caregiver Therapist and Educator
Selena’s passion for working with families started over twenty years ago when she interned in a residential program serving young mothers. She has an immense interest in pregnancy, birth, and understanding how trauma impacts those experiences. Selena’s diverse work background includes residential and home visiting with teen parents, domestic violence advocacy, childbirth education, birth doula work, and private practice therapy with women and families. Selena enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves traveling. She grew up in Washington and has lived in a variety of places, including Costa Rica and Guatemala. She hopes to return to both of those countries to visit in the near future with her husband and two children.
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, CF-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.
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.
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.