April 30, 2020

OUR TEAM

Dr. Natalie Ellington – Founder, Executive Director

When I consider my transitional years (when I was 18 and knew everything) when I was questioning all the craziness I was experiencing, I’m grateful that there were people that chose to help me even when I made it clear I didn’t want their help. I also know the pain of doing it on my own and wanting help that didn’t materialize. I recognize and appreciate that when I wasn’t lovable, someone loved me enough to tolerate my attitude, my selfishness and my rebellious behavior to get me through those seasons of life. Now that I’m older and wiser it’s my turn to be there during the transitional years for these young ladies. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and learning life lessons from some incredible women. I hope to be an incredible example to the young ladies we’ll serve through Eileen & Callie’s Place.

WHO WE ARE

OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL

VIOLET BANKS   Former Foster Youth/Advocate
JOHN CAMERER   VISION HOUSE, Co-Founder & Director of Operations
MELINDA GIOVENGO, PHD   YOUTH CARE, Executive Director
CHERYL HASKINS  CITY CHURCH, Executive Director, City Ministries
JAMERIKA HAYNES CLEVER JAM COMMUNICATIONS, Owner
DR. GREGORY JANTZ  THE CENTER A PLACE OF HOPE
DONNA LAFRANCE  STATE of WASHINGTON, Regional Education Program Manager
MORGAN LLEWELLYN  LLEWELLYN REAL ESTATE
DEBBIE MCGEE  Consultant
DAWN RAINS  TREEHOUSE FOR KIDS, Chief Operating Officer  –  WOMEN’S FUNDING ALLIANCE, Board of Directors, President
JUNIUS SCOTT   ADMIN OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES, Region II Regional Manager – Retired
CHERYL SESNON   WOMEN’S  FUNDING ALLIANCE
MARY STEELE  NEW HORIZONS MINISTRIES, Executive Director – Retired
JIM THEOFELIS  A WAY HOME, Director

BOARD MEMBERS

Carmen Goers, Chair
Vice President, Heritage Bank NW Carmen

Goers is a wife, mother of 4 daughters and grandmother for 4. She has been in the financial services industry for 25+ years and values the impact that non-profits and social service agency bring to the community. As a community volunteer, she has served in many areas to be an advocate for community members whose voices have not been heard. She enjoys family time and travel, when she’s not serving she’s planning family vacations.

Zakiya Cita
Sustainable Fashion Advocate and Non-profit Manager

Zakiya owns The Chayah Movement, a small, online entity that focuses on selling and promoting sustainable and ethically made fashion products, while also empowering consumers in being conscious and responsible consumers. Chayah uses its platform to promote textile waste awareness, upcycling projects, community recycling events, re-purposing ideas, thrift, resale options, ethical, locally made and sustainable fashion empowerment.
She is also the Marketing and Suiting Program Manager Dress For Success Seattle where she manages the virtual workforce enrichment offerings, suiting program, logistics of all incoming donations, inventory for the clients served and curates for the four annual fundraiser clothing sales and all social media and online campaign efforts. She also is a consultant and social media manager for the reentry entity Arms Around You.
Zakiya has her BA Degree in Communication Studies, a Graduate level certificate in education and she devotes free-time to coaching, being outdoors, community organizing, project management, event planning and hosts a podcast focused on highlighting successful reentry stories and resources called The Connect Conversations, sponsored by Arms Around You. Zakiya currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Beginnings Ending Domestic Violence.

Michael Hunter
Director, Heart to Heart Connections

As a pastor and director of Heart to Heart Connections, an outreach ministry that builds strong families, Michael is a proven leader with strong ties to the community and leads by example.   He currently serves at-risk youth at an alternative school in Seattle, mentors the teens and had led the truancy program.    In the past, Michael was a successful house parent for teenage girls in an emancipation program in Portland Oregon called Give Us This Day.  He has a heart for youth and has maintained positive relationships with them well into adulthood. Michael has been happily married for 33 years and has two adult sons.

Natasha Johnson, Esq
Staff Attorney, Sexual Violence Law Center

Prior to her current position, Natasha was a community mentor with the YMCA’s Evening Center program where she worked with youthful offenders to help them get disconnected from the criminal justice system and briefly worked as a contract Public Defender in Bonney Lake Municipal Court. In 2014, Natasha completed her undergraduate program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with honors, and went on to attend Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2017. During her time at Regent Law, she focused on community support work as the Law Student Section Chair with the Southampton Roads Bar Association; held the offices of the Chair and Attorney General of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA); and earned three awards for her community advocacy: 2016 Law Student of the Year, South Hampton Roads Bar Association; 2017 Regent University School of Law Community Changer Award; and 2017 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Student Award. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Communication & Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. In her down time, Natasha enjoys taking long drives, spending time with her family (especially her youngest nephew) and reading

Rachael Johnson
AVP Branch Manager, Heritage Bank NW

Rachael has been in the Retail banking Industry for more than 30 years, most recently with Heritage Bank. She has remained in the industry because of her passion to help people achieve their dreams. She spent two years as a Missionary with YWAM and her focus was mentoring young women.  Eileen and Callie’s is a perfect opportunity for her to continue to mentor and serve where her heart has always drawn her. Outside of work and volunteering she has 4 amazing children and 5 grandchildren. Her passion in life is her family! Rachael loves to travel, decorate her home and entertain her family and friends as often as possible.

Trise Moore
Education/Author, Family & Community Engagement

Trise has lived in the South King County area with her family for 28 years and has served on a variety of non-profit boards focused on improving opportunities and supports for underserved children and families. She is the author of the book, “Unreached: What Every Educator Wants to Know About Engaging Families for Equity & Student Achievement” and serves as the Senior Consultant for The Family Outreach and Engagement Network. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and volunteering in her community.

Arlyne Pinnock
Private/Bus Ln Underwriter, Wells Fargo Commercial Lending

Arlyne was born and raised in Seattle and has been working in the banking industry for over 40 years, most recently with Wells Fargo Bank. Her primary focus is assisting small businesses during the current pandemic. She has served as a volunteer board member for non-profits focused on at risk youth for over 30 years. “When I heard about the wonderful program at Eileen and Callie’s Place, I said to myself, I would love to be a part of that. I moved out of my parent’s home at 20 years old. I could have stayed until I finished college but I was eager to be on my own. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be forced out at 18.” Arlyne is an avid reader and loves to travel.

Samantha Tercero

Samantha Tercero was born and raised in Washington. The oldest of four girls. She is a professional hairstylist and enjoys helping women see the beauty they possess as well as helping them to feel good about themselves. Samantha works with her church to run the missions and outreach department. She leads a community outreach every month providing meals to many families. Samantha loves overseas travels and working on missions trips. She adores her family and loves getting to know people.

 ” If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone

     gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.

           Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help

              some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”

                                                                                                                                              Melinda Gates