Our Team - Amara

Our Team

Meet Our Amazing Team

True change takes place when our community comes together to hear one another, dream big, and share our unique skills and passions. We are grateful for our dynamic team who work together to support the well-being of children in foster care, adoptees, and their families.

Chief Executive Officer

Scarlett Aldebot-Green
Chief Executive Officer

Marisa Melton
Executive Administrative Assistant

Chief Innovation Officer

Jason Gortney
Chief Innovation Officer

Chief Program & Policy Officer

Nicole Mazen
Chief Program & Policy Officer

Family Time Program

Deborah Collins
Associate Director of Programs (Parent Support)

Martha Buchta-Spevak
Childcare & Administrative Specialist

Michelle Perry
Family Advocate & Strive Navigator

Finance & Administration

Dong Nam
Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Lenard-Holcomb
HR Manager

Stephen Grose
Staff Accountant

Foster Care Program

Anne-Marie Holloway
Foster Care Specialist

Alex Packard
Foster Care Specialist

Brenda Bobadilla
Foster Care Specialist

Celina Rivera
Family Connections Caregiver Mentor

Emily Emerson
Foster Care Specialist

Emily Sigler
Client Services and Compliance Manager

Fiona Lloyd-Muller
Program Coordinator – Family Connections Program

Jenna Abbassi
Foster Care Specialist

Jenny von Veh
Child Placement Coordinator

Katie Biron
Family Connections Program Manager

Katherine McManus
Foster Care Services Supervisor

Kristen Wilson
Foster Care Specialist

Kristina Bates Greene
Foster Care Services Supervisor

Leroy Pascubillo
Certified Lead Mentor Family Connections Program

Mari Halpert
Foster Care Specialist

Mary Schlichter
Foster Care Services Supervisor

Quenby Delgado
Foster Care Specialist

Tricia Lambie
Associate Director of Programs (Foster Care)

Veronica Houff
Foster Care Specialist

Kinship Care Program

Brittney Lee
Kinship Retention & Support Specialist

Crystal Nambo
Kinship Care Specialist

Emani Donaldson
Kinship Care Specialist

JaVonya Stewart
Kinship Care Specialist

Trey Rabun
Associate Director of Programs (Kinship Care)

Parent FOCUS Program

Bill Jones
Peer Navigator – Aberdeen

Kate Egbert
Parent FOCUS Program Manager

Mandie Higley
Peer Navigator – Spokane

Philanthropy & Communications

Carrie Bassett
Donor Relations Officer

Domi Watkins
Development and Communications Coordinator

Katie Ferguson
Donor Relations Officer

Madeline Nicholson
Grants Manager

Marcia Jacobs
Communications Manager

Ruth Tollefson
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Pierce County Early Childhood Court Program

Julie Hoffman
Pierce County Early Childhood Court Program Coordinator

Program Impact & Evaluation

Julianne Bukey Peterson
Associate Director, Program Impact and Evaluation

Youth Development and Community Support

Danielle Hammond
Permanency and Transition Support Specialist

Korrena Cooper-Poe
Youth Development Specialist

Raquanna Williams
Youth Development Specialist

Tiarra Fentress
Associate Director of Programs of Youth Development and Community Support

Sara Wong, President
Senior Director of WW Enterprise Commercial Sales, Microsoft

Lori Langston, Vice-President
Community Volunteer

Ginny Trethewey, Vice-President
Community Volunteer

Peter Woodward, Treasurer
Vice President – Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs & Co

Shannon Perez-Darby
Founder and Community Advocate, Accountable Communities Consortium

Sheila Ater Capestany
Director, Children, Youth and Young Adult Division, King County

Hillary Carey
Chief Business Officer, Rwanda Girls Initiative

Ben Danielson, MD
Pediatrician, UW Medicine

Alyssa Farber 
Consulting CFO, Seattle Foundation

James F. Johnson
Attorney, Miller Nash

Caitlin Harren
Director, Amazon Sustainability Solutions and Social Responsibility

Chris Kagi
Associate Director, Savills Corporate Real Estate

Rao Lakkakula
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Claudia Miller
Family Engagement Coordinator, Franklin Pierce Schools

Dean Allen
CEO, McKinstry

Joel Benoliel
Senior Vice President, Administration & Chief Legal Officer, Costco Wholesale, Ret.

Bobbe J. Bridge
WA State Supreme Court Judge, Ret.
President and CEO, Center for Children & Youth Justice, Ret.

Brad Brown
Senior Vice President, Digital Retail and Customer Support, REI, Ret.

Jean Enersen
Anchor, KING 5, Ret.

Steve Graham
Managing Partner, Seattle Office, Fenwick & West, LLP

Fred Jarrett
Senior Deputy King County Executive

Robert Moser
President and CEO, Laird Norton Wealth Management

Representative Eric Pettigrew
Washington State House of Representatives

Paul L. Wyckoff
Tech Infrastructure Designer

Amanda Flegel 
Community Volunteer

Bruce Dammeier 
Pierce County Executive

Carmen Adams
Community Volunteer

Carol Mitchell
Community Volunteer, Institute for Black Justice

Colette August
Tahoma Indian Center

Dan Absher, Chair 
President, Absher Construction, Amara Board of Directors’ Advisory Council Liaison 

Frank Cuthbertson 
Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Ret.

Dr. John Gaines 
Community Relations Manager, TPU & President, PDLA 

Fahren Johnson 
Community Member, Greentrike

Maureen Sorenson

Michael Mirra 
Executive Director, Tacoma Housing Authority, Ret. 

Lyle Quasim 
The Black Collective

Scott Selden 
CEO, Selden’s Home Furnishings

Stephen Percer
Public Defender Association

Teresa Ciabattari
Pacific Lutheran University

Toby Joseph
Consultants for Indian Progress

Victoria Woodards 
Mayor, City of Tacoma

Deanne Bryan, Co-Chair
Principal Business Operations Manager, AWS Global Events 

James Truitt, Co-Chair
Cloud Alliances Manager, Datadog 

 Sadie Zeller, Co-Chair  
Business Consultant and Community Leader  

Brett Flegg
Senior Staff Engineer, Google

 Chris Kagi  
Assistant Director, Savills

Kyle Trethewey
Outside Corporate Counsel, Trethewey PLLC 

Sara Wong 
Senior Director of WW Enterprise Commercial Sales, Microsoft

Kohei Yamamoto
Partner, Cowan Miller & Lederman


Kara Anderson
MA, Adoption Professional

Rufina Beem Holcombe
Esquire and Adoptee

Lori Holden
Author and Adoptive Parent

Joanna Ivey
Our Chosen Child, Adoptee and Adoptive Parent

Lesli Johnson
Therapist, MFT and Adoptee

Celeste Maier
MS, Confidential Intermediary (retired) and Adoptee

Angela Tucker
Influencer, Author and Adoptee

Jenni Tupu
Fulbright Scholar, Adoptee and Adoptive Parent

Carole VandenBos
Confidential Intermediary and Birth Parent

Marissa Zwelling
Social Worker, MSW, LCSW, Adoptee and Adoptive Parent

Cierra Campos

Felicia Dennis

Taralee Ellis

Keisha Harris

Toby Joseph

Colleen Laupola

Brittney Lee

Claudia Miller

Tara Newton

Kathie Nguyen

Raven Nyland

Stephen Percer

Laurie Pugh-Larson

Hannah Strickler

Dominique Taylor

George Zantua

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