Our Board

Susan Leavitt
Chair, Child Advocate
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Susan
Leavitt

Chair, Child Advocate

Sue Leavitt is a retired Social Worker. Before starting with the CCR Board in September of 2014, Sue served for 14 years with the Intiman Theatre Board. “My concern is particularly for the low income and underserved population of children.”

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Brooke Williams
Vice Chair, Child Advocate
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Brooke
Williams

Vice Chair, Child Advocate

Brooke Williams is a native Oregonian who has made Seattle her home for over a decade. Brooke and her husband Josh are parents to five-year-old Reed, and she joined the Board in June of 2015 to help ensure that all children have a great start. Brooke is a community volunteer with a background in law and public policy, who is currently focusing her efforts on the early learning sector. Outside of CCR, she is an active member of Social Venture Partners, serves on the board of Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, and is actively involved in public policy efforts at United Way of King County and YouthCare. Brooke holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.

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Lindsay Coates
Treasurer, Zillow
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Lindsay
Coates

Treasurer, Zillow

Lindsay Coates works for Zillow as corporate counsel and received her law degree from Seattle University.  Lindsay has two young daughters attending an intergenerational daycare program that she learned about from CCR’s website. As a fulltime working mother, she values the important role that childcare plays in the lives of our children. Lindsay lives in Seattle and joined the board in 2016. She is excited to support CCR in helping foster quality childcare throughout the community.

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Adrianne Keffeler
Secretary, Child Advocate
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Adrianne
Keffeler

Secretary, Child Advocate

Adrianne Keffeler joined the Board in June 2012 as the next step in her passionate work with children and families. She was introduced to CCR in 2001 when researching child care options for her first child. Adrianne has a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington, was a school counselor for nine years and a leader of Newborn PEPS Groups for six years, and served as President of the PEPS Board. She is currently a member of SVP. “After completing my term on the PEPS Board, I am eager to continue volunteering with a well-respected organization that focuses on the areas I am most passionate about: children, education, equality and family support.” 

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Aubrey Beals
University of Washington
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Aubrey
Beals

University of Washington

Aubrey Beals is a development professional at the University of Washington. As a former teacher, youth development nonprofit leader, and Master of Public Administration, she deeply believes that quality childcare leads to strong education outcomes, productive citizens, and equitable communities. Aubrey lives in West Seattle and joined Childcare Resources’ Board in 2017. She is eager to support CCR as it engages families and caregivers to provide all children in our community with quality early learning experiences.

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Amy Corey
Child Advocate
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Amy
Corey

Child Advocate

Amy Corey has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. As a clinical social worker at the University of Washington’s Women and Children’s Clinic and as a perinatal MSW for Group Health she often referred families to CCR. Besides serving on the CCR Board, Amy is also active with Washington Women’s Foundation. Amy Joined the CCR Board in April of 2014.

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Meg Crager
Child Advocate
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Meg
Crager

Child Advocate

Meg is an independent consultant with more than two decades of experience working with non-profits in King County. She has worked in the areas of domestic violence intervention, children’s mental health, and homelessness prevention. She advocates for greater resources and justice for underserved and marginalized people. Meg recognizes the critical importance of improving all children’s access to high quality early learning experiences. She has an MA in Human Development from Columbia University Teachers College.

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Richard de Sam Lazaro
Expedia
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Richard
de Sam Lazaro

Expedia

Richard de Sam Lazaro joined the Child Care Resources board in 2018. Richard grew up hustling salmon and cleaning boats on the docks of South Puget Sound before beginning a career working for Democratic elected officials in Western Washington. He first connected with CCR while working for US Senator Patty Murray, who taught him that access to high quality childcare and early learning is critical to addressing the widening social, economic, and health disparities in Washington state. Richard currently serves as Government Affairs Manager at Expedia and lives in Seattle with his wife, Madeline.

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Shilpa Devela
FLUOR
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Shilpa
Devela

FLUOR

Shilpa Devela strongly believes that every child deserves access to high quality early education. Having identified with the mission of CCR, Shilpa joined the board in 2017 to contribute to that mission. Shilpa grew up in Bangalore, India and moved to the U.S. to pursue her Master’s in Construction Management from Texas A&M University after gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Shilpa moved to the Seattle area late 2016 and is thoroughly enjoying all the treats the PNW life has to offer with her husband Chris and two young daughters.

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Vincent Duffy
The Learning Tree
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Vincent
Duffy

The Learning Tree

Vincent Duffy is recently retired from his work at The Learning Tree Montessori Preschool and Child Care. Vinnie joined the CCR Board in May 2013 “because I think that a provider’s voice might be helpful and because I am interested in giving back to an organization that has helped me and my program.” Vinnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Washington. He volunteers with a number of community organizations including The Children’s Alliance.

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Laura Kneedler
Northwest Center
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Laura
Kneedler

Northwest Center

Laura Kneedler is the Vice President of Education & Therapy Services at Northwest Center, where she leads a talented team of teachers, therapists, and support staff to serve over 600 children annually. Through programs of early intervention therapy and inclusive early education, Laura and her team provide a comprehensive approach to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities in the classroom, community, and home setting. Laura joined the CCR board in 2017. She has worked with CCR as a provider and believes strongly in CCR’s mission to provide access to high-quality care for all children. She holds a BS in Education/Health & Human Development from Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Concordia University.

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Ken Miller
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Ken
Miller

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ken Miller is Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he provides legal advice and counsel to the foundation's Global Health Division to help develop and deliver vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics to people most in need.  Before joining the foundation in 2015, he was a partner in the technology transactions group at Perkins Coie LLP, an international law firm based in Seattle.  Ken and his husband Chris live in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle and are parents to two young children, Luke and Anna.  Ken is President of the Epiphany Early Learning Preschool Parent Advisory Board and active in other community organizations.  Ken joined the board of CCR because of his commitment that all children deserve high quality care and early learning.

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Valisa Smith
Consultant
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Valisa
Smith

Consultant

Valisa Smith, consultant and strategist, joined the CCR Board in July 2011. Valisa is experienced in designing and implementing complex grant-making initiatives across multiple program areas. She was most recently Lead Senior Program Officer, Education with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked from 1999 to 2011. Valisa holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. She has worked and studied in North America, Africa, and Asia and currently resides in Seattle with her husband and two children. 

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Ron Stevenson
Child Advocate
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Ron
Stevenson

Child Advocate

Ron Stevenson joined the CCR Board in 2016, in part to help represent the communities of Pierce County. As the father and step-father to 6 children - ranging in school age from Elementary to College - Ron has an affinity for the importance of early childhood education. With professional expertise ranging from technology startup ventures to large enterprises, Ron has served in management and strategy roles for Microsoft, Salesforce, and other software companies for over 20 years. He currently manages Product Marketing for Cloud Solutions at a San Francisco-based software company. Ron lives in Tacoma with his wife and family.

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Sherri Wolson
Child Advocate
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Sherri
Wolson

Child Advocate

Sherri Wolson passionately believes that all kids deserve quality care whether it’s from a formal child care program or from an informal network of friends and family members. Sherri is excited about building the understanding that early childhood education is essential and a wise investment. Sherri serves on the Boards of SVP and of ACLU of Washington. She is the former board chair of PEPS and has volunteered for a number of community organizations including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Legal Voice and Water 1st International. Sherri has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University. She joined the Board in July 2011 and lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.

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Phone: (206) 329-1011

Our Executive Staff

To email a team member, follow this convention: lastname@childcare.org (except when noted otherwise).

Deeann Burtch Puffert
Chief Executive Officer
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Deeann
Burtch Puffert

Chief Executive Officer
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Deeann brings together a talent for building relationships with others, engaging staff in a vision and strong analysis skills. She has devoted her entire career to working on behalf of children and youth through the not-for-profit sector. Professionally, Deeann has focused the past 24 years on the issue of child care and has worked on many aspects of the challenges of affordability, accessibility, and quality.

Deeann joined the Child Care Resources staff as the East County Director in 1990. She was initially responsible for all aspects of opening the Bellevue office of the agency: hiring staff, engaging the community and developing the data system required to serve families. In July 1993, she was promoted to the position of Associate Director and became responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency as it delivered services to the community. Throughout her tenure, Deeann has shown innovation through the development of programs and tools to better meet the needs of the agency’s customers, children, and parents and the provider community.

Deeann graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Sociology, attended the University of Texas School of Social Work and received her Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

Prior to working at Child Care Resources, she was a Child Care Program Director. She was responsible for the overall management and operation of four NAEYC-accredited child care centers that served 180 families. Deeann is a native of Seattle, is married and is the proud mother of two daughters.

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Kathryn Flores
Chief Administrative Officer
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Kathryn
Flores

Chief Administrative Officer
Email

Kathryn has worked at Child Care Resources since December 1998. Kathryn is responsible for the financial functions and management information systems, including training, analysis and reporting associated with the information systems, and contract compliance and management. Kathryn has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from USC and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona. Prior to working at CCR, Kathryn held various financial management positions in corporate finance.

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Phoebe Sade Anderson
Chief Operations Officer
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Phoebe Sade
Anderson

Chief Operations Officer
Email

Phoebe joined Child Care Resources in May 2012 and is responsible for overseeing all programs and program staff. Previous to coming to CCR, Phoebe was deeply involved in the intersection of education and child welfare, spending over a decade developing and growing a statewide educational advocacy program for children and youth in foster care for Treehouse. Phoebe has an M.S.W. from the University of Washington, and is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

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Hilary Anderson
Chief Development Officer
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Hilary
Anderson

Chief Development Officer
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Hilary joined CCR in December of 2015 and oversees private fundraising and donor outreach activity. Prior to joining CCR, Hilary was a fundraiser at PEPS, Landesa, and Northwest Center. She holds a degree in Biology from San Diego State University and currently serves as board chair of Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers.

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Phone: (206) 329-5333

Our Early Learning Professionals Team

To email a team member, follow this convention: lastname@childcare.org (except when noted otherwise).

Adrienne Wingo
Adrienne
Wingo
EA Coach
206-713-1630
Aly Ainscough
Aly
Ainscough
Director, Provider Services
ext. 227
Andee Church
Andee
Church
EA Coach Lead
253-341-5777
Anne Rothert
Anne
Rothert
EA Coach
253-341-5882
Ayan Saleban
Ayan
Saleban
EA Coach
206-507-9774
Becky Sughrim
Becky
Sughrim
Infant Toddler Coach
206-459-1397
Bernie Dunlap
Bernie
Dunlap
Infant Toddler Coach
253-260-2919
Bob Findlay
Bob
Findlay
EA Coach
206-437-6875
Caryn Nelson
Caryn
Nelson
EA Coach
253-651-9180
Chelsie Rikard
Chelsie
Rikard
EA Coach
206-445-2224
Cheryl Madsen
Cheryl
Madsen
EA Coach
206-376-2536
Christina Cantino
Christina
Cantino
EA Coach
253-345-1836
Christine Barker
Christine
Barker
EA Coach
253-363-1218
Christine Trammell
Christine
Trammell
EA Professional Development Coordinator
253-310-6149
Colleen Endrody
Colleen
Endrody
EA Coach
253-304-2496
Colleen Cope
Colleen
Cope
EA Coach
206-930-3787
Courtney Nolen-Viducich
Courtney
Nolen-Viducich
Professional Development Manager
253-260-2918
Dani Hoffman
Dani
Hoffman
Infant Toddler Coach
206-507-9772
Deana Fanning
Deana
Fanning
EA Coach
ext. 231 or 253-260-2920
Deya Osgood
Deya
Osgood
EA Coach
206-507-9771
Diana Velichko
Diana
Velichko
EA Coach
206-454-9195
DJ Miller
DJ
Miller
EA Coach
253-341-7127
Elise Gooi
Elise
Gooi
Infant Toddler Coordinator
206-437-2602
Estelle Rosatto
Estelle
Rosatto
EA Coach
206-452-9947
Evette Ramos
Evette
Ramos
EA Coach
206-573-3350
Holly Nondorf
Holly
Nondorf
EA Coach
253-533-0272
Ian Kitts
Ian
Kitts
EA Coach
206-492-9817
Jamileh Almasoud
Jamileh
Almasoud
EA Coach
206-445-2283
Janene Johnson
Janene
Johnson
EA Coach
253-533-0270
Janine Meyers
Janine
Meyers
EA Manager
206-643-4418
Jennifer Featherston
Jennifer
Featherston
EA Coach
206-471-1607
Jennifer Powell
Jennifer
Powell
EA Coach
253-260-2921
Julia King
Julia
King
EA Coach
253-341-6191
Karie-Anne Russell
Karie-Anne
Russell
EA Coach
206-643-4421
Kathy Keefe
Kathy
Keefe
EA Coach
206-496-9794
Katie Graham
Katie
Graham
Provider Services Manager
ext. 265
Kimberlee Boynton
Kimberlee
Boynton
EA Coach
253-651-4320
Kris Jones
Kris
Jones
EA Coach
206-713-2292
Kris Reintegrado
Kris
Reintegrado
EA Coach
206-482-5743
Laura Brosas
Laura
Brosas
EA Coach Lead
206-713-2739
Leah Breish
Leah
Breish
EA Coach
206-643-4419
Malyun Yusuf
Malyun
Yusuf
EA Coach
206-718-8559
Mandie Walters
Mandie
Walters
EA Coach
253-533-0269
Marian Osman
Marian
Osman
ELC TA Specialist
ext. 216 or 206-437-1744
Maricela Nyberg
Maricela
Nyberg
EA CCQB Specialist
206-475-2604
Marie Brain-Pyeatt
Marie
Brain-Pyeatt
EA Coach
253-307-3910
Melissa Pulaski
Melissa
Pulaski
EA Coach
206-376-2462
Michael Kasprzak
Michael
Kasprzak
EA Coach Lead
206-714-2747
Misti McKenna
Misti
McKenna
EA Coach Lead
253-861-5841
Nadia D. Bibbs-Cannon
Nadia D.
Bibbs-Cannon
EA Coach Lead
206-482-1488
Nawal Osman
Nawal
Osman
EA Coach
253-345-0013
Nayeli Mercado
Nayeli
Mercado
EA Coach
206-503-4070
Nico Chua
Nico
Chua
EA Coach
206-718-9799
Nicole Traore
Nicole
Traore
EA Coach
206-305-6553
Nikosi Davis
Nikosi
Davis
ELC Technical Assistance Specialist
Ext. 231
Patricia Coss-Maxwell
Patricia
Coss-Maxwell
EA Coach
206-549-5568
Polly Schmitt
Polly
Schmitt
EA Coach
206-643-4420
Rebecca Ross
Rebecca
Ross
EA Coach
253-345-1734
Regina Pittman
Regina
Pittman
EA Coach
206-773-7681
Reinette Arase
Reinette
Arase
ELC Technical Assistance Specialist
ext. 212
Rikki Vincent
Rikki
Vincent
EA Coach
206-507-9773
Robin Fransen
Robin
Fransen
Program Assistant
Ext. 245
Ryan Frye
Ryan
Frye
EA Coach
206-376-2250
Sagal Mohamed
Sagal
Mohamed
EA Coach
206-471-8414
Salma Abdelrahmanabdalla
Salma
Abdelrahmanabdalla
EA Coach
206-471-2660
Sandra Taylor
Sandra
Taylor
Seattle Preschool HUB Coordinator
206-316-7630
Sara McDowell
Sara
McDowell
Early Learning Training and Program Specialist
ext. 210 or 206-471-2356
Sara Gebeyehu
Sara
Gebeyehu
EA Coach Lead
206-714-2007
Sarah Ackermann
Sarah
Ackermann
EA Technical Assistance Specialist
206-471-0355
Savannah Stannard
Savannah
Stannard
EA Manager
206-200-6218
Sharon Armstrong
Sharon
Armstrong
EA Coach Lead
253-533-0271
ShaylaRose Johnson
ShaylaRose
Johnson
Provider Services Program Assistant
ext. 234
Shelby Baker
Shelby
Baker
Professional Development Specialist
ext. 250
Sirena Haddock
Sirena
Haddock
EA Coach
253-260-7687
Stacy Morrison
Stacy
Morrison
Early Learning Consultation and Careers Program Lead
ext. 260 or 206-714-1697
Stephanie Pelz
Stephanie
Pelz
EA Coach Lead
206-713-6605
Stephanie Edwards
Stephanie
Edwards
EA Coach
206-573-3349
Sumaya Dirie
Sumaya
Dirie
ELC TA Specialist
ext. 240 or 206-437-0174
Susan MacCleary
Susan
MacCleary
EA CCQB Specialist
206-475-2616
Tamara G Lamb
Tamara G
Lamb
EA Coach Lead
206-637-4004
Tilman Smith
Tilman
Smith
Provider Services Manager
ext. 222 or 206-963-5313
Valerie Willis
Valerie
Willis
EA Coach
206-713-0127
Vivian Biesiedzinski
Vivian
Biesiedzinski
EA Coach
206-300-7360
Phone: (206) 329-5544

Our Family Services Team

To email a team member, follow this convention: lastname@childcare.org (except when noted otherwise).

Amy Donnelly
Amy
Donnelly
Homeless Intake Specialist
ext. 235
Barbara Miller
Barbara
Miller
Family Call Center Data Lead
ext. 219
Diego Nunez
Diego
Nunez
Family Call Center Specialist
ext. 246
Erika Washington
Erika
Washington
Family Call Center and Homeless Project Specialist
ext. 263 or 206-940-3806
Jennifer Duval
Jennifer
Duval
Family Engagement Specialist/Kaleidoscope P&L
ext. 288
Katie Kaiser
Katie
Kaiser
Manager, Homeless Program
ext. 232
Kimberly Hoang
Kimberly
Hoang
Family Engagement Specialist
ext. 267
Liliana Gaxiola-Cuerpo
Liliana
Gaxiola-Cuerpo
Family Resource Specialist
ext. 256
Lisa Conley
Lisa
Conley
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Project Lead
ext. 202
Mariana Vega
Mariana
Vega
Family Call Center Specialist
ext. 226
Marissa M.
Marissa
Homeless Project Specialist
ext. 291 or 206-406-8041
Melissa Bookwalter
Melissa
Bookwalter
Family Call Center Coordinator
ext. 255
Natalie Lente
Natalie
Lente
Director of Family Services
ext. 257
Norma Lobo
Norma
Lobo
Family Call Center Specialist
Ext. 241
Raymonda Bried
Raymonda
Bried
Family Call Center Specialist
ext. 201
Terrie Yaffe
Terrie
Yaffe
Homeless Project Specialist
ext. 211
Wysteria Oliver
Wysteria
Oliver
Administrative Specialist, Contract Monitor
ext. 243
Phone: (206) 329-1011

Our Fund Development and Business Services Teams

To email a team member, follow this convention: lastname@childcare.org (except when noted otherwise).

Bradley Barham
Bradley
Barham
Accounting Specialist
ext. 262
Dane Nakagawa
Dane
Nakagawa
Senior Accountant
ext. 247
Fario Khan
Fario
Khan
Staff Accountant & IT Specialist
ext. 205
Karen Hecox
Karen
Hecox
Data & Reporting Specialist
ext. 258
Li Bernstein
Li
Bernstein
Controller
ext. 225
Lorina Person
Lorina
Person
Data & Reporting Administrator
ext. 218
Melissa Waters
Melissa
Waters
IT Administrator
ext. 230
Sarah Gray
Sarah
Gray
Director, Human Resources
ext. 213 or 206-491-8901
Sarah Crilley
Sarah
Crilley
Operations Administrator
ext. 221
Tess Jubran
Tess
Jubran
Receptionist
ext. 200