de Sam Lazaro
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.
Vice Chair, BERK Consulting
Vivien Savath is a Senior Associate at BERK Consulting, a 30-year old firm focused on Pacific Northwest policy issues including housing, public health, land use planning, and of course, education and early learning. She sees high-quality accessible child care as a root concern for economic and gender justice. Vivien holds a B.A. in economics with a minor in statistics from Dartmouth College and an M.P.A. from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Vivien originally hails from New York State and has made Seattle her home for the last decade with husband Chip and son Boone.
Secretary, Northwest Center Kids
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.
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.
Aubrey Beals is a development professional at City Year, having also worked at Summer Search and on the advancement team at the University of Washington. As a former teacher, youth development nonprofit leader, and Master of Public Administration, she deeply believes that quality child care leads to strong education outcomes, productive citizens, and equitable communities. Aubrey lives in West Seattle and joined Child Care 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.
Rebecca Benavides is the Director of Legal Business for Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs department. Over the years she has dedicated her time to programs focused on assisting and empowering women and children impacted by domestic violence. Rebecca believes that supportive child care and strong early education programs provide every person with the autonomy to realize their full potential and positively impact their community. Rebecca has a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She joined the CCR Board in 2019 after relocating to the Seattle area with her husband and two daughters.
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 History from the University of Washington and a Child Care Director's Certificate from North Seattle College. He volunteers with a number of community organizations including The Children’s Alliance.
Roshini Durand Mootoosamy is a Principal Consultant at D'Artagnan Consulting, a firm that specializes in transportation funding policy and advises government agencies and private firms around the world. Roshini has a Masters in Information Systems Engineering from the Universite de Technologie de Troyes (France), and graduated with an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business. Roshini was born and raised in Mauritius, and worked 15 years in Europe before moving to Washington state. After her time spent in Africa, Europe and North America, she is convinced that access to high quality early education sets the stage for academic success and helps women live more financially sustainable lives. Besides serving on the board of Child Care Resources, she actively supports the YMCA Accelerator program and education Francaise Greater Seattle (EFGSeattle). She lives in Bellevue with her husband and her three children, and enjoys outdoor activities and exploring the US with her family.
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.”
Evelyn Lemoine spent 25 years at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, retiring in 2016 as VP of Human Resources. Previously she worked for the City of Seattle for nearly 17 years in HR management roles and staffed a former mayor. She has served on advisory boards of nonprofits and chaired the nominating committee for the board of a major regional health care organization. As a volunteer for United Way, Evelyn founded and co-chaired a committee that funded nonprofits serving infants, young children and their families. She was also the founding co-chair of a community coalition bringing voice to underserved populations and youth. She holds a degree in Business Administration from City University.
Office of the Lt. Governor
Matthew Mauer joined the Child Care Resources Board in 2019. Matthew grew up in the South Sound and joined the U.S. Coast Guard right out of high school where he spent nine years and had two overseas deployments. Afterwards, Matthew worked for Senator Patty Murray as her King County Veterans Affairs Director and eventually moved over to Vulcan as a Government Affairs Associate. Matthew is currently the Director of External Affairs for Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and lives with his husband Jobie and their dog DeeDee in central Tacoma.
Carter Osborne joined the Child Care Resources board through a unique UW program in 2018 - an experience that solidified his excitement for CCR's mission and values. He re-joined the board in January 2020 as a full time board member. Carter grew up in the quiet suburb of Lake Forest Park, WA before leaving to attend college in sunny California. He finished his Masters in Public Administration in 2019, which inspired him to confront the challenges, inequities, and opportunities facing the childcare industry throughout Washington. Carter currently works at WE Communications, offering PR and Communications consulting to Microsoft, Intel, and other tech companies/nonprofits.
Brian Stout works as an independent consultant at the intersection of progressive philanthropy and movement-building. His background is in international conflict mediation and international development, with experience in the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors. He most recently spent two years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation here in Seattle, and previously served for five years with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, DC and overseas. Brian has a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Amherst College and a MA in conflict management from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to Child Care Resources, he serves on the board of directors for the international human rights organization Humanity in Action, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project. Brian enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and two daughters.
WA State Gambling Commission
Adam Teal joined the Board in April 2019 with the desire to help continue CCR’s growth in Pierce County. In previously practicing family law for nine years, Adam saw first-hand the difficulty families had finding quality, affordable child care. It was this experience that drew him to CCR, hoping to give all children the proper head start they deserve, regardless of their background. Adam holds a B.A. from Western New England University in his home state of Massachusetts, and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. He is a Staff Attorney for the Washington State Gambling Commission, and lives in Tacoma with his wife.
Brooke Williams joined the Child Care Resources Board in 2015 to help ensure that all children have a great start. She is a community volunteer with a background in law and public policy, and she is generally reading or talking about books when’s she’s not . Outside of CCR, she is serves on the board of the Progress Alliance of Washington, and volunteers with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle Clemency Project, and United Way of King County. Brooke holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. She lives in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle with her husband Josh, son Reed, and their beloved elderly dog Bailey.
Chief External Affairs Officer
In 2020, Natalie took on the role of Chief External Affairs Officer for CCR bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in the human services and the public sector industries and decades of activism and anti-racism work. She has worked within many service systems including housing, mental health and chemical dependency services, HIV/AIDS early access education and prevention, family development, and domestic violence and sexual assault services.
Natalie has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and began her career delivering direct services to chronically mentally ill adults (many of them homeless) and their families. She has a Masters’ degree in business with a focus on organizational development and is experienced in improving service systems for multiple agencies and programs.
Chief Program Officer
Courtney has worked at Child Care Resources since April 2016. Courtney is a thought partner to the CEO to identify, assess, and develop Provider and Family Service programs ensuring the delivery of high level, quality, and impactful programs in service to CCR’s missional commitment to our youngest learners and anti-racism. Courtney has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from City University of Seattle and a Masters in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University.
Chief Administrative Officer
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Phoebe joined CCR in 2012 to help the agency navigate unprecedented growth within the early learning field. She brought with her years of successful program development including innovative, pioneering work crossing both local, state and national perspectives. With a laser focus on children and families, particularly within the realms of child welfare and education, Phoebe’s values center on servant leadership, working in community to build a better future and the belief that we must acknowledge, challenge, and eradiate racism for communities to flourish, for families to thrive and for our children to be able to reach all opportunities. She has an Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and is an ACC in Leadership Coach from the International Coaching Federation.
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