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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Chief Executive Officer
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.
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 Operations Officer
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).
Chief Development Officer
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.