Elana is a native of eastern Washington. She brings a background in public health and social work to her leadership at Room One and a strong commitment to the pursuit of healthy rural communities. If not at Room One, she may be skiing under the mighty blue skies or strolling through the quiet fields of the Methow Valley.
After recently graduating from Western Washington University, Mady decided to move back to her hometown of Omak with the hopes of working with youth in Okanogan County. She was so excited when she learned about the work Room One does for their community and loves being a part of the team in the office. Mady enjoys crafting, backpacking and spending time with family in her free time. One of Mady’s favorite things to do is travel; some of the places she has visited so far include Thailand, Iceland, New York, and New Orleans!
Ellie was born and raised in a small, rural town in central Vermont. In 2012 she moved west with her two children, Clover and Grady, to join her sisters and extended family in the beautiful Methow Valley. She loves being a part of this vibrant, active community and appreciates the diverse opportunities that it continues to provide. Ellie and her partner, Michael, welcomed their son Ernest Wilbur to their clan in February 2017, and are excited to raise him up, alongside his older siblings, on hikes, camping trips, family barbecues, books, and baseball. Ellie is thrilled to be part of the Room One team, and to have the opportunity to help provide services to members of this awesome community.
After a recent return to the Methow Valley, Erin feels privileged to be engaged in rural social work, and in being a part of Room One again. Erin brings a background in social work, and a belief in supporting equitable access to the tools and resources we all need to live a healthy life. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family, cooking, being outside, and learning.
Caitlin is really excited to be living in her favorite place, the Methow Valley, and working for such an incredible organization. Her background is in youth program creation, drop-out prevention and re-engagement, homeless youth system building, and equity focused workforce development. She has a particular interest in working on supporting girls and women of color resist violence and injustice. In her free time Caitlin loves to spend time with her partner and friends, playing Ultimate Frisbee (ask her about Goaltimate), drawing, working on her tarot deck or tattoos, and being outside.
Lauren enjoys a certain level of chaos. Her wife, daughter, dogs, cats, geese, chickens and herd of sheep make sure she never feels bored. In the winter she gets a kick out of teaching new skiers at the Loop and in the summer she takes a dip in the Chewuch at least twice a day. Lauren first came to Room One as a client and was excited that such a warm caring place existed. She feels extremely lucky to now work for Room One and hopes she can help her Valley neighbors feel as supported as she felt.
Kelly and her partner are both from fourth generation eastern Washington families, and she thrives when grounded in community and the expansive outdoors. Kelly is deeply committed to creating lasting solutions through healthy partnerships with community members and sister organizations. She is over the moon to join this powerhouse team at Room One, being responsive to immediate needs, as well as working for longer term change that will serve all of us in the Methow Valley and Okanogan County. Her background is in education, public health, healthy therapeutic relationships especially when facing serious health issues, and impactful community-driven projects. When not at Room One, you can find her in the yoga studio, on a mountain, or perhaps dancing to a local band.
When Maureen first visited the Methow in 2009, she knew she had found home. She loves being a member of the Room One team and thoroughly enjoys the rewards and challenges of being a Client Advocate. Maureen also serves the community as a yoga teacher and as a volunteer with the Lookout Coalition. In addition, she enjoys, dinner with friends, hiking, cycling, and taking long, deep breaths.
Sarah was born and raised in the Methow Valley and is a local through and through. After graduating from LBHS, Sarah spent the next 17 years pursuing her education, living overseas, and acquiring valuable experience working with people and families. Sarah's background is in Clinical Counseling, and she is excited to be back in the Valley and to bring her knowledge and passion for helping others to the Room One team. When Sarah is not at Room One, she can be found roaming the foothills with her German Shepherd or cross-country skiing with her family. Sarah also enjoys community theater and hopes to participate in local performances when time allows.
Born and raised in the Midwest heartland, Keri cut her educator teeth teaching English as a Second Language in inner city Chicago. Her work in language and teacher advocacy brought her into the greater fold of social justice and social services, always with the desire to bring voice and volume to those least heard. As a Room One Health Educator, she hopes to work with the Methow youth, schools and greater community to better youth access to reproductive health and sexual health education. When not at Room One, you can find Keri coaching the Methow Nordic Ski Cubs, running trails across the meadow (or into the woods), and exploring the wilderness with her husband Chris and dog Cormac.
Why Robert is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because it reflects the Methow Valley's community spirit and willingness to help our neighbors in times of need. I appreciate Room One's commitment to provide assistance and services for persons of all walks of life, and I am proud to support an organization where you will find an open door, an open mind, and a caring, talented staff dedicated to making our wonderful Valley an even better place to call home.
Why Midge is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because the work Room One does is essential to the Methow Valley. Every individual who comes through the door is treated like a special, wonderful person, and given encouragement assistance and hope, and, can have confidence that his or her needs are important and worth while.
Why Teresa is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because they are part of the heart, soul and voice of the Methow community. The staff and board members are genuinely compassionate, empathetic and care deeply about people who lack resources and who need services. Room One sees a need in the community and they go above and beyond what it takes to advocate and find solutions.
Why Kathy is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because Room One offers support and assistance on all levels to all people. The staff, board, and volunteers are caring, dedicated, and full of energy and ideas. It feels good to be a part of Room One.
Why David is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because I get to work in all sorts of ways with my fellow board members and our staff, all of whom are people with strong social consciences, all of us having the simple goal of doing what we can do in Room One to help make people’s lives better.
Why Christine is part of Room One: coming soon!
Why Therese is part of Room One: I’m part of Room One because people who experience serious and debilitating problems deserve respect, practical help, and a compassionate community in order to overcome difficult life circumstances. At Room One people roll up their sleeves and provide these things with real expertise
Why Andy is part of Room One: I’m part of Room One because of the strong work given towards social equity and inclusiveness that Room One provides
Why Natalie is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because our community matters, and Room One is the backbone of that community in a unique and deeply meaningful way. Here, it is truly neighbors helping neighbors, across all social, cultural and economic divides. I am honored to be a part of Room One, and a part of our community.
Why Lincoln is part of Room One: I’m part of Room One because this organization puts into practice all of the qualities that make the Methow community so great. At every phase of life individually and as a family Room One provides an active caring approach to helping people to navigate through life's challenges.
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