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.
Shortly after moving to the valley in 2007, Adrianne heard about Room One and its innovative approach to providing social and health services in our small, rural community. She quickly became involved and has served in numerous capacities on the Room One staff, including Executive Director, Outreach Coordinator, Sexuality Educator and more. Currently, Adrianne teaches the relationship skills classes and runs the Girls Groups in the public schools –two aspects of the Room One mission that make her very happy. She has two kiddos, Maggie and Oscar, and a partner, Corin McDonald who all live in a very seventies ranch house outside of Winthrop.
A grateful convert from the west side, Cate has found her heart's home here in the beautiful Methow Valley. Cate's background is rooted in public health and health promotion, and she is thrilled to be part of such an inspiring and powerful community resource and system of support. Her primary role at Room One is to secure funds and partnerships that will guarantee Room One programs remain strong for our community over the long-run. Look for Cate at Room One, or out in the wild with her hubby, baby and dog in tow.
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.
Madeline was raised in Seattle and is a University of Washington graduate. She first came to the Methow Valley when her parents moved to Twisp and started Blue Star Coffee Roasters in 2007. She moved to the Okanogan Valley with her husband and two daughters five years ago and cherishes being a part of communities in both valleys. Her background is in Cultural Anthropology, Undocumented Migration Studies, workforce development, and coffee. Madeline is thrilled to be a part of the Room One team and to work across the county to empower youth to make healthy choices. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, adventuring, photography, reading historical fiction, art projects, and cooking new recipes.
Raleigh Bowden is a physician who has training in pediatrics, oncology, and hospice. A majority of her practice in the past was in Seattle at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine where she did patient care, research and teaching. She currently practices as a volunteer with the Lookout Coalition doing end-of-life care as well has helping clients of all ages facing difficult health decisions. She is also a volunteer with Senior Solutions which is exploring housing alternatives for seniors and serves on the Methow Valley Community Round Table, which is a safety net organization who looks after those without adequate social services and health care.
Hayley loves advocacy work and is honored to serve the Methow Valley as part of the Room One team. Hayley also loves spending time with her husband and dog and doing anything that requires a good pair of eye protection (goggles, sunglasses, or safety glasses).
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.
Kaja grew up in a multicultural family in a beach suburb in San Diego, CA. In 2008, she moved to WA. She attended Trinity Lutheran College as a student athlete in soccer and track and graduated with a BA in Intercultural Studies and minor in Visual Communications. Kaja and her husband, Taylor, moved to the Methow Valley July 2017 to be closer to his grandparents. Kaja is stoked to be a part of the Room One team as the implementer of the Storytelling Project. Kaja loves surfing, spending time with family at their lake cabin, stargazing, kayaking or paddle boarding, camping and going on mini adventures with her husband, photography, playing guitar and eating lots of tacos.
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 many years of living up and down the West Coast, Ellen was lucky enough to be introduced to the Methow Valley in 2013 while working for North Cascades National Park. She carries with her a passion for the empowerment of women, and the development of their interests and individuality. She is very excited to work with the youth of Okanogan county. Ellen holds a BA in Social Services from University of California, Davis, as well as a variety of job experiences. When she’s not working, Ellen enjoys cooking, running, skiing, and trying to coax as many dogs as she can find into friendship.
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 Cathy is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One’s philosophy of being an ally for our neighbors during times of need. We believe that all of us can use support during tough transitions, and at Room One we have the staff, services, and resources to help support folks move toward healthier, happier lives, at every stage of life.
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 Dani is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because it's Methow's hub for community action -- a place where lives are changed, individuals are supported and community members come together to make contributions that benefit our shared well-being.
Why Kate is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because it is a thoughtful, strategic and heart-driven opportunity to enhance the lives of those living in the Methow Valley. Room One is a community-supported resource where teens, families, new moms, seniors and those living in very challenged circumstances can find programs and compassionate assistance to improve the quality of their lives.
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 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 Jacquelyn is part of Room One: I'm part of Room One because we are committed to ensuring people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life have the resources and support to live the best possible life in this Valley. It's an honor to be part of Room One!
Andrea Black, N.D.
Daneen Balcirak, N.D.
Sarah Longino Dekalb
Charlene Burns Hawley