PEPS Board of Directors
The women and men on our board lend their passion, skills, expertise and connections to help guide PEPS to scale our impact.
2017 Board Members
We are currently recruiting individuals with expertise or experience in the following areas:
- Non-profit governance
- Fund Development
- Strategic planning
- Organizational Development
- Change/Growth Management
- Program Development and expansion
- Early childhood learning/development
- Pediatrics or Mental Health
If interested in becoming a board member:
Laurie Alexander is an independent consultant specializing in mental health policy and public education. Prior to consulting, Laurie was a program officer at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Texas, where she designed and implemented grantmaking, research, public policy, and public education programs including the foundation’s integrated mental and physical healthcare initiative. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Laurie has worked in mental health advocacy, earned a master's in journalism, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in public health and in traumatic stress.
Laurie participated in a PEPS daytime Newborn Group with her son and led 2 daytime Newborn Groups before joining the board in 2014.
Mary Ellen is currently an at-home parent of a 6 year old. She supports many local organizations as a strategic planning and fundraising consultant, board member and volunteer.
She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to motherhood, she worked in Morocco on an HIV study with the Moroccan Ministry of Health, was a Project Director for multiple adolescent health research projects for the University of Washington School of Social Work, and founded and directed a community development non-profit in her Seattle neighborhood.
She is an avid gardener committed to growing bountiful fruits and vegetables. Cooking for others is her passion and joy. She loves to knit and spend time outdoors.
Tracy Cutchlow is the author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science and the editor of the bestselling brain-development books Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. She reaches thousands of parents and professionals regularly through her writing on conscious parenting, which has appeared in publications from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post. Her book, Zero to Five, is used by pediatricians, support-group facilitators (including PEPS!), home visitors, social workers, childcare providers, and parents for its approachable, easy-to-use format.
Prior to her focus on parenting, Tracy was an award-winning journalist: managing editor of Modernist Cuisine at Home, projects editor at MSN.com, and projects editor at the Seattle Times. Tracy is a (Burien, Covington) Seattle-area native who loves the outdoors but not coffee. She greatly appreciated being in a newborn PEPS group with her daughter, now 5, and enjoyed leading a newborn group. Tracy joined the board of PEPS in January 2017.
Chrissy Egan is first and foremost a mother of two children – Anora (3) and Dexter (6 months). She was introduced to PEPs in 2014 while participating in a newborn group with her oldest daughter. In 2015, one year later, she led a newborn group in West Seattle. Chrissy currently works in corporate financial analysis at IBM supporting divestitures. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in leadership from Seattle University. For the past 5 years she has been a coach and facilitator for emotional intelligence MBA courses at Seattle University both locally and abroad. She has a passion and interest in people – especially the little ones!
Originally from Minnesota, she takes time to appreciate the gorgeous landscapes of Washington by running, hiking, playing at the park, or simply sitting outside. Chrissy spends her extra time educating people about the health benefits of essential oils.
Chrissy joined the PEPs board in January 2017 and is currently serving as the secretary.
Jamie is parent educator & infant class instructor at Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool, a Listening Mothers group facilitator, a therapist at her private counseling practice Nurtureways, and the Executive Director of the non-profit ConnecT1D that serves children, families, and adults with Type 1 Diabetes. She has a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan, has post-graduate training from University of Washington in Infant Mental Health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Jamie attended newborn PEPS and a Second Time Around group with her youngest children and has facilitated a Second Time Around Group. She believes passionately in the power of connecting parents within their local community for boosting parent support and strengthening families.
Jamie enjoys gardening, playing board games, and exploring the Puget Sound with her husband, 3 boys and 2 pups.
Sara has been a passionate advocate for education in our community since moving to Seattle from Wisconsin in 2004. She spent many years tutoring struggling young learners in underserved Seattle elementary schools, was Chairman of the Board of Invest in Youth, a business to youth tutoring organization, and served on the Board of YouthForce, a youth career development program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. Sara believes that PEPS provides a crucial early step in establishing a healthy educational path by building confident, informed parents and fostering a strong sense of community.
Professionally, Sara has worked in the investment management industry for over a decade, most recently as Senior Vice President, Senior Equity Analyst at Baird (formerly McAdams Wright Ragen). She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Following the birth of her son in 2011, Sara found PEPS and it completed her Seattle family. She was so enthusiastic that she led an evening newborn group when her daughter was born. And since then has led another, and another. Through her PEPS network, she has met 63 amazing parents/neighbors/friends, 32 fantastic kid playmates, and has learned to take down eight tents in under an hour in rain gusts of over 50 miles per hour while on an annual PEPS camping expedition. Sara lives in North Beacon Hill where she and her partner, Dan, are encouraging their children to appreciate all of the beauty and adventure that living in the Pacific Northwest offers.
Back in 2005, Camille and her newborn daughter, Elise, tentatively knocked on the door to their first PEPS meeting. The door opened to a fantastic group of mothers and babies and a rewarding PEPS experience. Because of the positive effect PEPS had on her own family, she has been helping other families to connect to PEPS ever since. She was a Newborn Group leader and a While You’re Waiting leader for several years, prior to joining the Board in 2014.
A Seattle native, Camille graduated from Washington State University with a Business degree. She’s been in the IT field ever since—currently as a part-time software developer at Liberty Mutual specializing in Business Intelligence and Data Management. Camille and her husband, Justin, are raising their two daughters in the Green Lake neighborhood. Camille enjoys the same hobbies as your grandmother: crocheting, gardening and baking. She also loves taking ballet classes at the neighborhood dance studio and she tolerates running.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist with extensive experience, Tera Holman provided supervision to therapists as well as therapy to children and their families. In academia, Tera received a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling from Whitworth College and a Bachelors in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Additionally, Tera received specialized trainings in birth to five treatments including several that concentrated on strengthening the parent and child relationship, and others that treated children who experienced trauma symptoms. In her most recent position, she provided clinical supervision to a group of Child and Family Therapists at a local community mental health agency.
Tera became involved with PEPS when she attended her first group with her newborn in 2013. She became a member of PEPS Board in 2017.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Jen and her husband Orion spent the last 5 years living in San Francisco where she gave birth to two amazing boys, Phin (4) , and Jax (15 months). Their family relocated to the Seattle area in January 2015 and bought a home in the Renton Highlands. Jen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from UNO in 2009. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors for Golden Gate Mothers Group in San Francisco as Director of Technology for 18 months (ending July of 2015). Prior to that, she volunteered for GGMG on both the Web Team and Membership for over two years. Jen wants to be part of this community and help PEPS to continue to grow and expand to help more families.
Sarah Cody Roth was first introduced to PEPS two years ago when she did a newborn group with her daughter, Eleanor. Exactly a year later, she co-lead a newborn group with a fellow mom from her PEPS group, and kept busy co-hosting a table at the PEPS luncheon as well as organizing a first birthday party fundraiser for PEPS. Sarah has a Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School at UW, and had worked in nonprofit management and fundraising, as well as public affairs, for the past 10 years, most recently as Development Director for the Washington Bus and for Compass Housing Alliance. In those roles, she has helped lead organizational change and growth, capacity building plans, strategic planning processes, Executive Director transition, and new programmatic development. She is currently working as a fundraising and leadership consultant while she searches for the next career adventure. In her "spare time" Sarah is a fitness instructor for FIT4MOM West Seattle and is a total fitness and recreation junkie.
Dave is retired after being a corporate finance lawyer for 35 years. In his practice he was very familiar with governance issues, finance and accounting. He has extensive experience reviewing and critiquing business plans. Dave has been on the Board of private companies as well as the Board of preschool co-op! Dave and his family have participated in 3 PEPS Groups. Dave has 3 children – oldest son Eric, and Zach (8) and Hazel (3) with his wife Sarah Leung. Dave and his family live in Blue Ridge in Seattle.