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PEPS Board of Directors

PEPS Board members lend their passion, skills, expertise and connections to help guide PEPS to scale our impact.

We are currently recruiting individuals with expertise or experience in the following areas:

  • Social justice
  • Equity, diversity, & inclusion
  • Advocacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Nonprofit governance
  • Fund development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Law
  • Organizational development
  • Change/growth management
  • Program development and expansion
  • IT
  • Human resources

If interested in becoming a board member:

  1. Review the job description
  2. Apply online
  3. OR download and print a Board Member Application

2017 PEPS Board of Directors

Laurie Alexander

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.

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Mary Ellen Cunningham

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.

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Tracy Cutchlow

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.

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Chrissy Egan

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.

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Jamie Elzea

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.

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Sara Hasan

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.

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Tera Holman

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.

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Chris Klaeysen

Chris Klaeysen is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at the Seattle Housing Authority. In that role he works on a number of projects related to fair housing, education, and general strategic decision making. Chris previously worked at the Seattle Jobs Initiative, an organization dedicated to connecting low-income communities to middle wage careers. Prior to moving to Seattle, Chris served as Policy and Budget Analyst at the New York State Senate and earned his Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Chris participated in PEPS with his daughter Brie and joined the Board in 2017.

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Debbie LeeKeenan

Debbie LeeKeenan is an early childhood consultant, lecturer, and author. She has been in the field of early education for over 45 years. She is a former preschool and elementary school teacher. She was director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University from 1996 to 2013. In addition to being a faculty member in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, she was a member of the early childhood faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her publications include co-author of Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change with Louise Derman-Sparks and John Nimmo, and contributing author to Proactive Parenting: Guiding Your Child from Two to Six. Debbie is also a PEPS grandmother, recently moving to Seattle to be part of the village, caring for her 13-month-old granddaughter here and facetiming daily with her 13-year-old granddaughter in Austin, Texas. For more information about Debbie’s work and resources see her website http://www.antibiasleadersece.com/.

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Leilani Raglin

Leilani is a leadership development program leader at the Boeing Company and an independent leadership coach and consultant. She brings a unique lens of social and racial justice to her work, challenging organizations to be mindful of creating positive, intentional impact within their organizations and their communities. Prior to this work, Leilani held various roles within the business sector, including roles in Finance, Accounting, Contracts, and Sales and Marketing. Leilani is a certified professional coach and Emotional Intelligence trainer and holds an advanced certificate in Intercultural Management from Notre Dame. She acquired her MBA in Leadership Development from Seattle University and her B.A. in Accounting from the University of Washington.

She and her husband, Craig, welcomed their first child in October 2017 and will be participating in their first PEPS group in November 2017. Leilani is passionate about connection, leadership development, mindfulness, and advocating for social and racial justice.

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Sarah Cody Roth

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.

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Leslie Wander

Leslie Wander is currently an at-home mom for a 2-year old son with another due in 2018. She holds a degree in Materials Science & Engineering from North Carolina State University. She has lived and worked in many different countries, most recently in Costa Rica where she partnered with Habitat for Humanity and a local non-profit to start a housing initiative for families in Guanacaste. While in Costa Rica she also taught elementary school and fell in love with early education and child development.

Leslie became involved with PEPS in 2016 while participating in two newborn groups. She loves traveling, baking, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends.

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David Wilson

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.

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