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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

2018 PEPS Board of Directors

Mary Ellen Cunningham, Board President

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

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, 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.


Shanna Donhauser, Board Secretary

Shanna Donhauser is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in infant mental health, early childhood development, and attachment. A graduate of both the University of Washington and New York University, Shanna has worked in various programs supporting parent/child attachment in Seattle, NYC, and the Bay Area. Currently, Shanna works with families with young children experiencing stress, conflict, and trauma in her practice, Happy Nest Therapy.

Shanna's interest in board service at PEPS strengthened after volunteering as a speaker for PEPS groups. She speaks to groups about topics ranging from infant brain development, romance after baby, and infant care/calming fussy babies. Throughout her professional career, Shanna's passion for supporting new parents through education, identifying resources, and building community has grown.

In her service on the board, Shanna aims to provide guidance and find diverse opportunities for program development. By leveraging the incredible impact of community, we can serve all new families in developing strong, secure bonds and attachment, provide clear access for valuable resources, and educate the larger community of Seattle on the importance and significance in supporting all new parents and babies.


Chrissy Egan, Board Treasurer

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 Elzea

Jamie is parent educator & infant class instructor at Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool, a Listening Mothers group facilitator,  and a therapist at her private counseling practice Nurtureways. Previously, Jamie was Executive Director of ConnecT1D, serving children, families, and adults with Type 1 Diabetes. Currently Jamie is Executive Director of the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health. 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.


Lesley Graham

Lesley Graham is an at-home mom for her 5-year-old son, Emerson, and excels at creatively responding to “why” questions, finding hidden Lego pieces, and organizing some form of child decathalon every day.

Lesley worked in the technology industry before discovering her true passion in the nonprofit sector. Most recently she worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation building public-private global health partnerships. Lesley holds a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College. She returned to the Boston area to run its (in)famous marathon, only to learn weeks later that she was expecting a baby.

Lesley participated in a newborn PEPS group with Emerson and continues to gain useful knowledge and catharsis from her PEPS community almost every day. She loves sharing the tribulations and joys of parenting with her PEPS community, and has participated in ever evolving shared activities from tummy time and stroller walks to group birthdays, camping and river rafting adventures.

Lesley stays active at the gym and on Washington’s many hiking, biking and skiing trails. Although a Wisconsin native, she hates being cold and hopes to grow old in Seattle where temperatures remain reasonable and it’s green year-round.


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.


Caroline Koplowitz


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


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.


Vidya Vasu-Devan

Vidya Vasu-Devan is Deputy Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $2bn Strategic Investment Fund. She cares deeply about reducing poverty and inequity, and improving the health outcomes of women and children in the developing world. She works across sectors to shape and manage equity, debt, guaranty and fund investments to support great companies and entrepreneurs in advancing the foundation's global health, global development and U.S. education strategies. Vidya leads the core investments team and primarily oversees investments in the vaccines and biologics space. Prior to joining the foundation, Vidya was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs in New York. Vidya received an MBA and a certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business; she also holds a BA in Astrophysics with concentrations in Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University.

Vidya participated in a newborn PEPS group in 2017 with her husband and newborn son, and still meets with all eight families several times a month. She continues to find the support of that community to be invaluable as she and her husband travel on the unpredictable journey of parenthood. She is passionate about ensuring that all parents and babies can create and access these supportive communities to achieve improved physical, emotional and mental health and happiness for their families. Vidya joined the board in 2018, with particular energy for the organization's new commitment to racial equity and serving all families in our surrounding area.


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.


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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