Staff

 

Chief Executive Officer - Mari Offenbecher

Mari Offenbecher has been the Director of School's Out Washington since 1990. Mari has provided leadership to local and statewide community building efforts including the Leadership Council for Quality Care and Education and the Washington Afterschool Association. She currently participates on a variety of local and state committees to help shape policy to benefit and sustain community-based out-of-school time programs and systems. Mari is responsible for the overall administration of School's Out Washington including budget, staff, program, and community building efforts. Mari graduated from California State at Sacramento with a BA in Child and Youth Development.  She conducted research on advanced Child Development systems at the University of California at Berkeley and Edinburgh University, Scotland.

  Mari Offenbecher

Chief Program and Policy Officer - Janet Schmidt

Janet has worked with School's Out Washington since 1991.  Previously, she was a local before and afterschool program director and a sixth grade teacher in Montana.  At School's Out, Janet oversees advocacy efforts and all activities within the Washington Afterschool Network, the action arm and advisory group for School’s Out.  In addition, she serves on many state and national work groups to ensure that the needs of Washington's afterschool and youth development programs are included in policies and funding initiatives. Janet has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.

  Janet Schmidt

Refugee School Impact Grant Project Director - Pang Chang

From 2001 to 2004, Pang worked as the Grants and Contracts Specialist at School’s Out Washington.  Prior to that, she coordinated youth programs for the Refugee Women’s Alliance.  Pang then worked as the Refugee Program Planner for the Nonprofit Assistance Center.  In December 2007, Pang rejoined School’s Out Washington as the Refugee School Impact Grant Project Director.  Pang oversees the administration of Refugee School Impact subgrants to district-community partnerships and connects those partnerships to resources for improving services to refugee students.

  Pang Chang

Quality Initiatives Division Director - Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

In her new role as the Quality Initiatives Director, Jackie will lead the statewide efforts that promote program quality and increase the use of quality assessment and improvement processes in afterschool and youth development programs. Jackie has been working with SOWA since 1999 as a trainer providing on-site technical assistance to programs serving ethnic and cultural communities. In 2007, she joined SOWA’s staff as the Professional Development Director and managed the four year researched based, Pathway to Excellence (PTE) project, led the statewide process to develop the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals and supported SOWA’s efforts to build professional development systems for the afterschool and youth development field. She has experience in program planning, organizational development, project management and community building. Jackie holds a BA in Foreign Language and Literature and a Secondary Teaching Certificate.

  Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

Communications and Resource Development Director - Danielle Baer

Danielle oversees grants administered by SOWA including Quality Enhancement and Feed Your Brain.  She also coordinates the implementation of a comprehensive communications plan to increase public awareness and influence policymakers on the need and benefits of afterschool.  Danielle has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She previously worked in the White Center community developing a plan to better coordinate out-of-school time programs and worked as a legislative aide for former state Representative Schual-Berke.   Danielle enjoys traveling, food and learning everyday from her two energetic boys.

  Danielle Baer

Education Policy and Advocacy Director - David Beard

David is our Education Policy and Advocacy Director. Originally from Pierce County, he got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington and his masters of science in social work from the University of Texas. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for children and families. After working as the policy director at the Washington State Council for Children and Families, he spent five years in the DC-Baltimore area where he worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Maryland Advocates for Children and Youth on education issues. When he’s not lip syncing to Madonna, he’s taking salsa lessons and spending time with his family in Puyallup.

  David Beard

Educational Services Intervention Manager - Glen Osborn

Glen oversees organizational contracts for onsite training and technical assistance. He supports the quality of these services by coordinating professional learning opportunities for trainers and coaches across Washington. He encourages everyone to bring their skills and interests into their work life (trading time for money) . His experience and education include parenting, teaching preschool through college, curriculum development, and developmental psychology. Sparking lifelong interests in youth and adults, humor, juggling, woodwork, gardening and storytelling are some of the interests he incorporates at work.

  Glen Osborn

Quality Systems Manager - Krista Galloway

Krista is leading the research and development of a framework and pilot project to align school-age programs to the Early Achievers QRIS system, and lead the development of a statewide plan for an Afterschool STEM system.You may know her from the registration table at the annual Bridge conference. Krista has worked as an afterschool teacher, program supervisor, and program director and has a BA in English from Yale and a Masters in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State University.

  Krista Galloway

Quality Initiatives Program Manager - James Lovell

James leads all efforts around Program Quality Assessment (PQA) in King County including the HUB lead role for Raikes cohorts and City of Seattle PQA Intervention. James comes from the Youth Development field, having worked in youth programs at the Vietnamese Friendship Association from 2006-2012. James considers himself lucky to have been a part of two different cohorts in School’s Out Washington’s Pathway to Excellence project (English Language Learners and Racial Equity) and he has a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington. James’ first love will always be direct service, but he is excited to bring his skills and experiences with program design, data analysis, and community-building to the School’s Out Washington team. 

  James Lovell

Statewide Training Manager - Emily A. Emerson

Emily has worked for School’s Out Washington since 2009.  She first provided professional development coordination for Seattle Community Learning Center staff and assisted with the Afterschool and Youth Development (AYD) Professional Development project providing support to build a statewide AYD professional development system. After a period as the Quality Initiatives Coordinator (WRAP Specialist), Emily works in conjunction with the Quality Initiatives Division to design and oversee delivery of high quality professional development opportunities based on research, best practice, and emerging trends. Emily has worked in the youth development, violence prevention, and sexuality education fields as an educator, trainer, and program manager.  She graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and received her Master of Philosophy from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.  While not working, Emily enjoys taking urban walks with her partner Andy, baby Hattie Lalie, and dog Finster. She also enjoys a hot cup of tea and a good book.

  Emily A. Emerson

Bridge Conference and Events Coordinator - Shannon Ginn Robinson

Shannon coordinates School’s Out Washington’s largest annual professional development event, the Bridge Conference. She also coordinates other events throughout the state, including the recent work School's Out is doing to educate communities about the Common Core State Standards. Shannon returned to School’s Out in 2013 to lead the Bridge Conference after working here between 2008-2011 leading several projects, including the Supply and Demand Study and the School-Age WAC Rewrite Project. She has a background in public health and is fluent in Spanish after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and spending more than 8 years living in Panama. She enjoys being active, spending time with her husband and two boys.

  Shannon Ginn Robinson

Development and Publications Coordinator - Delphi Locey

Delphi provides fundraising event support, as well as design and layout functions for internal publications. She also serves as a member of both the Communication and Marketing teams. Delphi, originally from the island of Maui, received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i – Manoa. After relocating to Washington State, she earned a Certificate of Study in Public Relations from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer with several recreational teams.

  Delphi Locey

Database and Web Communications Coordinator - Jon Sayer

Jon Sayer is School's Out's webmaster and manages the organization's customer relationship database. He recieved his BA in Journalism from Western Washington University in 2008. After working in non-profit website management at such organizations as YES! Magazine, One NorthWest, and Crosscut Public Media, Jon spent two years teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania, where he created Teach Like A PCV, a TEFL resources website. He joined School's Out Washington in February, 2014. In his spare time he is a writer and hiker in between playing video games far too much.

  Jon Sayer

Executive and Operations Coordinator - Will Cheung

In his role of Executive and Operations Coordinator Will serves as a member of the School’s Out Washington Operational Team and provides support to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Program and Policy Officer for SOWA and also provides administrative support to the Director of SOAR and the SOWA Board of Directors. Will is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest previously living in Florida and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. In his free time Will enjoys sports, cooking, and exploring Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

  Will Cheung

Quality Initiatives Program Coordinator - Clifford Armstrong III

Clifford joined School’s Out Washington in July of 2014. He works with the Quality Initiatives Division Team to support statewide efforts to promote program quality and support the summer learning efforts of SOWA through grants to communities. Clifford earned his B.A. in History at California State University, San Bernardino and his M.S. in International Studies from Oklahoma State University. Prior to working at SOWA, he served as a tutor and football coach in Southern California, and as the Educational Services VISTA at the Refugee and Immigrant Services Center of Jewish Family Service of Seattle. He enjoys cooking, playing sports, reading, and admiring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 

  Clifford Armstrong III

Quality Division Administrative Assistant - Lindy Ah Sam

Lindy joined School's Out Washington in August of 2013. Her primary role is to provide overall administrative support to the Quality Division including Youth Program Quality Initiative and all logistics for all Youth Program Quality interventions, trainings and meetings. Prior to that, she worked at Maui Arts and Cultural Center as Events Coordinator and has extensive experience in the Hawaii tourism industry. She attended college in Hawaii and studied Architectural Drafting. She is excited to work with a diverse group of professionals at SOWA and provide quality support to the team. Lindy recently moved to Seattle from Maui and is exploring "everything" Washington.

  Lindy Ah Sam

Administrative Quality Program Assistant - Dayna Clarke

Dayna is thrilled to provide varying support to Schools out Washington as the Administrative and Quality Program Assistant. As a student at the University of Washington Bothell, Dayna majored in Culture, Literature, and the Arts with a minor in Education. Her passion for the after school youth development field is fueled by her past experience as an school-age counsellor. She is excited to now offer her experience and passion for youth empowerment to Schools Out Washington in her new position.

  Dayna Clarke