Karen Dove, Executive Director
Karen’s role as executive director is plan and execute the overall strategic and operational responsibility for ANEW’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission. Karen comes to ANEW from Montana where she led programs and advocated for policies focused on building economic security for all. Karen is a dedicated servant leader and has a passion for social justice issues. Karen is committed to developing collaborative partnerships resulting in systemic change. Throughout her career she has utilized her entrepreneurial spirit and skills to create and implement new and innovative programs aimed at moving people toward family wage jobs. Karen is also a published author and when not serving her community, Karen likes to spend time on the beach, and she counts her three children are her proudest accomplishments.
Karen@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Morgan Stonefield, Program Director
As program director, Morgan oversees all aspects of ANEW’s pre-apprenticeship training program. Morgan’s valuable skills and experience in the arena of curriculum development, student assessments, collaborating with community partners and experience with leadership development continues to influence and drive ANEW’s programs to be the best in workforce development. Prior to coming to ANEW, Morgan taught at Todd Beamer High School for 7 years. Before becoming a teacher, Morgan served for a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working to recruit and train volunteers for specialized reading programs. Morgan has a BA in Education and History and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum Development and Assessment.
Morgan@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Rich Jones, Training Coordinator
Rich has over 20 years’ experience in all phases of residential construction and is a former business owner of a general contracting and property management company. He followed his passion for teaching and entered into the field of Workforce Development in 2009. Rich also completed his training with the University of Washington to become an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both Construction and General Industry. Additionally, Rich is also a certified First aid / CPR instructor for the American Red Cross and holds instructor certifications for Forklift and Scissor Lift operations. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 3 daughters and is also a
volunteer emergency responder for West Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Rich@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Vernel Nicholas, Program Manager
As a client services manager for ANEW Vernel will be managing the database, providing mentorship, support services, job preparation, career navigation, resume building, interviewing skills and case management services to all ANEW participants. Prior to coming to ANEW, Vernel worked as a Wildland Firefighter for 3yrs with The Nature Conservancy in multiple states. He has experience working with multiple power tools, water pumps mechanics, fire engines, firefighting tools, and safety techniques and equipment. Vernel worked as a crew member, squad boss, and Burn Boss trainee; supervising crew members on and off active fire details. Vernel served one year in AmeriCorps NCCC before firefighting, serving areas such as disaster relief, and conservation. He holds a BA in Psychology at UW.
Vernel@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Megan Clark, Outreach and Retention Specialist
As the Outreach and Retention Specialist, Megan attends job fairs, community events and builds relationships with identified apprentices, community organizations and other non-profit or government programs. Prior to coming to ANEW, Megan comes from the promotional marketing and Fire Alarm services background. She has experience with working closely with clients and service technicians in the fire alarm industry handling service calls, scheduling building inspections and developing service protocols as needed. She holds an Associates Degree in business.
Megan@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Tom Parks, Instructor
Before joining ANEW Tom worked as a journeyman carpenter and project manager at Seattle City Light from 1979 to 2015. He has a degree in construction management from the University of Washington and post graduate certificates in facilities management from the U of W and the Building Owners and Managers institute. As a carpenter he worked on the full range of construction elements from foundations, civil construction and utility vaults to framing, finish work, flooring, cabinets and furniture. As a project manager Tom coordinated the work of architects and engineers with contractors and trades groups on facilities construction and maintenance projects.
Dee Nistl, Instructor
Sherry Danza, Intake Specialist
Sherry’s main focus is to process and interview the many applicants who apply for the 11 week pre-apprenticeship (TRP) training in Renton and Tacoma. Her prior experience as office manager at Servis Air she was responsible for hiring and processing paperwork for ticket agents, cabin cleaners, and ramp agents. Working at Smiles Forever, gave her the experience of fundraising and working with volunteers. As a volunteer with Rainbow Missions she led bible study and did advocacy work with inmates at prisons around Puget Sound. Her education includes an AAS in Marketing & Sales from Highline Community College and a BA in Professional Studies and Christian Scriptures at Seattle Pacific University.
Sherry@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Erica Merritt, Client Services Managert
Erica Merritt is a native of Seattle Washington. She has worked in the greater King County area for over 20 years. As a Case Manager, Violence Prevention Specialist and Social Justice Advocate, she has had the wonderful opportunity to work with underserved populations due to social and economic disadvantage. Erica’s dedication to her community comes from her passion and desire to be of service to those who want to help themselves. Erica specializes in meeting her client’s where there at, then supporting them in moving forward. Erica strongly believes in equality for all. Her entire scope of work relates to the promotion of social, emotional and physical well-being.
Erica@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
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