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, Advocacy Program Manager
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
Kerstin Torrescano, Trades Rotation Program Manager
Kerstin’s role as Trades Rotation Program Manager is to oversee program quality and facilitation of ANEW’s trades rotation programs. Kerstin comes to ANEW as a Seattle born native where she attended the University of Washington and received her BA in social work and then continued on to receive her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. Kerstin has a devoted drive to give her students an opportunity to change their lives. Coming from Seattle’s YouthBuild Program she brings experience in innovative program development and best practices for program quality. Kerstin was a local high school and college athlete who now enjoys coaching girls AAU basketball in the local area.
Kerstin@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Vernel Nicholas, AOP Program Manager
As AOP Program 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
Benjamin Muhammad, Client Service Manager
Benjamin will assist SNAP (Basic Food) recipients registered into the RISE (Resources in Successful Employment) Program in identifying and addressing barriers. A graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Sociology, Benjamin comes to the ANEW Program with a wealth of experience. Most recently as a Case Manager with GOODWILL Job Training & Education, Benjamin assisted over 150 youth and adult clients in basic education classes and employment readiness skills. Formerly, Benjamin worked as an Assistant Manager of Recruiting for the U.S. CENSUS BUREAU developing the regional recruiting plan for King, Whatcom, San Juan, Island, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties applying Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles and practices. A former athlete, Benjamin loves coaching and training kids in the sport of basketball and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Benjamin@ANEWaop.org | 206.381.1384
Yuri Holmes, Construction Manager
Having joined the ANEW team recently, Yuri is responsible for the Pre-Apprenticeship portion of training within the Trades Rotation Programs. Yuri brings with him a wealth of experience, from teaching multiple trades at South Seattle College, Centralia College, and the Oregon Institute of Technology, as well as owning his own remodeling company since 2007. Yuri enjoys Scuba Diving and being a Professional Whitewater River Guide. Yuri is currently working on his Recreational Master Scuba Diver Rating, and as a River Guide has rafted the Grand Canyon several times.
Tom Parks, Pre-Apprenticeship 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.
Jeramee Haynie, Trades Rotation Instructor
Jeramee’s role as Professional Development/Shop instructor is to work directly and closely with students to prepare them mentally and physically to enter into a career in the trades. Before coming to ANEW, Jeramee worked two years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Prior to that, he taught in the public school system for 5 years in Los Angeles and the Bay area. He also lived and worked in China for two years, teaching ESL and Art as a University Professor in the Peace Corps. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Roxane Blevens, Client Services Manager
As the Client Services Manager for ANEW, Roxane is responsible for providing intake, case management, employment navigation and retention services for ANEW clients. Roxane is also the primary person responsible for database reconciliation. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. Prior to coming to ANEW, Roxane worked as the Operations Manager for a men’s clothing store for 7 years and, most recently, in client collections for an IT solutions company because it brought her closer to home. However, Roxane quickly realized that she missed working with such a variety of people everyday and found what she missed when she came on board with ANEW. Roxane enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, cooking, and exploring the great northwest.