Karen Dove, Executive Director
Karen’s role as Executive Director is to 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.
Stella Wayman, Director of Programs
Stella Wayman has joined ANEW to continue her growth in the nonprofit sector in the Kent training center. She has attended University of Washington School of Nursing and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Nursing in Science and currently is earning her degree in Master’s of Business Administration. Collaborating and networking with others is her passion to continue to pave pathways for those of the community to earn sustaining family wages. ANEW’s mission statement and values aligns with these standards and she is excited to work with those looking for better opportunities through training, barrier removal, and career pathways. Born to a Polynesian family, being around others and being in family settings is where Stella finds her joy. In nonprofit, this type of atmosphere easily occurs. With family being everything to Stella, her family is who drives her need to excel in life, as well as helping others, and to be an example of upcoming generations. To help others achieve their own successes has always been Stella’s goal, as seeing others grown and development within themselves is the satisfaction she thrives for.
Megan Clark, Director of Development
As the Director of Development, Megan works closely with apprentices, community organizations, contractors and other non-profit and government programs, supporting and executing communication strategies to raise awareness of our programs and generate new partnerships. 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. When she is not working, she has a 17-year-old daughter and 14 year old son she loves to spend time with. She has done the Seattle To Portland bike ride (STP) 5 times, loves to ski with her kids during the winter and the water, sun and fun during the summer!
Michelle Miller, Director of Marketing & Outreach
Michelle is the Director of Marketing & Outreach at ANEW, responsible for planning, coordinating, and attending community events. In addition to Outreach, Michelle executes all of the organization’s marketing and communications initiatives. Prior to joining ANEW, Michelle was as an Account Manager for Hilti North America and worked closely with Electrical contractors in the Seattle metro area. With a background in Marketing and Graphic Design, she is delighted to have an opportunity to move back into her creative passions as a part of an organization that helps women rise in the industry. Michelle enjoys being outdoors as much as possible; hiking with friends, skiing, camping, and enjoys hosting dinner parties for family and friends in her spare time.
Kerstin Torrescano Compliance Manager
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 likes working in non-profit because she has a devoted drive to provide opportunities for her students to learn and create pathways for them to change their lives. Kerstin says, “Celebrating ALL the successes students have, no matter what they are doing in programming, is the best part of my job and inspires me.” 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. In her spare time she likes to read, hike, play basketball, and listen to lots and lots of music!
Roxane Blevens, AOP Program Manager
Roxane is responsible for coordination and overseeing the case management for the Apprenticeship Opportunities Project (AOP) department. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and has been with ANEW since 2017. Prior to joining the ANEW team, Roxane worked as the Operations Manager for a men’s clothing store for 7 years. Most recently, she worked in client collections for an IT solutions company because it brought her closer to home. However, she quickly realized that she missed working with such a variety of people every day and found what she missed when she came on board with ANEW. Roxane is married to a union painter and has a son and a daughter, both of which keep her very busy! In her free time, she enjoys watching the Seahawks, trying new recipes and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Ryan Rogers, Program Manager
Ryan graduated from St. Martins University with B.A. in Social Work in 2015. He previously worked for 3 years at Neighborhood House as a lead employment specialist for the (Rise) Resources to Initiate Successful Employment program and assisted high barrier individuals whom needed soft skills/job readiness training, and support services to obtain successful employment. Before Neighborhood House, Ryan interned as a youth counselor for Haven House a 12-18 run-away at-risk youth shelter and the Boys and Girls club. Ryan is a Former Athlete and Coaches High School Basketball. When he’s not working he has a 1-year old Bull Mastiff to take to dog parks and truck rides. He also enjoys camping and floating rivers in the summers, reading, working out, working on house projects, traveling with friends, and listening to different podcasts on long commutes to/from work.
Sisi Collins Trades Rotation Program Instructor
Sisi Collins was with the Gary Merlino Construction Company for 12 years as a union laborer local 242. Throughout the years she did grade check, dig trenches, lute grade, ran plate compactor, jumping jack, etc. Before leaving the company to join ANEW as an the lead instructor, she was on a pipe crew as the top woman who helped guide the operator safely digging trenches, cut pipe with a pipe saw, lowered tools into the trench and made sure jacks was at the right capacity to enter trench safely to install pipe. Before joining the union she went through a pre-apprenticeship program at SVI ran by Bob Markholt who physically and mentally prepped her up before joining the Laborers. Sisi is at a point in her life that she wants to give back and see students that are coming through the ANEW program have an opportunity to also be mentally and physically ready.
Jamie Jackson, TRP Program Manager
Jamie is dedicated to observing thriving communities throughout South King County and channeling her passion to support youth and families, government entities and for profit and nonprofit agencies authentically partner to have collective impact towards community development. For over thirty years, she has supported this passion through her professional endeavors within Behavioral Health, Social and Human Services as well as Community Engagement. She is an Alumni of the University of Eastern Washington holding a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a centration in Social Science. She continues to develop her strong sense of devotion for youth and family sector programs offering financial empowerment. These experiences have given her a deep appreciation for how effective partnerships can improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable amongst us, one community at a time.
Randy Nickell Training Coordinator
Randy is a born and raised Seattle native and is a second generation union cement mason of the OPCMIA Local 528, joining the union on his 17th birthday in 1999. He plans to have full inception on his retirement day. He has worked his way up in the field as a member, serving as a General Foreman for 3 years, as Educational Director at the Cement Mason’s apprenticeship for 7 years, and an Executive Board member for 3 years. When not on a job site, Randy is a pool shark!
David Watkins Grant Writer
As the resident grant writer, David responds to funding solicitations from local businesses, family and corporate foundations, and government entities to support ANEW’s programming. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 2012 before spending five years in Houston in various fundraising roles for non-profit organizations. In his off hours, David enjoys watching football and baseball (Go 49ers and SF Giants!), making people groan at his jokes, and taste-testing salsas that may cause him to blackout. Embodying many classic writer stereotypes, David avoids going outdoors and socializing whenever possible.
Tracy Greene, PACE Program Manager
Tracy joined ANEW as the Snohomish County Apprenticeship Navigator because she believes passionately that society needs to provide living wage jobs for its citizens to thrive and prosper. And thriving citizens boost the economy and create sustainable communities that nurture future generations. Tracy has a doctorate degree in health care and 40 years of experience as an advocate and an agent of change. During her career she has worked in diverse industries serving her community by increasing the health and well-being of its members.
Emily Stochel, Apprenticeship & Outreach Specialist
Emily graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services in 2017. Previous to working at ANEW, Emily spent 6 years connecting youth and young adults in foster care to resources, and assisting clients with navigating through barriers that stood in the way of their goals. Emily is passionate about making sure people have equitable opportunities to be successful. In her free time, Emily enjoys being with her dog, traveling around the world, volunteering, playing sports, and playing music!
Wendy Cobb, Controller
Venus Dean-Bullinger, Youth Exploration Program Supervisor
Venus has worked in Customer Service, Account Management and health insurance brokerage for over 30 years. She has volunteered with many local non-profits to include Tacoma Peirce County Chamber of Commerce (Westend board member), HopeSparks, Tacoma’s Hilltop/Housing Authority Design The Hill and Tacoma Communities in Schools as a board member. With her passion for volunteerism and education, she also worked with the new SOAR Academy as their Enrollment Team Coordinator. She left the brokerage world 3 years ago and transitioned to her dream job as an Employment Case Manager with the Tacoma Training to Employment Program at Sound Outreach. As an Employment Case Manager, she worked with the pre-apprenticeship cohorts at Bates Tech to remove barriers so that they may successfully complete their courses and move into an apprenticeship program or a living wage position here in the Puget Sound.
Today she builds relationships between our local high school’s Vocational Rehabilitation departments to allowing students the ability to explore the building trades in hopes of preparing them for our pre-apprenticeship programs. She has been married for over 30 years and has two adult children. In her spare time, she and her family love cooking, entertaining, and taking trips to new and exciting places.
Dee Jackson, Youth Exploration Program Coordinator
Dee has spent the last decade and a half working for the Seattle Public, an Independent School, and nonprofits that partnership with School Districts such as Community Learning Centers and YMCAs. Dee has worked as a Behavioral Specialist and Program Director for various nonprofits and the Public-School District. Dee was born and raised in Seattle and lived on the East Coast while being a College Athlete where she earned a degree in Child Psychology. Dee has also a Child Developments Associates and Extended Education Certificate from the University of Washington. Dee has 14 nieces and nephews that she loves to spend time with and go on adventures.
Bo Barrett, PACE Program Instructor
Bo was born and raised in Spanaway, Washington. He is a member of the Laborers Union local 242 and worked for 5 years doing Demolition and Hazardous Waste removal. In his free time, Bo enjoys playing/watching sports as well as spending time with his best friend and daughter, Mia. Bo is excited to be a part of the ANEW program and help give others an opportunity to find their passion in the construction industry.
Simone Bullinger, Outreach Specialist
Simone comes to ANEW with 5 years of experience in WorkForce Development, most recently as an Employment Practitioner for Career Path Services, co-located at South King County DSHS. As a bi-racial woman who has served the populations in both Pierce and King County for over a decade, she founds her work upon the belief in empowering the disadvantaged and socially marginalized. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington and will soon begin her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Bastyr University. She has worked in social services on both the community and state levels. She is passionate about Women’s rights, queer and gender rights and equity within the POC community. As a result of her rich cultural background she is committed to continuing to promote intersectionality and inclusion in her work. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her nieces and nephews. She enjoys the ocean (when seasonally applicable of course) and is deeply passionate about travel.