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.
Sakara Remmu, Director of Diversity and Equity
Sakara Remmu is the Director of Diversity and Equity for ANEW. Sakara has more than twenty years of experience in advocacy, cultural competency, equity analysis and strategic planning. Prior to joining ANEW in April 2018, she worked as a consultant to human service, private, academic and government agencies to identify, address, and eliminate inequity within the institutions and their service delivery efforts. Distinctly focused on systemic change within institutions, Sakara has built a career translating the theory of diversity, inclusion, and equity into practice with a wide array of professionals in non-traditional fields and professions.
Megan Clark, Director of Development
As the Outreach Manager, Megan attends job fairs, community events, meetings and builds relationships with identified apprentices, community organizations, contractors and other non-profit and 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. 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 supporting and executing communication strategies to raise awareness of our programs and generate new partnerships. 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.
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.
Pam Foust Apprenticeship Navigator
Pam Foust serves as the Snohomish County Apprenticeship Navigator. Pam has worked within the Snohomish workforce partnership in roles with the Community Colleges in workforce education and the Department of Commerce as an employment specialist. Pam has a Masters in Organizational Management and has worked in public service roles for nearly 30 years. She has used her creativity and entrepreneurial mindset to develop and implement programs focused on education and training as the pathway to a family sustaining wage.
Viktoriya Rudenkova, MSHRM Operations Manager
Viktoriya and her family moved to the Unites States in the 1990’s from Ukraine. They settled in the Pacific Northwest and haven’t left. A new place, school, people, culture, customs, and language. It was a huge change, especially not being able to speak the language, but Viktoriya and her family overcame all obstacles and made Washington their new home. Viktoriya has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She loves to travel, explore and learn about different cultures and see new places.
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!
Benjamin Muhammad Youth Exploration Program Manager
Benjamin assists 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 most recently served as a Case Manager with GOODWILL Job Training & Education, assisting 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 youth in the sport of basketball and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Roxane Blevens, AOP Program Manager
Jody Azevedo, Client Services Manager
Jody Azevedo is the Client Services Manager for ANEW. She has over 20 years of customer service experience. She has been in the non-profit sector as a Lead Employment Specialist for the last 7 years.
Jody’s strength is her passion to help others overcome multiple barriers to reach their employment goals. Jody has helped over 300 people with training and job placements with a livable wage while working in intensive Case Management. She was awarded the Customer Service award for Seattle/King County in June 2018.
Jody and her family like to travel and experiencing new adventures. Ziplining is one of her favorites and scuba diving is next on her list.
Ryan Rogers, TRP 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.
Dawan DuBois PACE Instructor
Shannon Smith Essential Skills Instructor
Shannon Smith is a single mother and entrepreneur. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach who has earned a BS in Mathematics and a MA in Education. For the past 10 years, Shannon has run her own tutoring business and participates on several boards and committees that focus on youth and education in the Seattle area. She has been teaching secondary mathematics since her junior year in college. She finds teaching very fulfilling. She is very fulfilled by the illumination and excitement that occurs in her students while gaining knowledge and understanding.
Shannon’s experience ranges from children with ADD/ADHD to AP calculus, SAT preparation to after school program management. As a proud Mother to her son, he will soon graduate from Southern University A & M. When she is not teaching or tutoring she enjoys reading, movies and sports in her spare time. She also loves to travel. She has been to Mexico, the Caribbean and Africa. She likes to discover new places and experience different cultures.