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Program Leadership Team

Providing guidance and leadership in our programs across the state

Tomi BarraganTomi Barragan
Director, Jane's House Child Development Center

Tomi joined the Easterseals team in April of 2018 as the Lead ECEAP Teacher. After eight months, she had the opportunity to move into a management role as the Assistant Director and Family Support Specialist. In November of 2019, Tomi was made the Program Director of Jane’s House. Prior to Easterseals, Tomi’s career began in Head start in 2013. Born and raised in Yakima, she graduated from Yakima Valley College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Tomi is married to her high school sweetheart, Fortunato, and is a proud mother to two beautiful girls. In her spare time, Tomi enjoys all things Disney, camping, and taking family trips. 

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Angela Cox
Director, Camp Stand By Meangela

Angela Cox has been a part of Easterseals Washington in various positions for over five years. She began working with camps in her home state of California but fell in love with Camp Stand By Me in 2013. Angela's career has been included years of work in special education, behavior support, respite care, and workforce development. Her favorite parts of Camp include the campers, teaching archery, and dance parties.

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Sarah Harel, MHR-CMHC
Sarah HarelDirector, Eastside Adult Services

Originally from Oklahoma, Sarah fell in love with program development while interning with the Americorps VISTA program. As a VISTA member, she worked to support children & families lacking access to vital resources and educational services in rural communities. Sarah quickly developed a deep passion for community connectedness and focused in this area while studying at the University of Oklahoma. There, she continued a long family tradition of OU graduates (Boomer Sooner!) and received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and an MA in Human Relations Counseling with an emphasis in multiculturalism and family dynamics. For Sarah, the journey of directing programs from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest has been incredibly rewarding. As the mother of two sons, she stays busy with their activities, but also tries to find time for art projects and outdoor adventures.

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Ashley Jackson, CESP, BS-ITAM
Director, Easterseals Workforce DevelopmentAshley

Ashley has been at Easterseals Workforce Development since 2013 when she started as an Employment Specialist. With an education in IT/Admin Management, Employment Support, and Human Services, Ashley has a passion for leading our program and finding employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. As a mother of 2 children and a foster parent for high needs youth, Ashley loves hosting cookout and events and seeks out opportunities to be challenged and try new things.

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Renita Linear
Director, Angle Lake Child Development CenterRenita Linear Little Aviators

Renita joined Easterseals Washington as a volunteer at Angle Lake in September 2011. She was so wonderful, we hired her as a full-time employee. Through hard work and exemplary leadership, Renita eventually became the Assistant Director at Angle Lake. In 2015, Renita was named the Program Director of Little Aviators Child Development Center but came back to be the Program Director at Angle Lake in November of 2016. Renita has a degree in Human Services and is passionate about building strong and long-lasting relationships with families and children from all walks of life. 

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Heidi Jo Johnson, MSW, MHP 
Certified Referral Partner, Operation Family CaregiverHeidi

Heidi has 20+ years' experience in the Human Services Field with a focus on veterans and adults with developmental disabilities. Heidi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2012 and achieved her life-long goal of a Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2017. She is the beloved wife of a disabled Navy Veteran and proud mother of two sons, one of which is a United States Marine.

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Zach Patnode
Director, Olympic Peninsula Autism CenterZach Patnode

Born and raised in Washington, Zach grew up in Maple Valley and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham. He began working with people with disabilities as a volunteer in adult day health. Finding a home serving the disability community, he has since grown in the management and operations of applied behavior analysis, community recreation, supported employment, home care, and clinical programs. Zach built a passion for Easterseals when his wife, Deanna, worked with Easterseals Education Services in California and the two were even married at Easterseals' Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek, California. They have a daughter and love spending time exploring the outdoors.

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Amanda Van Vleet
Director, Growing Years Child Development CenterAmanda

Amanda began her Easterseals career as the Infant Lead Teacher in 2011 and became program director in May 2016. Amanda has a degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University and over 10 years of experience in early childhood education. Amanda loves to cook and take road trips, and can often be found with her husband, Josh, loudly cheering on the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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