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State Office Team

Providing administrative and fundraising support to our programs across the state.

Cathy Bisaillon

Cathy Bisaillon
President and Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Bisaillon has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002. Her commitment to helping people with disabilities and their families dates back to her ninth birthday when she met her cousin, Beth Ann, who had Down Syndrome. From that day when she and Beth Ann played the piano together, Cathy formed the attitude that all people deserve the opportunity to feel productive and included in their communities.

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Call Cathy: 360.981.9263

Sandi Farkas

Sandi Farkas
Chief Operating Officer

Sandi is committed to the non-profit sector because she enjoys working with teams that are making a difference in people’s lives. She has over 10 years’ experience in non-profit management, filling such roles as Interim Chief Operating Officer, Finance & Business Management Consultant, Director of Finance, Board Member and more. At Easter Seals Washington, she oversees IT, Risk Management, Project Management, and bookkeeping processes. 

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Call Sandi: 206.281.5700 ext. 114

Summer McGrady

Summer McGrady
Vice President of Community Engagement

Who do we thank for Easter Seals Washington having a great website, a growing social media presence, and committed corporate partners? Summer, that’s who!  She comes to ESW with over a decade of marketing and management experience, and she uses that foundation to bolster our organization at every opportunity. Serving our mission for over 10 years in various capacities, Summer sees directing our marketing efforts as a natural fit with her core values and personality.

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Call Summer: 206.920.7197

Dena Adkins Conley

Dena Adkins Conley
Vice President of Human Resources

Dena wears many hats and enjoys the variety that each day brings. She contributes to employee retention and development by administering benefits and wellness plans; and she developed and manages the ESW Volunteer Program. Under her leadership, our organization is building a large, diverse volunteer force throughout the state. Dena began her career with ESW in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant, was promoted to Office Administrator and later promoted to her current position.

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Call Dena: 206.281.5700 ext. 102

Brenda Suazo
Vice President of ProgramsBrenda Suazo

After ten years in Hawaii supporting nonprofits in various capacities and working for organizations that promote community development on the island of Oahu, Brenda traded in her slippahs for a pair of PNW boots and returned to her home, the West Coast. Her passion for community inclusion and sustainable organizational development drew her to join the Easterseals Washington team in 2018. With a master’s degree and successful directorial experience in program development, fiscal management, fundraising and community engagement, Brenda is eager to support our programs’ continued growth!

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Call Brenda: 808.769.7796

Debbie Hayes

Debbie Hayes
Accounts Receivable

If you’ve been to the State Office, then you’ve met Debbie. Her title of Office Administrator highlights the many hats she wears, including receptionist, records keeper and accounts payable.  Debbie’s commitment to non-profit organizations has spanned her entire life, both as an employee and as a volunteer.  The value of volunteer service was engrained in her as a child, and she continues to give of her time through the Boys & Girls Clubs in Seattle and providing free income tax filing at a local community center.

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Call Debbie: 206.501.1645

Nate Johnson

Nate Johnold
Marketing Manager

Nate came to Easterseals Washington from Denver, where he worked in nonprofit community outreach. He brings over 6 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector on projects large and small and is always looking for creative ways to reach fundraising goals and increase Easterseals Washington’s presence in the community. When not at work, Nate enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, golfing and travelling. 

Email Nate
Call Nate: 206.281.5700 ext. 112


Joanna Lopez

Joanna has had a passion for working with people with disabilities since volunteering for the YMCA over a decade ago, where she overcame assumptions about people with disabilities and had her perspective forever changed. Since then, she has continued to volunteer her time outside of work at homeless shelters, youth camps, community events, fundraisers and retreats. When she’s not working or volunteering, Joanna is working on portrait photography, exploring new eateries or traveling with family in her home state of California.

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Call Joanna: 206.281.5700 x103


Jesse Smith
Development Manager

Jesse joined the team at Easterseals Washington after moving to Seattle from Portland, Oregon. With over 5 years' experience in development, fundraising and strategic communications, he brings new ideas for cultivating support, building lasting relationships, and growing the Easterseals community. 

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Call Jesse: 206.281.5700 x105


Tegest Tesgaye
Accounts Receivable

Tegest joined Easterseals Washington in October of 2017, and handles the accounts receivable for our three adult service programs. Born in San Jose and raised in Seattle, Tegest enjoys being outdoors with friends, family, and her dog when not at work. As a child of two Ethiopian immigrants who came to the US wtih nothing, Tegest knows first-hand the importance of helping your community.

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Call Tegest: 206.281.5700 x108

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