Kebreab Hailegiorgis has more than eight years of experience working with children and their families in Child Protective Services, Family Voluntary Services, and Family Reconciliation Services both as a social worker and supervisor. He also has experience as a Service Provider to the Child Welfare system. Kebreab received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2011. Kebreab enjoys reading books and volunteering for refugee and immigrant populations during his free time.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University, Heidi began her social service career as a house parent and family advocate at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, WA. It became clear early on, that supporting children and families was going to be a lifelong passion. Heidi was hired by the Department Children, Youth and Family Services in 2001 as a CPS investigator in the Indian Child Welfare unit in Skagit County.
Phyllis most recently worked as a Supervisor for the Department of Children, Youth and Families with oversight for Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), and Family Reconciliation Services (FRS). Prior, she was the Manager of Technical Assistance with Casey Family Programs for over fifteen years where she facilitated change management strategies and initiatives to impact reduction and reinvestment efforts in jurisdictions across the country. She is a natural coach and motivator who remains fiercely devoted to the potential of others.
Lisa was born and raised in Moxee, WA, a small town east of Yakima but very well known on the world stage for the famous hops to make beer! She graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Leisure Services and Minor in Sociology. Lisa started her career as a Juvenile Probation Counselor in Benton-Franklin and Yakima County for the first 8 years. In both jobs, she held positions that had overlapping responsibilities and much interaction with DCFS. When her husband was transferred to Seattle in 1990, she began her career with DCFS.
Kebbie began her journey in the Child Welfare System as a Foster Parent, beginning in 2010. She and her husband have fostered dozens of children resulting in the adoption of four children through the state of Washington.
Jason began his service with the Department of Children Youth and Families in August of 2014. Working out of the Bellevue Office he began as a CFWS social worker. In 2016 he began supervising the CFWS unit as well as the FVS Program. In 2018 the FRS program was brought back to the Bellevue office, which he also supervised.
Margarita Arocho (Margie) is originally from Puerto Rico and her primary language is Spanish. Margie holds a Professional Language Certificate (certified DSHS Bilingual) and has 27 years of experience working for Children and Family Services under various capacities. Within CA, she has primarily serving CPS and CFWS programs and has been a CFWS/FRS Supervisor for the past 5 years in the Moses Lake office. Margie has also worked for Children's Services in the states of Texas, Montana, Colorado and Washing! ton for the last 15 years.
Jessica Strawn was born and raised in Glenwood, Washington and has lived in Ellensburg, Washington for the last fifteen years. She began her career with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration in Ellensburg, Washington as a counseling intern in 1999. After graduating from Central Washington University in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in sociology and minors in ethnic studies and art history, she attended graduate school at Washington State University. She received her Master of Arts degree in sociology in 2003! with an emphasis on criminology, juvenile delinquency and communities.