Off-Campus

Nate Brown

Nate Brown


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Nate Brown entered education research following several years of experience as a case manager in a community mental health and public health setting. Nate holds a BS in Neuroscience from Washington State University and an MA in Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Bothell. Nate is currently working on projects related to the teacher labor market, teacher licensure, and international comparative education. 

Dan Goldhaber

Dan Goldhaber


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Dr. Dan Goldhaber is the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research and a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He is also the Director of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and a Vice-President at American Institutes of Research (AIR). Dan previously served as an elected member of the Alexandria City School Board from 1997-2002, as an Associate Editor of Economics of Education Review and an editor of Education Finance and Policy.

Ivana Rozekova

Ivana Rozekova


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Ivana received her BA in Society & Justice from the University of Washington in 1988. Ivana has a wide array of experience working in private agencies as well as government agencies. In 1983, on a whim, Ivana volunteered with the Division of Youth Services (DYS) detention center working with adolescent boys involved in the criminal just system. This experience influenced her to start a career in the social services. After DYS, she worked in group care facilities specifically with adolescent boys and girls.

Phoebe Terhaar

Phoebe Terhaar


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Phoebe serves as a Forefront liaison to six of our schools in the FIS project. She was previously the Student Assistance Prevention Coordinator at the Snoqualmie Valley School District, as well as the team lead for the Mt. Si High School's suicide prevention team.

Morris Miller

Morris Miller


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Morris graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Inter-disciplinary arts and sciences from the University of Washington Tacoma in 1999. Morris has worked with Children's Administration for 12 years. Morris has experience in several different program areas including Child and Family Welfare Services, Family Recovery Court, Family Voluntary Services. Morris was the Region 3 trainer for Building Bridges Prejudice Reduction training for Children's Administration and more recently the facilitator for Family Team Decision Making meetings.

Amanda White

Amanda White


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While completing a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Human Development and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology at Washington State University in 2001, Amanda discovered the field of Child Welfare. There she was propelled into the MSW program at Eastern Washington University and participated in the CWTAP Program, graduating in 2004.

Sandra Surface

Sandra Surface


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Sandy began her work with the State of Washington in 1995 with Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and then went to Children’s Administration in 1999 as a Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker in the Everett office.

Marivel Rojas

Marivel Rojas


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Marivel Rojas comes to the Alliance with over 20 years of social work experience working with children and families; 17 years of which she acquired at Children’s Administration.  During her time at Children’s Administration (CA) she worked in various programs.

Patty Orona

Patty Orona


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Patty began her experience providing direct services to families through the Division of Developmental Disabilities and then licensing as a foster parent in the early 80’s. In the 20 years licensed as a foster parent, Patty sat on Executive Board for FPAWS (Foster Parent Association of Washington State) and the Advisory Board for the Ombudsman.

Cara D. Mbaye

Cara D. Mbaye


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With a heart for her extended family, Cara’s social work journey began in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Cara’s goal back then was to learn the Child Welfare system and get her extended family out of foster care. Twenty plus years later Cara continues to find a reason to labor in the Child Welfare field.