Young Women Empowered

Our Staff

Jamie-Rose Edwards – Co-Director & Co-Founder

Jamie-Rose is passionate about empowering young women as community leaders and building positive relationships between women of differing backgrounds and generations. Inspired by her new-born daughter Amirra, Jamie-Rose envisioned and initiated the pilot program in 2010 that eventually became Y-WE. Serving as it’s Director and guiding light for five years, she remains dedicated to the vision of Y-WE as an organization that incorporates youths’ ideas and involves them as organizational leaders. She graduated from Earlham College in 2007 with a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies. She received the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Award and Seattle Met Magazine named Jamie-Rose as Seattle’s “Emerging Leader” for 2015. Jamie-Rose is committed to assuring that Y-WE will be sustained for Amirra’s generation and many generations of women who will follow. Contact: jamie@y-we.org

 

 

Victoria Santos – Co-Director

Victoria Santos has a passion for inclusive, sustainable community and creative approaches to learning and growth.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Victoria immigrated to the U.S. at age 11.  She is a certified mental health counselor and certified Kripalu yoga teacher.  Victoria’s commitment to social justice and service has expressed itself in many forms over the past 20 years, including school-based counseling and community-based enrichment programs for underserved youth, as well as community development in the U.S. and internationally.  She co-directs the non-profit Sister Island Project, which promotes diversity awareness, cultural exchange and sustainable development in the Dominican Republic. Contact: victoria@y-we.org

 

 

Adiza Ameh – Program Coordinator

Adiza first got involved with Y-WE during the program’s first year in 2010 as a participant and then returned to the community in 2015 as an intern and finally in 2016 as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator. Adiza works primarily with Nature Connections but is also responsible for creating ACE, which is Y-WE’s new academic and career enrichment program. Adiza hopes to continue creating and developing youth programs and engaging the youth voice in critical issues in society, particularly surrounding issues affecting folks in the African diaspora, class and gender. When she’s not at Y-WE, Adiza enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, eating spicy food and traveling to areas she has never before explored.

 

 

Reagan Jackson – Program Manager

Reagan Jackson is a writer, activist, and international educator with an abiding love of justice, spirituality, and creating community. Though she grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, Seattle has been her home base for the last 9 years. Reagan is passionate about providing young people with the opportunity to experience something new. To that end she has taken over two hundred youth abroad to Japan, Guatemala, and Mexico respectively. Her published works include three collections of poetry: God, Hair, Love, and America, Love and Guatemala, and Summoning Unicorns and two children’s book Coco LaSwish A Fish From A Different Rainbow and Coco LaSwish: When Rainbows Go Blue. She is a columnist for the Seattle Globalist and contributes to the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, and the Black Girl Nerds Blog. Check out her website at: http://www.rejjarts.com. Contact: reagan@y-we.org

 

 

Le’Onna Lee – Administrative and Development Assistant

When Le’Onna began her professional journey, She believed that simply working within a harmonious environment would be enough to fulfill any individual’s career; however, she later discovered that it may be enough to fulfill another individual’s career, but not her own. Le’onna realized that she long to be involved within an organization that drove her beyond the mere concern for herself or for those closely connected to her. Le’Onna desired to alter the reality of others by becoming and remaining a person that the relevant community looks up to.

Le’Onna is actively entrenched within groups whose members seek to create sustainable change in diversified cultural communities. She’s created and have strategically implemented curriculum, mentored students (which has resulted in their being accepted to colleges across the country), and employed gardens to further assist with the nutritional needs of underprivileged children across Seattle. Le’Onna’s unyielding passion is community development, has led her to earn an M.A. at Northwest University’s International Community Development program.

 

 

Kit Massengale – Development Director

Kit Massengale has been the Development Director at Y-WE since September 2016. She has a long career in Development including the Executive Director of Stevens Hospital Foundation and Community Outreach, Major Gifts Director at the Swedish Foundation and Director of Individual and Corporate Gifts at Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Kit is passionate about Y-WE and inspired by the young women who have amazing voices and add value to any communities they are a part of. She loves to be surrounded by a community of positive and supportive people working to make conditions better for all. She is honored to work side-by-side and learn from the amazing staff, mentors, supporters, board and program participants.

Kit has a degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read and spend time with her family and friends. She and her husband Randy have been involved in Social Venture Partners, and the Summer Business Institute at Seattle University.

 

 

Catlin Rene McCartney – Communications and Technology Specialist

Catlin Rene graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR with a degree in Communications specializing in youth development and media, gender studies, and rhetorical theory. After starting as a mentor with Y-WE in 2015, Catlin is still thrilled to be part of the Y-WE community where she has the opportunity to combine her areas of study and harness the power of language to be an advocate and ally for young women. Outside of Y-WE, Catlin can be found boxing with We Fight Back, a Seattle program creating opportunities for women to learn to fight to defend themselves as they navigate the world. Contact: communications@y-we.org

 

 

Anna McCracken – Program Specialist, Y-WE Nature Connections

Anna McCracken began her work with Y-WE in September 2015 in an AmeriCorps position as the Program Coordinator. Originally from Spanaway, WA, Anna studied Anthropology and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Before coming to Y-WE, Anna worked with the Metrocenter YMCA’s Girls and Boys Outdoor Leadership Development (GOLD/BOLD) and the Corrymeela Community, a peace and reconciliation center in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. The majority of her work in Northern Ireland was focused on creating a space for people to come together, embrace difference, and work towards a shared future. In her current role at Y-WE, Anna coordinates the Y-WE Nature Connections program, a program focused on adventuring in the outdoors, realizing our strength, building confidence and resilience, and growing in a supportive community of girls and women. Anna values the work of Y-WE because it is a place where young women can come and feel empowered to be exactly who they are and who they want to be; a place where community, creativity, and social justice are at the heart of our work. Contact: connect@y-we.org

 

 

Peter Blaustein – Grant-writer

Peter works to foster cultures of compassion, kindness, awareness and social justice. He deeply supports Y-WE’s diverse, vibrant community of girls and women. With a Master’s in Social Work, Peter has engaged in therapy for adults with mental illness, education for children with traumatic brain injury, grant writing and evaluation in school and non-profit settings, and rural community development in the Dominican Republic. Peter co-directs the non-profit Sister Island Project and teaches salsa dance. Contact: pmblaustein@gmail.com

 

 

Devin Majkut – Social Worker in Residence

Devin Majkut is an advocate, ally, poet, youth worker, social worker, and activist who is consistently finding ways to bring her love for creativity into her work. Devin graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Social Work, and has experience in trauma-informed care, mental health concerns, and addiction treatment. Devin leads our Case Management program and works with youth & families in the Y-WE community who are in need of referral to community resources. Contact: devin@y-we.org

 

 

Yasmin Farah – Social Work Intern

Yasmin Farah is a first-year Masters of Social Work student at the University of Washington (UW) doing her practicum with Y-WE. She is passionate about working with children, youth, and families in King County. She has continuously advocated for refugees and immigrants while working at Refugee Women’s Alliance. Yasmin joined Y-WE to work with young woman in the community as they become leaders in the community and prepare for their futures.

 

 

Hannah Wright Osborn – Y-WE Nature Connections Intern

Hannah Wright Osborn is currently a senior at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. She is conducting research for her capstone thesis in the Y-WE Nature Connections program to learn how barriers to exploring the outdoors can be overcome through encouragement, empowerment, and opportunity. She is honored to be a part of this active community of young women, offering her own background and perspective to the program. When not actively working on her research, you can find her practicing yoga, exploring all of Seattle and the people within, and finally taking a hike on one of Washington’s beautiful trails. 

 

 

Krista Perez – Intern

Krista Perez started as an intern with Y-WE in January of 2017. She will graduate from UW Bothell with a BA in Law, Economics and Public Policy in March of 2017 and hopes to continue as a policy analyst for organizations and legislature that seeks to promote racial equity, equal access to resources for communities of color and empowerment of underserved, immigrant communities. She also hopes to continue on to be a mayor and/or senator one day and give a voice to the Latino/Mexican population.

Krista is passionate about the work that Y-WE does because it provides resources to young women of color and empowers young women to participate confidently within their communities.