As a community-wide coalition, SOAR is rooted in partnerships. The Partnership Council provides the overall vision and strategic direction for SOAR and assists staff in pursuing and securing financial resources.

SOAR Partnership Council Members 

Karen Akada, Senior Planner, Seattle Human Services Department

Dr. Linda Averill, Community Volunteer

Rob Beem, Community Services Manager, City of Shoreline

Lois Brewer, Director, Service Learning Seattle

Deborah DuitchBellevue School District

Dr. Enrica Hampton, Early Childhood Specialist, Kindering Center

Wendy Harris, Early Intervention Program Manager, King County Developmental Disabilities Division

Bill LaananenFACES Coalitions

Evelyn LemoineSeattle Chamber of Commerce

Mari Offenbecher, Executive Director, School’s Out Washington

Alex O’Reilly, Human Services Planner, City of Bellevue

Patti Petesch, Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Deann Puffert, CEO, Child Care Resources

Helena Stephens, Youth Programs Manager, Bellevue Parks and Community Services

Jessica Werner, Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County

Ken Wong,  Teen Programs Director, City of Redmond


Fiscal Sponsor 

SOAR is fiscally sponsored by School’s Out Washington and shares office space with both School’s Out Washington and the Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC).