Baly is a fourth generation resident of the Snoqualmie Valley and he feels blessed to call this place home! After graduating from Mount Si with an AA from Bellevue College, Baly began studying at the Bible Institute of Seattle in Fall City as a seminary student. He is pursuing a career in full-time ministry and is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church in Fall City. Besides this, Baly is also the Upper School PE Teacher for Summit Classical Christian School, an AVID Tutor for Snoqualmie Valley School District, and a leader with Snoqualmie Valley Young Life. Baly is passionate about uniting forces within the community and engaging, inspiring, and mentoring youth of the valley across all walks of life!
Lorna moved to Duvall Washington in 1998. She has worked in the finance industry as a mortgage broker and an office manager. As the owner of a various businesses she has learned the importance of community engagement. Without the community a business cannot succeed. For the last 9 years she has flourished as the owner of Red Pepper Pizzeria and Pasta with locations in Duvall and Carnation. Her businesses are active supporters of community outreach and events. She has served as a director on the Duvall Chamber of Commerce for the last seven years.
Julia Dorn is an educator in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. She did her undergraduate work at Western Washington University and, recently, her graduate work at Seattle Pacific University, receiving a Masters in Education Leadership and her Principal Certificate. Julia Dorn has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley since 2004. Since coming back to the Valley, post-college, she has become an active member of the community, serving on the YMCA Advisory Board and, now, the Empower Youth Network Board of Directors. She has a true passion for meeting the needs of all Valley youth through community partnerships, resources, and supports. She is an advocate for the development of all youth. Julia thrives off of the strong relationships that she builds with all! She is ready and excited to continue the excellent work being done in the Snoqualmie Valley!
Allison has lived in the Valley (Duvall) since 2004 and has four children, three having graduated from CHS.
Allison has co-owned Zazynia Mediterranean Grill since 2006 and recognizes the importance of partnering within the community to create a thriving, ongoing network of support. She has been a Board Member with the Duvall Chamber of Commerce for the past three years, and is the current Board Secretary.
She is passionate about ending food insecurity in the Valley and volunteers locally at Hopelink. Allison also cares very deeply about supporting the Mental Health of our youth. In doing so, she believes it is critical to identify, support and celebrate the uniqueness of all.
Brian L. Ferguson is a current Asst. Principal at Mount Si High School and CTE Director for the Snoqualmie Valley School District. As a native Californian, Brian has been in education since 2000 and has served in nearly every capacity in secondary schools and district offices in Central CA, Southern CA, Suburban Nashville, TN and now in WA. Brian is a US Army Veteran and currently lives in Black Diamond with his wife of 24 years and three of his six children (the other three are college students all over the place!). In the off time, Brian is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction—Instructional Design and Technology through Liberty University, enjoys travelling the USA, camping in the trailer, and spending time with family.
Karla is a registered nurse who did her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Washington School of Nursing. She moved to Duvall in 2015 and in December 2020 became the RN Clinic Manager for EvergreenHealth Primary Care in Duvall. She loves living and working in Duvall and being a part of the community. Karla has served on the Core Team for Teen Reach Adventure Camps (TRAC) since 2011. TRAC provides two 3-day camps each year for teens who are in, or who have been in, the foster care system. Through challenge course activities, these youth are encouraged to new things. To be empowered and courageous, not powerless as many feel as a foster child. As the parent of two adult children and the grandparent of six, Karla is passionate about the health and wellness of our youth and working to create communities where they are empowered to participate and have a voice.
Kim is the proud mom of 3 boys, Drew, Owen, & Tyler and has lived in Snoqualmie since 2012. She grew up in upstate NY & relocated here after spending a few years in Atlanta. Kim graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Hospitality Management. She worked for Walt Disney World and Enterprise Rent a Car before deciding to become a stay at home mom for the last 14 years. She is currently employed with Sno-King and volunteers as a Crisis Counselor for the National Text Line. Kim is passionate about suicide prevention & mental health issues facing our youth. She is looking forward to making a positive impact for families & youth in our community and help the EYN continue to create lasting change. In her spare time Kim enjoys being with her family & friends, football, kickboxing & Netflix.
Hi! My name is Rohana Joshi and I am a part of the Class of 24 at Cedarcrest High School. During my first year of high school, I took a wide range of courses in order to enhance my skills in the career I want to pursue, and organizations that I am a part of. Some of these courses include Law and Business Ethics, Marketing, and Public Speaking. Additionally to my academics, I am also part of several organizations such as DECA, FBLA, TSA, the National Association of Parliamentarians, a community non-profit called “EduBlock”, and my school’s ASB. As well as this, I am a tri-sport athlete in volleyball, track and field, and basketball. I joined EYN because I wanted to spark a change and allow every youth member in our community to have access to a good support system. I believe that every person can make a difference in somebody’s life, and by joining EYN I hope to do exactly that.
My name is Lauren and I am a student at Mount Si High School. I have 3 sisters and I have lived in the valley since 2011. I am Class Board president, a part of Sports Med Club, Key Club, and National Honors Society. I also play volleyball and love to hike and ski. I joined Empower Youth Network to be more involved in the valley and advocate for issues in our area.
Molly Lutz serves as the Director of Student Services and Principal at Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program in the Riverview School District. Molly earned her teaching credentials at University of Dayton and began her teaching career in Columbus Public schools. After earning a master’s degree in special education from Antioch University McGregor, Molly relocated to the Pacific Northwest and joined Snoqualmie Valley School District, teaching students with disabilities. Molly’s path let her to school administration, while completing her certificate at Seattle Pacific University. As an administrator, she enjoys the ability to affect change and advocate for children at a higher level.
Molly is a wife and a mother of two wonderful boys, and enjoys the balance of thriving in her personal and professional pathways. Molly’s passion for the education of children drives her work to help all children achieve, and to assist them in becoming valuable members of our community.
Alicia is a wife and proud mother of two adult children who are both living in the greater Seattle area. Her husband of 35 years is her best friend, and her family and close friends mean the world to her. Alicia strives to “pay it forward” every opportunity she gets. She believes in developing positive relationships with people and, ultimately, in building strong communities and giving back whenever possible. These beliefs flow into her business as the Owner/broker of The Messa Group Real Estate and, in turn, shape the experiences of her clients. Alicia’s true passions are to help all people realize that they are enough just as they are, that communication is key in any healthy relationship, and to help end bullying and teenage suicide. #BeKindSV
Mariam is a junior at Mount Si High School. Mariam is an only child who has lived in the valley for 14 years. She is part of the Snoqualmie Valley Interfaith, as well as president of the debate club and a DECA student at Mount Si High School, and a regional interfaith public speaker. Mariam joined the Network in order to be the voice of the misrepresented and unheard of the Valley, and beyond.
RJ Monton, the Associate Director of Behavioral Health for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, began his educational career as an Outdoor Educator in New Hampshire. His focus shifted to Special Education and he obtained his M.Ed. from Plymouth State University. He moved to the Pacific Northwest and began teaching for Snoqualmie Valley School District in 2012. He later earned his administrative credential from Seattle Pacific University and began working out of the district office running the behavioral health department. RJ now works with all schools across the district on the growth and sustainability of their Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support efforts. RJ looks forward to strengthening the ties between the districts in the greater valley and the EYN.
Warren Moon, Treasurer
Warren Moon has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for over 20 years and absolutely loves it here. He is the proud father of two daughters and is committed to having the valley be a rich and fertile place for them and other children to grow and thrive. Warren has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and worked as an environmental engineer until he discovered that nature and mentoring were his true passions. He is the current Executive Director (since 2001) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilderness Awareness School. Warren loves gardening, sports, playing guitar and enjoying the beauty of the Snoqualmie Valley with his wife M’liss and their family.
Ndidi is a high-school Senior who recently moved to the valley. After being a part of numerous youth service organizations and programs— including being the current ASB President at her high school— she firmly believes in utilizing the voice of the youth and the underrepresented to its fullest potential. Ndidi wants to later pursue a career in public policy and relations, where she can actively improve her community through effective communication.
Mike and his wife Shannon were born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and have made Snoqualmie their home for the last 20 years. Mike recently retired from a two-decade career in sales with Cisco Systems and has a strong desire to give back to the community. Mike is excited to contribute his time and talents to the mission of the EYN to promote and inspire youth to lead safe, healthy, and successful lives. Mike has been a past youth advisor, parish council member, Little League/All-Star girls softball coach and recently led a career day with student leaders for a high school in the area. He is currently serving as a mentor in EYN’s Youth Success Mentoring program. Mike loves spending time with family, attending sporting events and concerts with friends, and exploring the beauty of the northwest on the trails and slopes.
Kaila has lived in Carnation for almost 30 years with her husband Mark. They bought a fixer upper that they have spent time turning into a wonderful home to raise their 2 children and also create a safe place for youth who have needed a temporary place to call home. Kaila graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in education and psychology. After spending about 15 years as a classroom teacher, she took time off to be a stay-at-home mom. She now spends her time with her own business, “Woven Together”, as a basket weaver and storyteller. Using baskets as a tool, she helps the weaver connect the process of weaving to life’s journey, paying attention to the many life lessons along the way. She believes that as we share our stories, it empowers others to share their story, and every story matters!
Kaila loves serving her community by volunteering at her local church, food bank, and a variety of youth programs, making connections and building relationships wherever possible. Kaila is excited about serving as a new team member on the EYN!
Allyson is currently a sophomore at Cedarcrest who is involved in many activities such as DECA, Riverview Youth Council, and various sports. She plans to offer insight into the struggles of youth in the valley that can sometimes be hard for older generations to recognize.
Lisa Tario has been active in the Valley community for over twenty years. Both of her adult kids were raised in the Riverview School District, played sports and music, and attended Wilderness Awareness School – in a community she dearly loves. Over the years, Lisa has been involved with organizing Sandblast, Duvall Days, and several other local groups. These days she works as a floodplain engineer, managing flood repair/damage prevention, and salmon recovery projects. Having been a pretty angry, lost teenager, Lisa hopes to be able to extract from and build onto her experiences to help contribute to the overall well-being of youth in the Valley and in surrounding communities.
Michael Tenney has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for 19 years and it is a very special place for him. He has two sons and two daughters and wants the valley to manage growth but be sustainable for future generations. He wants the youth of the valley to have the resources they need to be successful, respect the environment, and make good choices. Michael has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Puget Sound and works in client development for a Research and Analytics firm. Michael spends his time with his wife Theresa and kids exploring the valley and forging connections that last a lifetime.
Larry has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley his entire life and has been married to the love of his life, Kathy, since 1983. Together they have raised three amazing kids, Matt, Abbey and Emily. While raising their family in Fall City, there were many ways to get involved in working with kids. You could often find the Whites coaching a Softball, Basketball, or Baseball team or working with the youth at their church. That is where the passion to work with kids began.
Larry has worked for the City of Snoqualmie for 20 years as the Parks Superintendent and he also served as the Head Softball Coach at Mount Si School for 15 seasons, where he took full advantage of every teachable moment; the Life Lessons were a much bigger part of his program than the wins or loses.
Building relationships with student athletes, their parents, teachers and other coaches was a huge part of the many successes over his coaching career. This was recognized when his team was voted to receive the Sportsmanship Award (9) times during his coaching career. His passion for serving in the community that he grew up in and loves has never been more evident than by his commitment to be a part of something that is bigger than himself.
You will often hear him say “How you show up makes a difference”
Wi?aac (Hello) I am, Jolene Williams, A council member on the Snoqualmie Tribal Council. I am the daughter of Caroline M. Enick Glendale of Snoqualmie and Eugene R Jack (RIP) of Yakama Nation, granddaughter of James Enick of Sauk Suiattle Tribe and Evelyn M. (Keenum) Enick of Snoqualmie Tribe also my paternal grandparents Ella Olney and Raymond Jack(RIP) both from Yakama Nation and Great Grand daughter of Chief Jerry Keenum & Jenny (Hern) Keenum of Snoqualmie Tribe. My practice and teachings has always been to introduce oneself and your family ties so those who are listening can understand the connections to why you are present.
I served as an Alternate Tribal Council member of Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and in August 2020 re-elected as a Council member for a second-4 year term (2020-2024). I currently have a Master’s degree in Managerial Communications, a Bachelors in Business completed through an online program from Bellevue University of Nebraska. I have 25 years of gaming (Casino) experience.
I am a wife to a wonderful man named Steve L Williams, Sr going on 21 years come February.
I am a proud parent of 5 beautiful children 3 boys and 2 girls and a grandparent to 7 great beings who steal my heart every moment I see them. I currently reside in Marysville WA. Yes, I commute every day to work for my people in the Snoqualmie Valley area. My grandparents did the same commute when I was growing up. I have many memories at the Tolt Mac Donald Park. My family still picnics there annually to keep our ancestors stories and practices alive. I am in hopes to add my knowledge, experience and my tribes attributions to the success of the Empower Youth Network Board.
We have to share who we are after we know who we are! Respect the grounds we walk because our ancestors laid the foundation of our existence to be who we have become now!
Bio coming soon