Laura Smith is the Executive Director for the Empower Youth Network (EYN). Laura has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has been with the Empower Youth Network (formerly Snoqualmie Valley Community Network) since 2005.
Laura has been an active community leader on the eastside for many years, which includes board and volunteer roles with Rotary Club of Duvall, Executive Constantine’s Healthcare Leadership Circle, King County’s Mental Health and Drug Dependence Advisory Council, the Snoqualmie Valley Healthy Community Coalition, and the King County Human Services Alliance. Laura holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Secondary Teaching from Colorado State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. Laura is a graduate of Leadership Eastside and gets her energy from community collaboration and working with youth. Laura resides in Duvall with her husband and two children. Her son is currently enrolled in the Running Start program at Bellevue College and her daughter is currently attending Cedarcrest High School.
Jami Au joins EYN as our administrative assistant and office manager. Originally from Montana, Jami moved to Washington to attend college at Pacific Lutheran University. Her background is in corporate sales support, event planning and administration. Jami has a passion for the Valley and especially youth success! She served 4 years on the Cascade View Elementary PTSA board, spent many hours volunteering in the local schools and food banks, and fundraising. She feels that no child, especially in our community, should have to tackle all of the trials that come with growing up, while hungry.
In her free time Jami loves to travel, hike, golf and spend time laughing with friends. Jami, her husband and their 3 sons have lived in the valley for 11 years. Her sons attend Mt Si High School, and Cascade View Elementary.
Heather Downing is the Youth Success! Mentoring Program Manager, a program of the Empower Youth Network. She has worked in non-profit management over 4 years, volunteer management over 8 years and with schools over 11 years. Heather brings with her a wealth of people skills, organization and compassion.
She successfully led two district levy campaigns for Riverview School District. Heather is a supporter and active leader working with community youth groups that include 4H and United States Pony Club. Heather held a board position during Duvall Co-Op preschool’s first year.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University and lives in Duvall with her husband and 3 kids.
Lisa Hart joined the Empower Youth Network team in 2016 as a Community Coordinator. Lisa manages a number of programs including the #YourLifeYourChoice, #BeSmartDontStart, and It Starts with You: Engage, Listen, and Connect positive messaging campaigns. Lisa currently facilitates the Snoqualmie Valley Racial Equity Collaborative.
Originally from New York, Lisa moved to Washington 18 years ago where she began her career as a middle school teacher. Lisa is a recent graduate of Leadership Eastside’s Adaptive Leadership program. She is also a member of the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition. Lisa is driven by the belief that all youth and their families deserve to thrive. She is committed to building meaningful relationships with community partners to create strong support systems for every student and their family.
Lisa and her family live in Snoqualmie where she enjoys reading, baking, and hiking the trails outside her home with her husband and two children.
Kathy Hyland is the Youth Success! Mentoring Coordinator. Kathy has her BA from the University of Washington in Early Childhood and Family Services. She brings 21 years of experience working with children, their school employee families, the community and DCYF officials through her home daycare and preschool. Over the years, Kathy has volunteered for youth sports organizations coordinating volunteers and creating new programs. Kathy, and her family of four, have lived in the Upper Valley for 26 years. Her husband is a teacher and her two sons are grown and exploring life as adults. When not busy with work and her family, Kathy loves to create art out of old wood and enjoys working in her garden.
Sarah Marsh is the Youth Resilience & Community Coordinator supporting a King County Best Starts For Kids grant.
Sarah has worked as a teaching specialist at the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Parent Partnership Program and brings a background in nonprofit, business, and government sectors. She holds an M.B.A in Organizational Behavior & Development from the University of Vermont and has been an active community organizer in Snoqualmie Valley. She started Mount Si High School’s PTSA’s Student Welfare program, leads suicide prevention training for SVSD parents through UW’s Forefront in the Schools, and is a founding member of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Resilience Team.
Sarah is also the author of two history books with Disney-Hyperion and lives in North Bend with her family.
M’Liss Moon is excited to join the EYN team as the Youth Resilience and Community Resources Coordinator. Originally from Colorado, M’Liss found her way to Washington and the Snoqualmie Valley area in the mid 90’s and has loved it ever since. Her background in psychology and massage therapy lead her to open Main St. Massage, a health and wellness center in Duvall in 2001. After her daughters entered the world, M’Liss continued to volunteer in the community serving 12 years on the City of Carnation Planning Board, initiating the PTSA at the Riverview Learning Center, and most recently serves at the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Chair on the PTSA Council at the Riverview School District.
M’Liss is passionate about promoting a healthy, thriving Snoqualmie Valley community. Currently residing in Carnation, the Moon family, when not learning and working are often found out walking, hiking and enjoying nature.
I am very excited to join the Empower Youth Network team as a Family Connection Coordinator for Snoqualmie Valley School District and Riverview School District.
I am originally from Mexico City and moved to the United States at age 12. My immigrant background has motivated me to help limited resources and language barrier families throughout the community. I have been involved in Youth programs for 15 years from Spanish teaching, tutoring and after school programs. I hold a very extensive knowledge on Child Development and educational background. With my abilities, willingness and personal experiences my goal is to reach and connect with English learner families and youth to provide support and information of resources around our community. I am passionate on youth success, I believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect. I enjoy my free time hiking, biking with my family and friends. I also love listening to music, dancing and gardening.
Karla is the Program Coordinator for the Empower Youth Network’s Pathways to Employment Success program, as well as the Youth Suicide Prevention program’s #BeKindSV campaign.
Karla moved from Chicago to the Seattle area in the early 90s and has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley since 1998 where she has been an active member in the community ever since.
She has worked in a variety of corporate industries but feels most connected working in community health and creating meaningful relationships through collaboration and partnerships. Karla holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Management and commits her skills, knowledge, and experience to improve overall well-being and quality of life through education and empowerment by helping to build positive and sustaining lifestyle behaviors.
Karla and her family live in North Bend and enjoys being active and exploring all that the Valley and surrounding areas have to offer.
Carol Van Noy is the Empower Youth Network‘s Fund Development Coordinator. Carol has worked in the nonprofit sector with United Way of King County and other nonprofits for 20 years. She has experience in workplace campaigns, corporate and foundation gifts, major gifts, Million Dollar Round Table and working with key volunteers to help with fundraising goals.
Carol also currently serves as board president of the Riverview Board. She is a long time resident of the Snoqualmie Valley and passionate about success for all youth.