our team

Our team is devoted to helping young people find a program that meets their needs.

Shaila

Peer Connector (West Seattle, Burien, Des Moines & White Center)

I was born and raised in Seattle. I went to Washington State University and received my degree in Human Development. Ever since then I have been working for non-profits supporting youth in the greater Seattle area. I’m excited to join this team and work to support all the amazing work that’s already being done. In my free time I enjoy traveling anywhere with lots of sun, going to concerts and paddle boarding during the summers.

Panome Thilaphanh

Outreach and Recruitment Manager

Panome Thilaphanh was born in Thailand and she and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 1-years-old and has lived in Washington for most of her life. She has always had a calling to the social work profession and has been in the social service field for approximately ten years. More specifically she is dedicated to working with children, youth, and families. She received her Bachelor of Social Welfare and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Maria Guizar

Opportunity Youth System Manager

Maria Guizar, MSW has 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field, working with youth, families, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans. She passionately promotes gender equality, and equity and social justice. She has worked with the King County Department of Community and Human Services for over nine years. Previously, she worked for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division managing juvenile justice programs that provided behavioral health services to youth and families. Mrs. Guizar has a Master in Social Work from the University of Utah and Bachelor in Psychology and Spanish from Central Washington University. She is passionate about working with youth and empowering them to pursue their dreams in education, training and/or employment. In Maria’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working out and traveling.

Vince

Peer Connector (Kent, Federal Way & Auburn)

Vince was born in the Philippines and grew up in White Center and Auburn. Vince is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Public Health, while in college he became deeply interested in addressing issues concerning public health. During his time in college Vince had the opportunity to work with diverse populations from people experiencing homelessness to teenagers on the autism spectrum. Vince hopes to be able to use his new role as a peer connector to help empower young people. In his free time you’ll catch Vince playing NBA2k or looking for his next travel destination.

Greg

Peer Connector (Central Seattle, North Seattle & Eastside)

“I am a highly motivated individual who has had diverse experiences working with youth, and I’m excited that it’s led me to be part of a team with such dedicated work. I am a born and raised Seattleite who attended O’dea High School, and Washington State University (Go Cougs!). In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and I’m an avid Seattle sports fan. In Russ we trust!”

Javon

Peer Connector

I was born in Portland, OR, but raised in Seattle. As you can see, I am all about the PNW. I love the outdoors, as Washington has it all: water, mountains, and forests. I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Sport Management and a Business Administration minor. I have worked with youth of all ages throughout the years, implementing various athletic and community-based programs. I am excited to be a part of such a motivated and focused team!