Our team is devoted to helping young people find a program that meets their needs.
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 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.
Maria grew up in White Center and has always been very involved in projects like community cleanups and tutoring. Maria is also a sports enthusiast. She played soccer in high school and ran cross country at Highline College. She also managed the Seattle University cross country and track & field teams. Most recently, Maria worked in the hospitality industry, where she learned many skills from working with the public. She also completed the translation and interpretation program at Bellevue College. During her free time, she likes to play soccer, hike and spend time with her two dogs, Biggie and Goldie.
Stephanie is excited about working as a Peer Connector given her passion for working with young people of color. Prior to joining us at the County, she worked at Consejo as a case manager. In this role, Stephanie provided support services for young people seeking guidance. Stephanie grew up in Bellevue and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. In her free time she likes to craft and draw.
Shannen grew up in the Rainier Valley. She learned about ReOpp after participating in the Career LaunchPad program (which helped her acquire her Nursing Assistant Certificate) and became excited about making positive a positive impact on the livers of others. Prior to her work with ReOpp, Shannen served as an intern with Southwest Education Center, where she deepened her understanding on the issue of disconnected youth. Shannen is also involved with Seattle Education Access, which has helped her successfully transition to college. Her goal is to become a nurse one day soon!
Malcolm is a Seattle native and San Diego dreaming from time spent in the U.S. Navy. Community growth and supporting youth are two of the main areas that fuel his desire to become a leader. Working at Southwest Youth and Family Services from 2016 to 2019 contributed Malcolm’s deep understanding of trauma-informed care, adaptive case management, and best equitable practices. Prior to working at SWYFS, he spent 5 years working in intelligence for the Southwest Naval Region and volunteered his free time working with a youth development program for families that were deployed. He is a student of the Social Sciences program at National University. In Malcolm’s spare time, he enjoys working out, cooking, photography, and art.