Our team is devoted to helping young people find a program that meets their needs.
Since graduating college, I have worked in the non-profit sector and really enjoy collaborating with youth and their families. I would like to one day retire in a small coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico and have a little corner store. In my free time I like to go on adventures with my family and take my son, Nazario, to cool places that he will not remember because he is eight months old.
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 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, 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.
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!