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"Alone we can do
together we can do so much."
- Helen Keller
oUR AMAZING sTAFF
As a Washtenaw County resident, Natasha enjoys making a difference in the lives of people in her community and is eager to find new and exciting ways to serve our foster care population. In her previous work as the regional director for Excel Employment Options in Washtenaw and Livingston counties, she led the transitions, employment, therapy and ABA services, fueling her passion for working with transition-age youth and she's excited to bring that experience to Our House. She is a frequent speaker on transition services, is active on multiple county committees, and a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Rehabilitation Association.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Alyssa grew up down the street in Canton, MI and attended Hope College where she received her undergraduate degree in social work. She completed her Master's of Social Work at the University of Michigan and has had a variety of positions working with young people. Alyssa
worked with college students at the University of Michigan multicultural center, ran a child care center for school-aged youth in Seattle, and most recently managed a grant which focused on suicide prevention and substance use awareness for Native youth in Detroit.
Anna's interest in foster care began at age seven when three of her four brothers joined her family from California's foster care system.
While earning her degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa, Anna worked as a resident assistant for two years where she found enjoyment mentoring students in their transition into young adulthood. Her Penn State master's thesis explored sibling placement in foster care.
Anna is eager to step back from studying people on paper and return to working with transition-age youth in daily life by joining the Our House team.
Mary grew up in Washtenaw County and has always had a love for Michigan and the people in it!
After graduating from Spring Arbor University, she found her passion working for non profits Washtenaw and Jackson Counties. Her work took her to Illinois where she worked in a residential school for youth needing a safe and healthy space to call home. Working and living with the youth she cared for, she taught and modeled independent living skills, and loved seeing her students grow and learn. Now back in her home state, Mary is excited about the opportunity to work with Our House.
Mary lives in Ypsilanti with her husband and daughter. She loves reading, cooking, art, and finding ways to engage with the community and people around her.
Jasmyn has a commitment for working with others to gain a better quality of life. Her variety of experiences and social work background create a great foundation and she is excited to grow with Our House.
After working in a variety of roles at EMU's Bright Futures supporting, engaging, and empowering K-12 youth, Jasmyn interned at EMU's Family Empowerment Program doing case management work. She also participated in CloseUp, a theatre troupe focused on sharing real life/college experiences and getting people to think, feel, & engage. In 2020, she obtained her 200 hour yoga teacher certification and focuses on self-
healing and self-love.
Jasmyn has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree in Social Work, focused on Children, Youth & Families, from the University of
oUR PASSIONATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edward Goldman, JD, is a full time faculty member in the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology working in the Center for Reproductive Rights. He is also a Professor at the University Of Michigan Law School where he teaches courses in health law and the legal and ethical aspects of research. He was head of the Health Systems Legal Office at the University of Michigan 1978 to 2009.
Gini Harmon's career included 35 years with Michigan’s public and mental health systems as a clinician, a program manager, and an executive within the Dept. of Mental Health (now DHHS). As Deputy Director with the Michigan Dept. of Community Health (MDCH), Gini spearheaded many of Michigan’s earliest Permanent Supportive Housing efforts and served as the liaison with state and federal housing agencies. She chaired inter-agency initiatives and worked with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to initiate and manage the state’s Supportive Housing programs. She also worked in an inter-agency capacity on foster care and licensure issues. After retirement, she provided consulting for struggling housing developments and partners. Gini later served as a court-appointed child advocate (CASA) and co-coordinated the Washtenaw County CASA program.
Jeff has practiced public accounting for 20 years during which he has provided audit, accounting, tax and consulting services to clients in many different industries. He is president Stefforia, Petik & Associates, P.C., a licensed CPA in the State of Michigan, and a graduate of Walsh College.
Jeff is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Washtenaw Estate Planning Council. He has been the treasurer and vice-chair of the Alzheimer's Association, and treasurer of The Neutral Zone, an Ann Arbor teen leadership development organization.