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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.
Katy received her Graduate Degree in Community Development from Northwest University. Her work as a youth Mentor and time with the Boys and Girls Club gave her a passion for community engagement and youth-centered organizations.
Katy recently moved to the Ypsilanti area from Seattle, Washington and looks forward to exploring all the beauty that Michigan holds.
She is a big fan of coffee, the outdoors, running and good food. She is a huge sports fan, especially the Oregon Ducks, and has binged watched every episode of Greys Anatomy.
Katy is excited to meet all of the wonderful people who make up the Our House Community.
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.
Emma has worked with teenagers and adults in a variety of educational settings, including literacy and arts education, personal finance workshops, and as an outdoor educator at a program for at-risk youth.
Emma started as a mentor with Our House in 2020, and a year later joined the MOSAIC team. They are currently pursuing a Master's degree at Eastern Michigan University to become a Secondary English Teacher.
Emma is passionate about understanding how education can strengthen our communities, as well as how to create informed and inclusive educational opportunities for learners. This informs their work at Our House.
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.
Ayana's passion is to work with various groups of people.
A Michigan resident, Ayana attended Eastern Michigan University where she received her undergraduate degree in Social Work. During this time she interned with Avalon Housing serving the homeless population. She also has three years of experience working with children with disabilities as a Behavior Technician and Client Relations Manager.
Currently attending school at the University of Michigan as a Master's of Social Work student, Ayana continues to utilize the combination of experience and skills to provide assistance and support as a Success Coach at Our House.
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
After a couple of detours, Paige is excited to be following her calling and pursuing her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Eastern Michigan University.
She is excited to combine learning with practice as a Success Coach with Our House!
Hawthorn is passionate about youth empowerment and mutual aid. They got their start in the social work field working with queer teens at an LGBTQ resource center in Oregon state. Since then they have worked in social policy, been a preschool teacher, a baker, and worked with homeless adults and families in supportive housing.
Hawthorn loves art and working in nature. In their spare time, they are also a board member of a local queer film festival and works in real estate.
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.