“The staff truly care about the kids. I love that my daughter works on her homework there and also loves the after-school activities PLUS getting outside and getting more exercise. I mostly work with the teachers. They are just outstanding!”

–Launch Parent



Each of our locations is overseen by an on-site program manager who supports the teachers and ensures every child and family has the best possible experience. All staff members participate in continuing professional development to ensure they are current on industry best practices as well as state and federal licensing requirements. Our teachers and program site managers are passionate about their work and the diverse populations they serve. Our locations are supported by administrative and support staff in our Mount Baker office.

Contact information for Launch staff members can be found here.


Angela Griffin, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer

Rehana Lanewala, Director of Development & Marketing

Laura Nicholson, Director of Operations

Jennifer Pegarido, Director of Human Resources

Shannon Thomas, MNPL, Director of Finance


Teresita Barradas, Delridge Community Center Program Site Manager

Megan Bissonette, Sanislo Program Site Manager

Moss Bosch, Montlake Program Site Manager

Chryssa Best, Rainier Community Center Program Site Manager

Lisa Crouch, Regional Program Director

Nick DeVogel, IT & Data Services Manager

Ruth Diaz, Early Learning Director

Brent Dumlao, Regional Program Director

Yaritza Encarnación Farias, Development Manager

Isis Lara Fernandez, Expanded Learning Opportunities Director

Flow Francisco, Finance Manager

Mia Freidenburg, Operations Manager

Jessica Habbe, Highland Park Program Site Manager

Jo Hamer, Training & Compliance Director

Kim Lee, Regional Program Director

Steffi Luk, Beacon Hill Program Site Manager

Lizbeth Mata, Human Resources Specialist

Nahyeli Mendivil, Family Engagement & Support Specialist

Doria Nelson, Development & Marketing Assistant

Justin Pang, Kimball Program Site Manager

Rachel Roberts, Leschi Program Site Manager

Tereza Rush, Miller Community Center Annex Co-Program Site Manager

Aly Spada, Human Resources Generalist

Dan Story, Madrona Program Site Manager

Chanel Sudds, Enrollment Coordinator

Evan Tablatin, Miller Community Center Annex Co-Program Site Manager

Deedee Tran, Finance Assistant

Damaris Waithira, Hawthorne Program Site Manager

Taj Wallace, Executive Assistant

Clara Walton, Maple Program Site Manager

3401 Rainier Avenue S, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: (206) 726-7972
Fax: (206) 726-1318