Jamie Elzea, LICSW, MPH, Executive Director.
Jamie is a longtime champion for supporting early childhood social emotional wellbeing through the context of healthy caregiver relationships. Her training includes Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from University of Michigan, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Whitman College and post-graduate studies in Infant Mental Health at University of Washington. In her career she has worked as a clinician/researcher, mental health therapist, doula, postpartum group facilitator, early childhood and parent educator, and passionate non-profit leader. As a volunteer, she serves on the Board of Directors at PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support).
Through her interdisciplinary work, Jamie has a deep appreciation for the many professionals who come alongside families in the early years and provide support through their unique training and skillsets. She believes that it takes a village to help families thrive in the face of adversity and that our community impact is strengthened by the diversity of perspectives we bring.
Outside of work, Jamie enjoys exploring the Northwest with her 3 sons, husband and dogs. On rainy days you can find them playing table top board games.
Contact: jamie [at] wa-aimh.org
Kristi Armstrong, LMSW, IMH-E® (III), Program and Endorsement® Director.
Kristi has a wealth of experience as a clinician, consultant and trainer in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH). She comes to us from Idaho (via Texas) where she obtained her Infant Mental Health Endorsement® in 2012. She has Masters degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelors degree in Child Development/Family Relations from the University of Idaho. Kristi worked for many years in northern Idaho as a clinician for their State Infant Toddler Program.
As our Program and Endorsement Director, Kristi oversees many of WA-AIMH’s current projects, including a 4 state collaborative and Endorsement® for the state of Washington. In addition to her work with WA-AIMH, Kristi provides reflective supervision/consultation and program consultation/training to individuals and a family court system in Texas. Kristi is passionate about strengthening the quality of IECMH services our children and families receive. She looks forward to enhancing access to IECMH training in Washington, coordinating IMH-E® in the state and supporting the talented and dedicated professionals who we work with. She is the mom of two girls, age 9 and 5, whom Kristi describes as the “most amazing part of her life.”
Contact: kristi [at] wa-aimh.org
Contact: endorsement [at] wa-aimh.org
Bridget Lecheile, MS, MSW, PhD, Program and Training Manager
Bridget has fifteen years of experience in early childhood/family development and prevention science, and is a parent of seven. She was formerly a professor of family and human development at Arizona State University, where she developed and evaluated social-emotional learning curricula for early childhood classrooms and instructed courses in early intervention, child development, and gender studies. Bridget earned an MS and PhD in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, an MSW from Loyola University Chicago, and received training through the Infant Mental Health Program at Erikson Institute.
As our Program and Training Manager, Bridget focuses on developing and providing trainings around infant and early childhood mental health and facilitating our growing membership program. She is committed to supporting the amazing infant and early childhood workforce in Washington and to spreading and embedding the idea that “relationships matter”.
Contact: bridget [at] wa-aimh.org