The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

Our Team

Leadership

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


Endorsement®

Kristi Armstrong, LMSW, IMH-E® (III), Director of Endorsement and Reflective Practice

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 four 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


Endorsement Support

Contact: endorsement [at] wa-aimh.org


Finance and Administration

Myra J. Bicknell, MNA, Administrative and Finance Coordinator

 

Myra brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit finance and operations, including time at Northern California Grantmakers – a membership organization of philanthropists.  Myra enjoys designing systems and procedures to help organizations reach new levels of achievement. She is excited to bring her expertise and passion for nonprofit work to WA-AIMH. She completed a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco and a BA in Comparative Cultures from University of California Irvine.  She recently completed a certificate in Social Media for Business and looks forward to helping build the WA-AIMH community, both online and in real life.

When not working or riding her bike, Myra enjoys meditation, playing with her cats, and exploring the great outdoors of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Contact: myra [at] wa-aimh.org.


Outreach and Community Engagement

Eden Teng, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager

 

Eden has extensive knowledge and experience in child development, infant mental health, community engagement, as well as project management. She worked for seven years with Early Head Start at Neighborhood House, first as a Home Visitor, then as a Family Engagement Coordinator and most recently as a Home-based Supervisor.Eden served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova as an Organizational and Community Development Consultant where she partnered with the Mayor of her village and host country nationals on community lead projects. Locally, she has served as a Board Member and Event Coordinator for Othello Park Alliance in Rainier Valley. Eden earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Existential Phenomenology Psychology at Seattle University.

Eden is passionate and excited to partner with infant mental health professionals county- and state-wide for the Infant, Early Childhood & Family Mental Health Landscape Analysis Project. She also looks forward to supporting current and prospective members of WA-AIMH through outreach and engagement opportunities. Outside of work, Eden enjoys taking her mini labradoodle out to dog parks, hiking to any place with a waterfall, and gardening.

Contact:t eden [at] wa-aimh.org


Professional Development

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

 


 

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