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Executive director

Elyse Nicholson

Elyse graduated from University of Southern California and began her career in public relations. She worked for Rockwell International in their newly developed North American Space Operations (NASO) program before transferring to their Rocketdyne facility to manage their Customer and Community Relations. It was here that her love for non-profit work was realized, working with local organizations to care for the community. Her time at Rockwell enabled her to experience all aspects of the Space Shuttle program, hosting dignitaries for Shuttle launches and landings, and advocating for space exploration. Elyse and her family moved to Seattle to raise their children, and during this time, volunteered extensively, raising funds to provide resources to public schools. She began working for Eastside Academy in 2009, as Director of Development, after what she can only describe as a clear call from God. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Washington. Elyse lives with her husband, Allen, of nearly 40 years. Their children are grown and reside in Portland.

School Staff

Carl Dodd

Head of School

Jeffery Britcher

Director of Education

Tan Lam

Math & Science Teacher

Richard Zamora

Spanish & Math Teacher

Jackie Kerney

Renee Baker

Brianna Seid

Open Position

Art & PE Teacher
English Teacher
Registrar & Mentor Coordinator
History Teacher

Development Staff

Aaron Monts

Director of Development

Anny Illisoi

Event & Outreach Manager

Hannah Kaas

Development Administrator

COunseling Staff

Kristen Wong

Director of Counseling

Drew Hale

Recovery Counselor

Lauri Anderson

Counseling Intern

Danielle Smith

Counseling Intern

Elise Hanson

Counseling Intern

Re:NEW Staff

Sydney Black

Re:New Boys House Parent

Colt Black

Re:New Boys House Parent

Rachel Weisz

Re:New House Associate

Sarah Gardner

Re:New House Associate

John Arrington

Open Position

Open Position

Open Position

Re:New House Associate
Re:New Girls House Parent
Re:New Girls House Parent
Re:New Girls House Associate