Management & Admin Team

MICHELLE CODAGNONE
Human Resources Generalist

Michelle is glad to bring her 23 years of Human Resources experience to support the vibrant, multi-ethnic team at ASC. She has been an active community volunteer her entire life, and finds it very satisfying to offer competitive pay and benefits for her fellow employees who are helping the underprivileged of our community overcome the barriers in their paths.

HERERI CONTRERAS, MFT, LMHC, EMMHS, CMHS
Director of Programs

Hereri brings 23 years of clinical and professional experience in the non-profit industry to ASC. She has worked in special education, family support services, family preservation services, community behavioral health, the juvenile justice system, and in private practice. She joined ASC in 2013 as the Counseling Program Manager, was promoted to Clinical Director in 2015 and has been Director of Programs since 2016. She takes great honor in ensuring that ASC staff and programming can effect change in the lives of underserved youth and their families. Hereri is certified in Non-Profit Management by the University of Washington, and received her Master’s degree in Systemic Family Therapy from the Crisol Institute in Mexico City.

TAMERA COOK, MSW, MHP, CMHS, EMMHS
Family Resource Center Program Manager

Serving ASC participants for more than 10 years, Tamera started as a Graduate Intern in the Counseling Program while completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington, and became a full-time therapist after graduation in 2007. Tamera was promoted to her current position as the Program Manager for the Atlantic Street Family Resource Center in 2017. She is well acquainted with the various systems impacting families, and is a strong advocate and case manager. She has a passion for working with homeless populations, with the belief that resources and ongoing support are essential to living a healthy rewarding life.

TERESA EVERETT
Resource Development Officer

An integral part of our team, Teresa has been with ASC for 17 years, moving from the ranks of direct service up to an essential management position. She has been a member of the resource development team since 2005, and has served as chief Resource Development Officer since 2014. Prior to joining ASC, she did direct service work for the YWCA, facilitating job searches for those in need. Teresa’s networking skills and glowing personality are familiar to everyone who passes through the Center, participants and donors alike.

VERONICA FLORES, LMHC, ATR-BC
Electronic Records & Special Projects Manager

Veronica began her employment with ASC in 2014 following her move across the county from New York City. Trained and licensed in NY as a Creative Art Therapist – and a lifelong computer user – she moved to Seattle with the database and behavioral health knowledge needed to help ASC become a Behavioral Health vendor with King County. Veronica has also created data collection systems for some of ASC’s other programs to track outcomes and provide data reports. Her past work experience has focused exclusively on helping diverse, underserved, urban, and at-risk populations and she is enthused to continue to work for an agency that helps this same community.

DARCI FREEMAN, LMFT, CMHS
Behavioral Health Program Manager

Darci brings over ten years of experience working in family systems to her position at ASC. Previously, she managed a residential facility for homeless, runaway, and foster youth in the Bay Area, and has experience working with youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth with severe behavioral problems and those on the autistic spectrum. Darci is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both Washington and California, where she spent the last few years. She’s thrilled to return home to Seattle to work with underserved communities, and to bring her deep commitment to empowering others to create positive changes to the Behavioral Health Program. Darci received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010.

GABRIEL MATHEWS
Communications Officer

New to the world of non-profit work, Gabriel is thrilled to be starting his social services career at ASC. As Communications Officer, his chief tasks are maintaining our website and social media, writing our newsletters and making fliers, and communicating our values and accomplishments to donors, participants, and the general public. Gabriel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and moved to Seattle not long after graduation. He now finds himself excited to offer his written and visual communication prowess to ASC’s vital project.

MICHELLE MITCHELL-BRANNON
Youth Development Program Manager

A Seattle native, Michelle has been deeply involved in supporting the local community since her grandmother took her to feed the homeless and offer support to families as a child. As an adult, Michelle worked at the Aridell Mitchell Home, named for her grandmother, a family transitional housing facility run by the Goodwill Development Association. In 2007, Michelle came to ASC as a Resource Development Assistant, and also began running the Youth Development and Teens as Parents Programs. She has a talent for assessing participants’ needs and meeting them where they are.

MONA PATAO
Accounting Co-Manager

ASC’s longest serving employee, Mona was hired in May of 1989, just two months after moving to Seattle, by Executive Director Joe Garcia as a self-described “accounting jack-of-all-trades.” Four Executive Directors and nearly 30 years later, Mona is still with us, keeping our books in order after becoming the Accounting Manager in 2011. Mona received her BS in Business Administration in her home country of the Philippines. She got her start in the US doing the books for her husband’s farming business in California.

DIESHA RODGERS, M.A.Ed.
Early Learning Senior Program Manager

Diesha has been in early childhood education ever since she started working for Head Start of Greater Dallas over 20 years ago and fell in love with working with small children. In 2000, she moved from Dallas to Seattle and worked for four years as the Center Manager of Head Start at the First A.M.E. Child and Family Center. In 2004, she was hired by ASC to pilot the Parent Child Home Program, and has been running the acclaimed program ever since. She has also been the supervisor of the Summer Academy program since 2015. Diesha received her Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix.

DAN YULY
Accounting Co-Manager

Dan has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He came to ASC in 2003 as an accounting contractor, after having worked for years as the Financial Manager for the Refugee Foundation Services Center. In his time with us, Dan has worn many hats, serving variously as the Controller and Director of Finance and Operations, among other positions. After a brief retirement in 2016, we’re so glad to have Dan and his well of experience back with us as Accounting Co-Manager. Dan received a BA in English from University of Washington, and his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University.

Gabriel MathewsManagement & Admin Team