Our Board of Directors consists of a mixture of people including those that have personal lived or professional experience supporting and advocating for children with behavioral health needs as well as allies to the behavioral health community who bring their own perspective and professional knowledge to the organization. Get to know each member a little better and learn why we’re so committed to connecting other families to the necessary training, resources, and support that can often feel so difficult or confusing to find.
I am the proud mom of identical twin sons that have autism, that brings me challenges and great joy. Because of my journey raising complex boys (men now), I have the great opportunity to give back as a Lead Family Partner with the WISe team at Sound in King Co. for the last 11 years. During this time, I was a board officer for the Northshore SD SEPAC (Special Education Parent/Professional Advisory Council) and a Co-Family Tri-Chair for the NWFYSPRT in King Co. Through all my experiences, it has given me great knowledge of systems, partnering, advocacy, and making sure family voices are heard and acknowledged. During my precious free time, I love hanging out with my girlfriends, 1:1 time with my boys, date night with my husband, taking black and white photos, and binge-watching Netflix.
Theresa Winther LMFT, MAC, CDP, CMHS
My passion is to help children, youth, families, and caregivers find solutions to the challenges they face caring for their loved ones. I specialize in mental and emotional health and substance use issues. I have worked with families and caregivers for 15+ years in public mental health and bring a systems approach that creates opportunities to collaborate and partner. I have led teams, participated as a team member, and oversaw community teams that supported quality care across the continuum. I have family members who have been affected by behavioral health issues and want to give back. I have been fortunate to work side by side with fantastic peer parents, youth, and adults who strive for wellness for themselves and their loved ones. One of the main ways I have enhanced my career by giving back and getting involved with WSCC. I have joined as a board member to help support the growth of families across the state. I look forward to helping this organization grow while I continue to gain skills, knowledge, and a greater level of service. During my free time, I hike, work out, visit my family, and travel. I enjoy teaching Family Systems Theory and co-facilitating training with parents on technical assistance to manage their way through life's path.
I am excited to join WSCC as a Board member. I have participated in events and have followed the Facebook pages for a few years now. I will be bringing both lived and professional experience to the organization from my many years working in social services. I worked as a Parent Partner, Wraparound Facilitator, and as a Wraparound Program Manager. Currently I supervise the Children’s Mental Health team in Region 2 of DDA. I also am the mom of a young man with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. We have navigated multiple systems throughout his life and I am always eager to share with others. Years ago I asked a wise friend and advocate how I could repay her, her answer was simple – pay it forward. That is what I continue to do!
My name is Maame Bassaw. I was raised in an Army family throughout the majority of my life and continue to stay immersed with the military community in a variety of ways. I like learning and interacting with different demographics in my local community and beyond. I have a passion for community organization, advocacy, and networking. I am active in my local government, finding opportunities to advocate the need for mental health services and peer support in Wa state and nationally,voicing ideas for policy change, as well as pushing for more cultural awareness, equity and inclusion within systems of leadership. I am a musician and use music as a healing tool through veteran run music programs to military/veterans and within my overall community as well. A message I will forever walk with: I run toward the need. It takes a village...
Ronnie San Nicolas
Ronnie is a social worker and certified peer counselor with a combined thirty years in behavioral health practice with individuals and families, university teaching, training, and program administration in Guam, Hawaii and Washington state. His behavioral health experiences include providing direct services and implementing evidence-based practices (e.g., Wraparound, Illness Management and Recovery, Family Psychoeducation). He is presently a faculty with the University of Washington - Tacoma’s School of Social Work and Criminal Justice. He and his family live in Tumwater, WA and is a parent of an autistic son who lives with an autoimmune encephalitis of the basal ganglia (AEBG).
Applications will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration. Thank you for your interest in serving on the WSCC’s Board of Directors.