Board of Trustees

Child Care Aware of Washington is a nonprofit organization overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees who represent key stakeholders throughout the state.

Angela Griffin
Board President; CEO, Byrd Barr Place
Dennis Sisco-Taylor, Ph.D
Board Member; Assistant Professor & Director, School of Psychology Gonzaga University

Dennis is currently an Assistant Professor, and Director of the School Psychology program at Gonzaga University. Prior to joining the faculty at Gonzaga, he worked as a school psychologist in P-12 public schools in three different states. As a father, school psychologist, and now trainer of school psychologists, Dennis is passionate about children receiving early educational and developmental experiences through high-quality childcare programs.

Heather A. Brown
Board Member; Director of Special Services, Everett Public Schools
Jennifer Chang Hetterly
Board Vice President; Policy, Advocacy & Communications Consultant

Jennifer currently serves as Vice President of CCA of WA’s Board of Trustees. She first became involved in child care work as a member of the Clinton Administration at the US Department of Health and Human Services, serving as Legislative Analyst, Senior Advisor, and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Administration for Children and Families. In those roles she helped create the Child Care Bureau and Early Head Start program, launched the agency’s Zero to Three and Healthy Child Care America initiatives, and worked closely with State and Tribal grantees to implement the Child Care and Development Fund. Although child care remains close to her heart, her professional work turned to local civic endeavors, land use policy, and nonprofit advocacy. She is currently the Campaign Manager for the Sierra Club’s Bay Alive Campaign to protect and enhance the San Francisco Bay’s shoreline ecosystems and build community resilience to sea level rise. Jennifer holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. When not working out on news, politics and local government, Jennifer is typically enjoying the outdoors, buried in “handyman” projects, working some sort of puzzle, or corralling her pets and a parade of foster animals.

Jodi Wall
Board Member; Executive Director, Early Care and Education ESD 112

Jodi Wall serves as the Executive Director of Early Care and Education at Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver, Washington. With a Master’s Degree in Developmental Studies from Purdue University, she brings over two decades of experience in the field of early care and education. Jodi oversees a range of early learning programs, including Child Care, Early Head Start, Early Achievers, ECEAP, WaKIDS, as well as several family support and school readiness initiatives. Throughout her tenure, Jodi has worn multiple hats, from preschool teacher to child care consultant, trainer, professional development manager, adjunct faculty member, and community collaborative leader. Actively engaged in advancing the field, Jodi currently serves on numerous local, statewide, and national committees and workgroups dedicated to early care and education. Her unwavering passion for serving and supporting young children is deeply rooted in the belief that it truly takes a village to raise a child, fueling her commitment to this work every single day.

Kim Ferguson Hatfield
Board Member; North Central Director, Catholic Charities

Kim has spent her career in various roles in the early learning field, her experience spans positions such as childcare center owner, higher education instructor in early learning to leadership roles of multiple programs serving children and families. Her passion is supporting programs which focus on children who have lived with trauma and circumstances beyond their control. As a thirty year advocate for level playing fields for all children, she feels that sharing her knowledge of challenges and successes on various initiatives may add value to the future of not only Child Care Aware but all children in Washington state.

LaKia Morrison
Board Member; Human Resources Consultant, Microsoft
Laura Wells
Board Secretary; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (retired)

Laura, a dedicated advocate, and lifelong Seattle resident, brings a wealth of experience and passion to the CCA of WA Board. Residing in Wallingford with her husband Reid and cherished dog Lola, Laura’s 40-year career has been dedicated to the betterment of young children’s lives. Her journey in the field began as a preschool teacher and parent educator at Shoreline Community College. Laura then assumed leadership roles as the director of Union Bay and University Congregational Church Child Care Centers. As the Provider Services Director for Bright Spark, formerly known as Child Care Resources, she played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of early childhood education. Notably, Laura served as a lobbyist and director for the advocacy organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, amplifying her impact on policy and systemic change.

Laura remains committed to enhancing the accessibility, affordability, and quality of early learning. Through her work on the CCA of WA Board, she seizes the opportunity to continue advocating and supporting the organization’s pivotal work in the community. Laura’s unwavering dedication and extensive experience make her an invaluable asset to the board and a tireless champion for the well-being of young children.

Lois Martin
Board Treasurer; Director, Community Day Center for Children
Lorna Spear, Ph.D
Board Member; Spokane Public Schools (retired)
Michelle Rahl-Lewis
Board Member; Director of Early Learning, Tacoma Schools

Michelle Rahl-Lewis has dedicated over 30 years to Early Learning, starting as a home childcare provider and progressing to roles such as Childcare Director and ECEAP Teacher. Currently serving as Director of Early Learning at Tacoma Schools, Michelle is passionate about promoting positive learning experiences for young children and families. She seeks to leverage her extensive experience to champion the cause of Early Learning as a board member, emphasizing the importance of listening, learning, and sharing personal experiences for the field’s betterment.