Staff and Board Members

Ann Muno, Executive Director   In 1995, Ann bought a low-fare airline ticket and boarded a plane for Beijing, China to attend the United Nations Women’s Conference, and has had the privilege of doing girl’s empowerment ever since . Her social work experience spans the past twenty years, including work with schools and community organizations, and is rooted in a deep commitment to the next generation of girls. As a founder of Seattle-based Powerful Voices, Ann had the opportunity to see girls take hold of their potential and flourish, staff and volunteers create educationally exciting spaces for girls, and the community invest in girls' lives. Taking these discoveries and putting pen to paper, Ann published articles that capture what works to empower girls in academic, peer-reviewed journals including  Social Work in Education ,  Crime & Delinquency  and  After School Matters . Ann continues to lead the call as the Executive Director for The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State.

Ann Muno, Executive Director

In 1995, Ann bought a low-fare airline ticket and boarded a plane for Beijing, China to attend the United Nations Women’s Conference, and has had the privilege of doing girl’s empowerment ever since . Her social work experience spans the past twenty years, including work with schools and community organizations, and is rooted in a deep commitment to the next generation of girls. As a founder of Seattle-based Powerful Voices, Ann had the opportunity to see girls take hold of their potential and flourish, staff and volunteers create educationally exciting spaces for girls, and the community invest in girls' lives. Taking these discoveries and putting pen to paper, Ann published articles that capture what works to empower girls in academic, peer-reviewed journals including Social Work in Education, Crime & Delinquency and After School Matters. Ann continues to lead the call as the Executive Director for The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State.

C. CHIMAERA Bailey, Youth Program & Training Specialist   CHIMAERA is a Northwest-based multimedia artist, storyteller, curator, producer, community organizer and educator from Tacoma, WA working in solidarity with communities most impacted by systemic oppression and generational trauma. Since 2001, they have organized for healing justice at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability, and consulted with youth-serving organizations in Washington and California on culturally affirming trauma informed program models with an emphasis on transformative justice, social-emotional wellness, and access to creative opportunities that increase academic and career fulfillment. They continue their work through their role as Artistic Director with Groundswell Arts Collective; founded in 2015 as a pop-up network of BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) creatives, community leaders, and social and technological innovators throughout the Pacific Northwest. The goal of this network is to develop into a groundswell of creative resistance to cultural appropriation and erasure through reclaiming narratives of origin, identity, and lineage.

C. CHIMAERA Bailey, Youth Program & Training Specialist

CHIMAERA is a Northwest-based multimedia artist, storyteller, curator, producer, community organizer and educator from Tacoma, WA working in solidarity with communities most impacted by systemic oppression and generational trauma. Since 2001, they have organized for healing justice at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability, and consulted with youth-serving organizations in Washington and California on culturally affirming trauma informed program models with an emphasis on transformative justice, social-emotional wellness, and access to creative opportunities that increase academic and career fulfillment. They continue their work through their role as Artistic Director with Groundswell Arts Collective; founded in 2015 as a pop-up network of BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) creatives, community leaders, and social and technological innovators throughout the Pacific Northwest. The goal of this network is to develop into a groundswell of creative resistance to cultural appropriation and erasure through reclaiming narratives of origin, identity, and lineage.

Danielle Wilson, Board Member   Danielle Wilson is the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization that supports youth in Foster Care. Danielle's experience working with girl specific programs began as a student at Washington Middle School with Girls Leadership. Her involvement in Girls Leadership and a strong connection to a network of women transformed her experience attending Garfield High School and earning her BA in Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. Danielle's desire to improve the lives of others has guided her work. Prior to joining Treehouse, Danielle worked at the University of Washington and the United Negro College Fund in multiple capacities. She excels in public speaking and facilitating classes and trainings for a variety of age groups and demographics. She surrounds herself with loving people that provide her with strength and enjoys the comfort of quality time with dogs.

Danielle Wilson, Board Member

Danielle Wilson is the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization that supports youth in Foster Care. Danielle's experience working with girl specific programs began as a student at Washington Middle School with Girls Leadership. Her involvement in Girls Leadership and a strong connection to a network of women transformed her experience attending Garfield High School and earning her BA in Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. Danielle's desire to improve the lives of others has guided her work. Prior to joining Treehouse, Danielle worked at the University of Washington and the United Negro College Fund in multiple capacities. She excels in public speaking and facilitating classes and trainings for a variety of age groups and demographics. She surrounds herself with loving people that provide her with strength and enjoys the comfort of quality time with dogs.

Morgain MacDonald, Board Member   Morgain MacDonald has been working in youth development for ten years, with a focus both on training and direct service. She began her journey facilitating Telling It, a creative expression program based at the University of Michigan serving homeless youth in the greater Detroit area. After relocating to the Seattle area, Morgain served as both a trainer and facilitator in the education department at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, working with youth throughout the Puget Sound region. Currently she serves as the Regional Diversity Manager for King County at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she has facilitated troops, developed cultural competency staff training, and works to expand and support diverse girls. Morgain believes in the advancement of youth through empowerment and leadership, and has focused her work on teaching tools that allow for personal reflection, growth, and social change.

Morgain MacDonald, Board Member

Morgain MacDonald has been working in youth development for ten years, with a focus both on training and direct service. She began her journey facilitating Telling It, a creative expression program based at the University of Michigan serving homeless youth in the greater Detroit area. After relocating to the Seattle area, Morgain served as both a trainer and facilitator in the education department at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, working with youth throughout the Puget Sound region. Currently she serves as the Regional Diversity Manager for King County at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she has facilitated troops, developed cultural competency staff training, and works to expand and support diverse girls. Morgain believes in the advancement of youth through empowerment and leadership, and has focused her work on teaching tools that allow for personal reflection, growth, and social change.

Sarah Cusworth Walker, Board Member   Dr. Sarah Cusworth Walker is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Walker is interested in sustainable structures for the promotion of knowledge exchange between research and policy/practice, particularly for public systems working with adolescent disruptive and criminal behaviors. Her work examines methods of evidence-based policymaking, including defining, monitoring and promoting EBP at the state level; programmatic efforts to integrate behavioral health intervention principles in juvenile justice settings (with a specific focus on gender, family-based approaches, and quality assessment); and approaches to adapting tested interventions for local contexts. She directs work at two research-to-practice centers: Evidence Based Practice Institute and the Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE,  www.sajecenter.org ; co-director).

Sarah Cusworth Walker, Board Member

Dr. Sarah Cusworth Walker is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Walker is interested in sustainable structures for the promotion of knowledge exchange between research and policy/practice, particularly for public systems working with adolescent disruptive and criminal behaviors. Her work examines methods of evidence-based policymaking, including defining, monitoring and promoting EBP at the state level; programmatic efforts to integrate behavioral health intervention principles in juvenile justice settings (with a specific focus on gender, family-based approaches, and quality assessment); and approaches to adapting tested interventions for local contexts. She directs work at two research-to-practice centers: Evidence Based Practice Institute and the Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE, www.sajecenter.org; co-director).

Julia Kagochi, Youth Program & Training Specialist   Julia Kagochi (she/her) graduated from Hofstra University with a dual degree in Psychology and Speech Communications & Rhetorical Studies. She served two years of AmeriCorps in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and never left. Julia has worked as a girls’ program specialist, community liaison, curriculum developer, and youth minister. Most recently, she worked as a Diversity Manager for Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she honed her skills for listening, facilitation and training development. Julia left GSWW in June 2017 and has embarked on a new adventure as an anti-racist consultant and facilitator. As a Hilltop, Tacoma resident, Julia serves on the Board of Directors at Peace Community Center, where she is spearheading the Board’s anti-racist and racial equity strategic plan. She also serves on the People’s Community Center Equitable Access Sub-committee, which is dedicated to advocating for Hilltop residents, as well as for institutionalizing equity within MetroParks Tacoma.

Julia Kagochi, Youth Program & Training Specialist

Julia Kagochi (she/her) graduated from Hofstra University with a dual degree in Psychology and Speech Communications & Rhetorical Studies. She served two years of AmeriCorps in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and never left. Julia has worked as a girls’ program specialist, community liaison, curriculum developer, and youth minister. Most recently, she worked as a Diversity Manager for Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she honed her skills for listening, facilitation and training development. Julia left GSWW in June 2017 and has embarked on a new adventure as an anti-racist consultant and facilitator. As a Hilltop, Tacoma resident, Julia serves on the Board of Directors at Peace Community Center, where she is spearheading the Board’s anti-racist and racial equity strategic plan. She also serves on the People’s Community Center Equitable Access Sub-committee, which is dedicated to advocating for Hilltop residents, as well as for institutionalizing equity within MetroParks Tacoma.

Devon de Leña, Youth Program & Training Specialist   Devon de Leña was born into a matriarchal society as the fourth of five daughters. As a filmmaker, community facilitator and youth worker, Devon values the importance of intersectionality and honoring complexity within our stories and movements. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Cross Cultural Women’s Empowerment Devon found a home in the Seattle social justice and youth development community. For over a decade, Devon has been privileged to work alongside and build power with hundreds of phenomenal young people at Arts Corps: Youth Speaks Seattle, Powerful Voices, FEEST and Youth Outreach Mentors and many more organizations.  www.devondelena.com

Devon de Leña, Youth Program & Training Specialist

Devon de Leña was born into a matriarchal society as the fourth of five daughters. As a filmmaker, community facilitator and youth worker, Devon values the importance of intersectionality and honoring complexity within our stories and movements. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Cross Cultural Women’s Empowerment Devon found a home in the Seattle social justice and youth development community. For over a decade, Devon has been privileged to work alongside and build power with hundreds of phenomenal young people at Arts Corps: Youth Speaks Seattle, Powerful Voices, FEEST and Youth Outreach Mentors and many more organizations. www.devondelena.com

Chris Simons, Board Member   Chris Simons is a sole proprietor of residential interior design business. Chris started this business 12 years ago after working for ten years as a Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Chris volunteers in schools and carious community efforts to help kids. As a business owner and a mother of twin girls, Chris is passionate about working to better the next generation of girls in our state.

Chris Simons, Board Member

Chris Simons is a sole proprietor of residential interior design business. Chris started this business 12 years ago after working for ten years as a Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Chris volunteers in schools and carious community efforts to help kids. As a business owner and a mother of twin girls, Chris is passionate about working to better the next generation of girls in our state.

LeeAnn Delk, Board Member   LeeAnn Delk is the current director of the Ridgeview Group Home, a girl-only residential center for girls committed to long term placement through the state Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. As director, Ms. Delk has pioneered efforts to incorporate gender-responsive reforms in her facility. Through the Justice for Girls Coalition she provides training on working with girls through the Beyond Pink conference and the Criminal Justice and Training Commission and is a highly rated and impactful trainer in this area.

LeeAnn Delk, Board Member

LeeAnn Delk is the current director of the Ridgeview Group Home, a girl-only residential center for girls committed to long term placement through the state Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. As director, Ms. Delk has pioneered efforts to incorporate gender-responsive reforms in her facility. Through the Justice for Girls Coalition she provides training on working with girls through the Beyond Pink conference and the Criminal Justice and Training Commission and is a highly rated and impactful trainer in this area.

Wendy Heipt, Board Member   Wendy is an attorney who has been working to advance justice for women and girls for the last twenty years. A native New Yorker, she began her formal legal career in Washington D.C., where she worked for a boutique litigation firm, representing plaintiffs in whistleblower, First Amendment, and discrimination lawsuits in both federal and state courts. In Seattle, she was the litigation attorney at LegalVoice, where she oversaw a five state region and coordinated litigation efforts and attorneys in impact lawsuits, focusing on reproductive justice, lesbian rights, and girls’ sports equity. She has also worked at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, where she concentrated her research and collaborative work on gender responsive and culturally appropriate programs for Washington state juvenile justice involved girls. Wendy is a co-founder of the CAIR Project, the first independent abortion fund in the Pacific Northwest, a former Director of the Justice for Girls Coalition, and a board of trustees member at the Lake Washington School for Girls. Wendy received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from Harvard University Law School, and completed judicial clerkships in Honolulu, Hawaii and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Wendy Heipt, Board Member

Wendy is an attorney who has been working to advance justice for women and girls for the last twenty years. A native New Yorker, she began her formal legal career in Washington D.C., where she worked for a boutique litigation firm, representing plaintiffs in whistleblower, First Amendment, and discrimination lawsuits in both federal and state courts. In Seattle, she was the litigation attorney at LegalVoice, where she oversaw a five state region and coordinated litigation efforts and attorneys in impact lawsuits, focusing on reproductive justice, lesbian rights, and girls’ sports equity. She has also worked at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, where she concentrated her research and collaborative work on gender responsive and culturally appropriate programs for Washington state juvenile justice involved girls. Wendy is a co-founder of the CAIR Project, the first independent abortion fund in the Pacific Northwest, a former Director of the Justice for Girls Coalition, and a board of trustees member at the Lake Washington School for Girls. Wendy received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from Harvard University Law School, and completed judicial clerkships in Honolulu, Hawaii and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Coalition Members

Since its founding, the Coalition has brought together advocates, academics, policy-makers and groups working with girls from across the state to improve our work with girls.  Members include: 

Center for Children & Youth Justice

Spokane County Juvenile Court

Jefferson County Juvenile Court

Pierce County Juvenile Court

Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice

King County Juvenile Court

Not pictured: Danielle Wilson, Chris Simons, Morgain MacDonald and Wendy Heipt

Not pictured: Danielle Wilson, Chris Simons, Morgain MacDonald and Wendy Heipt