Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:30PM via conference call.
All members are welcome to call in.
Please contact a board member for the number and entry code if you are interested in participating in a call.
Minutes can be reviewed here – Meeting Minutes
Sofia Foster, CTRS/RPresident@wstra.org
Sofia is a graduate of Western Washington University where she received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation. While in school, she completed an internship at The Children’s Hospital in Richmond, VA working on an acute long term care unit for adolescents and eating disorders program. Post graduation she went to work at Seattle Children’s Home (SCH) now integrated with Navos, where she gained TR experience working with youth on a locked unit. While working at SCH Sofia had the opportunity to also work at Bailey Boushay House (BBH) which serves people in the community at the end of life. It is also a hospice/skilled nursing unit and Outpatient program for people living with HIV/Aids. During her time there she grew the program to include 3 TRs and integrated Recreation Therapy modalities into BBH’s Housing program. Follow her time at BBH, Sofia is currently pursuing her lifelong goal of helping as many people as possible by working part time at UWMC on the inpatient rehab unit and per diem for Harborview, Providence and Snoqualmie Hospitals. In her spare time Sofia enjoys line dancing, seeing live music, traveling, spending time with her five nieces and nephews, watching sports and checking out the best food in the city. Sofia is new to the board and eager to grow the WSTRA chapter and support TRs.
Rachel Field, CTRSpastfirstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Field is a graduate of Winona State University where she received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation. While in school, she completed an internship at The Courage Center (now Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute) in Golden Valley, MN in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Units. After graduation she worked at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for two years on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit before moving out to the Pacific Northwest. Once she arrived in the Pacific Northwest she continued to work in a variety of mental health settings working with both at-risk youth as a Wilderness Therapy Instructor and in Inpatient Mental Health at Swedish Hospital. Rachel currently works at Harborview Medical Center on Acute Care, specifically working with pediatric patients and their families. Rachel enjoys hiking, camping, and taking her Black Lab “Axel” on adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Katie Rodgers, CTRS/R, CBIS, CCMsecretary@wstra.org
Katie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008. She completed her internship at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, VA on a 67 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit that provides comprehensive care to help individuals who have suffered from Strokes, Brain Injuries, and Spinal Cord Injuries achieve their highest level of functioning. Shortly after completing her internship, Katie was offered a full-time position with INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital and continued her role there as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for over 3 years before moving back to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Once she returned to North Carolina, Katie continued to work in Inpatient Rehabilitation at UNC Memorial Hospital as well as was exposed to and/or provided coverage for their Burn and Oncology Units. Following her passion for working with those who have suffered a brain injury, Katie accepted an opportunity to develop a structured Day Treatment Program for Learning Services (LS), Specialists in Brain Injury Care, located in Raleigh, NC. During her time there, she grew the program to cover both Post-Acute Neurorehabilitation clients as well as Supported Living residents in various LS Facilities across the region while also serving as a Case Manager. Following her time at LS, Katie continued to grow professionally as a Case Manager at Neuro Community Care (NCC) of Wake Forest, NC. At NCC, Katie provided Case Management for Service Members with brain injury and other neurological disorders enrolled in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Independence Program nationwide. In 2017, life brought Katie and her family to the Pacific Northwest for her husband’s job. Katie soon obtained a position at the University of Washington Medical Center where she currently works as a Recreational Therapist for their Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Katie holds certifications in Recreational Therapy, Case Management, and as a Brain Injury Specialist. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, baking, interior decorating, fostering for the Auburn Humane Society, and spending time with her husband and 2 young children.
Hannah Spaulding, CTRS/Rtreasurer@wstra.org
Hannah earned her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from California State University, Sacramento in 2016. After completing her internship at Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services, she followed her passion for community recreation at the Gilmore Senior Center in El Dorado Hills, CA. Hannah later moved to Seattle and currently works for the City of Seattle's Specialized Programs. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing golf, watching baseball, and exploring outdoors.
Olivia Van De Rostyne, CTRSeastemail@example.com
Olivia received her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Washington University. Since then, Olivia has worked a variety of Mental Health settings. Olivia is currently working with youth at Excelsior Wellness Center in Spokane Washington. Olivia is passionate about connecting people to nature, using Adventure Therapy modalities with the populations she serves and volunteering with summer camps in the Spokane area. In her leisure time, Olivia is an avid reader and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and canoeing whenever she gets the chance. Olivia is new to the WSTRA Board and is very excited to serve as the East-side representative while aiding in the continuing development of the Recreation Therapy field.
Kristy Grant, CTRS/Rwestfirstname.lastname@example.org
Kristy graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation. She was an intern at UWMC on the inpatient rehab unit. She returned to UWMC after graduation and worked there for almost 2 years before moving to Harborview Medical Center where she has worked for the past 12 years. She is the Clinical Coordinator for the TR department and works part-time for the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP) and part-time for the Metro Access Evaluation Clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, going to the beach, reading, and going for walks with her dog, Ziggy.
Social Media Chair
Erinn Unger Jessopmedia@wstra.org
Erinn Unger Jessop earned her BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University after spending nearly 10 years as a journalist and blogger. Erinn completed her internship on the spinal cord injury unit at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, where her favorite sessions involved getting messy in the garden with patients, crafting adaptive devices from Coband bandages and losing at Wii golf. Erinn has worked as a recreation leader with Spokane's Therapeutic Recreation Services, previously served as WSTRA's Eastern Washington University Student Representative and serves as an editor for the ATRA newsletter. Erinn enjoys hiking and backpacking with her husband, Jonathan, and their terrier, Tommy the Dog. She also dabbles in watercolor, cross country skiing, yoga and cooking vegan delights.
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