ABOUT US

Supporting Washington Care Providers & Families Since 1989.

Perinatal Support Washington (PS-WA) is a statewide non-profit committed to shining a light on perinatal mental health to support all families and communities. We believe all parents should receive appropriate, timely, and culturally relevant care from conception to baby's first birthday. Find out what's new at Perinatal Support Washington.

Our toll-free telephone support line, the "Warm Line", has been operating since 1991, providing peer support to parents in need. We also offer free and low-cost new parent support groups, mental health therapy, andtraining and consultation for health care providers, and education and advocacy. We do all of this with the help of our dedicated staff, board members, and dozens of volunteers.

While we are based in the Seattle metro area, our support resources are found all over our beautiful state of Washington. Check out our directory to search for resources in your area, or learn more about opportunities for collaboration in your community, or become a professional member of Perinatal Support WA.  Perinatal Support WA is proud to manage the WA Postpartum Support International State Chapter.

OUR TEAM

Allie Johnson Executive Director

Allie Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director

Allie Johnson Executive Director

Allie Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director

Allie joined Perinatal Support Washington as Executive Director in September 2019 and has worked in non-profit management and fundraising for nearly 10 years. For over seven years, Allie served as Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director of Seattle CityClub, collaborating with cross-sector partners to strengthen our state’s civic and community health. Prior to Seattle CityClub, Allie directed fundraising campaigns in Washington DC for national non-profit clients including Planned Parenthood. She’s beyond excited to get back to work to advance women’s health and support parents and providers across our state. Allie enjoys last-minute camping trips, rummaging through antique stores, wearing boots in honor of her Tennessee roots, and small-town life in Bremerton.

Allie.Johnson (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

Mia Eddin Clinical Director

Mia Edidin, LICSW, Clinical Director

Mia Eddin Clinical Director

Mia Edidin, LICSW, Clinical Director

Mia is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Seattle and has worked with families for more than 15 years. Mia works primarily with women and young children, specializing in pregnancy and postpartum emotional adjustment, attachment,  and relationship difficulties.

Before getting her MSW in 2006, Mia worked as a doula and apprenticed with a midwife, where she learned about many aspects of maternal and child health. Mia’s professional and personal experiences have led to a fascination and deep commitment to exploring our experiences as mothers–both working individually with mothers processing their unique stories, and sharing the experiences that bind all mothers together. Mia has extensive experience working in community mental health and serving low income families.  Mia continues a small private practice and her weekly new parents group, Adjusting to Parenthood,  to keep her clinical skills sharp and stay up on current experiences of parents.   Mia was a long term board member and is our current Clinical Director. She lives in Seattle, WA with her techie partner and has a (mostly) launched 20 year old.

Mia.Edidin (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

Victoria Cherniak

Victoria Cherniak, MSW, Program Manager

Victoria Cherniak

Victoria Cherniak, MSW, Program Manager

In addition to her work with PS-WA, Victoria is a postpartum doula supporting families as they navigate the new and ever-shifting landscape of parenthood and has been a long time board member of NAPS Doulas.

Victoria worked as a social worker before her work in the postpartum world. Her positions included the Economic Justice Project at Columbia Legal Services doing public education and policy work in Olympia focused on consumer justice issues and at the King County Bar Association, she managed two pro bono programs that served the legal needs of immigrants and people experiencing homelessness. In 2007 she received the Golden Door Award from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) for her work with the Newcomers Resource Project which trained volunteer attorneys to assist undocumented workers to recover wages employers intentionally withheld. In 1999 she received her MSW from the University of Michigan specializing in practice with communities and social systems.

Victoria lives in Seattle with her two children and dreams of summer when she can camp and backpack with her children.

Victoria.Cherniak (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Elizabeth Moore Simpson, LSWAIC, PERC Program Manager

Elizabeth Photo

Elizabeth Moore Simpson, LSWAIC, PERC Program Manager

is a mother of one and also identifies as a bereaved parent. She has worked with new families for over ten years before coming to PS-WA.  She has dedicated her career to the work of ending health and economic disparities for communities furthest away from opportunity. Through an infant-early childhood mental and maternal health lens Elizabeth has practiced as a doula, restorative justice circle keeper, child and family therapist, and community organizer for racial and economic justice.

Additionally, Elizabeth is an Ethnic Minority Specialist with specific training, experience, and connection with the urban native community in the unceded tribal land known as ‘Seattle’. These are commitments that extend beyond her professional career as a social worker and are integral to how she views her responsibility to those whose land she resides on.

Elizabeth was raised in Seattle, and spends her (fleeting) spare time with her partner teaching their little one to fight the power!

Elizabeth.MooreSimpson (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

Daniellee Yamamoto

Danielle Yamamoto, MSW, Program + Operations Coordinator

Daniellee Yamamoto

Danielle Yamamoto, MSW, Program + Operations Coordinator

Danielle Yamamoto, MSW, supports our mission as the Program and Operations Coordinator. Danielle is the newest member of Perinatal Support Washington and is excited to serve parents and families during one of the most significant chapters of their lives. She is the Program & Operations Coordinator and supports our mission by providing support to families and assisting with program and operational tasks. Danielle is passionate about serving her community and has worked with families for over 10 years.

Danielle obtained her MSW in 2011. She previously worked as a Victim/Witness Counselor for the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office, where she provided emotional support and assistance to individuals and families who were victims or witnesses of a crime. Prior to that she worked for a Mediation Center where she coordinated mediations and found her passion for being a part of small and growing nonprofits.

In her free time Danielle enjoys getting outdoors with her dog, Annabelle, binging shows on Netflix and going out to eat.

Danielle.Yamamoto (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Kay Hwang, PS-WA Program Support Coordinator

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Kay Hwang

Kay Hwang joined PS-WA in 2021 and provides program and operational support. She has worked in higher education for 12 years and finds it fulfilling to serve individuals, families and care providers in the perinatal professions since 2011. 

Eager to play a role in advocating for mental health care and wellness, she is gratified to provide assistance and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives and experiences. 

Kay studied economics at the University of Washington and resides in Seattle. She loves yoga, the changing seasons, exploring different cultures & cuisines, and cats.

Aida juarez

Aida Juarez, Spanish Warm Line Coordinator

Aida juarez

Aida Juarez, Spanish Warm Line Coordinator

Aida coordinates our Spanish Warm Line, supporting our Spanish-speaking callers, developing culturally-relevant policies and procedures, and translating outreach materials. Aida joined PS-WA after attending a group peer support (GPS) training in Yakima.

For the past 20 years, Aida has been working with pregnant mothers, infants, and their families, providing brief counseling and referrals as a certified counselor and lactation specialist. She is the Social Services Department Manager at Tri-Cities Community Health, running the day-to-day operations of the department’s Maternity Support Services, WIC, Peer Counselor, and Outreach Programs.

Aida.Juarez (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

Jazmin Rico

Jazmin Rico Diaz, Parent Resilience Specialist

Jazmin Rico

Jazmin Rico Diaz, Parent Resilience Specialist

Jazmin Rico Diaz (Parent Resilience Specialist)  was born in Mexico City and grew up between Seattle and South California. She is the mother of two boys and the survivor of a pregnancy loss and two emergency C-Sections. She is driven by her experience and resilience to support others.

Jazmin has her BA in Psychology and went to school to become a Mental Health Therapist, but parenthood changed her path. As she was going to school she was also working in various roles supporting families. Jazmin is bi-lingual and has always loved volunteering as a parent coordinator, supporting minorities and non-English speakers. Having worked in the medical field: from being a receptionist for the medical and behavioral health department as well as an Executive Assistant, Behavioral Technician, working with kiddos on the spectrum, Jazmin has a passion to support parents. After reflecting and looking into her experience with trauma, pregnancy, loss, postpartum, and going through it alone, Jazmin's passion led her to PS-WA. "I felt that I belonged and being a part of the PERC program makes me feel that I'm home. Doing what I once needed someone to do for me - to be there."

Clysta Cole

Clysta Cole, Parent Resilience Specialist

Clysta Cole

Clysta Cole, Parent Resilience Specialist

Clysta is YuPik/Adopted Crow, she is a mother of 6 and proud to be one of the first ever Parent Resilience Specialists to join Perinatal Support Washington. Clysta joined the team with a background of life experiences of continued trauma from childhood trauma, furthering trauma experiences, and is a Domestic Violence survivor. She is an advocate for reducing trauma with a passion for peer support. She is trained as a full spectrum Indigenous Doula, Certified Peer Counselor, a 2020-2021 Native Action Network Leadership Cohort Graduate and Alumni.. She volunteers her time in her community including being the first Aunty with United Indians of All Tribe's Ina Maka Family Program. 

She understands the importance of being supported and feeling supported in all aspects of our lives, especially during the perinatal period. With the knowledge she gained from the combination of life experience, navigating mental health care, and her individual journey through finding her foundation in healing, she knows that we need to have more support in our communities, especially for our mothers in the early stages of their journey. She is a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child, she also knows that it takes a village to support our parents.

Clysta has personal experience with  singular pregnancies, pregnancy of multiples, high risk pregnancies, anxiety and trauma in pregnancies, pregnancy loss. She knows what it feels like to be alone in some of the most challenging and important events in our lives. She is available to support anyone without judgement, weather it be a high risk pregnancy, pregnancy of multiples, feeling the need to decide what decision to make in your pregnancy, abortion, adoption, not sure what to do, in recovery, or if you are experiencing child removal. Clysta will hold space for YOU Where you are with hopes to ensure our communities have the support they need while holding space for individual growth, our communities deserve to be held where they are, and she knows how difficult it can be to reach out for support. Clysta has been surviving the homicide of her 19 year old son since 12/09/2018, this pushed her to strengthen the need for support in our communities, and address Trauma awareness as intergenerational trauma is closely related to what lead to her son’s homicide. She loves supporting parents where they are, and holding space to have honest conversations that society might deem unacceptable. Her story of her first pregnancy  as a teen mom can be read on our blog at: click link

Some of her favorite coping strategies are looking back at where she once was compared to where she is when she is insecure about not being where she wants to be, breathing and being in the moment when anxiety gets to be too much, and knowing she is not perfect none of us are, we know what we know until we learn what we need in order for us to grow from where we are.

Latonia Westerfield

Latonia Westerfield, Parent Resilience Specialist

Latonia Westerfield

Latonia Westerfield, Parent Resilience Specialist

Latonia supports pregnant and parenting families as a Parent Resilience Specialist and serves as an encouraging resource and witness for parents navigating the mental health landscape during the perinatal period. Latonia has spent the last 6 year advocating for families, attending births, and providing compassionate care as a birth doula and student midwife. She graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in June 2021. 

 

Prior to beginning birth work, Latonia studied maternal and infant morbidity and mortality as an undergrad and social-cultural anthropology major at University of Washington until she graduated in 2011. In all of her work and roles, Latonia uses the framework and lens of reproductive justice, equity, inclusivity, and radical rest politics to critically examine and dismantle structural and systemic inequality and oppression. Latonia is a mother of five and has  personally navigated PMADs as a solo parent.  Like so many others, she has experienced personal and professional loss, which allows her to offer families a variety of  support tools and skills to help them along their  wellness  journeys.  Latonia lives with her five vibrant daughters in South Seattle, where lots of dance parties take place in the kitchen while cookies are baking. She looks forward to the springtime when she can spend countless hours nourishing her soul in the garden with her hands in the warm earth. In the meantime, she enjoys binge listening to podcasts that center black femme narratives.

OUR BOARD + VOLUNTEERS

Perinatal Support Washington is a small but mighty statewide nonprofit and we are growing. We do a lot with very little - thanks to the help of our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering or joining our Board of Directors contact us here.

Board openings include: Fundraising, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), Legal, & more!
Learn more about board membership.

Volunteer opportunities include: Warm Line Support, helping out at events, sharing your story, and more.

leslie butterfield

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Leslie is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum issues. At her Seattle private practice she works with moms and couples struggling with pregnancy loss, the transition to parenthood, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and birth related trauma. Additionally, she has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University’s Department of Midwifery for the past 15 years.

In her capacity as an educator, Leslie has provided trainings and consultations to: University of Washington; Singapore KKH Hospital for Women; AWHONN(Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses); PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support); API (Attachment Parenting International), NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support), Catholic Charities, Planned Parenthood, and others. Recently she has represented PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) as Vice President, and PSI (Postpartum Support International) as WA State Chair, at national and international conferences

Leslie is currently adjusting to the fact that her sweet baby boys are now maturing teenagers and driving!! She loves to belly dance, cook with her sons, do scrapbooking, and travel round the world – having recently completed visits to SE Asia and Paris! She also travels regularly to Virginia to visit her parents and try to convince them to move to Seattle.

Please visit lesliebutterfield.com for further information.

Jenny Boe
Jenny Boe

Jenny Boe

Jenny Boe is a Vice President and commercial relationship manager with Washington Trust Bank, a privately held regional bank headquartered in Spokane, WA. Having joined the company in 2006, she has served in a variety of roles within the institution prior to advancing into the relationship manager position in 2012. Her areas of expertise include commercial and private banking as well as commercial real estate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting focus) from Eastern Washington University as well as a master’s degree in business administration (finance focus) from Seattle Pacific University. After having her first child in November 2016, she experienced several postpartum mood disorders, including anxiety and OCD. Upon completing the Day Program through the Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support, she became passionate about giving back to the community and being able to help other mothers and families prevent and recover from perinatal mood issues. Her favorite things include time with family and friends, lots of coffee and wine, time to relax and enjoy a good book, trips to Canon Beach, and Christmas. Jenny currently serves as our Board Chair.

Samantha Konikoff
Samantha Konikoff

Samantha Konikoff

Samantha Konikoff is Chapter Liason for Postpartum Support International and a board member at large. She has 2 elementary school children and is a stay at home parent. She had postpartum anxiety and depression 9 years ago with her son and after she had her daughter 6 years ago decided to find a way to help new mothers in Whatcom County. She is a trained support group leader, and co-facilitates The Village Circle, a support group for pregnant and new mothers in Bellingham,WA. Sam is a patient advocate, and sits on the Maternal Mental Health Task Force through the Whatcom County Department of Health. She has been a guest on 2 podcasts, telling her story and keeps helping families so that hopefully one day, no one will have to go through what she did.

When not running support groups or volunteering, Samantha loves to read and spend time with her friends. The weekends are for family fun and jigsaw puzzles are one of her favorite things to do.

Serrina Pantera
Serrina Pantera

Serrina Pantera, MHSA

Serrina Pantera is the Network Business Development Director for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and brings 20 years’ experience in health care administration. Her interest in maternal mental health stems from seeing the dramatic increase in emergency room visits for kids in mental health crisis. Her passion is building a network to connect kids and families to community and social support services, and she participates in the Kids’ Mental Health Pierce County initiative sponsored by Mary Bridge. She is also interested in public policy and health care reimbursement mechanisms that support early childhood interventions that enable better long-term outcomes for families. Serrina joined the board of Perinatal Support Washington in 2020. She received her Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Louisa Bakhoum
Louisa Bakhoum

Luisa Bakhoum

Luisa Bakhoum is an environmental chemist who has worked for several years with children and families in different capacities from infancy to adolescence. She discovered her life commitment to be an active part of the support system that families need to thrive while being a preschool teacher. She has a two year old child who she has been at home with full-time since birth. The beginning of motherhood was easy for her, and this made it harder to notice symptoms of postpartum depression that developed several months after having her child. It was her experience on a parent support group that gave her the opportunity to access resources, and learn about perinatal mental health. After this, Luisa became a parent educator in Seattle, where she facilitated several newborn and toddler parent groups. Recently, Luisa was accepted to the Masters of Art in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Washington.

She is excited to unify all these different aspects so that she can fulfill her commitment to support families in her communities. During her time to play, Luisa likes painting, swimming, and having many dance parties with her family at home.

Julia Beach-Ba
Julia Beach-Ba

Julia Beach-Ba

Julia Beach-Ba is a Clinic Manager for MultiCare Health System, who helps diverse populations navigate the medical system. Julia has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years.  She has worked for other organizations such as Swedish Medical Group and Neighborcare Health. A graduate of Western Governors University (Masters: Healthcare Administration) and Evergreen State College (Bachelors: Social Work & Community Service), Julia has been able to interact with patients in both a clinical and non-clinical setting. She works with a population that spans cradle to grave.   

Julia is a mother of three children consisting of twin boys and a daughter. She identifies that there are many women who struggle with the demand to find a balance between motherhood and careers. This is the force that continues to drive her to help with finding and developing resources to make life enjoyable. In her free time she likes to travel, spend time doing water activities and cooking with her family.

Angie Myers
Angie Myers

Angie Myers

Angie Myers is a fundraiser specializing in planned giving for an international aid organization creating opportunity for families to thrive. After losing 2 pregnancies, and experiencing postpartum mood disorders after the birth of both of her children, Angie realized the strength mothers possess, and their ability to heal when they are adequately supported during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Angie believes that the grief we endure in life is powerful as it can motivate us to reach out to support others facing similar challenges.  She does this by advocating for financial resources, and sharing the incredible story of the life-changing, and sometimes life-saving, services that Perinatal Support of Washington can provide. She has a background in wealth management, community engagement, and fundraising for a variety of nonprofits, but feels most called to support families with young children.

Angie lives in Snohomish County with her husband, a teacher and football coach, and her two children and two rescue pups. In her free time (what’s that?!) she is an avid reader, furniture refinisher, and student of using power tools.

Gabrielle Frank
Gabrielle Frank

Gabrielle Frank

Gabrielle Frank is a community health dietitian with a passion for supporting the holistic wellbeing of families. She has been helping families with food access and nutrition counseling before, during and after pregnancy in rural, central Washington since 2019. Prior to her current work, she assisted individuals with making long-term lifestyle changes to improve their health and reduce their risk for chronic illnesses. She is a new mother who experienced the emotional challenges of a complicated pregnancy. This experience and her newfound journey into motherhood has deepened her commitment to ensuring women and partners feel empowered and supported as they navigate the birthing and parenting experience. She enjoys creating unique vegetarian recipes and spending time outside with her family.

Maggie Meyers
Maggie Meyers

Maggie Meyers

Maggie Meyers works as Deputy Chief Communications Officer for the Washington State Charter Schools Association, a statewide nonprofit that supports a free, public, innovative options that meet the needs of systemically underserved students. A communicator by trade and at heart, Maggie is a fierce advocate for families who have been marginalized in and beyond our education systems. Maggie’s own experience becoming a mom and navigating the preconception to postpartum period fuels her deep belief in the importance of maternal mental health care, and to PS-WA she brings a commitment to increasing access to just, equitable, and quality care for all parents.

 

Maggie previously worked for a local, women-owned marketing firm, and as an NYC magazine coordinator, freelance editor, and writer for various magazines and children’s book publishers. Maggie earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College and holds a Master of Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Washington. Outside of work, Maggie is in the throes of early childhood parenting with her husband and enjoys chasing their two young sons around Seattle’s parks and playgrounds.

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