Perinatal Support Washington has been operating in WA state since 1987, and is one of the oldest Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder support chapters in the nation. Our support groups have been serving women since 1988, and we have been operating a toll-free telephone support line (“warm line”) since 1991. We provide support to WA families state-wide, and are active with other community leaders, organizations, and law-makers to facilitate support for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. We do all of this with the help of our dedicated staff, board members and dozens of volunteers. Read more about us below!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leslie Butterfield, PhD 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) 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.
Erin Galvin, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker with an extensive background working in the fields of maternal mental health and violence against women and children. In 2014 she completed an assignment with the University of Washington as a therapist on a five year NIMH-funded intervention study using evidence-based psychotherapy in the treatment of perinatal and post-partum depression.
Erin has over 20 years of experience working as a therapist, clinical supervisor, emergency room social worker, domestic violence trainer and manager. Her background includes consulting, training, private practice, and providing clinical supervision to social workers in a range of clinical and shelter settings. In 2010 she left Public Health – Seattle & King County, after many years of service as a lead social work administrator where she provided clinical support and training to Maternity Support Service providers. Today, much of her work involves human resource management and consultation. Erin joined the board of PS of Washington in 2014. She received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 1996.
Jenny Boe is an Assistant 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.
Cynthia Salzman is a communications professional in the University of Washington School of
Medicine who struggled with post-partum anxiety and depression after the birth of her first
child 35 years ago, before there was even a name for what she was going through. She is glad
to now be part of an organization dedicated to helping mothers who are going through similar
struggles and educating health professionals to recognize and treat perinatal mood disorders.
She is also a PS-WA Warm Line volunteer.
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. For the past year, she has co-facilitated The Village Circle, a support group for pregnant and new mothers as well as being the patient advocate on a 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.
As a non-profit Perinatal Support Washington would not be able to do all it does without the support of our wonderful volunteers. They staff the warm line, facilitate support groups, run the board of directors and so much more! We are always looking for more volunteers with varied experiences from business and legal expertise to clinical and personal experience. If you are interested in volunteering for PS-WA please fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form or give us a call at 1-888-404-7763.
PS-WA is also looking for board members! If you are interested in volunteering on the PS-WA Board of Directors check out more information on our Board Page.