Meet Our Team
Liza Burell, MSW, oversees all of Building Changes' program areas, including our student homelessness initiative, Washington Youth & Families Fund grant portfolio, and Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund.
Strategic Communications Lead
Terra Chen oversees Building Changes' communications efforts and strategy.
Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building
Dimitri Groce, MSW, leads grantmaking and capacity building initiatives, with a focus on youth and young adults and creating equitable homeless response systems.
Senior Manager, Education Strategy
Samie Iverson, MSW, leads Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness.
Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy
Katara Jordan, JD, MSW, leads policy and advocacy work, as well as initiatives focused on student homelessness.
Director of Research & Evaluation
Matthew Lemon, MPA, oversees Research & Evaluation, including evaluation of grant projects and analysis of administrative datasets. He also leads the development and implementation of Building Changes' research on student homelessness.
Mary Beth Lochnicht
Institutional Giving Manager
Mary Beth Lochnicht manages fundraising efforts focused on institutional giving, including grant writing and proposal development.
Armilito J. Pangilinan
Chief Financial Officer
Armilito J Pangilinan, CPA, oversees Finance and Operations, working closely with staff leadership to develop strategy and implement programs and systems.
Senior Manager, Operations
Mandy Park, MA, leads internal operations and board relations, while also tracking Building Changes' programmatic workplans and strategic direction.
Operations & Technology Coordinator
Paul Paulson provides general office support and coordinates operations and technology projects.
Senior Accounting Manager
Jaclyn Pueyo leads development and implementation of accounting systems and manages overall accounting operations.
Bree Quatacker manages administrative components of grantmaking, including contractual, financial, reporting, monitoring, and database management.
Joyce Saldanha manages essential accounting functions and supports account analysis, research, and process improvement.
Senior Manager, Education Strategy
Mehret Tekle-Awarun leads Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness.
Senior Manager, Policy, Advocacy, & Research
Megan Veith, JD, leads policy, advocacy, and research work, as well as projects focused on health.
Manami Wakuta maintains and supports internal controls associated with cash receipts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other accounting processes.
Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager
Tasha West-Baker leads and guides Building Changes' employee relations and race equity initiatives.
Senior Research Associate
Kalyn Y., MPH, leads research, evaluation, and data analysis projects, with a focus on the Washington Youth & Families Fund.
Senior Manager, Communications
Edith Yang is the lead writer and project manager for Building Changes’ communications materials.
Daniel Zavala, JD, MA, oversees all aspects of Building Changes' operations and leads the organization's efforts to advance equitable responses to homelessness. Prior to assuming the role of executive director, Daniel served as director of policy and strategic communications.
Board of Directors
J. Wesley Saint Clair
Retired, King County Superior Court Judge
Adjunct Professor, Seattle University
Treasurer & Immediate Past President
Angel Investor, CleanTech
Senior Director, Sales Training & Communication, Zillow Group
Chief Architect of Civic Commons, The Seattle Foundation
Owner, X2Y Strategic Advisors
Director, ORS Impact
President & CEO, Tacoma Urban League Washington State Senator, 28th Legislative District
Director, McKinsey & Company
General Manager, Worldwide Retail Stores, Microsoft