Staff

Liza Burell

  • | Program Director | (206) 805-6143
  • Liza Burell, MSW, oversees all of Building Changes' program areas, including Schoolhouse Washington, the Washington Youth and Families Fund grant portfolio, and the Family Homelessness Initiative.
  • | Executive Director 
  • D’Artagnan Caliman, MSW, brings more than 25 years as a professional in the human services field to his role as Executive Director.
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Terra Chen

  • | Senior Manager, Communications | (206) 805-6121
  • Terra Chen helps lead the development and implementation of communications strategies for Building Changes and Schoolhouse Washington, a project of Building Changes.

Jessamyn Findlay

  • | Grants Manager | (206) 805-6132
  • Jessamyn Findlay, MSW, manages administrative components of grantmaking, including contractual, financial, reporting, monitoring, and database management.

Molly Franey

  • | Senior Manager, Development | (206) 805-6139
  • Molly Franey leads annual giving efforts and strategies that build strong relationships with individual donors and corporate and foundation supporters.

Claire Guilmette

  • | Research Associate | (206) 805-6123
  • Claire Guilmette, MPA, analyzes administrative data and manages research projects on family and youth homelessness.

Emily Harris-Shears

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6107
  • Emily Harris-Shears, MSW, leads capacity building, grantmaking and data-driven decision making initiatives, with a particular focus on Snohomish County.

Katara Jordan

  • | Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy | (206) 805-6112
  • Katara Jordan, JD, MSW, leads the agency's policy and advocacy work, as well as initiatives focused on student homelessness.

Matthew Lemon

  • | Senior Research Associate | (206) 805-6141
  • Matthew Lemon, MPA, helps lead the development and implementation of Building Changes' research on student homelessness.

Emily Mirra

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6122
  • Emily Mirra leads capacity building, grantmaking, and data-driven decision-making initiatives, with a particular focus on Pierce County.

Klarissa Monteros

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6135
  • Klarissa Monteros leads Washington Youth & Families Fund grantmaking and capacity building activities.
  • | Chief Financial Officer | (206) 805-6115
  • Armilito J Pangilinan, CPA, oversees Finance, Human Resources, and Operations.
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Mandy Park

  • | Executive Assistant | (206) 805-6128
  • Mandy Park, MA, provides administrative and programmatic support to the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

Paul Paulson

  • | Operations & Technology Coordinator | (206) 805-6151
  • Paul Paulson provides general office support and coordinates operations and technology projects.

Annie Pennucci

  • | Director of Research & Evaluation | (206) 805-6124
  • Annie Pennucci, MPA, oversees oversees Research & Evaluation at Building Changes, including evaluation of grant projects and analysis of administrative datasets.

Bree Quatacker

  • | Administrative Coordinator | (206) 805-6144
  • Bree Quatacker provides support to the Program Director, Director of Policy & Strategic Communications, and Director of Research & Evaluation.

Joyce Saldanha

  • | Accounting Manager | (206) 805-6120
  • Joyce Saldanha manages essential accounting functions and supports account analysis, research, and process improvement.

Mehret Tekle-Awarun

  • | Senior Manager, Education Strategy | (206) 805-6155
  • Mehret Tekle-Awarun leads Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness, with a focus on our Schoolhouse Washington project.

Manami Wakuta

  • | Accounting Coordinator | (206) 805-6145
  • Manami Wakuta maintains and supports internal controls associated with cash receipts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other accounting processes.

Megan Veith

  • | Policy & Research Associate | (206) 805-6163
  • Megan Veith, JD, conducts policy and research to inform Building Changes’ legislative priorities and measurement, learning, and evaluation work.

Edith Yang

  • | Communications Associate | (206) 805-9101
  • Edith Yang serves as the primary writer and project manager for Building Changes’ communications materials.

Daniel Zavala

  • | Director of Policy & Strategic Communications | (206) 805-6119
  • Daniel Zavala, JD, MA, oversees development and implementation of policy, advocacy and communications strategies in support of the mission and goals of Building Changes.