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.

Samie Iverson

  • | Senior Manager, Education Strategy | (206) 620-0879
  • Samie Iverson, MSW, helps lead Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness, with a focus on our Schoolhouse Washington project.

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

  • | Interim Director of Research & Evaluation | (206) 805-6141
  • 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.

Emily Meltzer

  • | Development Director | (206) 620-2274
  • Emily Meltzer oversees development and implementation of Building Changes' fundraising strategies. She works closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and partners to engage passionate supporters who believe in our vision and mission.

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.
  • | 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.

Bree Quatacker

  • | Grants Manager | (206) 805-6144
  • Bree Quatacker manages administrative components of grantmaking, including contractual, financial, reporting, monitoring, and database management.

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 helps lead Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness, with a focus on our Schoolhouse Washington project.

Megan Veith

  • | Senior Manager, Policy, Advocacy, & Research | (206) 805-6163
  • Megan Veith, JD, leads the agency's policy, advocacy, and research work, as well as projects focused on health.

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.

Kalyn Y.

  • | Senior Research Associate
  • Kalyn Y., MPH, leads research, evaluation, and data analysis projects, with a focus on the Washington Youth & Families Fund.

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.