Working together, we can prevent and end youth
homelessness and write a new future for Washington’s youth.

Meet the Staff

Tim experienced multiple periods of homelessness throughout his childhood, and eventually became an advocate to organize on behalf of youth and young adults to promote their voices in policy-making and implementation processes. He earned a graduate degree from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
Timothy Bell

Anchor Community Initiative Lead Coach

Liz is an award-winning international researcher. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington. Equity and social justice lenses guide Liz’s data and evaluation work.
Liz Harding Chao

Anchor Community Initiative Data Manager

Erin’s commitment to serving vulnerable youth and young adults began by supporting young leaders advocating for reforms based on their experience in the foster care and homelessness systems. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management.
Erin Hatheway

Deputy Director

Elysa’s career serving youth and young adults experiencing homelessness spans more than nine years. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University. Elysa is excited to bring the service provider lens to A Way Home Washington’s work.
Elysa Hovard

Anchor Community Initiative Project Director

Jim has been serving the children, youth, and families of Washington state in a variety of roles for over 40 years. He is a state licensed mental health and chemical dependency counselor. Jim has also been instrumental in advocating for the passage of multiple pieces of legislation focused on preventing and ending youth homelessness across Washington state.
Jim Theofelis

Executive Director