Megan Beers, PhD
Program Director, Childhaven
Megan Beers is the Chief Operations and Program Officer at Childhaven and a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health and has a rich background leading program design and implementation, as well as training staff in both early learning and mental health contexts. Prior to joining the team at Childhaven, Megan spent five years at Wellspring Family Services, where she supported the integration of early childhood mental health and trauma-informed care across Wellspring programs. Megan is passionate about building early childhood systems of care, as well as supporting the state’s early childhood workforce. She is a champion of the idea that early childhood mental health is the business of everyone who interacts with young kids and their important grown-ups.
Executive Vice President, Empire Health Foundation
Shivon Brite guides the strategic direction of Empire Health Foundation in Eastern Washington State as the Executive Vice President. She is also an enrolled member of the Assiniboine people from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Shivon has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s in Business Administration. She is also a Harvard Summer Venture in Management alumna and PhD Project Fellow. Shivon specializes in strategy and is a Native health content expert.
Shivon has over a decade of experience in resource development that has resulted in millions of grant-funded dollars and notable increases in social and economic improvements in Native communities. She specializes in strategic development of grant programs, business models, research approaches, and education methods. She has received numerous awards and recognitions in honor of her community-centered work.
Benjamin Danielson, MD
Pediatrician and Child Advocate
Benjamin Danielson is a pediatrician, health care leader, community advocate and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington. He was in the foster care system as a young child, and credits his amazing single mom with instilling in him an appreciation for the value of education and a desire to be a contributing member of the community. He has been affiliated with Harborview, Seattle Children’s and multiple community clinics, including two decades as Medical Director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. Dr. Danielson serves on multiple state commissions and boards, and believes that an opportunity to serve an individual or a community is a cherished privilege. He also ascribes to the truism that health is more than healthcare and that any healthcare provider who strives to improve health must be active beyond the realm of their medical practice.
Executive Director, CHOOSE 180
Sean Goode is a cause-driven leader who works through the non-profit CHOOSE 180 to provide creative second chances for youth and young adults at risk of being lost to the criminal legal system. Prior to serving the community in this capacity he served as a chaplain at Juvenile Detention, championed gang-intervention efforts, created employment opportunities for youth in at-risk communities and worked in educational advocacy to implement programing that supported young people’s readiness for Kindergarten, High School and College. Sean is considered a national expert on justice reform and is frequently sharing the work of CHOOSE 180 and the transformative power of restorative practices throughout the country. He has been appointed by the governor to the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice where he serves as the vice-chair addressing statewide issues of the criminalization of adolescent behavior.
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
Trauma Therapist, Author, Consultant
Resmaa Menakem is trauma therapist and the author of the bestselling My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. He has appeared on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. He has served as counselor and director for several Twin Cities mental health agencies; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three US military bases in Afghanistan. Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers.