The Open Arms Board of Directors represents a diverse group of caring community members who believe strongly in our mission.

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Mari Offenbecher has spent her professional career as a non-profit leader including nearly three decades as the CEO of School’s Out Washington (SOWA). Mari served as the leader for SOWA, advancing quality, equity and innovation in building the field of after-school and youth development across Washington State. Mari has spent her career dedicated to bringing quality educational opportunities and supports to children and youth. Mari has extensive experience building local, statewide and national coalitions and initiatives that impact systems change for children and youth. She has especially focused these efforts on children of color and children from low-income backgrounds, understanding the critical role that early learning and expanded learning programs play in developing life-long skills and forming meaningful relationships. Mari is currently a Senior Associate with the Valtas Group, a consulting firm focused on guiding leadership transition for social enterprises.

Mari holds a Bachelors degree in Child Development from California State University Sacramento and has conducted research on advanced child development systems at the University of California Berkeley and Edinburgh University. Mari is honored to support Open Arms in furthering their mission to provide vital supports to families during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Pia Sampaga-Khim is the healthy communities specialist focused on opioid prevention work at the Snohomish Health District. She is dedicated to empowering people and communities to engage in all aspects of their health. Her experience includes more than a decade focused on patient and community health education. Through her work at the Snohomish Health District and International Community Health Services, Pia has led individual and group level education, community presentations and in-service trainings for staff, as well as leveraging a multi-cultural, community-based approach to health education related to opioid use disorder, chronic disease conditions and reproductive health.
Daniel (Dan) Escobar brings over 15 years of Program Development and Management experience with a focus on workforce, economic development, and social enterprise. Dan launched 3E Consulting in 2012 as a venue to continue mission focused work. He joined Amazon Corporate in 2014 to support the launch of an employee engagement program, and is currently a Change Program Manager.

Formerly with Catalyst Kitchens and FareStart, Dan launched Kitchens With Missions (now Catalyst Kitchens) and restructured youth and adult job training programs for FareStart. He utilized his background as a foodservice professional, with training and business expertise to great success. Dan’s unique skills and experience have been leveraged to benefit 50+ organizations across US and Canada, resulting in the launch of 30+ job training programs and 40+ social enterprises. Introduced to Open Arms through family and close friends, Dan was inspired by the powerful mission and passionate staff.

The proud father of two sons, Jacob (20) and Timothy (13), Dan never passes up the opportunity to hold a baby. Originally from Santa Barbara CA, he received his BA in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University with a double emphasis in Management and Finance. He is a 12 (Go Hawks), fan of the arts, a music enthusiast, and a passionate cook who enjoys entertaining friends and family with his culinary skills and creative libations.

Nika brings over a decade of financial expertise, with a focus on financial strategy, risk analysis, and business development. She built her career in Silicon Valley with a major international financial services firm, managing a diverse portfolio of companies through growth transitions and fluctuations of the economic cycle. Most recently, Nika was a VP of Commercial and Technology banking, during which she consulted with CFOs of high-growth, venture capital-backed technology companies to develop and improve their capital structures and financial infrastructure.

For the past few years, Nika has taken on her most challenging and rewarding role yet– mom to two toddlers. The births of her children raised Nika’s awareness of the crucial difference being supported and heard can make during the heroic and life-changing–yet vulnerable and intimate–transition to motherhood, and sparked a passion to help other mothers find and honor their voice in their care. Nika is thrilled to draw on all of these experiences as a board member for Open Arms.

Nika holds a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Vocal Music from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She enjoys singing, skiing, burritos, and family adventures near and far.

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Estella C. Williamson serves at the faculty rank of Clinical Professor and is the Social Work Field Director in the Social Work Department at Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Williamson teaches courses in justice informed advanced clinical practice, theory and field education. She serves as a guest lecturer on field education, culturally-relevant clinical practice and theory.

At the national level, Dr. Williamson served as Chair of the CSWE Council on Field Education and Commissioner on the CSWE Commission on Educational Policy. Dr. Williamson is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the NASW Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Licensed in New York State, Dr. Williamson has professional social work practice experience in child welfare, mental health and substance use disorders, prenatal care services and HIV clinical and preventive care. Dr. Williamson has also maintained a private clinical practice in New York State for many years.

She earned a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research interests are in field education, mental health and HIV prevention among Black women in the United States.

Kevin Proctor works in medical administration for the Community Health Services Division of Public Health Seattle & King County. There he provides supervision and direction for a team of nearly 600 employees who provide social safety services in King County Public Health Centers, including First Steps, WIC, prenatal, and family planning services. He both lives and works in communities where the services of Open Arms are both needed and utilized. Kevin is excited to connect clients of Open Arms with services provided by Public Health and vice versa because of the similar target population, geographic locations, and inter-reliant service needs. Kevin also serves on the board of the Fulcrum Foundation, and actively participates in Social Venture Partners and Leadership Tomorrow. He has a BA from Yale University and an MPH in health policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of work Kevin enjoys travel (47 countries and 46 states, and counting), spending time with family, and participating in a variety of sports and athletic endeavors.

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