Columbia Play Project
Board of Directors
PLAY ENTHUSIASTS, COMMUNITY LEADERS & INVESTED CAREGIVERS
Amelia Shelley

Amelia Shelley

Board Chair

Amelia has a lifelong passion for science and nature. As a children's librarian and library director, she has had the great fortune to be able to create interactive early learning environments for children in libraries in Wyoming, Colorado and Washington. She has volunteered with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, as well as adult and youth literacy organizations, and currently serves with the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary Club. Married for nearly 40 years, and Mom to her two adult kids, their partners and pets, her pastimes include cooking, gardening, quilting, walking and, of course, reading.

Suba Jagannathan

Vice Chair

Elise Westbrooks

Elise Westbrooks

Treasurer

Elise was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She loves the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. She is currently a Retail District Manager at iQ Credit Union and is all about "People helping People," which makes her a great fit for Columbia Play Project. She is a mama of 3 littles who keep her busy! Elise loves to be involved in community activities in Vancouver and all surrounding areas.

Mary Sisson

Mary Sisson

Secretary

A Northwest native, Mary is former owner of Kazoodles toy store and a certified play expert. Her earlier career was in journalism, which led to editing a magazine for the toy industry. In retirement she serves on boards related to early childhood and is active in her church. She and Bob are parents of three and grandparents of five. She loves to expand her mind through travel, reading and meeting new people.

Dave Barcos

Dave Barcos

Member

Dave is an established creative director and designer with Fortune 100 brand and design experience. Dave has experience with national brand advertising and campaigns for companies like Nike, Adidas, Intel and Microsoft to name a few. While he has always sought to empower and educate his clients, for the past 3 years he has turned his focus to empowering founders and early-stage startups. This led to the formation of a virtual agency, The Startup Brand, and a non-profit educational organization called North Bank Innovations.

G Cody QJ Goldberg

G Cody QJ Goldberg

Member

Cody is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Harper’s Playground, a nonprofit dedicated to creating radically inclusive play spaces. This work reinforces his goal that children of all abilities are invited to experience the benefits of outdoor play together. He is a reformed marketing executive, having spent most of his career at Adidas and Red Bull Energy Drink. In his “spare” time, Cody likes to play and/or watch soccer and serves as an active member of the Timbers Army. He lives in Vancouver, WA with his wife, April, and their two daughters, Harper & Lennon.

Hailey Heath

Hailey Heath

Member

Hailey loves volunteers! She has made a career of managing volunteers for several organizations including her current position at the City of Vancouver. Her people skills make her perfect for this line of work! She is also raising two rambunctious boys who share her love of hiking, gardening and the great outdoors.

Alyssa Hoyt

Alyssa Hoyt

Member

Born and raised in Washington state, Alyssa’s heart is in the Pacific Northwest. Alyssa is passionate about life and envisions the Columbia Play Project as a model for the kind, joyful world people want to live in. She currently works for the local library system and owns a small consulting business. When she is not laughing with her five kids or doing a project on their farm, you are likely to find her running or hiking with friends, reading a book, or playing guitar. Alyssa, her husband Garrett, and their kids live in Battle Ground, WA.

Christina Monks

Christina Monks

Member

Christina is the Director of Culture and Development for Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF), a leading provider of comprehensive early childhood education and family support programs in Southwest Washington. Christina is an authentic people leader with a practical and refreshing style stemming from over 20 years of experience building teams and community relationships. As true Pacific Northwesterners, she and her husband Ryan enjoy raising their two children in the great outdoors with active year round sports, appreciating the abundance of local natural resources in this area.

Kate Sacamano

Kate Sacamano

Member

Kate is passionate about building coalitions to strengthen and empower others to thrive. She is an experienced nonprofit, marketing and communications professional committed to making an impact and building capacity within organizations. A passion for enhancing the wellbeing of children and families inspired Kate to raise over $15 million over the last decade as a development leader with Friends of the Children-PDX and SWWA, YWCA Clark County, and The Hough Foundation. She also served as Community Partnership Manager for The Columbian where she led the nonprofit community partnership program. Kate is currently the Philanthropy & Community Engagement Officer for Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation. She has two adult children and resides in Ridgefield, WA with her husband where they enjoy gardening and hiking.

Jeanne Bennett

Jeanne Bennett

Executive Director

Jeanne has spent her career working in government, education and workforce development and now volunteers with several organizations and consults with non-profits. She is married to Dave, the mother of four adult children and the grandmother of seven amazing grandkids. Jeanne likes to hike/walk, camp and explore wilderness, read and is an all-star chocolate chip cookie baker.

Founding Friends

TRUSTED ADVISORS & CHAMPIONS

Megan Berriman

Tsering Cornell

Alison Baur

Francisco Bueno

Sue Marshall

Jean Lacrosse

Nichole Hergert

Holly Williams

Jennifer Rhoads

Linda Glover

Partners
STRATEGY, DESIGN, PRODUCTION & MARKETING
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Equity and Inclusion Statement
We acknowledge that Columbia Play Project is located on the historic and traditional lands of the First Peoples. Children played and explored along the banks of the mighty Columbia River then as they do today.
We acknowledge that many people have come before us, whether Sacagawea and her child, John Baptiste Charbonneau, or York, the first African American to cross North America on foot, or the many other explorers and pioneers. As a community of immigrants, we recognize and honor those who have made this their home...

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