Meet Our Team Members
Meet Our Team Members
Katya Wojcik – Executive Director
Katya Wojcik is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). Working in the mental health field Katya was able to see the increase of difficulty with clients when trying to get access to resources when they are affected by Domestic Violence. 2020, the ability to choose on how to heal has been complicated. “In response to the COVID 19 pandemic we are forced to be more distant from one another which complicates the need for connection.” Being a survivor of Domestic Violence, Katya is extremely passionate about working with individuals and families due to abuse or trauma.
She is the daughter of immigrant parents, values multiculturalism, diversity, equity and social justice. Katya’s mission is to be able to help increase client’s voices in order to self-advocate. She believes when working together we can support individual’s increase their resilience in order to not be defined by their trauma. “We can then help give individuals the opportunity to rewrite their story.” (Also speaks: Polish/Spanish/Russian)
Joel Thomas – Community Outreach Manager
Joel Thomas, comes from a law enforcement background. During this time he saw how the lack of resources provided to those affected by Domestic Violence was limited, and in most cases, and only utilized in extreme situations. Most families were left to figure things out on their own after a traumatic event in their homes, that involved the police. Lots of times individuals feel marginalized or discriminated against due to religious beliefs, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation. Joel’s passion is being able to share the feeling of relief you get when you feel hope, help, and support during times of stress and trauma.
Marcos Sauri – Youth Mentor Program Supervisor
Marcos is a Substance Use Disorder Certified Clinician & Supervisor (SUDP, CDS III, NCAC I) who has been serving the community for over 20 years. He is passionate about social justice, equity, and human rights, and is committed to serve marginalized communities. Marcos strives to be a voice and advocate for those suffering from addictions, behavior, and mental health related challenges.
Marcos graduated from Northwest Indian College in 2008 with a focus in Chemical Dependency Studies. He currently holds certifications in Substance Use Disorder Professional, Chemical Dependency Specialist in Indian Country/Tribal Communities, and is a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor.
Marcos is humbled and excited to collaborate with Project Be Free in a consultant role to help launch the mentoring program. With over 23 years in recovery, Marcos considers it an honor to share his experience, strength, and hope with the community. (Also Speaks: Spanish)
Whitney Williams – Administrative Assistant
Whitney was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where she currently resides with her 11-year-old daughter, Nylae. She attended Central Washington University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice. Whitney serves on the research team at Central Washington University researching Police Homicides and Race. In addition, Whitney is published in SOURCE 2020 for her Policy Analysis on Immigration Rights and Sanctuary Laws. In Whitney’s free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family.
Alice Butler – DV Advocate
Alice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA). She has over 3 years of experience working with families, couples, children, teens, and adults. She also served in the Navy for four years and worked with sailors and their families. Alice holds a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University.
Alice has worked in different settings from community mental health to in-home therapy services to private practice settings. She is sincerely passionate about working with clients in order to help individuals deal with issues involving mental and emotional health. She strives to help individuals break free from their feelings of despair, dissatisfaction, and dismay and regain or gain a sense of control, peace, and wholeness. She specializes in family counseling in helping the system find resolutions to their issues or concerns, while also developing/improving each individual’s listening and communication skills. Alice is also the daughter of immigrant parents and welcomes individuals of all cultural views. (Also speaks: Spanish)
Melanie Ukosakul – DV Advocate
Melanie is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence both in the private practice and community mental health settings. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School. Melanie’s experience growing up in Thailand in a multicultural community and identifying as an adult Third Culture Kid (TCK) informs her therapeutic work that centers clients’ various cross-cultural identities, stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma. Melanie’s hope and passion is for individuals to experience a deep sense of belonging, connection, and home in themselves and in their communities. (Also speaks: Thai)
Roza Aman – DV Advocate
Roza is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University and her Masters of Art in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. Roza is an immigrant and first-generation graduate and speaks four languages. She has experience working with diverse populations both in Mental Health and Education settings. Roza believes mental health is critical and should be equitably available to all. She hopes to empower people by providing care through inclusive and compassionate practice. (Also speaks: Oromo, Amharic, Swahili)
Dr. Miriam Bocchetti – Development Consultant
Dr. Miriam Bocchetti is the director of grants at Central Washington University (CWU), providing leadership to five federal programs: the College Assistance Migran Program (CAMP), the High School EquivalencyProgram (HEP), TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and two Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) programs.
Miriam recently completed her PhD at Colorado State University in Higher Education Leadership; she hopes that her dissertation, A Funds of Knowledge Study on The College Persistence Experiences of First Year Latinx Students in The College Assistance MigrantProgram (CAMP), will ultimately inform educators of the best practices for connecting with, and providing meaningful services to, migrant students and families.
Miriam is currently serving as the HEP/CAMP Association Board President. She has also served as an integral member of the HEP/CAMP national conference planning committee since 2009, assisting with the annual HEP CAMP conference planning efforts. She also actively engages in national mentoringefforts, providing support and guidance to new HEP CAMP project directors in various states. In her free time, she enjoys reading, podcasts, traveling, playing trivia, comedy shows and concerts. (Also speaks: Spanish)
Felecia Graham – Birth Doula
Felecia Graham has a background in Family and Consumer Science from Central Washington University. She is a Doula, Holistic Healer, Educator, Motivational Speaker, and Consultant. She has worked with women,children and families for over 10 years. Felecia has facilitated tech camps, educational workshops, and support groups. She has also been a guest presenter at many different events involving higher education, domestic violence, childbirth and womb health. Felecia’s passion has always been to help people heal. Whether it’s mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually as an individual or a family unit. By being an advocate for people and helping them empower themselves by providing a listening ear, education, wellness products, and other resources she feels like this is her calling in life as a healer and educator.
April Posadas – Nursing Intern
April is currently a 4th year nursing student at Seattle University. Originally from Southern California, she previously attended University of California, Riverside earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is passionate about fostering kindness & connection within the community and supporting clients in navigating through adversity. April’s hobbies include collecting house plants, baking, and completing jigsaw puzzles.
Genevieve Tipton – Nursing Intern
Genevieve is a current 4th year nursing student at Seattle University. Before transferring to Seattle U, she attended Green River College where she graduated with honors receiving her Associate’s in Pre-Nursing. She also held the libero position for the college’s women’s volleyball team during her time there.
At Seattle University, she’s been involved on campus in the past as the President of campion hall and social media manager of the SU MecHa club. She still holds her passion for volleyball and has since joined the Seattle U volleyball club team. She’s held positions in the community as a beach lifeguard, camp counselor, and volunteer. Genevieve learned to speak Spanish from her mother, and she hopes to become an advocate and source of empowerment for those who feel they have no voice.