Baly is a fourth generation resident of the Snoqualmie Valley and he feels blessed to call this place home! After graduating from Mount Si with an AA from Bellevue College, Baly began studying at the Bible Institute of Seattle in Fall City as a seminary student. He is pursuing a career in full-time ministry and is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church in Fall City. Besides this, Baly is also the Upper School PE Teacher for Summit Classical Christian School, an AVID Tutor for Snoqualmie Valley School District, and a leader with Snoqualmie Valley Young Life. Baly is passionate about uniting forces within the community and engaging, inspiring, and mentoring youth of the valley across all walks of life!
Lane is the Communications Director for King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert and earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. Lane was raised in Bellingham and moved to King County to attend UW. He is proud to serve the residents of the 3rd County District which includes the Snoqualmie Valley and is very excited to continue helping residents of the region through his involvement with SVCN. In his free time, Lane enjoys cheering on the Huskies, hiking, and biking
Blake has lived in Snoqualmie with his wife Coco and their daughter Haley since 1998. He grew up on the Eastside and is a lifelong resident. Blake graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science. He has been a Managing Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain real estate since 1995. Blake has been a coach in youth sports and enjoys helping children develop their full potential. He is looking forward to making an impact in the Valley through SVCN’s work. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and traveling.
Ken Heikkila, President
Ken Heikkila, the Director of Student Services in the Riverview School District, earned his teaching credentials at Carleton College followed by early teaching experiences in private and public schools. After earning a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, a move to the Northwest found him teaching students with disabilities in the Kent School District. The educational career evolved into school administration while completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle University. During his first administrative role in the Tukwila School District, he gained experience in English language learner programs, early childhood education, community-based human services, refugee relocation agencies, and city government linkages. Ken has been a valley resident since 2007 living in the community of Snoqualmie.
Molly has served children with special needs and their families for 29 years, in Wisconsin, Utah and Washington States. She and her husband have been Ames Lake residents for over 17 years, are raising two children and have hosted many exchange students. Her background as an Occupational Therapist gives her a unique perspective on health and wellbeing related to our various “occupations”. Whether it is our role as parents, employees, students, mentors, or even how we care for ourselves, our physical and mental health impacts the community we live in. Participating in the Snoqualmie Valley community Network is a natural extension of her career and life work, and gives a voice to the those that may not be heard.
Kim has lived in Snoqualmie with her husband Kris & 3 sons, Drew, Owen, & Tyler since 2012. She grew up in upstate NY & relocated here from Atlanta when her husband was offered a position within Microsoft. Kim graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Hospitality Management. She worked for Walt Disney World and Enterprise Rent a Car before deciding to become a stay at home mom for the last 12 years. Kim is passionate about suicide prevention & mental health issues facing our youth. She is looking forward to making a positive impact for families & youth in our community and help the SVCN continue to create lasting change. In her spare time Kim enjoys being with her family & friends, football, kickboxing, & golf.
Becca believes that youth who appreciate their role in the natural world are more likely to care about it and seek out skills they can use to help take care of it. And, through this process, they practice teamwork, build confidence, nurture their imagination, and build a stronger sense of place. Becca’s position as Education Program Manager for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust gives her the wonderful opportunity to help Snoqualmie Valley youth make these connections both in the classroom and in the forest.
Molly Lutz, the Director of Student Services and Principal at Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program in the Riverview School District, earned her teaching credentials at University of Dayton followed by early teaching experiences in Columbus Public schools. After earning a master’s degree in special education from Antioch University McGregor, a move to the Northwest found her teaching students with disabilities in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Her educational career evolved into school administration while completing her Certificate at Seattle Pacific University. Molly is a wife and a mother of two charming boys and enjoys balancing her personal and professional pathways. Molly’s passion for the education of children keeps her striving to help children reach personal achievements to assist them in becoming valuable members of our community.
Izzie has lived in the Valley for most of her life. She graduated Cedarcrest High School in 2016. Izzie went off to do the college scene, but wasn’t sure what she really wanted to pursue. So she returned to the Valley where she is working as a nanny, a Red Robin Hostess, and helping her stepfather with his Property Management Business. Izzie has worked with kids throughout her years. She enjoys seeing them light up about the fact that someone truly cares about them and wants to see them have a better future. Izzie wants to help change the vibe/culture of the valley to one of a more positive outlook for all kids and their families.
Tavish MacLean and his wife Rebecca have called Snoqualmie home since 2006, and are the proud parents of 3 boys, one of whom graduated in 2017 from Mt. Si High School. Tavish has been an active member of the community, serving as a youth sports coach, a Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts leader, and as a Director for the Snoqualmie Valley School District (2014-2017). He’s a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (BA) and Cornell University (MBA), and leads the Device Roadmap Team at T-Mobile. Tavish is passionate about creating an environment in Snoqualmie Valley where all youth can succeed and achieve more than they thought possible, and is energized by spending time with like-minded people!
Nancy Meeks, the Executive Director of Student Services in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, did her undergraduate work at the University of Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Washington and started her career as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Auburn School District. She continued her career in the Highline School District where her work evolved into special education administration. She later earned her administrative credentials through Central Washington University. She was the Co-Director of Special Education in Highline School District for six years until she moved to the Snoqualmie Valley School District in 2007 in her current position.
Alicia is a wife and proud mother of two children who are now both in college. Her husband of 30 years is her best friend, and her family and close friends mean the world to her. Alicia strives to “pay it forward” every opportunity she gets. She believes in developing positive relationships with people and, ultimately, in building strong communities and giving back whenever possible. These beliefs flow into her business as a real estate professional and, in turn, shape the experiences of her clients. Alicia’s true passions are to help all people realize that they are enough just as they are, that communication is key in any healthy relationship, and to help end bullying and teenage suicide.
Warren Moon, Treasurer
Warren Moon has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for almost 20 years and absolutely loves it here. He is the proud father of two daughters and is committed to having the valley be a rich and fertile place for them and other children to grow into their full potential. Warren has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and worked as an environmental engineer until he discovered that nature and mentoring were his true passions. He is the current Executive Director (since 2001) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilderness Awareness School. Warren loves gardening, sports, playing guitar and enjoying the beauty of the Snoqualmie Valley with his wife M’liss and their family.
Paytan Murray has been a member of the Snoqualmie Valley since 5th grade. She is currently a sophomore at Mount Si Highschool who loves outreaching to the community and is honored to be a SVCN Board member. At school, she is a captain of the debate team, her sophomore class Vice President, a member of NHS, and President of her choir. She enjoys student directing for the Twin Falls Musical and helping as a camp counselor for Elementary School students. Impacting people and making a difference is incredibly important to Paytan in her high school career and beyond. She sees all of the good that this group has done and hopes to someday make a positive difference of her own for a community she loves.
Nate Smith has been the Executive Director of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA/Community Center for the past 3 years. He believes communities are stronger when they find innovative ways to work together. He is an active member in a number of other non-profit organizations and clubs in the Snoqualmie Valley and Eastside. Nate has his B.A. in Sports Management and Recreation from Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio. In his free time, you can find him hiking and climbing all over the Pacific Northwest.
Michael Tenney has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for 16 years and it is a very special place for him. He has two sons and two daughters and wants the valley to manage growth but be sustainable for future generations. He wants the youth of the valley to have the resources they need to be successful, respect the environment, and make good choices. Michael has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Puget Sound and has worked at Microsoft for ten years. Michael spends his time with his wife Theresa exploring the valley, boating, and forging connections that last a lifetime.
Sophie is in her senior year of high school and her second year as a Running Start student at Bellevue College. She has a huge passion for non-profits and started her first one when she was 11 years old. She is on the King County Youth Advisory Board as well as the Youth Leadership Council for Young Women Empowered. She is born and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley and works to make it a better place.
Larry has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley his entire life and has been married to the love of his life, Kathy, since 1983. Together they have raised three amazing kids, Matt, Abbey and Emily. While raising their family in Fall City, there were many ways to get involved in working with kids. You could often find the Whites coaching a Softball, Basketball, or Baseball team or working with the youth at their church. That is where the passion to work with kids began.
Larry has worked for the City of Snoqualmie for 20 years as the Parks Superintendent and he also served as the Head Softball Coach at Mount Si School for 15 seasons, where he took full advantage of every teachable moment; the Life Lessons were a much bigger part of his program than the wins or loses.
Building relationships with student athletes, their parents, teachers and other coaches was a huge part of the many successes over his coaching career. This was recognized when his team was voted to receive the Sportsmanship Award (9) times during his coaching career. His passion for serving in the community that he grew up in and loves has never been more evident than by his commitment to be a part of something that is bigger than himself.
You will often hear him say “How you show up makes a difference”