Laura Smith is the Executive Director for the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network. Laura has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has been with the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network since 2005.
Laura has been an active community leader on the eastside for many years, which includes board and volunteer roles with Rotary Club of Duvall, Executive Constantine’s Healthcare Leadership Circle, King County’s Mental Health and Drug Dependence Advisory Council, the Snoqualmie Valley Healthy Community Coalition, and the King County Human Services Alliance. Laura holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Secondary Teaching from Colorado State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. Laura is a graduate of Leadership Eastside and gets her energy from community collaboration and working with youth. Laura resides in Duvall with her husband and two children. Her son is currently enrolled in the Running Start program at Bellevue College and her daughter is currently attending Cedarcrest High School.
Jami Au joins SVCN as our administrative assistant and office manager. Originally from Montana, Jami moved to Washington to attend college at Pacific Lutheran University. Her background is in corporate sales support, event planning and administration. Jami has a passion for the Valley and especially youth success! She served 4 years on the Cascade View Elementary PTSA board, spent many hours volunteering in the local schools and food banks, and fundraising. She feels that no child, especially in our community, should have to tackle all of the trials that come with growing up, while hungry.
In her free time Jami loves to travel, hike, golf and spend time laughing with friends. Jami, her husband and their 3 sons have lived in the valley for 10 years. Her sons attend Mt Si High School, and Cascade View Elementary.
Heather Downing is the Youth Success! Mentoring Program Manager, a program of Snoqualmie Valley Community Network. She has worked in non-profit management over 4 years, volunteer management over 8 years and with schools over 11 years. Heather brings with her a wealth of people skills, organization and compassion.
She successfully led two district levy campaigns for Riverview School District. Heather is a supporter and active leader working with community youth groups that include 4H and United States Pony Club. Heather held a board position during Duvall Co-Op preschool’s first year.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University and lives in Duvall with her husband and 3 kids.
Originally from New York, Lisa moved to Washington 15 years ago where she began her middle school teaching career in the Bellevue School District. Lisa brings to Snoqualmie Valley Community Network a Master’s Degree in Education, seven years experience as a middle school teacher, and four years in the non-profit sector. Lisa joined the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network team in 2016 as the Community Coordinator and strives to bring an equity and diversity perspective into her work. Lisa lives in Snoqualmie with her family and enjoys hiking on the weekends.
Kathy Hyland is the Youth Success Mentoring Coordinator. Kathy has her BA from the University of Washington in Early Childhood and Family Services. She brings 21 years of experience working with children, their school employee families, the community and DCYF officials through her home daycare and preschool. Over the years, Kathy has volunteered for youth sports organizations coordinating volunteers and creating new programs. Kathy, and her family of four, have lived in the Upper Valley for 26 years. Her husband is a teacher and her two sons are grown and exploring life as adults. When not busy with work and her family, Kathy loves to create art out of old wood and enjoys working in her garden.
Sarah Marsh is the Youth Resilience & Community Coordinator supporting a King County Best Starts For Kids grant.
Sarah has worked as a teaching specialist at the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Parent Partnership Program and brings a background in nonprofit, business, and government sectors. She holds an M.B.A in Organizational Behavior & Development from the University of Vermont and has been an active community organizer in Snoqualmie Valley. She started Mount Si High School’s PTSA’s Student Welfare program, leads suicide prevention training for SVSD parents through UW’s Forefront in the Schools, and is a founding member of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Resilience Team.
Sarah is also the author of two history books with Disney-Hyperion and lives in North Bend with her family.
Jody serves as the Director of A Supportive Community For All. Originally from New England, Jody fell in love with the Snoqualmie Valley after relocating to Carnation in 2012 to lead Sno-Valley Harvest, a then fledgling gleaning program now known as Hopelink Harvest.
A macro social worker and qualitative researcher by training, Jody has nearly 20 years of experience working to address the needs of low-income individuals and communities in nonprofit, academic, and government settings. She brings a passion for equity, wellness, and connection to all of her work. Jody has a BA in sociology from St Olaf College and a MSW from Boston University School of Social Work.
Jody currently lives in Seattle and is delighted to be working in the Snoqualmie Valley again. In her free time, you can find her running, gardening, baking sour dough, and enjoying food with friends.
Karla moved from Chicago to the Seattle area in the early 90s, and has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley since 1998 where she has been an active member in the community ever since.
She has worked in corporate America within the accounting, credit reporting, distribution, and travel industries throughout her career, but has had a lifelong passion for health and wellness. With a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Management, she has now decided to dedicate her skills, knowledge, and experience toward individual and community health in order to improve overall well-being, and quality of life through education and empowerment by helping others to build positive and sustaining lifestyle behaviors.
Karla joins the SVCN as Community Coordinator for the Pathways to Employment Success program, as well as the Youth Success! Mentor program. She is honored to hold this position in order to serve her community in this capacity.
Karla and her family live in North Bend, and enjoys being active and exploring all that the Valley and surrounding areas have to offer.
Maren Van Nostrand joins SVCN as the Youth Resilience and Community Resource Coordinator for the Riverview School District. For over 25 years, Maren has been working within communities to help them discover and define the places and resources important to their health and development. She has helped develop growth management and mitigation plans (King County, its cities, and FEMA), conducted cultural research for community center grants and designs (UW, Seattle neighborhoods, YMCA), and facilitated many workshops and meetings. Maren grew up in Minnesota, where she spent summers leading outdoor youth programs. She has a BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a Master of Urban Planning from University of Washington. Since moving to Carnation with her husband in 1996, Maren has also been teaching piano and percussion from her home studio, and accompanying, coaching, and substitute teaching within the schools. In 2006, Maren founded Soundfalls—a community-involvement company, and in 2018, their daughter graduated from Cedarcrest High School. In her free time, she performs with symphonies and choirs, reads, writes and gardens, and designs and travels extensively in the outdoors. (Read Homelands: Kayaking the Inside Passage, New York: Bard/Avon, 1999).
Carol Van Noy is the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network’s Fund Development Coordinator. Carol has worked in the nonprofit sector with United Way of King County and other nonprofits for 20 years. She has experience in workplace campaigns, corporate and foundation gifts, major gifts, Million Dollar Round Table and working with key volunteers to help with fundraising goals.
Carol also currently serves as board president of the Riverview Board. She is a long time resident of the Snoqualmie Valley and passionate about success for all youth.