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 an administrative assistant. 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 almost 9 years. Her sons attend Mt Si High School, Twin Falls Middle School and Cascade View Elementary.
Suzy joins the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network as the Project Coordinator for a Supportive Community For All (SCFA). She has extensive experience working within high-growth sales and marketing organizations identifying and managing programs to meet business needs in areas such as Inclusion and Diversity, talent development, and new business development. Being raised in South America and Mexico she brings a collaborative, multi-cultural and team-driven approach to every project. She sees the world through the eyes of others & brings this perspective to her work.
Suzy is passionate about wellness and as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach helps people create more harmony, mindfulness and satisfaction in making healthier eating & lifestyle choices. She lives in Snoqualmie with her husband and two daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, horseback riding and the beautiful PNW outdoors.
Heather Downing is the Youth Success Mentoring Program Coordinator 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.
Monica Lynne joins SVCN as the Sno Valley Youth Council Coordinator and Community Outreach Parent Education Coordinator. She has over ten years experience as a high school health teacher in the Bellevue School District. Monica co-created the curriculum for the district covering the units of mental health, sexuality, substance abuse and nutrition/fitness. She led several peer programs at Newport High School including the Link Crew program, AIDS peer educator program, Natural Helpers and the LGBT+ program. She has extensive experience counseling teens on health related subject matters and has a deep passion for guiding youth. She is currently applying to get her masters in counseling psychology so she can work with teens at a higher level to continue her passion in a slightly different direction.
Monica also works as a fitness instructor/nutritionist/wellness coach and is dedicated to living, role modeling and inspiring a healthy lifestyle to those around her. She has been in the health field for over 23 years and loves to incorporate healthy living into all aspects of life by teaching how mental health, physical health and emotional health can balance one’s ability to achieve optimal health.
Monica has been an involved member of the Snoqualmie Valley for 20 years and is currently enjoying raising her 3 teenage children in Snoqualmie.
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.
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 numerous workshops and meetings. 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, she founded Soundfalls—a community-oriented music program of shows, workshops, and house concerts that inspires people to share in the tradition of live performance. Maren and her husband have a daughter who graduated from Cedarcrest High School in 2018.
Maren grew up in Minnesota where she spent summers leading outdoor youth programs. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College, community-organized in Chicago, and then moved to Seattle in 1990, where she earned a Master of Urban Planning from University of Washington. In her free time, Maren studies and performs with professional musicians, hikes, bikes and writes. One more thing, she kayaked from Alaska to Seattle. You can read about it in Homelands: Kayaking the Inside Passage.
Carol Van Noy
Carol Van Noy is the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network’s 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.