Kelly Stockman McKee, MPA – Executive Director
For the past 25 years, Kelly has been a champion for youth in Washington state, developing effective programs, partnerships and organizations that promote youth development, strengthen families, and advance social justice. For over 12 years, Kelly has served as executive director and led successful expansion efforts for two organizations serving youth in Washington, Friends of the Children – Seattle and Washington State Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Prior to that, she held leadership roles with the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and Puget Sound Educational Service District – Head Start. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Society and Justice and Master of Public Administration degrees from University of Washington, and completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and Leadership Tomorrow.
Kelly is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Center for Children and Youth Justice advisory committee and the Washington Women’s Foundation impact assessment committee. Kelly enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling with her family.
Janet Heubach, Ph.D. – Program Director
Dr. Heubach leads MENTOR Washington’s statewide youth mentoring quality assurance initiative, serves as the project coordinator for the mentoring students of military parents study, develops and manages pilot studies and demonstration projects (e.g., STEM-infused Check & Connect) to advance knowledge about effective mentoring, and provides training and technical assistance for programs. She has been a mentor in a local youth mentoring program for the past four years. She managed the 5-year, seven-site, $4.5 million study of youth risk in mentoring that resulted in the Role of Risk report. Dr. Heubach previously worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Research Scientist doing R&D in workplace operational effectiveness.
Dr. Heubach began her career as an elementary school educator and worked at a small high school as an academic advisor and student activities director. She has two cherished adult daughters who live in the Seattle area.
Pamila Gant – Senior Program Officer
Pamila joined the MW staff in January 2008. In her role, she is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to mentoring organizations. Pamila also has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education in college admissions, financial aid, and student development. She has a wealth of experience working with youth from all backgrounds. You will quickly learn she is an ardent advocate for developing strong, caring communities where all youth feel safe and are capable of making meaningful contributions to the world around them.
Pamila earned her bachelor degree in Urban Development from Western Washington University and has a certificate in Family History and Genealogy (her personal passion) from the University of Washington.
Leah VanHoeve – Development & Communications Coordinator
Leah joined MENTOR Washington in the spring of 2017 as a Mentoring Expansion Specialist Americorps VISTA. After serving for a year through United Way of King County and seeing the organization through a structural overhaul and a rebrand, Leah rejoined the MENTOR Washington team as the Development & Communications Coordinator.
Leah graduated with a bachelors from Smith College, where she studied Sociology and German Studies. She is passionate about social justice, community support, and critical mentoring, and hopes to be able to apply these passions to the work she does every day. Leah lives in Seattle and enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, and being outdoors.
Victor Amabile – Project Coordinator
Bio coming soon!
Tom Pennella – DCYF Partnership Director
Tom Pennella currently serves as the Deputy Director for MENTOR Washington, and is Mentoring Administrator for the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Tom has worked for DCYF for the last 35 years, and has been with MENTOR Washington for the past 19 years. Tom is one of the founders of MENTOR Washington, and was inducted into the Mentoring Founders Circle in 2016. The majority of his career has been dedicated to supporting young people, especially those involved in the social service system, including youth in foster care, adjudicated youth, and youth with substance abuse and mental health issues. His most recent work has focused on dropout prevention and youth workforce mentoring. Tom serves as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring Program. In his spare time, he enjoys powerlifting and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He, his wife and two daughters live in Olympia.
Claude Green – Costco Corporate Engagement Director
Claude joined MENTOR Washington (MW) in 2016. He came to MW as a Loaned Executive from Costco Wholesale to provide strategic, operational, fundraising and marketing support needed to build MW’s profile. His primary focus is to pilot quality workforce development for local youth programs in Washington State. He is currently developing a corporate engagement strategy that encourages corporate mentoring and career pathway programs for at-risk youth through collaboration with businesses, state government and MW’s mentoring partners.
Prior to joining MW, Claude has spent 34 years working his way up the corporate ladder at Costco