The New Beginnings' staff is a committed, well-trained group of women and men, diverse in ages, ethnicity, cultural and religious backgrounds, and education. A third are people of color, and nearly forty percent are survivors of domestic violence.



Susan Segall, Executive Director

Susan has over 25 years of leadership, management and program experience in non-profits focused on peace and social justice. For more than 13 years, Susan served as Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in the Pacific Northwest, providing leadership on issues of peace, immigrant rights, LBGT rights, Native American rights, criminal justice, and youth leadership development. Before relocating to Seattle in 1999, Susan lived in Philadelphia, where she served as Interim Director of AFSC's national Peace Education Division, coordinated emergency room and hotline services at Women Organized Against Rape, and provided sexuality education training to professionals at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Susan has served on boards of the Greater Philadelphia Women's Medical Fund, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and on the Racial Equity Advisory Committee of the Defender Association's Racial Disparity Project.  


Community Advocacy Program - Shannon Rae, Manager
Hilary Bowker, Prevention Educator
Veronica Brown, Advocate
Lauren Smith, Data Coordinator
Becky Hall, Help Line Coordinator
Sara Parker, Advocate
Kim Morrill, Legal Advocate
Pacheena Shuen-Mitchell, Mobile Advocate
Sarah Vasquez, Bilingual Advocate
Rachel Taylor, Children's Advocate / CDVRT Advocate
Emergency Shelter Program - Miriam Hunt, Interim Manager
Nicole Eftekhari, Women's Advocate
Edwina Finefrock, Women'’s Advocate
Elisabeth Galczak, Women's Advocate
Jolene Janacek, Women's Advocate
Cindy Obtinario, Chemical Dependency Specialist
Joseph Sigala, Household Coordinator
Lauren Smith, Data Coordinator
Chrysta Storm, Children's Advocate

Transitional Housing Program - Ginny Ware, Manager
Caitlin Clark, Program Assistant
Lindsay Craven, Children's Advocate
Mary Hutchins, Women's Advocate
Jonna Korpi, Facilities
Julie Sperry, Women's Advocate

Programs - Liz Santiago, Program Director
Beverly Chase, Mental Health Therapist
Administration - Donnetta Vessell, Administrative Director
Emmalee Ashland. Technology Specialist
Denise Haugen, Finance Manager
Development - Rachelle Nesta, Development Director
Erin Cox, Major Gifts Officer
Kerry Dirk, Annual Fund Coordinator
Megan Clingman, Special Events Coordinator
Sarah Lewis Assink, Community Engagement Coordinator,