There is nothing wrong with small. You can do big things with a small team.

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Program Supervisor

Lesa Leclair, BS

I received a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University in Child Psychology in 1992 with an emphasis in social work. I have worked with children and families professionally since 2004, and extensively with therapeutic foster children using behavioral strategies to make them successful in home and school settings. I have had the privilege to work with children and their families to successfully reunify and strengthen families. I will provide skill-building for parents, behavior modification for children, emotion management skills, and connections to community resources. 

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Parent Educator

Krys Frank, BA                                  

I have been committed to serving children and families in the Puget Sound area since 2010. I received certification in Early Childhood Education from Renton Technical College in 2009 and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Child Development from The Evergreen State College in 2016. Prior to coming to the Institute For Family Development, I worked as a Positive Behavior Specialist in Head Start. I am most passionate about helping parents overcome challenging behaviors by giving them the tools and skills they need to be successful in becoming the best parent they can be. 

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Parent Educator

Marilyn Griego Benitez, BA

I received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. I have been committed to serving children and families in the Puget Sound area. Prior to coming to the Institute for Family Development, I worked with school age students and families in a before and after schools setting as well as preschool aged children in preschool programs. I am committed to my ongoing development as a Parent Educator by frequently taking additional courses and classes to improve my work with families. I am honored and have always enjoyed working with families, and creating a connection with families who may not have English as their first language.