Executive Members

bg_image

Emily Rich MS, LMFT, MedFT
Co-President

Emily Rich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

She presently has a private practice in Seattle, seeing individuals, couples, and families with a special focus on eating disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Emily is also trained as a Medical Family Therapist, working as part of the holistic healthcare team in a primary care clinic.

With an extensive background as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor, Emily enjoys bringing creativity into her work with clients as a form of expression and an avenue for healing.

bg_image

Maria Callahan
CO-PRESIDENT

Maria Callahan is currently a full-time Seattle Public Schools Art teacher at Thornton Creek School, K-5. She holds a degree in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Maria received her K-8 teaching credential, with an early childhood endorsement from Pacific Oaks College. She taught pre-school, Kindergarten and First grade before becoming a visual arts teacher in 2005.

Maria has a total of 19 years with Seattle Public Schools. Her expertise using a model of Expeditionary Learning, allows her to integrate visual arts across the curriculum at all grade levels. Maria says, “In school, art class was my saving grace, my safe place”. She hopes she can pass this grace along to her students. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband, who teaches middle school special education, and a sparkly middle-school son.

Ellen K. Carruth, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS
education outreach/program development

Dr. Carruth is a Professor and Program Director for the M.Ed in Counseling Program at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing her formal education, Dr. Carruth has spent time working in the mental health system in Washington and has used her experiences as a clinician to inform her practice as an instructor and her current research agenda. Dr. Carruth has spent her career in the helping professions, and she has over 20 years of experience working in human services/community mental health and higher education. Dr. Carruth began her career as a music therapist, and brings her unique approach to using music in counseling to students of the NWCEAI. Dr. Carruth maintains active roles in a number of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, and the Washington Mental Health Counselor’s Association, where she is president emeritus.

Kata Chavez
Marketing

Kata has over 10 years of experience in sales, business development, and public relations for small businesses and startups. She has always been drawn to energy of startup environments and has a passion for entrepreneurship. Kata has had the opportunity to work in construction contracting, politics, and healthcare. Now she calls the Seattle tech startup community home, at Switch, Inc. She’s always looking for the best way to grow businesses, and has said, “I learned very early that best way to grow business is to invest in people and cultivate community.”