Brett is a Counselor at the Garage, a Teen Cafe and has been with the organization since the Winter of 2023. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA, WA). He received his Bachelors from the University of Oregon in 2016 and his Masters in Psychology from Seattle University in 2022.
Brett has a passion for serving teens' mental and emotional health needs through offering wrap-around services and a drop-in model of care. His approach is rooted in existential-humanistic theory, using interventions drawn from relational and psychodynamic modalities.
Brett resides in Issaquah with his two cats, Pancake and Sushi. In his free time he enjoys playing video games, tumbling rocks, and losing to 10 year-olds at the local chess club.
KayLee is the founder and Executive Director of the Garage, a Teen Café. She worked for three years to bring a teen center to the Issaquah School District before the Garage opened in 2018. Since then, she has led the organization that now serves 60 – 100 teens a day, providing a safe space for them to gather and access resources as needed.
Before starting the Garage, she was the Development Director and Interim Executive Director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation. KayLee has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit field and is happy to bring that experience to serve youth in her hometown of Issaquah.
KayLee also serves as trustee for the Breneman Jaech Foundation and the Herbert B. Jones Foundation. She received a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University.
She resides in Issaquah with furbabies Frankie, Wynona, Waverly and featherbabies Geraldine, Maisey, and Wilma
Christine is a Case Manager at the Garage, a Teen Cafe. She assists youth ages 12-19 achieve their goals and meet their individual needs through strengths-based service plans. This intervention and prevention works to keep teens in their homes and communities.
Prior to joining the team in the fall of 2021 she worked for multiple nonprofits in the Central Valley of California as a Registered Behavior Technician. She has been thrilled to spend the majority of her professional career serving the teenage demographic and continues to find joy and
passion serving the youth of Issaquah today.
Christine brings a valuable perspective to the Garage as someone with lived experience with the foster care system and youth homelessness. She currently resides in Renton with her pet best friends, her cat Meekah and leopard gecko Bartholomew.
Serena is a Program Coordinator at the Garage, a Teen Cafe. She serves teens daily, manages the Book of the Month Program, and helps to evaluate program efficacy through monthly Listening Sessions.
Before joining the Garage Team, she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Seattle University. During her time there, she served as a Global Ambassador at the International Student Center, where she welcomed and facilitated community building events for incoming international students. Additionally, she was an active participant with the Gender Justice Center as well as Seattle U's Asian/Pacific Islanders for Equity and Critical Engagement (APIECE).
Serena currently resides in Renton with her furbaby, Maple.
Brenna is a Program Coordinator at the Garage, a Teen Cafe. As a Program Coordinator, she works hard to create a welcoming environment for any student that comes through the door. Her main goals at The Garage are to help students bring their creative ideas to life, and to create a space where all students are welcome and validated.
Brenna has 4+ years of working with youth from varying backgrounds and identities. Before working at The Garage, Brenna has worked for Sequim School District, Mercer Island School District, Issaquah School District, as well as counseling at Echo Glen Children’s Center. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University, as well as an Associate’s in Addiction Studies from Peninsula College.
Brenna currently resides in Issaquah with cat, Rosie.
Tiana is the Program Manager at the Garage, a Teen Cafe and has been with the organization since the Grand Opening in 2018. As Program Manager, she enjoys mentoring her Gibson Ek High School intern, leading the Garage’s Teens 4 Teens steering committee, and hosting the Garage’s annual Rainbow Prom in the Spring.
She received her associate’s degree from Bellevue College with a concentration in Sociology before transferring to Western Washington University to earn her bachelor’s degree. While at Bellevue College she also tutored fellow students on Sociology at the Academic Success Center.
She resides in her hometown of Bellevue with dogs, Ginny & Leia and cat, Louie
Patrick is a mental health counselor at the Garage. He received his Bachelors from Eastern Washington University in Psychology in 2011 and his Masters from Seattle University in Arts and Education in Community Counseling in 2017. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington.
Before working at the Garage, Patrick worked for the City of Redmond at the Old Firehouse as a Program Coordinator and then at the Refugee Resettlement Office in downtown Seattle as an ESL teacher. After completing his Masters, he worked in downtown Kent serving exclusively teens, working both in a clinical setting, as well as at an alternative high school. His mental health approach is rooted in an existential-phenomenological approach that seeks to contextualize pathology in systems of oppression and authority often overlooked by modern mental health approaches.
Patrick lives in Issaquah with his wife (baker, cake maker, sugar flower prodigy) and cat (tuxedo, surly, fast food-seeking) enjoying hobbies including but not limited to: sneakers (mostly Jordans), books (mostly 20th century French and German philosophy), sports (Bulls, Bears, White Sox), and video games (Diablo II, Dark Souls I-III, Overwatch).
Teens 4 Teens
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Junior, Gibson Ek High School
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