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 the 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 4 pet best friends including her cat Meekah, dog Sloan, ball python Noodle, 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 Issaquah 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 Sammamish, WA 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
Teens 4 Teens
Senior, Running Start at Bellevue College
Junior, Gibson Ek High School
Freshman, Gibson Ek High School
Senior, Gibson Ek High School
Senior, Issaquah High School
Care Coordinator at Eastside Fire & Rescue
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Senior Business Executive, Operational Ninja
Cultural Bridges Manager at Issaquah Schools Foundation
Past Board Chair
Director of Child Development at Arena Sports
Program Director at Empower Youth Network
Chief Operating Officer at DA Davidson & Co
City of Issaquah Council Member
External Relations Manager at Master
235 1st Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
P.O. Box 1982
Issaquah, WA 98027
(June 17 - August 29th)
MON: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
TUES: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WED: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
THURS: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FRI: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
During the school year, we
are open Monday-Friday, 3:00-7:00 p.m.