Who We Are
Cristina currently serves as the Executive Director of Kitsap Strong, previously serving as the Director of Community Innovation. Kitsap Strong previously worked with a diverse group of community agencies to promote and expand trauma-informed practices and services to individuals in our community. This work consists of agencies across the life span (birth to 5 service providers to hospice care) and across numerous sectors (health, housing, education, justice, human services, etc.), and all the agencies are exploring new strategies, policies, practices, and services to support employees and clients from a trauma-informed perspective.
She supports the collaborative learning efforts that bring diversity of thought and methods for data-informed reflections of what is working and for what areas could benefit from improvements. Her role is to serve as a resource to partner organizations and help facilitate strategic partnerships and connections and collaboration.
Cristina is recognized by her peers as someone who cares deeply about developing meaningful and supportive relationships. She believes that the ability to influence system change begins with looking inward.
Before joining Kitsap Strong, Cristina served as a Senior IT Business Analyst at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for ten years on IT-related change initiatives. She was a culture contributor, building employee communities for greater impact and personal fulfillment. She holds an Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Systems of Care Manager
Dee is our newest backbone team member, fulfilling the role of Systems of Care Manager to project manage key processes that build local capacity in the Handle with Care Program and Trauma Informed Care training through our Speakers Bureau.
Dee was raised in both Louisiana and Washington State (Kitsap), she spent many years considering herself bi-coastal. Nineteen years ago, in October 2005, she decided to settle in Washington with her husband and three sons. While Dee's career has primarily been in the housing industry, including roles at the Bremerton Housing Authority and various mortgage companies, her upbringing instilled in her the importance of being active and involved in the community. She served on several boards and consistently volunteer whenever there's an opportunity. Being a natural "people person" with a genuine desire to see others succeed, She is thrilled to turn this passion into a career path. In her spare time, you'll find Dee at the gym, immersed in a good book, or enjoying quality time with her husband, especially now that they are newly "empty nesters." Dee takes pride in being the mother of three sons (Ty, Demetrius, and Darren Jr.) and a loving Mimi to three adorable grandchildren.
Dee eagerly anticipates the opportunities to initially meet and collaborate with the Handle With Care partners to become more familiar with who is engaged and in what ways. During her initial weeks of onboarding, she will be working closely with our backbone team and internal partners to get acquainted with existing processes and ready to learn more.
Promise is a Future Bound Facilitator working with community partners and youth for equitable educational outcomes and post-secondary exploration and opportunity.
Promise has lived in Kitsap County since 2017 and been involved as a community organizer and facilitator with Kitsap SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). She's worked with youth as a middle and high school teacher, advisor, and college counselor in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Oregon, and abroad in Palestine. Most recently, as the director of QuEST, a nonprofit service fellowship program in Seattle, she's supported young adults in their personal and professional growth. Promise has degrees from Bryn Mawr College (PA) and the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (VT). A practicing Quaker, she finds delight in singing, collaging, dancing, prayer, poetry, and potlucks.
Future Bound Facilitator
Victoria, as a parent leader, is excited to shape the new Strong Community Facilitator role for Kitsap Strong.
Victoria partners with Strengthening Families Washington staff to facilitate training for communities as a Certified Trainer for the Alliance’s Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work. This training provides a bridge of understanding between parents and staff who work with families to strengthen families and prevent instances of child abuse and neglect. Victoria is committed to implementing Liberatory Design and expanding the knowledge of its practices to restructure systems and leadership in our communities to be more equitable. At the national level, Victoria is currently the co-chair of the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council as well as a member of the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance Board of Directors, a member of the Communications Committee, and the co-chair of the Public Policy Committee. Victoria began a partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in 2013 when she was nominated as an Unsung Hero during Parent Recognition Month.
Strong Community Facilitator
Leadership Committee Organizations
Bainbridge School District
United Way of Kitsap County
Kitsap Community Resources
Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap Public Health District
Bremerton School District
Marvin Williams Center
North Kitsap School District
West Sound Technical Skills Center
Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health NW Family Residency Clinic
Peninsula Community Health Services
You Are Beautiful, PLLC
Kitsap Regional Library
Central Kitsap School District
Chief Kitsap Academy
North Mason School District
Voices of the Pacific Island Nations
Navy - Fleet and Family Support Program
Olympic Educ. Service District 114
The Suquamish Tribe
Catholic Community Services
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Welcome Home Project
Peninsulas Early Childhood Coalition
South Kitsap School District
West Sound STEM Network