Who We Are
Cristina Roark joins the Kitsap Strong team as the Director of Community Innovation. Kitsap Strong works 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 a 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 Alumni 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 MBA from the University of Kansas and a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Alyson Rotter (pronounced r-oh-t-er) currently works as the Director of Education Innovation. Her work is tied to the Graduate Strong Network within Kitsap Strong focused on building equitable, healing-centered and trauma-informed education environments. The primary goal of the work is to ensure all youth have the capabilities, the connections, and the credentials to flourish. Her education background includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Public Affairs from Washington State University. She has worked in the field of education for over 22 years in various capacities within higher education, college access, outreach and training, program management, expanded learning and behavioral health.
She strongly believes all students can and will be successful when they have the right opportunities, resources, and support systems. Ensuring equity in education is not only a professional passion, but a personal mission as well. Alyson currently serves a School Board Director in the community she resides and is involved in several other community volunteer efforts related to education. She enjoys spending time outdoors and attending sporting events with her husband Chris, and two children, Brennan and Macelyn.
Promise is excited and honored to recently join the Backbone Team as the Future Bound Facilitator to work 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. Promise looks forward to connecting with you in the coming months and hearing more about the community's vision for future bound activities in Kitsap.
Graduate Strong Future Bound Facilitator
Victoria Hilt 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
United Way of Kitsap County
Kitsap Community Resources
Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap Public Health District
Stephanie (Cline) George
Kitsap Community Foundation
Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office
Harrison Family Residency
Kitsap County Dept. of Human Services
Peninsula Community Health Services
Dr. Kimberly Riley
You Are Beautiful, PLLC
Kitsap Regional Library
Navy - Fleet and Family Support Program
Olympic Educ. Service District 114
The Suquamish Tribe
Tiffany Sudela Junker
Catholic Community Services
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Welcome Home Project