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Equity, Belonging and Family Partnership

We are a team of dedicated staff from diverse backgrounds. Issaquah schools have Building Equity Leaders, school counselors, and Family Liaisons to help guide our work. Meet the team.

Executive Director - Equity, Belonging and Family Partnership

Alaina Sivadasan

Administrative Assistant - Equity, Belonging and Family Partnership

Susie Yamane

Family Partnership Specialist

Lorna Gilmour

Equity Specialist

Sharon Roy

Counseling and Student Well-Being

Issaquah schools provide comprehensive guidance and school counseling services in each building. 

Director of Counseling and Student Well-Being
Assistant to the Director of Counseling and Student Well-Being
Assistant Director - School Counseling

Family Liaisons

Many parents have question such as who to contact with student concerns, what the class choices are, what requirements are expected for graduation and classroom expectations. The Family Liaisons help families understand and navigate our school system.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a, o mande un texto o llame al 425-331-9555.  

需要協助與老師或職員溝通嗎?請發送電子郵件至 獲取協助並回答問題或填寫表格。此外,學校的教職員也可以與您聯繫提供協助。

Need help communicating with teachers or staff? Please  email to get help answering questions or filling out forms. Also, someone from the school can contact you with help or answers. 

Liliana Medina (Español)
Family Partnership Liaison
Office Phone: 425-837-7141
Cell Phone: 425-651-5170
Text: 425-331-9555
Wenli Mithal (中文)
Family Partnership Liaison
Office Phone: 425-837-7106
Cell Phone: 425-651-5205
Text: 978-252-3686
Ina Ghangurde (हिंदी, मराठी)
Family Partnership Liaison
Office Phone: 425-837-7008 
Cell Phone: 425-651-9245     
Text: 252-563-3498

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Cascade Ridge Elementary
Cedar Trails Elementary
Challenger Elementary
Creekside Elementary
Discovery Elementary
Endeavour Elementary
Sunny Hills Elementary

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Cougar Mountain Middle School
Maywood Middle School
Pacific Cascade Middle School
Apollo Elementary
Briarwood Elementary
Cougar Ridge Elementary
Grand Ridge Elementary
Maple Hills Elementary
Newcastle Elementary

VOICE Mentor Program

The VOICE Mentor Program pairs volunteer adults or high school students with student mentees from all grades, in all schools within the Issaquah School District. Matches meet on school grounds, during school hours for 30-60 minutes each week as mentors support students through ongoing, positive, one-to-one relationships.


is an in-school mentoring program that pairs caring adult or high school volunteers with Issaquah School District students for one-on-one, supportive relationships. We provide mentors for students K-12 at all 26 Issaquah schools.

Learn more on their website.

VOICE Program Specialists

Nathalia Sanchez

Tina Weber

Equity Building Leaders for 2023-24

Equity Building Leaders work with their building teachers when they need support or ideas around equity, diversity and inclusion. They are provided on-going training and supported by our district team and a cohort of other Equity Building Leaders.


Elementary Schools
Equity Building Leads
Apollo Elementary  Sarah Shero
Briarwood Elementary   Leilani Kollasch
Cascade Ridge Elementary Madyson Evans 
Cedar Trails Elementary Allison King
Challenger Elementary Carrie Granados
Clark Elementary Cassie Popek 
Cougar Ridge Elementary Cathy Chmielewski
Creekside Elementary Carrie Alexander
Creekside Elementary  Maureen Walmsley
Discovery Elementary Mary Flett
Discovery Elementary Marni Vail
Endeavour Elementary AnhThu Ngo
Grand Ridge Elementary Laura Kamau 
Issaquah Valley Elementary Mercedes Mandich
Issaquah Valley Elementary Lara Tompkins
Maple Hills Elementary Courtney Santos
Maple Hills Elementary Jodi Tutor
Newcastle Elementary Katie Afman
Sunny Hills Elementary Tori Sylvers
Sunset Elementary Kat Psomostithis-Bundy
Middle Schools
Equity Building Leads
Beaver Lake Middle Tiffany Bahall 
Cougar Mountain Middle Chris Wieland
Issaquah Middle Heather McDonough
Issaquah Middle Oracio Valdez
Maywood Middle Leah Ball
Pacific Cascade Middle Susan McDonald
Pine Lake Middle Kristina Klein


High Schools
Equity Building Leads
Echo Glen tbd
Gibson Ek High Colin McCormick
Issaquah High Kathryn Kelly
Liberty High Jamie Street
Skyline High Todd Caffey