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Meet the YES team

David W. Downing

YES CEO David Downing

David W. Downing (he/him), MS, LMHC, CMHS, joined YES as its Chief Operating Officer in 2006 and has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since May 2020.

David is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist with over 30 years of leadership in the non-profit sector. David holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. David currently serves on the board of Eastside Pathways and, in the recent past, has also served on the boards of the Alliance of Eastside Agencies (AEA) and the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington State. David has been nationally recognized by the Child Welfare League of America for his work and advocacy for youth in the child welfare system (Outstanding Direct Service Worker Award for the Western United States).

Over the years, David has made changes and introduced programs and partnerships to increase both the depth and breadth of YES services. He transitioned YES’ behavioral health services from a traditional supportive listening model to one grounded in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He removed barriers to behavioral health access by developing strong partnerships with the Bellevue and Lake Washington school districts, the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, and a wide variety of community locations.

In response to a significant rise in the acuity of youth mental illness and substance use, David oversaw the integration of psychiatric services at YES, including evaluations, medication management, and physician-level guidance on treatment. Designed to prevent the development of future problems, under his direction, YES launched an early childhood behavioral health program, adding evidence-based services to help the youngest children and their caregivers. In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, David led the rapid transition of YES services to a TeleHealth virtual platform, helping to ensure continued access and continuity of care.

David has been featured in both 425 Magazine and 425 Business (magazine), most recently in the May 2024 edition of 425 Magazine. An opinion piece he recently wrote was featured in the April 29, 2024 Seattle Times.

Jackie Bui

YES COO Jackie Bui

Jackie Bui, (she/her) MSW, MHP, CMHS, & EMMHS, joined YES in 1996, serving in many roles, including the Director of Community Services and Inclusion, before becoming the Chief Operating Officer in January 2023.  Jackie holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Washington, where she concentrated on Children, Youth, and Families. She is a certified Child Mental Health Specialist and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist (for Latino and Asian Pacific Islander populations) with more than 20 years of experience. She is bicultural and bilingual, Vietnamese. Her therapeutic approaches are interactive, client-centered, strengths-based, and tailored to the client’s needs, utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Jackie is trained in Trauma-Focus Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Promoting First Relationship (PFR), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Christina Church-Closovschi

Christina Church-ClosovschiChristina Church-Closovschi (she/her) is the Director of Quality Services & Healthcare Integration. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the behavioral health care field. Christina oversees the YES administration team, information & technology systems, billing (Medicaid, insurance & self-pay), health care integration, quality programs and compliance. Christina previously owned a small business, provided consulting services for community-based and private behavioral health practices as well as worked for Mentor Health Northwest (now Sound Mental Health).

Justin Daigneault

Justin Daigneault (they/them or he/him), MS, LMHC, CN, started at YES in 2015 as a mental health counselor for youth and families and a co-facilitator of BGLAD, YES’s LGBTQ+ youth group. They are a Child Mental Health Specialist and a Gender & Sexuality Mental Health Specialist and have background and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI),  Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and other Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches. Their work at YES has expanded to include roles as a Clinical Supervisor (since 2019), Intern Program Manager (since 2018), BGLAD Group Coordinator (2016), and a member of the YES Diversity Advisory Team (since 2016).

Nathan Duncan

Nathan Duncan YES Director of Donor RelationsNathan Duncan (he/him) joined YES in 2024 as the Director of Donor Relations, bringing a wealth of experience across fundraising, event management, sales, and media/advertising professions. His professional journey includes notable stints at the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Expedia, and iHeart Media. Passionate about mental health advocacy, Nathan’s familial connection to the field, along with his time spent working with at-risk youth, reflects his commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Having lived abroad in Europe and pursued his graduate studies in Vienna, Austria, earning an M.A. in International Relations, Nathan embodies a global perspective and a deep understanding of cultural nuances. Outside of work, Nathan finds joy in the outdoors,  kayaking, cycling, tennis, spontaneous road trips, and seeing the depths of life through his travels. As a proud Washington native who grew up in Puyallup and now calls Snohomish home, Nathan delights in connecting with his community and exploring antique shops in search of hidden treasures.

Debbi Halela

Debbi Halela (she/her) is YES’ Director of Behavioral Health Services. Debbie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist with 25 years of experience. She has specialized in providing therapy for teen survivors of sexual abuse and clients who engage in self-injurious behavior. Debbie is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay (she/her) is YES’ Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). Lisa is a visionary and strategic executive known for driving long-term sustainable growth.  She has over 45 years of diverse business experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors and has worked as a development professional for over 15 years.  Beginning in 2009, she worked as the Director of Development for Seattle Children’s Home, then the Director of Development, and later Vice President of Development and Marketing at Navos. In the for-profit sector, Lisa was a real estate business owner and worked at Nordstrom for over 20 years, working her way up the ranks in buying, merchandising, strategic planning, and global sourcing and manufacturing for Nordstrom’s private-label brands.

Kristie Neklason

Director of school-based services

Kristie Neklason (she/her) was a clinical supervisor at YES for many years before becoming YES’ Director of School-Based Behavioral Health. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University and is a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional. She has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years, with a special focus on substance use and co-occurring disorders, and has specialized training in evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Tina Morales

YES Staff Tina MoralesTina Morales (she, her, ella) has been in the nonprofit sector for nearly three decades and is now the Community-Based Program Manager. In her 20-plus years at YES, she has served as program coordinator for Latino H.E.A.T. (Hispanos En Acción Together) and Mamas Unidas. As co-coordinator for the Latino Student Union, a Coalition of Eastside Latine student leaders, among many other collaborations, she is fulfilling her passion for serving her community. In 2009, Tina began her work as a Chemical Dependency Professional (SUDP). She prides herself in providing bilingual and bicultural services to transform, build compassion and heal.  She credits her success to thanks to her family, determination, cultural heroes, and YES Latino youth and families who have inspired and built an enduring season of cultural traditions on the Eastside that bring the community together and remind one that culture heals.

Her commitment to collaboration, cultural youth development, and community organizing principles has fostered the development of YES’ Latine programming, which spans two school districts, has created youth and parent leaders, and forged strong ties with many other agencies in the nonprofit and governmental spheres. Tina is proud of YES’ history, past and current leadership, and how YES -Community-Based Programs and counseling services create a prosperous and hopeful future for youth and families.

Ray Nelson

Ray NelsonAs the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Ray Nelson (he, him) is the administrator of YES’ grant funds and oversees the organization’s fiscal strategies, financial reporting, insurance contracting, and bookkeeping. Ray has more than 25 years of professional experience. Before joining YES in 2010, Ray was Chief Financial Officer for the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Seattle.

 

Kim Reid

Chief of Staff Kim ReidServing as Chief of Staff (COS) for Youth Eastside Services allows Kim Reid (she/her) to combine her strong administrative skillset with a deeply held desire to serve the community and belief in the importance of affordable and accessible behavioral health treatment options. Kim has a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington, Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation, Principles of Project Management certification, and, thanks to earlier years spent in the insurance industry, an Associate of Life and Health Claims (ALHC) designation. Before joining YES in 2012, Kim’s roles included office manager for a group of private practice mental health counselors and in the insurance/financial services industry, positions including business analyst, project manager, and life and health claims manager.

Marian Tillman

Marian TillmanMarian Tillman (she/her) joined YES as its Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in 2001. She has more than 25 years of human resource management experience in the nonprofit field.  Her areas of expertise include labor relations and negotiations; risk management compliance; workers’ compensation and safety; wage, salary, and benefits administration; and personnel law. She is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City. Prior to joining YES, Marian was the HR Director for Mentor Health Northwest (now Sound Mental Health).

Monica Wang

YES Youth and Family Therapist Monica WangMonica Wang (She/her), LMHCA, is a Youth and Family Therapist and Open Access Coordinator at YES with a passion for helping youth from multicultural backgrounds. She received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Columbia in 2018 and has been a part of the YES team since then. She takes a person-centered and strength-based approach to therapy, which is complemented by her cultural sensitivity. Monica is trained in evidence-based treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

As a bicultural and bilingual therapist fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Monica is uniquely equipped to provide therapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds. She has been committed to raising awareness about mental health issues affecting youth by participating in various outreach programs. She is dedicated to educating parents and community members about the importance of mental health and the resources available to support young people. She finds the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment where her clients can freely explore their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment.

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