Contact: Julio Cortes
425.259.5802 ext. 103
2929 Pine St
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Six New Faces Join Cocoon House’s Board
Everett, WA. – Cocoon House announces the addition of six experienced professionals to an already strong Board of Directors. Rebekah Couper-Noles, Mike Tibbits, Dr. Jeanne Willard, Regent Brown, Dr. Michael Lee, and Cory Rein will be the new faces joining Cocoon House. With backgrounds in education, human services, law, healthcare and finance, the additions will bring new ideas, views and solutions to a rapidly growing organization.
Rebekah Couper-Noles, VP/Chief Operations Officer at Providence Medical Group, brings management and operational expertise as well as experience working with a wide range of populations including teens. Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington and a Masters in Women’s Healthcare and midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a strong desire to give back to her community and care for teens in need.
Mike Tibbits, Senior Relationship Manager at Key Bank, will be adding extensive experience in finance and fund development to the Board. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Business Administrations from Seattle University. He has a passion for serving those who need help and believes Cocoon House fills a huge need in the community.
Dr. Jeanne Willard, Director of On-Time Graduation for the Everett School District, has worked extensively with underserved and at-risk student populations, including those at Cocoon House. Her passion and experience will greatly enhance our existing focus on education with our youth. Jeanne holds a B.A from Carnegie Mellon University, M. ED. From Cambridge College, an M.S. from Mercy College and a Doctorate from WSU. She also serves on the School District’s Equity and Access Council.
Regent Brown, Founder and Lead Consultant with Fostering Real Opportunities, will contribute her considerable experience with various marginalized groups and with building coalitions focused on building inclusive communities that provide opportunities for all. Regent comes to Cocoon House with a BA of Business in Human Resources and Organization Psychology. With a desire to create positive networks of support for teens, Regent will provide valuable insight and ideas to Cocoon House current and future programs.
Dr. Michael Lee, surgeon at Edmonds Orthopedic Center, brings valuable knowledge of medicine and the healthcare system coupled with a strong desire to serve the community. Mike holds a degree from Pomona College and completed his medical degree and orthopedic residency at the University of Washington. He brings to the Board his passion for promoting health and wellness.
Cory Rein is an attorney and partner with the Everett law firm of Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle. Cory will contribute extensive experience working with families in the court system. He joins the Cocoon House Board with a B.A. from Western Washington University and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law. He is a strong supporter of the agency’s mission of empowering young people, families and the community to break the cycle of homelessness.
Cocoon House empowers young people, families and the community to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing and prevention. Since 1991, Cocoon House has been the only organization in Snohomish County that focuses exclusively on teen homelessness. We believe that every young person in our community should be safe and thriving. Combined, our programs have served over 1,500 youth in our FY14. For additional information and to get involved, pleasecontact Cocoon House at 425-259-5802 or visit www.cocoonhouse.org