Introducing the Team……

We are so happy to introduce the wonderful people who work in our many sites.


Gail Lavassar – Executive Director

Gail is a graduate of Western Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services & Education and holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She presents at state and national conferences on the issues of rural homelessness, family support principles, and the development of school, community and family partnerships, including the development of family resource centers on school property. Recent awards include the “Best Administrator” from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children, and recognition as Youth and Hometown Hero in the local newspapers. Gail lives in South Whidbey with her husband of 28 years, John LaVassar. She has two adult children, Nick age 25, and Amanda age 24.

Mary Michell

Family Support Specialst Mary graduated from Washington State University's online program in Human Development in 2010 and has worked for Readiness to Learn foundation since 2011. She is also the South Whidbey School District's Homeless Liaison after having been Coupeville School District's Homeless Liaison for the past four years. She was involved in the ECEAP preschool program for eight years before moving into family support service. She has lived on Whidbey for 27 years and can not imagine a better place to live. She has two sons, Xander and Nick, as well as a very sociable dog, an aloof cat and a complacent lizard. 


Crystal Coglas


Introducing our Board of Directors…

Our Board of Directors are wonderfully dedicated and fun people .  We are honored to have the pleasure of working with them to support our mission.  Thank you board members!

Joan Smith - Treasurer

Betty Clark