Liz grew up in Milton-Freewater and received her BS in Psychology from University of Idaho. After graduating and spending a rainy winter in Seattle she followed the sun to Arizona. Her passion for social justice led her to pursue a graduate degree in public administration, with a focus on nonprofit management, at Arizona State University. While completing her degree she began work at Mesa United Way, where she became a fervent advocate of a then new approach to improving lives and communities – asset based community development.
In 2000 she jumped at the chance to return home to the Walla Walla Valley and accepted the position of executive director of United Way of Walla Walla County. During her time there she had the privilege of working with a wide-range of community groups, businesses and individuals committed to making a difference in our community. In May 2013 she happily joined the Helpline team as executive director, where she hopes to use her years of experience, knowledge of community resources and passion for social justice to build on the organization’s already strong foundation.
In her off time, Liz enjoys spending time with her large extended family and four-legged roommate Riley.
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