Yolonda Marzest, MSW, MHP

Child Welfare Training Manager

Yolonda has worked in the child welfare field for 23 years. She was a former Child Protective Service social worker and Indian Child Welfare social welfare worker specializing in working with children and families in the Native American community. She has 10 years’ experience as a mental health professional and works as a supervisor/hospital authorizer mental health professional at the King County Crisis Clinic.  She has also served as a mental health professional for Sound Mental Health (formerly Seattle Mental Health) and geriatric medical social worker at Life Care at Home. 

Yolonda is passionate about serving children and families in crises and has dedicated her life to working to give all children the right to a better life. She is committed to helping African-American elders and communities of color become empowered. She is currently a continuing education coordinator and foster parent/kinship caretaker trainer at the Alliance.