Wendy Tanner earned her MSW at the University of Washington. She started her social work career at Community Youth Services (CYS) in Olympia, WA in 1996. She worked with youth in a Crisis Residential Center and Behavior Rehabilitation program and then became program manager for CYS’ Family Preservation Services programs. In 1998, she became a program director for AmeriCorps and then the Director of Finance and CFO in 2001. As CFO, she centralized human resources and automated several accounting functions, focusing on improved service to agency programs. In 2007, she became Chief Operating Officer and oversaw all non-residential programs, including employment, AmeriCorps, YouthBuild, Juvenile Diversion, Rosie’s Place drop in center, Independent Living Skills, transitional housing. Wendy also led agency accreditation efforts and agency strategic planning and implementation. During her tenure, CYS operating budget grew to $7.5M and staffing expanded to over 100 employees.
After she left CYS, she worked for one year as a Policy Analyst at Washington Behavioral Health Care Council in Seattle, focusing on Medicaid expansion and Children’s Mental Health. She then joined Valley Cities Behavioral Health in Federal Way as a Clinical Services Director, developing and expanding services, improving quality and service delivery, and training and implementing evidence based practices. She was responsible for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and led the agency’s continuum of care expansion of co-occurring treatment and added Suboxone, and harm reduction as additional treatment options, moved to an evidence-based curriculum and integrated SBIRT into the agency’s intake process. She led efforts to open Phoenix Rising, a 24-unit dorm style apartments for homeless young adults. She oversaw clinical housing services, after-hours crisis response, peer-bridger services and supportive employment. In addition she provided supervision for and expanded peer counselor services and provided training on Trauma Informed Care, Suicide Intervention and Prevention and SBIRT.
Wendy started at the Alliance in 2019 as the Associate Director of Finance and Operations. She views finance and operations as an essential partner to meeting service delivery and strategic goals and enjoys using numbers and data to support continuous improvement and service expansion.