February 12, 2021
Get to know the creatives, the connectors and the cornerstones of the Alliance
Editor’s note: When you work with the Alliance, you may only have contact with a couple of people, either coaches or trainers or finance staff. But there is a strong team working behind the scenes to support everything our organization does. We create, we teach, we communicate, we design, we manage and account and engineer … it’s quite an operation. Our new Meet the Alliance profile series will introduce you to the people who make this world go ’round.
Lisa Sinnett is a coach/trainer (although that title “doesn’t encompass all that I do”) who has been with the Alliance for almost four years.
Lisa spends the majority of her time supporting the delivery of Regional Core Training, In-Service Trainings or one-on-one coaching for DCYF workforce. She also provides support to coaches, community partners and participants in conjunction with RCT-related activities, and works with learning and development staff to provide input or participate in ongoing professional development.
“My job is never the same on any given day,” Lisa says. “My favorite thing is that I am continually learning and growing while I am supporting others to do the same.”
Lisa has been in the child welfare space since the late 1990s as an undergraduate in college. To gain experience in the field, she began working as a volunteer with at-risk adolescents and youths receiving mental health care. After graduation, she began her professional career in child welfare as a counselor at a semi-secure crisis residential center for at-risk youth in Whatcom County. She then moved back to Kitsap County (where she grew up) to work as a case manager for a private child placing agency. She began working for Children's Administration in February 2006 and held several positions with the department including CPS Investigator, Court Service Specialist, CFWS Worker and Supervisor.
“I will say that my introduction to child welfare was personal. I have a cousin who aged out of the foster care system and as a youth our family was unable to have contact with her for some time. This definitely gave me perspective about the long reach of impact this work can have on an extended family, their story and relationships.”
Lisa’s favorite thing about working for the Alliance is the “creativity I get to tap into to support DCYF staff better understand their job and then be able to better provide for the families they serve. I feel lucky in the many ways in which this can occur in my current role — through direct training and coaching, to supporting my peers with RCT, and also a little bit of curriculum development.”
Lisa was recently married and is a first-time parent to an (“awesome”) almost-16-year-old stepchild. She feels lucky that they were able to make the wedding happen.
“We rented a VRBO in the San Juan Islands and my mom got ordained to officiate. My sister and her daughter were able to be present to witness the ceremony as well as a close family friend and my stepchild's mother. But because of the wonderful world we live in our many wonderful friends and family got a front row seat via Zoom. Jon, Natasha and I share our home with my cat of many years, Bonnie!”
A little more about Lisa:
What's something unique about you, or something people might be surprised by?
It’s not very exciting but it might seem strange to some — how little I actually want to do on the weekend. Quiet, low-key activities are my preference and a lot of lounging/resting.
What’s the most interesting space you’ve “worked from home”?
The laundry room.
What's your most-used emoji?
What was your first car?
If you were independently wealthy, how would you spend your time?
Traveling/living in many different places. I would still do something work-wise or volunteering my time to projects and programs that support the communities that I am living in or causes I am passionate about.
What's your favorite music genre or band?
I like all kinds of music. For the last few years I have had 92.5 on when I am in the car. I will mix that up with some of my music periodically. Usually something I can sing along with, folk rock preferred.
What’s your favorite movie, book or board game?
My favorite book is “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini.
What are you binge watching or currently reading?
“Survivor,” Candy Crush and listening to audio books.
What is your favorite travel destination?
I love the Caribbean but recently went to Sri Lanka and have a strong desire to see more of Asia and get back to traveling verses vacationing.
Pineapple pizza - yes or no?
Not my favorite but pineapple on pizza wouldn't stop me from eating a slice.