Bios

Dave Carl

I am originally from the east coast. I received a bachelors degree in social work from Buffalo State College, in Buffalo, New York in 1999. I have been involved with Spina Bifida chapters throughout the country. In 1999, I assisted with planning the community events for the Spina Bifida Association of Western New York. From…

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Chris Pitts, Webmaster

I’m in my 30s and I have Spina Bifida. I have been working with computers for well over a decade now and have more recently started working with webpages. In 2019 I decided to volunteer for the SBAWS and help to create a new updated website. I appreciate all the experience I am getting and…

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Linda Bailey

My name is Linda Bailey, and I am an adult born with myelomeningocele. I am a past President & former newsletter editor for the Evergreen Spina Bifida Association. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University with emphasis on Psychology and Special Education, and minors in English & Journalism. I also hold a…

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Rachel Bernhard

I grew up in Ames, Iowa where I participated in Spina Bifida Association of Iowa (SBAI) events in support of my niece born with Spina Bifida, Emmie. I graduated from Iowa State University in Biological Systems Engineering and Global Resource Systems with a minor in Spanish. I currently work on water and transportation projects as…

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Nicole Williamson​, Executive Director

Starting April, 2018, I resigned from the SBAWS Board of Directors to be appointed by the Board as the current Executive Director of the SBAWS. Previously, I was the Co-leader of the Seattle Cluster. Since 2006, as the Seattle Co-Leader, I planned bi-monthly play dates and Parent’s Day/Night Out (switching from one to the other…

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Tim Miller

My wife and I have 5 wonderful children. Tristram, Ariel, Balin, Kelahna, and Percival. Kelahana was born with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, and Arnold Chiari Malformation. Kelahna is an amazing little girl with strength and determination that inspires me every day. I completed my Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene in 2002 and my doctorate in Dental…

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Ruth Hayes-Short, President

I have spent 40+ years in a variety of educational leadership positions. I spent many years as a Director of Special Education and principal of numerous elementary schools. I spent the most recent years of my career as President and Executive Director of a unique nonprofit school and program in the Seattle area. In addition,…

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Jon Tutt

Jon’s background is business. After graduating from the University of Washington and four years in the US Army, Jon spent 17 years as a branch manager in the consumer finance industry, then 10 years as a mortgage broker and since 1996 as a property manager.  In September 1998, his grandson, Michael Hoyt  was born with…

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Erica Nunez, Secretary

I reside in Benton County and I am the mother to one child who also has Spina Bifida. My experience with children started in 1999 and ranges from coordinating events for orphanages in Korea, assisting in a children’s homes in Austin, TX, and being a teacher’s aide tutoring students with disabilities in college and in…

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Amy Miller, Vice President

I am the mother to 4 beautiful children, Tristram, Ariel, Balin and Kelahna. Kelahna is our youngest and she was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and Arnold Chiari Malformation. Kelahna is such a blessing to our family and we are so proud of her for all that she has overcome. I have a Bachelors degree…