Bios

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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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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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…

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Celeste McCormick, Past President

I have been involved with SBAWS since 2005, and served many years as the Newsletter Editor. Most recently I completed a two year term as President. I first joined the organization to help support my nephew Michael, who was born with Spina Bifida and is now an adult. Throughout my involvement with SBAWS, this organization…

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Whitney Stohr, Newsletter Editor

I joined the SBAWS Board of Directors in January 2020. I bring to the board a strong background in communications, outreach and advocacy. I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science, a law degree, and master’s degrees in ecology and international and comparative law. Originally from Yakima, Washington, I currently live in Auburn with my…