Since mid-May, Companis has made 13 new placements and two Companis Workers have successfully completed their placements. Companis has also started a new partnership with African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry (AARTH), placing two Companis Workers with them. Companis Worker Gretchen Frankenstein helped the organization submit a grant proposal to the City of Seattle, and Dr. Renee McCoy, a new Companis Worker, is guiding AARTH on outreach, education and prevention with a focus on HIV/AIDS and COVID 19.
In Snohomish County, Companis’ relationship with ChildStrive continues to deepen. Companis Workers Mary Zwerling and David Johnson are putting together a feasibility study for the agency to determine whether and how to expand pediatric mental health services for ages 0-five. This is Mary’s third placement with Companis, and her second with ChildStrive. David comes to Companis after successful career as the director of Navos, a leading mental health services agency. Companis has also placed Rishabh Jain, a fourth Worker, with ChildStrive, assisting with data to figure out gaps in services and effectively reach more families.
Companis Worker Mary Hsu has just completed a stint with the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle, working closely with NAAM President and CEO LaNesha DeBardelaben in an executive assistant role. That position will continue with new Companis Worker Nora Percival next week!