Meet our Help Me Grow Action Team Leads

Taylor Caragan, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department | CHILD HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OUTREACH
Taylor is a Master of Public Health (MPH) specializing in Maternal and Child Health. She earned her MPH from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She recently moved to Tacoma, Washington from Tampa where she lived most of her life and worked as the program supervisor for the federal Title X (ten) Family Planning Program for the Office of Health Equity at the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County. Currently, Taylor is working as the Healthcare Liaison for Help Me Grow Pierce County at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. She is excited to have the opportunity to lead both the Pierce County and Statewide Health Provider Outreach components and action teams. When she’s not working, Taylor enjoys tending to her plant family, reading, and spending time with her husband Jon and dog Bowie, hiking and exploring the PNW!
Linden Obel, Northwest Early Learning Coalition | FAMILY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Linden is the Regional Lead & Facilitator for the Northwest Early Learning Coalition and a graduate student in public health. She has a background in health sciences and communications, and for nearly a decade, she has worked with a variety of non-profits in leadership and community development, experiential education, and social services. She is committed to strengthening health equity and access to services for children and families, especially those that are underserved. Linden and her husband Clark live in Whatcom County and enjoy anything to do with the outdoors, especially skiing, backpacking, and canoeing!
Jenny Nakata, Consultant | COORDINATED ACCESS POINT
Jenny is a school social worker with a deep passion for social justice and community building. She earned her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from UC Berkeley and has extensive experience in building systems, teaching internationally, and coordinating community supports. Her most important job is parenting her 2 year old son who has taught her the art of finding joy in everyday experiences- giggles, tantrums, and everything in between. 
Sarah Salomon, WithinReach | DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS
Sarah serves as the Senior Manager of Evaluation and Impact at WithinReach where she supports data standardization and evaluation efforts for Help Me Grow Washington. She brings knowledge of the Help Me Grow model and metrics, and experience guiding and facilitating teams to use data for continuous systems improvement. Sarah is committed to working together to build a data action team that reflects the racial, cultural, and geographic diversity across Washington state, and ensuring that all members are supported to participate fully.
Soleil Boyd, Ph.D, Senior Program Officer, WA STEM | DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS
Soleil serves as Senior Program Officer for Washington STEM, supporting the organization’s Early STEM and King County strategies. She partners with key education and industry partners to support programming and policy intent on dismantling the institutional and systemic inequities that disproportionately impact families and students of color, those from low-income and rural backgrounds, and women. Prior to Washington STEM, Soleil was Director of Professional Development and Coaching at Cultivate Learning. She directed the Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching and teaches Early Childhood and Family Studies courses at the University of Washington, where she completed her doctoral degree in education. Boyd started her early childhood education career as a preschool teacher assistant before becoming a preschool lead teacher, program supervisor, early learning coach and product developer.
Jenée Myers Twitchell, Ph.D, Chief Impact Officer, WA STEM | DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS
Jenée serves as the Chief Impact Officer at Washington STEM and is an adjunct for the University of Washington College of Education’s Leadership in Higher Education program. She develops, analyzes, and applies cross-sector, longitudinal data and research on systems changes and student outcomes to help drive Washington STEM’s business plan and strategic initiatives. Jenée has her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UW and has led research studies on policy changes for secondary to postsecondary transitions for underserved students, regional collective impact network leadership, and regionalized supply-demand gaps for education-to-workforce pathways across Washington State.
Brittany Hartikainen, Community Minded Enterprises/Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington | POLICY & ADVOCACY
Brittany has been in the early learning field for over 17 years, working with ages birth to twelve-years-old. Her experience spans all the way from working in the classroom, specifically with infants and toddlers, to Director of a childcare center, to Early Achievers Coach. She has earned her degree in Early Childhood Education and Business, and finally her Masters in Management and Leadership. Brittany has a passion to see early learning professionals recognized for their extraordinary work and that families have affordable access to quality early learning, which are the driving forces of her advocacy work.
Julia Kagochi, Kagochi Consulting | EQUITY
Grounded by compassion, racial justice and authenticity, Julia Kagochi (she/her/hers) believes in learning alongside and growing with the communities and people she serves. These values manifest themselves in the effectiveness of her facilitation style and compassion-based approach. She has a gift for relational storytelling and utilizes both personal and professional experiences to engage others in difficult conversations. Kagochi Consulting, LLC was conceived from a personal desire to create a healing space for the founder and other People of Color impacted by racist work environments and systems. Its central mission is to provide tools, resources and guidance for individuals, groups and organizations navigating their own racial equity journeys. When she is not working, you can find Julia eating all the gluten-free food she can get her hands on or figuring out how to do distance learning with her children.