Meet The Team!
Priscilla Lisicich is a member of Safe Streets’ founding team and has overseen Safe Streets development, direction, and fiscal health since 1993. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Arizona State University, respectively; her doctorate degree is from the University of Michigan. Prior to Safe Streets, Lisicich worked in higher education and community education. She has served as chair of the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse for two administrations. In 2001, Gov. Gary Locke appointed Lisicich to the Governor’s Methamphetamine Coordinating committee as a founder of the Washington State Meth Initiative. She has extensive experience in the development of legislation related to drug-related criminal justice issues and prevention. In addition to her work with Safe Streets, Lisicich is director of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.
Sarah grew up in rural Eastern Oregon, before moving to Tacoma in 2010 to attend the University of Puget Sound. Sarah received her BA in International Political Economy with an emphasis on Economics from Puget Sound in 2014. Before joining Safe Streets Sarah served with AmeriCorps and then worked as a substitute teacher in Federal Way, WA. Sarah volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Pierce County Juvenile Court and as a co-lead with the Pierce County Anti-Trafficking Network, a volunteer organization which is dedicated to equipping the community to combat human trafficking. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking and camping with family, playing her violin, reading, and gardening.
Community Mobilization Specialist
Born and raised in Tacoma, Grace became a part of the Safe Streets family in their freshman year of high school, where they participated in Safe Streets’ Youth Leading Change Program and fell in love with community service work. Through Youth Leading change, Grace interned at Safe Streets for two years, learning about the complexity of community mobilization. Seeing this to be an exciting challenge, Grace knew this was the career they wanted in life. After finishing high school with their AA from the Running Start program at Tacoma Community College, Grace moved to Bellingham and attended Western Washington University, achieving a BA in Political Science, with a focus on American Politics and Social Movements. One of their thesis papers, Government Response (or Lack Thereof) to Disasters in Communities of Color, was featured and presented by Grace at Western’s 23rd Annual Political Science Conference. The same summer that Grace graduated, they applied for their dream job – Community Mobilization Specialist – at Safe Streets. Working on the front lines with community members is one of Grace’s biggest passions and they are blessed to do the work they do. Grace is the co-founder of an online community group gathered around their enjoyment of Rooster Teeth, a YouTube channel. In their spare time, Grace is an avid gamer – Destiny, Overwatch, and Pokémon Sun are their main games right now.
Geographic Information Systems Intern
Ben Fincher is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern and has been a part of the Safe Streets Campaign community since February, 2016. Ben has several roles for our organization. From collecting quantitative data of our neighborhood groups, to facilitating community-driven mapping projects, his work is focused on working with local community members so they can have an active role planning for their neighborhood’s future. Ben is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington, Tacoma’s MA Community Planning program, a GIS certificate recipient from UWT, and has received a BA in International/Latin American Studies from Abilene Christian University in his home state of Texas. He is also a Federal Way Public Schools AmeriCorps alum, where he worked as an academic tutor for Sunnycrest Elementary, helping students gain beginning mathematics competency, and giving ancillary support with reading and writing in English and Spanish. Ben prefers his coffee black, likes hiking through the wondrous Olympic Peninsula and Snoqualmie Pass, and enjoys commuting throughout his new home of Tacoma by walking or by bike.
Glenn Huling has been responsible for all aspects of Safe Streets’ financial operations since 1996. Prior to joining the non-profit’s staff, he worked for 16 years for health-care provider Hillhaven Tacoma, most recently as the company’s director of property accounting, Huling earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia.
Youth Mobilization Specialist
Robert McAfee is a Youth Mobilization Specialist for Youth Leading Change here at Safe Streets. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky but moved to Tacoma, Washington at a young age. He attended McIlvaigh Junior High School on Tacoma’s east-side and then the historical Lincoln High School where he graduated in 1989. Robert obtained his associated degree in Human Services from Tacoma Community College and started a career in youth advocacy and support services in 2014. He is a certified trainer for Aggression Replacement with the State of Washington. Robert loves coaching basketball, football, and track for youth athletic programs. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Robert in person you will quickly learn he is a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Robert’s passion for his community, youth and mentoring are unique and beneficial to our program.
Julia is the Administrative Assistant at Safe Streets. She studied Sociology with a concentration in Inequality and Social Change at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Interested in social work and policy advocacy, she interned with the United States Senate and at a transitional housing non-profit in the DC area. After college, she went on to work at the Education Institute for the National Apartment Association in Arlington, VA before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2014. Following a passion for plants, Julia managed a small gardening business in Seattle for three years. She is excited to now be working towards community building and continues gardening for food and fun as well as enjoying weightlifting, yoga and hiking.
Assistant Operations Manager
Kaitlan grew up in a rural area of Northwestern Oregon and came to Tacoma in the fall of 2009 to attend the University of Puget Sound. She graduated in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in International Political Economy with an emphasis in Global Development and a minor in Spanish. Her studies fueled her interest in equitable asset-based community development initiatives. Beginning in her senior year of college she worked with a small team of volunteers to found Alchemy Skateboarding, a nonprofit organization which seeks to use skateboarding as a tool for re-engaging marginalized youth in their education and in the larger community. She became one of Alchemy’s first two paid staff members and stayed with the organization as Administrative and Operations Manager for three years. She left Alchemy with a strong foundation for future growth, a $100,000 annual budget, three full-time staff members, and a steadily increasing base of dedicated community partners and youth clients. In 2016 she was asked to join the team at Safe Streets campaign, bringing with her a fledgling skillset in nonprofit management and an enthusiasm for making a positive change through grassroots action. At Safe Streets Kaitlan serves as the Assistant Operations Manager, working collaboratively with the whole team to build and maintain effective data systems that will assess and communicate the impact of the organization’s work. Her goal is to cultivate within the organization a culture that is driven by heart, but directed by data. In her free time, Kaitlan enjoys gardening, gaming, and entertaining. She continues to live in Tacoma and serves on the Finance Committee for Alchemy Skateboarding.
Jennifer Oransky is the new accounting supervisor at Safe Streets. She has experience working in the non-profit area with such agencies as YWCA and WWEE (Courage 360). She received her B.A. in accounting at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. She volunteers as treasurer for her condominium association in Lakewood. Jennifer is currently working on her Zen garden, watching foreign films, walking chambers creek and traveling to visit other countries and family. Some of the countries she has traveled to are Africa, Turkey, Guatemala, Spain, and Portugal. Her favorite vacation was volunteering at a small village in Kenya helping build a health clinic.
Community Mobilization Specialist
Darren Pen is the South End Tacoma Community Mobilization Specialist for the Safe Streets Campaign since 2005. Before joining Safe Streets, he was a Community Mobilization Specialist for the Hilltop Action Coalition for eleven years.
Wanda Rochelle came to Safe Streets in 2006, following a three-year term of service with AmeriCorps. She manages all of Safe Streets’ mobilization and youth programs, including Neighborhood Patrol, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, Graffiti Operation Cover-up, Safe Routes and Youth Leading Change. Rochelle has also served as a volunteer for organizations including the North Pierce County Community Coalition and the Drug Free Community Coalition.
Community Mobilization Specialist
Joshua Seals is a community mobilization specialist here at Safe Streets. He was born and raised in Washington State. No stranger to the city of Tacoma, Joshua graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2013 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences: Self and Society. At the college he was very active from being the campus mascot “Hendrix the Husky” to being the Founder, President, and coach of the Tacoma Huskies club sports basketball team. Some of his work history also includes being a Para educator in the public school district, a coordinator for an outreach center in King County, and providing mentorship to youth. Some skills of his include leadership, spoken word, track and field, and basketball. He’s big on sports, and is also a rapper. Joshua is looking forward to making more positive differences in his community. “Be the change that you want to see, work the dream.”
Community Mobilization Specialist
RoxAnne Simon is a Community Mobilization Specialist, covering Unincorporated Pierce County, with her focus being on the Key Peninsula, as well as covering parts of Tacoma’s Eastside. She is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Specialist. Simon is a volunteer on the Key Peninsula Community Council and an advisor on the KP Youth Council. She attended Pierce College Puyallup where she was on the Student Leadership Team, first as an Equity & Diversity Coordinator, then as the Student Body President. She loves to travel, either by plane or motorcycle.