Zara is our Practice Director who came to us from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. Zara road-tripped from Pittsburgh to Seattle in August of 2019 with her partner, Zachary, and their loveable cats, Calla, Lily, and Gatsby. The family got here just in time for Zachary to begin his Health Administration studies at the University of Washington.
Zara graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services and a minor in English. Her studies at Penn State are what brought her to her particular interest in mental health rehabilitation and criminal justice.
Before her move to Seattle, Zara worked as the Director of a Clubhouse Model mental health program. While in that position, she held adjacent titles as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Co-Chair of the Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse Advisory Board. Her favorite part of all those roles was the amount of education and guidance that she was able to spread to people just stepping into the field. She traveled to many national and international conventions to present on issues such as inclusion and equality for people living with mental illness while also mentoring students in social work, criminal justice, counseling, and other healthcare-related programs.
Zara had been eager to shift gears to a more dynamic and impactful part of healthcare for quite some time. She saw her move to Seattle as an excellent opportunity to cross utilize her skills set and expand her knowledge of recovery combined with justice. Zara’s passion for behavioral health and belief in recovery brings her ready and prepared to be a part of justice in our world.