Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff listed below.
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Contact Resa to request training. Fees may be waived for groups led by individuals with I/DD but will be determined on a case by case basis.
I am Resa Hayes and I’ve been volunteering as a self-advocate for many years; so many I can’t even remember. I have served on a variety of state and local boards and committees, including SAIL, a Client’s Rights Committee, and I currently chair a committee that is trying to close the Fircrest School, here in Washington State. One of my favorite jobs was to work at the United Cerebral Palsy Daycare Center.
As a Community Educator for People First of Washington, I work with members one-on-one by calling and checking in on them to help them further develop their own self-advocacy skills, I lead the “Reaching my Own Greatness” and other trainings, and I am always available to give input to my colleagues and the general public.
When I’m not out in my community, I love to watch episodes of “I Love Lucy,” Westerns and other old movies. I live on my own in the Spokane area with my sweet cat, Tigger.
I can be reached at
Student First Coordinator
Contact Craig for information on how to create a Student First Chapter.
I’m Craig Sicilia. I’ve worked in the disability service world for years, but after recovering from a brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver, the way I work in the disability service world has changed dramatically. I used to work in the community residential setting but after my brain injury, I shifted my focus toward self-advocacy. This is because I see community residential settings as institutions that do not protect the rights of people who live with disabilities. I am also a founder of the Brain Injury Radio Network.
My role with People First of Washington is as the Student First Coordinator, a program I created. In this role, I teach students with disabilities how to advocate for themselves. Each year, I work with over 400 students in the Spokane area. I also teach college classes on Disability History. I live in Eastern Washington.
Student First Trainer
Student First Trainer
Contact Michelle regarding students' training and lesson plans.
I’m Michelle Broeckling and I have been a Student First Trainer with People First of Washington for the past seven years. I provide training and lesson plans for students aged 14 to 21 in the Spokane area. Before that, I completed Chef School in Lynnwood, WA, and I held various jobs in restaurants and assisted living facilities.
In my free time, I love competing in Special Olympics! I participate in track and field, soccer, volleyball and basketball. I’m also an active member in the local People First Chapter. I live in Spokane with my mom and dad, my brother and sister-in-law and my niece. We have cats and Australian Zebra Finches.
I love working with students on planning their transitions and can be reached at
Contact Krista for scheduling with the board of directors or requesting organizational support.
I’m Krista Milhofer, the Program Administrator for People First of Washington. It’s an honor to join the People First Family!
My life up till now has had some highlights. For work, I owned and operated my own community engagement company and provided person-centered planning. I also was a Transition Coordinator, and a long time ago, a Paraeducator.
I took advantage of the creative programs at The Evergreen State College to complete my degree studying disability related topics. As a person with invisible disability, I am really proud to work alongside staff and board members who publicly fight to make the world a more inclusive space.
I live in Tacoma with my family, our ferret named Loki and about 40 fish. In my free time I enjoy traveling, gardening and photography.
I can be reached at
My name is Joel Bumstead, as my high school career was coming to end in 2018, I knew I wanted to explore my employment options. I started an internship, prior to my high school graduation with Planning the Next Steps, performing administrative duties. I found my career calling and was offered a part time Office Assistant position.
My supervisor Krista Milhofer valued the work I was doing for Planning the Next Steps. It was clear that she knew I would be an asset to People First of Washington. I was able to continue my role as an Office Assistant with People First of Washington. I do database management, scanning, filing, and data entry work.
I have started attending the weekly Reaching my own Greatness self-advocacy training.
In my free time, I like to start rubber band fights in the office.
Contact Corinna regarding membership information.
Hi, I’m Corinna (she/her). I worked for the Arc of Snohomish County as the self-advocacy coordinator, supporting a women’s group in which they become empowered, and working with transition students to find and negotiate services once the bus stops coming. I also work with other community organizations to promote inclusion, self-determination skills and advocacy abilities. I relate to all of these issues because of my personal stories around my disabilities. I will be resigning from the People First Of Washington Board of Directors, serving as the Region 3 Representative.
I live in Everett with my husband and our two cats. I enjoy my coffee, family and close friends.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Operations Analyst
Contact Robert regarding membership or payment information.
Hello, my name is Robert Martin, and I'm a business operations analyst for People First of Washington. I recently came out of retirement to join our team. Prior to retirement, I pursued a career working as a mathematician and computer engineer in a diverse variety of application domains including Aerospace, Nuclear Power, Grid Monitoring and Control, as well as Medical Training Systems. In earlier educational endeavors, I earned a PhD in pure mathematics from Columbia University; this provided valuable skills in the technology fields, which were subsequently pursued.
Recently relocated to Hoodsport after ten years of living in West Seattle, I live here with a female Cockatiel named Pickles. In my spare time, I enjoy the beauty and heritage of the Hood Canal. I am also an avid reader of fiction and scientific books. I am currently studying Virology for recreation due to its relevance in current affairs.
I can be reached at
Contact Kristen for help using technology, joining meetings online or scheduling time on zoom.
I’m Kristen Still and I am the Online Coordinator for People First of Washington. It is an honor to be apart of the People first family! I just recently graduated college with my Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness.
My family and I moved from Washington state to Oklahoma 8 months ago for my husband’s job and hope to move back to the Pacific NW next year. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 10 years and we have a 9-year-old daughter & 3 dogs. In my free time I love spending time with family, crafting and enjoying nature.