Rowena Harper   Executive Director     True leadership is humility, and we at SYM are privileged to have that modeled to us from our Executive Director Rowena. When she’s not connecting with our broader community of support or doing any of a myriad of things to keep SYM afloat, you can expect to find Row sitting on the ground folding flyers with a warm smile on her face. She says comfort food (think burgers!) and coffee are her gustatory pleasures, but I’m convinced it’s popcorn – the endearing sound of microwaved kernels crunching echoes in our office “corridors” (dang, I wish we had corridors!). Bottom line – she loves her family, her home, her friends, the Seahawks, and God. She’s a lover, folks. We’re happy to have her.

Rowena Harper
Executive Director

True leadership is humility, and we at SYM are privileged to have that modeled to us from our Executive Director Rowena. When she’s not connecting with our broader community of support or doing any of a myriad of things to keep SYM afloat, you can expect to find Row sitting on the ground folding flyers with a warm smile on her face. She says comfort food (think burgers!) and coffee are her gustatory pleasures, but I’m convinced it’s popcorn – the endearing sound of microwaved kernels crunching echoes in our office “corridors” (dang, I wish we had corridors!). Bottom line – she loves her family, her home, her friends, the Seahawks, and God. She’s a lover, folks. We’re happy to have her.

  Kate Phillips       Program Director     Kate Phillips, a graduate of Whitworth in Psychology and Western with an M.Ed in School Counseling, is committed to honoring the Imago Dei in all the youth we serve. The SYM seasoned veteran has been with us through thick and thin and earned herself a wide base of wisdom from her experience. Armed with two knitting needles and her fearless munchkin Greta, Kate brings us an invaluable balance of empathy and firmness. Fun fact: the avid runner was once a legendary 8th grade city champ in the 400m but has since been unable to recover a vestige of her former glory. Nevertheless, Kate manages to stay positive and bring a cheerful attitude to our office space.

Kate Phillips
Program Director

Kate Phillips, a graduate of Whitworth in Psychology and Western with an M.Ed in School Counseling, is committed to honoring the Imago Dei in all the youth we serve. The SYM seasoned veteran has been with us through thick and thin and earned herself a wide base of wisdom from her experience. Armed with two knitting needles and her fearless munchkin Greta, Kate brings us an invaluable balance of empathy and firmness. Fun fact: the avid runner was once a legendary 8th grade city champ in the 400m but has since been unable to recover a vestige of her former glory. Nevertheless, Kate manages to stay positive and bring a cheerful attitude to our office space.

  Emily Bunch    Case Manager     A strong relationship builder, Emily has a deep love for people and their well-being. Her investment in SYM’s mission brought her from volunteer in 2013 to full-time staff in 2016 (woohoo!). The UW Psychology graduate values the realness of SYM, in the good times and the hard. When she’s not uplifting spirits around the office or engaging in meaningful relationships with youth, Emily is enjoying the outdoors or fueling her competitive spirit with games (which she’s winning, of course). Fun fact: Em dressed up as Emily Bunch for Halloween this year (meta?), because what character would be cooler… or scarier? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Emily Bunch
Case Manager

A strong relationship builder, Emily has a deep love for people and their well-being. Her investment in SYM’s mission brought her from volunteer in 2013 to full-time staff in 2016 (woohoo!). The UW Psychology graduate values the realness of SYM, in the good times and the hard. When she’s not uplifting spirits around the office or engaging in meaningful relationships with youth, Emily is enjoying the outdoors or fueling her competitive spirit with games (which she’s winning, of course). Fun fact: Em dressed up as Emily Bunch for Halloween this year (meta?), because what character would be cooler… or scarier? I’ll let you be the judge of that.


  Emma Fix   Case Manager     The story of Emma Fix, aka “Flix,” begins in the fabled town of Battle Ground, a place where a battle was supposed to take place… And never actually happened. Huh. She’s an SPU grad of  le clas de 2015  (pretty sure that’s the French translation) who climbed the ranks from intern to case manager…  on the inside . Flix loves pickled vegetables and road trips, but you try to pickle your road trip and suddenly she gets all out of whack (I said I’m sorry!). She finds no greater joy in life than when a car is expertly vacuumed, so don’t go about picking her up in your grimy Sedan straight out of “The Great Unwashed” and expect to get away with it.

Emma Fix
Case Manager

The story of Emma Fix, aka “Flix,” begins in the fabled town of Battle Ground, a place where a battle was supposed to take place… And never actually happened. Huh. She’s an SPU grad of le clas de 2015 (pretty sure that’s the French translation) who climbed the ranks from intern to case manager… on the inside. Flix loves pickled vegetables and road trips, but you try to pickle your road trip and suddenly she gets all out of whack (I said I’m sorry!). She finds no greater joy in life than when a car is expertly vacuumed, so don’t go about picking her up in your grimy Sedan straight out of “The Great Unwashed” and expect to get away with it.

  Fredrik Mansfield   Volunteer/Development Coordinator     Fredrik is an enigma of sorts. His passion is clear, rooted firmly in his deep love for Christ and God’s heart for the world. Yet his squeals tell of another Freddie, the free-spirit with scintillating wit (albeit childish at times). Be free, Freddie, be free. On his path to pastoral ministry, Freddie is an avid student of life (with a 95% attendance!) who believes all of God’s creation has truth to teach us, from the brothers and sisters among us who bear us least resemblance to the eensy-weensy fruit flies that everyone around the office seems to be hating on… He’s a UW liberal arts grad, a kombucha brewer, and a running enthusiast. Don’t fear the beard, come on by and say hi!

Fredrik Mansfield
Volunteer/Development Coordinator

Fredrik is an enigma of sorts. His passion is clear, rooted firmly in his deep love for Christ and God’s heart for the world. Yet his squeals tell of another Freddie, the free-spirit with scintillating wit (albeit childish at times). Be free, Freddie, be free. On his path to pastoral ministry, Freddie is an avid student of life (with a 95% attendance!) who believes all of God’s creation has truth to teach us, from the brothers and sisters among us who bear us least resemblance to the eensy-weensy fruit flies that everyone around the office seems to be hating on… He’s a UW liberal arts grad, a kombucha brewer, and a running enthusiast. Don’t fear the beard, come on by and say hi!

  Hailey Myers      Activities Coordinator     Hailey is our activities coordinator this year at SYM. She graduated from Seattle pacific University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration. She has been serving with the homeless community in Seattle since she arrived from Spokane three years ago. In free time you will often find her near the water. Her favorite activities include sailing, swimming, water skiing and or roller blading around green lake. Come join her on an SYM activity!

Hailey Myers
Activities Coordinator

Hailey is our activities coordinator this year at SYM. She graduated from Seattle pacific University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration. She has been serving with the homeless community in Seattle since she arrived from Spokane three years ago. In free time you will often find her near the water. Her favorite activities include sailing, swimming, water skiing and or roller blading around green lake. Come join her on an SYM activity!