Staff

Robert W. Day MD, PhD, MPH

 Board Member, Founder

President & Director Emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Robert Day also serves as a member of the FHCRC Division of Public Health Sciences, Cancer Prevention Research Program and has served as the Scientific Director for the International Consortium for Research on the Health Effects of Radiation. Dr. Day has earned degrees at Harvard College, University of Chicago, and University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health and was named Emeritus Dean and Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

 

Frank Couch MA, LMFTA, CDP, NCACI

Executive Director

Frank has a Masters degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle with his primary study in Couple and Family Therapy. He is a Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist and Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor. His experience includes work in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment settings with adolescents and young adults.  In addition he has worked extensively with family members of young people with addictions. Frank manages SAMA’s clinical programs, including the intensive outpatient,continuing care and the Family Navigator support line.

 

Kathryn Korch, BA, CDP

Clinician

Kathryn has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Washington. She is a certified chemical dependency professional in training with experience working in King and Snohomish County Juvenile Drug Court, with at risk-youth, homeless youth as well as with adolescents and young adults in outpatient substance abuse treatment settings. At SAMA, Kathryn works with our young adult clients through intensive outpatient, continuing care, relapse prevention and the Family Navigator support line. In addition she works with various community groups including schools to provide education, training and information on substance use and abuse. Kathryn also teaches indoor cycling classes and believes that “recovery happens for the mind, body and soul.”

 

Beth Dana, MA, LMFTA,CDPT

Clinician

Beth comes to SAMA with roots in both social services and research.  As a former manager of a homeless women’s shelter in downtown Seattle, Beth has witnessed firsthand the potential impact of drugs and alcohol and family discordance on an individual’s life.  After completing her master’s degree at Antioch University Seattle, Beth became involved in several research labs at the University of Washington working with individuals with addiction issues.  Currently she is a therapist on a study supporting active duty military personnel at Joint Base Lewis McChord who want to make a change in their drinking or drug use.  Beth is excited to be working with families at SAMA.  She believes that “families are not always given the tools they need to be successful” and she views her role at SAMA as helping to provide some of those tools.

On a personal note, Beth is an avid NCAA basketball fan, closely following and rooting for her beloved Kansas Jayhawks.  Beth also believes the first two days of the NCAA March Madness tournament should be a national holiday.  Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Sherry Thomas, AAS, CDPT

Clinician

Sherry brings to SAMA an AAS in Social and Human Services and a certificate in Child and Family Studies from Seattle Central Community College. She is also a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional in Training(CDPT).  Her experience includes working in youth shelters,special needs classrooms, and therapeutic early childhood education serving children and families.

At SAMA,Sherry works with youth teaching early recovery skills groups and working with young adult clients in intensive outpatient,continuing care and relapse prevention. While not at SAMA, Sherry is furthering her studies in psychology and likes biking all over the city but her most important role is being the mother of her 3 boys.

Jennifer Smith, C.H.E.S.

Office Manager

Aside from being an admin superstar, Jen got her BS in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist, having worked previously in the Family Education sphere with at-risk teenagers at the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina. She jumped into the Seattle community starting in the pediatric realm and onto the marketing field.  With a passion for health advocacy, Jen loves being a part of the SAMA team!

 

Kim Brackett,

Operations/Development Manager

 

 

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