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Lillian lives in Mukilteo where she and her husband Clayton raised their three children.  A trained counselor she works to bring people together and build consensus to find a common middle ground on a daily basis.

Lillian is currently a counselor in the Everett School District where she works with a variety of youth in both a teaching and mentoring capacity.  Throughout her career Lillian has worked in a variety of child service organizations that has given her a deep appreciation and understanding for human services and what they can do to help families and children.

Lillian’s job experiences include: serving as the Clinical Director of a Mental Health Center, Regional Coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, Education Advisor for the Department of Children and Family Services, and Director and Founder of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth.

For Lillian the day doesn’t end when the school bell rings.  At Everett High School she helped found the Latin Image Club to help Latino youth bridge barriers to achieve academic success. She is also the founder of Neema Counseling, a center that provides mental health counseling, consultation and training regarding youth and family issues.

Currently Lillian serves as the Chair of the Commission of Hispanic Affairs, appointed by the Governor’s office in the State of Washington. She has served as a Commissioner for five years and as Chair, for four years. She Co-chairs the Legislators Educational Opportunity Gap statewide committee, and is a member of the State of Washington’s Achievement Accountability Education Workgroup and the Discipline Task Force.

A proud mother, Lillian and her husband Clayton, enjoy their three children: Leanna who graduated from Columbia University in Chicago, Tyler who is a Sophomore at Cal Poly in California and Kayla who is in 9th grade attending Kamiak High School.

Lillian has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Awards:

KSER Voice of the Community, Community Leader Award

NW ASIAN WEEKLY, Women of Power in Education Award

WOMEN’S LEAGUE OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Education Advocate Award  

RAY SIEVERS ADULT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, YMCA