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Currently there are 7 Parent Guides trained in our state. The red stars represnt their locations.

WA State Guide By Your Side Team

Christine Griffin

GBYS Program Coordinator- Statewide

Christine and her husband are the parents of two Deaf and hard of hearing children.  Their family began learning sign language 15 years ago from a Deaf community member when their children were first identified at ages 2 and 5 years of age. Since then, their journey has taken them in many different directions, always following their children's lead, and grateful for the ongoing support from other families of D/HH children.  

Since being connected to another parent early on in their children's lives, Christine has been a steadfast proponent of parent support, and working with families for the last ten years.   She has a BA in Theatre Performance, and in March 2017 she will receive a Maters of Education in Adult Education. Christine is also a board member of WA. State Hands & Voices. In her off time, Christine enjoys photography, visiting with friends and walks near the water.

Michelle Benavides

Parent Guide

Michelle was born and raised in Eastern Washington and resides in Spokane.  She is the mother of two boys ages 15 (hearing) and 9 (profoundly deaf).   Shortly before her son turned 4, he received bilateral cochlear implants. Currently Michelle and her children are in the process of learning sign language to add to their tool belt of communication.  Michelle enjoys connecting with parents of DHH children and being part of a support system for each other.  She is eager to be a new Parent Guide and connect with new families.

Diana Fitzgerald

Parent Guide

Diana is a mother of two energetic Deaf children.  She started along this journey of motherhood 6 years ago. In that time she has learned much, met wonderful people, and has become involved in the Deaf community. Diana is a strong advocate for her children and all children with hearing loss. She has worked with education and medical professionals to improve services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. When Diana is not working as a mother or parent advocate, she is an elementary school teacher. 

Deb Masters

Parent Guide

Deb and her husband have three teenage sons, two are hearing and their middle son has profound sensori-neural hearing loss.  He wears bilateral cochlear implants with great success.  Deb has a BA in Interior Design and has enjoyed being an at home mom since her first son was born.  She is a board member of Listen and Talk, the listening and spoken language school her son attended in Seattle,  as well as occasionally substituting in their preschool classrooms.  “I have a passion for helping others with their hearing loss journey, it can be an emotionally devastating time and I like to be that glimmer of hope, because with hope all things are possible!”  Deb and her family reside in Snohomish County. 

Kristina Wendorf

Parent Guide

Kristina and her husband are the parents of four children, one girl and three boys, one of whom was diagnosed with a moderate bilateral sensori-neural hearing loss at four months.  Kristina has a BA Degree in Elementary Ed. and was involved within the public school system for seven years.  "We are incredibly thankful for the people we have met throughout our journey and look forward to being a support to others in their journey". Kristina and her family reside in King County.

Megan Pierce

Parent Guide

Megan is the mother of three kids, two boys with typical hearing and a daughter who is deaf and has bilateral cochlear implants.  Before staying home with three kids age five and under, she taught elementary school in south Seattle.  “Our family has been so fortunate to meet supportive people along the way that I look forward to being a support to others.”  

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