PEORIA HOME BOARD MEMBERS
Paula has been a RN for over thirty years. She has spent the past fifteen years as a Forensic Nurse Examiner with Providence Intervention Center for Assault & Abuse providing services to victims of all forms of interpersonal violence. Since receiving her Master's Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she has been providing forensic care to patients for the Intervention Center. She has been involved with the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation Intervention Network (SEIN) since its inception in 2006 and the co-chair since 2010.
Paula grew up in Oregon and made Washington her home after serving in the Air Force at McChord Air Force Base. She is married with a combined family of five adult children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys attending concerts, camping, soap-making, knitting and spending time with her family and friends. You may see her around town in a variety of tie dye!
"I have always enjoyed working with women. I have personal experience with sexual abuse and easily could have found myself in the same situation as the women we look to serve, if not for the love of my family. I can think of no better way to give back than to walk beside a woman as she finds her way home." -Paula
Board Vice President
Danielle Carnes joined the Peoria Home board in the fall of 2017. She brings experience in strategic planning, communications, marketing, data science and organizational development.
Danielle’s background is in higher education, receiving a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2003, which is the study of college student development. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked in both public and private colleges, four-year and two-year community colleges. She is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Management for Edmonds Community College where she helps to position the college for optimal enrollments through trend analysis, strategic initiatives, and project management.
For the last 20 years, Danielle has been an advocate for social justice and helping to dismantle systems of privilege and inequity stemming from oppression and fear. Passionate about safety, choice, and empowerment for women, she is excited to be a part of Peoria Home’s launch. Danielle and her family moved to Washington in 2016 from Colorado and are enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She has two children, ages 13 and 10, and two recently adopted kittens.
Laura Patton Ballard is a retired Family Practice physician. She received her training at the University of Washington and subsequently joined the medical staff of Group Health Cooperative. She practiced medicine for 24 years, initially in Everett and later in Seattle. She also held several administrative positions at Group Health, including quality assurance and contracting. In addition, she developed and directed Group Health’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) program.
During her years of practice, she saw first-hand the devastating consequences of physical and sexual abuse. She first heard about Peoria Home in the spring of 2015 from a presentation by our founder, Paula Newman-Skomski, and knew immediately that she wanted to get involved. Visiting the Thistle Farms program last fall convinced her that their program effectively addresses the complex needs of these women who have survived prostitution and sex trafficking. Her focus on the Peoria Home Board will be to obtain financial support from businesses and corporations.
Scott is a local pastor who has a deep passion to witness hope and healing in Snohomish County and beyond. Upon learning about the injustice and prevalence of human trafficking in our community, he set out to help in whatever way he could. His love of learning and teaching have led him to help spread the word of this darkness that affects our area. His passion is contagious as he takes on the challenge of developing resources for victims of human and sex trafficking. He shares his knowledge enthusiastically with others and motivates them to get involved. After meeting the founder of Peoria Home, Paula Skomski, Scott was ready to commit his services to this project and open Peoria Home in Everett permanently. As he became more involved with this project he saw the tremendous value it would bring to the community. He is grateful to be a part of Peoria Home! In October 2014 he founded Grace and Mercy Church in South Everett, in hope this church would be gathering place for people to pray, and serve their community. Scott was raised in Monroe and lived throughout the US, making Everett his long-term home which he loves deeply. He is married to a wonderful woman who is the mother of their three children. He enjoys hiking or watching a show, being around his family is a great source of joy.
Tresa works at Kate Spade in Bellevue, WA and has eight years in retail management. Tresa joined us in July 2018 as a board member. She brings strong nonprofit management experience with many years working with multiple faith-based organizations. She has been a steady supporter and has advised us on best business practices when we were creating Peoria Home. She will bring her organizational development skills, and vision to our team.
Tresa is very committed to her family and gives back to her community in multiple endeavors. Her faith is an integral part of who she is, and we are very fortunate to have her join us.
Sylvia is the CEO of the Everett Gospel Mission, Everett, WA. Sylvia has been a committed champion of Peoria Home from the beginning. She recently joined our board in October 2018. Sylvia’s vast knowledge of nonprofit organizational management and leadership will aid the Peoria Home board in preparing for future growth of the Peoria Home Project.