Rachel Kittle, Executive Director and Founder

Rachel has been an attorney since 2008, practicing family law in Oregon before moving to Washington State, where she currently remains an active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary studies in Public Policy and Political Science.  She obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law.

Leadership Launch's mission is personal to Rachel. She is a first-generation college graduate who overcame poverty. She is passionate in her belief that with a few resources, plenty of time, and a lot of love, young people can accomplish great things. She is devoted to helping young people from all backgrounds become leaders and to assist them in creating the life that they desire.

Rachel is a liaison for the Key Club at Mariner High School, and she is a part of the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo.  Rachel was on the Board of Directors of Harbour Pointe Christian Preschool in Mukilteo, Washington, and she was on the Mukilteo Mothers of Preschoolers Steering Team.  Rachel has also served as President and Programs Chair of Mary Leonard Law Society, the Marion County Chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers. She co-founded and served as chairperson of the Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger campaign to assist local food banks. Rachel has also served as a volunteer working with young men and women at Echo Glenn Children’s Center, a Washington State juvenile corrections and detention facility.

Kandace Barnes, Board Chair

A Washington native, Kandace graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in marketing before earning her M.B.A. and a post baccalaureate in Visual Communications. With a passion for problem solving and cutting through the clutter, Kandace spent the first half of her career focusing on product marketing and communications specifically within large corporations including Verizon Wireless.


After making several trans-continental moves, Kandace returned to the PNW and made the transition into higher education where she developed and marketed new and innovative graduate programs, helped colleges with fundraising, and drove admissions for schools including the University of Washington, Trinity Lutheran College, and Seattle Pacific University. Her favorite and surprising part of moving to non-profit was mentoring and impacting students.


Kandace lives in Mukilteo with her two young daughters and husband, and their St. Berdoodle, Coco. She enjoys tennis, 80s new wave music, teaching art classes at the local elementary school, cooking for family and friends, and being in/on/near the Pacific Ocean. 

Nicole Amor,  Board Member


Nicole Amor is the Manager of Investor Relations & Events at Economic Alliance Snohomish County. As an event planner she prides herself in creating opportunities for individuals and business to intersect and build community. She lends her expertise by supporting nonprofits in their fundraising and outreach efforts including Homage Senior Services, Peoria Home, United Way of Snohomish County, and Leadership Launch. Nicole also serves on the Advisory Committee for Engage Everett and has a passion for finding new ways for young professionals to strengthen their networks and relationships with one another. When not hosting business or community events Nicole enjoys spending time with friends and speaking her favorite love language, acts of service, by cooking and hosting gatherings or playdates for her daughter, Mia.


Nicole believes that we live in an era where people constantly forget how to communicate in person, and loves that Leadership Launch provides a platform and opportunity for students to connect with each other and their community outside of social media and screens – fostering these students’ ability to be a positive force and example as local leaders.

Dr. Jacqueline De Leon-Estes, Board Member


Bio Coming Soon.


Becky Marlowe, Board Member


Bio Coming Soon.


Tina Over, Board Member


Tina Over is a Real Estate Agent at GPlus, in Mukilteo. She and her husband have an eight-year-old son and just welcomed a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, Teddy, into their family.

She is a huge supporter of Leadership Launch and how it impacts the lives of students by promoting leadership and education in their communities.


TJ Rico, Board Member


Bio Coming Soon


Leadership Launch would like to welcome Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County, and Pat Schmidt, former Assistant Principal at Kamiak High School to our Advisory Council!  We are grateful that you are lending your experience and expertise to Leadership Launch. Bios coming soon!

Kathy Coffey, Council Member


Pat Schmidt, Council Member


Marla Alohilani Barhoum, Council Member


Marla Alohilani Barhoum has more than 20 years of experience in education, including teaching diverse student and staff populations, program development and curriculum design. Marla earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Portland, with an Endorsement in Social Studies and a minor in Business Communications Management.  Marla earned her Master Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education and High-Risk Youth from the University of Washington.  She is also in her fourth year in University of Washington’s “How Do I Learn?” program.    


Marla began her career as a middle school teacher and worked closely with the Puyallup Tribe and their gang intervention programs.  She has worked with the Fresh Start program as an academic advisor and instructor at Tacoma Community College and was the Education Director at Seattle Scores, a non-profit aimed at empowering children from low-income elementary schools.


Marla also has experience in young adult employment and education programs as a case manager/educator at Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA), YWCA-Young Adult Career Enhancement Program, YMCA-Center for Young Adults, City of Seattle-Youth Employment Program and was an Education Coordinator with The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education Department.


Leadership Launch’s mission is important to Marla because she was a first generation college student. Marla credits her volunteering experience with changing the course of her life.  She knew that education and teaching would be her path, especially working with kids that were at-risk.  Marla’s passion and hope is to bring her experience to Leadership Launch by helping develop a curriculum guide to engage students to be prepared and resilient to meet the demands of their future employers, college and beyond.

Daniel Kittle,  Council Member


Daniel Kittle is an attorney with Lane Powell in Seattle, where he helps clients navigate complex legal disputes to minimize stress, fight for their interests, and achieve resolution.  His practice focuses primarily on business litigation, with an emphasis in state tax and contract disputes.  Daniel is a member of Lane Powell’s Strategic Action Team and is passionate about working collaboratively to achieve excellence.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (Northwest Region) and was selected as one of 11 state-wide participants in the 2015-16 class of Leadership Washington, the Association of Washington Business Institute’s premier nine-month training program for the next generation of Washington state industry leaders.


Prior to law school, Daniel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) in Central Asia, where he lived in a small rural village teaching English, coaching basketball, and writing and implementing grants to develop the local school where he taught.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law.  He has written for several newspapers and magazines, and during law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice and as an extern for former Chief Justice Paul De Muniz of the Oregon Supreme Court.


Leadership Launch’s mission is personal to Daniel because he believes that great leaders can transform lives and communities.  As the son of two outstanding high school educators who have helped him let his own leader out, Daniel believes that great leaders are first and foremost great people who care deeply about others and are worthy of sincere trust.  Daniel believes that working with great leaders can make life more empowering, fulfilling, and rewarding.  Daniel also believes that Leadership Launch is performing important work by identifying future community leaders, providing them with the skills to help propel them into leadership positions and transform their communities.   

Carolynn Martin Miller,  Council Member


For more than 30 years, Carolynn Miller’s career has spanned various disciplines, including career development, human resources, business management, and data services.  She is currently a Human Resources Business Consultant with St. Vincent Health.  Previously, she has worked as a Coordinator of Digital Initiatives for the University of Michigan, a Senior Training Specialist, Information Services at Emory Healthcare, and a Human Resources Information Systems Manager at Emory University HR Division.  She also worked as the Human Resources Manager of the Emory University Candler School of Theology, the Senior Business Manager at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and the Employment Program Director at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.


Carolynn’s educational achievements include earning her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College, her Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University, her Master in Information Science degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, her Master of Divinity degree from Emory University Candler School of Theology, and she is currently pursuing a Master Certificate in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, and Project Management from Villanova University.  She has also enjoyed Continuing Education Coursework in Leadership and Conflict Management from the Christian College of Georgia.  


Carolynn’s volunteer experience is also extensive, including serving as the Financial Secretary and participating on the Events Committee for the Indiana Women’s Commission and as a member of the International Conference Planning Committee for the Quadrennial Assembly.  She has served as the Senior Associate Minister for DisciplesNet Church, a Member and then National Chair of the Emory University Annual Giving Board, and the Nominations Chair, Communications Team, and Treasurer of Emory University President’s Commission on the Status of Women.  In addition, Carolynn has served as a Staff Representative for the Transforming Community Project at Emory University, and as a member of the National Board of Directors, and the Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, as well as a Certified Leader for Better Marriages. 


As a first-generation college student, Carolynn is passionate about helping others pursue their dreams and be successful.  Leadership Launch is personal to Carolynn because she experienced empowerment as leaders and mentors helped her to dream big and overcome personal and financial hardships. 

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