Since arriving in Seattle in 2004, Tristen has strived to support and empower the health and well-being of minority and LGBTQ communities. He envisions a city and state in which everyone, regardless of race, culture or sexuality is given the opportunity and tools they need to live a healthy and fulfilled life. He is committed to educating others on the health disparities facing his communities in order to create sector-wide change and awareness.
Tristen is a seasoned policy analyst and health educator with a background in environmental health and government communication. His 9 years of experience the government as an environmental and health specialist is assisting him in his current role of Health Educator at the Center for MultiCultural Health. He is currently working with the African-American population in King County to promote sexual health via the “Testing Makes Us Stronger” and the “Ends AIDS Washington” campaigns.
DAWN M. STIEF, Photography:
The "Gnome" photo that graces our Playspace pages caught our eye when it was posted by its creator, Dawn M. Stief, on Visual Delights on Vashon, a Facebook group. The playful image so perfectly captured childhood life on the Island, we had to have it! Thank you to Dawn M. Stief Photography for allowing us to showcase your amazing talent. .
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NOODLE FOR MAYOR raising support for VYFS
Vashon Youth and Family Services wishes to thank the Yarkin Family, Rhoda Karusaitis and all those who supported the Noodle For Mayor campaign. We had a marvelous time and raised more than $3,000 for services supporting Island Youth and Families! Read all about that time a Sheep ran for mayor of Vashon. . .
Coming Soon - Thank you to our Donors!
Martin Halliwell is a long-time Islander who, while not a "professional" photographer, created images that relay the spirit of the Island. He describes himself as someone who "just really like light." You can see many of his images on he Visual Delights on Vashon Facebook page and on his GooglePlus page.
VYFS marriage and family therapist, Julia Akoury-Thiel developed her unique eye for nature photography not only in the Pacific Northwest, but around the world, from Barrow, Alaska, to Cape Town, South Africa. Her nature shots are included throughout this site. Her award-winning work has been shown and sold locally in Seattle, Puyallup, on Vashon Island and at the Edmonds Arts Festival. Julia believes there is no heaven on earth, but there are pieces of it, and her goal as a nature photographer is to be at one with the moment, as well as her photo subject, whether it is an arctic fox, a lion cub, a hummingbird, or the sunset from a ferry boat. She has lived on Vashon Island for 25 years."
Abe Vanselow - Vashon High School Student and Photographer, Abe Vanselow, took several of the stunning, local landscape photos featured on this website.