Sego Lily has special news to share! The SLCAD Board and Staff are pleased to welcome the new Executive Director, Holly Parker Jensen who will begin December 2, 2019. (Yes, Stephanie will remain to provide support until December 31st). Let’s give Holly a warm welcome and congratulations!
Holly Parker Jensen was born and raised on a small farm in rural southern Idaho along the Snake River. Two of her fondest memories are giving names to all newborn calves and driving the family tractor helping her dad bale hay. At age 17 she left for Washington DC where she received her BA degree in Secondary Education/History and a MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University with summa cum laude.
For the next 14 years, she worked as a licensed clinical psychotherapist specializing in assessment and treatment of DSM-IV-TR disorders and provided solution-oriented therapy services. She was promoted to an administrative position as a program coordinator where she provided clinical supervision to 11 employees and MA level counseling interns servicing 150+ Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing clients in the Greater Seattle area.
Holly’s sons, Logan and Ty, were also her inspiration to advocate for hearing children of Deaf parents, a subgroup within the Deaf community. As the first President of the Washington Chapter for Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) organization, she provided the needed leadership by spearheading a campaign to promote family and community awareness of the unique specialness and challenges faced by hearing children in Deaf-parented households.
As a native American Sign Language (ASL) user, Holly is a staunch advocate for the Deaf community. Appointed by the Governor, she served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington School for the Deaf and chaired the Board through the school’s transition by embracing bi-lingual and bi-cultural approach to learning while maintaining a comprehensive approach to policy. During that time, she developed a working relationship with the ASL interpreting community while pushing the passage of several legislative bills on behalf of the Washington School for the Deaf.
After years of providing couples counseling where finance is one of the most contentious issues faced by married couples, Holly shifted gears and entered into the world of finance. By becoming certified in cash flow coaching, she successfully assisted many families to get out of debt. She also teaches people how to build their wealth with Wall Street alternatives while giving financial consultations.
With extensive experience in management, Holly is team-oriented with a strong track record of establishing solid relationships with the community, clients, interpreters, colleagues, and the administration. Holly describes herself as a decisive self-starter when it comes to problem-solving and getting results.