Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health & Social Services

Contact Information

Kim Dunn-Hawthorne, Director of Health & Social Services

Kim manages the team of RNs, LPNs, and Social Workers to coordinate and provide health and social services to promote a healthy school community in order to maximize educational outcomes. Kim also serves as the district's 504 Coordinator in addition to supervising McKinney-Vento, Foster Care, & Medicaid Claiming programs. Kim works with community Mental Health and Medical service providers delivering services in our community and schools.

Elaine Irons-Hunt, Lead Nurse

Elaine assists with a wide range of routine and complex staffing and department workflow issues. She coordinates with a variety of disciplines and agencies in assuring continuity of health services and department program needs. Elaine also provides leadership in the delivery of quality nursing care, effective problem solving, mentorship, orientation and team building for the department. 

Lauren Thompson, Compliance Manager

Lauren assists the Director to assure correct processing for the health & social services programs, including serving as the liaison between the department, Business Services, Human Resources and school staff. She provides training, management and technical support for all IT programs used by staff. She is responsible for tracking and maintaining compliance with 504, Medicaid Administrative Claiming, and assists in the grant application and implementation of the McKinney-Vento program.

Pamela Keller, Administrative Secretary

Pamela provides assistance to the Director of Health & Social Services. Pamela is a point of contact for schools and community for health and social support needs. Contact Pamela with questions about nurse scheduling, staff payroll, and general health and social services concerns for routing.  Pamela also provides general office support for the department.  

Antonio Lewis, McKinney-Vento Liaison

Antonio oversees the McKinney-Vento (MV) process and compliance services for our students and families that are in transition or homeless. He is the liaison to the state compliance auditors at OSPI. He is responsible for coordinating services such as transportation and free nutrition for McKinney-Vento-qualified students. He works with community partners, social workers, transportation, and many others to bring the services and resources to the MV students that will help remove barriers to their education.



Department Email

Central Office
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Burien, WA 98166

Social Workers

School Assignments

Valerie Allan, MSW - Crisis Team Lead
Schools: *Highline HS and Valley View Early Learning
206-631-6784 - Highline HS (Office: Monday- Friday)

Rosie Allen-Garibaldi, MSW
Schools: *New Start, CHOICE, Learning Centers North and South
206-631-7782 - New Start (Monday-Friday)

Natalia Cukierman, MSW
Schools:  *Midway Elm, Madrona Elm, Parkside Elm, and Des Moines Elm
206-631-4421 - Midway (Office: Monday-Friday)

Lisa Foote, MSW - Crisis Team
Schools: *Mount Rainier HS, *Pacific MS, Parkside Elm, Community Based Services, and Realistic Transition Program (Backup WELS)
206-631-7109 - Mount Rainier HS (Office: Monday, Thursday and Friday)
206-631-5839 - Pacific MS (Office: Tuesday and Wednesday)

Iris Guzman, MSW - Crisis Team
Schools: *Tyee HS, North Hill Elm, Marvista Elm, and Sylvester MS (Backup Big Picture & PSSC)
206-631-6499 - Tyee HS (Office: Monday-Friday)

Tessa Koutsky, MSW 
Schools: *Cedarhurst Elm, *Seahurst Elm, Gregory Heights Elm, and Hazel Valley Elm
Cedarhurst (Office: Monday, Tuesday and Friday) 
206-631-4834 Seahurst (Office: Wednesday and Thursday)

Kelly Merrill, MSW - Crisis Team
Schools: *Chinook MS, PSSC, and Big Picture
206-631-5748 - Chinook MS (Office: Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday)
206-631-7323 - PSSC (Wednesday)

Jeanette Owens, MSW
Schools:  *Mount View Elm, White Center Heights Elm, Southern Heights Elm, and Shorewood Elm
206-631-4556 - Mount View (Office: Thursday and Friday)

Chris Vaggalis, MSW - Crisis Team
Schools: *Evergreen HS, Raisbeck Aviation HS, and Cascade MS
206-631-6224 - Evergreen HS (Office: Monday-Friday)

Nancy Trang, MSW - Crisis Team
Schools: *Beverly Park Elm, Hilltop Elm, Bow Lake Elm, McMicken Elm
206-631-3500 - Bow Lake (Office: Monday-Friday)


Emergency Resources

Child Abuse & Neglect

Washington State Children's Administration website

Call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866.363-4276) if you suspect abuse or neglect of a child or suspect abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult

Call 9-1-1 if a child or adult is in an emergency situation

CPS Referral Form

Policy 3421: Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention

Procedure 3421: Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention

Community Information

Washington 211 website

You can call 2-1-1 from any phone for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.
Or 206-461-3200
Or 800-621-4636


Crisis Clinic website

Call 1-866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747) 24 Hour Crisis Line

Teen Link: 866-833-6546 (Evenings 6-10pm)

WA Recovery Help Line: 866-789-1511 (24/7)


 WA Poison Control website

Call 800-222-1222 for a poison emergency

Resource Guide

Suicide Prevention/Intervention

For more information about Suicide Prevention/Intervention or student assessment process, please connect with your School Social Worker.

Suicide Assessment Form

Student Safety Plan

Student Re-entry Form

Suicide Prevention Collab Site


Looking for more forms or information for 504, McKinney-Vento or Foster Care? We have a lot of resources on Collab. 

Collab Health Services Site

Training Video

CPS, HIB (Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying), and Suicide Prevention Training video below!

Training Video

Training Handout