Our Mission

Safe Crossings Foundation is dedicated to helping grieving children who have lost a parent, sibling, or other loved one heal and thrive.

How could a parent ever repay you for Camp Erin and what it has given my kids? Keep up the wonderful job you are doing.
Camp Erin Parent

Our History

1989
Safe Crossings Foundation Opens

Founded by Teresa Bigelow with funding from Williams Kastner.

1991
Providence Hospice Partnership

Partnered with Providence Hospice of Seattle to provide major funding for the Safe Crossings Program.

2004
Camp Erin-King County

Began providing funding for Camp Erin-King County

2011
Expanded Reach

Identified 14 organizations providing children’s grief services.

2012
The Healing Center

Began providing grants to The Healing Center.

2013-2014
Art Therapy Resources

Funded the development of the Draw it Out art therapy book created by Art With Heart and Leader's Companion book and training for parents, teachers, counselors, therapists and others.

2015
Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Hosted the first annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief.

2015
Grant Making Initiative

Increased giving through a total of three new $5,000 grants to local organizations

2017
Expanded Grantmaking

Began providing support for survivors of suicide and wilderness grief support for teens.

2018
Logo Redesign

2019
30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 years of helping children cope with grief.

Programs we Support:

  • Safe Crossings Program

    Safe Crossings is a program for children and teens who are facing or have experienced the loss of a loved one.

  • Camp Erin

    Camp Erin®-King County is a weekend, overnight camp for kids and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

  • The Healing Center

    The Healing Center is a grief support community that offers individual, group and peer counseling for children, teens and families.

  • Wild Grief

    Wild Grief provides programs to support grieving teens on wilderness hikes.

Staff

Karen Schrantz

Executive Director

Karen Schrantz provides leadership as the Executive Director of Safe Crossings Foundation. Drawing on expertise from professional experience in both the private and public sector as a mediator, facilitator, educator, and executive director, Karen unites vision, energy and enthusiasm to her pursuit of bringing partners together to advance Safe Crossings Foundation’s mission. She received her BA in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, her teaching degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, her Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a specialty certificate from the UW’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.

Sara Ritter

Development Director

Sara Ritter joined Safe Crossings Foundation in September of 2019. She has over twenty years of experience in fundraising, non-profit administration, and communications, and has worked in the social services, education, and publishing sectors. Sara loves connecting donors with meaningful giving that makes a demonstrable impact on the communities in which we live. Committed to serving children in our community, Sara came to Safe Crossings Foundation with a personal connection to losing a parent. She lost her father as a teenager and her son lost his father at the age of seven. She knows first-hand how critical timely, affordable, and effective support is to a child grieving the loss of loved one. Sara is thrilled to be a part of Safe Crossings Foundation in its work to help our region’s children heal and rediscover joy.

Wendy Ozanne

Communications & Development Manager

Wendy joined the team at Safe Crossings Foundation in the fall of 2018 bringing many years of nonprofit marketing, communications, and development experience. Wendy holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University. Through past volunteer work Wendy saw firsthand how the death of a sibling or parent affects children and she wants to make sure every parent and child has access to free resources to help them through that tough time. Her passion for helping kids led her to SCF and she is eager to bring her knowledge and expertise to this wonderful organization.

Board

Officers
  • Megan Sutherland, Community Volunteer– Interim President
  • Josephine Vestal, Attorney, Williams Kastner – Secretary
  • Nicole Storck, Tax Director, PwC – Treasurer
Directors
  • Wesley Burns, Principal, Burns, Toussaint & Associates - Vice President
  • Lee Carswell, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners
  • Annette Clark, Professor and Dean, Seattle University School of Law
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President, Clark Construction - Vice President
  • Danielle Funston, Vice President Operations, Blueprint Consulting Services
  • Nathan Hoerschelmann, Attorney, Law Office of Nathan A. Hoerschelmann, PLLC
  • Thomas Hall, CEO, People's Injury Network NW
  • Shawn Hintz, Senior Vice President, UBS
  • Heidi Howard, Director, Equinteractions
  • Sean Leary, Vice President, Alliant Employee Benefits
  • Debra Rubin Levin, CEO, Aha! Marketing
  • Jessica Abramson Lott, Principal, Curiosity Works
  • Carla Mauro, Vice President of Finance, Nintendo
  • Nathan Musgrove, Credit Analyst, Heritage Bank
  • Colleen Robertson, Senior Marketing Manager, Expedia
  • Mike Turian, Principal Product Designer, Wizards of the Coast
UW Board Fellows (non-voting)
  • Tiffany Sung, UW Foster School of Business
Directors Emeritus
  • Diane Aboulafia, CEO, Great Work Strategic Communications
  • Teresa Bigelow, Community Volunteer – Safe Crossings Foundation Founder
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Owner, You’re My Heroine
  • Bill Leedom, Community Volunteer
  • Flip Morse, Community Volunteer
Board Resource Page

Partners