Our Mission

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

Can we do Draw It Out until the end of the school year – maybe even into the summer?
Art with Heart

Our History

SCF Opens

Founded by Teresa Bigelow with funding from Williams Kastner

Providence Hospice Partnership

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

Camp Erin-King County

Began providing funding for Camp Erin-King County

Expanded Reach

Identified 14 organizations providing children’s grief services

The Healing Center

Began providing grants to The Healing Center

Draw It Out Book

Funded the development of the Draw it Out created by Art With Heart

Art with Heart Program

Funded Art with Heart to develop a Draw it Out Leader's Companion book and training for parents, teachers, counselors, therapists and others

Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Hosted the first annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief in February

Grant Making Initiative

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

Programs We Fund:

  • 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.


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.

Development Director


We are looking for the newest member of our team. If you are an experienced development professional check out the job posting at http://safecrossingsfoundation.org/join-our-team/

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.


  • Diane Aboulafia, Emeritus; Great Work Communications
  • Teresa Bigelow, Founder, Emeritus
  • Wes Burns, Vice President; Northwestern Mutual
  • Lee Carswell, West Monroe Partners
  • Annette Clark, Seattle University School of Law
  • Rachel Dahl, UW Board Fellow
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President; Clark Construction Group
  • Danielle Funston, Blueprint Technologies
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Emeritus
  • Nathan Hoerschelmann, Hoerschelmann Dietz PLLC
  • Tom Hall, PINN
  • Shawn Hintz, UBS Financial Services
  • Heidi Howard, Equinteractions
  • Ami Juel, UW Board Fellow
  • Sean Leary, Alliant Employee Benefits
  • Bill Leedom, Emeritus
  • Jessica Abramson Lott, Beauty Marks Entertainment
  • Carla Mauro, Nintendo of America
  • Philip "Flip" Morse, Emeritus
  • Nathan Musgrove, Heritage Bank
  • Lauren Ramsey, Microsoft
  • Colleen Robertson, President; Expedia Group
  • Paul Robinett, Hermanson Company LLP
  • Debra Rubin Levin, Aha!
  • Nicole Storck, Treasurer; PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Megan Sutherland, Vice President
  • Ken Troop, Wizards of the Coast
  • Josephine Vestal, Secretary; Williams, Kastner & Gibbs
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