Tylene has been a Pacific Northwest resident in Oregon and Washington for most of her life and has called rural Central Washington home since 2001. After moving to Ellensburg in 2001, she spent fourteen years in the mental health field where she began as a temporary file clerk and later developed and facilitated a Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation. While working full time, she attended Central Washington University from 2003 to 2007 where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. During her time at CWU, Tylene was recognized as part of the V-Day, Until the Violence Stops campaign as a Vagina Warrior, and received the CWU Student Empowerment Award and served as President of GALA and on the Services and Activities Committee for one year each.
In 2016, Tylene accepted a position with Pride Foundation as Regional Philanthropy Officer and she hopes to continue to grow the Pride Foundation legacy of giving to expand opportunities and advance full equity for all LGBTQ people across the Northwest. Tylene believes through education and support, all people will eventually have the opportunity to live as who they are, where they are. Beyond Pride Foundation, Tylene is a founding board member and Vice President of Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors providing free or low-cost, expert legal services, to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in central Washington. Tylene is also a co-founder of Helen House in Ellensburg, a new safe and supportive drop in space for LGBTQ+ youth. Tylene prefers a mountain lake to an ocean beach, a campfire with friends over a night on the town, and visiting new places with old histories. Most of all, she values and appreciates her family and her friends above all else, and the relationships she has developed along the way.
Favorite Quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite Place in the Northwest: Any lake, any river, any valley, any place with a view