Circle of Security Operations Team

The Operations Staff - Alphabetical Order

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Kayla Balholm
Online COSP Host

Kayla joined COSI in 2021 as an online host. She has a background in social work, a passion for full spectrum life work from birth to death, and an especially tender heart space for supporting new parents in their experience of early parenthood. In addition to her role at COSI, Kayla also works as a birth and postpartum doula.

When not working, Kayla enjoys adventuring outdoors, travelling to new places, listening to music, nourishing others with good food, and connecting with loved ones.

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Synthia Barry
Office Administrator

Synthia joined Circle of Security International in April of 2018. After moving to the US from her home country, Burkina Faso, she began to study English, then pursued her education and graduated from Eastern Washington University, attaining a degree in Business Operations Management. She has worked for a couple of non-profit organizations in Case Management and Community Management in the last 5 years.

When Synthia is not working she enjoys quiet weekends at home with her husband and daughter, making West African dishes, listening to music, and reading.

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Bill Bloom
Training Manager

Bill joined Circle of Security International in February of 2014. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with degrees in English Literature and Fine Arts. Bill has worked in a wide variety of small business settings, usually involved in creating systems and keeping clients happy. For COSI, Bill helps coordinate all of the trainings and is the main point of contact for sponsors.

When not at his desk, Bill can be found spending time with his wife and daughter, outside running and cycling, or down in his basement working on his letterpress.

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Andy Cook
Digital Media Producer

Andy has worked for COSI, helping out in busy times, on and off since 2011. He began as the Accounts Administrator in November 2013. In 2017, Andy became our Digital Media Producer, utilizing his degrees in music production from Spokane Falls Community College and in Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies from Gonzaga University.

When not working, Andy enjoys playing music, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

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Angela Dierdorff
Compliance Administrator

Angie joined COSI in October 2015 as our Office Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a Theater minor from Eastern Oregon University. Angie has worked for various non-profit organizations in communication and event coordination, and spent the last five years working as a bookkeeper. Among other responsibilities for COSI, including editing the website, Angie works to make sure your many inquiries are responded to in an accurate and timely manner.

In her spare time, Angie volunteers for her son's high school, writes for local publications, performs in area theater productions, and looks after the chickens, cats, rabbit, dog and boys with whom she shares a home.

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Alisha Bartlett
Online COSP Host

Alisha joined COSI in 2020 as an online host. She is grateful to raise her family in the beautiful pacific northwest. Over the past five years she has worked for several non profit organizations facilitating COSP groups. In addition to her role at COSI, Alisha also works as a birth doula and childbirth educator.

When not working Alisha enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her family.

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Michael Kirk
Shipping Coordinator

Michael joined COSI in March 2021 as Shipping Coordinator and Online Training Host. Michael grew up in South Carolina near the Appalachians and still makes time for the great outdoors. He earned a BA from the Pontifical College Josephinum in both Philosophy and Classical Languages with a Minor in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies. Michael later earned a Masters in Systematics from Saint Vincent College. Between degrees, he also completed an immersion program with CIRIMEX in Guadalajara. He uses his language skills to translate Spanish for COSI (and sometimes Latin).

Michael is married to a local psychologist and has a 5-year-old daughter who’s wild about cheetahs. Before COSI Michael spent 15 years working with youth and families for church communities and has also worked in tech, education, and administration. In his spare time you could find him scribbling notes for a new article or story, reading a good book, or picking out a tune on his banjo.

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Josef Fairbanks
Online COSP Host

Joe joined the Operations Team in 2020. He earned his BA in Film & Media Studies and Government from Dartmouth College in 2017. Joe's principal duties are to host online trainings, create and manage digital media content, and maintain the Circle of Security Learning Management System.

In his free time, Joe enjoys filmmaking, paddling canoes, fishing, and dog training.

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Kristine Songhurst
Training Coordinator

Kristine Songhurst joined COSI in September 2018. She grew up in Alaska and earned a B.A. in History with a Minor in Dance from UAA. She has worked in multiple areas from health, retail, and education. Most recently, she worked alongside her husband, helping grow his business. As a mom of 2, she also volunteers on the PTO Board of her children's school.

Both Kristine and her husband have been practicing COS Parenting at home with their daughters since 2011. Her interests include parenting, psychology and personal growth. In her spare time, you'll find her enjoying family life, cooking, reading, writing and dancing at Zumba classes.

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David Ward
Web Developer

David joined Circle of Security International in November of 2017. He graduated from the University of Washington attaining a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. After returning from a 7-year stint as an English teacher in Taiwan, David went on to study Computer Science at Oregon State University. He now works to maintain and improve the Circle of Security website in addition to tackling general IT challenges as they arise.

When he's not at work, David enjoys reading, programming, and getting outdoors.