Meet our team

Michelle Kind

President/Executive Director

Michelle brings over 16 years of experience as a successful leader in the non-profit sector to her role as Executive Director of Evergreen Safety Council. With a degree in business from Valparaiso University and an MBA from Seattle University, as well as a background in project management in the startup software industry, she is passionate about using her wealth of knowledge and skills to help organizations make a difference in the areas of health and safety. In her free time, she loves traveling, running, spending time with family and friends, and going on walks with her adorable Cavapoo, Eji.

Sophie Merwick


Sophie is the Operations Manager at Evergreen Safety Council. After graduating from Whitworth University with a BA in Business and Hospitality management, she honed her management skills working through the ranks of a local restaurant group. She enjoys developing systems and tools to help streamline operations and make them more efficient, finding creative solutions to problems, and building synergistic teams—all of which culminate in a strong workplace culture. Sophie is a lover of the great outdoors, and can often be found hiking, fly fishing, skiing, and enjoying life with her Australian Shepherd pup, Lolo. She also loves cooking for family and friends and cheering for the Seahawks.

Nara Hohensee


Nara oversees the creation of Evergreen’s program content. Since 2019, she has headed up the Creative Services team to design engaging and effective learning experiences that use cutting-edge technology. She holds a Ph.D. and has a background in higher education as well as digital media production. In her spare time, Nara loves composing and playing music and traveling with her family.

Tina Bacon

Sr. Administrator & Trainer, Occupational Safety

Since starting work for Evergreen Safety Council as a Roadway Programs Coordinator, in February 1996, Tina has worn many other hats, which has made her invaluable to the rest of the team.

The programs she has managed include Work Zone Flagger and Traffic Control Supervisor for Idaho, Oregon and Washington as well as the Washington State Pilot/Escort Program. She was also the in-house graphic designer and lead project coordinator for all of Evergreen’s training materials.

Her most recent role is that of a trainer and master instructor. She currently teaches Flagger, Pilot/Escort, EverSafe and First Aid & CPR courses.

Chan Lee

Senior Accountant

Chan joined our team in 2019. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Accounting and Finance in 2016, and practiced his accounting in a tax accounting firm for two and a half years. He also served in the U.S. Army from 2008–2012.

Ashley Kachmar

Records Administration Specialist

As our records department specialist for our health and safety programs, Ashley manages class registration paperwork, troubleshoots students’ technical issues, and assists with inventory and certification management. Her friendly, upbeat demeanor and attention to detail help ensure our customers have a great experience. She attends Edmonds Community College in pursuit of a Diagnostic Ultrasound degree. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with her cat.

Leigh Wright

Sales and Operations Specialist

Leigh uses her many talents and background in customer service, sales, and operations to help our customers find the best training solutions that fit their unique needs. She started at Evergreen in 2022 and, after a brief stint away, she now continues to dazzle our team and our clients with her outstanding skills. Outside of work, she’s a devoted nature lover, animal enthusiast, an avid reader, and culinary creator.

Momo Clyne

Occupational Safety Instructor

Momo is a Seattle native who escaped the technology mines of Silicon Valley and returned to the Northwest to share their passion for learning with others. Originally coming to Evergreen as a motorcycle instructor, Momo’s infectious energy is focused on teaching occupational safety and keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes. When not working to help keep you safe, Momo enjoys spending time on two wheels, exploring the Northwest, and enjoying science fiction.


Tech Support Specialist

Sam, who lives in Eastern Washington, has a deep appreciation for art, music, nature, badminton, and technology. Additionally, she is fluent in both English and Arabic, and she is a proud owner of two cats named Mochi and Misty.


Tech Support Specialist

Bailey is currently studying computer information systems in Bellingham, WA, with the goal of pursuing a career in cybersecurity. She enjoys puzzles, games, and crafting, speaks conversational Japanese, and loves hanging out with her dog, Artemis, and her cat, Freyja.


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