Parenting is a path of maturation and growth

if we care to learn more and teach less.

- Naomi Aldort

Mission: Raising Resilience supports Bainbridge Island and beyond with parenting EDUCATION, RESOURCES, and CONNECTIONS to help families thrive.


Raising Resilience has been a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization since 2003. We are Bainbridge Island's (and beyond) parent support organization and the island residents who make up the Raising Resilience team care deeply about families, youth, and building healthy, strong communities.

Even if you don't know our name, you know our programs. We started as Just Know which gave way to The Bainbridge Coalition for Youth and Parents before becoming Raising Resilience. Over the years we refined our mission and programs and became the solid organization we are today.


 Here is a history of the organization.

Parenting is a tough job! We get it.

We exist to help our parenting community walk this journey together

for the benefit of all youth and families on Bainbridge Island.

As parenting is not one size fits all, we offer a variety of programs and delivery methods.


April Avey Trabucco, Executive Director

Board of Directors


Lisa Gsellman, WSA Admissions Director - President

Tim Ensley, CPA KP Advantage - Treasurer

Jaclyn Chao, MCS Upper Elementary Teacher - Secretary


Aalesa Barker, AVP Branch Manager Columbia Bank - Finance

Jennifer Cannon, AICP -  Development / Public Health Advisor

Stephanie Dalton, CHC, CNC, AADP -  Programs / Health Advisor

Lisa Marinkovich, Development / Strategic Partnerships

Tara Powers-Hausmann, College Consultant - Development

Wandee Pryor, PsyD - Programs / Mental Health Advisor

Committee Members

Development Committee: Deborah Baker, Joanna Lyons
Program Committee: Marcee Ben-Menachim, M.Ed, NBCT, LMHCA, Brenda James, Kate O'Brien,

Advisory Council

Our advisory council is made up of individuals and past board members whose wisdom and passion for youth helps maintain the backbone of our community. For them we are grateful.

Active Advisors

Cezanne Allen, M.D.

Tracey Denlinger

Maria Drury

Karolynn Flynn

Joanne Maher

Julie Miller

Sarah Baird

Lisa Bernardin, LMHC

Felicia Hord

Pam Keyes

Jennifer Pancholi

Olivia Salamon


Community members who give their time through other volunteer roles are just as much a part of the circle as the rest of the team. These include members of local PTOs, teachers and staff, grandparents, and (of course) parents. If you are interested in ways to give your time or services, please contact us at with the word volunteer in the subject line. 

Nondiscrimination Policy: Raising Resilience is committed to inclusion and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: References and links in this website to any person or organization and related activities, treatments, methods, products, or services do not constitute or imply an endorsement by Raising Resilience, including those advertised in Raising Resilience publications, sessions, social media, webinars or website.