By Casey Hazlett
Hello from Seattle, WA! My name is Casey Hazlett and I’m thrilled to be joining the Cairn Guidance team as our new Chief Operating Officer. When I first met Jess in 2008, I was drawn to her positive energy and expertise in school health. I had no idea that over 10 years later I would be lucky enough to work with Jess as part of the Cairn Guidance team. At that time, I was part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit working with schools, youth-serving organizations, and businesses, to build healthier communities and empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits. I was working on the Healthy Schools Program (HSP) to develop the information and data tracking systems to grow the program in schools across the US.
After three years on the HSP team, I had the chance to become the Operations and Finance Director, where we set-up systems and processes for the organization to become an independent 501(c)(3). It was a time of growth as we developed new finance, operations, benefits and technology systems. In 2010, wanting to gain experience in the programmatic work, I transitioned to the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative where we provided training and professional development to after-school programs to implement national healthy eating and physical activity standards. I supported a team of nine leaders to drive change and create healthy environments for youth across the US.
I’ve always been dedicated and enthusiastic about organizing, setting up systems, and helping things run smoothly. With these passions, I decided to change course a bit to build and run a productivity and organizing business where I developed a unique process to create sustainable systems for clients in Portland.
In 2018, my husband and I, along with our black lab Gabby, transitioned up to Seattle for his career. That transition provided the opportunity to reflect on my next career step and when the opportunity to join the Cairn Guidance team came up, I felt like it was a perfect fit! I look forward to working with the Cairn team and our clients to build systems, develop solutions and support open communication channels that allow us to collaborate with teachers, students and partners so that all young people can grow and succeed in healthy communities. I love that I get to combine my passion for systems, process and continuous improvement to increase opportunities for youth to be healthy, happy and thrive.