Chauntelle has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and comes to NAMI Spokane from Safe Passage in Coeur d’Alene, ID where she served as the Executive Director beginning in 2017. She started her work in the field of domestic violence as a criminal advocate on the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Team supporting survivors within the criminal justice system. While still at the YWCA of Spokane, Chauntelle worked as the Associate Director of Legal Services before moving to Safe Passage a their Program Director. At Safe Passage, she was quickly promoted to Executive Director where she focused her efforts on building positive relationships with stakeholders and community members in order to strengthen the impact of their services. “My work at the YWCA and Safe Passage has focused on crisis intervention, direct services, staff supervision, and program development. I am excited to bring those skills and knowledge to the position of Executive Director with NAMI Spokane.”
Chauntelle led Safe Passage in its creation and implementation of a 5-year strategic plan and led growth in all areas including programs, the number of staff members, annual fundraising, and the overall agency budget. She worked closely with community partners to create a multi-disciplinary task force all the while building the agency staff to 25.