Colleen Haggerty

Executive Director | 360.223.6681

My career has been in non-profit management, supporting adults with developmental disabilities, people with AIDS, and with marginalized youth. I have also been a hospice volunteer for Whatcom Hospice. My Dad died when I was 13 years old and I wonder how my life would have been different if a place like Our TreeHouse was available to me. Joining Our TreeHouse is the perfect fit for me. I am honored to work here.


Lizanne Schader

Program Manager | 360.223.6681

For 15 years, I served as Executive Director, Artistic Director and Education Director for The Neighborhood Playhouse -- Bellingham’s Theatre for Young Audiences. The transition from entertaining children to supporting them in their grief has been an important life-changing experience for me. I am in my element when managing our Family Night, where there are many activities going on at once, all serving grieving children in some form or another.

Ellen Johnson

Teen Night Coordinator | 360.223.6681

I moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, and graduated with a degree in Psychology. In my search for experience in my field, I came across Our TreeHouse. I have been with Our TreeHouse since 2011, and I have been the Teen Night Coordinator since 2014. This program provides a unique and valuable resource for our community, and the important work we do in our groups is both motivating and fulfilling.