Dara was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho and recently moved to the Portland/ Vancouver area. They graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Prior to accepting the role as Program Manager at Friends of the Children - SW Washington, Dara spent the last 5 years working in youth services at a non-profit in their hometown. Dara has a passion for working in youth services and utilizing a Trauma Informed approach in doing so. Outside of work Dara enjoys traveling and having new experiences, cheering on the Portland Thorns soccer team, and hanging out with friends and family.