An adventurous and scholarly single mother, Martha, and her baby love to explore nature. They enjoy travel and spending quality time reading and eating noodles. The baby's career, for now, is to play, poop, and continue speaking baby-jargon. Martha has a MA in Spanish Literature, is an interpreter, translator, and Spanish Teaching assistant. She is currently teaching at the UW and will play an extremely important role in developing a bilingual counseling program to serve Seattle's Hispanic and Latino single parents. In the future, baby and Martha will go on sabbatical, then on to the Ph.D.
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Kristina Tveidt was born in Portland, OR and raised in Seattle. She began studying the human condition at an early age and was always someone that looked after the welfare of others. She is also a writer and a poet. She wrote her first poem in the second grade. Kristina graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She began her career at the school of nursing in social work. Following her marriage she moved to Texas and worked in mental health as a case manager. This fueled her desire to further her education. Her Master’s studies began at the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University in Applied Behavioral Science. Following her Master’s studies she worked in policy improvement, organizational development and as a mental health consultant in Portland for the Human Services Dept. The birth of her daughter and then later her son brought big changes and stress, culminating in Kristina becoming a solo mother. This change brings Kristina to Seattle Space with the hope of helping others in her situation. Kristina currently works in HR in the entertainment industry. Her hobbies include yoga, dancing, walking, running, playing with her kids and writing a book.
Chericka Ashmann received her BA in Chemical Dependency from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998 and earned her MSW from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She is credentialed in the state of Washington as a licensed independent clinical social worker, mental health professional and child mental health specialist. Her education, training and experience includes working with children and families, adults and seniors in community, private and institutional settings. Ms. Ashmann has extensive experience providing care in-home while addressing substance abuse issues, chronic mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, childhood behavior disorders, sexual abuse trauma, depression, anxiety, medical needs and parenting deficiencies. Chericka took a special interest in single parent households early on as she herself is a third generation single parent who never planned on being one herself. Her mission is to help other single parents navigate a world still focused and designed for the two-parent household and raise awareness for the need of increased support for this vulnerable population. She works full-time as a medical social worker in addition to her work with Seattle SPACE. In her spare time she can be found enjoying surfing, hiking, running and photographing the beautiful Pacific Northwest and beyond with her family. She also enjoys connecting with and learning about single parents all over the world.