It all started with one single family and grew: With diverse backgrounds and their own personal stories, each board member is unified by a single passion to make a difference in the pediatric stroke community. The Leadership team with Pediatric Stroke Warriors includes parents and professionals across the Pacific Northwest Region, volunteer committees and a medical advisory team. Together, we continue to strengthen communities through family support programs, outreach & advocacy and distribution of the latest sound resources related to stroke.
Meet our Leadership Team...
Kaysee Hyatt: Founder & President
Kaysee and Trapper Hyatt co-founded Pediatric Stroke Warriors in 2015, to bring visibility to the awareness of stroke in children and to build greater support for impacted children and their families. In 2012, their daughter Addison was born having survived a perinatal stroke. Through their advocacy for their own daughter and journey as a family they came to know the importance for growth in education and support among the Pediatric Stroke Community.
Today, as the President of PSW, Kaysee stands in the gap for all children who have had stroke. Kaysee’s role within PSW is both organizational and operational. She continues to oversee the daily operations of PSW while leading the board and volunteers in event fundraising, educational campaigns and direct support to families through outreach among Children’s Hospitals and community partnerships.
As a volunteer advocate with the American Heart/American Stroke Association, the Washington State DOH Stroke Advisory Board, and the Pediatric CPRN Advisory Committee-she fights for better funding and stroke education among communities and medical professionals. Kaysee accepts regular speaking engagements at various local hospitals, conferences and community events to build a voice in awareness and education for stroke among children.
Kaysee brings more than 15 years of executive level experience from the workforce, including the financial sector of the cellular industry. Her organizational skills, leadership qualities, innovation and professionalism, paired with her voice of advocacy and compassion for families, allows her to enter conversations from both the business viewpoint and family voice platform.
Lyndsey Watson: Vice-President
The Watson Law Firm
Joining as the founding board in 2015, Lyndsey’s connection to Pediatric Stroke Warriors began with her niece, Addison. Learning from Addison’s diagnosis and the lack of tangible pathways available for families who have experienced stroke, she graciously accepted the opportunity to enter conversations about childhood stroke and dedicated herself to making a difference.
Lyndsey brings years of experience working within for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, all focused on improving the health and well-being of communities both locally, nationally and globally. With a background in ministry, she has implemented and managed programs and community services and has experience navigating the healthcare system through her previous work as the VP of Operations for Avnew Health, a startup healthcare services company providing population management to various groups.
She brings the board valuable skills in organization with an attention to detail, strategic planning, and marketing and communications. Lyndsey has a heart for and gift of educating and mobilizing groups to see beyond themselves and into the world around them.
Susan Gilespie: Treasurer
Vice President of HR CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories
As the Treasurer for Pediatric Stroke Warriors, Susan brings a strong interest in disciplined financial management and a passion for donor development. With over 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry and 8 years in the technology industry, Susan has considerable expertise in executive level Human Resource Management, Project Management and Operational leadership.
Notable is her involvement as Project Lead in the design, development, construction and startup operations of the Swedish Issaquah Campus which opened in 2010 and her co-founding of a healthcare start up, Avnew Health, in 2013.
Susan is currently employed as a Vice President of Human Resources for CellNetix, and also serves as a Board Member for a children’s camp in Oregon. For nearly 20 years she has focused on youth in her community and brings her dedication to PSW as a voice for children.
Alisa Bacon-Sullivan: Secretary
ADR Program Director with Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service
Alisa is a Program Director with over 17 years of experience in consumer protection, legal and governmental programs. Following her son’s stroke at birth, she became an advocate for pediatric stroke awareness and helping parents navigate insurance coverage. With 4 plus years of non-profit experience, she has a passion for educating and promoting outreach efforts to medical professionals on the signs and symptoms of pediatric stroke.
Andrea Doyle: Chair
District Administrator with Insperity
Born & raised Seattle native, Andrea Doyle is the daughter of two real estate executives, and was born with business down to her core. Her upbringing and background led her into a career in executive administration. Having worked beside Kaysee as a colleague for over a decade in executive leadership, Andrea came to know their families journey and daughter Addison, and grew to understand the impact stroke has on children.
Andrea serves as the District Administrator with Insperity and joined the PSW Board as Treasurer in 2016. She brings energy and passion to the team and an expertise in finance and reporting. Andrea is passionate, outgoing and has an inspiring personal story of her own as a cancer-survivor. She knows the power of networking and relationship building and the positive impact it makes among communities.
Trapper Hyatt: Chair
Together with his wife Kaysee Hyatt, Trapper co-founded Pediatric Stroke Warriors in 2015, to bring visibility to the awareness of stroke in children and to build greater support for impacted children and their families. Today, their family interacts with hundreds of stroke-impacted families, inspiring them and offering hope through both support programs and resources.
Through Trapper’s work at Infrasource and his deep roots within the community and businesses, Trapper brings valuable networking and connections to the board. As the father of a stroke survivor, his perspective and support is instrumental in furthering the mission and vision of PSW.
Jamie Jonz: Family Coordinator & Outreach Chair
Family Case Manager with Highroad Human Services
Jamie’s son, Aidan, suffered a stroke during a surgery to repair his congenital heart condition when he was two months old. Jamie has a passion for increasing outreach and awareness of pediatric stroke to parents, first responders and medical professionals throughout the Idaho Region. Jamie serves as the main contact for families throughout the Inland PNW and is an advocate for newly diagnoses family’s needs. She serves as an expert in Katie Becket Law and the Medicaid process for children with disabilities.
Colin Kossman: Chair
Owner with Kossman Insurance Agency
Colin and his wife, Amanda, became involved with PSW in 2016 with the first annual Wishes for Warriors Event. Their daughter, Zoe (now 5), had a stroke when she was 19 months old. Having experienced this diagnosis and the process of seeking care, the Kossman’s decided to shift their charitable focus towards Pediatric Stroke and dedicate themselves to making a difference. As a business owner and a networker by nature, Colin sought to join the Board of Directors in 2016, bringing his valuable skills of business management, passion and determination to PSW.