Bringing hope, joy and a sense of self-worth to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party.

Meet our Staff

Chris Spahn
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Chris has an Electrical Engineering and Computer Programming background. She owned and ran her own business for many years. She started Birthday Dreams in 2009 in her garage. She has worn many hats through the years in her role as ED: volunteer coordinator, purchasing, gift wrapping, delivery driver, bookkeeper, Board Chair, grant writer, and many more. She also created the website and the inventory management program which are used in the day to day operations of the business. Chris is blessed to have an extremely strong, capable team who know how very important their mission is.

Jarod Drozdowski
Development Director

Jarod Drozdowski is the newest team member of Birthday Dreams. As our Development Director, Jarod brings nearly 20 years of non-profit and fundraising management experience to our organization. In his professional career, Jarod has worked in arts/culture, academia, city government, and non-profit healthcare settings. One highlight was being the “Official Security Detail” for Santa and Mrs. Claus when he was the Event Director of the Christmas Lighting Ceremony in Leavenworth, WA. He is a proud dad of a terrific 7-year old son and a constantly-shedding 10 year old dog. Jarod holds a B.A. in Art History and a M.S. in Cultural Resource Management. In his spare time, Jarod enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, painting landscapes, photography, and continuing his research of ancient world cultures.

Robbie Green
Program Manager

Robbie started working for Birthday Dreams as an intern in 2018. She has a background of 10 years in collections and customer service. Robenita is responsible for running the programs and managing staff, interns and volunteers. She ensures that quality products are delivered. She is responsible for putting together birthday parties, and assisting with inventory tracking. She works with the local community, creating partnerships to provide locations for birthday parties. She has a way of talking to our clients that keeps them comfortable and ensures they get the services and contacts that they need.

Lee Blankenship-Flinn
Program Specialist

Lee has been with Birthday Dreams since 2017. He has a background of 18 years in medical reception, hospitality and customer service. Lee is responsible for inventory tracking, delivering birthdays, purchasing and assisting with putting together birthday parties. He began as an intern. His attention to detail, computer abilities and willingness to do whatever is needed was appreciated and he was hired on when his internship expired.

Dalia Silverstein
Executive Assistant

Dalia has a Business and Event Planning background. In her professional career, Dalia has worked in Real Estate, Customer Service, Hospitality, Aerospace, and Medical fields. Dalia holds a B.S. in Marketing with a Services Marketing certificate from the University of Central Florida (UCF), as well as a Project Management certificate from the University of Washington. She is a proud mother of a 13-year-old son, Yosef, and is an active volunteer as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Member for his Scouts BSA Troop (formerly known as Boy Scouts). In her spare time, Dalia enjoys hiking, skiing, working out, playing board games, arts and crafts, camping, and just spending time with friends and family.

Tabitha Amoroso
Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Tabitha and my experience working with disabled communities has grown into wanting to provide even more support to those effected by unstable housing. I’m excited to be working with Birthday Dreams to better realize a happier, more loving world for those children. Outside of work I have 3 cats and a fish tank, I also help run an art group where we get to be creative. I love art, music, and video games!

Community Events Team

Leah Battin
Community Events Coordinator

Coming soon...

Lilia Anderson
Community Events Team Member and Social Media Team Member

Having spent decades in the Pacific Northwest, I continue to marvel at the beautiful region we live in. My husband and I raised our four children here, exploring the gorgeous coastlines, spectacular mountains, and hidden treasures of the Northwest! We love the outdoors, camping, and exploring – It’s part of the reason I know the area so well!
As a real estate broker, I enjoy active participation with the Renton Chamber, bringing my connection skills to Puget Sound Honor Flight, Birthday Dreams, SE Coalition, small businesses, volunteer work, the Ambassadors Committee, and local events. These skills translate well to real estate, as I’m in the business of building relationships to ensure seamless transactions for my clients!

Lorie Street
Community Events Team Member

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Social Media Team

Erin Johnson
Newsletter Lead

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Cece Cha
Social Media Content Producer

Cece is currently a junior at Liberty High School and Bellevue College. Her hobbies include playing the flute, hiking, rock climbing, and tumbling. She says her biggest accomplishment was making a plastic ball gown out of 1,000 plastic bags for her FCCLA Regional Competition. This gown was made to symbolize how much trash is dumped into the ocean every year. After high school, she wants to go into pre-med at University of Washington. She plans to major in Biology and minor in Marketing

Jenny Bui
Social Media Content Producer

Jenny is currently a junior at Liberty High School. In her spare time, she likes to read books, play her favorite pieces on the piano, and work on any side projects she may have going on. After high school, she plans to do something in STEM and also pursue marketing more, hopefully at the University of Washington.

Arisha Kavi
Social Media Content Producer

Arisha is currently a Junior in Running Start at Bellevue College. In the future, she would like to go into marketing. She chose to join Birthday Dreams because being on a marketing team, while supporting a good cause, is the perfect first step to her career.