meet our incredible

Admin Team
Check out the amazing women & men dedicated to making a difference in the lives of real life heroes by bringing their imaginations to life, one photo shoot at a time. 

 

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ADMIN TEAM

KYLIE COLE

CEO/FOUNDER

 Kylie is the brains behind the Capes & Crowns Foundation. The idea came to her on an airplane heading to her very first comiccon in 2015.   What started as a simple idea, written down on 3 napkins and a barf bag,  has blossomed into an ever-growing organization, that has provided 1000 sessions in the last 3 years. 

Kylie is a wife and mother of 4 wonderful boys that make life so fun and exciting. There is no shortage of superheroes and Starwars in her house!  She loves all things Disney, Marvel, StarWars and much more. She’s still waiting for her invitation to join the Avengers. 

 

 

 

STEPHANIE YOUNG

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 

Stephanie, our COO, began with Capes & Crowns as one of our primary photographers and editors since the beginning of the National Tour in 2018. Since then, she’s jumped in head first and has become an incredible asset to our team as the COO. Stephanie, wife and mom of 3 awesome kids, is a major Whovian, Game of Thrones junkie, and coffee addict. She’s still mad that she has yet to receive her Hogwarts acceptance letter. 

DEBORAH BERK

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Deborah, our HR Manager is our only “non-Oregonian” staff member as she resides in beautiful Orlando, Florida! It was meant to be as we met Deb through our trip to Give Kids The World in October 2018. She fell in love with the foundation and when she became available, we hooked her in! Deb is a huge Disney fan! When she’s not working for Capes & Crowns or traveling the world on mission trips with her church, you’d probably find her hanging out with Chewbacca in Disney World! 

TIFFANY GOLDADER

INSPIRATION COORDINATOR: APPLICATIONS & SCHEDULING

 

Tiffany, our Inspiration Coordinator is the first person you’ll interact with when you apply for a session! She has been with the organization since the very beginning in various capacities and has found her niche as our “Inspiration Coordinator”. Tiffany is a major Whovian and fan of all things wibbly wobbly and timey wimeyHer daughter, Nora, also received her own session – as a Paleontologist! 

 

ERIN VANDERMIEDE

INSPIRE COORDINATOR: POST PROCESSING 

Erin a.k.a Mrs. Incredible is a wife and mom to 3 amazing kiddos. Her family was one of the original recipients of a Capes & Crowns session in October 2016! When her family recently moved back to Oregon, she jumped at the opportunity to join the Capes & Crowns Admin team!  She is the perfect addition! 

 

TESS HUDSON

LOGISTICS COORDINAT0R 

Tess is a native Oregonian and mom of three incredible kiddos, Athena, Cassie, and Liam. She’s a major Star Wars nerd and lover of all things comic. She has a huge heart for kiddos with special needs and disabilities.  When she’s not working or taking care of her family, you’ll probably find her watching Game of Thrones, cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers, or using the force to defeat the Rebel Alliance as the force is strong with this one. 

HALSEY HENDRICKSON

 HEAD OF VIDEO PRODUCTION & PUBLIC RELATIONS 

 Halsey, wife and mom of two adorable little girls, has been with Capes & Crowns since June of 2017. She is so passionate about our mission and builds incredible relationships with everyone she meets!  On tour stops, she’s the lady behind the camera capturing all the sweet moments and creator of our beautiful videos! Halsey is a major Captain Marvel fan and always strives to propel our mission, “Higher, Further, Faster!”

 

NALANI WATKINS

 SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

 

 

 

meet our

BOARD MEMBERS

BEN WEHAGE

GENERAL MANAGER AT HYATT PLACE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

 

Kylie Cole

FOUNDER

 

Jeanie Schwenk

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

 

Selena Maestas

FOUNDER OF THE “LOVE YOU MORE PROJECT”

 

Bill & Tammy Linn

OWNERS OF COBALT STUDIOS PDX

 

Christian Rea

OWNER OF GOODPRINTS, LLC

 

Laura Mangum-Childers, LCSW, LLC

Mental Health Therapist, Foundation Parent

 

TARRAH ADAMS

OWNER OF MOXIE FINANCIAL, TREASURER