About Us

 Tabitha, Director of Programs 

Director of Programs Tabitha Troutman is the Co-Founder/Owner of Basic Beginnings. She is dedicated to serving the needs of children in her area. As well as directing the programs at Basic Beginnings Tabitha spent 3 years at LWSD as a Special Ed Para Educator. She also spent a year working at Jigsaw Junction as a Therapy Assistant. You can find Tabitha and her family of 3 kids attending local community events to support children with special needs. When not working Tabitha enjoys spending time camping, gardening and watching UW Husky Football.


 Dan, Director of Operations

Dan Nansel is the co-founder of Basic Beginnings.  He strives continually to make programs affordable and accessible to all. He is utilizing his degree in Business Management to help make Basic Beginnings a successful organization.  In his free time Dan enjoys hunting, camping and local sports.


Kitty, Programs Manager

Our Programs Manager Kitty Pinch volunteered for Basic Beginnings for quite some time before becoming a full time member of our team.  Kitty and her husband Dave have generously donated scholarships and events for children and teens with special needs.  Kitty also gives time to individual families to help best support their needs.  She previously worked for Jigsaw Junction as a Therapy Assistant as well as Bmac as a Behavior Technician.  Kitty and her husband recently moved to Capital Hill to enjoy all that Seattle has to offer.  In her free time she enjoys going to local concerts.

Tiara, Program Supervisor

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                                                                                                                                                              Tiara Carlson recently completed her MA in Special Education at Ashford University. Tiara loves children and realized long ago that this is where her passion lies and is so excited to be starting a new journey involving her passion. She have no real children but has her fur-children, a cat-Theodore James, four dogs-Emma, Mickey, Marcellus and Brimm, a bird named Reggie and multiple aquarium tanks. Tiara just moved in to her new house and is excited to have a place to call her own. She is an adrenaline junkie and love being outdoors just enjoying life to its fullest.