Children FIRST Therapy provides Resource Coordination to all the families in our program. Our educated and experienced Family Resource Coordination (FRC) staff are a personal support system and liaison for our families. They help families understand and access support resources for their child. FRC’s assist families with completing and filing the necessary paperwork to access services and treatment. 


Meet Our FRC's


Shannon Hughes

Shannon Hughes is the Family Resource Coordinator for Children First Therapy.  After attending Eastern Washington University, she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education; major in Reading and minor in Special Education. 


She completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at Concordia University of Portland, and Administration Credentials at Whitworth University. 

Shannon comes to us after teaching Middle School for 12 years in a rural school.  She enjoys spending time with her family, coaching volleyball, and baking all sorts of treats. 

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Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes is excited to be joining the team at Children First Therapy as Family Resource Coordinator.  Born and raised in Spokane, she is a graduate of Central Valley High School (Go Bears!) and Spokane Community College. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Washington University and continued on to complete her Master of Education at Gonzaga University. 

She is excited to re-join the workforce after taking time off to raise her two children.  Having previously worked in hospitality and education, she is looking forward to getting back to work in helping children and families grow and be successful. During her own children’s elementary years, Mary served on the Central Valley S.P.A.C.E. Program Board and volunteered for many program committees. She enjoyed volunteering in the classrooms and throughout the school.  

Mary currently lives in Spokane Valley with her husband, their two children and two cats.  She is an avid reader and has found much joy in being a Little Free Library steward for the past year.  During the summer, you’ll find her swimming, camping or traveling with her family.

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Geri Gaddy

Geri Gaddy is a Special Education teacher and Family Resource Coordinator. 


She holds a Washington teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. She earned her Bachelors from EWU and her Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University. 


Geri has over ten years experience teaching preschool through eighth grade special education in the public school setting. She’s a passionate advocate for children and families. 


She was born and raised in Spokane. She lived in Phoenix for three years while teaching with Teach for America and returned home to build her family. She has a five year old daughter and stays busy with her seasonal activities. Outside of work, Geri loves to craft, read, and do home improvement projects.