Renee Metty, President

Renee Metty, President

Renee Metty, M.Ed is the Founder and CEO of With Pause®. She believes that one’s greatest asset is the quality of attention you bring to every aspect of your experience. With a M.Ed in Early Childhood, a M.Ed in Special Education, and a degree in Business Administration, Renee’s experience over the past 20 years helps everyone from the home office to the C suite. Renee is also a Certified Body Language Trainer. 


Cory Custer, Treasurer

Cory Custer, Treasurer

Cory Custer is the Director of Compassion at Brighton Jones. In this role, he supports the company’s mission of helping people community live richer lives by promoting the practice of compassion through the company’s Mindfulness-based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) program. Prior to joining Brighton Jones, Cory worked independently as a coach and organizational development consultant.  Before that, he spent nearly 15 years in the financial services industry. Cory lives in West Seattle with his wife and two children.


Sara Kelly, Secretary

Sara Kelly, Secretary

Sara Kelly credits her yoga and meditation practice as a major element of balance in her life. She wears many hats - educator to her 2 sons, catering server, real estate investor and student of the world.  She strongly believes that the work of Space Between with children and educators will make our world a calmer and kinder place, one person at a time.


Skylee Jane Sahlstrom, Board Member

Skylee Jane Sahlstrom, Board Member

Skylee Jane Sahlstrom is a lawyer who has dedicated her career to serving her community. Prior to attending college and law school at the University of Washington, she enlisted in the Army National Guard and served on active duty as a paralegal at Fort Lewis. During her years as a litigator, she represented individuals in their legal struggles, ranging from evictions to victims of childhood sexual abuse. She balanced her professional activities with her yoga practice at Be Luminous Yoga, and completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2016. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees with the Pike Place Market Foundation and was appointed by Governor Inslee as a Human Rights Commissioner.  Skylee is a nearly life-long Seattleite who currently lives in Beacon Hill with her husband and one-year-old daughter. 


Damitha Nieves, Board Member

Damitha Nieves, Board Member

Damitiha Nieves’ work focuses on supporting and empowering youth with yoga, mindfulness and restorative practices aimed at building and maintaining resiliency within themselves and their community.  Within this it is paramount for me to do this in a way that improves accessibility and dismantles barriers to wellness practices in marginalized communities and communities of color. 

She has supported countless organizations as a volunteer, mentor and leader. Some of these include: Boys and Girls Club, Americorps, Young Women Empowered, Girl Scouts of America, Washington Trails Association, Yoga Behind Bars, Issaquah School District, NAACP, Urban Family, Skyway Youth Network, Skyway Teen Leadership Council, Skyway Teen Peace Circle.


Maya Nader, Board Member

Maya Nader, Board Member

Finding peace within has been a lifelong passion for Maya Nader after having grown up in Beirut and leaving at the height of the Lebanese War. Driven by this passion, Maya practices and teaches compassion to help people bridge the gap between cultures and perspectives to foster better workspaces, relationships, and a more peaceful world. Maya is a certified yoga teacher and Compassion Cultivation Trainer by Stanford University’s Medical School. She is working to become an accredited Yoga Therapist.