Meet the Instructor

Deeann Burtch Puffert

CEO | Child Care Resources

Deeann Puffert has had the honor of spending her whole career working in the nonprofit sector for organizations focused on improving care for children from birth to five. Her work over the past 28 years includes opening, developing and growing Child Care Resources. Puffert was initially hired as a director, was promoted to deputy director and became the executive director of the organization 10 years ago. 

Over her tenure the agency has grown from 18 to 125 staff and from an initial budget of $850,000 to over $13 million today. She uses a relationship-based leadership approach and brings hands-on executive leadership experience that provides many examples she uses in teaching. Puffert is a native Seattleite, a proud mother of two grown daughters and she holds a bachelor's in sociology from Western Washington University and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington.