Jo Tamayao Hanson.
by Mina Hochberg
The Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recently named Woodinville's Jo Tamayao Hanson, a University of Washington 1992 graduate, Outstanding Recent Graduate for 1996 for her commitment to helping the community.
Hanson speaks at schools and conferences about health issues ranging from anxiety to teenagers' futures. She also serves on boards such as Northshore Youth and Family Services and for the Northshore School District.
Hanson recently traveled with St. Brendan's Catholic Church to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she spent nine days learning from people who, she said, lived in cardboard boxes but still had faith to wake up every morning.
"Our purpose was not to give these people our middle class values," she said. "As social workers, we need to be open to diversity."
Currently working as a general counselor for Puget Sound Behavioral Health Care in Kirkland, Hanson specializes in stress and anxiety disorders.
She herself suffered from agorophobia, fear of the marketplace, for 20 years. She counsels others, she says, with the hope that they will not go through the same anxiety.