The Board is designed as a forum to bring together representatives from a variety of interests and backgrounds to jointly examine issues, to build collaborations among groups where appropriate, and to collectively strengthen Thurston County's varying communities.
"The work TOGETHER! does in Thurston County is extremely important. TOGETHER!’s programs have a 20-year history of making meaningful, positive change in the lives of at-risk children. Every child who is touched by TOGETHER! has a substantially better chance of leading a productive, healthy life."
- Rick Hughes
"The organization’s mission is critically important for our community’s positive future."
- Celia Nightingale
"North Thurston Public Schools has partnered with TOGETHER! in the prevention of violence, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse among our youth. ... I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact the TOGETHER! program has made on the students in Thurston County. I am honored to work collaboratively with a community-based organization such as TOGETHER! ... ."
- Karen Johnson
President: Virgil Clarkson
Clarkson is a City Councilmember of Lacey with two stints as mayor, and a longtime member of TOGETHER!'s Board. He joined in 1998 and is one of only two current members who have served more than 10 years.
Vice President: Gerry Apple
After years of partnering with TOGETHER! in other ways, Apple joined our Board in 2012. He is the advisor of the Shelton SADD Club and works with the PASS Board on drug and alcohol prevention in Mason County.
Treasurer: Vickie Larkin
Thurston County Drug Action Team founding member Larkin joined our Board in 2011 because of our youth-focused mission and her commitment to social service. She is the assistant to Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe.
Secretary: Brittany McVicar
TOGETHER! has worked with McVicar in many ways over the years--as a staff member, a partner when she was with Target Zero Thurston County, and as of 2013, a Board member. Her history as a policy analyst comes in very handy.
We welcomed the chief of Lacey Fire District 3 to our board in 2015. Chief Brooks serves on the Thurston County Safe Kids Coalition in addition to other volunteer roles and helps us to build connections in the community.
Cramer has years of law enforcement, leadership and state government knowledge and experience. He joined the board in 2010 to "set an example of selfless leadership," which we see him demonstrating.
After following our work for years, Emerson applied for and joined the Board in 2014. He has strengths in business, finance and education and loves kids. Emerson is very active in many of our committees.
"Hutch" is retired from the Olympia Police Department, was the police chief in Tenino for several years, and is a Fulbright Police Fellow. His scholarship took him to England to study critical incident stress. He's been on the Board since 2008.
Kimeldorf has a history of work in school groups and nonprofit management. She joined the Board in 2011 to strengthen the ties between TOGETHER! and Little Red Schoolhouse, which she co-chairs.
Kirkpatrick is the city attorney in Tumwater. With a career in the public sector, she offers the Board some great policy and legal experience. "Health and safety are the fundamental building blocks for successful youth," she says.
A local business owner, Nicholson joined our board in October 2014. He is an actively engaged volunteer in the community with a background working in juvenile detention. We're excited to have him on board!
Pierpoint is the Chief of Police for the Lacey Police Department. He is our third longest-serving member overall, having joined in 1997, and one of only two current members who have served more than 10 years.
Lacey City Councilwoman Pratt joined the Board in 2010. She also serves on the Thurston Council for Children and Youth, and is involved with other youth-focused efforts in the community. She was vice president before being elected treasurer.
After 14 years on TOGETHER! staff, Segawa left in 2010, but remained a steadfast partner of the agency in her new prevention work for the state. She joined us in her new Board capacity in 2014.
Smith jonied our Board in 2014. He is an assistant principal at River Ridge High School with a teaching career before that, and has previously worked with drug-troubled youth. He's a community volunteer and coach too.
Heather Stafford Smith
The Board welcomed Stafford Smith to their membership in 2015, excited about her wealth of HR and business knowledge. She says she is looking forward to bringing her technical skills and her perspectives as a working mother to our Board.
Thurston County Commissioner Wolfe was brought on as an ex officio Board member in 2010. She also works with TOGETHER! through the Thurston Council for Children and Youth.
For more information please contact us.
418 Carpenter Rd. SE Ste 203
Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 493-2230 ext 20
Would you like to join our Board?
If you think you would be able to help TOGETHER! in its mission and wish to be on the Board of Directors, please fill out the application form and email it to us. We will contact you after we receive and review it. Please call TOGETHER! if you have any questions or would like more information.
Click here for the Board of Directors application form.