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: Glenn Cramer
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.
Vice President: Jon Emerson
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.
Treasurer: 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.
Secretary: Karen Kirkpatrick
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.
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.
Clarkson is a City Councilmember and former mayor of Lacey, and a longtime TOGETHER! Board member, our only current member who has served more than 10 years. He's been both treasurer and president.
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.
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.
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!
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 honorary Board member in 2010. She also worked with TOGETHER! through the Thurston Council for Children and Youth, now renamed as Thurston Thrives' Education & Resilience Action Team.
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.