Leading the Future
We have exceptional talent and true passion within the team. As the heart of what we do, each team member is dedicated to making sure all youth are completely taking care of through commitment, safety, and care.
I served as a member in the United States Army for more than 16 years and volunteered five years as a nonprofit Executive Director to ending youth homelessness. I have a B.A. in Literal Arts at Evergreen College, Washington. I offer my heart every day: to my team, clients, and community.
My career includes years of leadership experience and documented success in extensive large-scale personnel, training, logistics, and budget operations. It’s in my heart to care for those who can’t help themselves in a way they don't feel dehumanized. My passion runs deep as it will show through my work daily.
Hi! I have a family of a wife, D'nah, and a 17-year-old son, Etienne. I have an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Celtics Studies and Ethnomusicology. I've lived in the Olympia area for six years this time around (I graduated from Evergreen), and love the vibe here.
I enjoy music a lot, and creating art, and singing. My time with Our Ark has been a blessing. I truly feel like I'm finally in a position to help the street youth in a more direct way, as well as taking on a larger role to help the organization fly!
I am of the older generation and was a stay-at-home mom for two of the three children. I began working in 1972 and retired in 2001 from the Washington State Senate. I am involved in many “groups” and enjoy my retirement.
I needed to add a “group” to my life that has compassion for someone other than me. This has fulfilled my expectations. I have secretarial experience in a lot of areas, event planning, and mom to three beautiful grown children. Also have 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. I am compassionate, don’t mind doing whatever I can/need to do for the organization.
Youth Advisory Board
Youth board Advisor
Youth members guide our understanding of and help devise solutions to the most pressing moral issues and social challenges of their peer groups, such as bullying and exclusion. They provide feedback on our ideas, share their thoughts on current events, and make sure we’re on the right track when communicating information to young people.