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.

Meet Our Board Members

Board of Directors



    Jon Emerson

“I joined the board because I believe the work TOGETHER! does through 21st Century Club House and Tumwater Community Schools will bring true change to our community. I am excited to be a part of helping to make that change a reality!”

    Vice President

    Heather Stafford Smith

“I feel strongly about supporting our youth and supporting work that helps the often voiceless young people feel safe and valued. Today’s youth face a multitude of challenges, many out of their control. I’m so proud of TOGETHER!’s programs and services that help mitigate and alleviate those challenges and have a direct impact on our community’s youth, helping them to live a truly healthy, full life!”


    Karen Kirkpatrick


I am on the TOGETHER! Board “because youth are our future, and I like being part of a larger community working together to provide a safe and supportive environment to foster their sucess.”


Steve Brooks


“I am passionate about finding new and creative ways to improve the well-being of youth from all backgrounds within our community. As a paramedic and firefighter, I often found myself attempting to help a young person after something tragic had occured in his or her life, but would much prefer to focus on efforts on promoting healthier options and choices in order to prevent such challenges from occuring.”


     Jose S. Gutierrez Jr, M.Ed/MIT 

Jose S. Gutierrez Jr is a community member, servant and educator who believes in and is dedicated to improving youth education, support and opportunity for life success. He has pursued these commitments as a student, educator, public servant and business leader.


    Judy Kimeldorf


Emeritus Board Members


    Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint



   Former Lacey City Councilmember Virgil Clarkson



Ready to roll up your sleeves?


If you’re ready to advance the health and wellbeing of all young people, join TOGETHER! on our mission. To apply to join our Board of Directors, please fill out the application form and email it to us at 

Board of Directors Application Form

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What past Board Members have to say about TOGETHER!

"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