“I have never worked somewhere that had such a supportive and positive atmosphere.” Stacia Wasmundt, Past Staff Member
Meet Our Staff
Meghan runs the organization collaboratively with Meagan Darrow. She coordinates administrative staff, represents TOGETHER! in the community, oversees a large portion of our substance abuse prevention programs, and more. Meghan is a certified yoga teacher and former snowboard lesson instructor. Spending time with her family (cats included!), friends and her husband make her the happiest. One of her cats looks like he belongs on a Scholastic book fair kitty poster. Her guilty pleasure is Netflix, sweats and not leaving the house for an entire day. She dreams of sailing in the Caribbean and as a child read and re-read the book Island of the Blue Dolphins.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Meagan runs the organization collaboratively with Meghan Sullivan. She coordinates human resource staff, represents TOGETHER! within the community, and oversees the majority of our school-based and community-based youth development programs. Meagan’s guilty pleasure is takeout from Curry Corner and drinking way too much coffee! Her family has a Little Free Library in front of their home and they love building community through books! Meagan is happiest when she is with her two amazing boys and husband, reading in her jammies with a cup of coffee, and being in the woods.
“Create what sets your heart on fire and it will illuminate the path ahead.”
Jenifer leads and coordinates financial management of the agency, provides numbers and guidance to staff where needed, and works with the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee. She is our longest-serving employee, having joined the team in 1996! She can often be found camping with her husband in their fifth wheel, enjoying the Northwest, and spending time with grandchildren. She is an amazing quilter and loves chocolate!
Development & Event Manager
A veteran fundraiser, Roger works both within the agency and out in the community to help ensure children and families have what they need to succeed! He has lived in the Olympia area since 1990 with his wife, Laurie, who is an elementary school teacher at Seven Oaks. Roger has two children, Kaylin and Adam, both of whom are married, have a son, and live in Seattle! He is a Rotary Club Member, avid racquetball player and loves to play golf with friends and family!
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
HR & Office Manager
Shannon manages the day-to-day operations of our administration office as well as human resources for the agency. In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading and tends to get wrapped up in a good book! She has a Sharpei/Lab mix who weighs about 65 pounds, yet he thinks he is a tiny Chihuahua. Shannon loves getting hugs and smiles from her children and family; knowing that she is a positive influence in their lives is priceless! She is passionate about providing children a healthy foundation (mentally and physically) to which they can build a successful life and continue the cycle of well-being.
“Be true to yourself first and always!”
Jennica oversees coordination of the Rainier Community Cares and Bucoda-Tenino Healthy Action Team, as well as the Thurston County Drug Action Team. Jennica also serves as the lead planner for TOGETHER!'s annual Substance Abuse: A Community Response conference, and also represents TOGETHER! at the Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program regional coalition. Jennica lives in Olympia and recently earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration. Jennica loves to travel and collect new experiences. She will drive pretty much anywhere for some good dim sum. In her free time, she tries to get outdoors as much as possible. Her favorite book is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
EV Community Center Manager
Ari attends to the day to day operations at EV Community Center. Before this, she served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA and is happy to continue serving her community through her work here at TOGETHER!. In her spare time, she is a multidisciplinary artist engaging with many mediums from film to drawing to writing. Ari attended the Evergreen State College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2013 focusing in American Cultural Studies. Her favorite book is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and she hopes to one day visit King City and Monterrey, CA where Steinbeck lived and wrote. One of Ari’s favorite quotes is from the anime Ghost in the Shell and helps to remind her to continue to grow and change.
“Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.”
Club House Director
Eva coordinates the day-to-day operations of our before- and- after-school and summer 21st Century Club House program at 3 elementary school sites in the North Thurston Public Schools district. Eva was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Olympia in 2007. Eva loves it here! Eva studied science at The Evergreen State College and is still very much a self-proclaimed nerd. When not working, Eva is either walking their dog, watching science fiction or hanging out with their sister who also lives in Olympia. Eva is passionate about youth and social justice work and is studying at University of Washington Tacoma to get their Masters in Social Work. Eva is also very silly and can be spotted dancing around in the office from time to time.
Pleasant Glade Club House Site Manager
Meadows Club House Site Manager
Tina coordinates the day-to-day operations of our before-and-after-school and summer programs at Meadows Elementary School through our 21st Century Club House program.
Lydia Hawk Club House Site Manager
Secondary Community Schools Manager
Jennifer manages Community Schools at Tumwater Middle School and Black Hills High School, bringing outside services in to serve the kids where they are already: in school. Jennifer is originally from the Midwest, Go CUBS! She loves hanging with her family, eating pizza with friends and playing board games. She enjoys painting (walls not canvases) and renovating her and her family’s old home. Her happy place is hiking Watershed in Olympia and the ocean. Her and her family don’t have pets but live vicariously through others who do. She has a secret talent of bargain shopping and getting great deals on airline tickets.
Secondary Community Schools Manager
Lindsey manages Community Schools at Bush Middle School and Tumwater High School, bringing outside services in to serve the kids where they are already: in school. Lindsey is the mama to two ridiculously awesome daughters, who she refer to as her “Beasts” because they are, indeed, fabulously crazy, hilarious beasts. – Sophia (“Big Beast”) is 9 – and Charlie (“Baby Beast”) is 4. Lindsey also has two “fur children” – Fanoona, a 10 year old Lab mix who is, paws down, the best dog in the whole wide world… fur reals… and Brian, a very grumpy 3 year old Chihuahua – who thinks he’s 83 – and is quite possibly the world’s worst dog – but even bad dogs need cozy homes, so alas, he stays. Lindsey is married to an amazing human – who she call her Husbeast – because, well, that’s clearly where her children get their beastliness! When Lindsey is not Community Schoolin’ – you can usually find her out on an adventure of some sorts – hiking, clam digging, sledding, skiing, visiting grandparents, or coaching one of her beasts’ teams - fastpitch, tee-ball, basketball, and soccer! Her life motto is “Hakuna Matata” (it means no worries, for the rest of your days) and she truly believes that anything can be accomplished with a positive attitude, good manners, and lots of coffee!
Elementary Community Schools Manager
Arianne manages Community Schools at the elementary schools in the Tumwater School District, bringing outside services in to serve the kids where they are already: in school. Arianne grew up in the Olympia area, and is happy to be back serving this community after attending school at Central Washington University. She is passionate about public health, and eliminating social and health disparities. In her downtime, Arianne loves exploring new places, reading a good book or article, attending local events, and catching up with friends and family.
"Live less out of habit, and more out of intent."
Communications & Mentoring Coordinator
Cynthia manages TOGETHER!'s communications as well as the school-based mentoring program. Besides working for TOGETHER!, Cynthia is also an astrologer and tarot reader who can be found stargazing and card-reading around Olympia and online. She loves reading and writing poetry, making music, drinking tea and learning about herbal medicine. She’s passionate about social justice and supporting the autonomy and self-determination of all people. She has this quote from Barbara Kingsolver posted on her office door:
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Rainier Community Cares Coalition Coordinator
Chantal is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum who moved from Michigan to Washington to explore the Pacific North West and fell in love with the mountains, water, and forests. She considers herself to be a social justice warrior and fierce advocate for youth, especially those in high risk communities. She loves hiking, kayaking, camping, and biking with her miniature poodle, Sherman. She is a youth mentor at Nature Nurture’s farm and loves caring for the animals, especially the horses, with her mentee. She is also in the process of building a tiny house that she will be able to travel with and permanently live in.
Bucoda-Tenino Healthy Action Team Coalition Manager
Emily, a recent Evergreen Masters of Environmental Studies graduate, manages the Bucoda-Tenino Healthy Action Team. She’s committed to serving and empowering underrepresented communities. Emily moved to Olympia in 2015 from Illinois to attend grad school at The Evergreen State College. In her free time, Emily likes watching horror movies and hanging out with her pets. Her cat, Sammy (15+ lbs of fluff), is more than three times the size of her Pom-Chi, Penny (5lbs of shivering fear and sweetness)! She also loves hanging out with her partner, BFF, and family (all of which moved out here from Illinois too!).