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 Goldenberger. 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!
Administrative and Prevention Program Manager
Caitlin grew up in the Pacific Northwest riding her fixie-bike and playing in the vegetable garden with her dad. She has a Bachelor of Science focused on genetics from Evergreen State College and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies from University of Washington. She loves to travel and has visited over ten countries; including spending a month working on a small farm in France. Some of her favorite things to do besides travel are reading books, hiking, and cooking.
As the Administrative and Prevention Program Manager, Caitlin helps to manage the day-to-day operations of our office team of close to 50 employees, as well as managing Drug Action Team and leading the planning for our annual Healthy Futures conference.
Communications and Development Manager
Katie Hatam, MAED
Katie joined the TOGETHER! team in September 2018. She moved to the Olympia area from northern California eight years ago and she loves the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Education at The Evergreen State College in 2015 and completed her Masters in Urban Environmental Education at Antioch University in 2018. She dreams of co-creating with the community an open-space, free-play, socially-just, and youth-inspired nature connection park; a place where people can get connected to the land, to each other, and to themselves. Her heart beats strong for social justice issues and specifically how they intersect with environmental issues. She is grateful to be on this learning journey with the TOGETHER! team who is doing the work daily at an organizational, as well as individual, level. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her amazing kids, reading a good book, rock hounding, and going for long walks.
Lead Community Schools Manager- Yelm
Before joining the staff at TOGETHER!, Ari served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA and is happy to continue serving her community. In her spare time Ari enjoys watching movies, doing puzzles, drawing, painting and playing sports. Ari attended the Evergreen State College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2013 with a focus in American Cultural Studies. Her favorite book is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, closely followed by Beloved by Toni Morrison. Ari is happy to be a part of the Community Schools initiatve in Thurston County and was a beneficiary of similar program as a youth in King County.
Community Schools Director
Eva coordinates the day-to-day operations of our Community Schools initiative offerings in Tumwater, Yelm and Rochester school districts. 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
“All the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”
― Shel Silverstein
When she was 10 years old, Cat's mother made her to go summer school. Obviously, she didn’t want to go and lamented to her mom, “I’m going to be going to school for the rest of my life.” That was a prophetic cry.
Her journey in education started with teaching Lamaze classes and continued when she started teaching preschool in a tiny town with no official education. Later, she became interested in interpreting for the Deaf and took a position interpreting for a Yelm school, again, with no formal education. During this time, she became aware of the deficiencies in education for Deaf children. This prompted her to return to school to get her degree in education and special education.
Upon finishing her degree, she worked in public schools for many years and many locations from Washington State to Georgia. When she decided to take a break, she found TOGETHER!. Since she has been with TOGETHER! she has had the opportunity to grow professionally, spiritually, and intellectually, adding to her colors.
Club House Director
Nathaniel is excited to coordinate the operations of our before- and- after-school and summer 21st Century Club House program at three elementary schools as well as two middle school sites in the North Thurston Public Schools district! He joins the TOGETHER! team with a background in Community & Youth Development and Social Justice. As a recent transplant, he loves exploring the Pacific Northwest, gaining a deeper understanding of this bioregion, and spending time with the tall trees and prolific ferns. He has a certification in Permaculture Design and loves all things compost. Most of his free time is filled with studying folk spirituality and decolonizing ancestral studies. Someday he hopes to finish his memoir or complete a Masters of Divinity. Either way, he is always busy.
Current inspiring quote: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Y. Davis
Chinook Club House Site Manager
Chac is one of the newest coordinators for the Chinook Middle School Club House Site. His life up to now has been throughout most of the west coast of the U.S., particularly in Washington state, and starting in Mexico City D.F. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College with a focus in Biological Sciences and Educational Studies. His passions are eclectically many, but to name a few aside from working with youth are cooking, soccer, learning new languages, and painting. Before working at TOGETHER!, Chac’s career has taken him through varying positions within the healthcare field and aspires to one day advance to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. His favorite books of all time are 100 Years of Solitude, 1Q84, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, although those are always prone to change.
“The quest is to be liberated from the negative, which is really our own will to nothingness. And once having said yes to the instant, the affirmation is contagious. It bursts into a chain of affirmations that knows no limit. To say yes to one instant is to say yes to all of existence.”
Lead Community Schools Manager-Tumwater
As team leader, Jennifer supports the growth of our Community Schools program by supporting new team members, taking the lead on key projects and helping delegate tasks to the growing team. 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
This position 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.
Middle School Community Schools Manager -- Tumwater
Michael J. Dennis is the Community in Schools Manager for Tumwater Middle School and Bush Middle School. As a military dependent, Michael was born in Washington D.C. but grew up in Oceanside, California. He moved to the Pacific Northwest to finish his Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Evergreen State College. When is not at work, Michael is making documentary videos, going to concerts, attending religious services, and engaging in community and cultural events. Michael is very politically active and has organized and volunteered for several political causes and campaigns. He enjoys sci-fi and learning about modern and future technology. Michael also loves to cook and his sister-in-law has taught him how to cook numerous Thai dishes. He is the proud uncle to 4 nieces and one nephew that live in California and Texas. Michael is extremely passionate about being proactive in solving problems and believes in the quote
"People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life's biggest mistakes." – Rabbi Noah Weinberg
Right from the Start Coordinator
Program Assistants & AmeriCorps Members
Volunteer Systems Coordinator VISTA
Communities in Schools AmeriCorps Member-
Community Schools Tumwater
Communities in Schools AmeriCorps Member-
Community Schools Yelm
Community Youth Services Youth in Service AmeriCorps member-
Clubhouse Lydia Hawk Elementary School