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

 

    President

    Jon Emerson (he, him)
    

“I joined the TOGETHER! Board because I believe that 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

    Jose S. Gutierrez Jr, M.Ed, MIT (he, him) 
    

 

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.


    Secretary-Treasurer

    Karen Kirkpatrick (she, her)
    

"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.”


    

     Linda Villegas Bremer, MBA Finance (she, her)                   
 

"I grew up speaking Spanish in Mission, TX in a Hispanic community. Growing up in a Mexican-American family, being in service has always been a priority. I am joyful that I continue to learn and grow. The first member of my family to earn a college degree, I now have over 30 years of experience as an executive – with private businesses, and state and local government. My desire to join the TOGETHER Board was fueled by my commitment to 'pay it forward'. So many individuals contributed to my education, career and success. I now get to support others on their journey. I'm especially interested in championing youth."


         
 
Nicole Colgan (she, her)
                                                     

 

Nicole is the Chief People Officer for TwinStar Credit Union where she oversees the overall human resource and employee training functions.

Nicole earned her BA in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Human Resources/Organizational Development. She holds the title of Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management and brings over a decade of diverse experience in human resource administration in hospitality, health care, manufacturing, education, and state government. 


    

     Katherine Flynn (she, her)                            
 

"I am a retired pediatric nurse who dedicated my career and free time to supporting all youth to have their best life possible. I joined the TOGETHER! Board because I am drawn to their core value of community, school, and family mobilization. I am honored to serve with leaders who base their decisions and programs on the latest research, best practices and evidence-based programs."


    

    Lauren Clinton, M.Ed (she, her)
 


Lauren Clinton is a school counselor at Chinook Middle School and has been in North Thurston Public Schools for eight years. Lauren earned her BA from University of Washington, Seattle, her M.Ed from Seattle Pacific University, and her administrative credentials from University of Washington, Tacoma. Her passion in education surrounds restorative justice and implementing community school programs. She is excited to collaborate with TOGETHER! to further the development of these programs in schools.


 

    

    position vacant
 


Currently the TOGETHER! Board has more than one vacant position. Interested in applying? We would love to hear from you! Interested candidates may wish to attend a Board Meeting, meet with one of our Board officers, or discuss the opportunity of Board service with an agency Director. Please contact us at (360) 493-2230 ext 112 to connect with our Board. We are here to answer your questions. We can help you utitlize your passions and experience to further our mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of all young people.  

Service terms are 3 years long, and service is limited to 3 terms (9 total years). Ready to apply? Complete and submit an application, and email it to: info@thurstontogether.org. Thank you for your interest in advancing the mission of TOGETHER!.


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 Board of Directors Application and email to:
info@thurstontogether.org
 

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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