Who We AreWe are comprised of rural volunteers across the state, including educators, youth-serving organizations, parents, prevention providers, government and more.
Our Steering Committee
Based in communities across Washington, our Steering Committee volunteers dedicate incredible time, energy, and leadership to the Rural Network, assuring goals are met, programs are evaluated, culture is sustained, and more. We are forever grateful for this remarkable team.
Prevention Systems Manager
Organization: Health Care Authority
Quote: “I have lived and worked in rural communities my entire life and have a lot of empathy for what kids and families in small towns experience. There are incredible strengths in rural society, but those often get overshadowed by the needs. I want to help flip that narrative and show small towns they have what they need to get ahead of troubles before they start.”
Director, Pomeroy Partners for Heathy Families
Location: Garfield County and the Southwest Corner of Washington
Organization: Quality Behavioral Health (Clarkston EPIC Coalition and Pomeroy Partners for Healthy Families)
Quote: “I joined the Rural Network Steering Committee to represent rural communities! I was born and raised in Garfield County, the least populated county in Washington State. The entire population of Garfield County is no more than 2,400 people. There is only 1 town in the county, 1 zip code, and no fast food or traffic lights. I currently run the CPWI coalition here in Pomeroy, so I would consider myself well-versed in rural prevention.”
Organization: Northeast Tri-County Health District Youth Marijuana/Tobacco/Vaping Prevention Program
Quote: “I joined the Rural Network to network, collaborate, and learn from other rural areas. I am passionate about youth drug prevention. I wholeheartedly agree with Benjamin Franklin’s axiom that, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”‘
Community Prevention Specialist
Organization: Royal School District
Quote: “I’ve been involved in prevention since 2017 and fell in love with the varied nature of the work. Leadership, organizational development, and effective community projects are big passions for me and I look forward to expanding my skills and knowledge in these areas alongside the Rural Network.”
Organization: Coalition for Orcas Youth
Sector: Youth-Serving Organization
Quote: “I’m passionate about learning from others how to better serve my community. Being a part of the Rural Prevention Network has been a great opportunity for me.”
Rural Education Program Supervisor
Organization: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Quote: “I joined the Rural Network to support rural school districts in the important prevention work for their students. I largely grew up and went to High School in the beautiful Okanogan County (specifically Okanogan and Twisp).”
Based in Vancouver, Washington our team has been implementing strategies in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties since 2003 and have since expanded statewide.
Prevention & Youth Services Manager