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
Location: North Puget Sound and Olympic Regions, while also representing the statewide prevention system.
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.”
Prevention Program Coordinator
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.”
Location: Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties, in the Northeastern Corner of Washington
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.”‘
Rural Education Program Supervisor
Location: Seattle Washington, representing rural school districts across the state.
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).”
Location: Orcas Islands, WA
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.”
Based in Vancouver, Washington our team has been implementing strategies in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties since 2003 and have since expanded statewide.
Specialty: Cannabis Education & Prevention, Prevention in Rural Communities
Specialty: Cannabis Education & Prevention