“SMH deserves the support it receives from the community and donors, with the extensive range of quality services available, including housing, deaf and hard of hearing, crisis response, criminal justice re-entry, domestic violence and veterans programs. Their knowledge of treating clients with co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency is a signature capability of this organization. Most importantly, SMH has a holistic approach to supporting clients, seeking both mental and physical well-being.”
I have been on the Board of Directors for 6 years and am currently Vice President, also serving on the Operations/Education and Finance Committees.
I was born and raised in Seattle, graduating from Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington. My professional career spanned service for the State of Washington as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and 27 years in all aspects of the Human Resources function with The Boeing company, ‘graduating’ from there in 2006.
My spouse of 40 years and I have one child who we are extremely proud of, a Ballard High School graduate and a graduate of the nationally acclaimed Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) Architecture program, now working in the Design/Build industry. We visit our two young grandsons frequently in Oceanside, CA.
“In attending the SMH Gala event for several years in the early 2000’s, I was brought to tears one night listening to an SMH client tell his story, which reminded me of my own, and I asked my table host how I might become involved with SMH. I had been a client of SMHI over 30 years ago and fought heroin addiction for 3 decades which ended finally in 1997. I was invited to join the Board in the summer of 2010, my way of giving back.
Without community acceptance and understanding of the value of having mentally healthy citizens, we lose valuable contributions to families, a state of joyful living, and human productivity. Instead we stigmatize and settle for people living sub-standard lives, with fears keeping both those affected by mental health and chemical dependency issues, as well as those who stigmatize them, from helping to improve the community’s overall health and happiness.”