WHAT WE DO

​Rebuilding Together Thurston County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal EIN: 77-0613860) that provides free home repairs and handicap modifications for​ low income homeowners and nonprofit facilities. We serve low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need. Rebuilding Together Thurston County was founded in 2003 by the Olympia Remodelers Council and other volunteers and is part of the Rebuilding Together national organization, with over 130 affiliates across the country. Learn more about the national organization >>

OUR MISSION

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives

OUR VISION

Safe homes and communities for everyone

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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JASON VATNE, BOARD PRESIDENT

Columbia Bank

Jason is a lifelong resident of Thurston County.   He is the branch manager of Columbia Bank in West Olympia.  He is a recent graduate of Leadership Thurston County. In addition to serving on the board for Rebuilding Together Thurston County, he serves on the board for the Centralia College Foundation.  Jason enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and road trips.

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REBEKAH GRAHAM, BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Thurston County Food Bank

Rebekah is the volunteer program coordinator for Thurston County Food Bank. She believes safe, independent housing for those that can continue to live independently in their own homes helps strengthen communities and fosters positive neighborly relationships through meaningful connections. She lives in an adorable purple house in the beautiful Steamboat Island area with her husband, children, two cats, and a dog.

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PETE KMET, BOARD TREASURER

Retired

Pete Kmet recently retired after 12 years as the mayor of the City of Tumwater. Prior to being elected mayor, Pete served on the Tumwater City Council for 18 years, including 14 years as mayor pro tem. During his 30 years as an elected official, Pete represented Tumwater on numerous committees and task forces providing policy oversight on a wide range of issues including growth management, public works infrastructure, parks and recreation programs, and public safety. He has volunteered for a wide variety of city and nonprofit events and projects. Pete has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Norwich University and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his elected positions, Pete worked as an environmental engineer for the State of Washington Department of Ecology’s contaminated sites cleanup program. Pete and his wife Nancy live on lower Tumwater Hill.

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TINA DAVIS, BOARD SECRETARY

TwinStar Credit Union

Tina lives in Olympia with her husband and three children. Tina has actively volunteered for more than 25 years with numerous organizations, including YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Build, Thurston County Food Bank, and Leadership Thurston County.  She is a branch manager with TwinStar Credit Union and has worked in the finance industry for more than 24 years. Tina is an avid WSU Cougar fan and loves soccer, camping, and spending time with her family.

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TOM AMES, BOARD MEMBER

Tom joined RTTC’s board in January of 2022.  Tom has over ten years of construction experience in everything from carpentry to roofing to plan reading.  Tom works as a highway maintenance worker for the Washington State Department of Transportation.  Tom is looking forward to utilizing his construction expertise on projects. 

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JENNIFER FERGUSON, BOARD MEMBER

Ferguson Insurance Services

Jennifer joined the board in November 2022 and is very excited about giving back to the community that has trusted and supported her for years. Jennifer owns Ferguson Insurance Services, a senior-focused independent insurance agency located in Yelm. In addition to volunteering with RTTC, she is a member of the Tenino and Grand Mound-Rochester Chambers of Commerce and serves on the board of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce. When not working and volunteering, Jennifer is a master weed-puller and so-so gardener who spends her free time with her husband, family, friends and her two dogs, Abby and Lily.

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DAVID PALMER, BOARD MEMBER

Cullen Palmer Law Office PLLC

David Palmer is an attorney in Olympia and joined our board in August 2022. David is very active in his church, South Puget Sound Rotary, and other community organizations. David has also been a long time supporter of RTTC. David graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Bachelor of Arts with honors) and the University of Iowa (Juris Doctor with distinction). David is married to his best friend, Sally, and they have two children, Andy and Emily. His interests include history; running; backpacking, hiking and camping; and Notre Dame football.

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ANDI RHODES SPRINGER, BOARD MEMBER

Greene Realty Group

Andi joined our board in September 2021. Andi is a real estate agent with Greene Realty Group. She volunteers at her daughter’s school and with Catholic Community Services. Her enthusiasm for helping others is definitely an asset for Rebuilding Together.

MEET OUR STAFF

CATHY JOHNSON

Executive Director

Cathy has a degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and a certificate in Horticulture from SPSCC. Cathy has volunteered with RTTC since 2012 and is a past board member. Cathy loves to read and travel with her husband and son.

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MARJORIE GACHNE' PRICE

Director of Administration

Marge brings her long experience with several Thurston County nonprofits back to us. She has served in leadership and fundraising roles for Rebuilding Together Thurston County, Homes First, Tumwater Chamber of Commerce, Dispute Resolution Center, and Olympia Tumwater Foundation. She has extensive experience with projects, events, volunteers, fundraising and marketing. Marge has three daughters and four granddaughters.

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SI SARTON

Applications Coordinator

Si reviews applications, schedules projects and provides Rebuilding Day coordination. Si was a claims manager for the Department of Labor and Industries for over 30 years before retiring. Si loves the color purple, and loves to travel and cook.

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CALEB SCHLOTTMANN

Project Manager

Caleb conducts site inspections and completes many of our repairs and ADA modifications. Caleb has many years of experience with apartment and building maintenance. Caleb is an Olympia native and a proud Eagle Scout.

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