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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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JENNIFER FERGUSON, BOARD PRESIDENT

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 VICE PRESIDENT

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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PETE KMET, BOARD SECRETARY

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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SARA DEVELLE, BOARD MEMBER

Strickland for Washington

Sara, a Washington native, joined Rebuilding Together Thurston County’s board in October 2023.  Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Washington State University Vancouver and a Master in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She started her work in government by serving as an intern to the Washington State Legislature and then as a legislative assistant.  She has worked in campaign management and as an executive assistant for Thurston County Commissioner Carolina Mejia. Sara currently serves as the political director for Congresswoman Strickland.

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ANDI RHODES SPRINGER, BOARD MEMBER

Olympic Sotheby’s International Realty

Andi joined our board in September 2021. Andi is a real estate agent with Olympic Sotheby’s International Realty, formerly 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 Thurston County.

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JASON VATNE, EMERITUS BOARD MEMBER

Umpqua Bank

Jason is a lifelong resident of Thurston County.   He is the branch manager of Umpqua Bank in West Olympia.  He is a graduate of Leadership Thurston County and previously served on the board of directors for the Centralia College Foundation.  Jason enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and road trips.

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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BONNIE JENNINGS

Applications Coordinator

Bonnie joined our team in March 2023 taking on the duties of processing applications and tracking details about our projects. Previously, she served in the U.S. Army for 11 years as a unit supply specialist, worked as a benefit counselor with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked as a claims specialist for the Social Security Administration. Bonnie volunteers with the Thurston County Foodbank.

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JAMIE MILLETARY

Project Coordinator

Jamie joined our team in February 2024. Bio coming soon!

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