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Thurston County, Washington

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Public Health and Social Services

The TST Advisory Committee is a group of 9 volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). Their primary role is to make non-binding recommendations to the BOCC regarding the use of TST funds. The Committee also works to identify gaps in the local behavioral health system, promote collaboration, and review program data.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Thurston County resident
  • Have no current or recent (within one year) interest in any organization receiving Treatment Sales Tax funds.
  • Can commit time (see below) to serve on this committee.
  • Have no personal or immediate family member commitment, investment, obligation, or substantive involvement (financial or otherwise), in any agency contracting with, submitting proposals to, or expected to submit proposals to the Treatment Sales Tax fund.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers are appointed to staggered 3-year terms. They meet approximately 8-10 times per year. 

doctor represented (lab coat) with medical icon on virtual screen with businessman represented with clipboard (checklist) with scale icon on virtual screen.

How do I become a member?

Applications for membership will be announced on this webpage or contact tst@co.thurston.wa.us to be added to the list to receive an application when they become available.

See current members and biographies.

Advisory Committee Meetings

TST Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and fall under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). All meeting agendas and minutes can be found under "Advisory Committee Meeting Materials".

Treatment Sales Tax Member Application:

Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

 

Ali Abid

Date Appointed: March 2023
Date Term Expires: December 2025

TST Advisory Committee Member - Ali Abid Headshot

Ali Abid is an Assistant Attorney General. Ali joined Attorney General’s Office in January 2023 and is assigned to represent Department of Children, Youth, and Families through Tacoma office. Before becoming an attorney, Ali owned and operated a 7-11 franchise in Olympia from 1996 to 2010. While in law school, Ali worked as an extra hire at Pierce County Assigned Counsel where he helped individuals dealing with dependency petitions regarding their children through Child Protective Services.

Ali joined the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (TCPAO) and was appointed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in September 2013. He served the TCPAO in that capacity for almost ten years. During his career as a prosecutor, Ali’s focus was on cases involving individuals with substance use addiction and mental health issues. As such, he observed the Thurston County Treatment Courts via various assignments in Drug and Mental Health Courts. In addition to General Felony caseload, Ali enjoyed participating in Juvenile Court with the goal-oriented prosecution to transform the lives of youth entangled in criminal justice system. Ali is currently a member of 2023 class Leadership Thurston County.

Sarah DeStasio

Date Appointed: May 2022
Date Term Expires: December 2024

Sarah is a person with disabilities who co-founded Capital Homecare Cooperative, a worker-owned caregiving agency, after serving her community as a caregiver for many years. She is currently completing a master's in counseling. 

Sarah also has a Master's in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College where she focused on human services policy. Sarah completed a placement with Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-agency project focused on how the State of Washington can improve outcomes for children and families.

Sarah is a Democratic Socialist involved in a variety of political/community orgs including the Thurston County Democrats and the South Salish Progressive Alliance. She encourages everyone to educate, agitate and organize around access to behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.

Rachel Dreon

Date Appointed: March 2023
Date Term Expires: December 2025

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Rachel Dreon is a lifetime resident of Thurston and has dedicated her career to improving the behavioral health system through leadership in public administration. Currently she is working for the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division leading COVID-19 funding and strategic behavioral health workforce initiatives. She served the last 10 years in various leadership roles including Finance Chief and Statewide Forensics Operations Administrator in state service at the Health Care Authority and the Department and Social and Health services Behavioral Health divisions. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and business degree both obtained at The Evergreen State College.


Rachel is also a proud 2004 graduate of Thurston County Drug Court and has stayed active in the recovery community. As a person of lived experience she has personally navigated the behavioral health and community resource system in our community, utilizing subsidies, housing programs, and educational opportunities which ultimately provided the path to emerge as a leader in behavioral health administration. Rachel participates on several boards and workgroups, including the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the Recovery Fellowship Services Association, the Clean and Sober Softball Association, and was recently appointed by the Governor to the State Advisory Board for Homelessness.

Bob Jones

Date Appointed: April 2019, reappointed May 2022
Date Term Expires: December 2024

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Bob Jones is Founding President of Thurston County Veterans Services (TCVS), a nonprofit organization supporting Veterans. Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, after 22 years of service. He also owns a Defense Contracting new business development consulting firm, responsible for securing several multi-million-dollar Defense Contracts for small manufacturers nation-wide.

Bob has served as President, Chair, Vice President, Vice Chair or Board Member of 12 Nonprofit Business, Social Services, University Alumni or Veterans Organizations over many years. He holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University.

Tonia McClanahan

Date Appointed: May 2022
Date Term Expires: December 2024

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Tonia McClanahan is a contracted Social Service Worker with the Washington State Office of Public Defense Parent Representation Programs and formerly the Parent4Parent Program Director for Thurston, Mason and Lewis Counties. She has been working collaboratively with attorneys, parents, and stakeholders to help parents navigate the Children's Justice Systems and come to a resolution in the Dependency Court process.

Tonia also sits on various committees and boards at local and state levels. She has been mentoring parents in the Dependency process since 2005 and has testified to help support Legislative work to improve child welfare systems since 2006. In 2013 she became the first Birth Parent to sit on the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care. Tonia also is a member of Family Recovery Drug Court teams in two counties, State SafeBabies Design Team, a local Executive Dependency Advisory Group, Strophy Foundation, State Background Check Workgroup, and Statewide Reunification Steering Committee. She champions the Protein for All program and Hangry Carts as well as the local Mockingbird Society Chapter.

Tonia believes in helping parents regain hope in rebuilding their families.

Priscilla Terry

Date Appointed: March 2020, reappointed March 2023
Date Term Expires: December 2025

TST Advisory Committee Member - Priscilla Terry Headshot

Priscilla Terry has recently retired from a 40+ year career in the commercial real estate business. During this time, she has worked with local jurisdictions on matters involving land use, zoning and other issues.

Since 1997 she has been involved in hospital and community health care as a Providence St Peter Hospital board trustee and chair of Quality and Safety. Priscilla was a founding director of South Sound Bank, a community resource for small business. She served on the editorial board and writes a column for The Olympian newspaper.

In retirement, Priscilla sees a way to bring different perspectives to issues confronting the legal system as it tries new approaches to help vulnerable and mentally ill populations increase their quality of life and begin a more rewarding and fulfilling existence. She sees this as one of the few subjects that unites people and policy makers. She wants to be part of the search for solutions that make a difference.

Garrett Cady

Date Appointed: January 2024
Date Term Expires: Pending

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Garrett Cady, a descendant of a family deeply rooted in the Thurston County area with a history spanning the past 160 years. A graduate of the Yelm High School class of 2012, Garrett provides unique insights into the challenges faced by communities situated further from the county center. His personal journey demonstrates a commitment to sobriety as a means of overcoming addiction challenges, while still maintaining an open-minded approach that acknowledges the individuality of recovery, recognizing that each person has a unique story and interpretation of what recovery means to them. With a certification from the completion of the Washington State HCA peer counseling program, Garrett is now equipped with the tools to better understand the adversity faced by both individuals and communities struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Having personally navigated the justice system in the past, he now approaches it from a distinctly different vantage point, offering insights into the complexities of the court system from both sides. Since the fall of 2023, Garrett has been serving as a Deputy Clerk at the Thurston County Superior Court. 

Diana Cockrell

Date Appointed: January 2024
Date Term Expires: Pending

TST Advisory Committee Member - Diana Cockrell Headshot

Diana worked for over a decade in direct behavioral health services care, then moved to Public Health and Social Services overseeing behavioral health, and since 2015 at the state as a leader in behavioral health specializing in serving young people and their families.  Her work is driven by experiences of youth and families who shared their sacred stories and who needed and deserved trauma informed, whole person, whole family care. System configuration created barriers to quality coordinated whole person care and Diana realized to ‘be the change’, would mean moving inside the system to find keys to support care driven by ‘people centered’ v. ‘system centered’.  Diana holds a MA in Psychology and substance use disorder professional certification and serves as section manager for prenatal through age 25 mental health and substance use in state service. 

Diana is a member of Gateway Rotary,  has served Lacey Fire District 3 as chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, is past chair of the National Assoc. of Mental Health Directors Child Youth and Family Division, co-chair of the Prenatal through age 25 Strategic Planning Advisory Group through WA Child Youth Behavioral Health Workgroup, member of the WA Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, Advisory member of HearMeWa, writing team member on the upcoming Adolescent pregnant parenting chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Adolescent volume coming out next year,  and grateful member of Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax Committee where she looks forward to connecting deeper with her local community. 

Jennifer Creighton

Date Appointed: January 2024
Date Term Expires: Pending

Pending

Meeting Time

3rd Friday of every month (except as noted below)
8:30am - 11:30am
Hybrid - In person (412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia) or Zoom

2024 Meeting Dates

  • January 19, 2024
  • February 16, 2024 
  • March 15, 2024: Special Optional Meeting
  • April 19, 2024 
  • May 17, 2024 
  • June 21, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • August 16, 2024
  • September 20, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 15, 2024
  • December 20, 2024
Date  Agendas Minutes
01/19/2024 Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
02/16/2024 Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
03/15/2024 Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
04/19/2024 Meeting Agenda Pending
05/17/2024 Pending Pending
07/19/2024 Pending Pending
09/20/2024 Pending Pending
11/15/2024 Pending Pending
12/20/2024 Pending Pending

Contact our Treatment Sales Tax division at 360-490-7363 or email at tst@co.thurston.wa.us if you have additional questions.