Board of Directors
Marion Sheridan, President
Marion (she/her) is a former teacher in the Olympia School District. She joined the TCI Board so that she could use her skills and experience as a former teacher of students with intellectual disabilities and an active community member in Olympia for over 30 years to reach out in a myriad of ways- to increase inclusive activities and bring diverse groups together throughout Thurston County to make the whole county a more inclusive place to live. She is excited to reach out to those areas in Thurston County that have had limited inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities because inclusivity is beneficial to everyone. Marion would like to help start the process of giving all interested people fun, meaningful and inclusive activities that may lead to life-long relationships. Aside from TCI, Marion loves to be outdoors whether running, hiking, camping, backpacking or gardening. Indoors she loves to read, cook big dinners with her family, and be with friends. Marion's great passion is her family and now that she is mostly retired, she loves giving back to her community via different volunteer roles.
Megan Parks, Vice President
Megan (she/her) is a person with an intellectual disability. She wants to be a part of the TCI board in order to help make her community more inclusive and help plan the programs that Thurston County Inclusion is putting on. She is excited to meet new people and stay connected with old friends. Megan hopes that Thurston County Inclusion could be like the Day of Champions, where everyone is a community of people with and without disabilities. Outside of TCI, Megan enjoys Sports, Music, and being with friends.
Lorraine Manning, Secretary
Lorraine (she/her) is a former teacher for the Olympia School District. She has been working in the field of special education for the past 4 decades and has seen tremendous growth in the area of inclusion during that time. She wholeheartedly supports the mission of Thurston County Inclusion and is honored to be a part of it. During Lorraine's time at Olympia High School, she saw first hand what a positive impact inclusion has on people with and without disabilities. For fun, she loves to hike, bike, garden, sew, knit, get together with family and friends and above all spend time with bulldogs!
Andrew Kramer, Treasure
Andrew (Andy; he/him) is the grandparent of a person with an intellectual/developmental disability. He believes the direction and goals of TCI, to provide diverse opportunities for children with disabilities (great or small) enabling them to expand their social skills while participating in fun activities, is not only noble but necessary. Children with disabilities or special needs want to have the same opportunities as others. They just want to be included and to be a part of something. Andy is excited to see TCI expand its programs and impact, in a positive way, a more diverse population of children, both with and without disabilities in our community. Aside from TCI, he has 25 years experience as an official of recreation, high school, college and semi-pro football and softball coach. He has been involved with Boy Scouts for over 30 years as a youth and adult leader. Andy also enjoys collecting books and pocket coins (mostly pennies and quarters) with over 600 coins dating back to 1879.
Ellen (she/her) is a parent of former Olympia High School students. She is excited to be an active member of her community and wants to help make our community more inclusive. Ellen is excited to bring together young people in her community with and without disabilities. Outside of TCI, she enjoys hiking, traveling and tennis.
Soroush (he/him) attends Olympia High School and is looking forward to supporting TCI’s mission anyway he can. Soroush spent his Summer volunteering at TCI’s Summer camp. He is excited to watch participants make new connections in future programs TCI offers and overall how the community will bond as a result.
Soroush enjoys playing video games with his friends over a call and reading books before bed.
Eric (he/him) is a teacher in the Olympia School District. He finds the goals and mission of the organization to be very positive and forward thinking. It is rooted in building community and it is an honor to lend support to that mission. Eric is excited to see Thurston County Inclusion build and strengthen community participation in accessible and inclusive events. For fun, he enjoys riding bikes, playing board games, collecting music, and traveling with my family.
Nicole (she/her) is the parent of a person with an intellectual/developmental disability. Nicole wants to be a part of Thurston County Inclusion's Board of Directors because she is passionate about the kids in our community finding a place that they can feel free to be themselves. She looks forward to the friendships that will be made and the opportunities that we can create for them. Nicole is excited to see TCI bring kids together regardless of background. She thinks this will help the children in our community develop life skills and long term friendships! A fun fact about her is that she has 3 baby goats, 2 Great Danes and a bearded dragon.