Thurston County Inclusion 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.
Grace (she/her) is a current student at Olympia High School. She wants to take any opportunity that she can to keep working with the amazing people she has met through OHS Life Skills and Unified Sports! She has loved participating in activities over the summer and during the school year and is super excited to help plan them behind the scenes! Grace thinks that when it comes to gaps that can be filled in the normal pathway for students or people with intellectual disabilities, TCI will fill that gap really well. She is glad that she can still have opportunities to see her friends from Oly Life Skills that have graduated, because those friendships mean so much to her and so many others! Aside from TCI, she loves to play piano and guitar, sing, and do musical theater! She also loves tending to her plants, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!
Rebecca (she/her) is a community member and educator. She considers being a part of Thurston County Inclusion a tremendous honor. Thurston County Inclusion fills a need in the community by providing opportunities and space for individuals of all abilities to develop and foster lifelong relationships through empowerment, support and genuine care for one another. Thurston County Inclusion lives its mission by embodying the concept of inclusion by fully incorporating individuals with intellectual and developmental disability into to the fabric of the organization. Rebecca is excited to see Thurston County Inclusion empower and inspire youth of all abilities to be leaders in the organization and within the community. As the organization grows, she hopes to see youth become mentors and counselors, employees and potentially board members. The potential positive impact of this organization is unlimited in terms of growth and community involvement. In her free time, I enjoy spending time with my family; camping, gardening, shooting hoops in the driveway, playing with our dogs, cooking and reading anything I can get my hands on!
Jill (she/her) is a Speech and Language Pathologist. She wants to be a part of Thurston County Inclusion's Board of Directors to increase her knowledge and awareness of the "operations" side of this organization. She is excited to see Thurston County Inclusion increase awareness and inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities and provide education and support to participating members and their families/caregivers. Outside of TCI, Jill enjoys kayaking, spending time with her family, cooking, and health/nutrition.
Sage (she/her) is a student in the Olympia School District. She wants to be a part of Thurston County Inclusion’s Board of Directors because she wants to make a difference that positively impacts other peoples lives. Sage is excited to see children in Thurston County get more involved. She thinks Thurston County Inclusion is going to have a positive impact in the community, it gives kids with or without disabilities more opportunities. But it doesn’t stop there, Thurston County Inclusion also has a large impact on the families of kids with or without disabilities. For fun, she loves painting and hanging out with animals!
Shannon (she/they) is a parent of current student in the Rochester School District within Thurston County. Shannon wants to be a part of Thurston County Inclusion’s Board of Directors so that she may offer support and perspective any way possible. They love what this program has to offer the community, especially the youth! They are so excited and grateful to be involved. Shannon is excited to see all the ways that Thurston County Inclusion brings people/youth together and helps them to learn acceptance and compassion for each other. She believes that bringing together the community in this way and showing how every person wants and deserves to be treated, with love and respect, will have an incredibly positive impact! Their hobbies include traveling, outdoor adventuring and biking with my family. She also love running, boxing and kickboxing!
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.