WSCC Board of Directors
Janice Schutz – Interim Board Chair
I am the proud parent of a 2 daughters. One of my daughter’s struggles have been manifest in mental, emotional and behavioral challenges for our entire family. I have been actively advocating for her as we have navigated through multiple Systems of Care (educational, peer support, medical, etc, at the federal, state and regional levels) for over a decade. Through problem solving, with the help of family and friends, and guidance from caring professionals, we have met these challenges and successfully overcome numerous obstacles. Throughout this time, I have worked steadfastly to educate myself and build a network of contacts in order to help other families like ours. I have also been a small business owner for more than 20 years. I have acquired many skills from supervision, management and training experience, public speaking and negotiating contracts, research and recruiting to marketing and training, I also have a very strong desire to support and empower other families to understand and utilize the systems of care from a grassroots community based perspective. In my free time I practice yoga, read books and play with my horse, Rocky.
Board Vice-Chair – position open
Kim Runge – Board Treasurer
I am the proud mom of identical twin sons that have autism, that bring me challenges and great joy. Because of my journey raising complex boys (men now), I have the great opportunity to give back as a Lead Family Partner with the WISe team at Sound in King Co. for the last nine years. During this time I was a board officer for the Northshore SD SEPAC (Special Education Parent/Professional Advisory Council) and a Co-Family Tri-Chair for the NWFYSPRT in King Co. Through all my experiences, it has given me great knowledge of systems, partnering, advocacy and making sure family voice is heard and acknowledged. During my precious free time, I love hanging out with my girlfriends, 1:1 time with my boys, date night with my husband, taking black and white photos, and binge watch Netflix.
Theresa Winther LMFT, MAC, CDP, CMHS – Board Secretary
I specialize in counseling with a focus on the desire to change the behavior for a more fulfilling life. As a Marriage & Family Therapist with my Masters in Addiction counseling, I create a partnership within therapy to create a space for growth, goal achievement and peace within.
My passion is to help youth and adults overcome co-occurring disorders, mental and emotional challenges, and substance use issues. This includes adolescents, couples & families, Breast Cancer survivors and clients working with schools and community systems. I have extensive experience providing therapeutic support to adolescents and adults whose behaviors are no longer beneficial.
The approach I take is drawn from Solution Oriented Brief therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT+) and Life skills interventions. Training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy, which facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution to restore life happiness and balance.
I have deep, experience with Community teams, families and caregivers, and bring a systems approach that creates opportunities to collaborate and partner on the best plan possible.
I believe in a holistic approach of collaboration with a strength-based model. My approach to therapy is client-focused with an emphasis on including the whole system when defining the problem. I focus on individually tailoring therapy goals to meet the needs of the client(s), which means that the methods and theories employed into the sessions will be based upon what best serves the clients’ personality and needs.
In the past year I have enhanced my career by giving back and getting involved. I have joined two fantastic organizations as a board member to help support the growth of professionals and families across the state. My support is focused on the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Washington State Community Connectors. I look forward to helping these two organizations grow while I continue to gain skills, knowledge and a greater level of service to clients, students and the communities I ser
Sarah McQuilkin – Board Member
I am the proud mom of 3 children & step mom of 5. We have 2 living at home ages 13 & 17 whom are adopted with special needs. My 17 yr old has Shaken Baby & Autism & my 13 yr old has emotional challenges.
I work with Family Alliance for Mental Health as Mason Co. Coordinator since 2011.
I love working with parents and empowering them in meetings. I have been advocating for wonderful children since 2003. My favorite thing is having a personal touch with parents.
Some of my trainings are: Wraparound, Certified Peer Counselor, PEP (Parents Empowering Parents) , & Special Education Advocacy.
I love being a part of WSCC and look forward to meeting families and knowing about many family organizations
Board Member – Open Positions