Our Board of Directors
Teresa Stephenson, Lane Powell PC, President
Teresa has been employed in the legal field for 30 years and is currently a paralegal at Lane Powell PC in Seattle. She and her husband Rocky have been married for 28 years. They have three grown children and one grandchild. She is an active member at St. Andrew parish in Sumner, where she is a member of the Altar Society, the Arts & Environment Committee, and sings in the choir. Teresa enjoys gardening, baking and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. She was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years and enjoys working with children. She has also been involved with Rebuilding Together South Sound for 10 years in the capacity of Volunteer Coordinator. She has found this to be a very rewarding and life enriching experience.
Sarah Sweet, Tacoma Power, First Vice President
Sarah Sweet is an enthusiastic optimist and a driven student of self-improvement. Her versatile experience includes: customer service and support, inventory management, mentorship/training and environmental studies with a focus on sustainable technology and reducing energy consumption. Sarah has lived in Tacoma for over 10 years and in that time earned her BA locally from the Evergreen State College-Tacoma. In 2016, Sarah graduated with a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College. She currently works for Tacoma Power in the conservation department. Sarah finds this work deeply rewarding as she is able to assist residents in making their homes more comfortable and energy efficient each day. In whatever spare time she can find, Sarah enjoys movie marathons at home with family.
Craig Catlin, Johnson, Stone & Pagano, Treasurer
Craig is a lifetime Washingtonian and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and shareholder at the CPA firm of Johnson, Stone & Pagano, P.S. located in Fircrest. He has over twenty-one years of professional experience. Craig is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Washington Society of CPA’s and the Construction Financial Management Association. He currently resides in Lakewood with his wife and 2 daughters. He is an avid football fan and enjoys spending time with his family.
Caitlin Back, Umpqua Bank, Immediate Past President
Caitlin Back has been a Tacoma resident since 2006 and an active volunteer and community advocate. She joined Umpqua Bank 9 years ago, where she works as a regulatory compliance manager. She volunteers with community organizations such as Rebuilding Together South Sound, Step by Step, and United Way of Pierce County (through which she was awarded the 2011-2012 Campaign Volunteer of the Year award). Caitlin spends her free time with her family, including her husband Jonathan, her two young sons, and two gargantuan poodles!
David Johnson, City of Tacoma, Past President
David Johnson brings over three decades of technical training and a collaborative leadership style to focus on the permitting division at the City of Tacoma, located in the Pacific Northwest. As a structural engineer, project and program manager, owner’s representative, business owner and permitting services manager within public and private organizations, his project experience is equivalent to creating a working waterfront community with a population of over 25,000. As a result, David has a depth and breadth of practical knowledge as team member, facilitator, and organizer of talent in creating built environments. While preparing a public enterprise for a half billion dollar building program, he led the development and implementation of a web-based program and project management system. David’s familiarity with fostering and organizational culture of trust and the integration of technology into working groups compliments the highly motivated and creative cross-functional Planning & Development Services permitting team.
Judi Brown, Community Volunteer
Lauren Boulanger, Community Volunteer
Lauren Boulanger was born and raised in Lakewood, attending Bellarmine Prep and graduating from the University of San Diego. Her parents, Doug and Charlene Richardson, have been deeply involved in the community since Doug was stationed at Fort Lewis over thirty years ago. Lauren is a licensed esthetician and educator, and taught an esthetics program at The Salon Professional Academy in Tacoma for five years. She joined the Junior League of Tacoma in 2010, and has served as membership chair and new member coordinator. She was awarded Volunteer of The Year for 2012. Lauren now resides in Gig Harbor with her husband Evan, and their son Aiden and daughter Ella. Lauren has assisted Evan for a number of years with Rebuilding Together at his work, Patriot Fire Protection.
Gayle Kassen, Community Volunteer
Corey Orvold, Community Volunteer
Amanda DeShazo, Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
Amanda DeShazo is currently working at the Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration/Non-Profit Management at The Evergreen State College, and completed her undergrad at University of Washington. Amanda sits on a number of non-profit boards in Tacoma: Emergency Food Network’s Ambassador Board, Emerging Philanthropists Project at United Way, and the Pierce County Human Services Coalition. Amanda is excited to unite labor and Rebuilding Together South Sound to work together on improving Pierce County homes.
Darren Dickerson, Coyote Design Architecture & Planning PLLC
Darren is the owner/architect at Coyote Design, a firm he started in 2004, after an 11 year sales career at the Weyerhaeuser Company. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects as well as the Master Builders Association of Pierce County where he helped establish and was the 2011 Chairman of the Design Professionals Council. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, and University of Washington graduate, he brings 25 years of experience in all facets of residential construction and renovation. Darren currently lives in University Place with his wife and son and they enjoy golf and travel.
Donna Fulk, Community Volunteer
Ty Ray,Community Volunteer
Tom Motland, Wren & Willow
Tom Motland grew up in the Federal Way area and graduated from Central Washington University. He currently lives in the Lake Tapps area where he was a volunteer firefighter for over 5 years. Tom has a long family history in construction and worked for Merit Construction Northwest as a Project Development Manager for 20 years. He is now working with Wren and Willow Construction. Tom was a charter member of the Tacoma Rotary South was has been involved in two Rebuilding Days (House Captain of the Year 2012). He also enjoys boating, hunting, and snow skiing.