Our Board of Directors
David Johnson, City of Tacoma, 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.
Caitlin Back, Umpqua Bank, First Vice 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!
Teresa Stephenson, Lane Powell PC, Second Vice President/Secretary
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.
Kathryn Janker, BNY Mellon, Treasurer
Kathryn is a native of Tacoma and currently resides in Puyallup. She is married and has two sons in college. Kathryn enjoys volunteering through work at the United Way, Day of Caring and at Lighthouse Christian Center, Faith in Action – community projects. She was a Sunday school teacher for the pre-schoolers and an AWANAs leader at Rainier View Christian Church. Kathryn enjoys spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite hobbies are walking / hiking, paper crafting (making cards and scrap-booking), spending time outdoors and supporting the local sports teams…Go Hawks!
Debra Fayne-Thomas, Community Volunteer, Immediate Past President
Debra is a disabled Army veteran and homeowner who resides in South Tacoma with 3 year old grandson Jayden King. She is the proud mom to her son Darius and her daughter E’Braune. Debra joined the board a year or so after being a recipient of RTSS which she is truly grateful for and enjoys volunteering and sharing her testimony with anyone that will listen. She says this is her way of giving back and she loves it! What she enjoys most is spending quality time with her family and her two precious grandsons.
Susan Schmitz, The Boeing Company, Past President
Susan has been with The Boeing Company since 1985, currently working in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Core Quality. She is an active member of the community. She is past president of the American Cancer Society South King County board, a former Girl Scout leader, past Chair for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Pierce County Women of Distinction committee, past member of the Soroptimist Organization, Auburn Chapter and former committee member of the Giftmakers Program. She is married and enjoys travel, family, friends, sporting events and volunteering. Susan was raised in Sumner and currently resides in Sumner. She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington.
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.
Carolyn Cereghino, Community Volunteer
Carolyn Cereghino has over 27 years of experience in the investment management industry, Carolyn has held a variety of specialist and management positions at BECU, Dean Witter, GNA Securities, and Columbia Bank. Carolyn is experienced in compliance, regional account management, retirement and financial planning for individuals and businesses, and investment program design, implementation, and management. Carolyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Washington. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Jenae Charboneau, Hawkins-Poe Realty
Jenae is a Puget Sound native. She grew up on the Key Peninsula and currently resides in University Place with her significant other Tony Fay, who is a member of the MBA and owner of Modern Electric LLC. Jenae currently holds her Real Estate license at Hawkins Poe Inc., a local third generation company, and has a design business, Abode LLC. Jenae brings enthusiasm and a willingness to help wherever needed.
Amanda DeShazo, Pierce County Labor Agency
Amanda DeShazo is currently working at the Pierce County Labor Community Services Agency as the Community Labor Liaison. She recently completed her 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.
Mark Mellum, Academy Mortgage
Mark is a lifetime resident of Tacoma. He has been in mortgage lending since 1986, with over 22 years at the same location. He is married, with two very active young girls. Between School, the YMCA, and the mortgage business, there is never a dull moment. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golf, most sports, and spending time with his family. Mark is also the current President of the Puget Sound Mortgage Lenders Association which has been a supporter of Rebuilding Together South Sound for several years.
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.
Scot Savary, ProBuild Construction
Scot is the General Manager at ProBuild in Spanaway. He has been there more than 3 years and has been in the building industry and management for more than 20 years. He enjoys helping and serving others, volunteering weekly at FISH Food Banks and as an outreach volunteer for Life Center South, where he is a member. Scot also served on the Green River Community College Construction Board. He has lived in the Tacoma/Lakewood area for more than 35 years and is married with two teenage children. When he can, he loves his time in Hawaii, San Diego and whistler enjoying activities like golfing, hunting, fishing and scuba/snorkeling with his family.
Sarah Sweet, Tacoma Power
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.