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PRESS RELEASE
MARCH 15, 2017

Media Contact: Dr. Michaela Weber, Executive Director                                           

Everett Office: 425.252.6081

Victim Support Services Announces New Leadership Team

(WASHINGTON STATE) — Victim Support Services (VSS), a crime victim’s service agency established in 1975, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Michaela Weber as its new Executive Director.  Michaela will fill the vacancy created by Marge Fairweather’s retirement who served as the agency’s Director for the past five years.    Weber’s selection followed a national search process.

“Victim Support Services has and will continue to play a unique and vital role in the provision of services to victims of crime. I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to lead VSS and to engage community partners and advance our mission,” Weber said. Michaela’s resume includes over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit social services sector. Weber, who has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Studies and completed her doctoral coursework in Human Services, recently relocated to the area from Colorado Springs, after accepting the position.

“We are thrilled to announce this appointment,” reported Lieutenant Erik Scairpon of the Redmond Police Department, and newly-elected VSS Board Chair.  “Michaela will bring leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs, as well as a deep sense of commitment to our region’s nonprofit sector.  She has a breadth of perspective and experience that will help expand our services to more victims of crime in Washington State.” Lieutenant Scairpon is an experienced police leader with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and over 19 years of dedicated police service for the City of Redmond. Erik has a reputation as a solid, collaborative leader who is committed to public safety and to working effectively with the community.  He replaces Elaine Wolfe, who had previously served as the Board Chair for VSS for the past seven (7) years.

Victim Support Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to respect, fairness, justice and healing for crime victims, their families and communities, through leadership, education and advocacy, and provides these services in several counties throughout western Washington, including King, Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom. VSS currently runs Washington State’s Crime Victims Service Center Hotline (1-888-288-9221) and provides mental health services to communities that are recovering from incidents of mass violence.

Media Contact: Dr. Michaela Weber, Executive Director                                           

Everett Office: 425.252.6081

VSS Leadership Team

From Left to Right: Dr. Michaela Weber, Marge Fairweather, Lieutenant Erik Scairpon, Elaine Wolfe