Congratulations to our October Employees of the Month!

Kimi Nolte, Lead Victim Services Coordinator is once again our Employee of the Month – tying with our Victim Service Coordinator, Rachel Martinez!

Kimi is a strong leader in the agency and in the communities she serves. Her work is always victim-centered. She is a very strong advocate for the clients she serves and she ensures their voices are heard and their hearts are supported when the unthinkable strikes.

Kimi has a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri. She has been working in victim advocacy for ten years, starting as a hospital advocate.

Lately, Kimi has been working tirelessly teaching free ID Theft classes around the Pacific Northwest. Helping victims of ID Theft is one of her favorite parts of her job. She enjoys the challenge of helping victims through a very complex process of regaining their financial security after such an invasive crime. Through this work, she has become our resident expert on this difficult crime type. We are lucky to have Kimi as part of our team.

Our second employee of the month, for the month of October, is King County Victim Services Coordinator, Rachel Martinez!

Rachel has been the King County Victim Services Coordinator for three months and what an asset she has been! It was only a matter of time until she was voted Employee of the Month by her peers.

Her peers noted her positive attitude and her flexibility when working with clients. Rachel jumps right in to help with large events and we really appreciate her team work. Rachel also takes initiative to learn new things when she doesn’t know something about her role. On top of her case load, she has been doing a large amount of outreach with local law enforcement and community agencies. When Rachel isn’t making King County a better place, she is staying active by hiking or boxing.

Congratulations, Rachel! We feel so lucky to have her on our VSS team.


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"With the help of VSS, you are empowered and encouraged to fight back and be pro-active. Then your conscience can be more at peace because you know you have taken some action to protest crimes inflicted on your loved one. It is sometimes your only consolation."

“The one takeaway for me in working with VSS is that it is a necessary organization. I know they are funded by grants and fundraisers but it’s something we need to make sure as a community that they have the funding needed because what they do for people in need doesn’t happen anywhere else. This is the only place that this happens and VSS helps with so many things.”

David Rose

Anchor, Q13 News and Host, Washington’s Most Wanted

“VSS is there when the unthinkable happens.  When a police officer knocks on your door and gives you tragic news, VSS helps navigate the court system, which can be very confusing. VSS is compassion, caring, and commitment. Commitment to once justice is done that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.”

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor, City of Mukilteo

“VSS has been our partner in recovery and healing and a key part in what makes Mukilteo Strong. VSS has been a trusted advocate for the victims that have suffered so much in the community.  I’m so grateful to VSS as our partner in strength.”

Jon Nehring

Mayor, City of Marysville

“VSS is there for people in their darkest hour. At a time when they need an advocate and friend, VSS steps in to fill that gap and help them begin their journey back to some sense of normalcy.” 

Myrle Carner

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

“This thing about closure. There is never really closure in a victim’s life but VSS helps individuals to get closer to that and that’s critical because the cops and the judicial system just move on to another case because they don’t have time. Victims live with this trauma forever so VSS is with them for as long as they need the services. VSS takes the time, more importantly, they really care."

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