February Employee of the Month

VSS is recognizing Leslie McPherson as Employee of the Month for February! Leslie started her journey at VSS almost 8 years ago as a volunteer, and was quickly thereafter brought on to the team as a full-time employee. Her passion for the work, combined with her widespread skill set and grit, led her to wearing several different hats at the organization. Leslie spear-headed the creation and implementation of the agency’s Statewide Hotline program in early 2016, and since then has taken over the direction of the Victim Services and Education programs. This past year has proven difficult for many – VSS is no exception. Under Leslie’s guidance, the Direct Services and Training team was able to come together and truly support each other while transitioning to a remote model of service, and all the while maintaining the quality and integrity of the services that have been provided by VSS for over 46 years.

Here is what the team had to say about Leslie: “Leslie is just the best. She is the best mentor and I would be absolutely lost in my role without her!” 

“She has been working really hard to support us as a team and has also provided extra support to me which is very much appreciated! :-)”

“Leslie is such a vital part of the organization. Not only does she oversee the day-to-day programming, but she is also a great mentor to the VSCs. I feel blessed to have her as a supervisor.”

On a more personal note, Leslie is known around the office for her hearty laugh and her love of iced coffees!

CONGRATS LESLIE! Thank you for exemplifying VSS’s core values every day!

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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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