October’s Employees of the Month

The staff at Victim Support Service has been working so incredibly hard that we had TWO Employees of the Month for October. Congratulations to Victim Services Coordinator, Melissa Isenhart, and Hotline Coordinator, Janet Quiroga, for being voted in by their peers as Employees of the Month for October!


Melissa has been with VSS since May of this year. She provides services to victims of crime in Skagit and Whatcom counties, as well as travels across all counties we serve (King, Snohomish, Island, Skagit and Whatcom) with

Davie, our Court Facility Dog, whom provides quiet companionship to individuals in legal settings, during police interviews, counseling appointments, and more.  Our K-9 unit is fairly new and we are so grateful to Melissa and Davie who have gone above and beyond for our clients!

Here’s what some of her peers said about her:

 “Melissa has really stepped up to the plate and helps others if needed. She’s a go-getter and a great asset to the team!”

“Melissa was a HUGE help to me when I was busy in court last month. She is ALWAYS willing to help and always gives 100% in everything she does. She is such a valuable asset to VSS and really embodies the great qualities a VSS employee should have.”

HUGE Kudos to you Melissa (and Davie), thank you for all that you do for VSS!


Janet started out at VSS as a Hotline Advocate in September 2017, working her way to Hotline Coordinator within a couple short months. Today, she manages the Hotline and Volunteer program, which involves the day-to-day operations of the 24-hour hotline/text line, as well as training and mentoring hotline volunteer advocates. Janet also enjoys playing an active role in planning agency events. 

Janet is a military wife, with three adorable fuzz kids – Olive, Jack, and Meeko. She and her hubby welcomed a beautiful baby girl in February of this year 💝 In her spare time, Janet enjoys reading and listening to ‘Crime Junkie’ podcasts. Her favorite part about working at VSS is being able to help people and make a difference, even if it is just through listening to them. 

Here are just a couple things her colleagues had to say about her:

“She is a very humble and dedicated worker. She always provides the best effort in any type of work she does, and goes well above and beyond for any task she finishes.”

“She has been working nonstop all of October! You can see how dedicated she is to VSS and that alone makes her an Amazing VSS Rock Star!”

We are grateful to have Janet in the VSS Family!

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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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