Victim Support Services Announces New Leadership Team

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MARCH 15, 2017″ font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:right” google_fonts=”font_family:Droid%20Serif%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]Media Contact: Dr. Michaela Weber, Executive Director                                 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1489596756578{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Everett Office: 425.252.6081[vc_row][vc_column][ctitle title=”Victim Support Services Announces New Leadership Team” uppercase=”no” background=”#ffffff” font_size=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1489597100851{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

(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                                 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1489597613511{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Everett Office: 425.252.6081

VSS Leadership Team

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


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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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