Victim Support Services is pleased to welcome one of our newest members to the team, MaryKate!

MaryKate is our Training Coordinator who will be assisting the Training and Education department, by coordinating trainings that we offer to crime victim advocates in the state of Washington. VSS will be providing a series of training opportunities to help advocates increase their knowledge and awareness and to enhance their skills to provide person-centered, culturally linguistically, and developmentally appropriate support to individuals who have been hurt or harmed by crime.

MaryKate was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and is the youngest of 5 kids. She went to Sonoma State University where she received her Bachelors in Sociology and most recently earned a certificate in Victim Advocacy from CSU San Marcos.

MaryKate’s husband is in the military which results in a sometimes stressful, but never boring life for both of them! They have two fur babies – a dog named Maverick and a cat named Monroe and they are obsessed!!

When we asked Janine what she looked forward to most about working for Victim Support Services, she said, “I was previously a 911 dispatcher and it changed my life. I have been moved to work in the social services field to help those that can’t as easily help themselves and I am SO excited for this opportunity to be a part of the VSS family as I know that it will be an invaluable experience from start to finish.

Welcome, MaryKate, we are so glad you are part of the VSS team!