Speaker Date Topic
Corky Trewin of the Seattle Seahawks Apr 26, 2021
Judge John Olson of Kirkland Municipal Court May 03, 2021
Kirkland's new Community Court program
Kirkland's new Community Court program
John Olson is the presiding Judge in Kirkland Municipal Court, which has been working for the past year to develop a Community Court program for Kirkland.  Community Court is a problem-solving approach to criminal activity that addresses underlying quality of life challenges that contribute to non-violent criminal activity.  Judge Olson will discuss with Rotarians how the new court came to be, the first Community Court calendar that took place on March 10, 2021, and looks forward to club members’ questions.
Judge John Olson was appointed to the Kirkland Municipal Court by the Kirkland City Council in December 2019.  He began his legal career over 30 years ago as a prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and then as a prosecutor and assistant city attorney with the city of Bellevue.  In 1990, Judge Olson joined the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) as an associate executive director and legal counsel, and he remained there until 2019.  Prior to practicing law, Judge Olson was a teacher and coach in the Auburn School District from 1979 to 1987.
Judge Olson was raised in Shoreline and graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and a master’s degree in 1981.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound in 1987.  Judge Olson is a proud member of the Kirkland Kiwanis, and has lived in East King and Snohomish Counties with his wife of 37 years, where they have raised three adult children.
Matt Gillingham of Lake Washington School District May 10, 2021
Community Truancy Boards and improved attendance and school engagement
Community Truancy Boards and improved attendance and school engagement
Associate Superintendent Matt Gillingham will provide an update for Rotarians on the work of Community Truancy Boards.  Comprising educators and community members, these boards are an approach to reducing student absences and improving school engagement.  They find positive solutions to the reasons for each student’s absences, and help families address obstacles that prevent students from attending school.  The Lake Washington School District has two boards; one for the Eastlake and Redmond area, and one for the Juanita and Lake Washington area.
As associate superintendent responsible for student and community services in the Lake Washington School District, Matt provides vision, leadership, and direction for the departments of Student Services; Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion; Athletics and Activities; Risk and Safety; and Communications.  Matt has served the district as the director of Student Services and as associate principal of Redmond Middle School.  He taught and coached in the Shoreline School District before coming to Lake Washington. Prior to working in public education, Matt worked for a global public affairs firm supporting clients in the fields of workforce development, global health, energy, and wireless technology.
Matt was raised in Vancouver, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in 1998.  He received his master's degree in 2004 from Seattle University.  He is thankful for the positive connections that he's had with Rotary over the years as a scholarship recipient while in high school and as the grandson of a life-long Rotarian.  He lives in Snohomish County with his wife and two children.
Kristie Neklason of Youth Eastside Services May 17, 2021
Youth mental wellness supports in a virtual environment
Youth mental wellness supports in a virtual environment
Youth Eastside Services (YES) is the leading behavioral health services provider in East King County for children and youth, ages birth to 22, and their families.  YES provides evidence-based mental health counseling, substance use with co-occurring disorder counseling and treatment, early childhood behavioral health services, psychiatric services, school-based services, and education and prevention programs.
YES helps children, teens, and families struggling with depression, grief, trauma, substance abuse, cultural and gender identity challenges, sexual orientation support, anxiety, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and much more.  The agency's services empower young people and families to pursue decisions, habits, and activities that promote their well-being.
Kristie Neklason was a clinical supervisor at YES for many years before becoming YES’ Director of School-Based Behavioral Health.  She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University and is a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional.  Kristie has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years, with a special focus on substance use and co-occurring disorders, and has specialized training in evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Ian Goodhew of Google Jun 07, 2021