Bruce Bjork lives in Lacey and is a retired Deputy Chief for the Washington State Patrol rising from the ranks of trooper after more than twenty-five years. In 2013, after fifteen years Bruce retired from Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife as the Police Chief. He is a past President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs a
nd Police Chiefs (WASPC) and is currently employed as a Program Manager. In 2009, Chief Bjork began a chaplain program with Chaplain Neil for the Department of Fish and Wildlife becoming only the second state in the union to implement a full time fish and wildlife chaplaincy. A bill was proposed and had to be passed into law by the Washington State Legislature for the department to have authority to use the services of a police chaplain. In 2011, Bruce Bjork worked with the Washington State Patrol to help create this joint chaplain program. He has now retired from state service in September 2015.
Jason Fiorito is the President of Pacific Innovation Center, and has been President of the multi-million dollar Pacific Raceways in Kent for 11 years. He is responsible for financing, strategic planning, managing the facility and administration of the Staff, governmental relations, master planning and developing track relationships and partners.
He has been instrumental in working with local governments to secure legislation that allows for the development and improvements that are planned for Pacific Raceways. He is the third generation of his family to have involvement with the Kent facility. Prior to becoming raceway President, Jason worked in the family’s heavy highway construction business in quarrying, mining and commercial development. Jason is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Colorado where he majored in Political Science.
became a police widow in 1993 when her husband, Trooper Steven L. Frink was killed in the line of duty. Steve was a motor officer with the Washington State Patrol. At the time of his death, their daughter Kari was 14 years old and their son, Christian, was 3 years old.
Gayle worked through her grief by supporting families suffering the loss of their officer to a law enforcement line of duty death and supporting the police agencies affected by the loss of one of their own. She served at the national level as a board member of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), trained nationally for COPS as a lead-presenter on ‘The Traumas of Law Enforcement’ and trained at the CJTC Basic Academy on ‘Critical Incident Stress and the Family’.
In 1994 she started the Washington State chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors along with three other police widows – Karen Hawn, Sedonia Cochran and Lois Masengale. Gayle served as the president of WA State COPS for six years and was a board member of the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial (WSLEM). She then served as the Executive Director for the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial and 10-99 Foundations. She oversaw fundraising and construction of the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial. Gayle is a founding member of Behind the Badge Foundation’s line of duty death response team; her role on the team is family support. She currently serves as the Program Director for Behind the Badge Foundation.
Gayle received numerous awards for her outreach to law enforcement survivors. She received the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Recognition Award in 2004, the prestigious Jefferson Award in 2003, the Red Cross American Hero award in 2003, the Meritorious Service Award, King County Sheriff in 2003, and the Commendation Award from the Clallam County Sheriff Department in 2000.
Gayle is married to Randy Schulz, a widower since 1994. Their blended family includes Kari, Christian, and Elizabeth. Gayle and Randy are proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
IN MEMORY OF Major General (Ret.) Tim Lowenberg
General Lowenberg passed away suddenly in August of 2017. He was the Vice President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs Law Firm providing support to clients across our Federal, Multi-State, Washington state and International business groups. Prior to joining the firm, he was the nation’s longest tenured Homeland Security Advisor and culminated a 44 year military career by serving as the Washington Adjutant General, a governor’s cabinet post he held from 1999 to 2012 where he commanded all Washington Army and Air National Guard Forces, served as the governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. He was Chair of Homeland Defense and Homeland Security of the Adjutants General Association of the U.S. and Chair of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council. He was also a principal advisor to the Council of Governors facilitating governors’ work with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security and senior White House officials.
He was the Chair of the National Guard Bureau Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and Security Cooperation Activities General Officer Advisory Councils.
General Lowenberg also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law and, formerly, the University of Puget Sound School of Law, since 1973 and is a frequent guest lecturer at Seattle University School of Law, the Naval Postgraduate School and other graduate-degree programs.
He was twice awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (the militar’s highest peacetime award) (1999 and 2012) and has been honored by Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards from twenty-one (21) states.
Mike Riches is President and Founder of The Sycamore Commission. Dr. Riches spent 24 years as a senior pastor before founding The Sycamore Commission, through which he ministers in teaching, training, leadership support, and ministry to churches and church leaders in many countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and in North America. Still currently in full-time pastoral ministry as lead pastor of Harborview Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington, Mike is the author of The Living Free Course, Living Free: Recovering God’s Design for Your Life, and co-author of Hearing God’s Voice for Yourself and Others.
Mike served as a volunteer Chaplain for several years in the South Pierce County region. His experience and leadership were well-received by the first responders he served while in that volunteer capacity.
Mike and his wife Cindy are the parents of two grown daughters and the proud grandparents of a granddaughter.
Steve Sutton retired from the WSCF Board in August of 2019. He is a former Captain with the Washington State Patrol Steve Sutton has been serving as the Police Chief for the city of Lake Forest Park in King County Washington and just retired from Law Enforcement.
Helen Thayer is an internationally recognized Keynote speaker for Corporate and Civic Group programs. New Zealand born, her life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. Her list of historical expeditions and accomplishments includes: First woman to travel alone to any of the world’s Poles when she skied at age fifty to the Magnetic North Pole 364 miles without dog sled, snowmobile, resupply or support. At age 60 she walked solo 600 miles to the South Pole.
First woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River.
First to walk 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three.
Kayaked 2,200 miles of the Amazon River.
In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year.
Helen won the American national luge championship and represented three countries in international track and field.
She has climbed some the world’s highest mountains.
The Explorer’s Club awarded Helen the Vancouver Award for Excellence in Exploration. With presentations to audiences worldwide, she has addressed countless organizations in the last two decades — from one-room schools in the Amazon to the White House. She is a three time best selling author.
Helen has an incredible heart for and understanding of the chaplaincy and the role chaplains play in a disaster. She witnessed it firsthand having lost friends in the Oso disaster.
Visit her website: http://www.helenthayer.com/
Cynthia Tobias Talley Author of the best-selling book The Way They Learn and in the Best of Broadcast on Focus on the Family radio for 4 years in a row, Cynthia Tobias has a successful background that includes over 27 years of business ownership, 8 years of teaching high school, and 6 years in law enforcement. She has authored 12 books and is a featured guest on radio and television, a popular presenter for business, government agencies, churches and schools throughout the U.S. and the world. She is the mother of twin sons who recently graduated from college, and she and her husband Jack live in the Seattle, Washington area.
Visit Cynthia’s website: www.cynthiatobias.com
Gerry Zacher retired as President and co-owner of Meridian Center Electric, Inc. after 34 years of building a successful electrical contracting business which became the largest residential electrical contractor in Washington State. His years of service led him to mentor hundreds of young men and women in character building and work ethics. Today he spends his time gifting his talents to his local church and community and overseas missions. He lives in Shelton WA with his wife Doris and delights in spending time and fishing with his 5 grandsons. Gerry has been committed to this Chaplaincy since it’s beginning in 2008.
Gloria Hancock was married to Terry Hoffer, a State Wildlife agent in Buckley WA, who was shot and killed by a violator who had a loaded rifle in his vehicle. Gloria knows first hand the value of the Chaplaincy and brings a wealth of experience to our program and to our Board. She is married to Dick Hancock. They live in Buckley WA.
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All donations will help to sustain our foundation by funding various aspects of our program including stipends, expenses, training and equipment.
The Police Chaplaincy for WSP and WDFW is not funded by state revenues. Please partner with us…
As WSP and WDFW Police Chaplains our motto is “We Care”.
Our core values are:
- Bringing respect & honor to the badge and the men & women who wear it.
- Pledging a presence of trust, reliability and friendship to the needs of our Washington State Troopers and F&W Officers and their families.
- Committing our lives to the accountability of the Spirit through faith.
- Offering professionalism of service, including confidential listening providing both secular and spiritual counseling.
Our Way of Saying Thanks
We have been given the incredible opportunity to give and support our law enforcement officers. Every day, I see and hear stories of men and women whose lives have been transformed through the work of this Chaplaincy and it fills me with hope to do even more.
The only reason we are able to continue doing what we do is because of your faithful generosity.
Please consider making a lasting contribution that will equip our Volunteer Chaplains with the tools necessary for supporting our officers within the State Government with care, comfort and counseling. By purchasing through THE JOURNEY series you will receive a personally signed copy of my novel.
~Chaplain Mike Neil
- THE JOURNEY – That Answers the Big Life Questions
BRAND NEW NOVEL BY MIKE NEIL
The Miracle of Africa is an epic Adventure Novel that answers the big life questions. Mike, inspires his readers to keep moving forward and keep believing by faith.
WITH YOUR GIFT OF $30
I choose to partner with the Foundation on a monthly basis.
- THE JOURNEY IN PICTURES – Bring the Safari to Life
BRAND NEW NOVEL BY MIKE NEIL
In this 2-part resource, Mike is including an assortment of several beautifully illustrated note cards that he sketched.
- THE JOURNEY COLLECTION – Bringing Africa to Life
BRAND NEW NOVEL FROM MIKE NEIL
In this 3-part resource, Mike is including a card assortment of several beautiful illustrations and pictures while on Safari. Begin your journey with these amazing gifts.
WITH YOUR GIFT OF $125
I choose to partner with the Foundation on a monthly basis.
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