Commission on Children and Youth Advisory Board

News and Announcements

The 20 members of the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth Advisory Board are volunteers from throughout the county appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three-year terms. They represent health and social services, law and justice, military, education, parks and recreation, business, youth and the general community. The Commission also serves as an advisory board to the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, and the Local Public Health and Safety Network.

The Youth Commission's charge is to:

Advise County Commissioners and residents on the needs of children, youth and families based on periodic assessments;

Facilitate coordination of information among agencies to maximize resources; and to

Advocate for an environment that fosters healthy, self-sufficient, responsible and productive children, youth and families.

The four problem areas that the Youth Commission has targeted include:

  • Dropping out of School
  • Youth Substance Abuse
  • Youth Violence
  • Child Abuse and Neglect


In 1992, as a step towards improving state services for children, Washington State lawmakers officially established the Family Policy Council, charged with making social programs and policies more responsive to the needs of families. Community Public Policy Health and Safety Networks were established by the Legislature in 1994 - using Family Policy Principles - as a way to give communities a larger role by tackling their own social problems. The Commission on Children and Youth became the local Community Public Health and Safety Network for Kitsap County in August of 2000. The Youth Commission supports activities that increase the capacity for the community to build developmental assets among youth.

The Commission on Children and Youth is accepting applications for new members.

To apply to the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth for any of the vacancies noted below, please complete this application along with the Application Supplement. A position description is available here.

​Members and Staff​Representing​Term
Abigail Stevenson
​At Large3/8/21 - 3/7/24
Bethany Wecks​At Large​6/27/22 - 6/26/25
Elisabeth Nilsson​At Large
Lisa Lechuga​Business​6/11/21 - 6/10/24
Jim Riddell
​Education1/10/22 - 1/9/25
Jeff Allen​Education8/10/20 - 8/10/23
Crista Magneson
Faith-Based​7/25/22 - 7/24/25
VACANTLaw and Justice
Cathy Adams-Bomar​Military4/11/22-4/10/25
Dragan Kardzic
​Out-of-School Programs10/11/21 - 10/10/24
Susan Winfield
​Social Services2/27/23-2/26/26
​Social Services
​Emily Main​Tribal​9/12/22 - 9/11/25
Michael Ramsdell​Youth (Central Kitsap)11/25/22 - 11/24/23
​Youth (Bremerton)
​Teagan Krog​Youth (Bainbridge Island)6/27/22 - 6/26/23
Camden Singer
​Youth (North Kitsap) 9/12/22 - 9/11/23
​Youth (South Kitsap)


Meeting Time 
First Thursday of every month at
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.



**Currently Meeting both remotely via Zoom and in-person**

Meeting location:
Olympic Educational Service District #114

105 National Avenue North
Bremerton, WA  98312


2023 Meeting Schedule

Click on date below for meeting agendas and minutes

January 5
February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1

Join the Zoom Meeting

Phone: 1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 961 5275 7562

Sign up for electronic notifications


Previous Years

2022 Agenda Packets
2021 Agenda Packets
2020 Agenda Packets


Contact Us

Laura Hyde, Program Coordinator
(360) 337-4879or

Doug Washburn
Director, Department of Human Services