Debby Graham, Executive Director
Debby has been with Centerforce since May 1994. She graduated from Morris Community High School. After high school, she received a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree from the same institution in Applied Behavioral/ Instructional Analysis. Debby also has a PHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management and is a certified CARF administrative and program surveyor. Debby has many years of experience working with a wide range of people who have support needs; including those with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, the homeless and runaway teens. This experience gives her a greater understanding about what people need to be successful. She has worked at all levels of social services including residential facilities for juvenile teens, autistic children & adults and homeless teen mothers. Debby’s experience extends into the following areas:

  • Supervisor for employment & day program services for adults with disabilities in Oregon.
  • Clinical manager for an outpatient mental health clinic and in-home & school counseling programs in Oregon and Arizona.

Debby finds great enjoyment and fulfillment in assisting others to reach their personal goals and assert the same rights many of us take for granted.

Rickard Guild, Development Director
Rick joined Centerforce in January 2012 as the Development Director. Prior to coming to CenterForce Rick worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound bringing with him non-profit credentials and experience in Leadership; Strategic Planning; Resource Development and Management; Human Resource Management; Marketing and Public Relations; Board Recruitment and Development; Planned Giving Acquisition and Management and Partnerships and Collaborations. While with the Boys & Girls Clubs Rick held the following positions:

  • President/ CEO (2008-2009)
  • Chief Operating Officer (1997-2007)
  • Branch Executive Director (1978-1997)
  • Program Director (1975-1978)

Rick attended Pacific Lutheran University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.

Virginia Clark, Human Resources Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Virginia started with Centerforce in July 2013.  She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  After moving to Washington in 1984 she obtained her Master’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Counseling and Guidance.  She has worked for four non-profits in Pierce County as an administrator, clinician, and human resources manager spending 14 years in that field.  Her clinical background includes extensive experience in the alcohol and drug field, working with domestic violence victims and offenders and with child and adult protective services. Virginia was also a part-time instructor for ten years at Tacoma Community College in their Human Services Program.  Just prior to coming to Centerforce she was the program director for a birth to three program that served infants and toddlers with physical and developmental delays.  Virginia is married to a retired Army Warrant Officer and they have four adult children and one grandson.
Virginia is committed to the mission and vision of Centerforce and is excited about being a part of such a great organization.

Kenneth King, Accounting Manager
Ken has been with Centerforce since January 2012. Ken received a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in accounting from the University of Washington, Milgard School of business.

Janet Pouvi, Client Services Coordinator
Janet has been with Centerforce since June 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
Janet has worked in many of Centerforce’s programs throughout the years, starting in the Person-to-Person program. Once this program was discontinued, she assisted in Pre-Vocational Services, Community Access and Individual Employment.
In 2011, she was promoted to Case Manager, Lead Case Manager in 2012 and Client Service Coordinator in 2014.
She has the desire to help improve the quality of life for others and found that she is able to do this through her work here at Centerforce.

Kari Haugen, Community Employment Coordinator
Kari has worked for Centerforce and served as an advocate for individuals with disabilities for over 17 years.
She has also volunteered her time in the field of social service for over 7 years with a number of agencies working to improve the lives of children, adults and families. Kari’s volunteer work has ranged from family reunification, mentor-ship programs, equine therapy, as well as working with children and families in a hospital setting.
She recently earned her Masters of Social Work with in June of 2015.
She finds Centerforce very rewarding in seeing the success that our clients have reached and the meaningful connections that are created when a great job match has been made.

Board of Directors

Tracie Brown
Board Chair
Vice President & Sr. Cash
Management Advisor

Kevin Carpenter
Board Vice Chair
Sr. IT Project Manager
Paccar Inc.

Ray Krontz
Board Treasurer
Lexis Nexis

Vern Chandler
Retired Educator
Special Education & Administration

Stephanie DeHart
Policy Administrative Assistant
Washington State School Directors’ Association

Keil Drescher
Account Executive
Tacoma Public Utilities

Laura Kase-Nagai
Board Secretary
Case Manager
Rehabilitation Services