Position: Superintendent Interim
Company: Wenatchee School District
Bio: Kory and his wife Haylee have four children: Kris (25, Son-in-law), Emma (23), Mackenzie (21), and Carson (18). Kory loves to be with his family and friends preferably in the outdoors enjoying nature and life in Central Washington. Dr. Kalahar has served on the Board of Directors for Together! for Youth since 2013 and has chaired the board since 2018. He also served as Wenatchee Rotary President for the 2020/21 year and has been a Board Member numerous times. Kory has been with the Wenatchee School District for the past 22 years and has worked as the Principal for West Side High School the last 10 years. Kory earned his superintendent credentials and doctorate from WSU in 2011.
Position: Executive Director
Company: The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Bio: Loretta is a proud mother of 2 adult (married) children and “Mimi” to 4 grandchildren. She wants nothing more than to make the world a better place for them to grow up in. She strives to live by a favorite quote from Lily Tomlin: “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then, I realized I was somebody.” Presently, Loretta holds a Masters’ Degree in Education, is Reality Therapy Certified, and credentialed as a Substance Use Disorder Professional. She worked in virtually every department at The Center before becoming Executive Director in 1997. She is integrally involved in Chelan County’s Drug Court program, which is truly one of her passions. She is also a member of the Association of Alcoholism and Addiction Programs and currently holds the position of Treasurer. She has served on the Together! For Youth Board of Directors since 2004.
Position: Communications Manager
Bio: My name is Lauren Paige Loebsack, and I was raised in Waterville, graduated from Waterville HS and later Wenatchee Valley College. I am currently the communications manager for the North Central Region of the Washington State Department of Transportation. I previously worked for Link Transit and Chelan County Public Works, and prior to that spent 7 years working in mental health as a crisis counselor. I love my work as a public servant and have a heart for the protection and enrichment of my community. In the past I’ve served on other community nonprofit boards including the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship, and Mission Creek Players. I otherwise spend my time amidst my growing family of nieces and nephews and as much time as I can outdoors in the beauty of central Washington. I serve on the Board of Together!, because I believe the youth of my community deserve protection and encouragement like I had growing up, and this is one way I can be a part of that work. If I had one superpower, I would like to pause time so I could catch up on my “To Do” list without missing out on any sunny days or family fun. My advice to the youth of this community is to take advantage of the small town and semi-rural experience we still enjoy here, get to know your neighbors and find someone you respect to be a mentor- even if that means just getting lunch and sharing once a month.
Position: Wenatchee City Mayor
Company: CPW Insurance
Bio: Mike is a graduate of Wenatchee High School and Eastern Washington University. He currently works for CPW Insurance and in his spare time enjoys hiking, crabbing, and spending time with his family! The best compliment for his talent is that he knows a little about a lot of things. We can only continue to be involved as a community and work together to figure things out, so that’s what has interested him to be involved with Together! for Youth, Mike can’t do it alone! His one superpower would be to be able to go back in time, and his bit of advice for his community would be to end 2021 with more knowledge and his advice for the youth is let them know that we are counting on them!
Company: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Bio: Bethany currently works for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She is a native and graduate of Cashmere. Some of her hobbies include floating the Wenatchee River in the Summer. She serves on the Board of Directors for TOGETHER! because Today’s Youth are tomorrow’s leaders and change-makers (and parents, friends, coworkers and community members), so investing in our youth is an investment in the good of our entire community, in both the short-term and the long-term. If she could have one superpower it would be a toss-up between flight and time travel, and her bit of advice for our youth to be to quote one of her favorite movies “Have courage and be kind (to yourself and others).”