Clallam Resilience Project

Clallam Resilience Project LogoThe Clallam Resilience Project is a consortium of over 50 organizations working together to foster resiliency for our residents, organizations, community, and systems. Using research from the NEAR* sciences, we provide opportunities to connect, learn, and educate on how and why to apply trauma sensitive care county wide.

*NEAR sciences are: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resiliency


To foster a resilient Clallam County: its residents, organizations, community and systems.



To build resilience through fostering trauma sensitive care and expanding the understanding of NEAR sciences for the benefit of everyone in Clallam County. 



View our 2020 Goals

More than 50 different agencies formed and lead the Clallam Resilience Project. Our Leadership Committee includes:


  • Dr. Allison Unthank, Clallam County Health Officer
  • Amanda Sanders, Lutheran Community Services
  • Miss Ann Penn-Charles, Prevention Specialist Quileute Tribe
  • Ann Simpson, Mariposa House
  • Becca Larsen, Family Navigator, Port Angeles School Schools
  • Bonnie Schmidt, Owner of Little Rhythms Learning Center and local NEAR Science trainer
  • Christy Smith, CEO, United Way of Clallam County
  • Chuck Lisk, Assistant Superintendent, Port Angeles School District
  • Dina Rae Geiszler, Employment & Training Division Director, Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP)
  • Jolene Price, Prevention Specialist, Quillayute Valley School District Specialist
  • Kristi Queen, Sequim School District
  • Mabel Thackeray, School Counselor, Quillayute Valley School District
  • Marki Lockhart, OlyCAP Community Services Director
  • Mel Melmed, Olympic Communities of Health
  • Melanie Greer, WSU Extensions 4-H Program Coordinator in Clallam County
  • Michelle Oslen, Port Angeles School District
  • Minnie Whalen, Clallam Resilience Project Manager, United Way of Clallam County
  • Nita Lynn, Executive Director, First Step Family Support Center
  • Sarah Perry, Peninsula Behavior Health
  • Shawnda Hicks, Program Coordinator, PAVE
  • Tom Stokes, Area Administrator CYFS
  • Tracey Hosselkus, Prevention Works of Clallam County
  • Tracey Lassus, Deputy Prosecutor Clallam County
  • Troi Gale, West End Library Manager North Olympic Library System

Other recent contributors include:

  • Clallam County Health and Human Services
  • Planned Parenthood- Port Angeles Health Clinic
  • Olympic Medical Center
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A)
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Serenity House
  • Baart Programs
  • American Red Cross
  • Nor Wester Rotary
  • Healthy Families of Clallam County
  • Jefferson County Public Health

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 By collectively teaching accessible neuroscience, epigenetics, and public health research to community members, we are simultaneously valuing individual knowledge acquisition and autonomy while stating the need for community responsibility and sharing the actions we are taking to towards meeting them. 

It might be evident to those who work with children, or in social services every day, that adverse childhood experiences can negatively affect health throughout the lifespan. It is significant to share the breakthroughs in research on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills.  This research has led to innovative and effective trauma sensitive approaches in healthcare, education, human services, public safety, and workforce development. 

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The Clallam Resilience Project hosts a monthly Leadership Committee Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month, featuring a short presentation from a rlocal expert on a topic related to building resiliency here in Clallam County. These meetings are open to the community. For more information on how to join the meetings or to see recordings of past meetings, please follow the link below. 


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Questions or just want to stay in the loop? 


Call (360) 457-3011



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) offers the Four R’s as a helpful way to think about trauma informed care:

“A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed
realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively
resist re-traumatization.”