Panza is a 501C3 non-profit organization that mobilized community support for Camp Quixote and helped build Quixote Village. Panza’s mission is to make Quixote Village a good place to live and work, and to provide residents with the services and experiences they need to help them achieve their goals. We also advocate for increased housing opportunities and services for people who are homeless in Thurston County.
Panza is named for Sancho Panza, who was Don Quixote’s faithful servant in the famous novel by Cervantes.
Panza seeks to maintain an equal partnership with the Village Resident Council, which includes all Village residents. The Resident Council’s elected leaders attend monthly Panza meetings, and representatives from Panza attend weekly Resident Council meetings.
Panza organizes community volunteers, raises funds, hires and supports staff, acts as liaison with federal, tribal, state and local governments, foundations, and community organizations. Panza is the legal landlord agency for the Village.
Panza Board of Directors
Environmental Scientist, retired
Former Board member; re-elected to another term in February, 2016
Tim attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in 1965, and received a Ph.D. in Physiological and Comparative Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He worked in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania with Dr. Jane Goodall. He later returned to East Africa as a wildlife photographer and produced a cover article on baboon studies for National Geographic Magazine. Since then his photographic studies of whales, river otters and bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest have been featured in national magazines, journal articles and textbooks. Mr. Ransom coordinated research and education for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and its successor agencies in the state of Washington. Ransom retired in 2002 to write a book on the history of a family and the farm that they owned for over 100 years in the Nisqually Valley.
Jeff Booth, Sr.
Financial Analyst Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Elected to two-year term in January, 2012; re=elected to a three-year term in 2015
For the past 24 years, Jeff has worked in various accounting and auditing positions in Washington State Government. He received his BA in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University. He champions Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s idea of an Economic Bill of Rights as proposed in 1944. That is every person has a right to basic housing, water, and food, the right to sustainable job, the right to adequate medical care, and the right to a good education. Jeff is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and has been a behind-the-scenes worker and funder for homeless and social justice causes for more than 25 years.
Elected February 2016
Rebecca was born in Astoria, Oregon and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She moved to Washington December 2002 to be closer to family. Entering the financial industry in November 2004 with Sterling Bank now known as Umpqua Bank and held various different positions during her tenor until departure June 2016. Her new role is at First Citizens Bank in Lacey as the Business Services Representative. During her time in Washington she has volunteered in various capacities with several Non-Profit Organizations in Thurston County as well as spending classroom time at each of her daughter’s schools to assist students with Math, Science and Reading Comprehension. Rebecca and her husband stay very entertained and busy with their daughters and three cats. During spare time they enjoy going on mini family trips and visiting local playgrounds and state parks.
Elected in October, 2014
Ryan grew up in Northern California, where he attended San Francisco State University. He moved to Olympia to attend The Evergreen State College and graduated with a BA in Philosophy. Ryan has lived in Olympia for over eight years and has been working in state government at the Department of Enterprise Services for over two-and-a-half years. He brings to the board an expertise in finance and accounting, combined with a concern about poverty and homelessness in our community. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading and cycling.
Elected in October, 2014
A Minnesota native, Anne moved to Olympia in 1992 to attend The Evergreen State College and never looked back. When her dream of saving the Earth was crushed by the realization that it might require math skills, she switched directions and earned a Masters in Public Administration. In the winter of 2014 Anne combined her love for running and people and founded a non-profit, Level Road Runners, with the mission of transforming lives through running. She works as a community outreach specialist at Community Action Council, spins pedals and tunes in The Valley’s Indoor Cycling Studio, and volunteers at Griffin School. Anne is fired up about sports and kids, and is hoping she has an Olympic hopeful in her brood of three.
Writer, communications consultant
Board member for four years
Jill is a former journalist who specialized in international affairs and foreign policy. She served as director of the Seattle World Affairs Council, where she created a professional education program in international affairs for K-12 teachers. This led to a second career in state government, where she served as a senior policy analyst on education issues in the House of Representatives, speechwriter to Governors Booth Gardner and Gary Locke, and Communications Director for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has served as president of Panza, the non-profit organization that supports Camp Quixote and is working to build Quixote Village.
Mary Ann Strickler
Elected in November, 2014
Mary Ann grew up in Seattle, then attended Washington State University, earning a BA in Foreign Languages. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kinshasa, Zaire (Congo), teaching English at a Salvation Army High School and for the national airline, Air Zaire. Returning to the USA, she taught English to refugee populations in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, for five years. She then returned to school, attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), where she earned an MS in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis. She worked for the State (Corrections, Licensing and Health) before making the decision to attend law school, graduating from Seattle University School of Law in May, 1995. She has practiced for 19 years and currently has a solo practice in Tumwater. She enjoys genealogical research, traveling, spending time with family and attending her granddaughter’s theater and dance performances. She has served on the board of the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Elected February 2016
Ted has been director of Washington’s Department of Ecology and also led former Gov. Gary Locke’s external affairs team.
Elected in November, 2014
Paul, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial Relations and of its Law School, is a retired civil servant who has worked at all levels of government. He has served as the Deputy Secretary and Secretary of DSHS, the Director of Labor and Industries and the Commissioner of Employment Secretary. Paul retains a strong interest in public service and our community. He believes our ability to depend on each other and our interdependence with our environment will determine our well-being.
Elected February 2016
As Port Blakely’s Director of Forestry, Mike Warjone oversees all aspects of land acquisitions, forest inventory, finance, growth and yield modeling, silviculture, GIS and forest health. Mike joined the company in 1997, and has since worked in both the US and New Zealand operations. He also represents the industry as a board member for Washington Friends of Farms and Forests and the serves on the policy committee at the Washington Forest Protection Association. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Willamette University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Mike lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife Bree and his daughters Sam and Jasmine.
Rhonda Watkins is the CDC Outpatient Supervisor at Providence St. Peters. She is a licensed counselor in the State of Washington and resides in Olympia. Rhonda has been in the healthcare industry for the past 25 years with a great deal of experience working with indigent patients. In 2000 she returned to College and gained a specialty in counseling the chemically dependent. Over the last 15 years she has been dedicated to working with those who suffer from drug, alcohol and mental health issues. She also has experience working overseas with the chemically dependent/homeless population, where she assisted in helping them in their recovery, finding appropriate housing and gaining meaningful independence. Rhonda brings to the board a great passion for empowering individuals to make healthier choices and build more productive lives.
Thurston County Commissioner
Appointed to the Board March, 2014
Cathy is serving her third five-year term as a Thurston County Commissioner. She is now in her 13th year as Commissioner of District One and currently serves as Vice-chair of the Board. She represents the Board of Commissioners on the following boards, councils and commissions:
Area Agency on Aging
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Health and Human Services Council – (former member)
Law and Justice Council and Work Group
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council
Regional Health Improvement Collaborative
Solid Waste Advisory Council
Transportation Policy Board
Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) – Board of Directors
In a volunteer capacity, Commissioner Wolfe also serves on Thurston County Senior Games Board and United Way of Thurston County. Her heart for volunteering and passion for helping the disenfranchised in our community does not stop at serving on local community boards and foundations; she is often reaching out to offer assistance where needed while mentoring both youth and adults in the community.
Prior to her election to the Board of County Commissioners, she served four terms in the House of Representatives as Legislative District 22’s State Representative.
Cathy raised three daughters: Susan, Pam, and Carol and is now enjoying seven grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. She enjoys walking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Raul grew up in Eastern Washington and attended Seattle University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to Quixote Village, Raul was a Probation Officer with the State of Washington and most recently with the United States District Court in Seattle, Washington, for approximately 16 years. Raul has resided in Western Washington since 1992. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
Resident Advocate and Case Manager
Jaycie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in Port Angeles, Washington. She earned both her degrees (BA in Social Work and Masters in Public Administration) at the Evergreen State College here in Olympia. Prior to Quixote Village, Jaycie worked for Residential and Dining Services at the Evergreen State College for six years, most recently as the Program Support Supervisor. She is so grateful to work with such an amazing organization and wonderful residents. In her spare time she enjoys going to shows of all types of music and spending time with friends and family.