Panza

Panza is a 501C3 non-profit organization that mobilized community support for Camp Quixote, helped build Quixote Village and now supports the ongoing operation of the Village.

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

Timothy Ransom
President

Environmental Scientist, retired
Former Board member; elected to another two-year term in January, 2012

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.

Robert Wolpert
Vice-President

Architect, KMB Design

Elected to two-year term in January, 2012

Bob has 32 years of architectural and project management experience. He was responsible for oversight and management of $225 million in public-funded schools projects as Director of Facilities and Operations at the Olympia School District for 16 years. Bob was responsible for the all aspects of individual projects including development of building programs and project cost models, architect and engineering consultant selection, contract negotiations, design, construction administration, and project closeout. As a LEED Accredited Professional and Principal at KMB Design, Bob is an advocate for sustainable architecture and building practices. He earned a degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho and an MBA from City University.

Jim Morgan
Treasurer

Accounting Services Manager, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

Elected to two-year term in January, 2012

Jim is a career finance professional with twenty five years of financial management experience in the public and private sectors. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. For the last five years Jim was the Chief Financial Officer for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. He was recently selected to organize and manage the accounting functions of the newly formed Department of Enterprise Services. Jim is an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church where he was the chair of their successful effort to design, finance and build a new fellowship hall addition.

Jeff Booth, Sr.
Secretary

Financial Analyst Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Elected to two-year term in January, 2012

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.

Gary Sandwick

Director, Southern Region Catholic Community Service (CCS)
Elected to two-year term in January, 2012

Gary is the Director of the Thurston County Family Center of Catholic Community Services (CCS). He began his work with CCS in 1983 and was named family center director in 1994. Gary has assisted with development of various programs including Drexel House, an affordable housing program of Catholic Community Services in Olympia.

Jill Severn

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.

Pastor Howard Ullery

Clergy, Lacey Community Church
Board member for four years

Howard has served at the Lacey Community Church for 14 years. In addition to ministry tasks in the congregation and its two denominations, Howard has worked with the City of Lacey government and staff and other community agencies to address issues of homelessness and hunger in the community.

Pastor Amy Walters

Clergy, First Christian Church
Elected to two-year term in January, 2012

Amy is the minister at First Christian Church in downtown Olympia. First Christian Church has a long history of serving the area’s low income and homeless people, and Past Walters has embraced that tradition. She came to Olympia from Indianapolis, where she served a similar congregation.

Cathy Wolfe

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
  • Disability Board
  • 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.