Advancing Leadership Class of 2013 fights human trafficking

The Advancing Leadership Class of 2013. - Courtesy photo
The Advancing Leadership Class of 2013.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

From staff reports:

The Advancing Leadership Class of 2013 celebrated completion of their nine-month program with a graduation showcase on June 20, hosted by Grace Church in Federal Way.

In addition to nine months of leadership and personal skills training, team building, field trips throughout the community and the mentorship of hundreds of local leaders, Advancing Leadership participants chose a team project to design, organize and implement that would benefit Federal Way.

AL 2013 chose to partner with the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT) in hosting the Break The Chains 5K Event on May 18 to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in our city.

Giving 3,000 volunteer hours, the class registered over 200 participants and raised $12,000 for FWCAT. The funds will be used to provide curriculum and train presenters to teach local high school students how to protect themselves and their peers from becoming victims of trafficking. A video of the event can be found on the Advancing Leadership YouTube channel.

This year’s Advancing Leadership graduates are:

• Brian Ailinger, Rotary Club of Federal Way

• Regina Aldridge, Woodstone Credit Union

• Ryan Beaver, Weyerhaeuser Company

• Trisha Bennett, Community Leader

• Jeanette Brizendine, City of Federal Way

• Karen Brugato, Community Leader

• Lindsey Butcher, Federal Way Public Schools

• Ryan Connors, Weyerhaeuser Company

• Tom de Oro, LifeCare Center of Federal Way

• Jennifer Dunn, Sterling Bank

• Margery Godfrey, Community Leader

• Scott Haines, Federal Way Public Schools

• Don Hall, St. Francis Hospital

• Bubba Jennings, Mars Hill Church

• Dan Jones, South King Fire & Rescue

• Liberty Knerr, Valley Cities Counseling & Consulting

• Andrew Nix, Starbucks

• Rashad Norris, Highline Community College

• Sharon Norton, Federal Way Public Schools

• Heather Omega, LifeCare Center of Federal Way

• Matt Ramirez, Grace Church

• Christina Reagle, Federal Way Public Schools

• Caitlyn Remington, Federal Way Communities in Schools

• Tricia Schug, Multi-Service Center

• Connie Shupp, Federal Way Police Department

• Lindsey Tiroux, Federal Way Police Department

• Caroline Vander Ark, Getting Smart

• Michelle Vanderbilt, DeVry University

• Jenny Vasquez, Courtyard by Marriott

• Aaron Weeks, South King Fire & Rescue

Learn more

For more information about Advancing Leadership, visit To learn about the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking, visit

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