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Kitsap Drug Court Commencement

February 1, 2008

Honorable Jay B. Roof 


Lary Copola
Port Orchard Mayor

“This is a very special opportunity for me. Seeing you all graduate
gives me hope, and today is the first day of the rest of your lives. 
Remember that the past does not equal your future. 
Success does not happen by accident, birthright, or luck. 
Success is a choice that you all have, it's a decision."


Alumni Speaker

“We started out the Alumni group on July 6, 2001 with 27 past graduates attending.  We came up with idea of an Alumni group because we felt like participants needed a place to meet after treatment. Now we have 182 past graduates as well as phase 3 participants on our phone list.  I love being involved in this group and I love watching people learn to smile again.”

We acknowledge the hard work and of these participants who have successfully completed the Drug Court program.

Damion, Graduate
“Every member of the staff has
played a part in my recovery and
I have met some wonderful friends
along the way that I didn’t think I would. Thank you everyone."


Adrian, Graduate
“Before this program I wasn’t a
member of my family or even society.
Now I can excel anything I put my
mind to. I have hopes and dreams
and the best is yet to come.

Eddie, Graduate
"This is the most challenging thing
I’ve ever had to do in my life.  Without
you guys wouldn’t be standing here today. In the past 2 years I’ve done a complete 360, all of my family and this program."

Cynthia, Graduate
Today, thru this program I believe I’ve become more humble and grateful for  everything I have. So many of you have touched my life in a positive way, thank you."

Stan, Graduate
“Thank you to everyone here today. Especially thank you to my family for giving me another chance."

Jolynn, Graduate
“I’m so excited to be here today.  When I first got here I didn’t have my kids, and I was angry and alone. Now I have my three kids with me, a full time job, and I have my life back.  I am a much better person than I ever thought I could be."

Mike, Graduate
“Life is great today.  Drug Court
got me to finally open up and be truthful with myself.  I am so grateful for every moment I’ve been here. Thank you."

Sabrina, Graduate
“Today I have a new way to live, and I get to have my baby with me. I have
earned the love and respect from my family. I couldn’t have accomplished all that I have with out Drug Court and the support of my family. I have a lot of new hope and gained my self-respect back.”


Drug Court Graduates, Judge Jay B. Roof and Lary Coppola, Mayor

“Nine years ago today, Drug Court opened for business.
We sat there in court waiting for someone to take advantage
of our one year planning. Today we have 100 people in active treatment and now we have a waiting list of people who
want to get into treatment. Today we will have graduated
216 participants all together and helped restore their
health,  helped their families be put back together, and
helped  lower the crime rate. You have all touched my
life in some way and I commend you.”
                                                          - Judge Jay B. Roof


Drug Court Team Members

Judge Jay B. Roof
Drug Court Case Manager Cherie Lusk
Kitsap Recovery Center Lisa Romwall, Steve Kohrt, Bergen Starke, Glenda McPherson, Carla Carlsen and John Wayne Houston
Cascade Recovery Center Rick Bialock and Doranne Carleton
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kate Sigafoos
Defense Attorney Jacob Murphy
Court Clerk Vicki Tabert
Gwen Warren
Court Reporter Andrea Evans
Community Resource Officer Deputy Pete Ball
Drug Court Compliance Specialist Joe Myall
Drug Court Assistant Katie Ulrigg
Drug Court Volunteer Jack Dirks
Debbie Ball
Grant Administrator Betsy Bosch
Bailiff Joy Nesseth 
Community Support Nilsen Appliance            
D & D Painting     
Lutheran Brotherhood
St. Vincent dePaul 
Noah's Ark Restaurant
Duane Kesti, Farmers Insurance
GTH Design Techniques, Inc. 
Murray's Quality Painting
Doug and Kathryn Quade
Olympic Cluster Women of the ELCA
Updated:  September 10, 2014


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