Trilogy offers life-changing support and hope to youth, adults, and families in the Walla Walla Valley on their paths of recovery from addiction or substance misuse.


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Elizabeth Guerra

Board President

Elizabeth Guerra first moved to Walla Walla in 1998 to work at the Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) in the Community Services division. In 2004, she left to attend Gonzaga School of Law. After earning her JD, she moved to Seattle and worked in the field of Civil Rights. In 2013, she returned to Walla Walla and to BMAC. She is now the Director of Community Services and works with programs for homeless families, parents seeking jobs and adult literacy. Elizabeth is committed to Trilogy Recovery Community's mission because Trilogy calls on youth, families, the community to work together to address the devastating effects of alcohol and other drug use. 

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Patrick Carman

Board Vice President
Patrick Carman has four million books in print in 20+ languages across dozens of titles. He is known in the creative community as a top leader in 21st century story development and marketing and has spoken on the TED stage about the confluence of books and technology. In the past decade, he has created some of the most iconic multimedia reading brands in the world including Skeleton Creek, 39 Clues, and Voyagers. Mr. Carman is currently developing his projects with Harper Collins, Scholastic, Penguin Random House, and Little Brown Books for Young Readers. In Hollywood, Patrick works with studios and production companies including Cartoon Network, Amazon, Disney, Bunim/Murray, Saban, Intrepid Pictures, and many others. Two-thirds of his 35 book library are in some stage of development. Before writing full time beginning in 2003, Patrick spent a decade in advertising and five years running technology start-ups.
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Ernie Filan

Board Treasurer
Ernie Filan is a member of Walla Walla Grain Growers and Pea and Lentil Association, and has been attending the Church Assembly of God for twenty-five years. When Ernie is not attending meetings he is busy working as a wheat and garbonzo farmer in Washington and Oregon. Ernie went to both Walla Walla High School and Walla Walla Community College. He and his wife have been married for 40 years and had 2 children, one of which passed away from a heroin overdose. It was this event that caused him to join Trilogy Recovery Community's board, and drived his commitment to support those suffering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 
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Lenna Buissink

Board Secretary 

Lenna Buissink, originally from Pullman, Washington, studied Elementary Education and History at Washington State University before becoming an elementary school teacher in Walla Walla. She retired in 2001, and in 2006 was introduced to Trilogy Recovery Community through her work with the first Family Support Group. When the board formed in 2010, Lenna was a clear choice as a member and served as the secretary until 2012, and starting again in 2018. Lenna also volunteers in the Walla Walla community through her role on the Human Services Advisory Board. Lenna Believes Trilogy is making huge strides in educating youth about substance use, challenging the stigma associated with addiction, and positively touching the lives of its youth and family members. Now that her two children are grown and out of the house, Lenna cares for her pet dog. In her spare moments, she volunteers at an assisted living facility, picks up a good book, or watches a Cougar football game.


Hall Grimes

Hall Grimes moved to Walla Walla in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. He studied Economics and Psychology at the University of Puget Sound and received an MBA from Claremont Graduate University. In his spare time, Hall enjoys golfing and gardening.
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Vicki Johnson

Vicki Johnson was raised in Shelton, Washington and moved to Walla Walla with her family in 1995. Vicki has worked with children in school districts on the both the west and east side of the state for the past 32 years. Vicki and her husband Mike have been happily married for 31 years and have three children. Two sons and a daugher who has gone to heaven. Vicki is passionate about raising awareness about alcohol and other drugs use in the Walla Walla community as well as supporting those who are struggling to find restoration in their lives. 

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Kathy Ketcham

Kathy Ketcham is the founder and former Executive Director of Trilogy Recovery Community and now participates as a board member. She grew up on the East Coast and attended Connecticut College and the University of Rochester where she received her BA in Psychology. Kathy began volunteering at the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center in 1999, leading educational groups and working individually with adolescents in trouble with alcohol and other drugs. It was during this time that she realized the lack of resources available for this population and felt a call to action, beginning the nearly ten-year community mobilization effort that led to the formation of Trilogy Recovery Community. In addition to these efforts, Kathy has continued to write​ non-fiction books, a career that began forty years ago. Her books have been published in sixteen foreign languages and sold over 1.75 million copies. Some of her published books include, Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths & Realities of Alcoholism (co-authored by James Milam, Ph.D.) published in 1981, and The Spirituality of Imperfection (coauthored by Ernest Kurtz) published in 1992. Her 17th book was titled, The Only Life I Could Save. Kathy currently lives in Walla Walla with her husband, Patrick Spencer, a geology professor. She has three grown children:  Robyn, 35, a speech therapist living in Portland, Oregon; Alison, 33, a special education teacher in Seattle, Washington;  and Benjamin, 31, a writer and researcher living in Walla Walla with his wife Miriam.

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 Jesse Betts

Jesse Betts was born in Redbluff, CA and moved to Walla Walla when he was 10 years old. Jesse is the Membership Director at the Walla Walla YMCA. Jesse is in recovery and believes in giving back to the community by sharing the message of recovery to individuals struggling with addiction. In addition to participating on Trilogy’s Board of Directors, Jesse also continues to give back to the 12 Step group he belongs to. Jesse stays busy as a single parent but when he is not spending time with his daughter he enjoys playing pickle ball.


Trilogy Recovery Community
120 East Birch Street, Suite 14 
Walla Walla, WA, 99362

P: 509.876.4525
F: 509.591.9911

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