Who We Are

Washington State for Public Safety (WSPS) is a grassroots community organization of citizens protecting citizens. It was formed in response to the unsafe practice of locating conditionally released sexually violent predators (SVPs) into residential neighborhoods across the state. Currently, WSPS is aware of conditionally released SVPs in multiple cities, including: Poulsbo, Tukwila, Arlington, Tacoma, Spokane, Aberdeen, Stanwood, Marysville and Everett. This list continues to grow. As this is a statewide problem, we invite citizens from across Washington State to join WSPS as volunteers.

Mission Statement 

To stop the placement of civilly committed sexually violent predators in residential neighborhoods.

To work with other community organizations to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens against sexually violent predators through improved notification, information dissemination, education and public awareness.

To give voice to the interests of homeowners whose property values may be negatively impacted by sexually violent predators in their neighborhoods.

Board of Directors:

Tricia Benson – Executive Director, Legislative Lead

Tricia has worked in healthcare management in Kitsap County for over twenty years, with a specialization in risk management. She has overseen multiple practice transitions, with a focus on regulatory compliance, internal organization, and staff development. Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in operations management from Washington State University. She spent her childhood in Port Orchard and she and her family have called Poulsbo home for the last six years. Tricia’s family, as with many others, has been impacted by the less restrictive placement of sexually violent predators (SVPs) into a residential neighborhood. She is concerned for the safety of her own children as well as other children in the community. Through her work with WSPS, she has learned that current state laws provide very few protections for communities where SVPs may be placed. Tricia is committed to her work with WSPS for legislative change to stop these unsafe practices and to require SVPs on conditional release to less restrictive alternative placements be placed only to secure community transition facilities (SCTFs), with significant laws providing community protections, for the safety of communities across Washington State.

 

Becky Hoyt – Legal Liaison

Becky lives in Poulsbo with her husband, two beautiful children, two cats and one very energetic dog. Becky has worked in the legal field for over 15 years. Becky began her legal career working for an insurance defense firm in Phoenix Arizona. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies graduating with highest distinction from Everest College in 2004. Becky has worked for private law firms and a government agency. Becky’s previous position was as the Chief Deputy Clerk for the Skagit County Clerk’s Office. Becky has experience working with and for attorneys, judges, clients, staff, and several different government agencies. Becky has extensive institutional knowledge of the Superior Courts for the State of Washington and the interworking of local county government. Becky was also active in her community volunteering for Kiwanis, attending and graduating from Leadership Skagit and volunteering for the Skagit County Democratic Party. Becky is dedicated to stopping the unsafe placement of lesser restrictive alternative housing for violent sexual offenders in residential neighborhoods. Her experience in the legal field and as a public servant bring a unique skill set to WSPS and she is proud to serve as the legal liaison.

 

Nina Huber – Outreach/Volunteer Coordination

Nina Huber and her husband Eric have lived in the Scandia area of Poulsbo for 24 years. Together they own and operate Its Bedtime in Silverdale and have been involved in business management since 1979. They have raised 3 children and now have 5 grandchildren. Nina was involved for many years in foster care and then in the adoption process. Politics is not her comfort zone. Eric and Nina live across the street from a Sexually Violent Predator Facility and have become aware of how state and county loopholes can allow for-profit businesses to threaten the safety and security of a community with no accountability to the public. Her goal is to see a statewide legislative solution for safe placement of civilly committed SVPs into secure community transition facilities run by the state.

 

Rory Jansen – Secretary

Rory is an executive communications leader and certified change management practitioner. She has focused on government and nonprofit strategic communications and change management for the last 12 years. In this role she has been responsible for internal and leadership communications, strategic communications plan development, government relations, issues and crisis management, stakeholder relations, media and brand PR. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master’s degree in Public Communications from Old Dominion University. She has previously served on the board of the YWCA Kitsap County. She has been married for 8 years, and lives in Poulsbo with her husband and three kids.

 

John Busby – Treasurer

After a lifetime of work, service to the community and raising their family in Phoenix, Arizona, John and Gail Busby retired to the Poulsbo area because of its charm and sense of small town security. Helping in whatever way possible to ensure the safety of their family and neighbors is among John’s highest priorities. Mr. Busby received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. After graduation he worked for two international CPA firms until he started his own firm. After more than a decade of practice he refined his skills as general partner of a private water company located in Tucson, Arizona. He was the founding and managing partner of a company which acquired and developed fifty-one fast food restaurants in Texas and Arizona. During his food service years he also served as president of a corporation that acquired and managed in excess of 2,100 multi-family units in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Tennessee. John and Gail are the parents of three sons and proud grandparents of fourteen. After returning from a year of missionary service in Brazil they moved to the Poulsbo area which they love.

 

Troy Barber – Website/Media

Troy Barber, Managing Director at Sky-Pix Aerial Photography, is a decades-long resident of Kitsap since moving to Poulsbo during childhood with his family in 1971. He has lived most of his life throughout Kitsap, working professionally as a graphic artist, as well as being a musician, father, and husband. He developed a strong sense of community through organizing concerts to benefit local food banks and other causes. Troy became a single father of his three sons in 2009 after his ex-wife became severely mentally ill. Troy’s activism and advocacy has centered around drug policy, sentencing reform, human rights, and the environment; his political experience began in 2010 by volunteering with Sensible Washington’s campaign for two state-wide initiatives, serving as a Steering Committee member and co-directing the Graphics, Media Relations, and Outreach teams. Troy was also a co-founder and spokesperson for the No On I-502 campaign, and a volunteer with Media Check-In at Seattle Hempfest.

 

Pamela Benson

Pamela resides in Poulsbo with her husband Clifford Lasnetske, who was the first resident Oral Surgeon to serve the Olympic Peninsula, which he did for over 40 years. Pamela’s family has had a footprint in Kitsap County for over 100 years. She retired in 2000 as CEO of a company which developed and ran educational conferences and events throughout North America and Europe. She is an avid sailor, and is active within the Poulsbo Boaters Association and is a liaison between the PBA and the Port of Poulsbo Board of Commissioners.

Pamela and her husband moved to Poulsbo to enjoy their retirement, their grandchildren and their favorite town. Having specifically chosen Poulsbo, living next door to one of their sons and his young family, they have all been dismayed by the location and opening of the lesser restrictive alternative housing for Sexually Violent Predators in their neighborhood and are now dedicated to stopping such unsafe residential sitings throughout Washington State.

 

Abby Garland

Abby is a stay at home mom to three active young children, as well as a military and law enforcement spouse. She is seated on the Poulsbo City Council and is actively involved in the community via school activities and events, volunteerism, fundraising, and building community. Abby’s civic involvement includes previous Legal and Public Safety Committee Chair, Tree Board Liaison, and Kitsap 911 Liaison. Abby holds a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Nutrition, Johnson and Wales University, Providence RI; a Master of Arts in Teaching/ Post-Secondary Education, Johnson and Wales University, Providence RI; Dietetic Internship, University of Houston, Houston Texas. She is a Registered Dietitian, with experience in Long Term Care at multiple locations and states.

 

Vicki Cunning

Vicki Cunning is a retired Family Law legal Assistant living in downtown Poulsbo Place II with her husband Tom.  Vicki is the mother of 4, stepmother of 4 and grandmother to 8 grandkids and counting.  She moved from California to Issaquah, Washington in 1987 and later moved to Poulsbo in 1999. In July of 2002, Vicki and her family moved to Sparks, Nevada. Vicki started working in family law in 2004 as a legal assistant in Reno, Nevada.   She worked with a variety of the clients emotional situations along with other related crimes involving child and domestic violence. In addition to Family Law, Vicki has experience in working with domestic violence and child abuse support groups. In July of 2014, Vicki and her husband, Tom retired and moved back to Poulsbo, WA where she joined the Poulsbo Place II Owners Association in 2015 and later served as President until November of 2018.

 

Charlie Hamon, M.D.

Charlie was born and raised in NY, educated at Brown U. (BA), BUSM (MD) and UW (Internal Medicine). He was in medical practice in Bremerton for 22 years, practiced at the NATO Health Clinic in Brussels, Belgium for 5 years, then did 11 years of locus tenens in Kitsap County before retiring. He is married, has 2 children. and 4 grandchildren. He and his wife Pam have lived on the 1700 block of Viking Way for the last 16 years. He has always been interested in children’s welfare, strongly influenced by his wife’s 25+ career in the area of prevention of child abuse and neglect.

 

Special Thanks:

Adam Wymer – Website and Graphic Design

Adam lives in East Bremerton, with his Cockatiel Aura. A lifelong scholar and observer, he finds the governmental malfeasance involved in the Viking Way SVP home to be deplorable, and is happy to volunteer his time, energy and skills to help bring together the visual and digital design presence of WSPS. Adam has a BA from The Evergreen State College where he focused on History and Philosophy, and stayed on for a fifth year for further study and to student-teach. During his professional career he has attained additional proficiency in photo editing, graphic design, layout, marketing and web design, and is proud to use his expertise to help the WSPS cause.

Amy Giltner – Logo Design

Ian Moore – Website Origination

Ian and his family, wife Monica, 2 boys and 3 dogs, moved to Poulsbo almost 4 years ago from Nebraska. Ian served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Reserve, and the U.S. Air Force in areas of Intelligence, Psychological Operations and Communications. After the military, he joined the Civil Service at USSTRATCOM, our country’s nuclear command and control headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. At USSTRATCOM, Ian performed as a training developer, information security analyst, web master, and cyberspace planner. In 2015, Ian took a Cybersecurity Engineer position in Code 109 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Ian was recently promoted to IT Manager of the Platform IT, CAD/CAM and Industrial Support Branch. Ian still maintains his small cybersecurity business to support small businesses that need IT or security help. Since family is Ian’s number 1 priority, he jumped at the chance to support this great cause.