Welcome to our board, Robert! Which of Room One's programs do you find speaks to your heart the most? I have always been impressed by the idea of the One-Stop Support Center. When someone is considering suicide, finds themselves a victim of domestic violence or cannot navigate the social services available to them, knowing Room One is ready and willing to help is so critical. Because asking for assistance is for many a very difficult thing to do. We are all fortunate to have such a great resource available should we need it.
You were born and raised in the Methow Valley. How has life changed here in the past 30 years? When I was young the Valley seemed much quieter and the faces were mostly familiar. A new generation of Valley residents have brought diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and ideas about what makes the Methow a great place to call home, as well as new business opportunities, cultural experiences and non-profit philanthropy that augments the small-town familiarity I cherished in my younger years. A common quality to all of our neighbors regardless of who or how long you've lived here is a sense of pride in calling the Methow "home" and a willingness to look out for one another. Methow Valley residents have always been resilient and caring, and if it takes a village to raise a child, then my daughter is right where she needs to be.
How do you maintain your work-life balance as a new dad and full-time District Court Judge for Okanogan County? I love being a father even more than I could have imagined. I also enjoy the challenges of being a judge, where I do my best to see that justice is served and that everyone feels like they receive a fair hearing. But there's no way I could do a passable job at either without Korrie, Vesper's mama and my wife-to-be, who is also trying to balance parenthood with her career. Together (along with a little help) we find a way to give our daughter the love she needs, fulfill our professional ambitions and carve out a little time for one another. Both aspects of my life require a great deal of responsibility and I would like to think that the effort I put into each role makes me better at the other. But ultimately, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is: I could not do it without her support.