DOVE was born as a reaction to the realization of intimate partner violence on the island.  We are exploring and innovation around better ways to meet the challenges and barriers of the one in three women and one in five men who experience domestic violence. 

Initially, in 2011, The DOVE Project (which stands for Dignity, Opportunity, Voice, Empowerment) was a project of a community group called the Vashon Healthy Community Network. 

DOVE, in its entirety, was quite literally a phone and a bag, held and managed by a volunteer.  When the Vashon Healthy Community Network disbanded, DOVE applied for it's 501(c)3 nonprofit status and was fiscally sponsored by Vashon Youth and Family Services.  In March 2013, DOVE officially became recognized as a 501(c)3 and began operating with complete autonomy.

DOVE is proud to be a social profit organization.  That's the point of our work: social profit.  The term not-for-profit is misleading as there is a huge profit for the communities we serve.  Social profit is about desired social benefits, and that is defined locally.


We conduct every aspect of our work at the highest ethical standards and hold ourselves accountable to them. We value transparency and staunchly safeguard the confidentiality of the people we serve.

Innovation, Collaboration & Partnerships

We are committed to learning constantly, developing innovative practices, and evolving strategies as necessary to meet the changing needs of the community we serve. We want to align our work and outcome measurements with the up to date landscape of the community. It is only through collaboration can we have the broadest impact.

Social justice

We value diverse perspectives and strive to incorporate an anti-oppression lens in all aspects of our work. We acknowledge that racism is that the root of all oppressive systems. We hold the systems we navigate accountable for anti-racist practices.


We conduct our work with compassion and meet our survivors where they are with non-judgmental dignity. We believe in a person-centered, trauma-informed approach. In our advocacy, our hope is to empower survivors to take the next steps of safety and security and love. Our work begins and ends with the interests of survivors of relationship abuse in mind.




Executive Director


Heidi has an extensive background in finance and business operations. She came to DOVE in 2013 and has held several leadership seats on the board of directors during her time as a volunteer. Her focus is on making sustainable programs that work toward systemic change in our culture.


Tracy McLaren has been with  DOVE advocate since 2015.  Tracy began as an advocate, then moved into prevention work, and now oversees the advocacy, prevention and community outreach programming at DOVE.


Community Advocate, Program lead & Trainer


Nyn Grey has been with DOVE since January 2015. She acts as a Community Advocate and Program Manager for the Community Access to Therapy; Holistic Health for Survivors; and Bystander Intervention Programs at the agency. Nyn is a mother to three sweet girls, a wife, a proud owner of a great dog, and an island yoga instructor.


Community & Legal DV Advocate


Kyle has been with DOVE since 2014.  He has been a Prevention Specialist supporting survivors and programs and a previous Teen Council facilitator.  He is currently the Legal DV advocate for DOVE. His background in health-care, non-profits & social anthropology.


Youth Advocate & Prevention Specialist


Maya Battisti splits her time between direct service advocacy and early intervention program initiatives at both McMurray Middle school and Vashon High. She is both the  Teen Council facilitator and Athletes as Leaders facilitator. She loves being a member of this incredible community and is grateful for the position she is in to positively affect its youth. Maya is the mother of two beautiful girls, enjoys walking the beach with her loyal mutt and can occasionally be seen performing in local benefits and fundraisers.


Community DV Advocate & Trainer, LMFT


Rashaun is passionate about providing services to the community that let us feel heard, safe and supported. 


Stacy Caughell


We're excited to welcome Stacy on as our Board President!

More info about her soon..

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Tami Brockway Joyce

Vice President

Tami has worked in human resources, communications and marketing, most recently acted as a CEO of a local craft distillery. She also performs as an actor, emcee and radio host. 

Tami enjoys volunteering in the community and has worked on a number of non-profit boards. 

Erin Blower


Erin Blower is a mom and attorney who moved to Vashon Island 10 years ago.  She has spent most of her career working with domestic violence victims addressing protection orders, divorce, and child custody matters.  In her free time she likes to travel with friends and family, read, and go on easy hikes with her kids. 

Peter Reynen


It is a sobering reality that in the United States, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and or emotional abuse with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, PTSD and even death. Several years ago, I lost my sister to domestic violence and since then I have been on a lifelong quest to do everything I can to help prevent it from happening to others. Joining the Dove Board allows to support my local community here on Vashon and to provide Dignity, Opportunity, Voice and Empowerment (DOVE) to those in need.

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Pam Dodrill Ouellet


Pam Ouellette has been a resident of Vashon Island for 16 years and is a survivor of domestic violence.  She's been working in Customer Support and Customer Success for 25 years and is currently the Vice President of Customer Support and Success at Zapier.  Outside of work she enjoys hanging out with her husband and three kitties.  


Nathan Tedrow


We're excited to welcome Nathan on as a boardmember!

More info soon...

DOVE Advocacy Line:
(206) 462-0911

WA State Hotline:
(800) 562-6025

24/7 National Hotline:
(800) 799-7233

Community Helpline: 211
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(206) 462-0911

OR (206) 940-6430


PO BOX 1341


VASHON, WA 98070

We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Vashon, WA.        EIN of 46-1307359.        Donations are tax-deductible.

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