MEET THE TEAM
MARWAN CAMERON – FOUNDER
Marwan Cameron is passionate about improving the lives of the Kitsap community through education and resources. He has achieved this through his work as a professor, academic advisor and mentor at Olympic College. Marwan’s mission is to ensure that every Kitsap resident has the resources needed to succeed. His legacy includes Steps to Success, a mentorship program designed to provide students with an enriched collegiate experience to achieve their goals.With Gather Together Grow Together, Marwan’s mission is to continually provide value-added services to Kitsap residents.
STEPHANIE DENT – PROGRAM DIRECTOR
I have been a wife for 25 years and a mother for 17. In that time, I have managed a craft store, managed a household, and ran my own business. At 18 I was in college to become a Medical Secretary and at 19 my life went in a completely different direction and I was married. We have had our ups and our downs, the one thing the downs taught me is how to navigate through social services and live on a budget that no one should have to live on. I am now here at G2 to help others by feeding their families healthy, hearty, and great tasting food ,as well as how to use their EBT to the best of their ability and hopefully to have a little fun doing it.
ROBERT DENT – CHIEF OFFICER OF TECHNOLOGY
I have been a resident of Kitsap County since 1989 when I came here to Subase Bangor. I have been married to my wife Stephanie for 25 years and we have one child, our son Brandon. After leaving the military, I had a 20-year career in the construction industry until I got injured in 2016. I found myself having to seek help so I could feed my family, have stable housing, and find a new career. I had to learn how to navigate the systems of assistance to do that.
Which brings us to the present and why I am involved with G2. The biggest reason that I am involved is to give back. It took a lot of time and effort for me to get to this place and if I can make it easier for people to navigate these systems with the knowledge I have gained. I would consider this a win
DRAYTON JACKSON – BOARD MEMBER
Drayton Jackson, a New York City native, moved to Seattle in 2012. Prior to moving to Washington, Drayton worked in a high-paced hospitality industry and in the music and entertainment industry for over twenty plus years. However, he spent ten years homeless. After relocating for a better start, he found himself homeless again. He and his family lived in Sally’s camp before receiving temporary housing from Kitsap Community Resources (KCR). With his personal experiences and knowledge, Drayton brings in-depth insight for an understanding of people in need and believes that sharing his compelling story will help others to move forward to recognizing how to assist families in need.
Drayton has spoken with White House officials during the Obama Administration about Head Start and homeless families in Washington State. He has fought for homeless students and championed student childcare. He is an advocate of equity and inclusion of professors at colleges and serves as a Board Member of the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). He has also served on the Kitsap Sun Editorial and Kitsap Community Resources’ boards. He has been Vice President of the Policy Council for Kitsap Community Resources’ Head Start and served as Olympic College 2015-16 Student Body President. Drayton currently serves on the Central Kitsap School District Financial Committee.
Drayton is the Founder of the Family Day Foundation; an organization whose purpose is to take homeless families to events. Drayton is the father of six daughters and two sons, and currently resides with this wife in Bremerton, Washington.
MARY STINNET – VOLUNTEER DRIVER
I have lived in WA for 19 yrs and am originally from Wichita, KS. I am currently a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have had many jobs here over the years – working in food service, working with animals, driving a taxi and commercial cleaning just to name a few. I love the area and the community here and am trying to get more involved in community projects.
I have lived almost everywhere in Kitsap County – Olalla, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Kingston, and Suquamish (everywhere except Bainbridge). I once spent a month in the women’s homeless shelter in Port Angeles. I have had to navigate the system myself so I can relate to others who are trying to make the best of what they have. It can be confusing and discouraging, and often there are gaps between what is being offered and what someone really needs. Many people are left with little resources to fully become self supporting and don’t know where to turn for additional help. I like being in a position to share my knowledge to help people in the community help themselves and improve their lives, and am excited to be a part of this community program. I hope I am able to offer support and direction for others trying to navigate the confusion.
I am the first person to become a certified driver for this program. I understand how difficult it can be to get around when you don’t have a car. Everything is very spread out here. The buses offer limited service and never get you quite where you need to go; there is always some walking involved, often up a steep hill. If you have children, navigating public transportation can be a nightmare. I’m excited that our area is able to offer this service to our community to help bridge the gap left by public transportation that can make it difficult to get the basics of living done.