Get to Know Your Customers: Washington State Program Manager

WASHINGTON VINE PROGRAM MANAGER JAMIE WEIMER

Appriss’ flagship solution, VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the nation’s leading automated victim notification system. VINE is used across 48 states, providing millions of Americans the peace of mind they deserve.

In each of the states where VINE operates, a Program Manager serves as the liaison between Appriss and their community. VINE Program Managers are the main point of contact for all VINE-related questions, concerns, or needs that citizens may have, and are responsible for ensuring their community is knowledgeable about the VINE services available to them.

Program Managers are imperative to the success of VINE, as they provide Appriss invaluable feedback and suggestions from the field so we can be confident the service offers a streamlined, user-friendly experience and continues to be a trusted safety net for victims.­­­­­­                   ____________________________________________________________________________

Meet Jamie Weimer, the VINE Program Manager in Washington State. In addition to her role as Program Manager, Jamie also serves as the Chair of the VINE Advisory Committee (VAC), a board of advisors that help mentor their fellow Program Managers as well as provide direct guidance and feedback to Appriss on how we can continue to improve and innovate the services we offer. When we asked Holly Blevins, our Client Relationship Manager for Washington, about Jamie, she remarked, "Despite wearing many, many hats, Jamie never skips a beat. She is a dedicated Program Manager with impeccable problem solving skills. She's never met a challenge she can't overcome, and I really admire those qualities." Undeniably, since she joined her role in 2015, we've come to know Jamie as a champion for the VINE service, a rockstar training facilitator, and a true innovator. 

Jamie Weimer_2019Name: Jamie Weimer

State/Title: Projects and Programs Manager, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

What drew you to your role as Program Manager? My desire to contribute to the greater good was my motivation for this role. My predecessor as the VINE Program Manager also served as a mentor through graduate school. She helped me to develop myself in a way that prepared me for the role.

What keeps you here? The challenge of taking on new responsibilities while continuing to improve existing projects and programs.

What is the best part of your job? I enjoy helping people. I wear many hats in my current role. All of the projects and programs within my scope help others in some way. From the VINE system providing victims/survivors with offender custody status information to the Arrest and Jail Alternatives program, aimed at increasing resilience, stability, and well-being for criminal justice system-involved persons with substance use disorders and other behavioral health needs.

What does VINE mean to your state? VINE is a resource empowering individuals who have been impacted by crime to access information about offender custody status and to make informed decisions about their personal safety.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the same small Western Washington community I reside in now.

Horse CupcakesWhat are your hobbies? I enjoy horseback riding (trails and cattle sorting). I also enjoy baking cupcakes for special occasions. I have a garden, but I do not enjoy weeding or watering. My husband and I recently purchased a camp trailer. I am looking forward to being a happy camper in the wilds of Washington and afar. 

What is your favorite food? My favorite food is Tillamook chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I am also a fan of almost everything my mom cooks.

Favorite sports team? The only traditional sports I follow are whatever my nephews are playing at the moment.

Favorite color? My favorite color is green.

Favorite holiday? My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. My husband and I have a tradition of staying home. Most of the time, it's just the two of us. He prefers ham and pecan pie. I prefer turkey and pumpkin pie. So naturally, I make a tiny ham and a tiny turkey (with all of the fixings) and a couple of pies every year. We eat leftovers until Christmas.

1st Appriss VisitWhere is your favorite place to travel? I prefer to travel to places that connect me to nature. I enjoy being in the outdoors and love green scenery. Traveling to Appriss is always a treat, as I love the rolling green hills and beautiful horse farms. 

What is your dream vacation? I would love to eat, drink, and ride horses across Ireland.

What books are you reading right now? I am currently reading from The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. I enjoy reading short stories as it allows me to engage in a complete story during one sitting.

What TV shows are you watching? Now that I am caught up on Yellowstone, I do not have any must-watch shows.

Do you have any pets? Yes, my husband and I have three horses, two dogs, and a cat.

Favorite quote? There are two quotes former supervisors have said that continue to stick with me. The first, “you can be right, or you can be happy.” The second, “it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.” As a supervisor, this second one makes me nervous.

What is interesting about you that most people don’t know? For a very, very, very short time, I DJ’d in a hole-in-the wall bar. My DJ’ing skills were limited; however, I gained some tools that have come in handy.

Jared Beek

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Jared Beek

Jared Beek is the VINE Marketing & Training Specialist with Appriss Insights, where he assists in content creation for on-site and online training delivery. He brings to Appriss experience in teaching, tutoring, communications, and higher education recruitment. He holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Louisville. A Kentucky native, he currently resides in Louisville. When he’s not working, you can usually find him with his nose in a book, hiking a trail, or playing with his beloved rescue dog, Bindi.

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