Kristy Trione bids Snoqualmie Community Network farewell, starts new life in Costa Rica

Kristy Trione, the executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, starts a new adventure in her life in February, as she and her husband begin practicing organic farming on 30 acres in southern Costa Rica.

Trione says she is excited to have the opportunity for all things new: a new language, a new culture and an exciting new work experience. She left the network at the end of January.

The group's board of directors recently recognized Trione for her commitment to strengthen the community, her integrity and her dedication to the youth of Snoqualmie Valley.

"I have always appreciated the sense of community and commitment from our board and staff, and I know that the network will continue to grow and flourish following my departure," Trione said. The work matters and it makes a difference."

Trione was hired as the staff director of Snoqualmie Valley Community Network in December 2001, after having served as a board member. Her passion for the mission and vital work of the network increased with every passing year, as did her dedication to the health and welfare of families throughout the communities. She has been the public face of the network for 10 years, visiting with legislators to give voice to youth and families, and working with various partners in the community to ensure youth and families are a priority in planning prevention education and events.

Riverview School District Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith has known Trione since 1994, when they worked together, designing the Cedarcrest High School Advisory Period Curriculum.

"As with that effort, her work with Snoqualmie Valley Community Network has been characterized by making a real difference in our children's lives," Smith said. "I appreciate all of her hard work aimed at improving the safety and wellness of all of our citizens."

Trione, a former member of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board, also received praise from district Superintendent Joel Aune.

"I have always appreciated Kristy's efforts with the Snoqualmie Network to partner with the school district in support of our students and their well-being," Aune said. "As a result of her experience as a parent and school board member, she brought to her work with the network a unique and comprehensive view that enabled us to work together in harmony---to serve the young people of this community. She was, and is very passionate about this work, which made her an excellent school board member….Like many others, I will miss Kristy because of all that she has given to this community."

"Kristy is such an extraordinary human being," said past network board member Paige Denison. "She has led the network by selflessly serving, drilled deep to find resources where seemingly there were none and always brought an unparalleled optimism to the table. What a gift to have worked alongside her!"

• The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network hosts a sendoff for Trione Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fall City Roadhouse, 4200 Preston Fall City Rd. S.E.


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