Meet Our Board

Commissioner Bud Blake, Thurston County

Board Chair

Bud Blake is the Chair of the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization Governing Board, beginning in February 2016.  Bud is also the Thurston County Commissioner representing District #3, since January of 2015.  He has been active in the Thurston County communities since arriving 23 years ago.

He was born in Mobile, Alabama, and received a bachelor degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Oregon in 1986. He also graduated from Chapman University with a Masters in Organizational Leadership and later a Masters in Human Resource Management.  After serving in the United States Army for 25 years, Bud retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Bud believes that on a national level, our country has made improvements in the areas of security, infrastructure, employment and education.  Now a national conversation needs to occur on mental health and chemical dependency.  Thurston and Mason counties are two great places to carry out those local conversations and activities which directly impact our most precious assets – people.  Bud knows the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (TMBHO), along with the enthusiasm of the communities, will achieve those outcomes of making a difference at home, the workplace and the community as a whole.

Bud serves the community in the following committees: Chair, Housing Action Team, Member Alliance for Healthy South, Intercity Transit Authority, Law and Justice Council, Fire Commission Association, Transportation Policy Board, Chehalis Basin Flood Partnership, EMS Council (Medic One), WSAC Legislative Steering Committee, WSAC Coastal Council, TCOMM Administrative Board, Military Veterans Legislative Council.


Commissioner John Hutchings, Thurston County

Term of Office

January, 2017 – January, 2021

John “Hutch” Hutchings has been married for 41 years to his wife Deb, and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

Hutch has dedicated much of his life to civil service. His successful 35 year career in law enforcement included 27 years with the Olympia Police Department, three years as Chief of Police in Tenino, with his career beginning as a police officer in 1980 in the City of Orange, California.

Hutch earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership/Development (2004) from Chapman University, Orange, California. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent three months conducting a multi-national research project, in England, Scotland and Wales.  The focus of his study was on the effectiveness of critical incident debriefings on police officers.

Since 2001, John has delivered keynote addresses and training to police officers, executives, and mental health professionals with the National Health Trust, in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia.  Hutch is co-author of The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People (2011).

Hutch’s son, Michael (retired US Army Sergeant disabled) returned home from Iraq in 2011, after surviving an IED blast.  Michael and Hutch present to criminal justice personnel on law enforcement encounters with combat veterans in crisis. Those with a traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD demand specific understanding and de-escalation.

Hutch has sat on many boards and committees focusing on public service:

  • Member of Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee
  • Community Youth Services (CYS)
  • Olympia West Lions
  • Lacey Rotary


Commissioner Terri Drexler, Mason County

Board Vice-Chair

Term of Office

November, 2012 – December, 2018

Represents the Board of Commissioners on:

  • Board of County Commissioners, Vice-Chair
  • Mason Transit Authority Board, Chair
  • Community Action Council Board of Directors
  • Behavioral Health/Law and Justice Task Force
  • Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging Council of Governments (COG)
  • Mason County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee – Chair
  • Oakland Bay Clean Water Committee
  • Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA)
  • Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Chair
  • Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization (PRTPO) – alternate
  • Washington State Transportation Improvement Board Member
  • Washington Counties Risk Pool – Board of Directors Alternate

Civic Activities

  • Shelton Church of the Nazarene, Treasurer
  • Mason County Trustee, Forterra


Co-Owner Jeffreys Management Services, a water utility management company. Executive Director, Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Director for Tax & Fiscal Policy, Washington Realtors, Olympic Peninsula Government Affairs Director, Washington Realtors, Director of Sales and Marketing, International Health Program, University of Washington


Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, The Evergreen State College (2003)


Terri and her husband Rob live in the Timberlake Community in Mason County. She has two grown children and two grandchildren, all living in Mason County. Terri was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.