What We Believe

First Responders Making a Difference was formed to provide police and firefighters with the resources to help an immediate need they experience during a call.  There are times that “immediate” really means immediate and the red tape typically involved to procure and disburse funds to those in need can come too late.  The idea is: see a need, meet a need.  It is a unique cause delivering compassionate assistance—making a difference in the community they serve.

Our Board

Dick Garrett
Dick Garrett Board Member (Co-Founder)
Dick Garrett is a retired firefighter having spent 25 years with Lacey fire Dist. 3. Prior to be-coming a firefighter, he was the Director of Marketing for a local aerospace company, He has been working with charities on fundraising events for over 20 years.
Tim Braniff
Tim BraniffBoard Vice Chair (Co-Founder)
Tim Braniff currently has over 33 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Washington, He is a retired captain from the Washington State Patrol and is currently the Undersheriff tor Thurston County. He is graduate to the FBI National Academy (FBINAA), and is currently on the National Board of the FBINAA. He is a charter member of Gateway Rotary to Thurston County, and currently sits on the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County Community Advisory council.
Chuck McSwain
Chuck McSwainBoard Member (Treasurer)
Founder of McSwain & Company, CPAs. Chuck has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting including expertise in a variety of industries to include consulting in all phases of taxation, accounting and business valuation; he has served a very diverse client base over the course of his career. Chuck’s emphasis has been in medical, construction, retail and wholesale distribution businesses. Chuck began his career with Moss Adams & Company, and later became a partner in a large local firm before forming McSwain & Company. When not serving clients, Chuck can be found playing golf or tennis.
Michael MattoxBoard Member
Principal at AUSA, LLC, (“AUSA”) for the past eight years and managing entity of Washington Regional Center, a USCIS-designated regional center. Mr. Mattox is currently the CEO of World Trade Center San Francisco and Access U.S. Oil and Gas, Inc. and Principal at Access Texas Oil and Gas. He currently serves as a board member of the Thurston County Economic Development Council as well as First Responders Making a Difference. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and has been an Adjunct Professor of Marketing for St. Martins University in the United States and Shanghai, China.
Bob Zych
Bob ZychBoard Member (Secretary)
Bob retired in 2014 from a 42 year professional career in information technology; building, managing, & administering computer systems. As a community volunteer, past committee member of Lake Management District No. 19 overseeing the management of Long Lake in Thurston County, and Board Member for Sound View Camp & Retreat Center. Shamelessly addicted to golf, Bob also enjoys fishing & grand-parenting, as well as serving others through Board participation.
Tim Johnson
Tim JohnsonBoard Chair
Retired Senior Vice President from TwinStar Credit Union. Forty years of financial institution experience as Senior Executive and President. Past President of Data Services affiliate company of TwinStar CU. Served on several community boards to include Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Credit Union National Association. Moved to Washington after twenty five years in Alaska raising kids (two still up there). Now in Olympia with my wife of 50 years. Each community we have lived in I have played and active role in serving those in need through fund raising events. Love golf and fishing.

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