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Wetland Scientist
WA-ID Alumnae, Class of 1993

Senior Director of Clinical Operations
WA-ID Alumnae, Class of 1993

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Colleen Kroe

Wetland Scientist
WA-ID Alumnae, Class of 1993

“Even though Rainbow has taught me practical tips like public speaking, running a meeting, planning an event, the most poignant gift is that of learning to live a life of service.”

I was in Rainbow from 1988 to 1993 in Bellevue Assembly. We were small but growing when I took majority. I was Worthy Advisor multiple times, received Grand Cross at my first “outstillation” in June 1991. One of my favorite things about Rainbow was the ritual work. I always loved speaking and memorizing parts, and participated in the first year of ten-person team opening/closing ritual competition with my district (District 8 at the time). We ended up winning. 🙂 Ironically I was appointed Grand Co-Chairman Ritual at Grand Assembly in 1991. Grand Assembly 1992 saw the introduction of first three-person ritual team competition and balloting in competition. I was elected Grand Hope at that Grand Assembly and was STOKED to be able to open and close the Bible each session. We performed balloting at grand assembly in 1993 – that was pretty awesome to see. I also took majority at that Grand Assembly. After I finished college I served on the Bellevue advisory board for a few years, and have attended many Grand Assemblies.

I’m a wetland scientist for King County Permitting. I like my job and getting to work with the general public and meet new people every day (mostly virtually, these days). Being well-spoken is paramount in my industry and I attribute a lot of that to my time in Rainbow. It got me out of my shy shell and gave me the confidence to speak to complete strangers.  Rainbow also taught me service to others. We that are involved in Rainbow may take that calling for granted, but we shouldn’t. Especially today, I think of Service’s words that somewhere there is someone that needs your help. Even though Rainbow has taught me practical tips like public speaking, running a meeting, planning an event, the most poignant gift is that of learning to live a life of service. It stays with me always and for that I am thankful.

Kara Moss

Senior Director of Clinical Operations
WA-ID Alumnae, Class of 1993

“Rainbow also showed me how impactful a supportive, collaborative, mentoring environment can be to young people. My time in Rainbow continues to impact how I conduct myself as a leader and how I build my teams.”

I joined Silverdale Assembly #155 in 1987 and future GWA Holly Campbell was my sponsor. With a theme of Believe in the Magic of your Dreams and a lodge filled with purple, silver and unicorns (still my favorites!), I became Worthy Advisor in 1990. I participated in many ritual competitions (and won a few), received the Grand Cross of Color, and presented the Canadian Flag Tribute at Grand Assembly. I served as Grand Co-Chairman Ritual (aka Ritual Nerd) with the Sensational Seals in 1992-93. After taking majority, I was also a Silverdale Advisory Board member for several years.

I am currently the Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Triumvira Immunologics where I design, plan and execute oncology clinical trials. Rainbow gave me organization and speaking skills I use nearly every single day.

 (I STILL think of Rainbow every time I draft a meeting agenda!) More importantly, it gave me confidence. The very shy 13 year old who joined Rainbow would hardly recognize the adult who presents to cancer patients, doctors, CEOs and even the FDA. One you’ve stared down a ritual competition judge, the rest is easy! 

Rainbow also showed me how impactful a supportive, collaborative, mentoring environment can be to young people. My time in Rainbow continues to impact how I conduct myself as a leader and how I build my teams. Many of my past and current successes can be traced to Rainbow – seeds planted long ago in the little log cabin that was Silverdale’s unique assembly room.

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