SAMA Staff

Kimberlee Brackett, President & CEO

​Kim Brackett, President and CEO, brings a leadership style to SAMA which weaves together science, policy and management expertise with the real life challenges of substance abuse encountered by affected youth and their families.  Prior to joining SAMA, Kim served on the Bainbridge Island City Council (2008-2011) where she served on a number of regional policy boards and committees (Puget Sound Regional Council and Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council).  She also assisted a behavioral health clinic in developing a plan to add primary care services to its portfolio to better serve its clients under the Affordable Care Act.  Early in her career, Kim was a lobbyist in Washington DC for the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Kim is a graduate of the University of Idaho, earning a BS in Business Management and a Minor in Bacteriology and Biochemistry, and completed coursework for an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington.  When she is not in the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, growing heirloom tomatoes, and keeping her Chinese language skills from becoming too rusty.


Kathryn Korch, BA, CDP

Director of Education and Prevention at Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA), has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Washington.  In addition, she is a certified chemical dependency professional and supervisor, as well as a certified GAIN administrator and trainer.  Kathryn has years of experience coaching and counseling chemically-dependent and homeless youth, and currently works with Seattle Public Schools as a prevention/intervention specialist.  She also is one of the ADD/ADHD coaches at the Hallowell Todaro center. In her spare time, Kathryn teaches indoor cycling and is enrolled at Seattle University working on her master’s degree in school counseling.