Reiko Callner was an Olympia city prosecutor and one of the few honorable people involved with the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.

The Olympia Washington Kiwanis members and their friends have cost the Washington State taxpayers over $50 million dollars (so far), because of their willful ignorance of long term, merciless and well known, child abuse that occurred at the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.

October 2006 note: This Olympia Kiwanis stuff is old news. I've left this information on the web, because I like the thought that someone will say to one of these Kiwanis friends or members: "Grandma, (Grandpa), are you still friends with those Olympia Kiwanians?"

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Reiko Callner ran for Thurston County Prosecutor in 1998, unfortunately she lost to Ed Holm. She now works for the Wa. St. Commission on Judicial Conduct. Maybe she can bring some integrity to that organization.

Below is information from the Thurston County Assessor. Click here to see more.

Here's Olympia city prosecutor Reiko Callners statement that she gave about the OKBR to the Washington State Patrol on Nov. 17, 1995. Reiko Callner said the she thought that "Sutherland would tell his deputy prosecutors to drop charges on local politicians' relatives" and said that Sutherland "covered up the truth".

Here's Reiko (Cushman) Callners memorandum, that she sent to the Thurston County Prosecutors Office on September 23, 1992 requesting that charges be brought against some OKBR people. The prosecutors, Tabor and Sutherland declined to prosecute.

Here's Olympia Detective Darrell Nobles' Dec. 15, 1992 report investigation stating that there he believes that there is enough information to charge some members of the OKBR with "failure to report a criminal violation."

Here's a statement Nancy Gassett gave to the Wash. St. Patrol on Nov. 28, 1995 about the OKBR. She mentions Reiko Callner.

Reiko Callner is listed in the 49 page index (350kb) of 5,223 pages of documents that the WSP collected about the OKBR. Anybody can order any of those public documents by following the instructions on that page.

Until Oct 1999, I believed that the Kiwanians and their friends were guilty of careless neglect or callous indifference. After hearing frightening audio depositions from some of the abused kids, I now believe that these Thur Co citizens were involved with an "active collaboration with evil." According to these depositioned kids, (which was not contradicted by Kiwanian attorney Don Miles), the OKBR staff was involved in long-term molestation and sadistic abuse of these helpless children. DSHS, Olympia, & the Kiwanians criminally ignored the warning signs and then justified their inaction by claiming ignorance. Many of these inattentive judges, lawyers, & politicians want your vote for re-election.

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There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 child abusing Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.

  • DSHS knew since at least 1977.
  • The OKBR staff certainly knew.
  • The abused kids told staff, schools, counselors, police, caseworkers, therapists, ect.., about their abuse at the OKBR, but nobody investigated.
  • Olympia Police Chief Wurner came to an Olympia Kiwanis meeting in 1986 and told the Kiwanis about the troubles at the OKBR. Chief Wurner was ignored. Maybe he should have done more, but he probably wanted to keep his job.
  • It was well know by the Thurston County courts. These kids were constantly in and out of the Thurston County legal system.
  • The OKBR was written about in the Kiwanis Komments newsletters, and the Kiwanis Board Ranch minutes.
  • All the OKBR Board Members had a legal oversight of the OKBR.
  • Were all Olympia Kiwanis Attorneys & Judges and/or Politicians uninformed?
  • It's amazing how blissfully ignorant some people were about the OKBR. You can read about their guiltlessness in some of their Washington State Patrol and Office of Special Investigation statements.
  • Here's Wa St Patrol Olympia Kiwanis member lists of 1987, 1990, 1994
  • Here is a 49 page index of 5,223 pages of documents that the WSP collected about the OKBR. Anybody can order any of those public documents by following the instructions on that page.
  • The OKBR sent kids for weekend visits to child abusers who donated land to the Kiwanis. The Kiwanians sold the land in 1993 for $125,000.
  • Can the Olympian Newspaper claim ignorance?

    Thurston County Juvenile Court Commissioner Scott Neilson said in his Nov. 16, 1995 statement to the Wa. St. Patrol, that he suspected the directors of the OK Boys Ranch and members of the Kiwanis put pressure on law enforcement agencies and DSHS. He also indicated many members of the Kiwanis group were influential business and political figures in the county along with several other members who were very wealthy. These members had connections to the boys ranch and he felt they put subtle pressure on DSHS to keep the ranch open.

    According to the February 3, 1994 Olympian, Reiko Callner hosted a gay rights talk show on channel 3, TCTV-Olympia.

    Thurston County Juvenile Court Administrator, Corinne Newman, said in her November 10, 1994 statement to the Office of Special Investigation, that many juveniles had no prior criminal history when they came to the OKBR, but they left with an extensive criminal history.

    There were many OKBR "red flags" from 1977 to 1994 that should have caused DSHS officials like Rosemary Carr and Olympia Kiwanians to investigate and prevent the abuse of children at the OKBR.

    Here's a link to the Official Thurston County Web Page.
    Here's a link to the Official Olympia Kiwanis Web Page.
    Here's a link to Wa St Patrol Olympia Kiwanis member lists of 1987, 1990, 1994
    Here's a link to a mediocre Thurston County Assessor search engine, where a person can (with difficulty) look up any Thurston County property owner, and the value of their property.
    Here's a link to Kiwanis Thur Co Citizens of the Year results 1968-99
    Here's a link to Thur Co & some Wa St election results 1968-99

    Below is a list of the (June 2000) present and some past Thurston County elected officials. These elected officials with links, are either Kiwanis members or have a close association with them.

    Judy Wilson , District 1 Commis 1993-?(Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1990)
    Diane Oberquell, District 2 Commis 1989-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year nominee in 1983)
    Kevin J. O'Sullivan, District 3 Commis 1999-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
    Richard Q. 'Dick' Nichols, District 3 Commis 1993-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1978)
    Kevin J. O'Sullivan, Assessor 1995-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
    Patricia Costello, Assessor 1999-?
    Sam Reed , Auditor 1978-? (longtime Kiw booster, future Oly Kiw Pres 2001)
    Betty J. Gould , Clerk 1991-? (Oly Kiw member)
    Judy Arnold, Coroner
    Hewitt Henry, Prosecuting Attorney 1953-64, Court Judge 64-84 (Oly Kiw member)
    Jerry Buzzard, Prosecuting Attorney 1969-71 (Future OKBR attorney)
    Patrick Sutherland, Prosecuting Attorney 1974-1995 (Oly Kiw Pres 1995)
    Bernardean Broadous, Prosecuting Attorney 1995-1999 (Oly Kiw member)
    Ed Holm, Prosecuting Attorney 1999-? (married to Oly Kiw member)
    Gary Edwards, Sheriff 1987-? (Olympia Kiwanis Member)
    Robin Hunt, Treasurer
    District Court Judge Susan A. Dubuisson 1984-? (OKBR board member)
    District Court Judge Clifford L. 'Kip' Stilz Late 1980's-? (Olympia Kiwanis President 1986)
    Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Berschauer 1984-? (dismissed OKBR case)
    Superior Court Judge Paula Casey 1984-? (had poor memory about OKBR)
    Superior Court Judge Richard A. Strophy 1984-? (longtime establishment official, friend of many Oly Kiw)
    Superior Court Judge Wm. Thomas McPhee 1990-? (held up search warrent for OKBR)
    Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks 1992-? (may have been an Oly Kiw member)
    Superior Court Judge Christine A. Pomeroy 1992-? (bikeriding friend of OKBR board member Judge Dubuisson)
    Superior Court Judge Gary R. Tabor 1996-? (refused to prosecute OKBR officials)

    Below is an alphabetical list of Olympia Kiwanis member politicians and/or their good friends, and some of the years they ran for office. Over 80% of these people are/were Olympia Kiwanis members. I put (N.M.) after the 11 politicians who were not Olympia Kiwanis members.

  • Gary Alexander current Wa. St. Representative
  • Gerry Alexander(N.M.) is a current Wa. Supreme Court Justice and former law partner of Olympia Kiwanis President Patrick Sutherland
  • Judy Bainto is an OPD warrants officer and ran for the school board in 1995
  • Jennifer Belcher (N.M.) current Wa. St. Lands Commissioner & former OKBR consultant
  • Robert Bigelow (N.M.) was a Kiwanis Lt. Governor and ran for the school board in 1973
  • Thomas Bjorgen ran for Appeals Court Judge in 1992
  • Walter Bowen former Thurston Democratic Chairman
  • Reiko Callner (N.M.) tried to get current judge Gary Tabor to prosecute some OKBR officials.
  • Keith Callow (N.M.) was a Wa. St. Supreme Court Justice who was defeated for re-election in 1990 by an unknow candidate who barely campaigned, but maybe had a better sounding name
  • Greg Canova (N.M.) was an assistant attorney general who ineptly prosecuted some OKBR officials
  • Lucille Carlson was a Thurston County Deputy Assessor and ran for the school board in 1971
  • Virgil Clarkson is a current Lacey city councilmember and was an OKBR board member
  • George Darkenwald ran for Superior Court Judge in 1992
  • Ed Davis was a DSHS employee and ran for Olympia council in 1971
  • Richard DeBolt current Wa. St. Represenative
  • Rex Derr former Olympia Mayor
  • Kenneth Eikenberry former Wa. St. Att. Gen.(81-93), ran for Governor in 92
  • Les Eldridge was a Thurston County Commissioner from 1982 to 1990
  • George Eisentrout ran for Wa St Supt of Public Instruction in 1972
  • Jane Field ran for school board in 1993
  • Bryan Fischnaller ran for Thurston County Prosecutor in 94
  • Eugene Forrester ran for Wa St Senate in 1992
  • Karen Fraser current Wa St Senator and spouse of Olympia Kiwanian Tim Malone
  • Holly Gadbaw former Olympia Mayor
  • Stanton Ganders former Washington State Senator from 1948 to 1957
  • Roberta Giovaninni was a OKBR board member and rand for freeholder in in 1986
  • Christine Gregoire (N.M.) current Wa. St. Attorney General, she half-heartedly prosecuted the OKBR people and afterward went to their club and gave a talk about the tobbacco settlement
  • Jon Halvorson former Lacey Mayor
  • Nick Handy (N.M.) is employed by the Olympia Port and is married to Judge Paula Casey
  • Maurice Harmon ran for Olympia city council in 1982 and freeholder in 1986
  • Lou Anne Houck ran for St. House of Rep. in 92
  • Sam Hunt ran for Thurston County Commissioner in 92
  • Harris Hunter was elected Thur Co Treasurer in 1974 and was a longtime kiwanis member
  • Paul Ingram was a Thur Co Dep Sheriff who pled guilty to "satanic child abuse", ran for the St legislature in 1984, & was an OKBR board member.
  • Mark Johnson legislative aide to Sen. Jeannette Wood
  • Teresa Jordan ran for Superior Court Judge in 96
  • Joseph Kerr current PUD Commissioner, ran for St. House of Rep. in 90
  • Jeffery Lane ran for Superior Court Judge in 92
  • Donald Law was an Olympia lawyer, and OKBR board member, and school board candidate in 1977
  • Timothy Malone is married to Wa. St. Sen. Karen Fraser
  • Victoria Meadows (N.M.) was a Mason County Judge and a protege of Susan Dubuisson
  • Richard Merchant ran for Olympia council in 1983
  • Don Miles was an Olympia lawyer, OKBR board member, and freeholder candidate in 1978
  • Ken Mitchell was a freeholder candidate in 1978
  • Michael J. Murphy current Wash State Treasurer & former Thurston County Treasurer
  • Brad Owen (N.M.) is the current Wa St Lt. Governer who's a longtime Kiwanian
  • Vernon Pearson former Wa. St. Supreme Court Justice 82-89
  • Cora Pinson former Olympia City Councilwoman
  • Ron Rants former Olympia City Councilman
  • Barbara Roder current Olympia school board member & former OKBR bookkeepper
  • Sandra Romero current Wa. St. Representative
  • Doug Sayan (N.M.) is a DSHS Rosemary Carr friend
  • Cortland Skinner former Olympia Port Commissioner 78-83
  • David Skramstad former Olympia Mayor
  • Robert Van Schoorl current Port of Olympia Commissioner.
  • Lyle Watson former Olympia Mayor.
  • Cathy Wolfe is a current Wa St Representative
  • Hal Wolfe was a Kiwanis member who helped found the OKBR
  • George Yantis Jr. was a former Thurston County Commissioner
  • Lewis Yarbrough was an OKBR board member and ran for Olympia council in 1989

    Below is an e-mail I received from a former Olympia, Washington resident.

    To: Louis Bloom
    Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 11:34 AM
    Subject: OKBR
    Just came across your pages and felt the urge to respond... In the early 80's (81-83) I was at the OKBR frequently as a young kid walking to/from school, I became friends with some of the boys. At one point a small boy confided to me that he was being raped by another boy in the home. The abusing boy talked about it openly!
    Days later I walked the victim to OPD where we both gave statements. Later that evening I began to receive these incredibly threatening phone calls from a woman employee of the ranch who's name I believe was Paulette at my home. She kept calling over and over screaming at me calling me names. It was horrible. I thought I was helping someone. Nothing came of it. Then all these years later, it all comes out ... one of the boys that I had known there left as a young adult and still couldn't get it together, he eventually killed himself. As an adult now I don't often think back to those times but it still saddens me. All those boys that needed a safe nurturing place to be, and how many of them were better off for having been taken there? It's not about money. It cost these boys their lives, their souls, their trust. Those people who knew, who didn't care, they should feel such shame. Just my opinion.

    From: louis a bloom
    Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 7:30 PM
    Subject: Re: OKBR
    thanks for your e-mail. from what i've read, dshs, the olympia police department, and other "authorities" didn't consider child on child rape to be against the law. it was considered "normal experimentation". The "paulette" you mention, may have been Collette Queener who was an assistant director at the OKBR. Collette, OKBR Director Tom Van Woerdan, and OKBR counselor Laura Rambo Russell were ineptly charged by Wa. St. with "criminal mistreatment for failing to stop abuse". The charges were dismissed by Thurston County Judge Daniel Berschauer on technicalities. The lawyer who represented Collette Queener said, (Nov. 14, 1996 Olympian), that it was a "witch hunt", and that " a more innocent person (than Queener) you could not have for a client. She's an ex-nun ..... I don't see how you could view her in an evil or negative light."
    I congratulate you for doing the right thing, when all those adults looked the other way. I repeat on most pages that the " OKBR has cost the Washington State taxpayers over $35 million dollars (so far)", because I think most people don't care about the kids involved, but they may care that it has cost them (taxpayers) money.
    louis bloom