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Key Senior Information Center

  • Our Key Senior Information Center (KSIC) is a free service providing information and referral services for seniors, their families, and others who care.
  • Access the current version of our Resource Guide (created by KSIC Volunteers) by clicking here:  2019 Resource Guide. Printed copies of the guide are also available at our office.
  • KSIC is currently staffed by volunteers who share their expertise with the community at no charge. You can read the KSIC Volunteer Bio’s below.
  • One of our volunteers is a Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor (SHIBA).
    Please call to make an appointment for this specialized service.
  • KSIC is generally staffed Monday through Friday afternoons. Walk-in’s welcome. You may also call ahead to request an appointment or to confirm volunteer availability at 253-884-9814.

    Meet our KSIC Desk Volunteers:

    Merry Kogut – KSIC Desk Volunteer

    Merry A. Kogut has been an attorney since 1986, and a TMSP Volunteer working in Information and Referral since April, 2016.  As a state employee, she was a leader in promoting public and customer service, “Plain English,” and access to government.  She worked as a Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney in Adult Guardianship cases in four counties; managed rule-making for two state agencies; and has a legal background in discrimination and landlord/tenant law.  She has conducted investigations and negotiations for one state agency, and wrote draft legal decisions for the Court of Appeals.  Merry enjoys walking, kayaking, artwork, and other hobbies and interests. 

    Neal Van Der Voorn – KSIC Desk Volunteer

    After life long career as a librarian at the Washington State Library and at MultiCare Health System, Neal retired and chose an active lifestyle.  He has volunteered at the Mustard Seed Project’s information desk since 2010, but he also counsels Key Peninsula residents on the complicated issues of Medicare and enjoys driving KP residents to their appointments.  Once a week during the school year he mentors young students in reading at Minter Creek Elementary School. His passion is to remain physically active.  He, with others, walk in the 360 Trail Park every morning, rain or shine, for up to 2 hours.  He has hiked and backpacked throughout western United States and in New Zealand, Nepal, and Spain.

    Ray Steiner – KSIC Desk Volunteer

    “Active retirement” is descriptive of my current life status. I have volunteered as a Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association Key Peninsula Care Giver Support Group, and I work as a volunteer Information Specialist for The Mustard Seed Project in Lakebay. I enjoy regularly participating in the SAIL exercise group which meets in the Puyallup Senior Center. I am a member of the Two Waters Art Alliance of the Key Peninsula. My Lutheran faith commitments include emphasis in areas of senior programs and retirement community worship. Graduate Univ of Washington, Seattle, Pharmacy. Board Certified Geriatric Practice, Consultant Pharmacist. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Pharmacy, 2001-2009.

    Tony Trotter – KSIC Desk Volunteer

    Tony Trotter has been a volunteer at The Mustard Seed Project since 2014, working primarily in the Key Senior Information Center program. He is retired from a career with the City of Tacoma in Public Works and Environmental Services. Since retiring, he has maintained an active involvement in local water systems and has volunteered for the Pierce Conservation District. He has maintained a home on the Key Peninsula for over 35 years, where he and his wife Barbara raised their family. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Washington