PSARA BOARD


A Note About some of the Pictures and Bios below:  Information about some board members was lost in the move to the new website. We are awaiting more info and more current photos

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Kristen Beifus

Kristen has been involved in worker justice all along the supply chain in the US and abroad, including founding a women’s collective on the Thailand-Burma border, advocating across the US for fair trade policies and campaigning for Sweat Free purchasing in WA state. She is currently a Community Organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 21, building a powerful union that fights for economic, political and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities.

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Tim Burns

Retired from Northwest Airlines after 39+ years.Served as Grievance Committee rep 26 years (12+ years as Chair), also as auditor and trustee (IAM LL 1040) and IAM DL 143 Vice President and contract negotiator. Currently on LL 2202 Legislative Committee and retiree rep and delegate to the State Machininsts Council,  MLKCLC and WSLC.  Former(6 years) Chair of the 30th Legislative District Democrats.  With PSARA: 11 year Executive Board Member, former co-chair of the Government Relations Committee.  Elected in December 2017 as Co-President of PSARA and now, in 2020, is the Chair of Government Relations Committee again.

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Scott Chaplan

More will be coming about Scott, including a photo

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Lisa Decker

After working in the travel industry for 25 years, Lisa Dekker found a new calling at Washington Community Action in Seattle, fundraising and working toward social, racial, and economic justice.  As a volunteer with the Sierra Club, she was a proud participant in actions like the 1999 WTO protests.  Now retired on the North Olympic Peninsula, she is on the Advisory Committee of Sequim Indivisibles, a PCO with the Clallam County Democrats, and part of a Citizen Lobby group of the local Sierra Club chapter.  Most recently, she became a member of the Steering Committee of a newly formed group, Voices for Health and Healing.  Spearheaded by Tim Wheeler, “Voices” formed to counter a campaign of fear and disinformation against the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s proposed treatment center in Sequim for OUD, Opioid Use Disorder.  She has been a member of PSARA since _____ and lives near Port Angeles with husband Keith and their lively husky-mix, Arlo, who is a constant source of comic relief in the era of Trump.

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Carlos de la Tore

Originally from Southern California, Carlos has been a member of the Teamsters, Meat Cutters and United Cement, Gypsum & Lime Workers unions. After leaving the blue-collar world, Carlos returned to school and earned an accounting degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Upon graduation and relocation to the beautiful Pacific
Northwest, Carlos worked in the private-sector financial arena spending more than 20 years in the chemical distribution industry. Evolving motivations and changing life perspectives have led Carlos to the non-profit world, where he has worked for an organization that addresses homelessness and now the accounting manager for WSLC. He is proud to be part of an organization that supports the struggle for fair wages and
social justice.

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France Giddings

More will be coming about France.

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Larry Gossett

Larry Gossett is a long time activist in Seattle and just joined the board after serving on the King County Council.  (This is not a picture of Larry. He is even better looking!. One is coming soon.)

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Jim Grayson

Retired business owner. Previous boards: NW Regional VP of American Library Ass. Trustee Assn; King County Library System Trustee; President Washington State Library Trustee Association; Cities in Schools; Washington Women’s Employment and Education (WWEE).

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Rhonda Oden Gossett

 

Rhonda is a homemaker, caregiver, artist and a grandmother. She is blessed to be a cancer survivor and she researches cancer fighting foods, diabetic and kidney health nutrition to share useful information with family and friends to encourage good health and wellness. She serves as a medical advocate. For many years she volunteered to help with the local Food Bank and she continues to support the Food Bank. 

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Sam Hatzenbeler

Sam Hatzenbeler holds a master’s of public health from the Community Oriented Public Health Practice program and a B.A. in gender studies, both from the University of Washington. Sam started her work with EOI in 2014 as a graduate policy fellow and then transitioned to being the Development Director until 2019, before taking on managing EOI’s health policy portfolio. Prior to joining the EOI team, Sam worked as a program evaluator at Entre Hermanos, clinic manager at Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic, and community organizer at Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Sam has a faculty appointment with the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.

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Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon, born 1947 in the Philippines, emigrated to the U.S. in 1950. Has been continuously active in Asian Pacific American causes since his student years at the U.W. Editor of Asian Family Affairs; a founder of the International District Community Health Center; and a member of the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, and other groups committed to social change, justice and peace.

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Steve Kofahl

President of AFGE Local 3937, representing Social Security Administration employees throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Also active with JWJ, WSLC and MLKCLC.

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Mindy Lee

Retired in 2010  after 35 years as a school bus driver for the Bellevue school district. While working, she served as a SEIU 925 Shop steward, negotiation team member, and board representative.After retiring she worked to established the SEIU925 retiree chapter and served as an officer for three years. Currently  she is a member of the 46 democrats, retired public Employees council and a volunteer for meals on wheels. As a  member of PSARA, she works with the fund raising committee and the ADVOCATE mailing party and is co-chair of the Government Relations Committee.

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David Loud

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

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Pam Lux

Retired from Lynnwood High School Special Education Department. A member and officer of Public School Employees of Washington, SEIU 1948. Past chair of PSARA Government Relations Committee. Pam is the past president of PSARA.

Video Blogger

Mark McDermott

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

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Gary Owens

Garry Owens is a Seattleite from birth and a recent retiree from 30 years of public service.  He credits his family for teaching him to read; empathy for all people regardless of color, creed or national origin; appreciation and respect for non-human species, and the courage to travel to borders beyond. As a Vietnam era US Army veteran in 1967 he became acutely aware of US government hegemony. He was a founding member of the UW Black Student Union and Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968.  As a student at Hampshire College in the 1970’s he taught 5 year olds at the iconic Che-Lumumba School for Truth at UMass in Amherst, MA, During his long sojourn with LELO he has traveled to serve as agent of solidarity in Cuba, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and throughout the United States. In addition to the PSARA Board, he also serves on the Board of LELO (Legacy of Equality, Leadership, Organizing). 

 

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Bobby Righi

Bobby is a retired community college instructor and is a co-chair of the PSARA Climate and Environmental Justice Committee.  She is a member of AFT retiree chapter in Washington.

Spring Fashion

Linda Peterson

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

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Ronnie Shure

Ronnie Shure has been an active member since retiring in 2012. Ronnie worked as a pharmacist providing care to underserved populations in public health, behavioral health, and substance abuse programs for 42 years. Instead of retirement, he has transitioned to support social justice in health care for all people by participating in a wide variety of advocacy groups, including serving as President of Health Care for All Washington. Most importantly, his retirement transition allows him the joy of spending time with his wife and daughters and grandchildren.

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Sarajane Siegfriedt

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

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Robby Stern

Robby retired from the staff of the WA State Labor Council in 2008. He has been an active member of PSARA serving as president for nine years. He presently serves as the president of the PSARA Education Fund, Chairs the Social Security Works WA coalition, and is active in PSARA's Fund Raising, RAGE, and Climate Justice Committees.

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Rick Timmins

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

Open Book

Tim Wheeler

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!

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Katie Wilson

Photo and Bio Coming Soon!