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.
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.
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.
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
Ruth Egger worked for over 40 years in senior care settings. She started with recreation and closed out her professional career focused on caregivers. She worked eleven years in Los Angeles, and the rest of her career in Seattle. Working as one of PSARA’s representatives,she was recently instrumental in the passing of the country’s first State lawmandating long term care insurance. She has been an active KADIMA member since 1980, and currently is organizing in faith communities for justice for refugees and migrant rights.
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.
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.
Jeff Johnson is the former President of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) which represents more than 500,000 employees in the state of Washington. Formerly the research Director of the WSLC, Jeff in his former life was a college professor. He is currently on the board of the Labor Network for Sustainability where he focuses on the intersection between labor, climate change and climate justice including a “Just Tradition”.
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.