PSARA BOARD


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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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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

France was born in Canada and attended Reed College in Oregon where she lived for
many years. She was on the board of Portland NOW and helped organize a large
International Women's Day celebration and was a resource for women in
crisis.
She moved to Seattle in 1985 and joined the board of Seattle NOW until she
adopted her daughter as a single parent. While her daughter was growing
up she became active in the local Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) as the
legislative liaison. She also worked with a coalition for years to get single payer health
care in Washington. She also joined the Block Bork coalition and worked to protect the Supreme Court.
France worked as an investigator for public defense. She spent time lobbying in
Olympia for NOW, for the PTSA, for public defense, and more recently for the
Washington Farms to Food Coalition.
She currently serves on the Seattle NOW board and volunteers with Moms Demand Action and Save Shoreline Trees.

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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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David Loud

David Loud has been a peace and social justice activist since his first Ban the Bomb vigil in 1960 at age 15. After graduating from Harvard in 1968, he fell quite by accident into a 46-year career in health care in Seattle: Swedish Hospital laundry (1969-71), Yesler Terrace Free Clinic (1971-72), Veterans Administration Hospital ward clerk (1972-77), US Public Health Service Hospital/Pacific Medical Center Patient Advocate (1978-98), SEIU 1199NW organizer (1998-2005), Congressman McDermott’s Community Liaison for health care and Veterans (2005-2015). Since retiring I 2015, David has continued his activism for universal health care and social justice, currently serving as a Co-Chair of Health Care Is a Human Right WA. He is married to Thu-Van Nguyen, 1975 refugee from Vietnam, and has four grown sons.

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Mark McDermott

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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 was a Peace Corps volunteer in the mid 1960's and worked as a teacher and an organizer in the south of the U.S. in the 1970's.  She is a member of AFT retiree chapter in Washington.

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Linda Peterson

Linda is a retired public employee who worked for many years in the fields of housing, community development, and human services in King County.  She chairs PSARA’s Education Committee, and is deeply concerned about the future of our country.  Most particularly, she wants to help ensure that the younger generations—our children and grandchildren—will have a secure future.

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Ronnie Shure

Rick is a retired veterinarian who has been in private practice in Oregon, worked in the pet food industry and taught at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, Ca, and at Carroll College in Helena, MT. He had special interests in Animal Behavior, Animal Welfare and the relationships
between humans and nonhuman animals (Anthrozoology). He has lectured internationally on these topics. He spent 5 years in the Republic of Georgia, where his wife Marcia, also a veterinarian but with an additional degree in veterinary public health, taught veterinarians how
to diagnose and manage dangerous and highly contagious animal diseases. After Marcia retired in 2016, they moved to Whidbey Island where Rick pursues an interest in ceramics and clay sculpture. It was on Whidbey that Rick discovered PSARA. His major interests are the
challenges to Medicare and the need for a national health plan similar to that enjoyed in countries in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Their daughter, Tracy, is an artist living in Eugene, OR.

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Sarajane Siegfriedt

Sarajane Siegfriedt is the former King County Democrats Platform Committee Chair. She worked in human services and became a committed low-income housing advocate. As a member of the Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance Public Policy Committee, she shares their legislative priorities with PSARA and helps us advocate in Olympia.

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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

Rick is a retired veterinarian who has been in private practice in Oregon, worked in the pet food industry and taught at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, Ca, and at Carroll College in Helena, MT. He had special interests in Animal Behavior, Animal Welfare and the relationships
between humans and nonhuman animals (Anthrozoology). He has lectured internationally on these topics. He spent 5 years in the Republic of Georgia, where his wife Marcia, also a veterinarian but with an additional degree in veterinary public health, taught veterinarians how
to diagnose and manage dangerous and highly contagious animal diseases. After Marcia retired in 2016, they moved to Whidbey Island where Rick pursues an interest in ceramics and clay sculpture. It was on Whidbey that Rick discovered PSARA. His major interests are the
challenges to Medicare and the need for a national health plan similar to that enjoyed in countries in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Their daughter, Tracy, is an artist living in Eugene, OR.

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Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler served as a reporter and editor for the Worker in New York and later in Washington D.C. He has written more than 10,000 news reports, exposés, and commentaries. He is also an activist and an organizer. He grew up on a dairy farm in Sequim and lives on the family farm near Sequim. His  books News from Rain Shadow Country and News for the 99% are selections of his writings over the last 50 years.

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Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson is a co-founder and the general secretary of the Transit Riders Union, a grassroots democratic membership organization that fights for transit and economic justice in King County. She has been involved in leading local fights for progressive taxation, affordable housing, renter protections, and affordable and accessible public transit.