PSARA Officers

Karen Richter

Co-President

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Karen Richter worked in public transportation her entire career and is a retired AFSCME member out of Chicago.   She organized and chaired the Fundraising Committee. She has worked on the Environmental Committee, the Advocate mailing committee, Social Security Works, WA Coalition, and on getting the King County Council to pass a motion to expand Medicare and social Security.

Email:  president@psara.org

Maureen Bo

Co-Administrative Vice President

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Former teacher of English and Spanish; union office secretary 12 years. OPEIU Local 8 shop steward and board member 6 years, union business manager 17 years.

 

Angie Bartels

Membership Vice-President and Chair of the Fundraising Committee

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Angie Bartels comes from a large working-class family and was born and raised on the southern
shores of the Ohio River in 1956. College was out of reach, so she devoted those years to the
United Farm Workers Union and raising her daughter. She worked with the UFW’s boycott
from KY to Ohio and finally in the San Joaquin Valley of CA where she learned Spanish. She
came to Seattle in 1978 and while working as a legal assistant, volunteered for many years in
the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees. Finally, at the age of 37, she earned her bachelor’s in nursing at the UW. She devoted her nursing career to low income, uninsured
patients at the 45 th St. Clinic where she was the diabetes educator for nearly 20 years. She also worked for 13 years in HIV and other infectious diseases at Bailey Boushay and the Madison Clinic at Harborview. She retired at the age of 58 in 2014 due to her own health issues and her
husband’s ALS diagnosis. She nursed Tony through his battle with ALS for seven years until his
death in November 2020. As well as Membership VP for PSARA, she serves as the surrogate
grandmother or “auntie” for the baby of a low-income immigrant family. “It was the height of
the pandemic and Tony was gone. I didn’t have anything to do and they needed child care so
why not help a family in need? After all, I was a single mom for all those years so I understand
some of the struggles that young families go through. It just seemed to make sense and indeed
it has brought happiness and purpose to my life once again.”

Steve Bauck

Co-Outreach Vice-President

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Steve Bauck is retired after serving as Director of Advocacy and Agency Relations for Northwest Harvest. He has long been active on many issues, with a special focus on poverty and hunger and has served on a variety of non-profit boards of directors at the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as co-chair of the PSARA Education Committee.

 

Susan Levy

Co-Secretary   

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Susan came to Seattle in 1970 and taught Economics and Labor relations at Shoreline CC for 30 years. She was an Activist and leader in American Federation of Teachers and the Washington State Labor Movement for 20 years. Susan retired in 2000 and has continued her involvement with senior, labor, and other progressive issues.

Jeff Johnson

Co-President

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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”.

Email: president@psara.org

Jessica Bonebright

Co-Administrative Vice President

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Retired from Boeing and SPEEA, IFPTE 2001 staff. PSARA delegate to WA Senior Lobby, Former President of Martin Luther King Jr, County Labor Council, MLKCLC ending in 2015.  Active with 11th district democrats. Past KCLS Library Trustee and Past United Way KC Board.

 

Vanetta Molson

Co-Outreach Vice President

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As a teenager, Vanetta Molson joined the Black Panther Party to promote the well-being of Black residents in Seattle. She went on to serve the African American community and the broader community as a registered nurse. She also volunteered as a leader of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization to provide scholarships and mentoring to young women and men of African descent. She is a co-chair of PSARA's Race & Gender Equity Committee(RAGE) and an outreach Vice-President of PSARA.

Tom Lux

Treasurer

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Tom Lux is a 35 year member of the Machinists Union and was on the staff of the union for eight years and serves as a member of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee. He is on the Visiting Committee of the Harry Bridges Chair at the UW and is the President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

 

Michael Warren

Co-Secretary   

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President, Chapter 3, Retired Public Employees; President, WASARA; former chief shop steward and bargaining committee member; chair, Washington CAP, advocating for people with disabilities.