Leadership and governance

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Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN

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Julia Barcott, RN
Chair, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare


David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director

2021–2023 Board of Directors #

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Board of Directors, 2021–2023

Back row, from left: Martha Goodall, Erin Allison, Justin Gill, John Gustafson, Phoebe Dang Lim-Vuong. Front row: Heather Stephen-Selby, Lynnette Vehrs, Julia Barcott. (Not pictured: Sara Bergenholtz and Sean Dumas.)

Credit: Meryl Schenker

Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN
Inland Empire Nurses Association

Justin Gill, DNP, NP
Northwest Region Nurses Association

Martha Goodall, ADN, RN
Secretary / Treasurer
Inland Empire Nurses Association

Julia R. Barcott, RN
Chair, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare
Central Washington Region Nurses Association

Erin Allison, BSN, RN, CEN
Chair, Legislative and Health Policy Council
Northwest Region Nurses Association

Chuck Cumiskey, MBA, BSN, RN
Chair, Professional Nursing and Health Care Council
Rainier Olympic Nurses Association

Phoebe Dang Lim-Vuong, MSN, DNP-FNP
Member, At-Large
King County Nurses Association

John Gustafson, RN
Member, At-Large
Rainier Olympic Nurses Association

Heather Stephen Selby, MSN, FNP
Member, At-Large
King County Nurses Association

Sara Bergenholtz, RN
Member, At-Large, Staff Nurse
North Central Region

Sean Dumas, BSN, RN
Member, At-Large, Staff Nurse
King County Nurses Association

The Board has many respon­si­bil­i­ties, including ensuring the prior­i­ties adopted by the WSNA General Assembly are incor­po­rated in the strategic plan for each biennium. The Board also approves the budget for WSNA and appoints and reviews the execu­tive director. Board members act as ambas­sadors for WSNA, repre­senting the associ­a­tion to the member­ship and other organi­za­tions as appropriate.

The chairs of the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council, and Profes­sional Nursing and Health Care Council are elected separately and serve as full members of the Board by virtue of their offices. Two of the director-at-large positions must be filled by non-manage­rial, non-super­vi­sory, direct patient care providers repre­sented by WSNA for collec­tive bargaining.

Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare

The Cabinet sets priorities for functions and activities of WSNA labor relations, including developing and reviewing policies and procedures related to the conduct of the Economic and General Welfare program.

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council

The Professional Nursing and Health Care Council is responsible for addressing issues of nursing practice that have been identified by members of the nursing profession and the public. Primary focus is given to the adherence to ethical, professional and legal standards of nursing practice.

Legislative and Health Policy Council

The Legislative and Health Policy Council sets the annual health policy and legislative agenda for the Washington State Nurses Association and plays an active role in reviewing and advancing WSNA's legislative priorities. It also helps set the agenda for WSNA's annual Advocacy Camp and Lobby Day.

How you can get involved in WSNA leadership

General Assembly: resolutions and bylaws amendments #

The General Assembly is WSNA’s governing, democratic body; it convenes every two years at WSNA’s Washington State Nurses Convention. Resolutions passed by the General Assembly help determine the priorities of the association, and thereby directly affect the work of WSNA’s Board of Directors and staff for the ensuing biennium.

More about resolutions and bylaws amendments

Regions and districts #

All members of WSNA are also members of the regional or district nurses association that includes their county of residence. Regional and district nurses associ­a­tions are professional organizations that are unrelated to local units and not involved in collec­tive bargaining (union) activ­i­ties.

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