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Legislative and Health Policy Council

The Legislative and Health Policy Council sets the annual health policy and legislative agenda for WSNA and plays an active role in reviewing and advancing WSNA’s legislative priorities. Council members represent the membership by serving in a politically non-partisan capacity. The Council meets at least three times a year, including during WSNA's Advocacy Camp and Lobby Day. Council members also make weekly phone calls to review proposed legislation during the state legislative session.

Functions of the Council

  • Recommend a biennial state legislative agenda in the first year of each legislative biennium and an adjusted annual state legislative agenda in the second year of the legislative biennium to the Board of Directors.
  • Review proposed legislation and make decisions on WSNA’s stance and actions based on recommendations from the staff, contract lobbyists and members.
  • Educate and support nurses and nursing students in advocating for WSNA’s state legislative priorities.
  • Share and discuss health policy issues and WSNA’s legislative priorities with lawmakers, WSNA members, partner organizations and the public.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the legislative program, and review goals on an ongoing basis.

    Members of the Council (2021-2023)

    Erin Allison, BSN, RN, CENChair
    Bellingham
    Ingrid Anderson, BSN, RNMember, At-Large
    Snoqualmie
    Stephanie Wahlgren, BSN, RN, SANEMember, At-Large
    Bellingham
    Jessica Lewellen, RNMember, At-Large
    Spokane
    Katie Johnson, DNP, RN, NCSN-E, APHN-BC, FNASN, FAANMember, Appointed
    Everett
    Gemma Aranda, MS, BSN, RNMember, Appointed
    Bellevue
    Karin Banks, BSN, RNMember, Appointed
    Selah
    Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RNEx Officio, WSNA President
    Spokane
    David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAANWSNA Executive Director
    Seattle
    Katharine Weiss, MPAWSNA Advisor, Director of Government Affairs