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Candidates for 2017 WSNA elections


The WSNA Nominations/​Search Committee and the E&GW Nominating/​Search Committee wish to thank all those who have submitted a consent to serve form for elective office and to remind others that it is still not too late to become a candi­date. Members who want to self-declare their candi­dacy for an elected office may still do so by submit­ting a consent to serve form prior to the General Assembly meeting on May 4, 2017. Consent to serve forms are avail­able at wsna​.org or by calling WSNA. Nomina­tions will also be taken from the floor of the General Assembly, and elections will take place by secret mail ballot shortly after the conclu­sion of the WSNA Convention.

The following WSNA members, identi­fied by district number and hometown, have consented to run for WSNA elected offices.


Board of Directors (11 to be elected) #

The Board of Direc­tors consists of eleven (11) members elected by the members of WSNA. It is composed of three (3) officers, presi­dent, vice presi­dent and secretary/​treasurer, and five (5) direc­tors elected at-large by the members of WSNA, with two (2) holding desig­nated seats for staff nurses. The chair of the Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council, the chair of the Profes­sional Nursing and Health Care Council, and the chair of the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, by virtue of their election as chair, serve on the Board of Directors.


President (1)


Jan Bussert, BSN, RN
District 2, Vashon

Educa­tion: Diploma, St. Eliza­beth School of Nursing; BSN, Gonzaga Univer­sity. Present Position: Retired. Past Positions: WSNA nurse organizer; Harborview Medical Center, Psychi­atry; St. Eliza­beth Hospital, Critical Care, PACU; Yakima Heart Center, Cardiac Rehab, Out-Patient Cardio­vas­cular Nursing; Vashon Health Center, Out-Patient Primary Care. Past Offices: WSNA Presi­dent 2015 – 2017; WSNA 1st Vice Presi­dent 1979 – 1983; WSNA 1st Vice Presi­dent 1993 – 1997; WSNA Presi­dent 1997 – 2001; ANA Board of Direc­tors 2000 – 2003; ANA treasurer (appointed for 1‑year. term, elected for 2‑year term) 2006 – 2006. Awards, Honors, Service: ANA Honorary Recog­ni­tion Award, WSNA Leader­ship Award.

It has been my honor serving as your WSNA Presi­dent during this past biennium. I believe we have done some strong work addressing our priority issues and have made amazing progress in engaging and activating our members when needed. More and more nurses are becoming members, more and more members are getting engaged and becoming more active. Our member­ship numbers and event turnout numbers are record high. We are on a roll. As more members engage in our patient advocacy work, the louder our voice will become. And our strate­gies more effective.
Safe nurse staffing, safe practice environ­ments, public health funding, mental health funding, nurse faculty salary and shortage, and issues our school nurses are facing continue to be my high-priority focus. Thank you for stepping up when asked to do so — I look forward to contin­uing this work into the next biennium.
I would appre­ciate your vote and support.”

Vice President (1)


Renata Bowlden, BSN, RNC
District 3, Univer­sity Place

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing. Present Position: Staff Nurse, RNC L & D Multi­Care Tacoma General Hospital. Present Offices: WSNA observer at ANA Member­ship Assembly; NFN National Execu­tive Board of Direc­tors; AFT delegate to 2016 Conven­tion; member, WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council; local unit (Multi­Care Tacoma General Hospital) negoti­a­tion team member; local unit WSNA Union Repre­sen­ta­tive; co-chair, Tacoma General Hospital Safe Staffing Committee. Awards, Honors, Service: 2016 WSNA E&GW Rising Star Award; profes­sional member­ship in ANA, WSNA, AFT, NFN, and AWHONN.

Bedside nursing is what I love. Having the ability to make a differ­ence in a person’s experi­ence in the hospital is an honor. Challenges placed on regis­tered nurses to practice under stress and in condi­tions that don’t embrace and respect nursing practice have motivated me to become more involved in advocating and organizing. Advocacy for our patients and our practice is an ongoing endeavor that is neces­sary to maintain the integrity of what it means to care. I take every oppor­tu­nity to be involved with activ­i­ties that improve and advance nurses’ working condi­tions and our profes­sion. I have had the privi­lege of learning from experts at WSNA and ANA. As a member of PNHCC I have been involved with practice issues that affect Washington state RNs. I worked on a national level with ANA to provide the staff nurse’s perspec­tive for the white paper on staffing.” As co-chair of the Safe Staffing Committee, I see oppor­tu­ni­ties that need to be taken advan­tage of. From the bedside to Capitol Hill, I have shared many stories. AFT and NFN have provided me with tools to help organize and stream­line our voices as a united power­house. Experi­encing contentious negoti­a­tions more than once and feeling the power of solidarity is truly amazing. I’m proud to be a regis­tered nurse. I encourage everyone to be involved at any and all levels. There is a lot of work to be done. Work that is diffi­cult — but so rewarding. It is my desire to continue advocating, organizing and empow­ering others as your Vice Presi­dent of WSNA.
I appre­ciate your vote.”

Secretary/​Treasurer (1)


Verlee Vee” Sutherlin, BSN, MSN, Med.
District 4, Nine Mile Falls

Educa­tion: Diploma, Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing; baccalau­reate, Whitworth Univer­sity; master’s, MEd, Gonzaga Univer­sity and MSN, Univer­sity of Portland. Present Position: Staff nurse, Children’s Triage Program, Provi­dence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Present Offices: WSNA Finance Committee; WSNF secretary/​treasurer; WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council 2015 – 2017. Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors, WSNA secretary/​treasurer; WSNA Finance Committee; IENA Board of Direc­tors. District 4 treasurer. Awards, Honors, Service: Inland Empire Nurses Associ­a­tion Outstanding Nurse of the Year.

I am a candi­date for WSNA Secretary/​Treasurer and would appre­ciate your vote. It has been my privi­lege and respon­si­bility to serve as a member of the WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council, WSNA Board of Direc­tors and a member of the WSNA Finance Committee. I am proud of the work our board has done and continues to do at a time when there have been many changes in the labor and health care environ­ment. My background as a staff nurse, nurse educator and admin­is­trator, provides me with the skills to serve as the WSNA secretary/​treasurer that will assist to sustain the future stability of WSNA in Washington as well as nation­ally. I hope you will support me in my desire to repre­sent you on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors and Finance Committee as your Secretary/​Treasurer.
Thank you for your vote.”

Directors-at-Large (3)


Chuck Cumiskey, MSN, BSN, RN
District 13, Olympia

Educa­tion: Diploma, Good Samar­itan School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon; baccalau­reate in nursing, St. Martin College, Lacy, WA; MBA, Univer­sity of Washington – Tacoma. Present Position: Chief of Eve/​Night Nursing Super­vi­sors Transfer Station – Madigan Army Medical Center. Past Offices: WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council 2013 – 2015; WSNA-PAC 1995 – 1997. Awards, Honors, Service: 28 years in the Army Reserves.

After 28 years of Army Reserve duty, I retired in December 2016, so at this point in my life I want to put my energy into another impor­tant endeavor. Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion is an organi­za­tion that advocates for the patients and families to promote health and patient safety. I’m willing to serve wherever needed to make a differ­ence. This is essen­tial because of the election of our new presi­dent — Trump. Because of this election, as nurses, we will need to take a stronger role to promote a healthy work environ­ment and be pure advocates for your patients and families.”


Edward Dolle, RN
District 17, Port Orchard

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Olympia College, Bremerton; currently in school working toward a master’s in nursing. Present Position: Nurse Manager, DSHS Western State. Present Offices: WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council; Conven­tion Planning Committee. Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors, chair of the Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council; WSNA-PAC chair & member; chair WSNA Emergency Prepared­ness Committee.


Justin Gill, MS, RN, ARNP FNP‑C
District 17, Gig Harbor

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Whatcom Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Washington-Bothell; master’s, George­town Univer­sity; doctorate, Yale Univer­sity (DNP in Progress). Present Position: Nurse practi­tioner – Urgent Care, CHI Franciscan Health. Present Offices: Member at large, WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council, 2015 – 2017. Past Offices: Member at Large, WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council, 2013 – 2015; Vice Presi­dent, Nursing Students of Washington (NSWS), 2010 – 2012. Awards, Honors, Service: 2014 ANA Advocacy Award; Keynote Speaker – Wyoming Nurses Associ­a­tion Legisla­tive Day 2015.

I truly believe that nurses are a visible and a powerful force that have the poten­tial to trans­form the trajec­tory of health­care. Nurses carry public trust and respect, which should be lever­aged to enhance nursing workforce condi­tions and patient safety. Nurses uniquely under­stand the needs of the founda­tional elements of health­care and patient needs. I feel that my passion for advocacy and past experi­ences prepare me well to serve in order to assist in the advance­ment of nursing issues statewide and at the local level. I feel that my passion and experi­ence with WSNA would serve me well as a member of the Board of Directors.”


Antwinett Lee, MSN-CSN, RN
District 2, Lynnwood

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate in nursing – Michigan State Univer­sity; master’s in nursing, Seattle Univer­sity; doctorate, Seattle Univer­sity (Ed.D) (Antic­i­pated 2017). Present Position: Public health nurse (float pool), Public Health – Seattle & King County. Present Offices: WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council, 2015 – 2017. Past Offices: WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council. Awards, Honors, Service: KCNA Shining Star Award; King County Human­i­tarian Nominee and Excel­lence in Nursing Award; Member­ship in WSNA, KCNA, MMPHO and STTI.

I have been an active member of WSNA, KCNA and MMPHO for over 20 years. I am passionate about the profes­sion of nursing and desire to serve on the Board of Direc­tors to advocate for nursing.”


Evelyn Street, RN, CNOR
District 3, Olympia

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Tacoma Commu­nity College. Present Position: Staff nurse, Capital Medical Center. Present Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors – director at large — staff nurse; Trustee, Washington State Nurses Founda­tion (WSNF). Past Offices: Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; local unit co-chair; Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion District 3 Board of Direc­tors; District 3 Presi­dent; ANA Delegate to Member­ship Assembly. Awards, Honors, Service: Outstanding Local Unit Co-Chair from St. Clare Hospital; member, AORN.

I have been an active member of WSNA for many years. Being a part of an organi­za­tion that effects positive change for the nursing commu­nity is an accom­plish­ment I am proud to be a part of.”


Ann M. Whitley, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
District 6, Yakima

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Pacific Lutheran Univer­sity. Present Position: Charge nurse, ICU, Yakima Regional Medical Center. Present Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors; local unit griev­ance officer. Past Offices: Local unit chair; member on the WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare. Awards, Honors, Service: Staff Nurse Leader­ship Award; Local Unit Award; member­ship in AACN, WSNA, ANA.

Strong leader­ship is a continued need for the nurses here in Washington. We have made great strides in protecting patients and having a strong voice for nurses. There is much work to be done. I wish to be part of that work here with WSNA.
WSNA leads the nurses of this state to both profes­sional growth and individual improve­ment. My time on the Board of Direc­tors has been a great honor for me. I wish to continue serving the RNs of this state as a member of the WSNA Board of Directors.
Many changes have happened on the labor scene, with many more to come. Standing shoulder to shoulder with my profes­sional colleagues as we address those changes will be my way of giving back. Please consider me for this.”

Directors-At-Large, Staff Nurse (2)


Christina Stephens, BSN, RN
District 3, Tacoma

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Pacific Lutheran Univer­sity; will complete master’s at Western Governor’s Univer­sity in 2017. Present Position: Charge nurse, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma. Present Offices: local unit co-chair, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma (2016 to present); chair of WSNA-PAC Board of Trustees (2015 – 2017); staffing committee member, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma (2016 to present); chair, local unit shared gover­nance, St., Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma (2015 – 2016). Awards, Honors, Service: Gladys Campbell Nursing Leader­ship and Manage­ment MSN Schol­ar­ship (2015).

Since starting my nursing career, I have always been inter­ested in becoming a nurse leader in some form. I have taken small steps in this journey at my hospital and now would love to take a big step by partic­i­pating as a WSNA Board of Direc­tors member, as well as a delegate to ANA Member­ship Assembly, NFN — National Feder­a­tion Assembly and AFT Convention.”


Cheri Rae Wilcox, RN
District 10, Longview

Educa­tion: Associate degree in Nursing – Lower Columbia Comm. College; associate degree in Science, Green River Commu­nity College. Present Position: Retired. Past Offices: local unit griev­ance officer, Peace­Health St. John’s — Longview (2007 – 2016); member, WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (2015 – 2016); Safe Staffing Committee, Peace­Health St. John’s — Longview; Nurse Practice Committee, Peace­Health St. John’s — Longview. Awards, Honors, Service: Four Dove Awards for Patient Care of Excel­lence from Peace­Health St. John’s — Longview.

I just retired as an emergency room nurse. I was the local unit griev­ance officer for 10 years, and served as a member of the WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare. I have been an active WSNA member since 1997, serving for multiple years on the Safe Staffing Committee, Nurse Practice Committee and Execu­tive Committee for our local unit.
I worked the last 23 years in a busy emergency depart­ment. I know first­hand the issues of impor­tance to nurses in the delivery of safe and quality patient care and safe nurse staffing. I am here to serve and be a strong leader for the RNs of WSNA.”


Rosa Young, MSN, RN, MPA
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate and master’s, Seattle Univer­sity; non-nursing degree, master’s in public admin­is­tra­tion, Seattle Univer­sity. Present Position: Substi­tute school nurse (on an as-needed basis), Seattle Public School; retired nurse admin­is­trator from VA PSHCS; retired lieutenant colonel from USAAFR, NC. Present Offices: WSNA Nomina­tion & Search Committee (2015 – 2017); member at large, execu­tive board for KCNA. Past Offices: WSNA Nomina­tion & Search Committee (2013 – 2015); WSNA Conven­tion Planning Committee (2013 – 2015). Awards, Honors, Service: Sigma Theta Tau; served in first Opera­tion Desert Storm; retired lieutenant colonel in United States Air Forces Reserves; retired nurse from VAPSHCS after 33 years of service. Member­ship in WSNA, KCNA, MMPNO, Health and Wellness Ministry at First AME Church. Lifetime member­ship: Aerospace, Nursing, AMSUS; NAACP; AKA Sorority; Volun­teer for Health, African American Reach and Teach Health AARTF; Ministry fairs and other committee.

Worked tirelessly for more than 33 years at Puget Sound Health­care System (VA Medical Center). Provided nursing care to veterans and their family but on an inpatient and outpa­tient basis. Worked in a large number of patient care areas, such a staff nurse on a medical surgery unit and in the surgical inten­sive care unit. Worked as a nurse manager for 9 1/2 years, homecare staff nurse for 3 1/2 years and a nursing super­visor on the midnight shift for many years.
I have been an advocate for patients, families and staff, and I believe I can function effec­tively as a team member. I am a team player and make it a practice to promote a positive climate with mutual respect for my peers and other members on the health­care team.
I am an active member in many organi­za­tions such as the local Mary Mahoney Profes­sional Nurses Organi­za­tion – Seattle where I have served in the role of second vice presi­dent and served as the chair­person on the Ways and Means Committee for several terms and chair­person and co-chair­person for the MMPNO Annual Schol­ar­ship fundraising event.
Active member on the execu­tive board of King County Nurses Associ­a­tion, and presently serve as an at-large board member and served on the Search and Nomina­tion Committee for two consec­u­tive terms with WSNA.
Currently serving as the treasurer on the Health and Wellness Ministry in my church and I am a member on the planning committee for the Kidney Research Insti­tute Committee. I am involved in outreach, providing blood pressure and health screening on a regular basis. Recently volun­teered to do blood pressure screening on MLK Jr. Day along with members from MMPNO, KCNA and the Hispanic Nurses Organization.
I believe I am quali­fied to serve on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors as a director-at-large, staff nurse. I will perform in the role to a level that meets WSNA expec­ta­tions. I believe I have the knowl­edge, skills and leader­ship to effec­tively serve and perform in this role.
I am open to change and can easily adapt to most situa­tions and I am open to learning.
I believe if selected, my knowl­edge and personal skills and abili­ties will be an asset to the Board.”

WSNA Nominations and Search Committee (4 to be elected) #

There shall be six members of the Nominations/​Search Committee. Four shall be elected following each biennial meeting of the General Assembly. Two shall be appointed by the Board of Direc­tors. The person receiving the highest number of votes shall serve as chairholder. Persons who are not elected to the committee shall serve as alter­nates in the order of votes received.


Betty Blondin, RN
District 3, Tacoma

Educa­tion: Associate degree in nursing, Olympic College. Present Position: Retired, September 2016. Present Offices: WSNA Nomina­tion & Search Committee (2015 – 2017). Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors (1993); Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 3) presi­dent (1993); Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 3)treasurer (2011 – 2015); local unit co-chair (1992 – 1994). Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA member since 1975.

I am willing to serve where needed.”


Frankie Manning, MN, RN
District 2, Bellevue

Educa­tion: Master’s degree, Univer­sity of Iowa. Present Position: Retired – chief nursing officer, VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Past Offices: member, KCNA board of direc­tors; member of Neigh­bor­hood Health Committee. Awards, Honors, Service: First nurse execu­tive to receive Excel­lence in Nursing as a Nurse Execu­tive; Secre­tary of Veterans Affairs Commen­da­tion Award for Special Assign­ment; Congres­sional Black Caucus Award; Coali­tion of Black Trade Unions, Army Nurse Corp Achieve­ments; Seattle Mayor Inter­gen­er­a­tional Award; Outstanding Manager Award, AFGE Local 498; Legion Of Merit Award; American Organi­za­tion of Nurse Execu­tives Commu­nity Partners Award”; Lifetime Achieve­ment Award, Nurse Week; Anne Foy Baker Award; Washington State March of Dimes, Nurse Legend Award; KCNA Shining Star Award; Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion Ethic Award; Induc­tion in WSNA Hall of Fame; Leader­ship Award, North­west Organi­za­tion of Nurse Execu­tive, several state and county certifi­cates of services for Board activ­i­ties. Previous member with some leader­ship in state and local organi­za­tion in the past. National Black Nurses Associ­a­tion; American Nurses Associ­a­tion; Wichita Black Nurses Assn. (Founder). Past presi­dent of Western Insti­tute of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau; Seattle Area Nurse Execu­tives; NWONE; VP Mary Mahoney Profes­sional Nurses Organi­za­tion; vice chair, Inter­a­gency on Health Care Dispar­i­ties; Associ­a­tion of Military Services; Retired Officers Associ­a­tion, etc. Lecturer at Univer­sity Washington — School of Nursing, and Public Health; member, King County Public Health Reserve Corp; mentor and preceptor for under­grad­uate and graduate students multiple school in the Puget Sound Region; member on workgroups for the Center of Multi­cul­tural Health; volun­teer at numerous shelters, and clinics for the under­served and homeless in King County; House­p­a­rent for Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center; serve on a variety of boards and commit­tees in the community.

I am inter­ested in serving WSNA and the profes­sion of nursing to foster the continued growth of the profes­sion and to ensure we have a healthy popula­tion going forward. The need to ensure that our organi­za­tion remains vibrant with an oppor­tu­nity for leader­ship at all levels is crucial to our growth.
I want to be sure that we have safe employ­ment and profes­sional oppor­tu­ni­ties for all nurses, regard­less of race, gender, national origin, individual abili­ties, and/​or urban/​rural residency. Currently the need for nurses is growing due to the number of under­served and uninsured in the popula­tion and the overall shortage of nurses. I am inter­ested in incen­tivizing nurses to work with the under­served and rural commu­ni­ties. I am partic­u­larly inter­ested in mentoring younger nurses and contin­uing my profes­sional growth. WSNA does great work with profes­sional nurses throughout the state and clearly under­stands the value of being polit­i­cally active and ensuring profes­sional nurses develop skill in the polit­ical arena.
I am honored to serve in any capacity.”


Peggy Slider, BSN, MSN, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Eastern Washington University/​Intercollegiate College of Nursing Ed.; master’s, Regis Univer­sity. Present Position: Public health nurse at Spokane Regional Health District. Present Offices: E&GW Nominating / Search Committee (2013 – 2015); local unit co-chair – Spokane Regional Health District. Past Offices: Local unit chair – Spokane Regional Health District; IENA District 4 board of Direc­tors; member, Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare. Awards, Honors, Service: PNHCC AWARD Best Practice Award (2009), Leader­ship Negoti­a­tion Team Award.

It has been a pleasure to serve the nurses of WSNA for many years. I look forward to serving on the WSNA Nomina­tions /​Search Committee.”


Judy A. Turner, RN
District 3, Port Orchard

Educa­tion: Associate degree in nursing, Olympic College. Present Position: Retired — staff nurse, Multi­Care Health Systems. Present Offices: WSNA secretary/​treasurer (2013 – 2015 and 2015 – 2017). WSNA Finance Committee member, WSNA Execu­tive Board member. Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors; member of Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, WSNA Finance Committee; WSNA Nominations/​Search Committee; ANA House of Delegates, repre­sen­ta­tive to the Constituent Member Collec­tive Bargaining Program. PCNA Board of Direc­tors, treasurer and execu­tive director. Tacoma General local unit: negoti­a­tion team member, chair, co-chair, treasurer.

Although I am retired, I am still a nurse – I am not quite done.”

E&GW Nominating and Search Committee (3 to be elected) #

The Economic and General Welfare Nominating/​Search Committee shall consist of three members currently repre­sented for collec­tive bargaining by WSNA and elected by secret ballot following the biennial meeting of the General Assembly. The person receiving the highest number of votes shall serve as chairholder. Persons who are not elected to the committee shall serve as alter­nates according to the order of votes received. To be eligible for election to the Economic and General Welfare Nominating/​Search Committee, a person shall hold current member­ship in the WSNA, be repre­sented for collec­tive bargaining by WSNA, and meet the defin­i­tion of staff nurse.


Anjanette Bryant, RN
District 6, Ellensburg

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Yakima Valley Commu­nity College. Present Positions: Staff RN, Yakima Regional Medical Center. Present Offices: Economic and General Welfare Nomina­tion Committee; local unit vice chair (2017 – 2019), Yakima Regional Medical Center. Past Positions: local unit vice chair (2014 – 2016), Yakima Regional Medical Center.


Timothy R. Davis, RN, MSN, CCRN
District 15, Pasco

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Skagit Valley College; baccalau­reate degree, Univer­sity of Washington, Bothell; master’s degree, Univer­sity of Washington, Bothell. Present Position: Staff nurse, post-anesthesia unit, Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Present Offices: Presi­dent, WSNF. Past Offices: Vice presi­dent, WSNA; WSNA Repre­sen­ta­tive on WCN board of direc­tors; member, WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; chair, WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; local unit griev­ance officer; delegate to UAN General Assembly; member, UAN Board of Direc­tors; delegate, ANA House of Delegates. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leader­ship Award; Skagit Valley College Lewis Award; member, American Associ­a­tion of Critical Care Nurses; member, Sigma Theta Tau.


Susan M. Jacobson, RN
District 3, Tacoma

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Tacoma Commu­nity College. Present Position: Staff Nurse, St. Clare Hospital. Present Offices: Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; local unit chair; Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion District 3 Board of Direc­tors. Past Offices: Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; local unit co-chair; Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion District 3 Presi­dent for two terms; Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion District 3 secre­tary; Pierce County Nurses Associ­a­tion District 3 Board of Direc­tors. Awards, Honors, Service: PCNA Nurse of the Year in 2002; Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leader­ship Award in 2005.


Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare (10 to be elected) #

There shall be ten members on the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, including the chairholder, vice chairholder and secretary/​treasurer, all of whom shall be elected by secret ballot. The chairholder shall also serve on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors. To be eligible for election to the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, a person shall hold current member­ship in the WSNA, be repre­sented for collec­tive bargaining by WSNA, and meet the defin­i­tion of staff nurse. A person may serve a maximum of eight consec­u­tive years on the cabinet, except for the chairholder, who may serve up to an additional two years. The officers are the chairholder, vice chairholder and secretary/​treasurer. Each shall have served one term or partial term on the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare within the last three years prior to election as chair, vice chair or secretary/​treasurer.


Chair (1)


Julia Barcott, RN
District 6, Yakima

Educa­tion: Associate degree in Nursing, Yakima Valley Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate in music educa­tion from Central Washington Univer­sity. Present Position: Per diem RN with Sunny­side Commu­nity Hospital and dialysis RN for DaVita. Present Offices: Chair, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare; WSNA Board of Direc­tors; member of the AFT PPC Health­care Profes­sionals; member, NFN national execu­tive board; member, AFT Women’s Rights Committee (2015 – 2017). Past Offices: Vice chair, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare (2011 – 2013 and 2013 – 2014); local unit co-chair, Yakima Regional Medical Center; member, Yakima Regional negoti­a­tion team; member, Safe Staffing Committee, Yakima Regional Hospital (2010 – 2011); ANA Standards & Scope of Practice Committee; WSNA-PAC board of trustees. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA Rising Star Award at Leader­ship Confer­ence; Adver­sity Award at Leader­ship Confer­ence; Member of WSNA, ANA, NFN and AFT.

We are stronger together! United we stand for safe nurse staffing, patient safety, worker rights and labor rights. We’ve endured many battles and have been victo­rious. Let us continue in solidarity to protect patients and nurses!”

Vice Chair (1)


Jane Hill-Little­john, BSN, RN
District 2, Shoreline

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate in nursing, Seattle Univer­sity. Present Position: Rapid response staff nurse, Virginia Mason Medical Center. Present Offices: Vice chair, WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (2015 – 2017); local unit chair, Virginia Mason Medical Center local unit (2013 to present). Past Offices: Local unit chair, Virginia Mason Medical Center (since 2007); negoti­a­tion team member, Virginia Mason Medical Center. Awards, Honors, Service: Negoti­a­tion Team Award — Leader­ship Confer­ence (2008). Member of WSNA, AACN, KCNA, NFN, and AFT.

WSNA is a great organi­za­tion which supports personal and profes­sional growth in the art of nursing. I have served three terms as a member of the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare and have learned many things along my journey. Some of these pieces of knowl­edge include: 1.) Never allow fear to hold you back; 2.) Change yourself and you change others; and 3.) Nurture the leader within you; nurture the leader next to you.
It would be an honor to serve once more on the cabinet as vice chair, contin­uing to encourage other nurses to be educated about their profes­sion on a local, state and national level.”

Secretary/​Treasurer (1)


Martha Goodall, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Associate degree in Nursing, Spokane Commu­nity College. Present Position: Regis­tered nurse, critical care ICU at Provi­dence Holy Family Medical Center. Present Offices: Member, WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (2015 – 2017); chair, local unit at Provi­dence Holy Family Medical Center. Past Offices: WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare (pre-2007); treasurer, IENA (District 4); delegate, ANA House of Delegates and delegate, UAN Member Assembly. Awards, Honors, Service: 2016 Outstanding Local Unit Chair­person, Provi­dence Holy Family; Provi­dence Holy Family Employee of the Year for Collab­o­ra­tion; 2013 Nurse of the Year (Nursing Excel­lence) at Provi­dence Holy Family Medical Center.

I have a long history of being involved. My goal is to make our work both satis­fying and safe. I have been an active WSNA member since 1989. I have served in many different ways, including as local unit chair, IENA District 4 Board member, and treasurer, delegate to the ANA, NFN and AFT. I live on the east side of the state and can offer balance to commit­tees as well as experience.”

Member-at-Large (7)


Francesca Castillo, RN, CCRN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Spokane Commu­nity College Nursing Program. Present Position: Staff nurse, St. Lukes Rehabil­i­ta­tion Insti­tute. Present Offices: Member, WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare 2015 – 2017; chair, local unit, St. Lukes Rehabil­i­ta­tion Insti­tute; vice presi­dent, IENA District 4; Precinct District 6 chairman – Democ­ratic Party. Past Offices: Union organizer for Sacred Heart Medical Center – Technical Group; griev­ance assis­tant SHMC – Technical Group. Awards, Honors, Service: Peer Awards for Team Work!; American Rehabil­i­ta­tion Nurse Member­ship, Member of Cultural Diver­sity Committee; Labor Manage­ment Committee.

Please consider me for a second term on the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare. I live in Spokane and bring a voice from the east side of the state. I have been actively involved in union organizing and contract negoti­a­tions. Unions are our voices. I would like to continue the union work with WSNA at the cabinet level and would like your consideration.”


Gary Cook, RN, CCRN
District 15, Richland

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Columbia Basin College. Present Position: Regis­tered nurse, ICU, CCRN, Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Present Offices: Local unit griev­ance officer, Kadlec Regional Medical Center; local unit rep, ICU, Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Past Offices: Local unit rep, ICU, Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Awards, Honors, Service: 2016 WSNA Outstanding Negoti­a­tion Team.

Nursing is an awe-inspiring profes­sion and those who chose it are awesome as well. Individ­u­ally, nurses are powerful, but when they band together, they can accom­plish amazing things. To serve nursing and nurses in whatever capacity I can is humbling, inspiring and a privi­lege. If chosen, I will do every­thing in my capacity to be worthy of that privilege.”
We are nurses, we are powerful and we are fearless.”


Edna Cortez
District 2, Lynnwood


Doug Harper, RN
District 2, Mill Creek

Educa­tion: Associate degree Shore­line Commu­nity College; Bachelor of Arts, English liter­a­ture, UNLV. Present Position: RN2 at Univer­sity of Washington Medical Center. Awards, Honors, Service: Member of WSNA, ANA, AFT, and NFN; member, Pacific North­west Associ­a­tion of Neonatal Nurses; delegate, NFN Assembly.

I am inter­ested in serving on the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare as a member-at-large for the 2017 – 2019 term. I believe my experi­ence with working as a team member for my local unit’s contract negoti­a­tion team for the past three contract terms has given me great insight and under­standing of the impor­tance labor relations has in impacting the quality of work life for all nurses. I will work cohesively with other members of the Cabinet to continue to review and develop new policies that will work to benefit WSNA members with the economic and general welfare program. Further, I have a desire to work closely with various local units to enhance their partic­i­pa­tion with WSNA and the collec­tive bargaining process and other labor related activ­i­ties on behalf of their repre­sented nurses. If given this oppor­tu­nity, I will serve tirelessly to enhance the effec­tive­ness of this cabinet for the speci­fied term.”


Christo­pher CJ” Johnston II, RN
District 3, Fife

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Tacoma Commu­nity College. Present Position: Staff nurse — PACU, Multi­Care Tacoma General Hospital.

I am running to serve on the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare to help local unit members take back control of their working conditions.”


Clarise Mahler, BSN, RN
District 2, Duvall

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Humboldt State Univer­sity, California. Present Position: Critical care staff nurse, Evergreen­Health. Present Offices: Member, Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare; co-chair, local unit confer­ence committee. Awards, Honors, Service: 2013 WSNA Outstanding Negoti­a­tion Team Award; AACN.

I have time, energy and desire to help WSNA and nurses, especially hospital bedside nurses, to promote and empower our profes­sion. I would like to help WSNA in any way I can to help us all be a cohesive empow­ered profes­sion. I have been a bedside nurse for 32 years in oncology, then critical care. I have passion and love for our profes­sion and am willing to help.”


Francisco Mendez, RN
District 98, Sunnyside

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Mt. Hood Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate in science, Seattle Univer­sity; enrolled in WGU for BSN. Present Position: Emergency depart­ment RN, Toppenish Commu­nity Hospital. Present Office: Local unit chair, Toppenish Commu­nity Hospital. Awards, Honors, Service: Nurse of the Quarter (3rd Quarter 2016) at Toppenish Commu­nity Hospital. Currently attending WGU working towards BSN.

It would be an honor to serve the WSNA and its members.”


Janet Stewart, BSN, RN
District 3, Tacoma

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Pacific Lutheran Univer­sity. Present Position: Staff nurse – critical care, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma. Present Offices: Local unit griev­ance officer, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma (2014 to present); local unit treasurer – St. Joseph Medical Center (2016 to present); negoti­ating team, St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma (2015 – 2016). Awards, Honors, Service: PTA Golden Acorn (Outstanding Volun­teer), will receive WSPTA Crystal Award for Volun­teer Activity – spring 2017; former Army nurse; Gulf War veteran; Washington State PTA leader since 2004; current co-presi­dent for Tacoma Council PTA; current WSPTA Region 10 director.

I have been in the nursing profes­sion for 30 years. I believe in being an active partic­i­pant in my profes­sion to help it continue to progress and grow. Being a leader in my local unit has helped prepare me for greater respon­si­bil­i­ties in WSNA. Thank you for consid­ering my nomination.”

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council (7 to be elected)

There shall be at least eleven members on the Council. Seven are elected and four appointed. Five of the seven elected are desig­nated research, educa­tion, practice, admin­is­tra­tion, and ethics and human rights, one at-large and one as chairholder. The chairholder also serves on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors. Additional seats on the Council may be appointed by the WSNA Board of Direc­tors from the member­ship of the organi­za­tional affiliates.


Chair (1)


Pam Pasquale, MN, RN
District 7, Wenatchee

Educa­tion: Associate degree in nursing, Shore­line Commu­nity College – technical arts – labor studies; baccalau­reate, Everett Commu­nity College; The Evergreen St. College; master’s in nursing, Univer­sity of Washington. Present Position: Self employed – foot care. Present Offices: Chair, Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2015 – 2017); member, WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2015 – 2017). Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2009 – 2011); Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2011 – 2015); Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2003 – 2007); presi­dent, Snohomish County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 9) (1995 – 2003); numerous with the Snohomish County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 9) (1989 – 2007). Awards, Honors, Service: Participant/​volunteer, Seattle King County Free Health Care Clinic (2014, 2015, 2016); Junior Service League of Wenatchee since 2010.

WSNA will have a new execu­tive director starting in 2017, and will benefit from members who have acquired experi­ence and knowl­edge about issues to maintain WSNA as a recog­nized leader in assuring RN voices are heard. As of this printing, too much is unknown and threats to practice are real. Members of this council bring not only immea­sur­able exper­tise but an extended network of colleagues to maintain our standards of profes­sional practice deliv­ered to our patients in all settings. As chair, I wish to contribute to the transi­tion and focus the council on immediate challenges to scope of practice as it affects nurses in Washington state.”

Administration (1)


Rachel Wang Martinez, BSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Seattle Univer­sity; master’s of health admin­is­tra­tion, Univer­sity of Washington. Present Position: Clinical Practice Manager, RN – Neigh­bor­care Health. Awards, Honors, Service: Speaker at Insti­tute for Health­care Improve­ment (2014); Washington Associ­a­tion of Commu­nity & Migrant Health Centers (2015); Washington State Public Health Associ­a­tion (2015); NW Ambula­tory Care, Nursing Consor­tium; King County, Public Health Reserve Corps; member of WSNA and ANA since 2010.

I have been a benefi­ciary of the work of WSNA for a number of years and would like to be able to contribute my perspec­tive as a commu­nity health nurse. I believe we need more repre­sen­ta­tion of all care settings and patient popula­tions, especially those most vulner­able (commu­ni­ties of color, immigrants/​refugees, those experi­encing homeless­ness, mental illness or substance use disor­ders). I currently split my time with direct patient care and leading our Primary Care Nurse Team, providing me with a unique perspec­tive and fueling my passion to advocate both for patients and the nurses who care for them. I would be honored to serve as a member of WSNA in the coming years.”

At-Large (1)


Sarah Darveau Foster, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Bache­lors of science/​microbiology and biotech­nology, Washington State Univer­sity; associate degree in nursing, Walla Walla Commu­nity College; enrolled in baccalau­reate nursing program through Concordia Univer­sity (antic­i­pate gradu­a­tion spring 2017), with comple­tion of master of science as family nurse practi­tioner, fall of 2019. Present Position: Emergency depart­ment RN, Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Present Offices: Polit­ical Action Committee – recent inter­view with recom­men­da­tion for nomina­tion. Awards, Honors, Service: Principal Inves­ti­gator of Wound Infil­tra­tion Compar­ison Study at Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Island County Democ­rats – recently nominated for state committeewoman.

I would like an oppor­tu­nity to serve the members of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion. I under­stand we are collec­tively stronger together and I will bring passion, leader­ship, and a strong sense of team to any board I am elected to serve. Truth­fully, I have been increas­ingly motivated by the results of the latest election and view this as a unique oppor­tu­nity to mobilize and organize to the best of our resources. Together we can work towards stronger profes­sional repre­sen­ta­tion at the state and national level. We can work to elevate the nursing profes­sion into a strong united front advocating for patients, to keep health­care costs down, and ensure we receive the benefits we work so hard for. Change begins in many forms, often within oneself. I view WSNA repre­sen­ta­tion as my begin­ning for change.”


Louanne Hause­mann, ADN, BSN, MA, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX; baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of the Incar­nate Word, San Antonio, TX; master’s in public admin­is­tra­tion, Midwestern State Univer­sity, Wichita Falls, TX . Present Position: Nurse manager, special proce­dures unit, interim chief – SPS, Mann-Grand­staff VA Medical Center. Present Offices: Member, Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2011 – 2017). Past Offices: District 4 (IENA) director at large (2008 – 2009); District 4 (IENA) secre­tary (2009 – 2010); District 4 (IENA) secre­tary (2010 – 2011); District 4 (IENA) presi­dent (2011 – 2012); District 4, IENA vice presi­dent (2013 – 2014). Awards, Honors, Service: Member of ANA, IENA, AACN, PNWSGWA, IAHSCMM, NOVA and Society of GI Nurses (SGNA).

I have been a nurse since 1974. I retired from the USAF in 1999 and have served my fellow veterans at the Mann-Grand­staff VAMC since then. I bring a unique perspec­tive to the PNHCC as a federal employee and as a veteran who accesses care in Washington. It would be a privi­lege to serve on the Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council again. I will be retiring December 31, 2019 after 45 1/2 years of nursing!”

Education (1)


Lori Bailey, PhD, CCRN, RN-BC
District 4, Spokane


Ethics & Human Rights (1)


Richard Ramsey, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Florida; master’s, Seattle Univer­sity; doctorate, American Univer­sity, Washington College of Law. Present Position: Surgical unit RN, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Awards, Honors, Service: Published journal article in Journal of Commu­nity and Public Health Nursing re: U.S. policy recom­men­da­tions for pediatric pallia­tive care. Member of WSNA, ANA, Society of Adoles­cent Medicine & Health, commu­nity involve­ment in Ladybug House (pediatric pallia­tive care).

Together, we will work to protect and promote ethical behavior in our individual and collec­tive practices and further inalien­able human rights, which is so crucial at this point in history. I would be honored to dedicate my time and energy towards helping our members accom­plish our mission to better serve our patients and their families and commu­ni­ties. My experi­ences working as a commu­nity health nurse in Kent and Covington, a surgical nurse at Seattle Children’s, and a pediatric pallia­tive care nurse researcher, coupled with my service as an attorney devoted to serving vulner­able popula­tions, prepares me well to serve you.”


Muriel Softli, BSN, MSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Diploma, Sacra­mento State College; associate degree, Sacra­mento State College; baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Washington; master’s, Univer­sity of Washington in public admin­is­tra­tion and educa­tion. Present Position: Retired school nurse, Seattle Public Schools. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA Hall of Fame (2000).

Partic­i­pating in WSNA webinars, commit­tees, conven­tion and other activ­i­ties keeps me up to date on nursing trends and devel­op­ment. It is a wonderful experi­ence to have discus­sions with nursing colleagues in the other special­ties of nursing.”

Practice (1)


Jordan E. Pai Palimar, BSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Associate degree, (social work) Northampton Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate, Pennsyl­vania College of Technology; enrolled in MSN program through Univer­sity of Washington-Bothell. Present Position: Ortho­pe­dics RN2, Univer­sity of Washington Medical Center.

I look forward to serving nurses in Washington to continue to elevate the standard at which they practice, influ­ence policy and health­care at both a local and national level.”


Bobbi Woodward, BSN, MSN, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Spokane Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate, Washington State Univer­sity; master’s, FNP, Washington State Univer­sity. Present Position: Nurse practi­tioner, Internal Medicine – Rockwood Clinic. Present Offices: Director at large, Legisla­tive Health Policy Council (2012 – 2016); IENA District 4, indepen­dent practice rep. Past Offices: Presi­dent, IENA District 4 (2014); secre­tary, IENA District 4 (2013). Awards, Honors, Service: IENA Schol­ar­ship recip­ient; member, ANA; member, ARNP’s United of Washington.

I enjoy partic­i­pating in practice and legisla­tive activ­i­ties that support the autonomy and knowl­edge of regis­tered nurses and if elected, serving the nurses of Washington State by advocating for profes­sional and public health issues.”

Research (1)


Anne Hirsh, PhD, ARNP
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate from Washington State Univer­sity; master’s from the Univer­sity of Washington; doctorate from Indiana Univer­sity. Present Position: Associate Dean for Graduate Educa­tion, Seattle Univer­sity College of Nursing. Present Offices: WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council – Research Position (2015 – 2017). Awards, Honors, Service: Member of WSNA since 1974 – 1983 and 2011 to present; FFellow, American Associ­a­tion Nurse Practi­tioners; Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; Outstanding Service Award, Empire Health Founda­tion; member of Sigma Theta Tau; Public Health Service Corps Volun­teer; Health Care for the Homeless; Ronald McDonald House; Group Health Founda­tion; Washington Center for Nursing Board of Directors.

As a nurse educator and nurse researcher, I am well-prepared to contribute in a meaningful way to the work and mission of WSNA. My previous involve­ment on a variety of governing boards, as well as my work as a member of the Washington State Common Measure Set for Health­Care Quality and Cost Committee, will serve me well in defining best practices, quality measures and the role of profes­sional nursing.”

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council (7 to be elected) #

There shall be at least eleven members on the Council. Seven are elected and four appointed. Five of the seven elected are desig­nated research, educa­tion, practice, admin­is­tra­tion, and ethics and human rights, one at-large and one as chairholder. The chairholder also serves on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors. Additional seats on the Council may be appointed by the WSNA Board of Direc­tors from the member­ship of the organi­za­tional affiliates.


Chair (1)


Pam Pasquale, MN, RN
District 7, Wenatchee

Educa­tion: Associate degree in nursing, Shore­line Commu­nity College – technical arts – labor studies; baccalau­reate, Everett Commu­nity College; The Evergreen St. College; master’s in nursing, Univer­sity of Washington. Present Position: Self employed – foot care. Present Offices: Chair, Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2015 – 2017); member, WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2015 – 2017). Past Offices: WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2009 – 2011); Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2011 – 2015); Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2003 – 2007); presi­dent, Snohomish County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 9) (1995 – 2003); numerous with the Snohomish County Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 9) (1989 – 2007). Awards, Honors, Service: Participant/​volunteer, Seattle King County Free Health Care Clinic (2014, 2015, 2016); Junior Service League of Wenatchee since 2010.

WSNA will have a new execu­tive director starting in 2017, and will benefit from members who have acquired experi­ence and knowl­edge about issues to maintain WSNA as a recog­nized leader in assuring RN voices are heard. As of this printing, too much is unknown and threats to practice are real. Members of this council bring not only immea­sur­able exper­tise but an extended network of colleagues to maintain our standards of profes­sional practice deliv­ered to our patients in all settings. As chair, I wish to contribute to the transi­tion and focus the council on immediate challenges to scope of practice as it affects nurses in Washington state.”

Administration (1)


Rachel Wang Martinez, BSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Seattle Univer­sity; master’s of health admin­is­tra­tion, Univer­sity of Washington. Present Position: Clinical Practice Manager, RN – Neigh­bor­care Health. Awards, Honors, Service: Speaker at Insti­tute for Health­care Improve­ment (2014); Washington Associ­a­tion of Commu­nity & Migrant Health Centers (2015); Washington State Public Health Associ­a­tion (2015); NW Ambula­tory Care, Nursing Consor­tium; King County, Public Health Reserve Corps; member of WSNA and ANA since 2010.

I have been a benefi­ciary of the work of WSNA for a number of years and would like to be able to contribute my perspec­tive as a commu­nity health nurse. I believe we need more repre­sen­ta­tion of all care settings and patient popula­tions, especially those most vulner­able (commu­ni­ties of color, immigrants/​refugees, those experi­encing homeless­ness, mental illness or substance use disor­ders). I currently split my time with direct patient care and leading our Primary Care Nurse Team, providing me with a unique perspec­tive and fueling my passion to advocate both for patients and the nurses who care for them. I would be honored to serve as a member of WSNA in the coming years.”

At-Large (1)


Sarah Darveau Foster, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Bache­lors of science/​microbiology and biotech­nology, Washington State Univer­sity; associate degree in nursing, Walla Walla Commu­nity College; enrolled in baccalau­reate nursing program through Concordia Univer­sity (antic­i­pate gradu­a­tion spring 2017), with comple­tion of master of science as family nurse practi­tioner, fall of 2019. Present Position: Emergency depart­ment RN, Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Present Offices: Polit­ical Action Committee – recent inter­view with recom­men­da­tion for nomina­tion. Awards, Honors, Service: Principal Inves­ti­gator of Wound Infil­tra­tion Compar­ison Study at Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Island County Democ­rats – recently nominated for state committeewoman.

I would like an oppor­tu­nity to serve the members of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion. I under­stand we are collec­tively stronger together and I will bring passion, leader­ship, and a strong sense of team to any board I am elected to serve. Truth­fully, I have been increas­ingly motivated by the results of the latest election and view this as a unique oppor­tu­nity to mobilize and organize to the best of our resources. Together we can work towards stronger profes­sional repre­sen­ta­tion at the state and national level. We can work to elevate the nursing profes­sion into a strong united front advocating for patients, to keep health­care costs down, and ensure we receive the benefits we work so hard for. Change begins in many forms, often within oneself. I view WSNA repre­sen­ta­tion as my begin­ning for change.”


Louanne Hause­mann, ADN, BSN, MA, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX; baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of the Incar­nate Word, San Antonio, TX; master’s in public admin­is­tra­tion, Midwestern State Univer­sity, Wichita Falls, TX . Present Position: Nurse manager, special proce­dures unit, interim chief – SPS, Mann-Grand­staff VA Medical Center. Present Offices: Member, Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (2011 – 2017). Past Offices: District 4 (IENA) director at large (2008 – 2009); District 4 (IENA) secre­tary (2009 – 2010); District 4 (IENA) secre­tary (2010 – 2011); District 4 (IENA) presi­dent (2011 – 2012); District 4, IENA vice presi­dent (2013 – 2014). Awards, Honors, Service: Member of ANA, IENA, AACN, PNWSGWA, IAHSCMM, NOVA and Society of GI Nurses (SGNA).

I have been a nurse since 1974. I retired from the USAF in 1999 and have served my fellow veterans at the Mann-Grand­staff VAMC since then. I bring a unique perspec­tive to the PNHCC as a federal employee and as a veteran who accesses care in Washington. It would be a privi­lege to serve on the Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council again. I will be retiring December 31, 2019 after 45 1/2 years of nursing!”

Education (1)


Lori Bailey, PhD, CCRN, RN-BC
District 4, Spokane


Ethics & Human Rights (1)


Richard Ramsey, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Florida; master’s, Seattle Univer­sity; doctorate, American Univer­sity, Washington College of Law. Present Position: Surgical unit RN, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Awards, Honors, Service: Published journal article in Journal of Commu­nity and Public Health Nursing re: U.S. policy recom­men­da­tions for pediatric pallia­tive care. Member of WSNA, ANA, Society of Adoles­cent Medicine & Health, commu­nity involve­ment in Ladybug House (pediatric pallia­tive care).

Together, we will work to protect and promote ethical behavior in our individual and collec­tive practices and further inalien­able human rights, which is so crucial at this point in history. I would be honored to dedicate my time and energy towards helping our members accom­plish our mission to better serve our patients and their families and commu­ni­ties. My experi­ences working as a commu­nity health nurse in Kent and Covington, a surgical nurse at Seattle Children’s, and a pediatric pallia­tive care nurse researcher, coupled with my service as an attorney devoted to serving vulner­able popula­tions, prepares me well to serve you.”


Muriel Softli, BSN, MSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Diploma, Sacra­mento State College; associate degree, Sacra­mento State College; baccalau­reate, Univer­sity of Washington; master’s, Univer­sity of Washington in public admin­is­tra­tion and educa­tion. Present Position: Retired school nurse, Seattle Public Schools. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA Hall of Fame (2000).

Partic­i­pating in WSNA webinars, commit­tees, conven­tion and other activ­i­ties keeps me up to date on nursing trends and devel­op­ment. It is a wonderful experi­ence to have discus­sions with nursing colleagues in the other special­ties of nursing.”

Practice (1)


Jordan E. Pai Palimar, BSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Associate degree, (social work) Northampton Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate, Pennsyl­vania College of Technology; enrolled in MSN program through Univer­sity of Washington-Bothell. Present Position: Ortho­pe­dics RN2, Univer­sity of Washington Medical Center.

I look forward to serving nurses in Washington to continue to elevate the standard at which they practice, influ­ence policy and health­care at both a local and national level.”


Bobbi Woodward, BSN, MSN, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Spokane Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate, Washington State Univer­sity; master’s, FNP, Washington State Univer­sity. Present Position: Nurse practi­tioner, Internal Medicine – Rockwood Clinic. Present Offices: Director at large, Legisla­tive Health Policy Council (2012 – 2016); IENA District 4, indepen­dent practice rep. Past Offices: Presi­dent, IENA District 4 (2014); secre­tary, IENA District 4 (2013). Awards, Honors, Service: IENA Schol­ar­ship recip­ient; member, ANA; member, ARNP’s United of Washington.

I enjoy partic­i­pating in practice and legisla­tive activ­i­ties that support the autonomy and knowl­edge of regis­tered nurses and if elected, serving the nurses of Washington State by advocating for profes­sional and public health issues.”

Research (1)


Anne Hirsh, PhD, ARNP
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate from Washington State Univer­sity; master’s from the Univer­sity of Washington; doctorate from Indiana Univer­sity. Present Position: Associate Dean for Graduate Educa­tion, Seattle Univer­sity College of Nursing. Present Offices: WSNA Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council – Research Position (2015 – 2017). Awards, Honors, Service: Member of WSNA since 1974 – 1983 and 2011 to present; FFellow, American Associ­a­tion Nurse Practi­tioners; Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; Outstanding Service Award, Empire Health Founda­tion; member of Sigma Theta Tau; Public Health Service Corps Volun­teer; Health Care for the Homeless; Ronald McDonald House; Group Health Founda­tion; Washington Center for Nursing Board of Directors.

As a nurse educator and nurse researcher, I am well-prepared to contribute in a meaningful way to the work and mission of WSNA. My previous involve­ment on a variety of governing boards, as well as my work as a member of the Washington State Common Measure Set for Health­Care Quality and Cost Committee, will serve me well in defining best practices, quality measures and the role of profes­sional nursing.”

Legislative and Health Policy Council (4 to be elected) #

There shall be seven members on the council, four elected and three appointed. The four elected include three at-large and one chairholder. The chairholder also serves on the WSNA Board of Directors.

Chair (1)


Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN
District 4, Spokane

Educa­tion: Master’s, Washington State Univer­sity. Present Position: Retired Nursing Instructor, Washington State Univer­sity; Volun­teering at a homeless shelter in the clinic. Present Offices: Chair-WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (2015 – 2017); WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2015 – 2017); Presi­dent, Inland Empire Nurses Associ­a­tion (District 4) (2016 – 2017). Past Offices: local unit co-chair of confer­ence committee, Sacred Heart Medical Center; member, Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council. Awards, Honors, Service: Under­grad­uate Faculty Award from Spokane Teachers Credit Union; Lifetime Achieve­ment – IENA (2015); member of Sigma Theta Tau; Washington Public Health Associ­a­tion; interest in Health­care Policy. Involved in League of Women Voters, Spokane County Democrats.

I am passionate about quality health care in the state of Washington. I want to bring about construc­tive changes to our health care system and this can be done best through the legisla­tive process.
I have been a member of this Council for six years. I have been your chair­woman of this council for the last two years. I have great respect for our WSNA staff and their incred­ible thorough­ness and commu­ni­ca­tion skills and enjoy working with them. This is an impor­tant council that serves our members’ interests.
I will continue to advocate for protecting our scope of practice, the health of the public, and the social justice in the delivery of health care.
I am looking forward to contin­uing to serve you on this council as your chair­woman. I appre­ciate your vote.”

At-Large (3)


Erin Allison, RN, CEN
District 1, Bellingham

Educa­tion: Associate degree, Whatcom Commu­nity College; baccalau­reate in Science-Mechan­ical Engineering, Univer­sity of Nebraska. Present Position: Emergency depart­ment – Staff RN, Peace­Health St. Joseph Medical Center. Past Offices: Director at large – west, NSWS (2013 – 2014). Awards, Honors, Service: Certi­fied Emergency Nurse (CEN); member of Emergency Nurses Associ­a­tion (ENA); treasurer (2016 to present) for Philan­thropic Educa­tional Org, member since 2005.

Nurses are some of the most hardworking people that I know. Our jobs are extremely demanding. I have always been an advocate for my patients, but also have a passion to advocate for my fellow nurses. As an elected officer to WSNA’s Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council, I intend to work diligently toward workplace safety, safer staffing ratios and many other issues affecting nurses today. Thank you for your vote.”


Susan Dunn, MS, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Seattle Univer­sity; master’s, Western Governor’s Univer­sity. Present Position: Charge – staff RN, Virginia Mason Hospital. Present Offices: WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (2015 – 2017); local unit griev­ance officer (2007 to present), Virginia Mason Hospital. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA Economic and General Welfare Griev­ance Officer of the Year Award.

I have been an acute care nurse for over 30 years and am completing my first term on the Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council. Over the last two years, I have learned a lot about the legisla­tive process and enjoy the oppor­tu­nity to have input into legis­la­tion related to nursing and health­care. I would appre­ciate the oppor­tu­nity to continue to be involved in this very impor­tant and challenging area.”


Jeremy King, BSN, RN
District 2, Seattle

Educa­tion: Baccalau­reate, Seattle Univer­sity; master’s in nursing-in progress at Seattle Univer­sity. Present Position: Emergency Room RN, Swedish-Edmonds. Previous Office: Local unit co-chair (2006 – 2016), Seattle Children’s Hospital; local unit griev­ance officer (1998 – 2016), Seattle Children’s Hospital. Awards, Honors, Service: Gradu­ated cum laude, Seattle Univer­sity; member of the 46th District Democrats.

I have reached a time in my family where I am able to give energy to my profes­sional organi­za­tion again. My children are both in school and my wife has finished her proba­tionary year with the Seattle Fire Depart­ment. I am back in school and on track to graduate in 2018 with my MSN from Seattle Univer­sity. I have a growing interest in health care policy and polit­ical advocacy. I think I would be an asset to the Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council. I am at a place in my life where I can fully commit to being an active, dedicated member of this council.
My 19 years in nursing have taught me that my role as a patient advocate must go upstream from the bedside if I am going to truly make a differ­ence in my patients’ well-being. I feel there is great oppor­tu­nity in our state and nation­ally to make a differ­ence for Washing­to­nians’ and all Ameri­cans’ health. I feel called to contribute and inspired to serve. I feel that as a member of WSNA’s Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council, I have the best chance to do so. Please consider me for this honor.”


Susan E. Jacobson, RN, CCRN
District 6, Yakima

Educa­tion: Associate degree, South Puget Sound Commu­nity College. Present Position: Charge RN, CCRN-ICU, Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center. Present Offices: Member, WSNA Nomination/​Search Committee (2015 – 2017); board member, WSNA District 6 (2007-present); vice presi­dent, National Feder­a­tion of Nurses (2016-present). Past Offices: Presi­dent, WSNA (2013 – 2015); Vice Presi­dent, WSNA (2011 – 2013); chair, WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (2007 – 2011); member, Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (2002 – 2011); WSNA Board of Direc­tors (2007 – 2015); member, WSNF Board of Trustees (2007 – 2011); chair, WSNF Board of Trustees (2011 – 2013); co-chair, Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center local unit (2011 – 2013); member, ANA Nominating Committee; Former UAN Assembly Delegate; member, Negoti­a­tion Team — Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center. Awards, Honors, Service: WSNA District 6 Excel­lence in Leader­ship Award; WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare — Nurse Hero Award; mentor, Yakima Valley Commu­nity College Nursing School Students; mentor, ICNE Nursing School Students; leader­ship mentor, Yakima Valley Commu­nity College Student; AACN-CCRN certification/​member.

Now, more than ever before, strong nursing leaders are vital to the future of health­care and quality safe patient care for all citizens of Washington state. Through strong voices united together from the infor­ma­tional picket lines on the streets of our commu­ni­ties to the halls of the Washington State Legis­la­ture and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the nurses of WSNA are leading the way for cutting edge policy devel­op­ment and preser­va­tion of evidence based practice. I look forward to being actively involved in the devel­op­ment of WSNA’s future. CARPE DIEM! SEIZE THE DAY!”


Lynn Nelson, MSN, RN
District 13, Olympia

Educa­tion: Master’s degree, Saint Martin’s Univer­sity. Present Position: Director of student support and health services, Capital Region Educa­tional Service District 113 (2003 to present). Present Offices: WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (2013-present). Awards, Honors, Service: Washington State School Nurse Admin­is­trator of the Year (2014); Johnson & Johnson School Health Leader­ship Fellow (2013 – 2014).

I have served as an admin­is­trator for Health and Student Support at Capital Area Educa­tional Service District 113, in Tumwater, Washington, since 2002, where I super­vise and support school nurses in five counties: Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Lewis, and admin­ister multiple related health and social service programs. I believe that providing quality service for children and families must include an inten­tional focus on equity in both the health and educa­tion arenas. My profes­sional inter­ests focus on health care policy, and I am currently legisla­tive chair for the School Nurse Organi­za­tion of Washington (SNOW). I became an RN in 1985 and gradu­ated with my BSN from Saint Martin’s Univer­sity in 1988. I received my MSN in leader­ship and health care policy from Saint Martin’s Univer­sity in 1998 and am a nation­ally certi­fied school nurse with more than 15 years of experi­ence in school health. I am a member of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, the Washington Associ­a­tion of School Admin­is­tra­tors, the National Associ­a­tion of School Nurses, and the American School Health Associ­a­tion. I am honored this year to have been chosen as Washington State School Nurse Admin­is­trator of the Year by the School Nurse Organi­za­tion of Washington. I live in Olympia and have a large blended family who keep me centered. I spend my free time hanging out with my kids, reading, gardening, cooking and traveling whenever I can.”

ANA Membership Assembly 2017 – 2019 #

Two repre­sen­ta­tives, one of whom shall be the WSNA presi­dent and one to be elected, will serve as delegates to the 2018 Member­ship Assembly and will take office on July 1, 2017, and serve through elections in 2019.

  • Julia Barcott, District 6, Yakima
  • Jan Bussert, District 2, Vashon
  • Renata Bowlden, District 3, Univer­sity Place
  • Chuck Cumiskey, District 13, Olympia
  • Darlene Delgado, District 2, Kirkland
  • Sarah Darveau Foster, District 16, Camano Island
  • Justin Gill, District 17, Gig Harbor
  • Martha Goodall, District 4, Mead
  • Jennifer Graves, District 2, Seattle
  • Sally Herman, District 16, Mt. Vernon
  • Judy Huntington, District 2, Kent
  • Susan E. Jacobson, District 6, Yakima
  • Judi Lyons, District 18, Ellensburg
  • Frankie Manning, District 2, Bellevue
  • Jordan Eliza­beth Pai Palimar, District 2, Seattle
  • Muriel Softli, District 2, Seattle
  • Christina Stephens, District 3, Tacoma
  • Anita Stull, District 2, Seattle
  • Anne Whitley, District 6, Yakima
  • Rosa Young, District 2, Seattle

Delegates to the 2017 NFN National Federation Assembly #

Delegates to the Biennial NFN National Feder­a­tion Assembly are elected for two years. Delegates elected at the 2017 WSNA Conven­tion will serve as delegates to the 2017 NFN National Feder­a­tion Assembly and any special NFA, should one be neces­sary during the 2017 – 2019 term of office. Must be repre­sented by WSNA for collec­tive bargaining.

  • Julia Barcott, District 6, Yakima
  • Renata Bowlden, District 3, Univer­sity Place
  • Francesca Castillo, District 4, Spokane
  • Sarah Darveau Foster, District 16, Camano Island
  • Martha Goodall, District 4, Spokane
  • Doug Harper, District 2, Mill Creek
  • Judi Lyons, District 18, Ellensburg
  • Susan E. Jacobson, District 6, Yakima
  • Jordan Eliza­beth Pai Palimar, District 2, Seattle
  • Christina Stephens, District 3, Tacoma

Director to NFN National Executive Board #

This is one of two NFN direc­tors who repre­sent WSNA on the National Execu­tive Board (NEB) of the National Feder­a­tion of Nurses. Direc­tors are elected every two years and serve staggered four-year terms. The director elected in 2017 will serve a four year term begin­ning Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2021. The director must be a WSNA member who is a member of a WSNA bargaining unit throughout the term of office.

  • Renata Bowlden, District 3, Univer­sity Place
  • Martha Goodall, District 4, Mead

Delegate to the 2018 AFT Convention #

Delegates to the biennial AFT National Conven­tion are elected for a two-year term. AFT conven­tions are held in the even year (2018). Delegates elected following the 2017 WSNA Conven­tion will serve as delegates to the 2018 AFT Convention.

  • Julia Barcott, District 6, Yakima
  • Renata Bowlden, District 3, Univer­sity Place
  • Francesca Castillo, District 4, Spokane
  • Sarah Darveau Foster, District 16, Camano Island
  • Martha Goodall, District 4, Spokane
  • Judi Lyons, District 16, Ellensburg
  • Susan E. Jacobson, District 6, Yakima
  • Jordan Eliza­beth Pai Palimar, District 2, Seattle
  • Christina Stephens, District 3, Tacoma
  • Anita Stull, District 2, Seattle