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Election results for 2021 – 2023 biennium

Congrat­u­la­tions to these WSNA members elected by their peers to serve in positions of leader­ship during our 2021 – 2023 biennium!

This story appears in Passing the baton.

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Observed by remote video, votes are tallied by Integrity Voting Systems on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Credit: Ben Tilden

Congrat­u­la­tions to these WSNA members elected by their peers to serve in positions of leader­ship during our 2021 – 2023 biennium!

Names of election winners are followed by their regional nurses association and home city.

Board of Directors

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.

  • President: Lynnette Vehrs, IENA, Spokane
  • Vice-President: Justin Gill, NWRNA, Bothell
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Martha Goodall, IENA, Mead
  • Chair, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare: Julia Barcott, CWRNA, Yakima
  • Chair, Legislative Health and Health Policy Council: Erin Allison, NWRNA, Bellingham
  • Chair, Professional Nursing and Health Care Council: Chuck Cumiskey, RONA, Olympia
  • At-Large: Phoebe Dang Lim-Vuong, KCNA, Kent
  • At-Large: John Gustafson, RONA, Poulsbo
  • At-Large: Heather Stephen-Selby, KCNA, Renton
  • Staff Nurse: Sara Bergenholtz, NCWRN, Wenatchee
  • Staff Nurse: Martha Galvez, SERNA, Pasco

Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare

The Cabinet is the governing body for WSNA’s union work. The Cabinet develops and reviews policies and procedures relating to collective bargaining contract administration, contract enforcement, organizing and other WSNA labor relations activities. Members of the Cabinet must be represented for collective bargaining by WSNA.

  • Chairperson: Julia Barcott, CWRNA, Yakima
  • Vice-Chair: Edna Cortez, KCNA, Edmonds
  • Secretary/Treasurer: David Jacob Garcia, SERNA, Pasco
  • At-Large: Kathryn Ennis, RONA, Puyallup
  • At-Large: Susan E. Jacobson, CWRNA, Yakima
  • At-Large: Sean Dumas, KCNA, Shoreline
  • At-Large: Darryl Johnson, IENA, Spokane
  • At-Large: Jon Olson, SWRNA, Kelso
  • At-Large: Ruby Crisostomo Tan, KCNA, Maple Valley

The Cabinet will appoint 1-2 additional members this fall.

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council

The PNHCC forecasts trends, promotes continuing education programs, addresses issues on nursing practice and collaborates with other nursing and specialty organizations. The council also develops resources on issues relating to nursing practice, education, human rights and access to health care.

  • Chairperson: Chuck Cumiskey, RONA, Olympia
  • Administration: Rachel Wang, KCNA, Seattle
  • Education: Antwinett Lee, KCNA, Lynnwood
  • Ethics and Human Rights: Rosa Young, KCNA, Seattle
  • Practice: Angelica Schmidt, KCNA, Seattle
  • Research: Anne Hirsch, KCNA, Seattle
  • At-Large: Pam Pasquale, NCRNA, Wenatchee

Four additional members were appointed by the Board of Directors on Aug. 20, 2021.

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. The council also reviews proposed legislation and makes decisions on WSNA’s stance and actions based on recommendations from staff, contract lobbyists and members. Council members represent the membership by serving in a politically non-partisan capacity

  • Chairperson: Erin Allison, NWRNA, Bellingham
  • At-Large: Ingrid Anderson, KCNA, Snoqualmie
  • At-Large: Stephanie Wahlgren, NWRNA, Sedro-Woolley
  • At-Large: Jessica Lewellen, IENA, Spokane

Three additional members were appointed by the Board of Directors on Aug. 20, 2021.

WSNA Nominations / Search Committee

During WSNA elections, the committee requests nominations for office and reviews all completed Consent to Serve forms. Committee members prepare the slate of qualified candidates and recommend chairpersons and members for special committees.

  • Suzanne Baek, KCNA, Federal Way
  • Sue Glass, IENA, Spokane
  • Evette Runyan, CWRNA, Yakima
  • Brenda Shaw, IENA, Spokane

E&GW Nominating / Search Committee

During WSNA elections, the committee requests nominations and prepares the slate of candidates for election to the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, delegates to the biennial American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention, and the committee itself. This committee is restricted to members represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.

  • Lisa Bullek, CWRNA, Yakima
  • Anjanette Bryant, CWRNA, Ellensburg

An additional appointment may be made by the Cabinet in the fall.

2022 AFT National Convention Delegates

Because WSNA is an affiliate of AFT, a national union, WSNA sends delegates to AFT’s national convention every biennium. These delegates bring the Washington state voice to the national table. As of July 2021, the 2022 AFT Convention is scheduled to take place in person July 14-17, 2022, in Boston. All delegate expenses are paid by WSNA. Delegates are restricted to members represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.

  1. Anjanette Bryant
  2. Clara Bucio-Martinez
  3. Darryl Johnson
  4. David Jacob Garcia
  5. Diane Cantu
  6. Edna Cortez
  7. Evette Runyon
  8. Janie Patterson
  9. Jessica Lewellen
  10. Jon Olson
  11. Julia Barcott
  12. Kathryn Ennis
  13. Tristan Twohig
  14. Lisa Bullek
  15. Martha Galvez
  16. Martha Goodall
  17. Ruby Tan
  18. Sean Dumas
  19. Susan E. Jacobson
  20. Susie Cervantes

1st Alternate: Karen Banks

ANA Membership Assembly Delegates

The ANA Membership Assembly is the governing and official voting body of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Because WSNA members are also members of ANA, WSNA sends delegates to the annual assembly to ensure that priority nursing issues are addressed on a national level. The 2022 ANA Membership Assembly will take place June 10-11, 2022. As of July 2021, the location of the event has not yet been announced (in Washington, D.C., or virtual).

  1. Office of the WSNA President (Lynnette Vehrs) by virtue of the Bylaws
  2. Justin Gill
  3. David Jacob Garcia
  4. Rosa Young
  5. Ingrid Anderson
  6. Edna Cortez
  7. John Gustafson
  8. Judy Huntington
  9. Chuck Cumiskey
  10. Antwinett Lee
  11. Jan Bussert
  12. Phoebe Dang Lim-Vuong
  13. Sue Glass

If WSNA is allotted more than 13 representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly, or one cannot go, additional elected alternate representatives are chosen to attend. The first five elected alternates in order of votes are:

  1. Tristan Twohig
  2. Mikey Anne O’Sullivan
  3. Martha Goodall
  4. Erin Allison
  5. Julia Barcott