2023–24 Legislation and Finance Committee

Under the direction of the WASA Board of Directors, the Legislation and Finance Committee sets the legislative priorities and processes for the association and establishes its agenda for each legislative session.

Region 101

Kim Headrick, Medical Lake SD
Travis Hanson, Mead SD

Region 105

Curt Guailianone,
     Mt. Adams SD
Robert Bowman, 
     Naches Valley SD

Region 108

James Everett, Meridian SD

Region 109

Karin Manns, Granite Falls SD
Patty Dowd, Mukilteo SD

Region 110

Alan Spicciati, Auburn SD

Region 111

Tom Seigel, Bethel SD

Region 112

Mary Templeton, Chair
     Washougal SD

Region 113

Deb Clemens,
North Thurston SD

Region 114

Dana Rosenbach, 
North Mason SD
Jason Rhoads, ESD 114

Region 123

Traci Pierce, Kennewick SD

Region 171

Tim Payne, Ephrata SD


Sarah Thornton, Pasco SD


Michelle Price, ESD 171


Linda McKay, ESD 171


Matt Yarkosky, Bethel SD

Small Schools

Tabatha Mires, Mason SD

Special Education

John Sander,
Franklin Pierce SD


Mary Templeton,
     Washougal SD

Federal Legislation

Ron Banner, Clover Park SD 
Michelle Price, ESD 171
Wade Smith, Walla Walla SD
Krestin Bahr, Peninsula SD


Jim Kowalkowski, Rural Education Center / NWESD 101

WASA Consultants (nonvoting)

Fred Yancey, Pensions/Health Benefits
Mitch Denning, AEA
Melissa Gombosky, AESD

WASA Staff

Joel Aune, Executive Director
Dan Steele,
Assistant Executive Director,
Government Relations
Mike Villarreal Hoquiam SD, WASA President
Heather Chard, Admin Assistant

Meeting Schedule (Meetings are held on Mondays unless noted with asterisk.)

September 11, 2023
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

November 13, 2023
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

January 8, 2024
Legislative Session Begins
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

*January 16, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

January 22, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

*January 28, 2024
8:30–Legislative Conference

February 5, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

February 12, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

*February 20, 2024
9:30–10:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

February 26, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

March 4, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

March 7, 2024
Sine Die

March 11, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

April 2024 

May 13, 2024
8:30–9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting

June 23, 2024
*1–3:30 p.m.—Summer Conference Spokane

(Additional May or June meetings will be added to prepare a 2025 Platform)