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Executive Office

360.489.3641


Joel Aune
Executive Director
360.489.3651
Joel has been with WASA since 2018. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director with WASA, Joel served as Superintendent for 20 years in the Snoqualmie Valley and Colfax School Districts. He also previously served as an elementary principal in the Walla Walla School District and as an assistant principal and teacher in the Cashmere School District, where he began his career in 1983. In 2011, Joel was elected WASA President. 


Shari Parsons
Executive Assistant
360.489.3641
Shari has served as Executive Assistant to the WASA Executive Director since 2017. Prior to coming to WASA, Shari worked in the Yelm Public Schools for 27 years. View Shari's Staff Spotlight.

Professional Learning (Conferences) & Membership
360.489.3640 / 360.352.6873 fax


Mike Nelson
Assistant Executive Director
253.508.0192

Prior to joining the WASA staff in 2020, Mike served 35 years as a public school educator serving as a teacher, principal, curriculum and instruction director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. For the last 21 years, he has served in the Enumclaw School District where he was born and raised—with over 13  of those years as Superintendent. In 2019, he was selected as the Washington State Superintendent of the Year. View Mike's Staff Spotlight.


Kim Fry
Professional Learning Coordinator
360.239.6225
Kim brings 32 years of experience in education to WASA, most recently 12 years as superintendent of the Rochester School District. During the course of her career, Kim served as a first grade teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. The newest member of the WASA team, Kim started at WASA on July 1, 2022. 


Lisa Gehman
Professional Learning/Membership Assistant
360.489.3640
Lisa has been on the WASA staff since 2016. Prior to that, she served in the Airforce as an Information Manager for 12 years. View Lisa's Staff Spotlight


Bella Troiani
Communication and Production Support
360.625.5481
Bella joined the WASA team in 2021. Prior to joining WASA, Bella had several years of experience as a facilitator at the WSU Writing Center, a healthcare case manager, and a proofreader for Washington State RCW.

Government Relations
360.489.3642


Dan Steele
Assistant Executive Director
360.489.3652
Dan has served as WASA’s Governmental Relations lead since 2011. He has many years of varied legislative experience, including service as the executive director of the Washington Student Lobby, a statewide organization that advocates on behalf of Washington's public university students, and as a legislative assistant with the Washington State Senate. Prior to joining WASA, Dan served the state's locally elected school board members for over 13 years with the Washington State School Directors' Association. View Dan's Staff Spotlight here


Sheila Chard
Administrative Assistant
360.489.3642
Sheila came on board at WASA in 2011, after working with Dan Steele at WSSDA from 2005–11. View Sheila's Staff Spotlight.

Member Services & Administrative Operations
360.489.3646


Andy Wolf
Assistant Executive Director
360.489.3646

Andy, who came on board at WASA in 2016, brings more than 30 years of teaching and education leadership experience to his role with WASA. He spent the first 19 years of his career working in various roles with the Wahkiakum School District. For the last 13 years, he served as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in Yelm. View Andy's Staff Spotlight here

Accounting
360.489.3643


Eve Johnson
Business and Infrastructure Manager
360.489.3643
Eve has capably served at WASA for over 35 years, since joining the staff in 1985. View Eve's Staff Spotlight


Kaley VonVolkli
Accounting Assistant
360.489.3644
Kaley started at WASA in March 2022. Prior to coming to WASA, Kaley worked as an Accounting and Card Servicing Specialist. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in June 2022. 

General Information

Phone: 360.943.5717 or 800.859.9272