Celebrating WASA's 50th Anniversary

WASA is turning 50!

WASA has compiled a list of history facts to get to know us better. You can see our monthly additions to this on the WASA newsletters.

Did you know?

WASA Hotline was established in 1971 during the legislative session to keep WASA’s membership informed about the status of legislation important to schools. In addition, Hotline was sent to members monthly to provide information on events to report or action to suggest. During  the session in 1975, members received Hotline and a weekly newsletter called Target as changes occurred in education legislation.

Did you know?

WASA was originally housed in a motel room next to the WSSDA office. At that time, the staffing included one executive and a half-time clerical person. 

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In 1981, the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) was invited to join WASA for the first annual Joint Summer Conference. This began what is now a forty-year tradition: The WASA /AWSP Summer Conference.

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WASA superintendents have been selected as finalists nine times as the National Superintendent of the Year

2021  Michelle Reid, Northshore 
2016  Steve Webb, Vancouver
2011  Mary Alice Heuschel, Renton
2007  Larry Nyland, Marysville
2006  Ben Soria, Yakima
2002  Steve Rasmussen, Franklin Pierce
1996  Janet Barry, Central Kitsap
1993  Brian Benzel, Edmonds 
1991  Jerry Hester, Spokane  

Two were selected National Superintendent of the YearJanet Barry and Michelle Reid. Click here to see the entire listing of WASA Superintendents of the Year, going back to 1988.  

Did you know?

WASA's Code of Ethics was established in 1974. The Code set standards of ethical behavior to which members were and are expected to adhere. The standards reflect the honor and dignity of the profession of school administration. See WASA's Code of Ethics here.

You can find out more about WASA's history by exploring the tabs below!

Our 50th Anniversary Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsors during our 50th year!

WASA Through the Decades

WASA has grown tremendously over the past 50 years. Explore the tabs below to find out more in-depth details of our history. 



The Washington Association of School Administrators had its origin as the Department of Administration and Supervision in the Washington Education Association in the 1950’s. A major impetus to the growth as an association for administrators occurred when the WEA dropped non-teachers from membership.  

WASA was governed by a constitution and bylaws and standing rules. 

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The purposes of the Association were exclusively educational and charitable, with the intent of promoting the improvement and advancement of education and public interest in improved schools. 

In the early years, the Association was managed by elected officers and was still primarily an organization of superintendents. One main conference was held each year and some volunteer efforts were made in the legislative arena.

1967 Fall Conference Brochure


Membership determined in the Association’s 1965 constitution consisted of active, associate, and honorary members. 

Officers and the Executive Board 

Officers of the Association were composed of a President and President-elect. The Executive Board was composed of:

  • President
  • President-elect
  • Immediate past president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • One representative for each congressional districts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7
  • Two representatives from the fourth congressional district
  • Two representatives from the fifth congressional district

WASA's first logo was created in 1967.

WASA's first logo
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Job-alike Categories

As members joined WASA, they had the opportunity to select a job-alike category or categories in which they wished to be identified with. Job-alike groups elected chairpersons and vice-chairpersons annually from members of their special interest category. The job-alike groups held meetings for in-service, made presentations at conferences, and represented WASA in their special interest category throughout the state.

Examples of the job-alike categories included:
  • Special Education
  • Superintendents
  • Vocational Directors
  • General Administration
  • Principals
  • Business Services
  • Personnel Administrators
  • Curriculum & Instruction Specialists
  • Negotiators
  • Pupil Services
  • Federal Project Management
  • Grants Manager 

In 1975, the WASA membership voted unanimously to broaden the scope of the organization to encompass the entire administrative team.
In January 1976, WASA became a broadly-based organization with 35 different job categories.

WASA 1978 logo 

Women Administrators

In 1976, Monica Schmidt and Mona Bailey, Assistant Superintendents of SPI, approached President-elect Bob Sealey, regarding the need for greater involvement of women administrators in WASA.
Sealey informed the Board that the Association should create a climate where women administrators could feel they have a voice in the organization. This would pave the way for WASA's first female president in the next decade. 

WASA Regions

WASA members were eligible to participate in a WASA region organization. Each region elected a President, President-elect, Secretary-treasurer, and delegates to the Representative Assembly each year. Regions included: 

Region 101
Region 104
Region 105
Region 108
Region 109
Region 110
Region 111
Region 112
Region 113
Region 114
Region 123
Region 167/171 

WASA Board 
  • President
  • President-elect
  • Past President
  • Region 101 Representative
  • Region 105 Representative
  • Region 108 Representative
  • Region 109 Representative
  • Region 110 Representative
  • Region 111 Representative
  • Region 112 Representative
  • Region 113 Representative
  • Region 114 Representative
  • Region 123 Representative
  • Region 171 Representative 

Dr. Roland H. Upton, Part-time Interim Executive Secretary, 1971–72   
Murray A. Taylor,  Full-time Executive Secretary, 197277 
Doyle E. Winter, WASA's first Executive Director, 19771980

Standing Committees and Sub-Committees 

The lifeline of WASA has been the activity of its committees. Each WASA region was allowed one representative on each committee. Standing Committees consisted of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and a representative from each WASA region. Committees and subcommittees included the following: 

  • Legislative and Finance

    • Federal Legislation
    • Building Liaison
    • ESD
    • Small Schools
    • Intermediate Districts
    • Negotiations
  • Ad Hoc Bylaws
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Resolutions
  • Honorary Awards
  • Special Services and Benefits
    • Membership
    • Publication
  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Professional Standards and Ethics Committee
  • Membership
Ad Hoc Committees 

Ad hoc committees were named by the president of the association for study of specific topics or concern.  

Implementation of a Representative Assembly 
At the 1975 WASA Summer Conference, WASA membership unanimously approved implementing a Representative Assembly type of governance. The purpose of the Representative Assembly was to develop policies for translating the purposes of WASA into action programs. Delegate members included nine from standing committees, ten job-alike groups, 15 members of the board of directors, and 25 regional representatives. 


“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” 

WASA joined the Washington State School Directors Association and the Association of Washington School Principals in a cooperative legislative effort to challenge the WEA. 

Confederation of Washington School Administrators (CWSA) 

The Confederation was established in December 1974 for administrators to become more effective and efficient through joint participation. They spoke as one group on legislation that affected education and to communicate concern to the public. Members included:
Washington Association of School Personnel Administrators (WASPA)Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO)

  • Washington Association of Administrator of Special Education (WAASE)
  • Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA)
  • Washington Association of Administrators of Pupil Services (WAAPS) 

Session Themes 
  • “WASA On the Move”
  • “The Times, They Are a’ Changin'”
  • “United we Stand, Divided we Fall”
  • “In Unity There is Strength” 

  • “A Year of Change”
  • “The Only Thing That’s Constant is Change” 
Examples of Key Education Legislation

Full Funding for Schools
Special Levy Relief
Professional Negotiations
Collective Bargaining
Teacher Continuing Contract Law
Teacher Pensions
Teachers’ Right to Strike
Tax Reform
Student Transportation
Student Testing
Student Discipline
Funding for Special Education
Basic Education Bill 


School Administration Special Services (SASS)

SASS offered WASA members quality coverage and broad long-lasting benefits including:

  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Income Protection
  • Automotive Lease Plan
  • Travel
  • PEMCO Home insurance
  • Family Life Plan
  • Washington School Employees Credit Union
WASA Professional Development
  • Fall Conference
  • Summer Conference
  • Special Education Conference
  • Negotiators Conference
  • In-service Workshops (i.e., Child Abuse Awareness Workshop)
  • Leadership Conference
  • Seminars (i.e., Small Schools Seminar, Financial and Retirement Planning for the Washington State School Administrator)
  • Project Leadership 


In 1972, IPAC considered the question, “What can we, as school administrators do to most positively affect student success in Washington States K-12 schools?”

The component identified seven issues critical to student success:

  1. Significant Student Outcomes for K-12
  2. Improved Student Assessment
  3. Increased Community, Parent and Staff Involvement
  4. Relevant Curriculum for the Future
  5. Improved Program Evaluation
  6. Diversity and Equity Considerations
  7. Improved Staff/Parent/Community Training

A report was developed to address the issues, entitled “Improving Student Success in Washington State’s K-12 Schools.”

1971 Hotline logo

1971 Hotline logo    


Hotline was established in 1971 during the legislative session to keep WASA’s membership informed about the status of legislation important to schools. In addition, Hotline was sent to members monthly to provide information on events to report or action to suggest.                                                                             

During the session in 1975, members received Hotline and a weekly newsletter called Target as changes occurred in education legislation.  

1977 Hotline Logo

1977 Hotline logo
Other Publications

Examples of publication in the early years were:

  • WASA’s Code of Ethics was established in 1974
    • The Code set standards of ethical behavior which members were and are expected to follow to reflect honor and dignity of the profession of school administration.  
  • First Aid Kit for the Superintendent Selection Process
  • Legal Considerations Regarding Strikes in Washington State 
WASA's Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics was first created in 1974. The Code sets standards of ethical behavior, which members are expected to follow so that they will reflect honor and dignity of the profession of school administration. These are updated to reflect our organization each year. Follow the link above to view an updated version. 

The decade of the 1980s continued the growth and expansion of WASA that began in the latter part of the 1970s.  

WASA’s New Address
May 1980 
210 East Union  
Olympia, WA 98501 

Dr. Howard Coble

WASA Executive Director from 1980-1991. A first-hand account of WASA at this time, written by Dr. Coble, is available here
Below: Photo of Dr. Coble during his time as Executive Director.

Kris Van Gorkom

Kris joined the WASA Executive Team in October 1984 as Assistant Executive Director, Legislative Information and Research.

Pictured: Kris Van Gorkom in 1984.

John Fotheringham

In 1986, former superintendent of the South Central School District joined the WASA staff as Associate Executive Director.

"Passing of the Gavel" Incoming President Curtis Horne receives the WASA gavel from Outgoing President Richard Johnson (September 1982).

WASA’s First Female PresidentMaryann Johnson 

In 1987, Maryann Johnson became the first female, non-superintendent to be WASA’s president. During her presidency, she became an expert and effective advocate for reorganization.

Maryann Johnson, WASA's first female president.

Project Leadership 
WASA received a $8,220 grant for work in cooperation with Oregon and Alaska on Project Leadership, a management improvement project funded by the National Institute of Education (NIE).Project Leadership held its first training conference in 1981 with almost 100 in attendance. This professional development program became a national model for training programs. 
WASA/AWSP Summer Conference

In 1981, the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) was invited to join WASA for the first annual Joint Summer Conference.  

Below: 1982 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference Yakima 

1982 Summer Conference Presenter, Carolyn Warner
 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference Themes

1980 Complexity of Leadership—Styles for the 80s 
1981  Together for the Challenge of the 80s 
1982  Education—An Asset in Washington 
1983  Future Schools 
1984  Quest for Quality … Measuring Up 
1985  Equity with Excellence 
1986  This One’s for You? 
1987  Kids Are Our Best Investment 
1988  Let’s Celebrate: We’re Doing Great!!! 
1989 Challenge of the 90s: The Changing Role of School Administrators 

1989 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference Attendees, Milt Snyder and Dennis Ray

Leadership in Educational Administrator Development (LEAD) Program 
WASA, in cooperation with AWSP, received a federally funded grant to operate the LEAD program. The program began in 1987 and developed excellent professional growth opportunities for aspiring administrators.  
TEAM Energy 
In 1988, WASA received a grant from the Washington State Energy Office to provide a program called TEAM Energy to increase energy awareness and other cost-effective training for school districts.
Additional WASA Conferences and Seminars
  • Small Schools Conference 
  • Aspiring Administrators 
  • WASA/AWSP Administrative Team Workshop 
  • WASA Grants Managers Conference 
  • WASA Superintendents Conference 
  • WASA Leadership Conference 
  • WASA New Superintendents Workshop 
  • Small Schools Drive-In Conference 
  • WASA Fall Conference 
  • Special Education Alike Conference 
  • Job Alike Conferences 
  • WASA Excellence Conference 
  • WASA Self Study Workshop 
  • WASA First Class Superintendents Conference 
  • WASA/WSSDA School Budget Awareness Workshop 
  • WASA/WSSDA School Construction Conference 
  • Special Education Mentor Program 
  • School Budget Awareness Workshop 
  • Administrative Team Workshop 
  • Negotiators Legislative Conference 
Education Leadership Team
WASA, WSSDA, and AWSP worked for more than a decade together to improve the quality of educational opportunity. The efforts focused both on the legislative arena and with training programs to increase the skills of those who lead schools. In September 1987, the officers of WASA WSSDA, and AWSP reaffirmed their commitment to team effort.
Employee Relations and Negotiations Network (ERNN) 

A new partnership with the Washington Association of School Personnel Administrators (WASPA) established the Employee Relations and Negotiations Network as an additional service for school administrators. 

WASA Contracts 

The School Information and Research Service (SIRS) and the Washington In-Service Education Fund affiliated as independent organizations operated under a management contract by WASA. 

1989 WASA Leadership Conference
WASA President-elect Larry Nyland outlines his plans for a WASA Strategic Planning Session.
Steve Deal, 1989-90 WASA Region 101 President-elect, during a planning session of future region presidents. 

Goals as Determined at WASA Leadership Conferences 
WASA members included region presidents, job-alike chairpersons, committee chairpersons, and members of the Board of Directors.

Click here to view the goals broken down by year. 


  • Supplemental Budget 
  • Tax Reform and Adequate Revenue 
  • Preservation of the Defined Basic Education Program 
  • Restoration of Cuts 
  • Full Funding of the Basic Education Act 
  • Maintaining the Current Levy Lid and Equalization of Tax Rate for Levies 
  • School Construction 
  • Salary Improvements for Educational Employees 
  • Full Funding of Non-employee Related Costs for Basic Education, Vocational Educations, Skill Centers, and Special Programs. 
  • COLAs for Current and Retired TRS 1 and PERS 1 Members. 

Governmental Relations 
In 1980, WASA expanded its governmental relations efforts with the employment of Bill Lahmann as project director to head the department.
A feasibility study was conducted to determine whether a legislative digest service could be developed by utilizing a telephone link between school district computers and WASA equipment.
Communicating With Members During Session
A feasibility study was conducted to determine whether a legislative digest service could be developed by utilizing a telephone link between school district computers and WASA equipment.
Legislature in Special Session
In 1985, Governor Booth Gardner signed SB 3350 into law. Present were the Governor (seated) and standing left to right, Senator Marc Gaspard, Carol Nelson representing the Garfield School District, Senator Pat Patterson, WASA Executive Director Howard Coble, and WSSDA Assistant Director Ben Edlund. SB3350 created a pilot project that permitted joint operation of small school districts.


In 1987, WASA started a reorganization due to a need caused by a growth in WASA membership. According to the WASA Self-Assessment Task Force, "A doubling of WASA membership in the last decade and the disparate growth among component groups and regions created very unequal representation in the WASA governance and decision-making processes."

The new structure was created to develop stronger component groups without diminishing the effectiveness of the regions.


In 1988, the WASA Board approved the Special Housing Taskforce recommendation to purchase a 6,400 square foot office building in Olympia that would serve members for many years.


In March 1981, Dr. Stevenson, superintendent of Shoreline School District for 18 years and past president of WASA became president of AASA.

Washington Superintendent of Shoreline School District, Dr. William G. Stevenson, installed as President of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA)


WASA Conferences, Programs, and Institutes Included: 
  1. WASA/WCASE/OSPI Special Education Institute
  2. WASA Strategic Planning Training Program
  3. WASA Fall Conference
  4. WASA/WSSDA Legislative Conference
    • 1990 Tomorrow’s Students: Changing Needs, Changing Times
    • 1991 New Paradigms - Reinventing Our Schools 
    • 1992 Caring to the Core
    • 1993 Visionary - Celebrating Leadership
    • 1994 Windows for Success
    • 1995 Pulling Together for Kids
    • 1996 Educational Leaders - Champions of Children
    • 1997 Education in Washington: A Proud Legacy and a Promising Future
    • 1998 Changes, Challenges in School Reform Choices: Face It, Embrace It
    • 1999 Going for the Gold!  Leadership from the Heart
  5. AWSP/WASA and LEAD Consortium Conference
  6. WASA Small Schools Conference
  7. WASA/AWSP Summer Conference
  8. WASA Superintendent Component Group Conference
  9. WASA Leadership Academy
  10. WASA/AWSP Administrative Team Workshop
  11. Aspiring Leaders Workshop
  12. WASA Grant-Writing Workshop
  13. WASA/WSSDA School Facilities Conference
  14. Teamship Academy


Services offered:
  1. WASA Strategic Management Services
  2. WASA Management and Operational Reviews
    • WASA’s Management and Operational Review Program offered a process, methodology, and study approach for Washington school districts to use, regardless of size. The program was designed to analyze the management capabilities of a district through a detailed internal review of its operations and system.
  3. Strike Management
  4. Construction Planning
  5. Financial Planning Services
  6. Legislative Services
  7.  WASA EduPortal (new in 2000)
    • An internet-based tool featuring a powerful rapid-search process, a database of information critical to administration, and the ability to enter school district documents for efficient management, communication, and retrieval.


Get Answers Fast Via the WASA Website

The WASA website, www.wasa-oly.org, was up and running in April 1999 for WASA members to receive legislative, professional development, and governance information.

Professional Development Programs

Project Leadership
To promote continued professional development on cutting edge issues and management within a networking environment.

Leadership Academy
The WASA Board approved establishment of the WASA Leadership Academy with the first institute held in July 1993. The Leadership Academy was focused on administrators who qualified for their position through formal academic and certification requirements and wanted to hone their personal leadership skills. 

LEAD Outreach
To identify, recruit, and acquaint prospective administrators with school administration and to enhance the skills of early career administrators.


  1. Washington State School Strike Information Manual
  2. Improving Student Success
  3. How We Fund Our SchoolsA Joint Effort of WASA, SIRS, WSSDA, and the Washington Research Council
  4. The AMAZE-ing Reform PuzzlePutting it all Together
  5. WASA’s Supervision and Evaluation to Education Reform Toolkit

Infographic from March 2000 Hotline


In January 1992, WASA began a new publication called This Week in Olympia (TWIO)  to keep members informed with up-to-date minute updates on legislative action. Members received issues by way of broadcast FAX.


WASA Legislative Platform


Retirement Issues
Restructuring to Improve Student Learning
Levy Equalization
School Construction
Health care benefits for retirees
Administrative Salaries


Extended Staff School Year
School Construction
Improved Adult/Student Ration
Program related


School Funding
Simple Majority
Education Reform
School Construction
Educational Options
Safe Schools

Volunteer Employees Benefit Association (VEBA) III Plan

In June 1991, Governor Booth Gardner signed SHB 1358. With the signing of the bill, districts were able to provide a medical expense reimbursement plan in lieu of annual sick leave cash-out to be used for tax free medical benefits both before and after retirement.

Pictured with Governor Gardner, (seated, left to right) Milly Campbell, Randy Dorn (D, 2nd District Representative), Cliff Campbell (Superintendent, La Center and on the VEBA Board), Marilyn Rasmussen (D, 2nd District Representative), Howard Coble (WASA Executive Director) and Walter Ball (Director, AWSP Governmental Relations)

1992 ESHB 5952—The New Restructuring Bill
  • Repeals the master’s degree requirement.
  • Extends the provisional period for teachers from one year to two years.
  • Requires the State Board of Education to study certification issues and report back to the Legislature.
  • Revised the powers of local school boards.
  • Permits the State Board to grant waivers to specific Basic Education requirements.
  • Establishes a Commission on Student Learning.


  • Legislative Effectiveness
  • Student Success
  • Professional Training
  • Public Relations
  • Funding Sources
  • Member Services 

1998 WASA Board:.Top (left to right): Maggie Thompson, Bruce Hawkins, Joe Ghaffari, Jerry Hansen, Chuck Anderson, Becky Imler, Dennis Carter. Middle: Peter Ansingh, Rick Cole, Jim Shoemake, Chuck Stocker, Harry Amend, Randy Hauff. Front row: Jack Hill Dennis Ray, Gretchen McCauley, Steve Rasmussen, Debbie Aungst. 

  • Increase influence with legislators and the Legislature by developing a stronger coalition with other education organizations, the business community, and the general public.
  • Continue to promote professional development, accountability, and responsibility in education reform.
  • Identify and develop emerging leaders with emphasis on diversity and non-superintendents.
  • Encourage stronger WASA governance by strengthening component and committee activities.
  • Initiate strategies to demonstrate administrators as advocates for kids and public education.
  • Influence legislation.
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely fashion.
  • Review WASA’s mission and vision.
  • Review structure of components and standing committees.
  • Develop resource teams to assist districts with student accountability.




The Governor’s Council on Education Reform and Funding  was established by former Governor Booth Gardner to develop a plan for reforming education in Washington. A 21 member “Blue Ribbon Council," and its various sub-committees worked for 18 months to finalize recommendations in December 1992. WASA supported the final report. 

Key concepts in the final GCERF report:

  • Redefine learning goals for our students.
  • Performance assessment linked to learning goals.
  • New professional standards for teachers and administrators.
  • Sufficient deregulation to restore local decision-making.
  • Increased accountability for achieving desired student outcomes.
  • Additional time for staff and organization development.
HB 1209 and SB 5306

House Bill 1209 and Senate Bill 5306, the 1993 Education Reform Bills, were introduced to the Legislature. Both of these bills contained essentially all of the GCERF’s recommendations.

  • Establish the State Student Learning Goals.
  • Expand and modify the responsibilities of the Commission on Student Learning.
  • Put forth six additional provisions for education.
Commission on Student Learning (CSL)

The Commission on Student Learning was established by Substitute Senate Bill 5953, which was passed on the final day of the 1992 Legislative Session.  Responsibilities were expanded to 12 duties and fiscal oversight was shifted from the Office of Financial Management to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

WASA monitored and testified regarding the Education Reform Bills daily due to this controversial highlight in the 1993 session.

4th Grade Accountability Task Force Recommendations were approved by the Commission on Student Learning in November 1997.

Changing from a Super Majority to a Simple Majority

In June 1998, the WASA Board authorized WASA staff to proceed with necessary steps for launching a statewide constitutional amendment campaign to change the super majority requirement for school levies to a simple majority.


Partnerships at the time included
  • Educational Renewal Institute
  • Employee Relations and Negotiations Network (ERNN)
  • LEAD Consortium
  • WASA Initiative to Support for Local Districts Faced with Work Stoppages in partnership with WSSDA and AWSP
  • WASA/AWSP/WSSDA Strike Management
  • SIRS
  1. School Construction Information Project
  2. Team Energy
  3. WASA’s Strategic Planning
Racial and Ethnic Diversity Growing (as reported in the March 1992 Hotline)

According to a report in 1984–85, and reported again in 1992 Hotline, according to Superintendent of Public Instruction, Judith Billings, “less than 15 percent of the student body was non-white; minorities now comprised about 18 percent; and by 1994–95, they will increase to nearly 20 percent of the student population.”

The Challenge of Systems Change by Larry Nyland, March 1992

Four elements that represent a new way at looking at the job as school administrators:

  1. Systems Change
    Strategy: Be hard on the system and soft on people.
  2. Collaboration
    Strategy: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Steven Covey
  3. Community involvement
    Strategy: Go early and often to your community.
  4. Continuous Renewal
    Strategy: Ask tough questions—create a need.



Women as Superintendents Grew in This Period

In 1991, Washington with 40 women in CEO positions, led the nation in percentage of females holding the superintendence.

In the nine year period from 1983–1992, the number of women increased from 157 to 370, a growth of 236%. Along with a large total increase in the number of women administrators came a significant increase in each administrative job category with the largest in the superintendence and assistant superintendent level.

In 1993, females represented 15 percent of all superintendents or head teacher position in Washington.

Janet Barry, Central Kitsap School District Superintendent, was named 1996 National Superintendent of the year.

Superintendent Vacancies

1995 Of the 42 superintendent vacancies filled, three were women, 12 were out-of-state candidates and three were serving as interim superintendents.
1997 Of the 49 superintendent vacancies filled, seven were women, one was an out-of-state candidate, and four were serving as interim superintendents.


WASA recognized George Pasnick at the 1993 WASA Summer Conference for being a WASA member for 54 years. 
George Pasnick posing for his award. 

Our Leadership Through the Decades

1953–54 Elmo Steinke 
1954–55 Morton Johnson 
1955–56 Harold Griffith 
1956–57 Gordon Carter 
1957–58 Scott Milligan 
1958–59 Paul Furgeson 
1959–60 Rolland Upton 
1960–61 Gilbert Mills 
1961–62 Myron Colburn 
1962–63 Phil Syrdahl 
1963–64 Myron Ernst 
1964–65 Carl Jensen 
1965–66 Robert Smith 
1966–67 Harold Silvernail 
1967–68 Max Snyder 
1968–69 Robert Bates 
1969–70 Walter Hitchcock 
1970–71 Robert Woodroof 
1971–72 Marvin Schroeder 
1972–73 Charles R. (Bob) Marshall 
1973–74 Donald Gibbs 
1974–75 William Stevenson 
1975–76 Jack Hill 
1976–77 Robert Sealey 
1977–78 Charles McNurlin 
1978–79 George Daniel 
1979–80 Donald Anderson 
1980–81 Stanford Hosman 
1981–82 Richard Johnson 
1982–83 Curtis Horne 
1983–84 Ray Smith 
1984–85 John Gott 
1985–86 Dennis Ray 
1986–87 Milton Snyder 
1987–88 Maryann Johnson 
1988–89 Kent Matheson 
1989–90 Larry Nyland 
1990–91 Richard Harris 
1991–92 Michael Bernazzani 
1992–93 Norman Wisner 
1993–94 James Menzies 
1994–95 Herbert Berg 
1995–96 Peter Ansingh 
1996–97 H. Jerome Hansen 
1997–98 Harry Amend 
1998–99 James Shoemake 
1999–00 Gary Livingston 
2000–01 Stephen Rasmussen 
2001–02 Gretta Merwin 
2002–03 Mack Armstrong, Mount Vernon 
2003–04 Richard McCullough, Snoqualmie Valley 
2004–05 Paul Rosier, Kennewick 
2005–06 Carol Whitehead, Everett 
2006–07 Steve Chestnut, Moses Lake 
2007–08 John Erickson, Vancouver 
2008–09 Rich McBride, ESD 171 
2009–10 Monte Bridges, PSESD 
2010–11 Saundra Hill, Pasco 
2011–12 Joel Aune, Snoqualmie Valley 
2012–13 Paul Sturm, Pullman 
2013–14 Mike Nelson, Enumclaw 
2014–15 Michelle Price, Moses Lake 
2015–16 Frank Hewins, Franklin Pierce 
2016–17 Lois Davies, Pateros 
2017–18 Steve Webb, Vancouver 
2018–19 Randy Russell, Freeman 
2019–20 Krestin Bahr, Eatonville 
2020–21 Brian Talbott, Nine Mile Falls 
2021–22 Aaron Leavell, Bremerton 

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Dr. Doyle E. Winter 
WASA’s first Executive Director       
1977–80 (and again in 1997)

Dr. Howard Coble 
Executive Director

 John J. Fotheringham
Executive Director

Dr. Doyle E. Winter
Executive Director

WASA Membership Through the Decades
1980 995
1981 961
1982 1,040
1983 1,147
1984 1,233
1985 1,091
1986 1,219
1987 1,337
1988 1,176
1989 1,238
1990 1,418
1991 1,452 
1992 1,481 
1998 1,091*
1999    1,582 

*WASA’s active membership totaled 1,091, the highest since the 1991-92 school year. This was a net increase of 10% and reflects a new high of 417 female members.    
1980   $350,000
1982 $480,000
1983 $480,000
1985 $735,000
1987 $1,000,000
1988 $1,060,124
1989 $1,301,332
1990 $1,606,239
1991   $1,544.198
1992 $1,709,340
1997  $1,904,088 (Preliminary)