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Executive Office


Joel Aune
Executive Director
Prior to accepting the position of executive director with WASA, Joel has served as superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the Colfax School District for seven years. 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.

Shari Parsons
Executive Assistant

Professional Learning (Conferences) & Membership
360.489.3640 / 360.352.6873 fax

Mike Nelson
Assistant Executive Director

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 (over 13 years as superintendent). In 2019 he was selected as the Washington State Superintendent of the Year.

Lisa Gehman
Professional Learning/Membership Assistant

Bella Troiani
Communication and Production Support

Government Relations

Dan Steele
Assistant Executive Director
Dan 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, he served the state's locally elected school board members for over 13 years with the Washington State School Directors' Association.

Sheila Chard
Administrative Assistant

Member Services & Administrative Operations

Andy Wolf
Assistant Executive Director

Andy 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. 


Eve Johnson
Business and Infrastructure Manager

Kaley VonVolkli
Accounting Assistant

General Information

Phone: 360.943.5717 or 800.859.9272