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Board Members

Steve Bauck

Steve Bauck

Steve Bauck is retired after serving as Director of Advocacy and Agency Relations for Northwest Harvest. He has long been active on many issues, with a special focus on poverty and hunger and has served on a variety of non-profit boards of directors at the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as co-chair of the PSARA Education Committee.

Kristen Beifus

Kristen has been involved in worker justice all along the supply chain in the US and abroad, including founding a women’s collective on the Thailand-Burma border, advocating across the US for fair trade policies and campaigning for Sweat Free purchasing in WA state. She is currently a Community Organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 21, building a powerful union that fights for economic, political and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities.


Dorene Carrel (photo coming)

Dorene lives in Burien and is a retired editor. She is presently an organizer for the PSARA
South End Committee. Dorene has also served as a volunteer for the past several years with the
34 th District Democrats. She is also an activist for the improvement of public transportation
in the South


Jim Grayson

PSARA board member, Jim Grayson

Retired business owner. Previous boards: NW Regional VP of American Library Ass. Trustee Assn; King County Library System Trustee; President Washington State Library Trustee Association; Cities in Schools; Washington Women’s Employment and Education (WWEE).

Frank Irigon

PSARA board member, Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon, born 1947 in the Philippines, emigrated to the U.S. in 1950. Has been continuously active in Asian Pacific American causes since his student years at the U.W. Editor of Asian Family Affairs; a founder of the International District Community Health Center; and a member of the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, and other groups committed to social change, justice and peace.


Diane Jones


Diane retired from IBEW 46 after 35 years. In 2015 she was campaign chair of the successful signature gathering effort of Initiative 735, clarifying that only people have Constitutional rights, like, for example, free speech. She currently serves on IBEW 46 PAC Committee and as committeewoman for Legislative District 24 Democrats and resides in Jefferson County.

Steve Kofahl

PSARA board member, Steve Kofahl

President of AFGE Local 3937, representing Social Security Administration employees throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Also active with JWJ, WSLC and MLKCLC.

Vivian O. Lee

PSARA board member, Vivian Lee

Retired Senior Manager for women’s health programs in federal Region X of the US Public Health Service. She now volunteers at the UW promoting diversity and scholarship fundraising. She is active in the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization for health screening in under served populations. She is active in social justice organizations and in organizations that address issues of disparity.

Mindy Lee

 Retired in 2010  after 35 years as a school bus driver for the Bellevue school district. While working, she served as a SEIU 925 Shop steward, negotiation team member, and board representative.After retiring she worked to established the SEIU925 retiree chapter and served as an officer for three years. Currently  she is a member of the 46 democrats, retired public Employees council and a volunteer for meals on wheels. As a  member of PSARA, she works with the fund raising committee and the ADVOCATE mailing party and is co-chair of the Government Relations Committee.

Pam Lux

Mark McDermott

Mark is a lifelong activist, in labor, economic justice, immigrant rights and faith-based social justice movements. He is currently working as an economic justice and labor educator doing workshops and speeches for unions and community-based organizations across the the United States. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.

Brent Mc Farlane                                

Vanetta Molson-Turner                    

Xochitl Maykovich


Xochitl Maykovich is the Political Organizer for Washington Community Action Network. She has led campaigns to improve charity care at local hospitals and pass tenant rights legislation in Seattle. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bonny Oborn

PSARA board member, Bonny Oborn

Bonny worked as a public employee for 34 years and retired five years ago from DSHS. She continues to participate in the activities of her WFSE local and since her introduction to PSARA two years ago, she has attended conferences and street rallies for health care, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, and contract disputes.

Garry Owens

Garry Owens is native to Seattle and is a recent retiree from 25 years with the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.  His political roots come from being a foundig member of the UW Black Student Union and the Seattle Black Panther Party.  He is most proud of his two and a half decades of commitment with LELO ( A Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing) as an ally of global revolutionary struggles that support lives without poverty, pain, and all forms of indignation.  He is committed to building uncompromised solidarity among all workers without the barriers of race, gender, or national origin.

Chuck Richards

PSARA board member, Chuck Richards

Retired after 40 years of teaching history and English as a Second Language in secondary schools and colleges in Washington, Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. Board member of Health Care for All-Washington and Washington Education Association – Retired. Actively promoting single-payer health care.

Robert Shimabukuro

Retired from numerous occupations including freelance writer/editor, community historian, community organizer, woodworker, artist-craftsman and restaurateur/chef. Bob has been a volunteer in progressive change work, including farm worker rights, anti-apartheid work, and Asian/Pacific Islander issues wherever he has resided, in Portland, Los Angeles and Seattle. For over 50 years, he has focused on multicultural community building work.

Ronnie Shure

Ronnie has been committed to providing health care to the underserved as a pharmacist working in public health, mental health, and substance abuse programs since 1970. He recently retired from Harborview Medical Center to spend more time with his wife and three daughters and extended family.

Sarajane Siegfriedt

Sarajane Siegfriedt recently retired from a career that evolved from business to human services to government service. An activist and former lobbyist for public campaign financing, she ran for 46th District State Rep in 2012. She is active in the fight for low income and affordable housing and will represent PSARA in coalitions working to expand low-income housing.

Robby Stern

PSARA president, Robby Stern

Former attorney, pipefitter/welder. Lobbyist/assistant to President of Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO 15 years, former chair of the Healthy Wa Coaltion; current chair of Social Security Works WA. Email:

Frieda Takamura

PSARA secretary, Frieda Takamura

Teacher, and then union staff member with the Washington Education Association. Human/Civil Rights Program Coordinator at WEA. Active volunteer with many groups, including the Asian Pacific Islander community, State committees working to improve public education for students of color and the Safe Schools Coalition.

Aganita Varkentine

Aganita has been a long time resident of Seattle, and has also lived in Burien, WA. She now resides in Tacoma, WA. She is a retired librarian and still does some part-time work as a transcriber for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project. She is a board member of PS OLOC (Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change and Community) and TLC (Tacoma Lesbian Connection). She was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and in the anti-war movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been a member of SEIU 775.

Mike Warren

PSARA board member, Mike Warren

President, Chapter 3, Retired Public Employees; President, WASARA; former chief shop steward and bargaining committee member; chair, Washington CAP, advocating for people with disabilities.

Imogene Williams

Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson

Co-founder and current General Secretary of the Seattle Transit Riders Union. Since 2011, TRU has fought successfully to preserve Metro bus service and was instrumental in winning a reduced fare for low income riders. Katie has lived in Seattle since 2004 and has also worked many low-wage jobs including food service, apartment managing and construction.

Edmund Witter                               

Mike Andrew , Executive Director of PSARA