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Board Members

Steve Bauck

Steve BauckSteve 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.

Maureen Bo

PSARA administrative vp, Maureen BoFormer teacher of English and Spanish; union office secretary 12 years. OPEIU Local 8 shop steward and board member 6 years, union business manager 17 years.

Tim Burns

PSARA board member, Tim BurnsRetired from Northwest Airlines after 39+ years. Served as Grievance Committee rep 26 years (12+ years as Chair), also as auditor and trustee (IAM LL 1040) and IAM DL 143 Vice President and contract negotiator. Currently on LL 1040 Legislative Committee and retiree rep, and Vice Chair of the 30th Legislative District Democrats.

Jim Grayson

PSARA board member, Jim GraysonRetired 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 IrigonFrank 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.

Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney


Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenny is a former member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 46 from 1997 to 2013. Born to migrant farm workers from Mexico, Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney grew up in the Yakima Valley, Wapato and Toppenish, and was working in the fields with her family by the age of 5. She co-founded what’s now known as the Washington State Migrant Day Care Center and founded the Educational Institute for Rural Families, while also helping to establish the Farm Worker Health Clinics.

IMG_1033Diane 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 KofahlPresident of AFGE Local 3937, representing Social Security Administration employees throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Also active with JWJ, WSLC and MLKCLC.


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.

Bruce A. “Mac” McIntosh

PSARA board member, Bruce McIntoshRetired hospital worker. Activist and board member of SEIU Local 6 and 1199NW while working. Active in Pride at Work and SEIU Lavender Caucus. Very active working on gay and labor rights.

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 ObornBonny 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 (photo coming)

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.

Mildred Ollee

Mildred Ollee retired as the President of Seattle Central Community College after having spent over 35 years in community college education. Through her family, her profession, and working with individuals and organizations like PASARA she will further her goal of making our community and the world a better place. Through joining with those who share a common purpose, she believes significant change can be made and the goal of social and economic justice can be achieved.

Chuck Richards

PSARA board member, Chuck RichardsRetired 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.

Karen Richter


Karen Richter worked in public transportation her entire career and is a retired AFSCME member out of Chicago.  She joined PSARA over two years ago and works on the Environmental Committee, the Advocate mailing committee, Social Security Works, Wa Coalition, and she worked on getting the King County Council to pass a motion to expand Medicare and social Security.

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.

Bob Swanson

Bob Sw856383_564191840260202_402866356_oanson has been a resident of the Seattle area since 1965.  He was the Executive Director of the Washington State Community Action Partnership for 17 years and currently works as a trainer and consultant with non-profits and Indian Tribes. He co-directed the state wide minnimum wage campaigns in 1988 and 1998. He is the co-chair of the Education committee of PSARA.

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

Katie Wilson

Katie WilsonCo-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.