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Board Members

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.

Tim Burns

PSARA board member, Tim Burns

Retired 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 2202 Legislative Committee and retiree rep and delegate to the State Machininsts Council,  MLKCLC and WSLC.  Former(6 years) Chair of the 30th Legislative District Democrats.  With PSARA: 11 year Executive Board Member, former co-chair of the Government Relations Committee.  Elected in December 2017 as Co-President of PSARA and now, in 2020, is the Chair of Government Relations Committee again.

Lisa Decker

After working in the travel industry for 25 years, Lisa Dekker found a new calling at Washington Community Action in Seattle, fundraising and working toward social, racial, and economic justice.  As a volunteer with the Sierra Club, she was a proud participant in actions like the 1999 WTO protests.  Now retired on the North Olympic Peninsula, she is on the Advisory Committee of Sequim Indivisibles, a PCO with the Clallam County Democrats, and part of a Citizen Lobby group of the local Sierra Club chapter.  Most recently, she became a member of the Steering Committee of a newly formed group, Voices for Health and Healing.  Spearheaded by Tim Wheeler, “Voices” formed to counter a campaign of fear and disinformation against the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s proposed treatment center in Sequim for OUD, Opioid Use Disorder.  She has been a member of PSARA since _____ and lives near Port Angeles with husband Keith and their lively husky-mix, Arlo, who is a constant source of comic relief in the era of Trump.

Carlos de la Tore

Originally from Southern California, Carlos has been a member of the Teamsters, Meat Cutters and United Cement, Gypsum & Lime Workers unions. After leaving the blue-collar world, Carlos returned to school and earned an accounting degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Upon graduation and relocation to the beautiful Pacific
Northwest, Carlos worked in the private-sector financial arena spending more than 20 years in the chemical distribution industry. Evolving motivations and changing life perspectives have led Carlos to the non-profit world, where he has worked for an organization that addresses homelessness and now the accounting manager for WSLC. He is proud to be part of an organization that supports the struggle for fair wages and
social justice.

Ruth Egger

Ruth Egger worked for over40 years in senior care settings.  She started with recreation and closed out her professional career focused on caregivers.     She worked eleven years in Los Angeles, and the rest of her career in Seattle.   Working as one of PSARA’s representatives,she was recently instrumental in the passing of the country’s first State lawmandating long term care insurance.   She has been an active KADIMA member since 1980, and currently is organizing in faith communities for justice for refugees and migrant rights.  



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).

Sam Hatzenbeler

Sam Hatzenbeler holds a master’s of public health from the Community Oriented Public Health Practice program and a B.A. in gender studies, both from the University of Washington. Sam started her work with EOI in 2014 as a graduate policy fellow and then transitioned to being the Development Director until 2019, before taking on managing EOI’s health policy portfolio. Prior to joining the EOI team, Sam worked as a program evaluator at Entre Hermanos, clinic manager at Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic, and community organizer at Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Sam has a faculty appointment with the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.

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.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is the former President of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) which represents more than 500,000 employees in the state of Washington.  Formerly the research Director of the WSLC, Jeff in his former life was a college professor.  He is currently on the board of the Labor Network for Sustainability where he focuses on the intersection between labor, climate change and climate justice including a “Just Tradition”.


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.

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.





David Loud

David Loud has been a peace and social justice activist since his first Ban the Bomb vigil in 1960 at age 15. After graduating from Harvard in 1968, he fell quite by accident into a career in health care in Seattle, where he worked for 46 years:  Swedish Hospital laundry (1969-71), Yesler Terrace Free Clinic (1971-72), Veterans Administration Hospital ward clerk(1972-77), US Public Health Service Hospital/Pacific Medical Center Patient Advocate (1978-98), SEIU 1199NW organizer (1998-2005), Congressman McDermott’s Community Liaison for health care and Veterans (2005-2015). Since retiring,David has continued his activism for universal health care and health justice.He is married to Thu-Van Nguyen, 1975 refugee from Vietnam, and has four grown sons.

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.                              

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.

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.

Linda Peterson

Linda is a retired public servant, having worked for King County for many years in the fields of housing, community development, and human services, at one time serving as president of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development. She is now a member of Retired Public Employees Council of Washington. She is the chair of PSARA’s
Education Committee and is particularly concerned to educate the public on the importance of Social Security for future generations.




Bobby Righi

Bobby Righi, PSARA

Bobby Righi is a retired community college mathematics teacher who has been active in social movements since returning from the Peace Corps in 1967 and jumping into the anti Vietnam War demonstrations and support for Black Liberation struggles. She is a member of the AFT, American Federation of Teachers, and serves on the PSARA Environmental Committee



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 pipefitter/welder and member of Plumbers & Pipefitteers Local 32 where he held several elected positions during his time as an active member. Was also a practicing attorney and served as a lobbyist and Special Assistant to the President for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Upon retiring, served as president of PSARA for 9 years. Currently serves as chair of Social Security Works WA, president of the PSARA Education Fund, and on the Editorial Board of The Retiree Advocate. 

Timothy Wheeler

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.

Mike Andrew , Executive Director of PSARA