Board & Staff

Board of Directors

The Honorable Rick S. Bender – Chair. Director since February 2008. Former President of the Washington State Labor Council, Former State Representative (1st) and Senator (44th).

Carl Gipson – Vice Chair. Director since January 2017. Director, External Affairs, AT&T.

The Honorable Lynn Kessler – Treasurer. Director since January 2011. Former WA State Representative, 24th District.

The Honorable Sam Reed – Secretary. Director since April 2001. Washington Secretary of State from 2001 to 2013.

Justice Gerry L. Alexander (Retired) – Director since January 2012. Former Justice and Chief Justice on the Washington Supreme Court.

Bill Baldwin – Director since January 2012. CEO of Baldwin Resource Group.

Marty Brown – Director since January 2018. Former Executive Director, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

Don Brunell – Director since January 2018. Former President & CEO, Association of Washington Business.

Susan Champlain – Director since January 2019. Director, Government Operations, The Boeing Company.

Joe Dacca – Director since January 2019. Director, Office of State Relations, University of Washington.

David Ducharme – Director since June 2020. Executive Director, Broadband Communications Association of Washington.

Denny Eliason – Director since January 2003. Founder of Alliances Northwest, government relations firm.

The Honorable Karen Fraser – Director since January 2017. Former State Senator.

Ann E. Goos – Director since January 2019. Former Director of Public Affairs, WSU & Consultant.

Carmen Mendez – Director since January 2017. Deputy Mayor for the City of Yakima.

The Honorable Sid Morrison – Director since February 2008. Former Congressman, state Transportation Secretary and state legislator.

The Honorable Ralph Munro – Director since October 1993. Washington Secretary of State from 1980 to 2000.

Briahna Murray – Director since January 2019. Vice President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs.

Karla Graue Pratt – Director since January 1998. Strategic Non-profit Consultant.

Christopher Rankin – Director since January 2018. Rankin Equipment Company.

Antonio Sanchez – Director since January 2018. Retired Director of Intergovernmental & International Relations, Central Washington University.

Mary Thompson – Director since January 2017. Partner, Artifacts, Inc.

Rhonda Weaver – Director since January 2016. Senior Director of State Government Affairs for Comcast.

Lacie West – Director since January 2019. Executive Director, The Service Board.

The Honorable Kim Wyman – Director since January 2013. Washington Secretary of State.

Staff Members

The Honorable Renee Radcliff Sinclair – President & CEO

Bonnie Geray  – Business Manager


Mike Bay – VP, Programming

Scott Chisa – Programming Coordinator

Mike McClanahan – Executive Producer/Host of The Impact

Angela Nolasco – Producer/Host of Field Report and Legislative Review

Michael Peters – Director of Visual Media

David McGimpsey – Media Content Producer


Brett Hansen – Director of Education

Stefani Smith – Media Producer and Education Specialist


Frank van Gelder – Director of Development

Cheri Ritchie – Office Administrator/Events Manager

Jonathan Lindsay – Individual Giving Manager


Marc Gerchak – Director of Engineering

Scott Freeman – Director of Information Technology

Ryan VonBargon – I. T. Systems Specialist

Heidi Sharpe – Social Media Manager


Anthony Arenas – Operations Supervisor

Jason Brede – Senior Production Technician

Pedro Fraqui – Production Technician

Eva Kohlman – Production Technician

Patrick Maxwell – Senior Production Technician

Jeff Pinell – Senior Production Technician

Aaron Qualls – Lead Production Technician

Nathan Shaw – Lead Production Technician

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