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King County established a new King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Advisory Board in September 2018. King County Ordinance 18792 amends the King County Code to create the Board.

The VSHSL Advisory Board’s purpose is to oversee the distribution of VSHSL proceeds and to advise King County on matters that uniquely affect each of the the VSHSL’s priority populations. The board will consist of 30 members organized in three 10-member committees. Each committee represents a VSHSL priority population.

In addition to meeting requirements specific to each committee, members of the VSHSL Advisory Board must reside within King County. Elected officials are ineligible for board membership while they hold office.

When will the VSHSL Advisory Board meet?

The Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy Advisory Board will regularly meet monthly. Typically, these meetings will occur on the third Thursday of every month, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. 

These meetings will alternate between King County's Seattle (401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104) and Tukwila (645 Andover Park W, Tukwila, WA 98188) offices.

Next Advisory Board
       Monthly Meeting

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: King County Tukwila Office (645 Andover Park W, Room 130, Tukwila, WA 98188)

Phone: 206.263.8114 | Conference ID: 435684 #

November Advisory Board Agenda

VSHSL Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These meeting minutes capture the attendance, actions, presentations, and votes conducted by the VSHSL Advisory Board.

2019

July | August | September

VSHSL Advisory Board Committees and Members

Eligibility

The members of the VSHSL Advisory Board’s Veterans Committee also constitute the King County’s state-required Veterans Advisory Board. All members of the committee must be veterans as defined in RCW 73.08.005(5). A majority of the committee’s members must be members from nationally recognized veterans service organizations.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for veterans
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting veterans, servicemembers and their families
  • Serve as King County's RCW 73.08 Veterans Advisory Board


Board Members


Alicia Starova

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Alicia Starova

Alicia is a veteran, volunteer at Crisis Connections and served on the King County Veterans Advisory Board in 2018. Through her experience as a veteran and her work in community Alicia sees a great need for the veteran and female veteran's voice. In King County Alicia has worked and trained with Seattle Police Department's Victim Support Team and with the King County Crisis Connections training with suicide and crisis intervention. With those organizations Alicia has seen a great need for veteran resources and support and is hoping that she can continue to serve and assist her fellow veterans.

Representing King County Council District 2 on the Veterans Committee.

Vice-Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board representing the Veterans Committee and Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board.

Contact: VSHSL2@kingcounty.gov


Carrol Stripling

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Carrol Stripling

Carrol is a veteran, has extensive experience serving on committees that are dedicated to assisting veterans and is a former board member of the King County Veterans Advisory Board.

Executive appointee on the Veterans Committee. 

Contact: VSHSL4@kingcounty.gov


Chris Porter

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Chris Porter

Chris is a veteran, a healthcare provider and he has previously served on the Seattle/King County HIV Council and on the King County Veterans Citizens Oversight Board. Chris is passionate about continuing to work to reduce homelessness among veterans.

Representing King County Council District 8 on the Veterans Committee.

Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board.

Contact: VSHSL8@kingcounty.gov


Chuck Murrell

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Chuck Murrell

Chuck is a veteran, retired from the United States Army and NAPA Auto Parts. He served in the former King County Veterans Advisory Board since 2012 and volunteers for the Veterans Administration where he has completed almost 2,500 hours working with veterans. Chuck has been the American Legion Commander of Seattle Post 1 for the past 7 years.

Representing King County Council District 7 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL7@kingcounty.gov


David Waggoner

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David Waggoner

David is a veteran and served as a member on the King County Veterans Advisory Board for 11 years. As an individual veteran volunteer, David championed the Veterans and Human Services levy during its passing and renewal in 2005 and 2011, and volunteered to support the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy when it was renewed and expanded by voters in 2017. David is also a member of the Puget Sound Honor Flight Board of Directors since 2013.

Representing King County Council District 3 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL3@kingcounty.gov


Peter Lewis

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Peter Lewis

Peter is a Vietnam veteran and has worked with veterans on a city, county, state and federal level. Peter is self-employed at both Pete Lewis Consulting and EL Consulting.Peter served on the Regional Policy Committee, Sound Cities Association and Puget Sound Regional Council.

Representing Sound Cities Association on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL6@kingcounty.gov


Robert White

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Robert White

Robert is a veteran and the Vice President of Minority Veterans of America. His professional experience provides him a unique perspective and access to connect often underrepresented communities with the systems that serve them. Robert has a breadth of experience working with community-based organizations to develop frameworks around results-based accountability.

Executive appointee on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL5@kingcounty.gov


Samantha Powers

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Samantha Powers

Samantha is a veteran and a former Officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is the Director of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington. Samantha was a member of the King County Veterans Advisory Board starting in 2017.

Representing King County Council District 1 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL1@kingcounty.gov

Eligibility

The Seniors Committee is comprised of seniors, caregivers of seniors or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving seniors or their caregivers. A majority of the committee’s members must be 55 or older.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for seniors 
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting seniors, caregivers and healthy aging


 Board Members


Cynthia Snyder

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Cynthia Snyder

Cynthia has spent her career and retirement working, volunteering and advocating for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Representing the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL11@kingcounty.gov


Dick Woo

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Dick Woo

Dick is a Certified Public Accountant and is retired from King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, where he worked as a Chief Financial Officer for the former Community Services Division.

Representing the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL12@kingcounty.gov


Lee Harper

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Lee Harper

Lee worked in human services for 20 years and worked directly with seniors for 12 years both at Northshore Senior Center and Greenwood Senior Center. Lee was on the Seattle Human Services Coalition budget task force for several years and represented senior centers in Seattle. Lee is currently the Executive Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Representing King County Council District 4 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL14@kingcounty.gov


Lori Guilfoyle

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Lori Guilfoyle

Lori has 30 years of experience working with seniors and currently is a Human Services Planner for the City of Kent. Lori has worked for the City of Seattle Older Adult Programs, the City of Tukwila Senior Programs and directed Senior Programs at the Maple Valley Community Center Senior Adult programs. Her experience spans meal programs, health and wellness and social/recreation programs as well as City, Suburban and rural programs and the varying needs of older adults within those settings. Lori has worked with many of the organizations that serve newly arrived Immigrant and Refugee communities and has a relationship with the DSHS Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance.

Representing Sound Cities Association on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL19@kingcounty.gov


Nancy Colson

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Nancy Colson

Nancy is a Managing Broker of Windermere Real Estate in Auburn with many years of experience serving on boards, commissions and task forces.

Representing King County Council District 7 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL17@kingcounty.gov


Patrice Thorell

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Patrice Thorell

Patrice is retired from the City of Des Moines where she served as the Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Director, managing programs and services for vulnerable children, families and senior citizens. Patrice is a founding board member of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation (DMLF) serving as the board secretary from 1999 to 2018. The mission of the DMLF is to raise funds to provide equitable programs and services for all citizens.

Representing King County Council District 5 on the Seniors Committee.

Vice-Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board representing the Seniors Committee. 

Contact: VSHSL15@kingcounty.gov


Steven Knipp

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Steven Knipp

Steven is the Executive Director at Generations with Pride (GenPRIDE). GenPRIDE, has expertise with specific senior services for the LGBTQ community and has data about how their needs differ from the general population in King County.

Representing King County Council District 8 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL18@kingcounty.gov


Susan Kingsbury-Comeau

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Susan Kingsbury-Comeau

Susan is the Executive Director at the Mt. Si Senior Center. Susan has experience in affordable housing finance, non-profit operations, the needs of rural seniors and increasing equity, social justice and inclusion.

Representing King County Council District 3 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL13@kingcounty.gov

Eligibility

The Vulnerable Populations Committee is comprised of individuals who are members of a vulnerable population or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving vulnerable populations. King County Ordinance 18555 defines vulnerable populations as persons or communities that are susceptible to reduced health, housing, financial or social stability outcomes because of current experience of or historical exposure to trauma, violence, poverty, isolation, bias, racism, stigma, discrimination, disability or chronic illness.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for vulnerable populations 
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting vulnerable populations


 Board Members


Cindy Goodwin

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Cindy Goodwin

Cindy is the Director of the Department of Youth and Family Services for the City of Mercer Island. Cindy’s professional and family experiences have given her an understanding and respect for the role equity plays in success and challenges. Cindy has veterans in her family as well as in her neighborhood, she sees regularly the challenges many of them face.

Representing Sound Cities Association on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL23@kingcounty.gov


Heidi Shepherd

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Heidi Shepherd

Heidi has over 40 years of professional and community experience and commitment to issues of housing, education/training, and access to food and employment.

Representing King County Council District 1 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL21@kingcounty.gov


Hira Bhullar

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Hira Bhullar

Hira is a Senior Software Engineer at Starbucks. Hira is passionate about making sure King County’s kids and families have the tools necessary to succeed. As a board member of Kent Youth & Family Services, Kent YMCA, Kent Schools Foundation, Kent Sunrise Rotary and Khalsa Gurmat School, Hira gained valuable insight into how to deliver the resources and services that help people in need gain stability, independence and success.

Representing King County Council District 5 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL25@kingcounty.gov


Judith Tobin

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Judith Tobin

Judith is a Councilmember of Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority (PHPDA). As one of nine council members of PHPDA Judith has participated in granting over $15 million to organizations that offer high quality and culturally responsive service to people facing severe disparities. Judith has volunteer experience focused on social justice and equity including: direct service at a homeless women’s shelter and as a crisis line volunteer for seniors, a member of the Social Justice Fund since 1985, 10 years of service on the Pike Market Medical Clinic Board, volunteered with Adult Day Health at Bailey Boushay and Judith was a member of the Solid Ground capital campaign that built the new Community Resource Center in Wallingford and 106 low-income housing units at Sand Point.

Representing King County Council District 2 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Vice-Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board representing the Vulnerable Populations Committee. 

Contact: VSHSL22@kingcounty.gov


Kathlyn Paananen

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Kathlyn Paananen

Kathlyn Paananen is the Housing and Education Manager for Seattle Public Schools. She has experience and insight into the challenges of connecting families to the wide variety of services they may need and the confusion and great difficulty that can come in navigating services. Kathlyn brings a racial equity analysis lens that puts students and families at the center. Through her role at Seattle Public Schools and previously Seattle Housing Authority, she has experience partnering across agencies, departments, and community-based organizations to meet the needs and fill in the systems level gaps for vulnerable populations. Kathlyn brings an inquisitive, supportive, and collaborative mindset to the Vulnerable Populations committee.

Executive appointee on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL27@kingcounty.gov


Michael Tulee

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Michael Tulee

Michael is the Executive Director of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. Michael has lived in King County for over 30 years and has dedicated his professional career to following issues that impact all people living in King County. Being a Native American, Michael believes he can provide important insight on King County Native issues.

Executive appointee on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL28@kingcounty.gov


Michelle Frets

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Michelle Frets

Michelle is the Executive Director at Vine Maple Place and has over 25 years of experience as a business development strategist with senior-level corporate management, responsible for successful organizational leadership and operations. In her past work she developed corporate vision and strategies, worked alongside Boards of Directors, and represented organizations to further enhance corporate integrity. Michelle worked to successfully leveraged her corporate skills and experience to lead initiatives that drive change and promote community transformation. As Executive Director, her current responsibilities include leading strategic development of the non-profit, Vine Maple Place, and overseeing all aspects of daily operations. Working in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years, Michelle’s work is focused every day on furthering and representing the work to stop homelessness.

Representing King County Council District 9 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL29@kingcounty.gov


Olga Perelman

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Olga Perelman

As a Human Services Commissioner for Bellevue and a board member, Olga has had an opportunity to see a broad spectrum of needs of our community through needs assessments and interviews with the community organizations and individuals supported by their services, has lead a bi-annual funds allocation process for the City of Bellevue Human Services Commission and has created strategic plans for a non-profits to meet the needs of the community that they serve.

Representing King County Council District 6 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL26@kingcounty.gov


Rene Murry

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Rene Murry

Rene is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Youth Development Executives of King County. Rene has been in advocacy for children, youth and families for 29 years and currently coordinates advocacy for a coalition of youth serving organizations in King County serving.

Representing King County Council District 4 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL24@kingcounty.gov

Terms and Selection Process

Terms

Board members will serve 3-year terms, with the exception of seven members from each committee who shall be appointed to initial terms of two years.

Selection Process

The King County Executive appoints board members. As the table below depicts, the King County Council, the City of Seattle, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services, and the Sound Cities Association nominate board members for Executive appointment.

Veterans Committee Seniors Committee Vulnerable Populations Committee
King County Executive 2 2
King County Council District 1 1 1
King County Council District 2 1 1
King County Council District 3 1 1
King County Council District 4 1 1
King County Council District 5 1 1
King County Council District 6 1 1
King County Council District 7 1 1
King County Council District 8 1 1
King County Council District 9 1 1
City of Seattle 1 1 1
Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services 2
Sound Cities Association 1 1 1
TOTAL 10 10 10
       
The VSHSL Advisory Board replaces the former Veterans and Human Services Levy’s Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board and Veterans Citizen Oversight Board.  Those boards have provided valuable guidance and oversight since the inception of the former Veterans and Human Services Levy. Read the 2017 VHSL Annual Report to learn more.

Contact

For more information on roles, structure, and application details, please contact the VSHSL Board Liaison at: VSHSL@kingcounty.gov.

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