Washington State Association of Senior Centers

Opportunity and Growth through a Leadership Organization

A senior center is a community focal point where older adults come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage their involvement in and with the community.

As part of comprehensive community strategy to meet the needs of older adults, senior centers offer services and activities within the center and link participants with resources offered by other agencies. Center programs consist of a variety of individual and group services and activities.

The center also serves as a resource for the entire community for information on aging; support for family caregivers; training professional and lay leaders and students; and for development of innovative approaches to addressing aging issues.

The senior center addresses the recreational and therapeutic needs of its clientele in the promotion of programs that provide leisure services.

Organization Purposes

The purpose for which the Association is organized includes:

  1. Encouraging growth and development of the senior center concept.
  2. Providing growth and networking opportunities for senior center personel.
  3. Advocating improved services for senior citizens.

Membership Services & Benefits

  • Annual training conferences for professionals and students
  • Opportunity for involvement in the organization’s growth
  • Networking with professional peers
  • Information and assistance with new and developing programs
  • Involvement in legislative issues affecting senior centers and older adults
  • Legislative phone, email and fax tree
  • Washington State Senior Center Directory (updated biannually)
  • Washington Recreation & Park Association affiliation and discount and discount on dues
  • Group Travel opportunities
  • Organizational website: www.wsasc.org 

Recognition and Awards

Each year, WSASC honors outstanding individuals, organizations and programs at the spring conference.  The current award categories are Professional, New Professional (Rising Star), Organizational/Advocate and Best New Program/Activity.

In the spirit of true recognition and celebrating success, you are encouraged to offer recognition to those in your center, community and this organization by nominating them for these awards.

Download: Awards

Board of Directors

2015-2016

Officers

  • Teri Burke—Chair, Redmond Senior Center
  • Amy Sassenberg
  • Jacob McGee—Treasurer, East County Senior Center
  • Kristy Dunn—Membership Services, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Joyce Schultz— 2015 Conference Chair, Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor
  • Sheri McConnaughey–Travel, Tukwila Parks & Recreation
  • Betsy Johnson, Kirkland Senior Center

2012-2013

Officers

  • Antonia Kerney—Chair
  • Steve Bell–Secretary, Pullman Senior Center
  • Rocky Kirwin—Treasurer, Auburn Senior Activity Center

Members at Large

  • Sue Hilberg—Past Chair, Bonney Lake Senior Activity Center
  • Bophary Du—Marketing, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Kristy Dunn—Membership Services, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Shelby Borden—Fundraising, City of Fife Community Center
  • Joyce Schultz— Partnerships, Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor
  • Sheri McConnaughey–Special Projects, Tukwila Parks & Recreation
  • Bonnie McDade—Conference Co-Chair 2013, Southside Senior Center
  • Christa Richardson—Conference Co-Chair 2013, Corbin Senior Center

Ex-Officio Board Member

  • Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan—Senior Lobby Representative, Senior Services of South Sound

2011-2012

Officers

  • Sue Hilberg—Chair, Bonney Lake Senior Center
  • Christa Richardson—Secretary, Corbin Senior Activity Center
  • Rocky Kirwin—Treasurer, Auburn Senior Activity Center

Members at Large

  • Elizabeth Scheid—Past Chair, Lakewood Senior Activity Center
  • Antonia Kerney—Representative for National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)
  • Katrina Kell—Marketing, Ellensburg Senior Adult Activity Center
  • Jeananne “Bunny” Conwell—Marketing, Mid-County Community Center
  • Bophary Du—Membership Services, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Shelby Borden—Fundraising, City of Fife Community Center
  • Jacob McGee—Fundraising, East County Senior Center
  • Joyce Schultz— Sponsorship, Active Retirement & Senior Club of Gig Harbor
  • Teri Burke—Conference Chair 2012, Redmond Senior Center

Ex-Officio Board Member

  • Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan—Senior Lobby Representative, Senior Services of South Sound

2010-2011

Officers

  • Sue Hilberg—Chair, Bonney Lake Senior Center
  • Christa Richardson—Secretary, Corbin Senior Activity Center
  • Rocky Kirwin—Treasurer, Auburn Senior Activity Center

Members at Large

  • Elizabeth Scheid—Past Chair, Lakewood Senior Activity Center
  • Antonia Kerney—Representative for National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)
  • Bophary Du—Membership Services, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Jennifer Bacon—Marketing, Buckley Senior Center
  • David Schmidt—Fundraising, City of Federal Way
  • Jacob McGee—Fundraising, East County Senior Center
  • Chris Quimby— Sponsorship, Senior Services of South Sound
  • Katrina Kell— Conference Chair 2011 & Marketing, Ellensburg Senior Adult Activity Center

Ex-Officio Board Member & Alternate

  • Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan—Senior Lobby Representative, Senior Services of South Sound

2009-2010

Officers

  • Elizabeth Scheid—Chair, Lakewood Senior Activity Center
  • Kathleen Cummings—Secretary, City of SeaTac  Senior Program
  • Rocky Kirwin—Treasurer, Auburn Senior Activity Center

Members at Large

  • Vince Guerrero—Past Chair, Pasco Senior Center
  • Antonia Kerney—Representative for National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)
  • Bophary Du—Membership Services, Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Jennifer Bacon—Marketing, Buckley Senior Center
  • Emily Happy—Marketing, Point Defiance Rustin Senior Center
  • David Schmidt—Fundraising, City of Federal Way
  • Jacob McGee—Fundraising, East County Senior Center
  • Sue Hilberg—Conference Chair 2010 & Membership Services, Bonney Lake Senior Center

Ex-Officio Board Member & Alternate

  • Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan—Senior Lobby Representative, Senior Services of South Sound