Teri Burke, WSASC Chair 2015-2017, WSASC Membership 2013-2015

Teri 8-09 002I discovered that l had a passion for working with seniors in the mid-90s when I began bringing my dog, Dory, to visit in a skilled nursing care facility as a therapy dog. After returning to college to finish my BA, I became a program coordinator at the Redmond Senior Center in 2001.

I believe strongly in the value of our older adults. Their contributions to our world have been incredible. My goal is to provide programs to enhance their quality of life as they age. For fun I like to putter around in my garden and I have occasional bursts of creativity that sometimes result in artwork and other times yarn creations. I still enjoy spending time with, and training, my dog; and my husband, Adam, and I like to see a good movie now and then.

I hope that the Washington State Association of Senior Centers will provide the resources and networking to help you provide the best possible programs to seniors.

Teri Burke, Program Coordinator, Redmond Senior Center
8073 160th Ave. N, Redmond, WA 98052  *  425-556-2342    tburke@redmond.gov

 

Katrina Douglas, WSASC 2016 Conference Chair and 2017 Conference Consultant

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Lynda Greene, WSASC Member at Large, 2016-2018

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Lynda Greene, Director, Southeast Seattle Senior Center

4655 South Holly Street, Seattle, WA 98118  *   206-722-0317 ext. 100   lyndag@soundgenerations.org

 

Betsy Maxwell, WSASC Secretary, 2013-2017

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Betsy Maxwell, Director, Kirkland Senior Center   bmaxwell@kirklandwa.gov

 

Sheri McConnaugheyWSASC Travel, Tours & Fundraising 2012-2017

Sheri McConnaughey graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Recreation and Park Administration in 1981. After graduation, Sheri spent 7 years working for Seattle Parks and Recreation in the Senior Adult Programs Division. She has been with the City of Tukwila for 26 years, working as the Recreation Coordinator in charge of Senior Adult Programs, and has enjoyed every minute of it.

Sheri has been married to husband Tom for 28 years, has a son Donny, 27, daughter Monica, 23, and 2 wired-haired fox terriers Rudy and SJ. In her leisure, Sheri enjoys hiking, boating, watching her children coach baseball and volleyball but most of all San Diego Charger FOOTBALL!

Sheri has been a member of WSASC since “the beginning of time” and feels it is an organization that builds many lifelong friendships.

Sheri is a great one to contact if you are interested in taking your senior group on a trip or tour.

Sheri McConnaughey, Recreation Coordinator, Senior Programs, Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168   *   206-767-2321    smcconnaughey@tukwila.gov

 

Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan, WSASC Senior Lobby 2012-2015
Senior Services for South Sound Center, 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501
360-586-6181, ext. 104    eileen@southsoundseniors.org

 

Chris Quimby, WSASC Member at Large, 2015-2018

IMG_7547Chris has worked in the senior field for 25 years as a caregiver for seniors and adults with disabilities, as a program coordinator for Catholic Community Services, and for the last 12 years at Senior Services for South Sound. He’s served in various capacities but has been Director of the Senior Center for the past 7 years. He enjoys the richness of working with the senior population and loves working for an organization that strives to improve the quality of peoples’ lives as they age.

Chris attended the University of Montana, with a B.A. in Sociology as well as a B.A. in Radio & TV Production. He moved to the state of Washington in 1997 to be near family and has been in love with the Pacific Northwest since day one. He enjoys reading, taking walks, singing, playing the guitar and visiting with family in Port Townsend.

Chris Quimby, Director, Lacey & Olympia Senior Centers, Senior Services for South Sound

activitiesdir@southsoundseniors.org   *   360-586-6181 ext. 114      www.southsoundseniors.org

 

Cindy Robinson, WSASC Treasurer 2016-2018

Cindy Robinson, Parks Program Coordinator, Kent Senior Center, Crrobinson@kentwa.gov

 

Amy Sassenberg, WSASC Marketing & Senior Lobby, 2014-2017

Amy SassenbergAmy has worked with seniors most of her life, beginning as a CNA at skilled nursing facilities while still in high school. As a licensed nurse in California, she worked in mental health for two decades, specializing in Senior Mental Health for six years in an acute setting and day programs for English-speaking and Vietnamese-born seniors. She joined WSASC while working as Program Coordinator at Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation, WA. While caring for a sick aunt, she rediscovered her gift and joy for caregiving.

Amy also holds a BA in Journalism and has worked in the advertising world. She has a keen interest in the arts, as a musician, collage artist and as a published writer for 30 years, writing news about seniors programs, music, art, parenting, personal growth and mental health issues. She blends these different experiences together in her work with the aging population and in advocating for them. In her spare time, Amy volunteers for WSASC and the Washington Blues Society.

Amy Sassenberg, Social Media Marketing & Independent Activity Coordinator & Caregiver, Snoqualmie Valley, WA   admin@wsasc.org

 

Dave Tosch, WSASC Member at Large, 2015-2018

IMG_7539This retired US Army Officer has come full circle, returning to the area where he grew up to serve the senior adult community. A graduate of Cashmere High School, Dave graduated with a degree in Accounting from Eastern Washington University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. During his Army career he graduated from Syracuse University with an MBA, and after retiring from military service in 1994, he owned an investment advisory business and worked in the insurance industry in the Tacoma area. Dave moved back to the Wenatchee Valley in 2012 with his wife Louanne, and became Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center in 2013. Dave says he has a strong sense of purpose in working with seniors and finds it a most rewarding endeavor.

Dave Tosch, Executive Director, Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center

1312 Maple St. Wenatchee, WA 98801   *      509-662-7036   Dave@wenatcheeseniorcenter.com

 

Ron Anderson, WSASC Member at Large, Yakima