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2023 WAPELRA Annual Conference


  • September 13-15, 2023
  • At the Tulalip Resort & Casino

    10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.

    Tulalip, WA.  98271


WAPELRA is a nonprofit association responsible for carrying out the labor relation / human resource programs. Members come from large and small jurisdictions. This professional mix creates a unique opportunity for members to exchange perspectives, information, and skills in the dynamic fields of public sector labor relations and human resources. 

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Your resource for public-sector labor relations and human resources professionals in Washington State

  • A member driven organization
  • Members work in all areas of the public sector throughout the state, representing management for their organizations.
  • WAPELRA Provides training opportunities, networking, and shared resources
  • Your membership with WAPELRA is a joint membership with the National PELRA
  • Our Mission is to facilitate professional development and leverage the exchange of information, resources, and ideas to bring value to the profession, its members, and the agencies its members serve.


WAPELRA Board of Directors – 2023


Amy Heller, CLRP

Labor Relations Manager
Seattle Housing Authority
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 502-3159

Vice President
Maribel Centeno, MBA, PHR

HR Director
Seattle Municipal Courts
City of Seattle
600 Fifth Ave., P.O. Box 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987
Phone: (206) 941-9764

Past President


Board Members

Greg Gauthier
Labor Relations Manager
Port of Seattle
2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 787-3346
West Position 1

Peggy Pulse
Labor Relations Administrator
WA State Dept. of Social & Health Services
1115 Washington St SE, PO Box 45830
Olympia, WA 98504-5830
Phone: (360) 463-9051
West Position 2
John Millan
Deputy Director of Public Works
City of Pasco
PO Box 293
1025 S. Gray Ave
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: (509) 948-6074
East Position 1
Kendra Brokman
Senior Human Resources Analyst
Pierce County Transit
3701 96th Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 581-8039
East Position 2

LeAndra Sharp
Senior Human Resources Analyst
City of Shelton
525 W Cota Street
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 432-5112
At-Large Position 1
Cynthia Shaffer, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Director
South Sound 911
3580 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 
Phone: (253) 287-4805
At-Large Position 2

Lisa Hilligoss
Assistant Director of HR - Labor & Employee Relations
Pierce County
4301 South Pine Street Ste 200
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 798-2908
At-Large Position 3
Valerie Scott Mckenna
Deputy Director of HR'
Seattle Housing Authority
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 915-8412
At-Large Position 4

Julie Good
Senior Human Resources Specialist
City of Lake Stevens
PO Box 257
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: (425) 622-9420
At Large Position 5

Honorary Members

Jenna Richardson
Human Resources & Risk Manager
Metro Parks Tacoma
4702 S 19th St 
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (253) 404-3949
Karen Jackson
HR Finance Director
Seattle Legislative Department
600 4th Ave Fl 3
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA  98124
Phone: (206) 303-7346