Members (BoD)

Board of Directors

President
David Baker
Mayor
City of Kenmore
Vice President
Amy Walen
Mayor
City of Kirkland
Treasurer
Will Ibershof
Mayor
City of Duvall
Director-at-Large
Leanne Guier
Mayor
City of Pacific
Past President
Nancy Backus
Mayor
City of Auburn
Jim Ferrell
Mayor
City of Federal Way
Denis Law
Mayor
City of Renton
Hank Margeson
Council President
City of Redmond
Tola Marts
Mayor
City of Duvall
Dana Ralph
Councilmember
City of Kent
Catherine Stanford
Deputy Mayor
City of Lake Forest Park
Debbie Tarry
City Manager
City of Shoreline
Jeff Wagner
Mayor
City of Covington
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David Baker, Mayor, City of Kenmore
SCA North Caucus


David is a 66-year-old husband and father of three. He and his wife Sheri live in Kenmore. David owns Vision Systems Engineering, Ltd. A machine vision, video inspection company as well as an Internet based cell phone service company that specializes in cell phone repairs and accessories.

David was raised in Los Angeles and educated in Los Angeles Public Schools. He moved to Nebraska in 1972 and received a RN degree in 1974 from Iowa Western Community College. He attended the University of Nebraska and received a BS in 1978 and a Masters of Science in 1979. David moved to Kenmore in 1995 after receiving a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

As your elected representative, I've held the line against property tax increases and spearheaded the move to lower utility taxes. I support balanced budgets, ensuring the Council spends tax dollars to benefit Kenmore citizens. I will continue to work hard to improve our local traffic problems, be a strong voice on regional issues that are important to the future of our city, and help provide our business community with the environment it needs prosper. I will encourage sound financial policy and a balanced budget.

As a business owner in Kenmore, I support efforts to retain existing businesses and promote economic development. I've supported work force housing in the new downtown and while preserving our single-family neighborhoods. I believe in a long term sustainable environment and that all new developments should contribute to sustainability.

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Amy Walen, Mayor, City of Kirkland
SCA North Caucus


Mayor Walen has been instrumental in the City's efforts to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District and will continue outreach efforts to area residents and businesses through the Totem Lake Conversations. She seeks to further raise Kirkland's profile in local, regional and state-wide initiatives such as transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development.

Originally from Oregon, Kirkland City Council Member Walen attended University of Queensland in Australia, graduating in 1990. She practiced law in Australia until she returned to Oregon in 1994. In 2005 she met her husband Jim, who also worked at the dealership. Upon an interest in purchasing Ford of Kirkland, the Walens moved to the Kirkland area. Mayor Walen is currently the chief financial officer at Ford Hyundai of Kirkland, located in the Totem Lake Business District.

She has helped organizations such as Hopelink, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees and Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing.

In 2013, the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, a professional membership organization of human service providers, honored Amy Walen as the Elected Official of the Year.

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Will Ibershof, Mayor, City of Duvall
SCA Snoqualmie Valley Caucus


Will Ibershof was elected Mayor in November of 2005, and sworn in on December 8, 2005, after serving 4 years on the City Council. He is currently serving his 3rd term as Mayor.

Will works as a Public Sector Manager for a national environmental services company on the east side.

He received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, and his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He has resided in Duvall since 1989.

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Leanne Guier, Mayor, City of Pacific
SCA South Valley Caucus


Leanne is a community minded 18 year resident of the City of Pacific. Leanne actively participated with Pacific Partnerships for three years, serving as chair for one, and with the White River Valley Lions Club serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Leanne continues to volunteer as secretary and board member for Terry Home, a non-profit boarding home for survivors of traumatic brain injury.

Leanne was appointed to the City Council in May of 2009 and elected in November of the same year. She served on the Pacific City Council from 2009 until her appointment as mayor in July of 2013. While on the City Council Leanne served on the Public Works, Finance, Human Services, and Public Safety Committees and as a representative to the Sound Cities Association's (SCA) Public Issues Committee (PIC). Leanne also serves on the SCA Board of Directors, and is currently the Director-at-Large of the Executive Committee. Prior to her appointment to the council, she served on the planning commission for four years.

As mayor Leanne continues to represent the City of Pacific as a voting member of the Sound Cities Association PIC. She also represents the Sound Cities Association on various regional committees including: Growth Management Planning Council, King County Flood Control District Advisory Committee, Regional Transit Committee, and Regional Water Quality Committee. She was also recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the State Building Code Council representing the Association of Washington Cities.

In her professional life, Leanne is the Business Development Specialist for the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, where she has worked as a steam fitter for 19 years.

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Nancy Backus, Mayor, City of Auburn
Immediate Past President


Backus is a product of the Auburn School District – she attended Pioneer Elementary, South Auburn Elementary (now Gildo Rey), Olympic Junior High School, and graduated from Auburn High School in 1979. Went on to attend Green River Community College and earned an A.A. in Business in 1981; then a B.S. in Accounting from City University in 1996. She also is a 2007 graduate of both the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound and the Dale Carnegie Leadership Advantage.

A strong believer in service to community and bettering the lives of women and girls, Backus earned the Soroptimist International of Auburn Women Helping Women award in 2002 and in 2013, she received the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program's Lifetime Achievement Award for her 33 years of service with the organization. Under her watch she saw the Program grow into one of the largest local programs in the Miss America Organization.

In 2012, she was honored by the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound with a Distinguished Alumni Award. She also received the Boeing Career Foundation Program (BCFP) Manager of the Year Award in 2011, and the Dale Carnegie Human Principles in Action award from her fellow classmates in 2007.

She has lived in Auburn most of her life and is proud that her daughter Alexis (Lucky) is also going to graduate from Auburn High School in 2016. Backus and her husband Kemon, a Boeing employee and member of the IAM, love attending Lucky's soccer games to cheer her and her teammates on to victory.

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Jim Ferrell, Mayor, City of Federal Way
SCA South Caucus


Prior to being elected mayor, Jim Ferrell served as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor, defending victims of crime. He served ten years on the Federal Way City Council from 2003 until 2013. In 2009, he led a successful grassroots effort to persuade voters to change the City’s form of government from Council/Manager to an elected mayor system.

Jim and his wife Wendy are long-time Federal Way residents, and are raising a seven-year old son. Jim graduated from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University. He played Husky football under Coach Don James from 1985-1988 and received the Guy Flaherty Award, the storied football program's oldest and most prestigious award.

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Denis Law, Mayor, City of Renton
SCA South Caucus


Since 2008, Denis Law has been the mayor of the City of Renton and is serving his third term. He also served on the Renton City Council from 2004 through 2007.

Prior to being elected mayor, Denis was the owner and president of Puget Sound Publishing Co. in Renton with publications that included the Renton Reporter, Kent Reporter, Auburn Reporter, Business Report and Renton Magazine. Denis and his wife Patty reside in the Kennydale neighborhood. They have two grown daughters living in Renton and Covington.

Denis currently serves on several boards and committees including King County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, Board of Directors of the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association Foundation, Executive Board member of Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Administrative Board member (past chair) of South Correctional Entity (SCORE), board member (past chair) of Valley Communications Center, member of Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council, and member of King County Regional E-911 Leadership Group.

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Hank Margeson, Council President, City of Redmond
SCA North Caucus


Hank has served on Redmond’s City Council since November 2007 and is now serving his third term. He represents the City at the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee (SCA PIC) where he served a term as the Vice-Chair and is the current Chair of the SCA PIC Nominating Committee and a member of the SCA Board of Directors. Hank has been appointed to the Puget Sound Regional Committee’s Growth Management Planning Board, serving as the SCA Caucus Chair, and the King County Regional Transit Committee. He also serves as President for the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association board and is immediate past president for the Eastside Timebank board. Prior to election to City Council he served on the Parks and Trails Commission and was the Vice-Chairperson for the Education Hill Citizens Advisory Committee. Hank works for Liberty Mutual (Safeco) Insurance as a Senior Compliance Analyst and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. A 23-year resident and living on Education Hill, Hank is married to Patti and has two grown children. Active in local sports, he coached youth soccer, baseball, basketball and currently umpires local high school baseball games.

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Tola Marts, Councilmember, City of Issaquah
SCA Public Issues Committee (PIC) Chair


First elected to the Issaquah City Council in 2009, Tola has focused on workforce housing and living wage jobs throughout his first two terms. He was elected Council President in 2012, and has been chair of the Council’s Services and Safety Committee (SSC) since 2015, where he oversees policy review for the city's two largest departments, Parks and Police. He was appointed the Issaquah representative to the SCA Public Issues Committee (SCA PIC) in 2011, won election as Vice Chair in 2016 and Chair in 2017. In 2016 Tola was elected SCA caucus chair to the King County Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC).

Tola is a proud ’92 Golden Gopher, where he received his BSME. He currently manages a team of engineers designing medical and farming technology for the world’s 50% poorest people, as part of a think tank advising the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He lives on Squak Mountain with his wife of 25 years, Tracy, and has one child in college and one still in high school. In his spare time Tola enjoys building and flying multi-rotor remote-controlled aircraft.

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Dana Ralph, Councilmember, City of Kent
SCA South Caucus


Dana Ralph brings many years of community service to her role as a City Councilmember. Prior to her election in 2011, Dana served as chair of Kent's Land Use and Planning Board where she helped to shape the course of Kent's land use, economic development, natural resources and the sense of place to pass on to future generations.

As an advocate for performing, visual and literary arts, Dana previously served as chair of the Kent Arts Commission, supporting her beliefs that the arts enrich the quality of life in Kent. Since being elected to council, she has continues to serve as the council liaison to the Kent Arts Commission.

A lifelong Kent resident and graduate of Kent-Meridian High School, Dana has owned and operated a medical billing company for the past 20 years.

She and her husband, Shawn, are the proud parents of two sons, Kyle and Derek. Kyle is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University and Derek is a student at Kentridge High School. Dana and her family live on the Kent's East Hill.

In her free time, Dana enjoys camping, spending time with her family and martial arts.

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Catherine Stanford, Deputy Mayor, City of Lake Forest Park
SCA North Caucus


Catherine Stanford was first elected to City Council in 2008, and is currently serving her third term on the Council. Catherine grew up in San Francisco, California, and moved to Lake Forest Park in 1989. She is married and has two children and four grandchildren. Prior to serving on the Council, Catherine served on the Lake Forest Park Planning Commission for ten years (Chair for five) and the Board of Third Place Commons, chairing the Farmers Market Committee.

Catherine Stanford attended the University of San Francisco and majored in Social Psychology. Her career spans over 35 years in commercial real estate and includes work in both the public and the private sectors. She is currently the owner of a Seattle-based consulting business that specializes in real estate and assists clients in government and public affairs; strategic planning; and property development. Her clients include municipalities; developers; non-profit groups and industry associations. She also teaches classes in Strategic Facilities Planning and Project Management.

Prior to starting her own business, she was the Director of Real Estate for Pike Place Market in Seattle; Corporate Real Estate Manager for a worldwide high-tech manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay area; and Director of Asset Management for a real estate development company, also located in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Debbie Tarry, City Manager, City of Shoreline
City Manager/Administrator


Debbie was appointed City Manager in January 2014 after serving as the Interim City Manager. Before taking on the interim position, Debbie was the Assistant City Manager for Shoreline and had been in that position since 2011. She was the City's Finance Director from 2000 to 2011.

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Jeff Wagner, Mayor, City of Covington
SCA South Caucus


Currently, I am the Municipal Manager with Republic Services. Prior, I was a financial advisor for eight years and previously managed a family business, Wagners, in Covington for 17 years.
Since being elected to the Covington City Council in 2004, I have continued to focus on developing more activities and parks for our youth, developing a balance between economic development and the needs of our citizens, and to continue addressing the transportation issues of Covington, while continuing to pursue a balanced budget for our city.
Our city means a lot to me. I've invested a lot of time and energy in helping to build our community and I wish to see our city continue to thrive both economically and as a great place to live, work and play.
I have been a resident of Covington since 1988. While living in Covington, I have been active in numerous organizations, including President of Covington Days, Covington Kiwanis Club, Covington Merchants Association, Covington Community Council and I have been the past chair of the Covington Chamber of Commerce, as well as the co-chair of the Covington Economic Development Council. I have also been involved with Reach Out Covington, Children's Miracle Network Telethon and I was voted Kiwanian of the Year 1993. I previously sat on the King County Flood Control District Advisory Committee and was chosen as the 2014 Covington Citizen of the Year.
Currently, I serve on:
• Sound Cities Association Board of Directors
• Covington Chamber Board of Directors
• Kent Chamber Board of Directors
• Growth Management Planning Council
• Communities in Schools Kent, President of the Board
• Covington Domestic Violence Task Force, Board Member
• Sound Cities Association Event Committee
• Kent Kiwanis Club
• South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition

My wife, Michele, and I enjoy living in Covington, and we look forward to continue raising our family in this great city.