STAFF & BOARD
PROTEC17 is governed by our members via the Regional Executive Committee who are guided by our constitution and a common mission to improve the lives of our families and communities. The PROTEC17 Executive Board is the equivalent of a board of directors, with a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and three Trustees. The Board meets monthly to make policy decisions between REC meetings and exercises financial oversight of our operations. Each board member is elected by a membership-wide vote and serves a three-year term. The day-to-day administrative and financial operations of PROTEC17 are the responsibility of the Executive Director, who reports to the Executive Board. The Executive Director hires and supervises PROTEC17 staff and serves as an official representative of PROTEC17 in labor relations and business matters. PROTEC 17 staff are experts in their fields. From labor relations and labor law professionals, to communications, research, financial and political specialists, PROTEC17 staff help the organization achieve its goals. And many staff members are PROTEC17 members themselves!
Rachael BrooksSean SimmonsVice President
Sean SimmonsJessica GarciaSecretary-Treasurer
As a PROTEC17 member, Jessica Garcia has served as an REC Delegate, a Steward, on the bargaining team for the last two contract negotiations with Benton-Franklin Health, and as Trustee since 2017. Jessica has been working for the Benton Franklin Health District since 2010, where she has served in many roles as a WIC Nutrition Aide, Communicable Disease Health Services worker, Vaccine Coordinator, and HIV Case Manager. She is currently a Public Health Educator serving the Tri-Cities community with a primary focus on the latinx community and those affected by HIV. Jessica graduated from Central Washington University with a BS in Information Technology and Administrative Management. She is an eastern Washington native who currently resides in the Tri-Cities with her two children.Jennell HicksTrustee
Jennell HicksEmily TabachnickTrustee
Emily Tabachnick is an IT Analyst for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Technology Services (BTS). She provides software support and computer hardware repair and replacement for the Portland Police Bureau. She currently serves on the BTS Equity Committee and is co-chair of the BTS Labor Management Committee. Emily has worked for the City of Portland and has been a proud union member since 2008. She became an REC delegate in 2018. Emily has a background in the fine arts, loves all dogs, and can frequently be found at Star Trek conventions. Her goals are always geared towards collaboration and she hopes to help all PROTEC17 members live long and prosper.Renee ThompsonTrustee
Renee Thompson is an Engineering Tech IV with the City of Tacoma, where she’s worked since 1996. Born into a union household, Renee is passionate about working for the greater good. As a nearly 25-year PROTEC17 member, she has served as a Steward and on the contract negotiations team. On the Executive Board, she is committed to making sure that all members feel heard and empowered to take action to make their workplaces and their lives better. Renee is also a member and officer for the Toastmaster organization and is in training to become a facilitator for equity classes at the City of Tacoma. She is the proud mom of two grown children and enjoys spending time with her friends and family (which includes several cats, dogs and a bunny).
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Denise Cobden represents members at King County (DOT/Roads, IT, Transit Admins and Supervisors).Anthony DavidsonOperations Director
Anthony Davidson is our Operations Director.Deidre GirardCommunications Director Alisha Gregory DavisUnion Representative Alex IlUnion Representative
Alex represents Court Reporters, DLS Roads, DES, DNRP, OEM, PHASS, EMS PPM III/IV, Transit Chiefs and Transit Prof/Tech at King County.Elliot LevinResearch Director and Legislative Advocate
Elliot conducts internal and external research for union-wide and contract-specific issues, and advocates for worker-friendly policies in the Oregon Legislature on behalf of our Portland Chapter members.Sarah LorenziniUnion Representative
Sarah Lorenzini represents members at WSDOT throughout the Puget Sound region.Melissa MafuaUnion Organizer Paul MarvyProjects Administrator
800-783-0017 ext. 109Jackie MillerFinance Director Steven PrayUnion Representative
Steven Pray represents members at the City of Seattle (City Light, Housing, IT, Municipal Court, Neighborhoods, SPU Contact Center), plus the Snohomish Health District.Suzie SaundersUnion Representative Xuan-Trang Tran-Thien Union Organizer
800-783-0017 ext. 106Shaun Van EykUnion Representative
Shaun Van Eyk represents members at the City of Seattle (DEEL, SDCI, HSD, Planning & Dev., Police, SDOT).Brent WagarUnion Representative
Brent Wagar represents members at City of Tacoma, Pierce County, and Kitsap Public Health.Rachel WhitesideUnion Representative
Rachel Whiteside represents members at the City of Portland and Clark County.Alexis YoungUnion Representative
Alexis Young represents members at the Washington State Department of Licensing, Spokane County, Spokane Regional Health District, WSDOT units in Central and Eastern Washington, and the Washington State Patrol.Donna ClarkeCommunications Specialist Laura EliaMembership Administrator