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The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Advisory Board was established in September 2018. King County Ordinance 18792 amends the King County Code to create the Board.

The VSHSL Advisory Board’s purpose is to oversee the distribution of VSHSL proceeds and to advise King County on matters that uniquely affect each of the VSHSL’s priority populations. The board consists of 30 members organized in three 10-member committees. Each committee represents a VSHSL priority population.

In addition to meeting requirements specific to each committee, members of the VSHSL Advisory Board must reside within King County. Elected officials are ineligible for board membership while they hold office.

When will the VSHSL Advisory Board meet?

The Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy Advisory Board regularly meets every other month. Typically, these meetings occur on the third Thursday of the month, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Since March of 2020, these meetings have been held virtually and will continue to occur via Zoom until further notice. 

Important Note for VSHSL Advisory Board Members

VSHSL Advisory Board members must file a Statement of Financial and Other Interests for 2021 to remain active.
Please use this fillable form and send it to the Board Liaison.

Reappointment Forms

Currently VSHSL Advisory Board members with terms ending on 05/31/2021 seeking reappointment should contact their nominating authority and fill out this renomination form. Renoination forms must be submitted to Rick Ybarra, Liaison for Boards and Commissions at Rick.Ybarra@kingcounty.gov.

It is crucial that members seeking reappointment contact their nominating authority. The formal reappointment process cannot start until the nominating authority submits a memo indicating they would like the board member in question to serve a second term.  


Next Advisory Board
       Monthly Meeting

Date: September 16, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Passcode: VSHSL2021

Meeting ID: 959 4320 7285

Phone: 1.253.215.8782

AgendaSeptember 2021 Agenda

 

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VSHSL Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These meeting minutes capture the attendance, actions, presentations, and votes conducted by the VSHSL Advisory Board.

2021

January | February March

2020

February | March | April | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

2019

July | August | September | October | November | December

VSHSL Advisory Board Committees and Members

Eligibility

The members of the VSHSL Advisory Board’s Veterans Committee also constitute the King County’s state-required Veterans Advisory Board. All members of the committee must be veterans as defined in RCW 73.08.005(5). A majority of the committee’s members must be members from nationally recognized veterans service organizations.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for veterans
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting veterans, servicemembers and their families
  • Serve as King County's RCW 73.08 Veterans Advisory Board

Board Members

Alicia Starova

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Alicia Starova

Alicia is a veteran, volunteer at Crisis Connections and served on the King County Veterans Advisory Board in 2018. Through her experience as a veteran and her work in community Alicia sees a great need for the veteran and female veteran's voice. In King County Alicia has worked and trained with Seattle Police Department's Victim Support Team and with the King County Crisis Connections training with suicide and crisis intervention. With those organizations Alicia has seen a great need for veteran resources and support and is hoping that she can continue to serve and assist her fellow veterans.

Representing King County Council District 2 on the Veterans Committee.

Vice-Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board representing the Veterans Committee and Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board.

Contact: VSHSL2@kingcounty.gov


Carrol Stripling

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Carrol Stripling

Carrol is a veteran, has extensive experience serving on committees that are dedicated to assisting veterans and is a former board member of the King County Veterans Advisory Board.

Executive appointee on the Veterans Committee. 

Contact: VSHSL4@kingcounty.gov


Chuck Murrell

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Chuck Murrell

Chuck is a veteran, retired from the United States Army and NAPA Auto Parts. He served in the former King County Veterans Advisory Board since 2012 and volunteers for the Veterans Administration where he has completed almost 2,500 hours working with veterans. Chuck has been the American Legion Commander of Seattle Post 1 for the past 7 years.

Representing King County Council District 7 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL7@kingcounty.gov


David Waggoner

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David Waggoner

David is a veteran and served as a member on the King County Veterans Advisory Board for 11 years. As an individual veteran volunteer, David championed the Veterans and Human Services levy during its passing and renewal in 2005 and 2011, and volunteered to support the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy when it was renewed and expanded by voters in 2017. David is also a member of the Puget Sound Honor Flight Board of Directors since 2013.

Representing King County Council District 3 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL3@kingcounty.gov


Peter Lewis

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Peter Lewis

Peter is a Vietnam veteran and has worked with veterans on a city, county, state and federal level. Peter is self-employed at both Pete Lewis Consulting and EL Consulting.Peter served on the Regional Policy Committee, Sound Cities Association and Puget Sound Regional Council.

Representing Sound Cities Association on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL6@kingcounty.gov


Samantha Powers

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Samantha Powers

Samantha is a veteran and a former Officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is the Director of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington. Samantha was a member of the King County Veterans Advisory Board starting in 2017.

Representing King County Council District 1 on the Veterans Committee.

Contact: VSHSL1@kingcounty.gov

Eligibility

The Seniors Committee is comprised of seniors, caregivers of seniors or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving seniors or their caregivers. A majority of the committee’s members must be 55 or older.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for seniors 
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting seniors, caregivers and healthy aging

 Board Members


Patrice Thorell

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Patrice Thorell

Patrice is retired from the City of Des Moines where she served as the Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Director, managing programs and services for vulnerable children, families and senior citizens. Patrice is a founding board member of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation (DMLF) serving as the board secretary from 1999 to 2018. The mission of the DMLF is to raise funds to provide equitable programs and services for all citizens.

Representing King County Council District 5 on the Seniors Committee.

Vice-Chair of the VSHSL Advisory Board representing the Seniors Committee. 

Contact: VSHSL15@kingcounty.gov


Cynthia Snyder

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Cynthia Snyder

Cynthia has spent her career and retirement working, volunteering and advocating for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Representing the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL11@kingcounty.gov


Dick Woo

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Dick Woo

Dick is a Certified Public Accountant and is retired from King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, where he worked as a Chief Financial Officer for the former Community Services Division.

Representing the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL12@kingcounty.gov


Nancy Colson

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Nancy Colson

Nancy is a Managing Broker of Windermere Real Estate in Auburn with many years of experience serving on boards, commissions and task forces.

Representing King County Council District 7 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL17@kingcounty.gov


Steven Knipp

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Steven Knipp

Steven is the Executive Director at Generations with Pride (GenPRIDE). GenPRIDE, has expertise with specific senior services for the LGBTQ community and has data about how their needs differ from the general population in King County.

Representing King County Council District 8 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL18@kingcounty.gov


Susan Kingsbury-Comeau

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Susan Kingsbury-Comeau

Susan is the Executive Director at the Mt. Si Senior Center. Susan has experience in affordable housing finance, non-profit operations, the needs of rural seniors and increasing equity, social justice and inclusion.

Representing King County Council District 3 on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL13@kingcounty.gov


Lori Guilfoyle

Lori Guilfoyle has 30 years of experience working with seniors, living in Maple Valley, currently a Human Services Planner for the City of Kent.

Representing Sound Cities Association on the Seniors Committee.

Contact: VSHSL19@kingcounty.gov

Eligibility

The Vulnerable Populations Committee is comprised of individuals who are members of a vulnerable population or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving vulnerable populations. King County Ordinance 18555 defines vulnerable populations as persons or communities that are susceptible to reduced health, housing, financial or social stability outcomes because of current experience of or historical exposure to trauma, violence, poverty, isolation, bias, racism, stigma, discrimination, disability or chronic illness.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for vulnerable populations 
  • Advise the County on matters and policies affecting vulnerable populations

 Board Members


Heidi Shepherd

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Heidi Shepherd

Heidi has over 40 years of professional and community experience and commitment to issues of housing, education/training, and access to food and employment.

Representing King County Council District 1 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Serving as Vice-Chair representing the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL21@kingcounty.gov


Olga Perelman

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Olga Perelman

As a Human Services Commissioner for Bellevue and a board member, Olga has had an opportunity to see a broad spectrum of needs of our community through needs assessments and interviews with the community organizations and individuals supported by their services, has lead a bi-annual funds allocation process for the City of Bellevue Human Services Commission and has created strategic plans for a non-profits to meet the needs of the community that they serve.

Representing King County Council District 6 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL26@kingcounty.gov


Rene Murry

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Rene Murry

Rene is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Youth Development Executives of King County. Rene has been in advocacy for children, youth and families for 29 years and currently coordinates advocacy for a coalition of youth serving organizations in King County serving.

Representing King County Council District 4 on the Vulnerable Populations Committee.

Contact: VSHSL24@kingcounty.gov

Current Vacancies

The VSHSL Advisory Board currently has vacancies available for the following nominating entities. 

The Veterans Committee: 

  • Representing King County Council District 8
  • Representing King County Council District 9
  • Representing the City of Seattle

The Seniors Committee:

  • Representing King County Council District 4 
  • Representing the Seattle-King County advisory council on aging and disability services
  • Representing the City of Seattle

The Vulnerable Populations Committee:

  • Representing the King County Executive 
  • Representing King County Council District 2
  • Representing King County Council District 5
  • Representing King County Council District 9
  • Representing the City of Seattle

Interested in Serving?

For positions representing the King County Council, find your district online and contact your Council Councilmember.

For positions representing the City of Seattle, please contact the City of Seattle directly.

For positions representing the King County Executive, please contact Rae Brown Abbott, VSHSL Advisory Board Staff liaison at rbrownabbott@kingcounty.gov.

If you have questions on the application process or about a particular board/commission, please contact Rick Ybarra, Liaison for Boards and Commissions, at 206-263-9651 or via email at Rick.Ybarra@kingcounty.gov.

Terms and Selection Process

Terms

Board members will serve 3-year terms, with the exception of seven members from each committee who shall be appointed to initial terms of two years.

Selection Process

The King County Executive appoints board members. As the table below depicts, the King County Council, the City of Seattle, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services, and the Sound Cities Association nominate board members for Executive appointment.

Veterans Committee Seniors Committee Vulnerable Populations Committee
King County Executive 2 2
King County Council District 1 1 1
King County Council District 2 1 1
King County Council District 3 1 1
King County Council District 4 1 1
King County Council District 5 1 1
King County Council District 6 1 1
King County Council District 7 1 1
King County Council District 8 1 1
King County Council District 9 1 1
City of Seattle 1 1 1
Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services 2
Sound Cities Association 1 1 1
TOTAL 10 10 10
       
The VSHSL Advisory Board replaces the former Veterans and Human Services Levy’s Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board and Veterans Citizen Oversight Board.  Those boards have provided valuable guidance and oversight since the inception of the former Veterans and Human Services Levy. Read the 2017 VHSL Annual Report to learn more.
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