GPWA Coordinating Council for 2018-2019

JODY GRAGE – GPWA Coordinating Council At-Large

Jody’s previous relevant experiences include being a teacher, community activist, organizer of the Seattle Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool, and an early participant and advocate for both Sustainable Seattle and Voluntary Simplicity.

Jody has been involved with the Green Party in Washington State since the 1980s. She was Treasurer from 2001-2003, an at-large CC member from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, a member of the Interim Advisory Board in 2010, and an at-large CC member from 2010-2013 and 2014-2017. She was a member of the GPUS Steering Committee from 2004 – 2010, the last four years as Treasurer and was elected as GPUS Secretary in 2017.

Jody brings with her institutional memory, an appetite for agendas and minutes and other helpful paperwork, a willingness to toil in the trenches, a determination to develop a robust campaign support system, and a vision of Green Party locals all across our state. As a GPUS Delegate, she brings with her extensive knowledge of the connection between GPWA and GPUS.

KATHRYN LEWANDOWSKY – GPWA Coordinating Council – At-Large and Co-Facilitator

Kathryn is running for GPWA Coordinating Council and Delegate to the Green Party US. She is fairly new to the Green Party after becoming involved when she saw all of the corruption that happened with the 2016 Democratic Primaries and Elections. She first met Jill Stein when she was protesting the DNC in Philadelphia.

Kathryn has been working in Healthcare for the last 32 years. Her first 7 years after high school she worked in the banking industry. She has run the gamut of not knowing what she wanted to do after high school, getting married and having 3 children, being a single mother and having to put herself through vocational school and college any way that she could because banking didn’t pay enough for her to raise her children; to ending up with a career that has been very good and allowed her financial stability and personal flexibility to do many things that she enjoys doing. She thoroughly loves nursing as she feels that she is truly able to help people when they are at their most vulnerable. She just recently finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Truly, she did it the hard way!

In her nursing career Kathryn is, and always has been, active in her local Union and Professional Organization. This is where she was first introduced to the workings in Olympia, the legislative process, political activism and the power of the “Union of People” working for a just cause. She has been a Grievance Officer, a Contract Negotiator many times over with several different nursing unions, and the Chairperson of her Local Unit (Not a great honor, no one wants to do it). She falls back on the nursing process a lot when she is tackling problems. First to assess and identify what the problem is, make a plan for changing or improving the identified problem, implementing that plan and then evaluating the results. She also feels that it is useful to look at outcomes, and if you’re not getting the results you want to take a serious look at the plan and make changes to get the results you’re looking for. She also feels that there is only so much energy in a life so let’s not waste it on things that aren’t getting the results we’re looking for.

Kathryn feels that with her background she can help to lead the Green Party towards our goal of being an active, influential political party in our state and our country. “Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of the Green Party leadership team in Washington State.”

MARGOT FAUBION – GPWA Coordinating Council – At-Large

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MARICELA SANCHEZ – GPWA Coordinating Council – At-Large

Maricela is a physician from Prosser, WA and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a sixth grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District with Teach For America, teaching math and science.

She became politically engaged while living in New York City for medical residency training, working in pedestrian and cycling advocacy with Transportation Alternatives, and joining with the Black Lives Matter movement following the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. In early 2016, she took a sabbatical from work to volunteer full time with the Bernie Sanders campaign in Brooklyn. She learned about the Green Party while attending the DNC convention in Philadelphia in July 2016, and made the decision to leave the Democratic Party at that time. In the fall of 2016, she joined the NoDAPL movement in North Dakota and was arrested while engaged in a peaceful sit-down protest during the police raids of the Treaty Camp on October 27.

She believes strongly in the the Four Pillars and 10 Key Values of the Green Party platform, and is committed to working for economic and environmental sustainability and justice. She currently serves as secretary for the newest branch of the Green Party in Washington State, the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia.

MARY ELLEN KNOOP – GPWA Coordinating Council – At-Large and Co-Facilitator

Mary Ellen is a founding member of Green Party Tahoma (Pierce County). She firmly believes the Green Party is our party of and for the future: “Our Ten Key Values, on which we learn to base all of our actions, guide us and keep alive our dreams and our hope for living in harmony with the planet and all thereon”.

Mary Ellen was born in 1938 and remembers old organic farming, radio programs before television, and the first interstate highways, because she drove with her family from Massachusetts to Colorado in the summer of 1956. She first registered to vote as an Independent. Later, having graduated from UMass Amherst with a diploma in Nursing and a BS degree, she flew back to Colorado, did hospital nursing, then married and worked in Public Health. Mary Ellen’s husband taught high school Social Studies and English, and they lived in Panama for four years, then Tanzania, East Africa for two, then back to Panama for 12 more years. Mary Ellen and her husband retired to Washington State, and she went back to nursing for a few more years. Those years overseas exposed her to different people, their cultures and two languages that she learned somewhat to speak. She also learned that people are the same everywhere and that we all share and have the same needs; we all love to eat together and laugh together.

SCOTT THOMPSON – GPWA Treasurer

Scott grew up in Los Angeles, but was very happy to move his family to Northwest Washington in 1993 to raise his kids in a more rural environment. Married over 38 years, he lives in a beautiful and peaceful place a bit up Sumas Mountain enjoying time with his three grandkids. His Bachelor degree is in Psychology with a Business minor. He worked as a Control Systems Engineer since moving to Washington, then took an early retirement in hopes of reducing his biological footprint. In 2001 he founded the Whatcom County Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee and now facilitates the local Green Party.

Scott admires all of the Green Party 10 Key Values. However he believes that Non-violence is clearly the most urgent… “Most US citizens have been manipulated into redirecting our country’s resources into unconstitutional wars that benefit international corporations and an imperialist agenda, but only harm the other 99%. If we could stop the wasteful practices of the military-industrial-intelligence complex, then we could easily implement the remaining 10 Key Values in our country. Let’s reject the fear based narrative imposed on us from 9/11 by those that have benefited and work on awakening our fellow citizens to a brighter, sustainable future.”

Local Green Party Chapter Representatives for 2018-2019

ALICE WHITTINGTON – Green Party of Seattle

LIAM TURNMIRE – Green Party of Spokane County

MARGOT FAUBION – Green Party of Southwest Washington

MARICELA SANCHEZ – Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

MARY ELLEN KNOOP – Green Party Tahoma

MELVIN MACKEY – Vashon/Maury Island Green Party

NOAH MARTIN – Green Party of South Puget Sound

SCOTT THOMPSON – Green Party of Whatcom County

TANYA ATKINSON – Green Party of Snohomish County

WOODY DERYCKX – Green Party of Skagit County

GPUS Delegates and Alternates for 2018-2019

JODY GRAGE – GPUS Delegate

Jody’s previous relevant experiences include being a teacher, community activist, organizer of the Seattle Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool, and an early participant and advocate for both Sustainable Seattle and Voluntary Simplicity.

Jody has been involved with the Green Party in Washington State since the 1980s. She was Treasurer from 2001-2003, an at-large CC member from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, a member of the Interim Advisory Board in 2010, and an at-large CC member from 2010-2013 and 2014-2017. She was a member of the GPUS Steering Committee from 2004 – 2010, the last four years as Treasurer and was elected as GPUS Secretary in 2017.

Jody brings with her institutional memory, an appetite for agendas and minutes and other helpful paperwork, a willingness to toil in the trenches, a determination to develop a robust campaign support system, and a vision of Green Party locals all across our state. As a GPUS Delegate, she brings with her extensive knowledge of the connection between GPWA and GPUS.

KATHRYN LEWANDOWSKY – GPUS Delegate

Kathryn is running for GPWA Coordinating Council and Delegate to the Green Party US. She is fairly new to the Green Party after becoming involved when she saw all of the corruption that happened with the 2016 Democratic Primaries and Elections. She first met Jill Stein when she was protesting the DNC in Philadelphia.

Kathryn has been working in Healthcare for the last 32 years. Her first 7 years after high school she worked in the banking industry. She has run the gamut of not knowing what she wanted to do after high school, getting married and having 3 children, being a single mother and having to put herself through vocational school and college any way that she could because banking didn’t pay enough for her to raise her children; to ending up with a career that has been very good and allowed her financial stability and personal flexibility to do many things that she enjoys doing. She thoroughly loves nursing as she feels that she is truly able to help people when they are at their most vulnerable. She just recently finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Truly, she did it the hard way!

In her nursing career Kathryn is, and always has been, active in her local Union and Professional Organization. This is where she was first introduced to the workings in Olympia, the legislative process, political activism and the power of the “Union of People” working for a just cause. She has been a Grievance Officer, a Contract Negotiator many times over with several different nursing unions, and the Chairperson of her Local Unit (Not a great honor, no one wants to do it). She falls back on the nursing process a lot when she is tackling problems. First to assess and identify what the problem is, make a plan for changing or improving the identified problem, implementing that plan and then evaluating the results. She also feels that it is useful to look at outcomes, and if you’re not getting the results you want to take a serious look at the plan and make changes to get the results you’re looking for. She also feels that there is only so much energy in a life so let’s not waste it on things that aren’t getting the results we’re looking for.

Kathryn feels that with her background she can help to lead the Green Party towards our goal of being an active, influential political party in our state and our country. “Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of the Green Party leadership team in Washington State.”

LISA CANAR – GPUS Alternate

Lisa has been a member of the Green Party since 2016. She volunteers as social media and communications coordinator for GPWA, overseeing Green social media presence, posting news to the GPWA website, publicizing events, and sending organizational emails. She attended the GPUS annual convention in 2016 as a Nominating Committee delegate and has served on the GPWA Coordinating Council for two years.

In her professional life, Lisa tries to keep up with the latest science and research on natural health and integrative medicine. She trained at Bastyr University in Naturopathic Medicine, and she practices as a Medical Support Physician for a non-invasive diagnostic testing laboratory. She recognizes the interconnections of individual, community, and planetary health, and she strives to create a just and sustainable world for all.

NOAH MARTIN – GPUS Alternate

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