Washington Nonprofits is governed by a board of leaders from across Washington State. They represent the diversity of our membership. They contribute significant time, talent, and energy to ensuring that nonprofits across size, field of service, and region are represented in our decision-making.
Interested in joining our board?
We are happy to hear from individuals who may be interested in serving on the Washington Nonprofits’ Board of Directors or one of our board committees. We are seeking leaders with strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector in Washington State and commitment to our mission. Please review our board profile and be in touch if you want to explore whether there is a good fit between your interests and our needs as an organization.
2021 Washington Nonprofits Board:
Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Erick is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. For the past 20 years, her work in HIV led her to many different corners of volunteer, nonprofit and government settings: as a participant in HIV vaccine and prevention research studies, a leader of various research community advisory boards, a graduate of several leadership institutes, an outreach worker, a technical assistance and training provider, a grant writer and reviewer, a conference planner, and more. Erick is currently the Executive Director of PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation), chairs the Pierce County Human Services Coalition, and serves as the President of the Board of Washington Nonprofits. Outside of work, Erick is a poet and a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan.
Terrie Ashby-Scott, MSW, PhD
Terrie Ashby-Scott, PhD, resides in Spokane, Washington. She has spent nearly 30 years employed in many aspects of higher education. One of her most enjoyable past times is to support and mentor students in their selection and successfully completion of college. She also enjoys assisting students in finding and accessing scholarships, mentoring and coaching, particularly for students of color. She currently serves locally on the board of directors for the Carl Maxey Center and a state-wide board of directors for Washington Nonprofits. Terrie is also a Commissioner for Commission on Judicial Conduct for the State of Washington.
Tina Flores-McCleese, Treasurer
Tina is the brains and the vision behind Clarity Enterprises. She earned her BA in Accounting, then went on to work as a Financial Controller, Accountant, Human Resources Professional, Finance Director and Executive Director for both businesses and nonprofits small and large. Tina is a Change Agent. She loves to tackle new challenges and brings energy to any project she becomes engaged in; this led her to grow Clarity from a two-person bookkeeping and accounting start-up to a thriving business that offers a suite of creative, pro-active support services to her clients. In addition to leading Clarity, Tina serves as a financial consultant and guide to several Pacific Northwest non-profit and for-profit organizations. Tina’s passions include her two kids and her fabulous husband, and serving on the board of the Port Townsend Education Foundation. She continues to think this community is the perfect fit for so many reasons—mountains, beaches, culture, and fabulous people.
Sheri Burgler Emerson
Sheri Burgler Emerson is the Associate Director at the Opportunity Council, a community action agency providing human services for people in the Northwest counties in Washington State. Sheri has a journalism degree from Western Washington University and joined the Opportunity Council in 2000 as a public relations coordinator. After working in several positions at the agency, she became the Associate Director in 2013. Sheri has over 30 years’ experience working with various nonprofit organizations and has served on a number of local boards and commissions including the Bellingham Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. Sheri and her husband Jim have lived in Bellingham for 40 years where they raised three daughters.
Kathy is a retired newspaper editor and reporter whose career included posts in four Western states. She served two terms on the Vancouver Public Schools’ Board of Directors and has been a long-time volunteer in Clark County schools working closely with students, educators and families as a fundraiser, tutor, mentor and advocate. She is a board member of the grassroots public education advocacy group, Washington’s Paramount Duty, and serves on the board of Friends of Vancouver Lake. She has twice run for the state Legislature in the 18th District – a Republican stronghold in Southwest Washington. Kathy and her wife of 29 years have two children, both graduates of Washington public schools and enrolled in state universities.
Trudy joined the Board of Washington Nonprofits in 2018. She currently chairs the Policy Committee and is a member of the Equity Committee. Trudy is Chief Executive Officer at Homes First, a low-income rental housing provider celebrating their 30th years serving the south sound region. Trudy came to Homes First in 2011, from Community Youth Services where she served as Manager of Organizational Development. She has over 30 years of experience working in nonprofits around the world. Trudy volunteers her time with many mission-driven organizations: she is a member of Rotary International and serves on the Board for the Washington State Employees Credit Union. A 2008 graduate of Lead Thurston County, Trudy’s passion is for working with staff and leaders to grow nonprofits and plan for their future so that our community members can have better, healthier lives.
Chisa B. Blair, MBA, works in reproductive healthcare, with a background in commercial insurance, and engineering risk management. She is an Eastern Washington native who now resides in Kennewick, WA. Chisa has nearly 15 years of experience in multimedia communications, programs, and project management. She currently serves on the advisory board for Whitworth University’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), and the Sun Valley Executive Leadership Alumni committee. Chisa is passionate about bridging systemic gaps and fostering organic opportunities for communities to come together as assets for one another. She is also an effective resource for nonprofit organizations as they consciously build diversity, equity, and inclusion into their culture, systems, and processes.
Apex Law Group
Judy Andrews, a practicing attorney with the Apex Law Group, resides in Seattle. Her law practice focuses on nonprofit corporation law and tax-exempt organizations. For 30 years, she has represented nonprofit organizations on corporate and tax exemption issues including incorporation and determination of tax-exempt status, legal obligations of directors, organizational structure, merger and affiliation issues, and federal tax-exemption issues. For many years, she also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. In 2016, she was named Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law. As chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Washington State Bar Association, she spearheaded the revision of the Washington State Nonprofit Corporation Act, adopted by the Washington Legislature in 2021.
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
HAPO Community Credit Union
Martin Valadez is the regional director for Heritage University’s Tri-Cities Campus and the interim executive director of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Martin worked at Tri-Cities Community Health in public relations and business development and as the Vice President of Diversity and Outreach at Columbia Basin College. He taught Mexican, Latino/a, and World history at various colleges and universities in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington and conducts research and writes about Latinos in the United States. Martin is also involved with many nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities and around Washington state including Gesa Credit Union, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Washington Nonprofits, and the Tri-Cities Economic Development Council. Martin spends a lot of time and effort on vaccination and COVID-related education and sets up popup vaccine clinics that are accessible to members of the Latinx community. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA and a Master of Arts in Latin American history from Stanford University. Martin currently resides in Pasco with his wife Tanya and son George.
Latino Community Fund