Board of Directors 2020–2021


Paul Simmons
Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Director
Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation


Jennifer Papich
Recreation Director
Spokane Parks & Recreation

Vice President

Dave Johnson
Parks and Recreation Director/Assistant City Manager
City of Maple Valley


Gabbi Gonzales
City of Burien, Park, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department

Director-At-Large & Secretary

Sylvana Niehuser
Parks Stewardship Supervisor
Olympia Parks & Recreation

King County Region Director

Shanyanika (Shan) McElroy
Policy and Organizational Performance Analyst 
City of Seattle

This position serves the following county: King

Southwest Region Director & Treasurer

Justin Brown
Recreation Manager
Longview Parks & Recreation

This position serves the following counties: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum

Northwest Region Director

Lauren Woodmansee
Bellingham Parks and Recreation

This position serves the following counties: Islands, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom

Eastern Region Director

Andy Coleman
Parks & Recreation Director
Walla Walla Parks & Recreation 

This position serves the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima


Jeff Price
Recreation & Cultural Services Director
City of Mukilteo

Executive Director - Ex Officio

Tiffany Hanzo Martin
Washington Recreation & Park Association


Board Meeting Calendar

WRPA Members are welcome to attend board meetings. There will be no public/member comments as board agendas are set ahead of time. If you would like to add an item to the agenda, email a request to the President one week prior to the board meeting. Our Board Meetings are planned to convene the second Wednesday of the month although they are subject to change. Please understand that at any time, the WRPA Board of Directors can go into Executive Session and exclude non-board Members from this part of the meeting. Please email the WRPA Office if you are interested in attending a meeting. 

2020–2021 Board Meeting Schedule:

  • July 21, 2020
  • August 18, 2020
  • September 15, 2020
  • October 20, 2020
  • November 17, 2020
  • January 19, 2021
  • February 2021 TBD (In Conjunction with Legislative Day)
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 2021 TBD (In Conjunction with Conference) 

Board Structure

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