Our Officers and Committee Chairs:

President

Donna Glacken

Donna Glacken has been employed with the Employment Security Department in the Unemployment Insurance Division for 19 years.  She works as a Lead and Lean coordinator in the Shared Work unit. Donna is recognized as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is currently working on several Lean projects within the Employment Security Department.

She's served in numerous positions for the IAWP Washington Chapter, including President, Chapter Development and more. 

President-Elect

Steve Ruggles

Steve Ruggles, Spokane Claims Center Administrator, started with ESD at the Colville Job Service Center in 1992 performing duties in Unemployment Insurance, Reemployment Services, and the Claimant Placement Program.  He transferred to the Spokane WorkSource office before moving to the Spokane Claims Center as the Resource Coordinator in December 1999.  Steve was promoted to the Intake Manager in 2006, and then to the Administrator in 2010.  Steve has received his green belt certification in Lean /Six Sigma and is an active promoter of the tools and methodologies associated with that culture.  Prior to state service, Steve served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.  He is also an active member in the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP), serving its membership in various capacities including the Washington State Chapter President.

Steve and his wife, Shami, have four children and three grandchildren.  They are also hosting an exchange student from Norway.  Other than family, his passions are snowmobiling and search and rescue.  He has served three terms on the Board of Directors and two terms as Vice President for the Winter Knights Snowmobile Club, and is an active member of Spokane County’s Search and Rescue team.

Vice President

Leah Wolfe

Leah is a dual language program coordinator 2 with the Employment Security Collection unit. She joined Employment Security in 2008. Leah is on the Spanish Clearance list and attends the Latino Leadership Network events. She also has coordinated the UI/Tax/Wage Recognition Committee, volunteers with fundraising for the UI/Tax/Wage Recognition Committee fund, and has served as the I.A.W.P. Recognition/Awards Chair.  

Leah formerly worked in the nursing field. She is C.P.R. (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) trained, attends the on-going Medic One of Thurston County training, participates in FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) training and serves on ESD’s Evacuation and D.A.R.T. (Disaster Assistance Response Team) committees.

Her top priorities at work include:

  • Acting as a foundation of any project to helping ongoing safety at home, work and with the community;
  • Continuing to support employee-engagement topics, classes and outreach projects; and
  • Remaining an advocate for and obtaining a healthy, active life

She previously volunteered with ESD’s Adopt-a-Family flowers/silent auction, Thurston County Food Bank drive, Susan G. Komen-Warriors in Pink (fund coordinator), and Thurston County Animal Shelter (fund coordinator).  She’s served on interview panels, helped with unit projects, attended Capital Campus Safety meetings, been a quarterly unit team member, became C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) certified by the US Department of Homeland Security, served as safety committee Chair, attended the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference, and served as local arrangements committee (L.A.C.), volunteers at the Latinx Youth Summit 2017 and silent auction organizer for the 2015 State Conference for the I.A.W.P.

She won 1st place Dominoes tournament trophy twice and 2nd place once at the annual I.A.W.P Crab Feed in Westport, Washington.

Past-President

Sheila Johnson-Teeter

A 30-year employee of Employment Security, Sheila started her career at the Aberdeen Job Service Center in Grays Harbor County in 1985.

She came to SW Region in 1993, went from there to work at the Office of Regional Affairs, AKA WorkSource Operations Division, now known as WorkSource Career and Development Division.

She began working in the Commissioner’s Office in 2001 for Deputy Commissioner Paul Trause. She retired in Spring 2017 as Constituent Services Manager where she processed all constituent inquiries that come into the department.

She is a long-time member of the professional organization International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP). She has been actively involved at the local level and state level of IAWP.

Sheila’s hobbies are decorating, reading and traveling. She resides in Chehalis, Washington and has seven grandchildren (3 boys in California, 2 girls in Chehalis, 1 girl and 1 boy in Seattle) that she adores!

Treasurer

George Mante

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington graduating from Weatherwax High School.

Attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon receiving a BA in Political Science.

Served as a Legislative Assistant to an Oregon State Senator and on special projects for the Governor and Secretary of State.

Attended Seattle University receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Is a former Language Arts/Social Studies Department Chair, Deputy County Auditor and Director of Special Services for the Department of the Navy.

Former Aberdeen City Councilman and member of various Grays Harbor County Boards and Commissions i.e. Planning, Human Services Advisory Board et. al.

Served on the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College.

Has an approved Doctorate in Business Administration.

Served two non-consecutive terms as President of the Southwest Washington Sub-Chapter and as Jurisdictional Representative for Maple Park and over a decade as Audit Chair for the WA State IAWP.

Belongs to numerous civic and community organizations.

Is an avid fisherman, reader and duplicate bridge player.

Secretary

Kolleen Anderson

Kolleen Anderson joined IAWP in 2008. She has been with the Employment Security Department since 1984. She currently works in the Finance and Administrative Services Division in the Contracts and Procurement unit. She manages the department’s fixed asset inventory which consists of approximately 6,300 pieces of equipment statewide. One of her favorite challenges about her job is researching and finding missing equipment.

Kolleen has served on the agency’s Mutual Aid Board of Directors since 2008. She has coordinated the Well Fed, Well Read campaign for the department in Thurston County since 2010.

Kolleen enjoys spending time at the ocean, cooking, makes cards, playing dominoes and reading. She loves being a mom to her furry rescue kitty, Lucy.

Membership Chair

Leah Wolfe

Leah is a dual language program coordinator 2 with the Employment Security Collection unit. She joined Employment Security in 2008. Leah is on the Spanish Clearance list and attends the Latino Leadership Network events. She also has coordinated the UI/Tax/Wage Recognition Committee, volunteers with fundraising for the UI/Tax/Wage Recognition Committee fund, and has served as the I.A.W.P. Recognition/Awards Chair.  

Leah formerly worked in the nursing field. She is C.P.R. (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) trained, attends the on-going Medic One of Thurston County training, participates in FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) training and serves on ESD’s Evacuation and D.A.R.T. (Disaster Assistance Response Team) committees.

Her top priorities at work include:

  • Acting as a foundation of any project to helping ongoing safety at home, work and with the community;
  • Continuing to support employee-engagement topics, classes and outreach projects; and
  • Remaining an advocate for and obtaining a healthy, active life

She previously volunteered with ESD’s Adopt-a-Family flowers/silent auction, Thurston County Food Bank drive, Susan G. Komen-Warriors in Pink (fund coordinator), and Thurston County Animal Shelter (fund coordinator).  She’s served on interview panels, helped with unit projects, attended Capital Campus Safety meetings, been a quarterly unit team member, became C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) certified by the US Department of Homeland Security, served as safety committee Chair, attended the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference, and served as local arrangements committee (L.A.C.), volunteers at the Latinx Youth Summit 2017 and silent auction organizer for the 2015 State Conference for the I.A.W.P.

She won 1st place Dominoes tournament trophy twice and 2nd place once at the annual I.A.W.P Crab Feed in Westport, Washington.

Education & Training Chair

Kathy Gundlach

Kathy is employed with the Department of Corrections as an Employment and Education Navigator for the federal Strength in Families grant funded by ReFORM through the Administration of Children and Families (ACF). Kathy’s re-entry work is focused on assisting justice-involved individuals in reaching their employment and education goals and planning their career path, which includes  overcoming barriers particular to this population. She has worked with Employment Security Department including roles as Employment Specialist, WIA and Trade Act Case Manager, and performing Quality Assurance while located at WorkSource offices. She has nine years’ experience as a workforce professional, and has served as the IAWP Southwest Subchapter President. Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Utah State University and master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner  Pacific College.

Communications Chair

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is a Career Connections Specialist with the Washington Employment Security Department based out of WorkSource Yakima where she connects qualified job seekers with local and regional employers, markets WorkSource to employers and the business community in hopes of securing employment opportunities for mid-level career professionals and new graduates, coordinates with educational institutions to ensure students are aware of WorkSource job match assistance, organizes, hosts and participates in hiring events, job fairs and networking activities to expand community knowledge of WorkSource and serves as brand ambassador for WorkSource. She previous led marketing efforts in a variety of industries including the real estate, title, medical, retail, newspaper and credit union industries. She graduated with honors from Seattle University.

Newsletter Editor

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson is a  retired policy analyst for the Washington State Employment Security Department. She's served as a member of the ESD Legislative committee since 1992 and currently serves as the IAWP Washington Chapter Legislative Chair and long-time editor of the chapter newsletter, The Clarion. She has been a member of IAWP since 1981 and won the 2016 President's Award for her work to transition The Clarion to an on-line newsletter, saving the chapter thousands in printing and mailing costs. 

Retiree Chair

Sheila Johnson-Teeter

A 30-year employee of Employment Security, Sheila started her career at the Aberdeen Job Service Center in Grays Harbor County in 1985.

She came to SW Region in 1993, went from there to work at the Office of Regional Affairs, AKA WorkSource Operations Division, now known as WorkSource Career and Development Division.

She began working in the Commissioner’s Office in 2001 for Deputy Commissioner Paul Trause. She retired in Spring 2017 as Constituent Services Manager where she processed all constituent inquiries that come into the department.

She is a long-time member of the professional organization International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP). She has been actively involved at the local level and state level of IAWP.

Sheila’s hobbies are decorating, reading and traveling. She resides in Chehalis, Washington and has seven grandchildren (3 boys in California, 2 girls in Chehalis, 1 girl and 1 boy in Seattle) that she adores!