Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment Recruiting New Members

From the Office of the Governor:

Join others working to improve the lives of people with disabilities

Apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

If you are interested in issues affecting people with disabilities and want to influence State decision makers, apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE).

The GCDE is currently recruiting members to fill seven (7) vacancies on the 27-member committee. New members will be appointed by the Governor to serve an initial three-year term, starting in 2021, with the possibility of being appointed for a second three-year term and you can live anywhere in Washington State.

GCDE committee members commit to participate actively in:

  • Three in-person meetings of the full GCDE per year, usually held in the Olympia-Lacey area. (We are currently meeting online due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines.)
  • Regular phone/videoconference meetings, and occasional in-person meetings, of the GCDE subcommittees that manage and implement GCDE programs.
  • Ad-hoc workgroups created to address specific tasks or issues for the benefit of the disability community

For more information about the qualifications for GCDE membership and the responsibilities of GCDE members, please see the GCDE Become a Member page. To apply, please see the Applicant Instructions linked on that page. You also can learn about our current members.

For more information about the GCDE and its programs, please see the Projects page of the GCDE website.

The GCDE is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. For more information, or if you have questions, please email Elaine Stefanowicz, Membership Program Coordinator, or call her at 360-890-3774.

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future

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Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15

From the Latino Leadership Network:

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, your Latino Leadership Network Executive Board has put together a new video to welcome all Washington State workers and allies into the familia that is LLN. We took this opportunity to speak from our hearts about the value we see in participating in this group. See the video on YouTube.

A special thank you to a rising star in LLN, Larry Delgado, for being our editor on this project.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

In the U.S. this observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover September 15 to October 15.

Last year, LLN marked the occasion with a fascinating presentation by Antonio Sanchez, PhD, Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at Central Washington University. Sanchez presented “A Proud Past – Building a New Future, the History of the Accomplishments and Contributions of Hispanics in Washington State.” The presentation included several revelations about the roles Hispanics have played in the history and development of Washington State. See the Facebook Live recording


Confident Communication: A Women’s Summit is Oct. 16

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The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, in partnership with the Washington Center for Women and Business and Cornerstone Coaching & Training, LLC, are hosting a daylong virtual gathering designed to help participants become a more confident communicator.

Confident Communication: A Women’s Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 16 via Zoom. Presenters will stream the event from a high-tech conference room at the Washington Center for Women in Business. Attendees will participate in discussions, exercises, and small breakout groups using video and chat. All participants will receive a gift bag with training materials and be entered to win door prizes.

Cost is $97 for the general public and $67 for ICSEW members. Scholarships are available (see registration information at the bottom of this post). Registration closes September 30.

“Our speakers generously share their expertise, stories, wisdom and lessons,” said Cornerstone Consulting CEO Betty Lochner, who is also the summit host and facilitator. “Speaker sessions will be interactive, inspiring and you’ll come away revived and motivated.”

Summit Topics Will Include:

  • Managing Stress During Difficult Times
  • The Power of Language: Blame, Empowerment, and Equity
  • Let’s Talk About Grief
  • Self-talk Reboot
  • Getting out of Your Way
  • Mastering Your Story

Registration Information:

To register and get up-to-date information about the summit, including speakers and session descriptions visit

Cost is $97 for the general public. ICSEW members will receive $30 off registration. Just enter the code ICSEW at checkout.

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Betty Lochner



ICSEW Appoints Four Executive Board Members

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OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is proud to introduce four new appointments to its executive board.

Josefina Magaña has been appointed as vice chair. Rae Simpson has been appointed as professional development chair. Laurel Hass has been appointed as mentorship chair. Beth Archer has been appointed to conference chair.

The changes take effect immediately.

“I am so pleased to make this announcement,” said ICSEW Chair, Amal Joury. Each of these incredible women bring impressive and unique strengths to ICSEW. Josefina and Laurel and the Mentorship Subcommittee just launched our pilot mentorship program, and Laurel is guiding the first group of mentees and mentors though this incredible program.  Rae has insane energy, and has brought us an opportunity to work with Cornerstone Coaching and Training and their Women’s Summit. Beth has managed Zoom after Zoom meeting and I absolutely adore seeing her face and knowing she’s our “Zoommaster,” so it made sense she would work on orchestrating our big, annual conference!”

“I am very grateful to the entire Executive Board for its work, brilliant ideas and commitment to this organization. We could not do this work without you, our representatives, alternates, and guests. Thank you so much for being part of this team!”

Magaña is an administrative regulatory analyst for the Department of Labor and Industries. She has been an ICSEW representative since April 2018. Magaña has also served as the committee’s mentorship chair since February of 2019. During Magaña’s term of service with ICSEW, she helped lead a subcommittee of about a half a dozen state employees to launch a mentorship pilot program for the ICSEW. Magaña takes on the role following the departure of previous Vice Chair Jane Chapman, who completed her term of service as ICSEW vice chair in July 2020. Chapman remains an ICSEW representative for the State Department of Licensing.

About the New Executive Board Members

Simpson is the director of nursing services for the Washington State Department of Corrections. Simpson has been a representative for ICSEW since June 2018. Simpson was a previous ICSEW representative for the Washington Health Care Authority until September 2019.

Haas is a Central Reservation System manager for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Hass has been a representative for the ICSEW since April 2019.

Archer is an administrative assistant for the State Investment Board. Archer has been a representative for the ICSEW since April 2019. Archer takes over the role after the departure of previous Professional Development Chair Debbie Baker. Baker, an investment technology application development journey for the Department of Revenue, completed her term of service with ICSEW in July 2020.



Experts Predict an Increase of Suicides in the Coming Months. Here’s What You Can Do to Help Save Lives

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Editor’s Note: September is #SuicidePreventionMonthThis article first appeared in the August 2020 issues of the Washington State Employee Assistance Program’s Employee Frontline Newsletter:

Our state Department of Health (DOH) has been investigating and reporting on the many impacts of COVID-19 on all of us, including mental and behavioral health impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic has been widely regarded as a natural disaster, and in a June 2020 report the DOH considered the COVID-19 pandemic from this perspective and predicted significant behavioral health impacts of COVID using disaster response and recovery modeling. One of the report’s key findings is that suicides in Washington are expected to peak between October and December 2020. Washington’s suicide rate had already increased by nearly 19% from 1999-2016, and our state has the 21st highest suicide rate in the nation at 17.5 deaths per 100,000 people, higher than the national suicide rate of 14.5.

There is some good news: most suicides are preventable, and we can all take action to prepare and get in front of this curve. Here’s what you can do:

And, if you’re struggling and in need of support and guidance, or if you’re concerned about someone in your life and aren’t sure what to do, don’t hesitate to reach out to the EAP, at 1-877-313-4455.

Back to School: How to support employees who have school age kids at home

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared in the Employee Assistance Program’s September 2020 Newsletter

As we head into month 6 of the COVID pandemic, many parents are starting the school year already worn out, after months of “go go go” from the time the kids wake up at 6am until their bedtime at 9pm (and sometimes the kids are up in the middle of the night too.) They’re likely wondering how they and their families will manage, and they’re not alone. Recent research by the Kaiser Family Foundation warns that nearly half of all parents of school age kids are worried that they will not be able to pay enough attention to their child if they are working from home. In addition, more than half of all parents of K-12 kids experienced one or more adverse health effects due to worry and stress from COVID, with 69% of mothers and 51% of fathers.

How can you support your employees through this time?

  1. Be kind, caring and flexible. The State Human Resources division counsels agencies to operate with principles such as: maximum flexibility, action not perfection (“Try something. Take a risk and you can make adjustments if it doesn’t work.”) and strong support for “accommodating parents and other caregivers to make it possible for them to remain in the workforce and thrive…” See Supporting Working Parents and Caregivers, part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) HR Guidance for State Agencies.
  2. Provide maximum flexibility for employees to get their work done. Given each employee’s unique situation, ask when they can work. It can be a patchwork quilt, such as working: before the kids are up, after they’re in bed, on weekends, and when their partner is “on duty.” The new State HR guidance describes these and other possible work schedule options to accommodate the employee’s caregiving responsibilities.
  3. Be proactive – check in with your employees who are parenting school age kids about their back-to-school plans. While asking all school-age parents is important, pay special attention to mothers, given research showing that they are bearing the brunt of juggling home schooling and working and report suffering more adverse health effects than fathers. During these tough economic times or due to past negative experience, employees may be reluctant to expose anything they fear their supervisor or HR may see as a failure to perform their work. Don’t wait until your employees approach you to seek help or relief – they may wait too long.
  4. Check in regularly with your employees to see how they’re doing, and reassure them that you are open to adjusting and adapting as their family’s needs change.
  5. Encourage your employees to use their leave and take regular time off from work. During this stressful time, taking some time away from work is vital to your employees’ and their families’ continued wellbeing. In addition to vacation and sick time your employees may qualify for other leave categories, including the 2020 federal COVID-related leave – here’s the description of federal COVID-related leave. For information specific to your organization talk with your HR staff.
  6. Urge your employees to make their self-care a priority. Here is some specific self-care information and guidance tailored to parents. In addition, the EAP offers both a Self-Care webinar and a Parenting through COVID webinar as well as other resources that can help on their COVID-19 Resources page.

Here are some additional resources to help you be a better leader during this time:

Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to the EAP for support, guidance, tools and resources to help with your specific situation, at 1-877-313-4455 or online.

Disability and Inclusion Network Intersectionality Lunch and Learn Sept. 17

Intersectionality is a popular word in today’s news, but what does it mean for people with disabilities who are experiencing other forms of marginalization and identities, such as being Black, immigrant, or transgender?

Join the Disability Inclusion Network for a Lunch and Learn led by Carrie Basas, Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds, where we discuss what intersectionality is from a disability perspective and how we can act in solidarity to advance racial and disability justice, as well as social change. Let’s create a WA workplace together where we can bring our whole selves.

Register now for this virtual Lunch and Learn

September 17th 2020

12:00-1:00 Pm

If you need accommodations for this event please email DIN@OFM.WA.GOV

Women’s Equality Day Resources

by Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

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Today is Women’s Equality Day. It recognizes the date 100 years ago when Congress ratified the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Like many organizations, we wanted to partake in an in-person celebration. COVID-19 postponed or cancelled many planned events throughout the state.

In lieu of a face-to-face celebration, we’ve put together a list of websites and resources available about Women’s Equality Day and voting.

We also invite you to view the video of our May 2020 virtual meeting, featuring Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s and her presentation on the history of women’s suffrage in Washington state. The video can be viewed in our archived videos section on the ICSEW Facebook page. A copy of the PowerPoint can be viewed here.


2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative: This interactive website has quizzes where you can test your suffrage knowledge, take a look at state and local suffrage projects, view video of suffrage performers, view a suffrage book list and more.

National Women’s History Alliance: Their website has a sample proclamation for Women’s Equality Day, ideas for celebrating Women’s Equality Day, an online exhibit, sharable graphics and historical information and resources. Track your legislators. A searchable database on their biographies, issue positions, voting records, public statements, ratings and their funders.

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Washington State Historical Society: Free virtual exhibits, photo galleries and curricula about women’s suffrage in Washington state. Also has a blog featuring 57 biographical sketches of Washington suffragists.

Office of the Secretary of State: Register to vote, current election information, see who has filed to run for office, learn about vote by mail and more.

History of suffrage for women in BIPOC Communities

The ICSEW recognizes that although the constitution granted women the right to vote, there were laws and practices throughout U.S. history that disenfranchised women BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) communities. Many who were part of these communities were prevented from voting and could not do so until years later.

The following article features a timeline of historical events and who actually got to vote when.

Who Got to Vote When?




September Meeting Preview: Cyber Security, Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Talent

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The ICSEW’s September membership meeting will have two presentations: Preventing Cyber Crimes and Data Mining  for State Employees and The Hidden Talent Pool: Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.
The meeting takes place via Zoom and Facebook Live from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Registration Information:

To receive the Zoom information, please register via EventBrite.


The Hidden Talent Pool: Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: What’s Next WA – The Partnering for an Inclusive Workforce Project. Co-founders of What’s Next Washington Susan Mason and Roz Solomon will share information to educate all on how to recruit, hire and retain formerly incarcerated talent.

What’s Next Washington is an organization of formerly incarcerated individuals and allies working to improve the ability of people with conviction histories to reintegrate into society and achieve longterm economic stability.

About the Presenters:


Susan Mason is co-founder and executive director of What’s Next – Washington. She spent 15 years in the mortgage industry before becoming an advocate and organizer for systemic policy change and the reinstatement of full civil rights for people with conviction histories. Susan is a National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls 2019 Reimagining Communities Fellow and a Just Leadership USA 2018 Leading with Conviction Fellow. She was incarcerated in federal prison for 15 months and was released in 2003.

Roz Solomon:


Solomon is co-founder and current board president. Solomon practiced corporate law until becoming an administrative law judge hearing employment and labor cases, as well as teaching law as an adjunct at Seattle University. She co-founded the Washington Business Alliance with Howard Behar and David Guiliani in 2010 and served as their executive director for three years. Solomon is committed to the idea that all people deserve the dignity of inclusion and full human rights.

Preventing Cyber-crimes & Data-mining for State Employees: Kim Triplett-Kolerich will present on cyber security and how data mining impacts our information.

Triplett-Kolerich is a senior investigator for Office of the Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Unit. Her work with the attorney general’s office includes  serving as an investigator in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Her career includes 27 years with the Washington State Patrol, which includes 10 years as a detective investigating social security fraud, auto thefts and out-of-state license fraud.  She also spent two years in the private sector for the Bank of America’s executive protection unit.

Triplett-Kolerich is also the founder of Integrity Blue as a means to teach cyber-crime awareness and prevention techniques for businesses, community groups, police agencies, insurance companies and financial institutions.

NOTE: All regular meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status. The meeting will be conducted with the Zoom software. When registering for the event be sure to include the email and/or phone number you will be utilizing to access Zoom.

IMPORTANT: The confirmation email from Eventbrite includes the instructions for accessing the meeting below the order details. Be sure to scroll through the entire email.

Want to learn more about ICSEW? Check out our website:

Six ICSEW Representatives Receive Awards

OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is pleased to announce this year’s annual award recipients. Six ICSEW members were recognized during its annual celebration meeting July 21, 2020. The event was held via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live.

During the meeting, Dr. Karen Johnson, equity and inclusion administrator for the Washington State Department of Corrections gave a presentation Take Flight. She talked about systemic racism and social inequalities experienced by black, indigenous and people of color communities highlighted in current events surrounding the pandemic and protests around the country. She quoted the late civil rights leader John Lewis “Never be afraid to make some noise and get in good, trouble, necessary trouble,” and encouraged all attendees to discover what they’re good at and use it to dismantle systemic racism. A video recording of the meeting can be viewed on the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women’s Facebook page. Minutes can be viewed at

The following ICSEW representatives received awards:

Everlasting Award – Cheryl Flynn, Employment Security Department

 The recipient of the Everlasting Award has served at least two terms as representative for their state agency. The recipient remains calm under pressure and handles changes in leadership with resilience. This representative also retains and shares a wealth of historical information and assists others at all times.

Flynn, an assistant to the CFO at the Employment Security Department, is also the ICSEW’s Legislative and Policy Subcommittee Chair.

Visionary Award – Jane Chapman, Department of Licensing

This award recognizes a committee member who helps see out future and helps us get there. The recipient demonstrates innovation and constantly implements new ideas.

Chapman, who is a licensing services representative is also the ICSEW Vice Chair.

Lorrie Jo Brown Excellence in Service Award – Marianne McIntosh

This award honors someone who demonstrates innovative problem solving and excellence in public service. It is named after the late Lorrie Jo Brown. During her service with ICSEW, Lorrie Jo Brown played an instrumental role in the committee’s breastfeeding survey project and in mentoring others.

McIntosh, a tax policy specialist with the Department of Revenue, serves as the ICSEW’s Membership Subcommittee Chair.

Extra Mile Award –  Beth Archer, State Investment Board and Jasmine Pippin-Timco, Liquor and Cannabis Board

The recipient of this award has gone above and beyond to serve the ICSEW’s mission. The recipient demonstrates an outstanding effort on committee work and activities and commits time and energy to enrich lives though advocacy, outreach and opportunity.

Archer is an administrative assistant for the State Investment Board. Pippin-Timco is a licensing specialist for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. She also serves as co-chair of the ICSEW’s Public Outreach Subcommittee.

Leadership Award – Debbie Baker, Department of Revenue

This award is given to an outstanding leader. The recipient demonstrates courage in making leadership decisions, excellence in professionalism and actively assists others in realizing their potential.

Baker is an information technology application development journey for the Washington State Department of Revenue. She is also the ICSEW’s Professional Development Subcommittee Chair.