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Executive Board

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
deirdre.bissonnette@dfw.wa.gov

Department of Licensing
sfashana@dol.wa.gov

I am Sequenna Fashana, I have been with state government for over five years as a licensing service representative at Department of Licensing. For the last two years, I’ve worked in the reentry unit, where my work partner and I issue ID cards to individuals who are being released from a Washington state correctional facility.

I have a passion for working with people. I love to laugh, have fun and be with my family.

I attended my first ICSEW meeting in late 2019 when I was invited by a coworker. Since then, I’ve grown to love this group of women and I am so thankful during this time I’ve been able to connect, grow and learn from amazing mentors and leaders we have within this group.

I’m excited for the opportunity to serve along Rachael as the co-executive secretary and be a part of moving ICSEW forward.

 

Department of Natural Resources

janet.mcintosh@dnr.wa.gov 

 

 

Office of Administrative Hearings

Connie.Becker@oah.wa.gov  

Washington State Department of Transportation
(360) 705-7542
OlsoSi@wsdot.wa.gov

I am Siri Olson (yes, pronounced just like the iPhone) and I am pleased to be the ICSEW Treasurer. I joined ICSEW as a means to network with women across multiple state agencies.

The values of leadership, integrity, empowerment resonated with me and caught my attention, for no other reason that those are some of my core values as well. I come to ICSEW with 20 years of fund accounting experience, gained through finance management in local government, economic development districts, school districts, and state government auditing/monitoring.

I began my education journey by earning my associate’s degree in accounting, which then turned into earning my bachelor's degree in management, and finally my mater's in business administration in 2020.  

In addition, to my full time Washington state position, I teach computer applications part-time at my local community college. I love being able to support others in their education journey and watching them grow. My goal is to utilize my education and experience to support ICSEW membership, vision, and goals.

Subcommittee Chairs

Office of Financial Management
(360) 688-3890
rachel.friederich@ofm.wa.gov

1. What is your previous work experience that led you to this position?
I spent my early career working as a reporter/photographer for newspapers and radio stations in Washington state. After a layoff in 2012, I took a temporary job in community outreach for the YWCA of Olympia. I learned about the ICSEW through the YWCA, as ICSEW did an annual toiletries drive the YWCA hosts, with items collected going to low-income families in Thurston County. The work I did with the YWCA and other non-profits helped prepare me for work in Washington state government. I was hired as a communications specialist for the state of Washington in 2015, and I always knew that when I got hired with the state, I wanted to be a part of ICSEW.

2. What inspired you to become a part of the Executive Board for ICSEW?
A past supervisor was actually the chair of ICSEW and encouraged me to become a member. When an executive board position opened up, I jumped at the opportunity. Being on the board of ICSEW has pushed me to be comfortable outside my comfort zone.  As a daughter of immigrants and the first person in my family to graduate college and go on to a professional career, I’ve always looked for opportunities to help me grow. ICSEW has allowed me to grow as a leader, develop management skills and perform tasks that I would not have gotten the chance to do anywhere else. I’ve gained a lot of confidence--both from the support from my fellow ICSEW members and from the professional development training ICSEW offers.

3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of ICSEW I’ve also had the opportunity to share knowledge and teach media skills to subcommittee members. Seeing them grow and knowing I played a part in their growth makes me happy and proud. I also get the chance to become familiar with the work that other government agencies do to support women and families living in Washington state.

Health Care Authority

Rebecca.lamar@hca.wa.gov 

Keri O' Connell, Department of Revenue

kerio@dor.wa.gov

Keri O’Connell has been a public service for the state of Washington for almost 25 years, many of which being with the Department of Revenue. She is the Tribal Tax Information and Policy Specialist with Tribal Partnerships Program in the Executive Division. Through her work, she engages with tribes, tribal citizens, and entities conducting business with tribes. She enjoys discussing tax topics with others. Her passion is serving the public in the best capacity she can.

Through her employment with the state, Keri has been an active member of the Combined Fund Drive, serving in several roles of the Thurston County CFD Steering Committee.

Keri joined ICSEW in July 2020 as an alternate for her agency, joining the Legislation and Policy and the Communications subcommittees. She enjoys volunteering alongside her peers, pulling weeds for the Thurston County Food Bank’s garden and for SafePlace’s safe-housing property.

Keri is a from Olympia and enjoys spending time with her three children exploring the outdoors and culture our beautiful state has to offer.

 

 

Department of Revenue
mariannem@dor.wa.gov

I joined ICSEW to connect with women from other Washington State agencies. Since I joined in 2017, I’ve met and worked with many amazing women. I enjoy collaborating with the Membership subcommittee members to find new ways to engage our membership as well as fulfilling our sub-committees responsibilities. I look forward to continuing working with the ICSEW board and our members.

Department of Enterprise Services
Melissa.harris@des.wa.gov

Melissa Harris is a Learning Design and Delivery Professional for the Department of Enterprise Services, with over 20 years of professional experience in both the private and public sector.  Melissa has focused her career on employee engagement and organizational performance by developing and coaching people throughout all levels in an organization, and helping organizations build on the value they delivery to their customers.  She specializes in Leadership & Team Development, Human Resources, Operations Management, Change Management and Lean Six Sigma.

Melissa is co-chair of the Partnerships Sub-Committee for the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW), the representative for the Department of Enterprise Services.  In her current position with DES, she feels fortunate to have a direct impact on the leaders of Washington State, and aspires to lead by example through her behaviors and actions that align with the ICSEW values.  She is truly honored to represent her agency alongside some of the most inspirational, hardworking and determined women in Washington State government.

Melissa studied Business Management & Human Resources Management at Washington State University. She also holds certification as a Change Management Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Melissa enjoys spending time with her two teenage boys, and traveling the world exploring other cultures and places.

Department of Revenue
360.534-3811
morganm@dor.wa.gov

Morgan Montes has been in public service since 2009, and joined the Department of Revenue's Lean Transformation Office in 2018. 

She is passionate about and committed to supporting continuous improvement efforts in state government and increasing employee engagement to create value for customers and building trust in state government. 

Morgan has a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in public policy from The Evergreen State College. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a PROSCI certified change management practitioner. 

Kassandra Drake, Washington State Investment Board

kassandra.drake@sib.wa.gov

Kassandra Drake is a human resources consultant, with the Washington State Investment Board

Kassandra began her career in Human Resources 10 years ago working at a small Tacoma-based company called Excel Installations, where she helped build the HR function within the business.

Kassandra made a move to public service over a year ago when she joined Washington State Investment Board as an HR Consultant, helping rebuild the HR team and establish HR acumen within the agency.

Kassandra has extensive experience in recruitment and retention, HR policy, employee development, and much more. Kassandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies from Washington State University.

Department of Revenue

summer.ramos@dor.wa.gov

Summer Ramos has been a tax administration manager for the Department of Revenue for the last five years. Ramos is tasked with training new staff in their 6–9-month training program. She gets to work from home with two virtual middle school and high school sons, her spouse (who is another virtual worker for the state of Washington), and a very needy Great Dane.

Teaching and encouraging others are an integral part of Ramos' career and home life. She experienced a lot of trials as a female leader throughout different jobs and roles.

Ramos passionately encourages others to lead from wherever they are. Ramos believes everyone can be a leader of inclusion, engagement, commitment and passion even when their job title doesn’t say “manager.” She is dedicated to empowering others to find a way to add their flair, personality, and interests to whatever they do. 

 

 

 

 

Department of Commerce
360-725-2777
leslie.wolff@commerce.wa.gov

Hi. I’m Leslie Wolff. I joined ICSEW because I believe that while there have been improvements for state employed women since ICSEW’s beginnings, there is still equity work to be done on a lot of levels and this group can make a difference in that work. I get a lot out of this group. I really value having ways to connect with folks who work in other agencies, who I would never have had the opportunity to otherwise meet. I also really like the learning opportunities that this committee provides. I hope that I am able to help further improve the lives of state employees and all Washingtonians.

In 2019-2020, ICSEW held a mentorship pilot program for state employees. The program was a success, with more than 40 participants. Our test program allowed us to gain valuable knowledge about what it takes to run a successful mentorship program.

ICSEW is currently exploring partnerships with other state agencies and organizations to create a sustainable interagency mentorship program. We will update this page as we move forward.

Office of Financial Management
allison.spector@ofm.wa.gov

Allison is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Data analyst at the Washington Office of Financial Management’s (OFM’s) Workforce Strategies Section.  Allison started her career in state government at the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and prior to OFM worked at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Office of Equal Opportunity.  Allison has a joint JD / MBA and a bachelor’s in psychology.  Allison served on Governor Inslee’s Equity Office Taskforce which developed the recommendations that led to creation of the nation’s first statewide Office of Equity.  Allison has been in state government for about five years.  Allison is passionate about helping current and prospective state employees find their way in state government.

I joined ICSEW to support other women in state government and to promote visibility of transgender individuals. 

ICSEW is a great supportive environment where you can meet other amazing women professionals.

My hope is that partnerships can continue to develop relationships to other groups that impact women employed in state government.  I also want to foster connections with the state business resource groups and the new Office of Equity.

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