President: Kim Mead
Mead took office as the WEA president in July 2013.
Mead was one of two female industrial arts teachers in the state in 1985 when she began her teaching career in the Everett School District where she taught middle school "shop" classes, including architecture, mechanical drafting, plastics, electronics, wood shop and computer technology.
She has served as a local president of the Everett Education Association and has been a longtime building representative, vice president and president of Pilchuck UniServ Council. She joined the WEA Board in 2004 where she served on the executive committee. She also served six years as NEA State Director. She says she has loved serving in every capacity, and particularly enjoys lobbying around Elementary and Secondary Education Action (ESEA) issues.
"Our strength is our ability to come together with diverse views, and through our democratic process, stand up for the best interests of public education and our members," Mead says. "The work before us is great, but the rewards for our members and our students are worth the hard work. I am excited for the future of public education, driven by those who are the experts, the teachers and school employees who are the WEA."
Miller taught social studies in a high-poverty middle school in Bellevue before being elected as the Association's Vice President. He has served members in Bellevue for many years as a building rep, bargainer, secretary, vice president and president of the Bellevue Education Association. He has served on multiple WEA committees, including the WEA-PAC Board. Most recently, he led the WEA-Sammamish Council as president and he served as a WEA Board member and NEA State Director.
"I bring my daily experience of working in school to my responsibilities as a leader at the council, state, and national level," Miller says. "I understand the diversity of our members' experiences across the state and will work on behalf of them all."
Executive Director: Armand Tiberio
Former WEA Executive Director Armand Tiberio has been selected as the new top staff leader to replace former Executive Director John Okamoto. Tiberio is currently the executive director of North Dakota United, and is scheduled to return to WEA in mid-April 2014.