Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WSPHA. As a non-profit, WSPHA relies on volunteers to help us achieve our mission to improve the health and safety of Washington residents. From event planning, website management to selecting presentations for our Annual Conference, we have opportunities that fit your interests and availability. 

Legislative Education Day

  • Marketing
  • Registration management 
  • Budget management and fundraising
  • Communication with volunteers, planners and legislators' offices

Annual Conference

  • Review submitted abstracts
  • Serve on the Content Advisory Team (CAT) to select presentations for the conference
  • Coordinate the continuing education credits (CEU) application process
  • Coordinate the annual awards process
  • Coordinate the scholarship process

Social Media and Marketing

  • Promote WSPHA activities through social media and email campaigns

Website Management

  • Contribute to content and editing 

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 Meet our volunteers

Zamir Brown

Currently a student at Bastyr University, Zamir M. Brown, will graduate in 2019 with a Master’s of Public Health, with a concentration on Community Health Education. Zamir moved to Washington from North Carolina, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with his undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Chemistry. A natural leader, Zamir has learned the integral role politics and policy plays in impacting health, and communities of color in particular. This has informed his interest to pursue further training in Health Policy. In addition to a full-time schedule at Bastyr University, Zamir is a member of the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Committee of the APHA. In just two years, his on-campus volunteer activities geared towards social justice and equity resulted in his receipt of the highest student honor at Bastyr - the Les Griffith Founder’s Award. Zamir is currently the Student Engagement Coordinator for Bastyr’s Center for Health Policy Leadership, where he assists the director on various projects related to health policy and leads a team of students in facilitating education programs focused on the Social Determinants of Health and their effects on individuals, societies, and life outcomes. 


Kelse Kwaiser

Prior to beginning her Masters of Public Health Program at Bastyr University in 2016, Kelse worked as an International Logistics Process Specialist. She developed best practices for her department and shaped the communication methods and standards used in everyday communications with international clients. Kelse led and educated a team of service specialists to execute international shipments of raw materials legally, efficiently and effectively. Kelse left her job to pursue an internship with the State Board of Health, where she worked as a Health Policy Intern from April 2017-November 2017. As an intern, Kelse gained experience developing and conducting a qualitative research study on civic engagement barriers. Kelse currently works multiple part time jobs, working as a youth counselor for YouthCare, and as a Biostatistics tutor and a Research Assistant for Bastyr University. Kelse received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University and is pursuing her Master of Public Health from Bastyr University (2018 candidate).


Gabbie Berger

Gabbie comes from Las Vegas, but is currently living in Seattle as a student at the University of  Washington. She is studying Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice in the hopes of working in public health policy. She is passionate about preventative care, educating others about public health issues, and food politics. In her free time, Gabbie likes to do yoga, hike around Washington, go on service trips, and travel. At WSPHA Gabbie helps plan the 2018 Legislative Education Day. 


Cooper Springfield

Cooper comes from Champaign, IL and resides in Seattle working for MultiCare as a Health Educator and for the YMCA as a Lifestyle Coach. Before moving out west he served as an English teacher in Phitsanulok, Thailand, learning much about the traditions and tendencies of the culture. He has a master's degree in exercise physiology from Southern Illinois University. At WSPHA Cooper helps plan the 2018 Legislation Education Day in addition to website design and management. 


Christie Holtzclaw

A Texan turned Seattleite, Christie is a student at Seattle Central College pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health with a focus on Community Health and Education. With a background in parent support and aspirations to pursue a Master of Public Health in the future, she currently works at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a Patient Access Supervisor and is passionate about health equity in terms of both access and outcomes. At WSPHA, Christie assists with administrative projects, photography and membership.


H. LiHerakles Li

Herakles currently works for the Northwest Healthcare Response Network where he leads the development and implementation of the Network's healthcare preparedness planning program. Prior to his current role he completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was placed with Public Health – Seattle & King County and worked in Environmental Health and Preparedness.  He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, and a Master in Public Health from the University of Washington. Herakles volunteers for WSPHA in a variety of areas including event planning and serving on the Content Advisory Team. 


E. MathiesenEmily Mathiesen

Currently a student at Central Washington University, Emily Mathiesen will graduate in Spring of 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. She is passionate about preventative care in order to create a healthier future. Prior to volunteering with the WSPHA, Emily volunteered in various hospitals to gain an extensive understanding of the inner workings of the healthcare system along with completing an Associate’s degree in pre-nursing. At WSPHA, Emily helps with website management, social media outreach, and preparations for the Washington State Public Health Annual Conference.


Deitra Crawford 

Deitra Crawford is interested in volunteering with the Washington State Public Health Association to become vested with other public health professionals as well as to stay abreast of new trends in health research, health disparities and local public health efforts.  Deitra works for LifeNet Health, a human tissue bank and Federally Designated Organ Procurement Organization, as a Technical Service Representative; working closely with medical personnel to provide tissue transplants to those patients in need. During her almost ten-year tenure at LifeNet Health, she has also worked in Hospital Development as well as with the Product Services Department.  Deitra graduated from the University of Washington in 2001 with a B.A. in Sociology and in 2007 with a Master of Public Health from Walden University (online), with Practicum Hours completed with the Breast and Cervical Health Program at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.