Contributing Writers

Vickie Gaskill, CPM®, MPM® is the owner of Bell-Anderson & Assoc., LLC, AM0®, CRMC®. Vickie’s career in community association management began over 32 years ago. In 2008, Vickie, along with her good friend, Steve Barber, CPM®, wrote a book that was published by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), titled

Community Associations: A Guide to Successful Management. A second edition is due to come out the first part of 2019. The team at Bell-Anderson dedicates a portion of their time and money every year to a community service project, as Vickie shares in her article 

Kristen Ledbetter, CMCA, AMS

is a Senior Community Association Manager at Trestle Community Management.  her current position, she specializes in mid-rise, high-rise and estate communities which demand the highest levels of service to ensure their communities run

smoothly and are impeccable across all aspects. Kristen was nominated for WSCAI’s Manager of the year in 2016 and has been nominated again in 2018. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, their chiweenie-pup, Tucker and “big-boned” calico, Maggie. Kristen’s article discusses how to build positivity within your community and work environment.

Shane Lewis, CMCA, AMS

 where he supports the CEO and Operations Team in developing and delivering the company’s strategy and mission statement to their staff, client portfolio, and industry. In this issue, Shane gives us a glance at the Community Outreach

Committee’s events over the past year.

Megan Martin, CMCA, AMS is a Senior Community Association Manager at Trestle Community Management.  and has worked with all types of community associations. In her current position, she specializes in distressed communities that are facing large scale projects,

which requires a lot of board and membership education while helping the associations assimilate the right team for the project. Megan was nominated for WSCAI’s Manager of the year in 2018. She discusses major repair projects in this issue. When she is not managing large scale projects for her communities, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and kids 

Brian P. McLean, CCAL

is the president of Agynbyte LLC, a condominium and homeowner association management company. Agynbyte LLC follows Brian’s two-decade career as an attorney of community association law. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from Seattle University, where he was a member of

Law Review, chair of the law school’s Moot Court Board, and commencement speaker for his graduating class. He is a former president and board member of WSCAI. He has served twice as co-chair of WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee, where he worked with state legislators to enact mandatory reserve study legislation in Washington State. He is the former lead singer, guitarist, and a songwriter for the now defunct Pacific Northwest band the Acetones.

Valerie Oman, Esq.

brings us “Why Comfort Animals Are a Good Thing: A Pawsitive Approach.” She is a partner attorney at Condominium Law Group. She represents and assists community associations on collections matters along with general counsel and governance issues. Valerie graduated cum laude from Seattle

University School of Law. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, is an avid Seahawks fan, speaks four languages and is an active WSCAI volunteer. Valerie loves spending time with her young child, family, and friends as well as her dog, Dot, and can often be found hiking or lifting heavy things.

Allison Peryea, Esq.

Committee and a former editor of the WSCAI Community Associations Journal. article talks about things that boards appreciate about their association managers.

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            downtown Seattle. She has worked in the community association industry for eight years. Her practice focuses on dispute resolution including litigation, and also general counsel. She is a longtime member of the WSCAI Communications Allison’s

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Michelle Leary Chapter Lobbyist Kathryn Hedrick Layout & Design Jane Rial Rial Marketing Communications

2018 WSCAI Board of Directors President

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS Association Reserves WA, LLC


Tony Rafel, Esq. Rafel Law Group PLLC

Vice President

Tony Rafel, Esq. Rafel Law Group PLLC


Jeannie Howell, CMCA, AMS CWD Group, Inc., AAMC


Amy Clements, CIRMS, ARM Community Association Underwriters 800.228.1930


Jackie Davis Fischer Restoration & Fischer Plumbing 206.499.8099

Alicia Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM CWD Group, Inc., AAMC

Linda Hanson 206.706.8000 Hawthorne Hill Condominium

Chelsea Webster, CMCA, PCAM SUHRCO Residential Properties LLC 425. 455.0900

Committee Chairs  CA Day Communications Community Outreach  Patrick McDonald, Esq.

Dianna Kaspar, CIC, CIRMS Jackie Davis

Rob Guyott, Jr, CMCA, AMS Jackie Roethel

Shane Lewis, CMCA, AMS

Education Dennis Boyd LAC

Theresa Torgesen, Esq. 

Beth Schwartz, CMCA, AMS 

Made for Managers Day Paul Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Managers Only Meetings Nicole Lemons, CMCA Membership

Bryce Kennedy Social Events

Jeremy Stilwell, Esq. Toni Hahn, CMCA

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