Contributing Writers

Michael Brandt, Esq. has served on the WSCAI Board of Directors and currently serves on the Legislative

Action Committee. Michael is the principal of Brandt Law Group, a Seattle law firm that provides legal services to condominium and homeowner associations, their officers, directors, and members, as well as to the owners of single family residential properties and commercial properties. Michael has been practicing real estate law for 25 years and lives in Snoqualmie, where he is a member of the Snoqualmie Ridge

HOA. In his article, he discusses how to deal with mental health issues in condominium associations.

Rob Guyott brings us the Community Spotlight along with Patrick Rooney in this issue. He is a

Community Association Manager for HOAMCO and the Operations Director at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge. Rob has managed homeowner associations for over eight years and has been involved with multi-family real estate since 2002. He is an avid fly-fisher, loves the outdoors and wishes he had time for a puppy. If Rob is not at work you will find him spending time with family and friends, standing in a river or browsing French

Bulldog rescue sites. If you have a French Bulldog that you are willing to donate please contact him immediately.

Lisa Hanses contributes the article “Hitting a Grand Slam with Your Next Survey.” As the Business

Development & Creative Director of Amento Group for 21 years, one aspect of her position is to assemble detailed homeowner surveys. Amento Group is often hired by Association Managers as the Construction Manager to oversee construction at condominiums. The on-line surveys ensure the Board is making appropriate decisions about what to include in the project with the most accurate information available.

Amento Group is a diverse group of construction professionals who specialize in construction defect consulting, design and management. Lisa has been an active member of WSCAI since 2006 and currently serves on the Community Outreach Committee.

Melissa Musser, CMCA AMS brings us the third of a three-part series of articles dedicated to homeowners

associations, with “Low Impact Development, Drought-Resistant Landscaping and the ACC.” As the Suburban Growth Practices Director with Trestle Community Management, Melissa focuses on developer and declarant community formation through transition to owners for homeowner and master Associations. As an elected City Councilperson for the City of Des Moines since 2010, she chairs the city’s

Environment Committee and brings her extensive knowledge of plat management, low impact development standards and surface water management to the clients she serves. Melissa is part of the Education Committee and in her spare time she is an avid marathon runner. By marathon, she means Netflix marathons that she enjoys with the love of her life that she met at a WSCAI Business Partners Social. So you could say that Association Management, truly is her whole life.

Dainen Penta, Esq. is an associate attorney with Leahy Fjelstad Peryea. He provides general counsel,

enforcement, and collection services to condominium and homeowner associations throughout the greater Puget Sound region. He is an experienced board volunteer and in 2016 served as President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington. He is author of the article, “Avoid the Wall of Shame: Disclose Delinquencies with Dignity.”

Patrick Rooney, CMCA, AMS, PCAM teams up with Rob Guyott to bring us the Community Spotlight on Providence

Point. Patrick serves on the WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) as well as CAI’s National Government & Public Affairs Committee. He has been a community association manager for 30 years. He currently is the General Manager of Providence Point, which has 1008 units.

Ken Strauss, Esq. is a partner at Flanagan Strauss, PLLC, providing representation in all aspects of

community association law. Since 1999, Ken has focused his practice on community associations, serving hundreds of associations in Western Washington as well as California. His practice includes general counsel services, construction defect litigation, dispute resolution, contract negotiation and formation of non-profit corporations. He has served as lead trial counsel for condominium associations, as

well in arbitrations relating to both construction defects and governing document enforcement. He is licensed in Washington, California and Oregon. In his article, he discusses large-scale repairs, special assessments and loans.

Suzanne White is the Portfolio Manager for the Puget Sound Energy Multifamily Retrofit Program.

In this issue, she provides tips to air sealing multi-family properties. She guides customers through comprehensive building portfolio analyses which showcase energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. Suzanne strives to empower customers to utilize Puget Sound Energy resources to reduce their energy usage, save money, and help create a more environmentally friendly community.

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2017 WSCAI Board of Directors President

Troy Brogdon McBride Construction


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

Vice President

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


Chelsea Webster, CMCA, PCAM The Management Trust, AAMC


Amy Clements, CIRMS, ARM Community Association Underwriters 800.228.1930


Ferdinand Boyce Royal Crest Condominium

Jackie Davis Fischer Restoration & Fischer Plumbing 206.499.8099

Deverick Martin University Plaza Owners Association

Tony Rafel, Esq. Rafel Law Group PLLC

Committee Chairs Business Partners CA Day

Stacey Krynsky Max Martin

Dianna Kaspar, CIC, CIRMS Jackie Davis

Communications/Journal Editor

Jacqueline Cleveland, CMCA, AMS Robert Guyott, Jr.

Community Outreach Education LAC Law Day

Shane Lewis, CMCA, AMS Jackie Roethel

Lynn Logan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Dennis Boyd

Theresa Torgesen, Esq.

Beth Schwartz, CMCA, AMS Dan Zimberoff, Esq., CCAL

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

Social Events Toni Hahn, CMCA

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