by WHCA Elections Committee
WHCA board members are elected by residents of unincorporated Skyway-West Hill to serve two-year terms to help create a more equitable, engaged, informed, and vibrant West Hill. The results from our 2020 elections are now in!
Thank you to all our candidates, and thank you to all community members who voted to elect five new-term board members who will serve our community for a two-year term. Read on to meet your new WHCA board members!
Congratulations to our new (and re-elected) WHCA board members! We are excited to welcome these new folks onto our team.
My name is Basha Alexander. I was raised in Skyway and consider it a place I’ll always call home. Growing up I attended Camphill Elementary, Dimmit and Renton High School and recently moved back into the area with my husband and two boys. I am an educator, race and equity facilitator, advocate and the LOIS- Precinct Committee Officer. Like West Hill Community Association’s original purpose, sharing important information and getting the tough questions answered, I am interested in joining the Board as a Director to offer an innovative and timely perspective that reflects my community as a black woman, millennial and mother.
I am passionate about amplifying black and brown voices, especially in spaces that we have been historically and intentionally marginalized and dismantling systemic and institutional barriers. Last month, I organized and led, along with community members – the Heal the Hood rally where we provided voter registration, PPE, over 400 free meals as well as representation from our elected officials. This rally energerized Skyway Coalition’s petition with King County Council that has gained more than 500 signatures, and was recently covered by Q13. Witnessing the support and community response solidifies my interest and commitment to show up in this capacity. Supporting civic engagement, youth development and education – I will bring a unique perspective to the Board that will contribute to the advancement and implementation of future policies and sustainable programs that positively impact our black and brown communities.
Hey there, neighbors! My name is Devin Chicras (she/her), Skyway resident and superfan. I believe this community can truly accomplish anything, and I’ve spent the last decade dedicated to proving that theory as a West Hill Community Association volunteer turned board member, and for the last six years, executive officer.
I’m passionate about connecting our neighbors, because we’re stronger together. I saw the promise WHCA had to be that convener, and in the last 10+ years, I’ve built our website, social media channels, newsletters, and branding from the ground up, resurrected Skyway Outdoor Cinema and filled in as lead organizer since 2013, had a hand in and attended nearly every event, activity, and meeting, and helped push for major foundational updates to secure 501(c)(3) status and better serve our unincorporated area with its unique challenges.
WHCA has long been a force for good in Skyway-West Hill, and is currently working hard to be as inclusive, representative, and effective as possible. We must not waver from that commitment, and I’m dedicated to fighting for a community-led process to ensure alignment between our mission and community needs, building more opportunities for folks to find leadership roles within this organization and have the tools they need to succeed from day one, and continuing to use my communications background to amplify our advocacy efforts and build community.
If you believe in this work as I do, I’d be honored to have your vote, neighbor! My inbox is always open if you’d like to chat: [email protected].
I both live and work in our community, and am committed to our neighborhoods and businesses. My husband and I bought our home in Lakeridge two years ago. I am a teacher at Lakeridge Elementary School, and also work as a youth and adult rowing coach at Renton Rowing Club.
I am deeply engaged with environmental justice and racial equity to support and build healthy, sustainable and inclusive communities. I want to continue listening to our neighbors and respecting our community’s unique history, diversity, and scale. Our neighborhoods provide opportunities for people of color as business owners, residents, and as community leaders and we need to continue to build on this, as we develop inclusive public and green spaces, building on successes like our library, outdoor cinema and parks. I have also been active with my community church (Lakeridge Lutheran), serving in a leadership role there, and helping to host and support rotating staffed homeless encampments/shelters on our church property over the past several years.
Racial equity is deeply important to me. As a first time foster parent this year, I have come to learn how many of our systems are impacting our young people of color in harmful ways. I am both a student and teacher of culturally responsive teaching and racial identity development, both in classrooms and in outdoor settings, and was a founding member and secretary of People of Color Outdoors as well as a staff person for Urban Wilderness Works and Boys and Girls Leadership Development. I hope to bring all these experiences to serving on the Board of the West Hill Community Association, if I am elected.
Jeannie (Karyljean) Williams
I am interested in being on the WHCA Board as I am a long time resident of Skyway-West Hill and care very deeply about the development of this community and the people who live here. I have been here through many changes and feel passionate about keeping the community involved in making this a neighborhood that serves the residents that live here and building an equitable place for everyone to feel welcome! I have purposely and intentionally chosen to stay in Skyway-West Hill as I love the neighborly, quirky, very diverse community feel.
Hello! My wife, Lilani, and I moved to Bryn Mawr in 2017, where we now have an 11 month old daughter, Haleina, and one more on the way (due in October!). After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology and as a three year captain of the Varsity Baseball Team, I grew my sales and recruiting career to where I am now, and for the last nearly 6 years, at Unify Consulting (~500 employees) as the Senior Director of Recruiting and a member of our National Leadership Team.
To create a more engaged, informed, and vibrant West Hill we all must take accountability in the ways we foster our environment of not just inclusion, but also empowerment and knowledge sharing, so that we can collectively take on the responsibility and see the positive impact we are all capable of. This is not done by merely putting policy in place but also ‘leading from the front’ and being an active participant in its maturation.
I firmly believe that in family, community, and career, our duty is to facilitate an environment where we can all grow to be extremely proud of the people we are associated with and the community we represent, and to do this we must partake in the framework and be active participants.
Issues that matter most to me are, Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), communications, public safety, and community participation.