Local Association—Affiliate by October 25

Are you an officer in a local professional association? Is your association affiliated with WAEOP? There are perks associated with affiliation.

October 25 is the date! Local AEOPs really rate, when they affiliate! It‘s not a tourney, just Embrace Your Journey! Affiliate and you will see your opportunities grow exponentially! Don‘t be late! October 25 is the date! For heaven‘s sake—affiliate!

We spotlight local associations as often as possible! Send your affiliate news to the WAEOP News editor. What news? How about: Upcoming events— It is always nice for people to get news with lead time so they can participate. This is a great way to involve members of your association. Ask your com-mittee leaders and/or members to give you a brief write-up about what is coming up so you can include it in news you send the WAEOP News editor. Do you have news about a: · workshop, · retirement celebration, · homecoming, · installation, · awards banquet, · fundraiser, or any other exciting event coming up in the next couple months?

Let others know what is happening in your association. Recap of events—Take a couple minutes to recap an events hosted by your affiliate in the past few months. Has your association awarded a scholarship? Where are past recipients now. . . can you get a past recipient to boast about their success and generate interest in scholarships at the same time? Get a local member involved by having them write the recap. In addition to seeking affiliate news, I encourage you to renew your affiliation with WAEOP (or affiliate for the first time this year) to enjoy affiliate perks. Be sure you affiliate by the October 25 postmark deadline to qualify for awards and/or scholarships that are affiliate sponsored.

In order to affiliate with WAEOP, your association president and two additional members of the local association must be current members of WAEOP. The affiliation fee is $15 plus 10¢ per local member (computed on the previous year’s total member-ship). Most affiliates choose to make a contribution to the WAEOP scholarship fund when they affiliate (or renew affiliation) in order to make sure they are able to sponsor a student for the $750 affiliate-sponsored student scholarship. Your association is part of a growing group. There are affiliated associations all around the state. If you know of a local that is not affiliated with WAEOP, this is a great time for them to affiliate! Please, have an officer of that association contact me, or pass the officer‘s name on to me and I‘ll make personal contact. WAEOP board members can help get a new association started. If you know of a district that does not yet have an association, we can help. There are many privileges (perks) for WAEOP affiliates. . . such as:

A support network—There are other people throughout the state with issues like yours, like interests, and shared commitment to supporting education from pre-school to post-high school! Having the opportunity to build upon and/or learn from the shared knowledge of other association leaders can be extremely beneficial. Need a fundraising idea? There is probably an association president who can share a fundraising idea. Thinking about hosting a WAEOP workshop? Think no more. . . go ahead and do it! Find out what members of your association are interested in learning more about and set a date! You may even ask a member of the WAEOP board to facilitate the training.

Earning the WAEOP Affiliate-of-the-Year award—A local association can earn this distinction only by being a WAEOP affiliate. Applications for this distinction are due by February 1; however, the association must be affiliated by October 25 in order to be eligible.

Sponsoring a student for a scholarship—Want to be able to award a deserving student $750? Helping students continue their education is one of the ways WAEOP supports lifelong learning. A WAEOP affiliate can nominate an applicant if the association affiliates by October 25 and makes a contribution to the WAEOP scholarship fund. Scholarship applications are due by February 1.

Tapping into the presentation expertise of WAEOP board members—Affiliates are encouraged to invite WAEOP board members to conduct training for their members. This is a great way to save money (affiliates receive reduced presentation fees by engaging the services of WAEOP board members), network, and provide training for your members.

Inviting a WAEOP board member to install officers—Creating a meaningful and memorable installation ceremony for association officers is a terrific way to start the new officers’ term. Additionally, recognizing and thanking outgoing officers is an important closure step. WAEOP board members appreciate the honor of conducting installation ceremonies and enjoy working with members from the local affiliate to build the ceremony around the theme of the incoming president and/or banquet.

Please feel free to contact me ( with your affiliation questions. The affiliation form is available on the WAEOP website ( I look forward to processing your affiliate application soon!

More information and affiliate forms at located under the Affiliate tab on the WAEOP website.

For more information:
WAEOP Affiliations Chair Kim Nickerson,

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017, in News.

We Remember Dot Matthews

Dot Matthews

Dot Matthews

Dot (Dorothy) Matthews became a member of WAEOP in 1980. During the 2001-02 term, she served as WAEOP president. . . and that term was noteworthy.

Dot was active in her local professional association (Bellevue AEOP) and the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. She found joy in singing with the NAEOP choir. It was not uncommon to catch Dot being a mentor or a mother. WAEOP was an important part of her life. She did not hesitate to encourage others to step up and be part of their local association, WAEOP, NAEOP, and/or the National Association of Retired Educational Office Professionals.

Dot‘s death (July 3, 2017) was a shock to many, and she will be missed. Dot listened to and helped others. She knew how to network and strategically introduced people she knew would be supportive of and learn from each other. She was quick to
become and remain a friend, and her list of friends was long! Here are just a few special comments about Dot.

Ronnie Larson (former WAEOP Area 9 Director) attributes her involvement on the WAEOP board, in part to Dot. As a first-time conference attendee (several years ago), Ronnie was warmly greeted at the registration table by Dot. “When Dot said,
“I have been wanting to meet you,” Ronnie felt at home and knew she wanted to convey the same feeling to others.
“I knew Dot for years and always liked her. After we were both retired, it was great to have more time to visit with her,” said Audrey Cruickshank (retiree from the Auburn School District).

Billie Mikesell recalled rooming with Dot at WAEOP and NAEOP conferences, and participating in tours around the country. “I drink my coffee from an owl mug Dot gave me. It is printed with this bible verse, ‘God will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy,’ on the inside. This is so like her,” Billie added in remembering her good friend.

Dot was quick to praise publicly. . . shouting out about the accomplishments of others, and saved corrections for a more private arena.Whether you knew her a little, or knew her well, as Billie says, “Thank you, Dot for the memories to keep.”

On behalf of Dot‘s WAEOP family, our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jean, and son, Mark, and the rest of her family.
The celebration of Dot‘s life was held Saturday, September 16, in Bonney Lake, Washington at Creator Lutheran Church. Jean, Dot‘s daughter, wanted a casual open house at which friends and family could share stories about her mom.

For more information:
President Robin Mallory,
Public Relations Website Chair Tammy Bengen,

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017, in News.

Freeman Strong

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of Freeman High School, and the greater Spokane area.

We are thinking of you. We are here for you.

For more information:
WAEOP Public Relations Tammy Bengen,

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017, in News.

Serve on the WAEOP Board

WAEOP is seeking candidates for the 2018-2019 board term. Openings include:

President Elect
Area 1 Director
Area 2 Director
Area 6 Director
Area 7 Director
Area 9 Director
Area 11 Director

Now is the time to step up and serve the organization that serves you.

Download the job description for president-elect here

Download the job description for area directors here

Download the nomination form here

More about elections at Nominations and Elections

For more information, contact the Elections Chair, Pam James, at

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017, in News.

Dr. Justin Mills is Administrator of the Year

Superintendent of Bellevue School School District Dr. Justin Mills (center) received WAEOP's Administrator of the Year Award.

Superintendent of Bellevue School School District Dr. Justin Mills (center) received WAEOP’s Administrator of the Year Award.

At an awards ceremony held April 22 in Richland, Washington during the Annual WAEOP Spring Conference, Dr. Justin T. Mills, superintendent of the Bellevue School District was selected as the 2016-2017 WAEOP Educational Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Mills has made tremendous strides since coming to Bellevue School District in 2012. Through his guidance and leadership, the district has developed a culture that allows all staff to be heard and feel they are valued and important to a smooth running district that ultimately benefits the children.

One Co-Worker says: “since joining the Bellevue School District, I have witnessed Dr. Mill’s leadership reshape the district. The mark of a leader is how the leader brings others to places where they would not go by themselves. They describe Dr. Mills as the most effective and genuine school leader. His emotional intelligence and authenticity are why those who have worked with him speak so highly of his leadership.”

Dr. Mills not only has provided a culture within the Bellevue School District that benefits all employees, but he fosters an atmosphere for all employees to achieve their goals, which in turn brings about a stronger and more united work place and community. Dr. Mills encourages staff to grow professionally and personally by attending a variety of training opportunities including the professional development conferences and workshops sponsored by WAEOP. He also supports the efforts of all classified staff who choose to aim for and reach their educational goals by obtaining their Professional Standards Program Certification as offered by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals.

Dr. Mills has been married to his wife, Gail, for 33 years.  They have three adult children and five grandchildren ages 3 months to 5 years. Dr. Mills likes to golf, read, play with the grandkids and spend time with his wife, Gail and the family. Dr. Mills was raised by his grandmother and is the only sibling in his family to graduate high school. He has served in education for 40 years.  He has been a high school band director/teacher, middle school principal, executive director of high school education and has served as a Superintendent for 18 years.  He plans to retire on June 30th of this year.

Congratulations again Dr. Mills, our 2016-2017 Educational Administrator of the Year!

For more information:
WAEOP Awards Committee Chair Rhonda Quinton,, 509.234.2021, ext. 1011

This entry was posted on May 16, 2017, in News.

Members Awarded PSP Certificates

Congratulations to the following WAEOP members (and 4 additional members who asked that we not print their names) who were awarded PSP certificates on September 15, 2016 and January 15, 2017. You can all be proud of yourselves for this recognition of your hard work and growth, both personally and professionally.

Karla Barton, Advanced lll, Option l & CEOE
Linda Conti, Advanced lll, Option l & CEOE
Dorine Hunt, Basic, Option I
Marilyn Jenkins, Advanced l, Option I
Anna Johnson, Advanced lll, Option ll
Ray Keyes, Associate Professional, Option ll
Ebbeni Moen, Advanced lll, Option l & CEOE
Cheryl Parker-McLane, Associate Professional, Option I
Karen Rang, Basic, Option ll
Mary Stephens-Bell, Bachelor Degree, Option ll & CEOE
Sandy Warner, Advanced l, Option ll & CEOE

And congratulations to the following WAEOP members (and one more who asked us not to use her name) who have demonstrated their commitment to continued growth and lifelong learning by recertifying their certificates. They are: Laureen Andersen, Mona Freeman, Elaine Theriault and Lisa Wilkinson.

What is PSP anyway?
The Professional Standards Program (PSP) is a voluntary program established by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) to encourage office professionals to grow professionally. The four components include 1) experience in an educational office setting, 2) education, 3) in-service, and 4) association responsibility. PSP is for everyone. As an affiliate of the NAEOP, WAEOP  promotes PSP and supports people who are working on certificates. You can get more information at on the PSP page.

Have you earned a PSP Certificate?  Each April, we celebrate each member who has earned any level of PSP certificate within the past year. If you earned a PSP certificate, please come to the annual conference April 28th & 29 so we can honor you for your accomplishment. The certificates are a tangible representation of many hours of in-service training, professional development, committee work and membership in your professional organizations. They are evidence of your commitment to professionalism and lifelong learning. Come to conference so your peers can recognize your accomplishments and be inspired toward their own. Please contact your PSP Chairperson, Cheryl Smith at if you have questions.

More about the Professional Standards Program at NAEOP PSP

This entry was posted on March 14, 2017, in News.

2017-2018 Election Results

The results from the 2017-2018 WAEOP Board Elections are in. The following WAEOP members have be elected to—

President-Elect: Sariann Meredith
Secretary: Kim Schneider
Area 3 Director: Darla Rohrbach-Nass (appointment pending board approval)
Area 4 Director: Kathy Hendrickson (appointment pending board approval)
Area 5 Director: Tammy Bengen
Area 8 Director: Cheryl Parker McLane

Thank you to our members for their willingness to serve our membership. Members will be installed at the WAEOP Spring 2017 Conference.

The Area 10 Director position is open at this time. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please contact WAEOP President Lori Palombo at
Area 10 Director

For a list of areas, please visit

For more information about elections, please contact

This entry was posted on January 12, 2017, in News.

President’s Message

Hello WAEOP friends!

Summer! What’s not to love?

Many WAEOP members are lucky to have a job with a built-in break. Even the year-round office professionals find a different pace in their jobs during the summer. Hopefully, you all are finding time to rest, spend time with loved ones and even think about your future a little.

At the NAEOP Conference in South Carolina, Georgette Council, CEOE presented at the Administrative Council lunch on “Reaching Your Professional Growth Goals, How to Nurture and Fertilize the Seeds for Growth and Success!” Her presentation inspired me to set some new goals and make sure they happen. Georgette, who is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees, Richland School District Two, also taught a class on “How to Present Like a Pro: Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking” that was amazing. The Institute and Briefings that I attended were all really great and worth the trip. If you have never gone to a NAEOP Conference, I encourage and recommend that you set a goal to do that one summer. You will not regret the time meeting new friends, spending time with old friends, learning about a different city and its culture, taking top-notch classes and hearing from great Keynote speakers.

Back at home, I have been meeting with each WAEOP Board member to work with them in setting some personal and professional goals for this year. The nature of a statewide organization leaves us little time to meet face to face, so these meetings are a treat and help us to develop our team to serve you better. These meetings are ongoing and I am looking forward to meeting with everyone.

The WAEOP Board met on Saturday, July 24th at the Summit Inn on Snoqualmie Pass. It was clear that this year’s board is in-it to win-it! You may remember that was a very warm weekend and temperatures soared in Seattle as well as in the meeting room, but your board members worked hard to get the work at hand done!

Items that we discussed on behalf of you, the WAEOP membership, included:

  • The best ways for WAEOP to serve its members
  • Planning this year’s Professional Development Programs
  • Planning for the statewide Professional Development Day—Active Shooter Response —October 14th

It seems like a long time since we wrapped up schools for the summer, sent the students home and closed school offices. It was time to relax and spend time with family! Summer is such a great time to reflect on the last year and see what went right and what could use some improvement. It gives you an opportunity to slow down just long enough to gain site of the whole picture. You may even get to that place where you remember why you went into this line of work. That is a good thing to remember. Each of you are a critical part of the team that does amazing things each day, so that students in our state get a good education.

As we now turn our thoughts to September and the start of school, don’t forget to take care of yourself and set some personal and professional goals for this school year, before it gets into full swing.

Breathe deeply and Embrace Your Journey!

Robin Mallory, CEOE
WAEOP President 2017-2018





First-timers Reflection on NAEOP Conference

WAEOP Member Janice Stepp Reflects on her NAEOP National Conference Experience.

In her own words—

On July 12th I left Seattle for St. Louis where I would attend my 1st ever National Education Office Professionals (NAEOP) Conference July 13 – 16, 2016.   My conference roommate Robin Mallory and I arrived at the St. Louis Airport Tuesday afternoon about 5 p.m.  I rode the Metro Link for $4, she the shuttle, directly to the Union Station Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and the Hard Rock Café where the Washington delegation were gathered for dinner.  Sweet Tea and fine food shared with friends was very welcome after a day of traveling.  Much walking and more adventures would be in store for me.

First thing Wednesday morning, I stopped by Registration to pick up my packet on my way to the 1st Timer’s Breakfast, an event for those of us who had never before been to a NAEOP conference.  At the breakfast  we were given information to enhance our conference experience.  We were introduced to the NAEOP Planning Team, NAEOP office staff, Area Directors and others.  The Missouri ladies who, as hostesses, wore colorful bandanas identifying them as people we could ask questions of.  Acquainting myself with the layout of the hotel, locating various rooms where classes and meetings would be held then determining the best route to take was my next order of business.   The hallways for the guest rooms were called “tracks.”  If Robins hadn’t told me to turn left when leaving the room, I may have gone the wrong direction on the right track.

Being with people who share the same energy, enthusiasm and passion for students and education is truly a wonderful experience.  As a retired Education Office Professional, I was able to share time with other retirees who are still passionate about education and are mentors to those still working.  While at an Area Lunch, one question we pondered and shared thoughts about is social media, it’s place in our world and using it responsibly.  Classes I took included “Taking Minutes,” Copy-Editing and Proofreading”, Public Speaking, all of which are useful throughout life.

Most memorable were the shared meals, laughter, sharing of ideas and experiences, going to museums, walking through parks and streets of St. Louis, the Arch, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, Anheuser Busch to see the Clydesdales and meeting new people.  The people in St. Louis were friendly and helpful.

Walking through this old railway station, now a major hotel, I tried to imagine where travelers in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were going, what they were thinking and what adventures awaited them.  I was on my own adventure feeling much as they may have felt as I rented a car after leaving the conference and traveled to Hannibal, Springfield, Joplin to visit family and Kansas City where I visited the Hallmark Visitor Center, a Crayola Store and the Arabia Steamboat Museum on the recommendation of one of our Seattle delegates!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to go to the NAEOP Conference next year in South Carolina but look forward to other NAEOP Conferences in the future.  St. Louis in 2016 was a wonderful introduction!


This entry was posted on September 14, 2016, in News.

WAEOP Announces Awards for Excellence

Each year, WAEOP recognizes the accomplishments of office professionals and administrators.

Administrator of the Year
Picture1[1]Congratulations to Noreen Thomas, Principal Sage Point Elementary in Moses Lake School District who has been selected as the 2016 WAEOP Administrator of the Year.

Her nominator stated “As the principal of Sage Point Elementary, Noreen prides herself in being the best principal possible and sets a very high standard for herself and her staff. Mrs. Thomas is what I call, “A working principal.” She is out and about working in the classrooms to help and assist with curriculum or help with tips on teaching or behavior issues a teacher might have in their classroom. Not only is Mrs. Thomas a supportive principal for her certificated staff, she is very supportive of her office staff continuing their education and training through WVEOP, WAEOP and NAEOP. Mrs. Thomas has supplied subs for her office staff to attend classes and trainings as well as budgeted money for them to attend.”

A letter of recommendation states “I have had the opportunity to work for many principals in my 20 plus years of teaching, and none has been as exceptional a leader as Mrs. Thomas, A principal must balance many demands from teachers, parents, students, and the school district, and Noreen does an excellent job working with all of these stakeholders…..She serves as an instructional leader, inspiring teachers to give our best possible effort to our students. She is diplomatic and fair in her interactions with parents. Most important, Noreen develops relationships with the students in our building, often taking the time to talk with them and inquire about their lives. Mrs. Thomas represents the viewpoints and concerns of our staff with the district office. She listens to the input of all, and is not afraid to make difficult decisions.”

Office Professional of the Year
Tammy Bengen, CEOE, from Ferndale School District has been selected as the 2016 WAEOP Office Professional of the Year as well as receiving the Excellence in Bengen PhotoCommunication award for the Ferndale Schools newsletter.

Tammy’s nominator stated “Tammy is one of the highest quality professional individuals that I know. This goes without saying at a local, state and national level. Mrs. Bengen sets the bar high for herself and continues to always do so with integrity, virtue, and honestly – setting the bar high for WAEOP and its members, which is one of the reasons I am writing you.”

The nominator also stated “As a professional with a great supportive environment, Tammy is valued greatly for her strengths, leadership, and her willingness to provide professionalism with each step in her path for excellence. I am honored to work with Tammy and to write this letter to let her know that I look forward to continue working and learning from her. If I can ever be half of the professional she is, I will be honored.”

A letter of recommendation states “Tammy is definitely the highest quality office professional I know. She sets standards high for herself and encourages others to find their individual strengths. She is friendly, helpful and resourceful with her colleagues and with the public. As the District’s Public Information Officer, she writes staff newsletters, prepares all press releases and serves as the main liaison between the district and local media. One example is her very strong writing skills, Tammy has created and written the community newsletter over the 23 years with the district and has been recognized by the state WAEOP association for the publication three times.”

WAEOP 2016 Award winners will be recognized at the WAEOP Spring Conference. Spring Conference will be held April 22-23 at the Red Lion Hotel – 510 South Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA.

The Washington Association of Educational Office Professionals (WAEOP) is a state wide organization for educational office professionals. WAEOP provides leadership opportunities, professional development and networking with other educational professionals in the same or similar roles. WAEOP can help office professional’s work towards getting their various Professional Standards Program (PSP) certificates.

For more information:
WAEOP Awards Chair Sariann Meredith,, 509.665.2621

This entry was posted on April 12, 2016, in News.