Our Staff

Anne Piacentino, Executive Director 

Anne joined the staff of WSRA as the Events and Communications Coordinator in December 2014, promoted to Director of Events and Communications in December 2016 and now officially taking on the role of Executive Director in February of 2017. Anne has a strong background in non-profit management, with experience in program management, event direction, communications and marketing, coalition and partnership building, and fundraising. Anne's previous professional experience is based in community health and active living, solidifying her passion for sustainable, healthy and engaged communities. She is currently working on a Certificate in Non-Profit Management through the University of Washington. 

Anne is a transplant to the state of Washington, growing up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and then spending eight years in the Upstate of South Carolina. Anne holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Science from Clemson University in South Carolina. Go Tigers! Outside of work, Anne enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and cooking as well as enjoying time with her husband, John and their Springer Spaniel, Bowman.

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Amanda Bretz, Events and Communications Assistant

 Amanda has a background in journalism, with over six years of experience writing for both print and online media. In addition to her journalism experience, she also has worked in events and communications with Bass Pro Shops in Tacoma. Amanda received her bachelor's degree in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University, a small university with a focus on civic engagement and environmental consciousness.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, camping, cooking and writing fiction, although she has been known to suffer from "plot bunny syndrome" and sometimes juggles multiple manuscript ideas at once. She's a Midwestern transplant that draws inspiration for her writing from the atmospheric beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

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