Council Executive Board

Tani L

Tani Lindquist, Council President and WEA Board 425-332-4761

My career in education started in high school with my first job supervising the local elementary school’s crossing guards. Some would say my career in education began in the womb as I’m the 18th person in the greater Lindquist clan to become an educator. I’ve worked as a paraeducator, a third grade teacher, a local union president, and am now an elementary PE teacher in addition to my role as council president. I became involved in our union because I passionately believe public schools are the corner stone of our democracy. To have strong public schools the professionals who work most closely with the students need a seat at the table. The union reserves us that seat.

Jamie Mercer

Jamie Mercer, Council Vice President 

My career in education began 18 years ago when I accepted a position as a  Middle School Special Education Teacher in the Tahoma School District. Over the years I have taught all core subjects in the special education setting. The last nine years of my career have been focused on inclusionary practices, Co-Teaching both 7th and 8th grade ELA at Summit Trail MIddle School. 

Like many of us, my union engagement began as a building representative early on in my career. Since my days as a building rep, I have served the members of Tahoma as the Assistant Coaches Representative, Head Coaches Representative, Assistant Grievance Chair, Head Grievance Chair, member of the Negotiations Team, and current Vice President. I am excited to serve in this new role as Council Vice President. I continue to engage in union work not because it is easy, but because I believe in the work that we do. We truly are stronger together and I am honored to serve the members of the Sammamish UniServ. 

Callie Nordell, Council Treasurer
Derona Uzzle

Derona Uzzle, Council Secretary

Derona Uzzle is the president of Issaquah Education Association.  She started to serve her second term this year, but before she became president, she was a fourth-grade teacher in the district.  She has a passion for union work.  She has advocated for educators and students since she began her educational career fourteen years ago.  She believes that being a leader also means empowering others to see their leadership qualities and use their voice to advocate for what is justice and right when it comes to our students.