We are proud to host the RIMS Western Regional Conference!

The Washington State Chapter of RIMS, in partnership with the British Columbia Chapter, is pleased to host the RIMS Western Regional Conference on September 19-22 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. We have had a tremendous response to this exciting event, and as a result all of our attendee space has sold out! Thank you for your interest! If you’re registered, we encourage you to make the most of it. Your conference spot is highly desirable!

If you're still interested in the sessions we have on offer at the WRC, please visit the conference's site here!

Welcome our new and refreshed chapter officers!

The Washington State Chapter of RIMS has entered a new year! Our RIMS Chapter is on a fiscal year starting July 1st through June 30th. At this time of year, we begin a new budget cycle, set forth strategic and operational plans for the upcoming year and beyond, and announce our new officers. This year our Board’s planning retreat is an all-day meeting on Friday, July 22nd. Minutes of that meeting will be available to any members who are interested. 

We are excited to announce the results of the election of officers for the Washington State Chapter of RIMS for the 2016-2017 year: 

President:                            Shari Spung, University of Washington
Vice President 1:                 Anthony Spacciante, Starbucks
Vice President 2:                 Open
Treasurer:                            Sara Kern, Port of Seattle
Secretary:                            Tracy Elliott, Outerwall
Director, Programs:             Open
Director, Education:             Curtis Crosbie, Avanade
Director, Special Events:     Sezen Filiz, Avanade
Director, Communications:  Sean Catanese, King County
Director, Membership:         Vianney Muse, Port of Seattle
Director, Sponsorship:         Open
Director, Nominations:         Sheila Barker, City of Seattle
Director, Strategy:                Keith Mitchell, Snohomish County
RIMS Delegate:                   Keith Mitchell, Snohomish County

The Chapter also has a number of talented leaders who have stepped forward to be Chairs of committees working closely with the Directors. All of these leaders dedicate and donate their time and talents to the Chapter and represent you as members to the highest standards of our profession. As the Chapter’s President, I am proud to be associated with all of these leaders. 

We still have open leadership positions and always need volunteers! Please contact me or any of the officers if you are interested in learning more. 

Shari Spung

Chapter News

We're staying in touch with Constant Contact! 

Washington RIMS publishes a monthly newsletter using Constant Contact. You may have already seen it in our registration pages for events. As with any change there is risk in this process. If you have ideas to improve how we communicate with you, our members, please don't hesitate to reach out. You can contact Sean Catanese, Communications Director or any of our other chapter officers here.

To ensure you receive the chapter newsletter, please add office.rimswa@gmail.com to your contacts list.

You can find the most recent newsletter here!

Recognition from Spencer Educational Foundation! 

RIMS Washington chapter was recently recognized for its generous contributions to the Spencer Educational Foundation! Our chapter is committed to making a difference in the risk management education community. The Foundation is currently accepting application for our internship grants; the deadline for that program is this Friday, January 9th. Applications can be found online at www.spencered.org.



Thank you from YWCA Adopt A Family

RIMS Washington was proud to participate in the YWCA Adopt A Family program as part of our annual holiday party this year. Participants brought toys or donated on site, making the holiday season just a little brighter for kids and families in need. The YWCA's efforts this year served hundreds more families than last year and four times as many kids through its toyshop. To all our members who supported these efforts, thank you!

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