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About the Commission - Membership


The Commission is comprised of eleven members, and eleven alternate members. The eleven members consist of three judges, two lawyers, and six nonattorney citizens. Each member is appointed an alternate. Members are appointed to four-year terms and serve in a volunteer capacity.


Judicial Members and Alternates

Three judges (and three alternates) are appointed by their respective judicial associations: one each from the court of appeals, the superior courts and the limited jurisdiction courts.

John Erlick (Judge Member) resides in King County. He serves as a King County Superior Court Judge. His current term expires in 2022.
Ruth Reukauf (Alternate Judge Member for John Erlick) resides in Yakima County. She serves as a Yakima County Superior Court Judge. Her current term expires in 2022.
Rich Melnick (Judge Member) resides in Clark County. He serves as a judge on the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II. His current term expires in 2023.
Beth Andrus (Alternate Judge Member for Rich Melnick) resides in Seattle. She serves as a judge on the Washington State Court of Appeals Division I. Her current term expires in 2023.
Kristian Hedine (Judge Member) resides in Walla Walla County. He serves as a Walla Walla County District Court Judge. His current term expires in 2021.
Claire Bradley (Alternate Judge Member for Kristian Hedine) resides in Kitsap County. She serves as a Kitsap County District Court Judge. Her current term expires in 2021.

Attorney Members and Alternates

Two lawyers (and two alternates), are appointed by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors.

Lin-Marie Nacht (Lawyer Member) resides in King County. She is a Senior Attorney with the King County Department of Public Defense. Her current term expires in 2022.
Elizabeth Rene (Alternate Lawyer Member for Lin-Marie Nacht) resides in King County. She is a former Assistant Seattle City Attorney and former attorney for the WA State Departments of Licensing and Revenue. Her current term expires in 2022.
Robert H. Alsdorf (Lawyer Member) resides in King County. He heads Alsdorf Dispute Resolution and serves as Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Seattle University School of Law. His current term expires in 2020.
Ryan Archer (Alternate Lawyer Member for Robert H. Alsdorf) resides in King County. He is a senior litigation counsel for The Boeing Company, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. His current term expires in 2020.

Public Members and Alternates

Six members of the public (and six alternates), who are not judges or lawyers, are appointed by the Governor.

Sherry Appleton (Public Member) resides in Kitsap County. She has served as a State Representative for the 23rd legislative district since 2004, where she serves on the Community Development, Public Safety and Capital Budget Committees. Her current term expires in 2021.
Terrie Ashby-Scott (Alternate Public Member for Sherry Appleton) resides in Spokane County. She is currently the Director, Scholar Success Team, for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS). Her current term expires in 2021.
Frances Bessermin (Public Member) resides in Stevens County. She is currently retired after serving as a Stevens County Commissioner and a business owner in Spokane. Her current term expires in 2022.
Vacant (Alternate Public Member for Frances Bessermin)
Richard Carlson (Public Member) resides in Snohomish County. He is a former superior and juvenile court administrator with more than 38 years of experience in Washington’s court system. His current term expires in 2022.
Ramon Alavarez (Alternate Public Member for Richard Carlson) resides in Spokane County. He is currently the Human Resources Director of Employee and Labor Relations for Spokane Public Schools. His current term expires in 2022.
Larry Goldberg (Public Member) resides in Grays Harbor County. A fourth generation in his family’s retail furniture business, he recently retired and enjoys substitute teaching in local high schools. His current term expires in 2021.
Judie Stanton (Alternate Public Member for Larry Goldberg) resides in Clark County. She previously worked for the Clark Public Utilities for 23 years and currently owns a consulting company. Her current term expires in 2021.
Vacant (Public Member)
Michael Tate (Alternate Public Member for vacant position) resides in Whitman County. He retired in 2014 after serving as chief diversity officer and ADA coordinator for Washington State University. His current term expires in 2021.
Jean Ryckman (Public Member) resides in Franklin county. She retired from her position of manager of Franklin PUD and currently serves as Commission President for the Port of Pasco, board member of TRIDEC, and Vice President of Washington Public Ports Association. Her current term expires in 2020.
Mustafa Mohamedali (Alternate Public Member for Jean Ryckman) resides in Thurston County. He is currently a licensed professional engineer and certified project manager profession for WA State Department of Transportation’s Research Office. His current term expires in 2020.

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