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Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association

Welcome to the Washington Extension

Agents and Specialists Association! (WEASA)

This group of individuals believes in and are

“Dedicated to Professionalism in Extension Education”

Would you like some extra funds to travel to a professional development conference? 

Are you enrolled in an advanced degree, and your employer doesn’t pay 100% of the costs? 

Boy do we have good news for you!  However, time is quickly passing us by, and the June 1 deadline for NACAA scholarships is almost here!  I’d like to encourage the membership to take advantage of this great opportunity.  Here are some quick details:
***Also, please don’t forget about the requirement to be vested in the Scholarship Program by the close of the AM/PIC the year before you intend to apply. To apply for a scholarship in 2017, you must be vested by the end of the 2016 Little Rock AM/PIC (July 28). More information on becoming vested. 
One great way to become vested is to participate in the scholarship auction at AM/PIC.  If you donate an item, you will receive credit for the selling price of the item.  Don’t forget to bring items (and your checkbook/credit card, too) to Little Rock for the Scholarship Auction!  If you are not able to attend, please consider asking a colleague to transport an item for you! 
If you have any questions about the scholarship program or the application process, please contact your regional vice-chair or myself.
Dwane L. Miller
NACAA Scholarship Chair

Join WEASA and NACAA today!

What is WEASA? – Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association –

Open to: “Any Washington State University Extension agent, specialist, faculty member, district director, state program leader, program assistant, coordinator, or Extension Educator employed by the state or county may become a member of this association without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”Sign up now! This is a great way to add Scholarship and Recognition to your Vita (CV). Network with agents and specialists from across the US.

NACAA – National Association of County Agriculture Agents – Open to: WEASA members may opt to join the NACAA (our national affiliate)

Consider this your official invitation to join our state professional organization. The attached brochures highlight membership benefits for both associations.

NACAA publishes “The County Agent,” four times a year that shares the most recent activities of the association. They also have the “Journal of NACAA,” that hosts the opportunity for publishing articles on a national level.

Please contact me, Debbie Moberg-Williams email or current president, Steve Van Vleet email, if you have any questions

Fill out the attached WEASA Membership Form 2016 and send in asap!


In only a few months it will be time for the next NACAA AM/PIC in Little Rock, Arkansas and now it is Spring!

Start planning to attend: National Conference (NACAA) AM/PIC in Little Rock, AR; July 20-24, 2016.

Attending the AM/PIC is a great way to build the scholarship component of your vita, network with colleagues and engage in professional improvement.  Consider attending the Western Region AM/PIC in the coming year.


Western Region AM/PIC in Hawaii Information is here! Get your poster and oral presentation applications in by August 5, 2016. Details are at the website. (Look in the upper left corner for the menu).


NACAA Scholarship and Awards

Plan ahead!  Before we know, the Awards Edition of The County Agent will be in your email inbox or on your desk!  We have very impressive Extension Programs being conducted throughout the region characterized by quality and creativity.  Submit to give a presentation, poster or apply for an award.  Let you great work be recognized!  Block out some time now to make an application or write an article for submission to the Journal of NACAA.  Note that the awards deadline is March 15.  Be a good steward to yourself and make an application!   If you are interested in a scholarship, that deadline is June 1.

Communication link of NACAA

One of the biggest challenges facing NACAA is communication among our membership.  To assist with the communication link, we ask State Presidents to go to the website after the National meeting or after you elect your new officers and new committee chairs and update this information on the NACAA website.  This simple task makes a huge difference in the communication chain of our organization.  If you need help with this task, I would be happy to talk you through this or send information via email.

Your WSU – NACAA 2015-2016 Committee Members

Steve Van Vleet, Sustainable Agriculture – Western Region Vice Chair and National Chair

Don McMoran, Agricultural Issues and Public Relations – Western Region  Vice Chair

Mark Heitstuman, Communications – Western Region Vice Chair

Sheila Gray, Scholarship, Western Region Vice Chair

Doug Warnock, Life Member- Western Region Vice Chair

Susan Kerr, Teaching and Educational Technologies – Western Region Vice Chair


Your WEASA Leadership Team

Steve M. Van Vleet,, President,

Regional Extension Specialist Agriculture & Natural Resources, Whitman County

Timothy D Waters,, President-Elect

Area Extension Educator, Franklin & Benton Co. Commercial Vegetables, Franklin County

Don McMoran,, Secretary

County Director &  Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator,

Whatcom County


Debbie Williams,, Treasurer

County Director, Youth and Family Programs, Walla Walla County

Aaron D Esser,, Past President

County Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator,

Grant County


WEASA Directors

  • Susan Kerr, Eastside, >5 years

  • Janet Schmidt, Eastside , >5 years

  • Mark Heitstuman, Eastside, >5 years

  • Tim Waters, Eastside, <5 years

  • Paul Carter, Eastside,<5 years

  • Todd Murray, Westside,>5 years

  • Don McMoran, Westside,>5 years

  • Sheila Gray, Westside, >5 years

Scholarships are available to attend meetings for professional improvement.

WSU Engagement in NACAA AM/PIC 2015 


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