WEA Fourth Corner | Our Staff
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Our Staff

UniServ Representative

Greg Alarid

Arlington EA, Bellingham EA, Bellingham Technical College Faculty, BEST, Conway EA, Mount Baker EA, South Whidbey EA

UniServ Representative

Laura-Lee Barron

Anacortes EA, Anacortes APEO, Anacortes Secretaries, Burlington-Edison EA, Oak Harbor EA, San Juan EA, Stanwood-Camano EA, Upper Skagit Valley EA

UniServ Representative

Nick Lawrie

Coupeville EA, Coupeville ESA, Darrington EA, La Conner EA, Meridian EA, Mount Vernon EA, Sedro-Woolley EA, Sedro-Woolley EOP, Sedro-Woolley Coaches

Amazing Field Assistant

Lora Olinger

Membership Extraordinaire; Director of all things fun

UniServ Representative

Tara Quackenbush

Blaine EA, BASE, Ferndale EA, Lakewood EA, Lopez EA, Lynden EA, MESA, Nooksack Valley EA, Orcas EA

Fantastic Field Assistant

Jennifer Wolf

Master of all Nuts and Bolts and keeping Gears Moving

Greg has worked for the union since 1987 starting with the Washington State Labor Council, ten years with the American Federation of Teachers, and 18 years with the WEA.

Greg helped organize four year faculty at the State’s regional colleges on a joint basis for the AFT and WEA in the 1990’s before the right to collectively bargain was provided by the Legislature.  Since joining WEA Greg has been involved in helping pass ballot measures including the COLA and Class Size initiatives as well as Simple Majority.  He has worked closely with numerous local Associations on contract bargaining, member representation, and every aspect of protecting and promoting the interests of teachers, school employees, our public schools, and students.

Laura-Lee joined Fourth Corner in 2013, bringing with her experience from serving in a similar UniServ position with our sister organization Colorado Education Association. Additionally, her foundation in public education comes from 17 years teaching and coaching at the secondary level.  Her drive for fairness and respect for all who work in public education is obvious in her dedication to our members.  She has a quick wit and a penchant for humorous remarks.

Laura-Lee was born and raised in Connecticut. Then, she attended college and taught most of her career in Colorado.  Now, she realizes she has settled on the opposite side of the continent from Connecticut, and is enjoying a similar but different ocean view. She loves Bellinghamsters, Washington, and her union work here in Fourth Corner.

Nick’s first union action was marching in a UTLA parade with his teacher Mom at age 3 in his hometown of Los Angeles. Later in life he learned about contracts and moving parts through his extensive experience in the music industry; learned about organizing and politics through his campaign work in countless races up and down the ballot in Texas and New York; and learned about collective bargaining, advocacy, contract administration, arbitrations, labor law, and more while attending the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, interning as a Board Agent at the NLRB Region 13 in Chicago, and studying international labor relations at the Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Nick and his family (partner Melissa, son Will (almost 4), and daughter Sloane (almost 2)) absolutely love living in the Northwest Pacific Northwest and being part of the WEA FC family.

Lora has been with WEA Fourth Corner since January 2011.  Prior to joining WEA, Lora worked as an Administrative Assistant to the principal in the Ferndale and Meridian schools districts for 14 years, as well as the previous 14 years in the Judicial System.

After working in the school system for 14 years, Lora’s eyes became open to the stress and strain of the education career.  Her advocacy for educators is the utmost of her concern.  Until you have worked in a school building you can never understand the job of an educator.  Easing the load of our educators is of extreme importance to her.

When not advocating for our educators, Lora spends her time swimming, biking and running.  To be outdoors is a priority in keeping the stress away.

Tara joined WEA-Fourth Corner in the fall of 2010 after working in a similar position with the Hawaii State Teachers Association for four years. Before moving to Hawaii, Tara was a secondary teacher and a proud member of the Everett Education Association where she began her union activism. She enjoys all aspects of her work in Fourth Corner, from supporting local member advocacy efforts, to protecting and promoting the interests of educators at the bargaining table, to acting as the political liaison from our council to lobbying efforts in Olympia.

Tara is delighted to be back in the Northwest and she and her husband are happily adjusting to life with a new black lab puppy named Hokulani.

Jennifer Wolf is a long time WEA staffer. Jen began her career with WEA in 1991. Prior to that, she worked in financial management. She is a graduate of Sehome High School, a lifelong Whatcom County resident, and has many ties to the area. Jen and her husband John have two sons.