Past GDMA speakers

2015-2016 - Theme: “Leading through Change”

  • Vikki Smith, Director, Department of Revenue
  • Linea Laird, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Michael Cockrill, Director, WaTech
  • Rick Garza, Director, Liquor Control Board
  • Marty Brown, Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

2014-2015 - Theme: “Practical Lessons in Leadership, with a focus on Lean”

  • Chris Liu, Director, Department of Enterprise Services
  • Larry D. Hebert, Director, Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau Washington State Patrol
  • Pat Kohler, Director, Department of Licensing
  • Joel Sacks, Director, Department of Labor and Industries
  • Auditor Troy Kelley, Washington State Auditor
  • Brett Cooper, Integris Performance Advisors
  • Bill Hanson, Director, Lottery Commission
  • Kevin Quigley, Secretary, Department of Social and Health Services

2012-2013 - Theme “Leading in the 21st Century”

  • Governor Chris Gregorie
  • Mary Alice Heuschel, Governor’s Chief of Staff
  • Sam Reed, Secretary of State
  • Ted Sturdevant, Director, Department of Ecology
  • Chief Ron Roberts, Olympia Police Department
  • Anita Paige, Sr. Vice President, The Edge Advisory Group

2011-2012 - Theme “Managing through Difficult Times”

  • Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Alan Haight, Director Department of Licensing
  • John Lee, Director Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Lowell Porter, Director Washington State Traffic Commission
  • Joyce Turner, Director Department of Enterprise Services
  • Brian Moran, Chief Deputy, Attorney General’s Office
  • Carole Washburn, Deputy Director of Operations, Labor and Industries
  • Allene Mares, Assistant Security, Prevention and Community Health, Department of Health


  • Susan Dreyfus, Secretary, DSHS
  • Paula Hammond, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Paul Trause, Commissioner, Employment Security Department
  • Brian Sontag, State Auditor, State Auditor’s Office
  • Eva Santos, Director Department of Personnel
  • Chief John Batiste, State Patrol
  • Dr. Arun Raha, Chief Economist, Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
  • Scott Seaman, Principal, Tumwater High School


  • Jay Manning, Governor’s Chief of State
  • Chief Justice Gerry Alexander – Reflections of a Soon to be Retired Justice
  • Linda Bremer, Director, General Administration and Tony Tortorice, Director, DIS – Shared Services
  • Wolfgang Optiz, Assistant Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Dr. Arun Raha, Chief Economist, Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
  • John Erickson , Department of Health and Sandy Stewart, Personnel
  • Glen Hiemstra, Futurist


  • Robin Arnold-Williams, Governor’s Policy Office
  • Eldon Vail, Secretary, Department of Corrections
  • Paula Hammond, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Karen Lee, Commissioner, Employment Security
  • Josh Baldi, Department of Ecology, Puget Sound
  • Karen Hardy, WorkSource, Supported Employment