Our executive team is made up of a phenomenal group of people. They are the ones that are very involved in guiding our coalition and giving us our direction to ensure our coalition's mission is having a positive and lasting impact on our great community.
Coalition Chair and religious sector representative
Jim is currently the Pastor at Prosser Bethel Church. He has been married for 36 years and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Jim graduated from Prosser High School in 1972. After college he moved to Minnesota but came home to Prosser where all 3 of his children graduated from Prosser High School. After starting up and running his own painting and wall covering business in Prosser for 25 years, he became the Pastor at Prosser Bethel Church.
Jim is proud to be from Prosser and to have raised his family here. Jim became Co-Chair of the Prosser CIA in Summer of 2014 and is an asset to our TEAM! He has a deep desire to make Prosser a better place to live and work together as a family and a community.
Co-Chair and Parent Sector Representative
Rachel Shaw is the City Clerk for the City of Prosser where she has worked since 2006. She and her husband Keith have been married for 15 years and together they have 3 boys ages 13, 11 & 6. Rachel was born and raised in the Tacoma, Puget Sound area and moved to Prosser with her family in 1997 after graduating from High School.
Rachel joined the Prosser CIA over 2 years ago and is currently the Co-Chair and Parent Sector Representative. She also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and is a Guiding Good Choices parenting workshop facilitator. Rachel’s passion for youth prevention is derived from her childhood. Growing up in Tacoma she saw gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse and brokenness impact her schools, community and even her own family. That experience is what gave her a vision and desire for public service to be a voice and a helping hand to give back to the community that we all live and work in.
In addition to her involvement with the Prosser CIA, she also volunteers her time as a mentor at the Prosser Boys & Girls Club and her church where she helps in the children’s ministry. She and her family enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and a whole lot of football!
CIA Secretary, COMMUNITIES in Schools Representative
Linda currently serves as the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Housel Middle School and has recently began serving as the Secretary for the CIA Coalition. As a Site Coordinator, she works to identify and remove barriers that may prevent students from being successful in school by providing an array of wrap around services. After earning her Master's Degree in Social Work at Texas A&M University Commerce, she worked as a Case Manager at a homeless shelter in Austin, Texas. Linda also previously served in various capacities at two other Communities In Schools affiliates in Texas. She eventually went on to travel and hike throughout different states until she ended up in Prosser, Washington!
She loves both living and serving within the Prosser community and is excited to be a part of the CIA Coalition.
CIA Treasurer, Mustang CIA Advisor, School Sector Representative
Shayla has been part of our coalition since 2014 and works as a counselor at Housel Middle School. She loves her job, serving the students and working with the amazing staff. Serving as a the secretary and school representative for the coalition, Shayla is a trained facilitator for the Guiding Good Choices program for parents in our. Community; dedicating her time to this program twice a year. Because of her passion for leadership development, Shayla is excited to be part of the team bringing the Mustang CIA to Housel Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year. The MCIA (Mustang Community Involvement and Action Coalition) members at Housel students and co-advisors are already making an impact with their efforts and have exciting plans for the future.
Fun Facts: Shayla has two awesome kiddos of her own at home, is a Girl Scout leader, loves Mexican food, runs and has even done a half marathon!
Prevention & Intervention Specialist, high school co-advisor mcia
Lishka currently serves as the Prevention/Intervention Specialist at Prosser High School under ESD 123. She provides valuable insight to the executive team regarding her work at the school and assists the CIA in implementing prevention strategies within the Prosser School District. Lishka loves being able to work with students in both individual and group settings to promote and support drug free and healthy life choices.
After earning her master's degree in psychology at Washington State University, she decided to pursue a doctorate degree to continue her quest to to be a strong advocate for students. She has 5 years of experience working as a Prevention/Intervention Specialist at Clarkston High School before starting in Prosser in 2016.
She has three children, three dogs, and three cats. She loves to laugh, especially at corny jokes and bad puns, and she enjoys baking cookies when she is stressed. Lishka is very excited to be working in Prosser and part of the Prosser CIA Coalition.
Bio Coming Soon!
Erika Wassom grew up in Vancouver, Washington. Shortly after obtaining her Associates Degree in 2014 she spent 18 months in the Northern part of Peru where she served an LDS mission for her church. She returned and attended Brigham Young University - Idaho to finish her studies, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health. In January of 2017 she moved to the Tri-Cities and began her internship with the Prosser CIA Coalition as a Youth Coordinator and now works as a Program Coordinator. She enjoys being outdoors with friends and family, reading, and eating any type of chocolate ice cream.