2018 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting

Registration  |  Date & Location  |  Pricing  |  Hotel Accommodations  |  Program


The WAPRO Fall Training has reached capacity, but we are working to make room to accommodate more attendees. As we are able to accept additional registrations, the WAPRO Office will reach out to those who have completed this form. The date and time that you submit this form will determine the order of who is contacted.

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Date & Location 

Thursday, October 25, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Commerce St
Tacoma, WA 98042
(253) 830-6601

Directions & Parking Information


Early Bird Registration (*ends Monday, September 10)

Members  |  $175
Non-Members  |  $200

Regular Rate

Members  |  $200
Non-Members  |  $225

On site

Members  |  $225
Non-Members  |   $250

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NEW! Overflow Hotel:
Tacoma Courtyard Marriot
1515 Commerce St
Tacoma, WA 98402

Room Rate: $169*

Book Your Room Today

Reserve your room before October 3, 2018.


Overflow Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2102 South C Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Room Rate: $121*
*This rate is based on the 2018–19 government per diem rate, which goes into effect October 1.

Book Your Room Today

Reserve your room before October 3, 2018.



Conference Hotel: Hotel Murano SOLD OUT

Already booked your room at the Hotel Murano? Get directions online. 

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Join us for a full day of informative sessions, with both general sessions and breakout sessions on specialized topics that will be important for you and your team. This program has been approved for up to 5.75 MCLE credits. CMC/MMC credits are pending.

Meals Provided: A continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM with morning coffee. There will be also be a lunch buffet and an afternoon snack break.

Session titles and topics are subject to change.

Time Activity
8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening Remarks
8:45 – 10:00 AM

Case Law/Legal/JLARC Reporting Update

Ramsey Ramerman  |  City of Everett
Eric Stahl  |  Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Nancy Krier  |  Open Government Ombuds

Category C, 1.25 hours

10:00 AM Break
10:15 – 11:45 AM Breakout Session 1

Taking Care of the Requestor and Yourself: Customer Service and Stress Management Tips for PROs

Dr. Phillip Gibson  |  DOC Staff Psychologist Supervisor
Kimberly Ferreiro
  |  Public Disclosure Advisor, Seattle Mayor's Office
Off. Kimberly Anderson  |  Seattle Police Peer Support Coordinator

Category B, 1.5 hours


Ethics of a PRO Whistleblower: PROs in other states have been fired for whistleblowing. What should a PRO do when s/he believes the importance of disclosure outweighs personal risk?

Ramsey Ramerman  |  City of Everett

Category B, 1.5 hours


Health Care Records and Medical Information in Other Public Records: Handling requests that include health care provider records and information about health care

Erica Franklin  |  Assistant Seattle City Attorney
Tyler Entrekin  |  Seattle-King County Health Department PRO
Katy Ruckle  |  DSHS Privacy Officer

Category F, 1.5 hours

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Annual Business Meeting
1:00 – 2:30 PM Breakout Session 2

Inmate Requests and Litigation: Responding to requests from inmates, defending agencies when inmates sue, and seeking inmate injunctions

Denise Vaughan  |  Department of Corrections
Cassie VanRoojen  |  Assistant Attorney General
Tim Fuelner  |  Assistant Attorney General

Category F, 1.5 hours


Records Management: You know the basics, but do you know HOW to make records management work for your agency?

This session will focus on applying basic records management tools and leading practices to the development of an effective records management function in your agency, including eight repeatable steps that you can use to fix any specific records management problem.

Mike Saunders  |  Washington State Secretary of State's Office

Category E, 1.5 hours


Kid Stuff: Handling requests for records about juveniles, including CPS, school, and law enforcement records

Melissa Chin  |  Bellevue Police Department Legal Advisor
Anne Miller  |  Assistant Attorney General

Category B, 1.5 hours

2:30 PM Break
2:45 – 4:15 PM

Questions and Answers Panel: Back by popular demand, a panel of PRA experts will answer your burning PRA questions

Case Law Legal Update and Breakout Panel Members

Category A, 1.5 hours

4:15 PM


4:30 PM



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