Sophia Lopez has been surviving disasters her whole life. Now, she gets to educate others on how to do just that. Having personally experienced and survived tornadoes in Texas, hurricanes in Georgia and Louisiana, snowstorms in Eastern WA, and earthquakes in Hawaii, Sophia was a preparedness expert long before discovering she could major in it, let alone dedicate her life to it. She received a Master’s in Homeland Security Studies from Tulane University; is a Certified Emergency Manager with over eight years of practical experience in Emergency Management; and has over 20 years of experience in customer service. She has served on multiple deployments and activations, including supporting the USDA with the Avian Influenza outbreak in 2015 (HPAI) as the Documentation Lead and serving as the Logistics Section Chief for the King County COVID-19 response in 2020. She has worked in Emergency Management as a volunteer, student, and in private and public industry. Sophia currently works as a Program Manager with King County Emergency Management where she manages public education and outreach for disaster preparedness and business continuity.
Daniel Arauz has been with King County since October of 2019. He is responsible for leading the Dam Safety Program, co-leading the division’s Equity & Social Justice Change Team, as well as currently serving as the lead for the Trusted Partner Network project, which aims to deliver emergency alerts to non-English speaking populations. Daniel has worked in the Emergency Management field for 2 years. A Cornell University graduate, Daniel moved to Seattle to work with King County Emergency Management in 2019, and assisted the Public Outreach, Dam Safety, and Inclusive Emergency Communications Plan programs prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, Daniel contributed to the COVID response as Food Access Branch Director. In late 2020, the Inclusive Emergency Communications Plan and Trusted Partner Network efforts were restarted, with Daniel leading the Trusted Partner Network team. He led these efforts until July 2021, when he shifted his focus to the Dam Safety Program. He is currently the acting lead for the TPN program. In his work in Emergency Management, equity has always been a leading principle. The King County Regional Trusted Partner Network can only be understood when seen through an equity lens, as it aims to directly address communication inequities that non-English speaking residents and historically underserved communities face during disasters. Daniel believes that this work will lead to more equitable outcomes from disasters. Whenever he’s not delving into his work, he enjoys practicing photography, playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf, and exploring the stunning Washington nature. In college, Daniel captained his school’s ultimate frisbee team and continues to play to this day. Photography is a more recent hobby, but he has found that it pairs really well with his love of the outdoors.
Ila Kane, CMCA, AMS, is a Community Association Manager at EMB Management, an Associa Company. She has been managing all sorts of condos, townhomes, and single-family homes in the PNW for the last four plus years, with a focus in the last two years on WUCIOA communities and new developments. She lives in the Seattle-area and loves baking and doing anything outside with her husband and her mini goldendoodle Kiwi.
Samantha Brown, Esq., is a part of the general counsel group at Barker Martin. Sam began her career doing civil litigation, focusing her practice on community association law beginning in 2016. She has extensive litigation experience and an impressive track record. Sam has been a member of the board for numerous non-profit organizations, including the City/County Planning Department for Belvidere, Illinois, the Boone County Council on Aging, and the City Finance Committee, to name a few. She was also an elected Alderman for the City Council in Belvidere, Illinois. Through these positions, Sam gained extensive, first-hand experience with organizations, community issues and management. Sam’s primary objective as community association general counsel is to find efficient, practical solutions for her clients while being mindful of their goals, both long- and short-term. Sam prides herself on being a compassionate and diligent advocate through attentive and dedicated service to her clients, while finding unique and innovative solutions to problems.
David Hossfeld currently serves at the Vice President for SageWater. Throughout his 25-years’ experience in his career, David has spent a considerable amount of time presenting and educating the multifamily industry on subjects that have both an economic and social impact on their property values and well-being. David has presented more than 150 seminars throughout his career. His in-depth knowledge and experience in the industry has fostered a positive impact on the company.
Steve Weidenbach opened his American Family Insurance Agency in June of 2011 after beginning his career as a high school teacher. Steve joined WSCAI in 2013 and has leveraged American Family’s experience as a top association insurer ever since. He utilizes his teaching background to help managers and board members learn how to take the best care of their communities. Steve & his team insure over 500 associations across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. With approximately 100 American Family Insurance agents in Washington State, Steve and his team has been named the “Agency of the Year” for 8 straight years for their sales performance and customer satisfaction.
Ken Harer, CCAL, is Condo Law’s managing partner. He’s an experienced attorney and has been working with community associations for more than 20 years. He offers legal assistance with contracts, construction disputes, and warranties related to the Washington Condominium Act and general legal advice on interpretation, enforcement, and modification of governing documents. Ken formerly held a Reserve Specialist (RS) designation and spends the majority of his time overseeing Condominium Law Group. In fall 2010, Ken was inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers and now holds the CCAL designation. Ken served on a non-profit Board of Directors for more than 18 years.
His practice, formed in 2000, provides assistance on all types of legal matters for condominium and homeowners associations. Ken (also known as the attorney with all those initials after his name!) earned his Juris Doctor and LLM degrees from the University of Washington, as well as a MBA, a BFA in Industrial Design, and a BA in Architecture. An active WSCAI volunteer, Ken is a frequent speaker at industry events and homeowner association seminars, and contributes regularly to industry periodicals. Since 2008, his focus has been providing general legal advice to community associations.
Dave Gramann’s 19 years in the construction industry has given him extensive hands-on knowledge of estimating, construction management, building envelopes, and cladding systems. Prior to joining Amento Group, Dave worked for a high-profile construction company in the Seattle area as a Project Manager and Head Estimator where he continued to refine his skills and knowledge in the remediation industry. His skills developing critical path construction schedules and preparing estimates for large scale remediation projects enhance Amento Group’s depth of construction knowledge. With a well-rounded field background, Dave brings a practical approach to solving building envelope issues with a focus on constructibility and aesthetics.
Ann Hart is with HUB International NW where she works as a Commercial Insurance Advisor. Ann has 20 years of combined experience in community association management, real estate, senior housing and rental management and enjoys helping others learn and excel in the industry and networking with other industry professionals. When she is not working, Ann enjoys traveling, attending sporting and cultural events, volunteering, working out, and spending time with friends and family, dogs Buddy and Charlie and cockatiel Peanut.
Allison Peryea, Esq., is an attorney shareholder at community association law firm Peryea Silver Taylor, P.S. in downtown Seattle. She has worked in the community association industry for eight years. Her practice focuses on dispute resolution including litigation, and also general counsel. She is a longtime member of the WSCAI Communications Committee and a former editor of the WSCAI chapter magazine, Community Associations Journal.
Melissa Guyott, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, together with her husband Rob, opened Ponderosa Community Management in Spokane; a dog friendly office. Focused only on the management of common interest communities, Melissa hopes to bring her nearly 15 years of management experience in the Seattle market to the Inland Northwest. When she’s not trying to figure out how to work the new office equipment, together with her groom and Bubba, Ponderosa’s CGR (Chief Golden Retriever), Melissa enjoys taking in all the amazing beauty of the great outdoors, hitting a fly fishing film festival or enjoying a red flight at a great Washington winery.
Jeremy Newman, CPA, has audited real estate companies and community associations for over 20 years. His firm, Newman Certified Public Accountant PC (“HOACPA”) has provided audit and tax services to thousands of associations in multiple states, including master planned, mixed use, age restricted, golf/amenity associations to high rise condominiums. Jeremy’s firm provides advice, audit services, tax planning and tax return services. Jeremy presents to CAI members in several states, authors articles for CAI publications and attends industry and CAI events as a speaker and sponsor. HOACPA is proud of its HOACPA EDU education program for boards and managers.