The Youth Athletic Facilities Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the Youth Athletic Facilities program.

The grants provide funding to purchase land and develop outdoor athletic facilities serving youth and communities.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and have experience with youth athletic facilities

Time Commitment

  • 15-30 hours for written evaluations, completed remotely
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


Travel reimbursement including lodging, transportation, and meals is available.

Committee Members

Citizen Members

  • Michelle Bly, Lewiston
  • John Hillock, Bellevue
  • Merle Iverson, Spokane
  • Mike Neumeister, Edmonds
  • Brent Stenman, Poulsbo
  • Abram Thalhofer, Ferndale

Local Agency Members

  • Josh Bunten, Franklin County, Pasco
  • Maureen Colaizzi, City of Kenmore, Kenmore
  • Sean Conway, City of Kirkland, Kirkland
  • Kristi Evans, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, Tacoma
  • Carolyn Hope, City of Redmond, Redmond
  • Paul Kaftanski, City of Everett, Everett
  • NeSha Thomas-Schadt, Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services, University Place

Ex Officio Member

  • Rory Calhoun, RCO, Olympia


  • One citizen or nonprofit representative
  • Two local agency representatives

Term Length

4 years

General Resources