Meet The Commissioners
District Board of Commissioners serve the ratepayers of the District.
There are five elected commissioners on the Board. Each serves a staggered six-year term.
Commisioner, Position 1
Robert (Bob) L. Ransom
Bob Ransom serves the District in Position Number 1 on the Board of Commissioners. Elected in 2011, his current term runs through December 31, 2017. Bob has lived in Shoreline for 40 years where he raised 5 children in Shoreline Public Schools with his wife Sharon who has since passed on. He has a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in educational psychology from Portland State University, and an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound. He is a retired Senior Professional in Human Resources and currently works part time as a licensed mental health & rehabilitation counselor.
Phone: (206) 546-9310
Commissioner, Position 2
Gretchen A. Atkinson
Gretchen Atkinson serves the District in Position Number 2 on the Board of Commissioners. Elected in 2013, her current term runs through December 31, 2019. Gretchen has lived in Shoreline for 46 years where she raised two daughters with her husband Chuck. She graduated from Grays Harbor College with additional studies at the University of Washington, University of Puget Sound and Shoreline Community College. She is the retired owner of a Shoreline travel agency. She is currently Chairman of the Council of Neighborhoods, Coordinator-Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, a member of the Sound Transit Committee and a member of the Shoreline C.E.R.T. (Certified Emergency Response Team). Previous community service includes Advisory Board, Shoreline Water District; Seattle Public Utilities Acquisition Committee, Aurora Business and Community Team; Forward Shoreline and Pro Shoreline Committees.
Phone: (206) 364-2821
Commissioner, Position 3
Laura was appointed to Position #3, and her current term runs through Dec 2019. Laura and her husband, Loren, have lived in Shoreline for 22 years, putting their two children through Shoreline Schools.
Laura has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, and has been involved in water and wastewater issues throughout her 38+ year facility management/plant engineering career, ranging from managing the operation of industrial wastewater pre-treatment plants and lift stations to maintaining and replacing piping. She is currently serving on the Planning Commission for the City of Shoreline, and is a member of the Light Rail subcommittee. She has served as a board member for the Cascade Youth Symphony and a Lummi Island Home Owner Association, and was a Legislative Liaison for a PTA. She has received recognition for energy conservation achievements from Snohomish County PUD.
Commissioner, Position 4
Donna M. Thomas
Donna was appointed to Position #4, and her current term runs through Dec 2019. She has lived in the City of Shoreline since 1987 and currently resides in the North City neighborhood.
Donna graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She began her career in public service in 1992, and is currently employed as a performance measurement specialist with the Washington State Ferries. From 2010 to 2018 Donna was a Planning Commissioner for the City of Shoreline.
Commissioner, Position 5
Denise and I moved to Shoreline over 37 years ago to raise our family. Since moving to the area, I have been active in and around the community in many groups that have helped to shape Shoreline and am grateful to have been elected to continue the Shoreline tradition of active service as modeled by many of my friends and neighbors. Ronald Wastewater is undergoing changes as it is assumed by the City of Shoreline and it will be my goal to ensure that our community values of clean water, affordability and government transparency are maintained.
How do they serve you, the ratepayer?
Board meetings are open to all. You can have a voice in how the District is operated. Please see our Board of Commissioners Board Meetings Calendar for current meeting times, or call ahead of time to confirm the next meeting at (206) 546-2494.
Board meetings are held at the District Maintenance Department office located at 17505 Linden Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133-0490
If you are unable to attend a Board meeting and you’d rather have a say in another way, please contact your elected Commissioners. Each Commissioner's email is located below.
Your Commissioners serve you, the ratepayers.