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WIAA Staff

Executive Director
Assistant Executive Director
Assistant Executive Director
Assistant Executive Director
Director of Finance and Operations
Director of Marketing, Promotions, & Corporate Partners
Sports & Activities Information Director
Production Coordinator
Eligibility Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Mike Colbrese
Executive Director

High School:  Dawson County HS 

Mike Colbrese is the Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.  He was named as the WIAA’s fourth executive director in the fall of 1993, after serving six years as the Commissioner of the Wyoming High School Activities Association.  He also served as Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Montana High School Association for five years.  Mr. Colbrese taught high school English for 11 years and worked as a high school and college football and basketball official for 15 years.

Mr. Colbrese received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Montana College in 1971, his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Montana in 1980, and completed administrative course work from Montana State University in 1987.  He also attended Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English on a Rockefeller Grant in 1980.

Mr. Colbrese has served on the NFHS Board of Directors and has chaired the National Federation of State High School Association’s Coaches Education, Football Officials Manual, and Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committees and recently completed a term as the Chair of the NFHS Track & Field Rules Committee.  He has served on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football, Basketball, and Track and Field Rules Committees.

He is a member of Seattle 4 Rotary, having served as the chair of the Community Service Committee and served terms on the Board of Directors as well as the Rotary Foundation Board.  He also serves on the Seattle Sports Commission Board of Directors.

Mr. Colbrese lives in Bellevue with his wife Jan and is a proud father of two daughters, Erin and Jennifer and two grandsons, Tannen and Aiden. 

Cindy Adsit 
Assistant Executive Director 

High School:  Hardin HS 

The 2018-19 school year marks Cindy Adsit's 32nd year with the WIAA, making her the longest tenured assistant executive director in the association's history. As an assistant executive director, Ms. Adsit oversees baseball, cheerleading, dance & drill, gymnastics, and volleyball for the WIAA. She also directs all state championships events, sanctions interstate and international contests, produces the Association's annual calendar and handbook and responds to all out-of-season coaching/participation issues. During her career with the WIAA, Ms. Adsit has had the opportunity to oversee every activity and sport under the WIAA jurisdiction, except for football and wrestling.

Before joining the WIAA, Ms. Adsit worked for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and officiated basketball and volleyball.  She officiated volleyball at all levels, including Pac-10 and international matches.  Ms. Adsit was the Executive Director of the Northwest Sports Foundation, which promoted sports opportunities for girls and women in the northwest region.  She organized a girls summer basketball league and served as the Director of Basketball for the 1990 Goodwill Games.

Ms. Adsit, a native Montanan, competed in intercollegiate volleyball and basketball for Montana State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition in 1978. She was a Master of Science degree candidate in kinesiology at the University of Washington.

Ms. Adsit, an avid outdoorswoman, gardener, historian of the Indian Wars, and horse owner lives in Ravensdale.

cadsit@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5232
Andy Barnes 
Assistant Executive Director 

High School:  Governor John R. Rogers HS (PUYALLUP, WA)

Andy Barnes is entering his twelfth year as an assistant executive director at the WIAA.  He was promoted from the WIAA production coordinator position which he served from February 2005 until July 2006.

Mr. Barnes oversees swimming and diving, basketball, golf, tennis and forensics.  He manages the Emerald City Volleyball Invitational, Emerald City Kickoff Classic and the WIAA Hall of Fame.  Mr. Barnes also oversees the Academic Achievement program and manages allocations.

Mr. Barnes joined the WIAA staff after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration.  While at WSU, Mr. Barnes was part of the Cougar golf team in the spring of 2003.  Mr. Barnes served the WIAA as an intern from May 2004 until October before accepting the production coordinator position.

Mr. Barnes enjoys playing golf, softball and basketball in his spare time.  He lives in Auburn with his wife, Diana, son, Peyton and daughter, Brynn.

  abarnes@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5237
John Miller 
Assistant Executive Director 

High School:  West Valley HS 

John Miller comes to the WIAA with over thirty years experience in public schools in the state of Washington.  He was a teacher, coach and high school athletic/activities administrator for the Mead School District in Spokane.  As an assistant executive director for the WIAA, Mr. Miller oversees football, bowling, softball, and theater.  He also helps with eligibility, classifications, coaches school, medical aspects and works with the Washington State Athletic Administrators Association.

Mr. Miller grew up in Spokane, where he attended West Valley High School and graduated from Whitworth University.  He served as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Mead High School for 20 years.  He was the athletic director at Mt. Spokane High School for 11 years.  During his career, Mr. Miller coached football, wrestling, track and field, baseball, softball and soccer.
While in the Mead School District he managed numerous Greater Spokane League, Regional and State Championship events.

Mr. Miller is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Leadership Training Course Faculty and teaches classes at both the state and national levels.
John received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Whitworth University in 1977, followed by his Master's in Educational Administration from Whitworth University.

Contact:  jmiller@wiaa.com   |  (425) 988-6155
Leah Francis 
Director of Finance and Operations 

High School:  North Mason HS  (BELFAIR, WA)

Leah Francis' primary role is to work with all of the financial and business aspects of the WIAA.  Ms. Francis helps develop and maintain the WIAA's budget, handles the Association's human resource issues, and oversees accounts receivable and accounts payable.  Ms. Francis also provides ticket inventories and controls for all regional and state events.  In addition, Ms. Francis helps maintain the operations of the WIAA office building and surrounding property.  She also oversees insurance and Labor and Industries issues for the WIAA and Washington Official's Association.

Ms. Francis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Washington and earned her Master of Arts degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific University.  During her time as a Husky, she competed on the UW softball team for four years where she was a member of the 1996 Pac-10 Championship team and the 1996 national runner-up team.  Ms. Francis has coached softball for over 11 years and currently is the head coach of the Bellevue College softball team.

Contact:  lfrancis@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5238
Andy Knapp 
Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Corporate Partners 

High School:  Camas HS  (CAMAS, WA)

Andy Knapp develops and oversees the marketing of the WIAA to both internal and external groups.  He works directly with the WIAA's corporate partners.  Mr. Knapp is in charge of the promoting of school programs, the WIAA and the state championships.  He also heads and oversees the WIAA's LEAP student leadership program.

Mr. Knapp earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English as well as a Sports Medicine minor from Whitman College.  While at Whitman, he competed for four years on the golf team.  Prior to arriving at the WIAA, Mr. Knapp worked in the marketing department for a Northwest golf management company.

He lives in West Seattle with his wife, Darin, son, Dylan, and daughter, Paige.

Contact:  aknapp@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5235
Casey Johnson
Sports & Activities Information Director 

High School:  Washougal HS  (WASHOUGAL, WA)

Casey Johnson is the primary media contact for all WIAA sports and activities and manages the design and production of all WIAA publications.

Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations at Washington State University and a Master's degree in kinesiology - behavioral studies from Boise State University. Prior to joining the WIAA in August of 2016, Mr. Johnson worked in the University of Oregon athletic communications office for three years.

Contact:  cjohnson@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5240
Aaron Roetcisoender 
Production Coordinator 

High School:  Mount Vernon HS  (MOUNT VERNON, WA)

Aaron Roetcisoender maintains proper mailing addresses for all member schools, committee members and related affiliate members.  He coordinates the distribution of books and materials to all member schools.  Mr. Roetcisoender also oversees administration of the Scholastic Achievement Program, the Athlete of the Week, and Coaches Standards.  Mr. Roetcisoender received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and minored in Sports Management at Pacific Lutheran University.  While there, he competed on the baseball team.

Mr. Roetcisoender lives in Tacoma with his wife, Jaime, daughter, Emma, and son Jack.

Contact:  aaron@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5245


Sam Brown
Eligibility Coordinator

High School: Mount Rainier HS (DES MOINES, WA) 

Sam Brown oversees WIAA state and district level Eligibility processes. She is in charge of all documentation regarding student eligibility, as well as guiding coaches, parents and athletic directors through the state level appeals system. Sam works closely with WIAA Legal Cousel, the nine district eligibility chairpersons and the WIAA Hearing Officers. Sam also oversees the hiring of presenters at Coaches School, is an advisor for the student leadership committee (LEAP) and assists with miscelaneous finances and State Tournaments.

Sam is a graduate of Mount Rainier HS in Des Moines, Wa. She received her BA in psychology at Western Washington University and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership (M.Ed) with a focus on interscholastic athletics at the University of Washington. She has coached girls soccer at the varsity level in Seattle Public Schools and continues to coach UNIFIED soccer and basketball.

Contact: sbrown@wiaa.com  |  (425) 988-6159


Jennetta Blake
Project Coordinator

High School:  Steilacoom HS (STEILACOOM, WA) 

Jennetta Blake is responsible for providing general support to member school coaches and administrators, as well as assisting in day-to-day functions at the WIAA office. Jennetta is an integral part of the planning and execution of the annual WIAA Coaches School Convention.

Jennetta is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is currently enrolled in graduate school at Concordia University, St. Paul and plans to earn her Master’s in Sport Management. Prior to working for the WIAA, Jennetta served as a substitute teacher in the Steilacoom School District and coached the Steilacoom High School Cheerleading Team for the past five years. As an athlete, Jennetta led her cheerleading team to win the first WIAA Cheerleading State title in program history and has since earned two additional titles in 2015 and 2016 as the Head Coach of the program. 

Contact: jblake@wiaa.com  |  (425) 988-6167


Samantha Jose
Project Coordinator

High School:  Bremerton HS (BREMERTON, WA) 

Samantha Jose is responsible for providing the WIAA with support regarding the executive board, coaches and administrators of member schools, building usage and the day-to-day functions in the WIAA office.

Samantha graduated from Bremerton High School where she played volleyball and bowling. Samantha recently graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration and Communication. While attending Washington State, Samantha was a volunteer youth volleyball coach for Pullman Parks and Recreation and was the 2018 WIAA Winter Intern. Before joining the WIAA staff, Samantha was an AVID Tutor at Bremerton High school and the Youth Sports Lead at the Haselwood YMCA in Silverdale, WA.

Contact: sjose@wiaa.com  |  (425) 282-5239


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