Council Member Denise McCluskey

Born in: Ontario, California

Family: University Place resident since 1989; married for 33 years with two grown children and four grandchildren.

Schooling: AA in Arts and Business; BA-Organizational Leadership: Chapman University; MS-Human Resources Development: Chapman University; AWC Elected Official and Advanced Elected Official trainings/certifications.

Personal Interests: Family, Friends, Politics, Yoga, Archery and Art.

Work-Related Leadership: Achieved several company awards for project management and HR development that went above and beyond the call of duty for work that was completed in an exceptional manner. Voted into the RMHS' Employee Excellence Hall of Fame; member of the National Association of Professional Women; member of the Strategic Human Resource Management Association with certification - Professional Human Resources (PHR); former Regional Manager for RMHS; Founder and President of Yoga Trek; Vice-chair for Zoo Trek Authority; Council representative for Pierce County Regional Council; yoga instructor for YMCA.

Community Services:

  • Directions: Homeless Committee Member
  • Yoga Instructor for Community Connections Place
  • Girl Scout Woman of Distinction - 2017
  • Business Examiner Woman of Distinction - 2013
  • After-School Enhancement Instructor for drawing and ceramics (UP Primary)
  • Awarded a City Proclamation for volunteerism from University Place
  • Board member for Dance Theatre Northwest
  • Boy Scouts 10 years (Leader, Committee Member, merit badge counselor)
  • Business Advisory Committee for Pierce College (2 years)
  • Chair of Capital Strategy Task Force in University Place (1 year)
  • Conservation Futures Board Member
  • Curran Cider Squeeze Volunteer
  • Employee Excellence Hall of Fame - Richard Milburn High School
  • Established a Servant Leadership Day Proclamation for teens earning their organization's highest awards
  • Fund Raiser that sent Scouts on to extended excursions
  • Gilda Club Fund Raiser
  • Girls Scouts 22 years (Leader, Service Unit Manager, Gold Committee Member)
  • Hess Park Committee PARCs Liaison (1 year)
  • Homestead Park Volunteer
  • PARK Commissioner for University Place (6 years)
  • Parks Appreciation Day Facilitator (3 years)
  • Planning Commissioner for University Place (3 years)
  • Preservation Committees for Kobayashi, Colgate and Curran House
  • PTSA Secretary
  • Regional Center Advisory Committee member for University Place
  • Skate Park and Ball Fields at Cirque Park
  • Steering Committee to select the University Place Fire Chief
  • Tahoma Audubon member
  • Toastmasters (President, VP of Education and Area Leadership)
  • United Way Fund Raiser

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