Board of Directors

We are always looking to expand our board with fresh new ideas and members. If you are interested in joining our team, please email




Tim Anderson 

Regional Animal Services of King County 

I have been with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) since 2011, and have worked as a front line supervisor, Acting Manager and in my current role as the Lead Animal Control Sergeant where I have the opportunity to lead our amazing team of animal control officers and animal care staff. I began my animal control career as an ACO for Kitsap Humane Society before moving on to Pierce County Animal Control in 2006 until 2011. I’m excited to be back on the WACA board working with a great group of fellow board members. I look forward to supporting the animal care and control professionals throughout Washington!


Edwin Cruz Diaz

I am a retired ACO, most recently with Seattle Animal Shelter. I began my career in the animal field in 2012 working as a veterinary assistant for Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES)/ BluePearl Seattle. In 2015, I went on to be an Animal Care Technician at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) and on June 2017 I became an Animal Control Officer for the City of Seattle until March 2022. Being an animal control officer was both rewarding and challenging. Throughout my career I have experienced several great outcomes, but with that also came heartaches. Being there for the animals that require our help and owners who need guidance and education makes it all worth it. I still work for the City of Seattle as a Licensing and Standards Inspector and periodically help the animal shelter interviewing future animal care and control personnel

My wife and I share our home with our twin son and daughter, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 horses, 3 bearded dragons, 3 axolotls, and a tortoise.

I am glad to remain on the board as Treasurer and help WACA achieve 2023 goals.

Additional Members

Leslie Wall

Everett Animal Shelter

I have worked in the animal field since 2003 working at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.  In 2017 I became an Animal Control Officer for the City of Everett.  I currently am the Assistant Manager at the Everett Animal Shelter.  I am honored to work with so many ACOs in our community.  My favorite part of the job is the diversity of this profession.  Animal welfare workers wear many hats from educators, counselors and enforcement.  We are the experts for the community and are the voices for so many animals.  I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the WACA board.

Hunter Woldseth

Kirkland Police Department

I have been with Kirkland Police Department since December 2019. Currently, I am the only animal control officer for the city of Kirkland and its 100k residents. Before this I served as an artilleryman in the United State Marines Corps. Growing up my family and I had many domesticated animals ranging from chickens all the way up to horses. I also worked on local farms in the area. I enjoy being an animal control officer, being able to help the community and their pets is very gratifying. The residents in Kirkland are a great and supportive community to serve in. I look forward working with other board members to grow the animal control field.

Samantha Moore

Regional Animal Services of King County 

I began my career in 2009 by volunteering in Myrtle Beach, SC with several bird and horse rescue groups. In 2016, I joined Dorchester County, SC Animal Control as an officer and eventually become their Senior Animal Control Officer. While working with Dorchester County not only did I continue my work in animal welfare, but I also gained five years of experience in disaster planning and sheltering. In 2021, I decided to move across the country, and I joined King County, WA as an Animal Control Officer. I believe in being a voice for the voiceless, providing new opportunities for fellow officers and continuing my education, not only as an officer but as a leader. While I do miss catching alligators, I am loving the beautiful views of Washington.

I am beyond excited to join the WACA Board and help in any way I can.

Vice Presidents

1st Vice President – Kristi Boucher

I started my career as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Bothell in May 2017 and graduated from the ACO Academy at CJTC in March 2018. I have been working with animals since 1999 in various management positions at Petco, Pet Pros, Himalayan Corporation and Northpointe Animal Hospital. I am passionate about animals and enjoy being their voice. I love educating people; most people who know me would say I am a social butterfly. I consider myself a cat person. I currently own 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a pond. Only 3 of my fur babies are “foster fails” ….. (or what I like to call “foster wins”)!

2nd Vice President – Rebecca Smokoska

Regional Animal Services of King County 

I began my career in Animal Welfare in 2016, and have served as an Animal Care Specialist at The NOAH Center, an Animal Care Technician at RASKC and as an Animal Control Officer for Snohomish County Animal Services. I am currently a deploying member with the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) and am pursuing a Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics through the University of Florida. I am passionate about training and interagency collaboration and I can’t wait to help our wonderful profession grow and develop!


Margaret Cooper

Lake Stevens Police Department

I started my career as a Community Service Officer specializing in Animal Control and Crime Prevention with the Lake Stevens Police Department in August 2022 and successfully graduated the ACO Academy in September 2022. Prior to becoming the CSO, I worked in Records with the Lake Stevens Police Department for two years. I have worked within the animal field for over ten years including working with a pet insurance company and at two veterinary hospitals. I’ve always had a passion for helping animals and people and this career allows me to do both! I currently live in Monroe with my boyfriend, daughter and our recent rescue Falkor who is a nine year old Malamute/Mastiff mix.






How to Become a Board Member

Each fall we are looking to expand our board and gain new team members.  The board has about 6 meetings per year, some of which can be by conference call.  There are two events that the WACA Board works hard on each year, the Spring Animal Control Officer Academy at CJTC, as well as the Pacific Northwest Animal Care & Control Conference in the Fall.  These are activities that you as a member, are needed to participate in and help plan.  It takes a team to pull these kinds of events off.  As a reward, each Fall, there is an annual working retreat in some fun location.  Different positions are available from Conference Coordinator, Academy Director, Membership Committee Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media, Newsletter and much more.  The board is a great way to network, add something to your resume, have fun and help a great group achieve big accomplishments as a team effort.

Interested in becoming a WACA Board Director – More Information About The Process

If you are interested in being a board member and would like to represent your Agency as well, please complete and submit the following documents to

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Please contact for additional information on WACA Board Nominations.