About WITA

For over 100 years WITA has been a leading advocate for the telecommunications industry in Washington State. Our association is dedicated to providing a forum for members to share industry trends and new technologies, educate legislators and regulators, provide training opportunities for member companies, and connect vendors with members in an effort to build state of the art networks across Washington.

Together we share experiences, learn from each other, triumph over competition and partner in ways that make all of us more effective and efficient. WITA hosts an annual conference, seminars and industry training opportunities to ensure success in today’s complex and changing telecommunications environment.

Our members are experts at getting communications services into the most rural areas of our state. The vast majority of our members provide telephone and broadband services to 100% of their service areas. Together we have a successful record of influencing legislators and regulators, both in Washington State and in Washington D.C., to make rational decisions on behalf of our member companies and the customers they serve.

WITA Board of Trustees

George Henny
Whidbey Tel | June 30, 2019

Arne L. “Skip” Haynes
Rainier Connect | June 30, 2019

Kevin Kastor
Consolidated Communications | June 30, 2019

Mark Martell
RTI Pend Oreille Telephone | June 30, 2019

Steve Appelo
Wahkiakum West Telephone | June 30, 2020

Rick Buechel
Hood Canal Communications | June 30, 2020

DeeDee Kluser
Skyline Telecom, Inc. | June 30, 2020

Eric Trump
St. John Telephone Company | June 30, 2020

Dallas Filan
Pioneer Telephone Company | June 30, 2021

Steve Hanson
Tenino/Kalama Telephone Company | June 30, 2021

Gail Long
TDS Telecom | June 30, 2021

Russ Ramsey
Toledo Tel | June 30, 2021

Doug Weis
Inland Telephone Company | June 30, 2021

WITA Officers & Executive Board

Arne L. (Skip) Haynes
253-683-4201 President

Rick Vitzthum 
360-264-3155 | Vice President

Mike Oblizalo 
360-898-3425 | Secretary-Treasurer

Dale Merten
360-864-2044 | Past President

Eric Trump
509-648-3322 | Member at Large

Gail Long 
541-516-8210 | Finance & Planning Committee

Steve Appelo 
360-786-0105 | Chair, Industry Issues Committee

WITA Team

Betty Buckley
509-690-0530  | Executive Director
bettyb@wita-tel.org

Shellie Burnham 
360-951-9658 | Member Services Coordinator
shellie@shellieburnham.com

Dan Coyne 
360-786-8180 | Legislative Consultant

Richard A. Finnigan 
360-956-7001 | Legal Consultant

April Gallaway 
360-264-3155 | Bookkeeper