Ryan Rule, a former Council Rep, was elected to the Council in 2008, then to the Executive Board in 2009. He initially served as Northwest regional vice president for two and a half terms. Then, he served as SPEEA president from 2014 to 2018 followed by SPEEA secretary from 2018 to 2020.
Rule, an Associate Technical Fellow (ATF) in the network systems group of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), recommends members get involved.
“Whenever something doesn’t make sense or you don’t like the way things are going, find a way to fix it or a committee to join that can make decisions which will have an impact on your issue or concern,” he said.
“By becoming a Council Rep, I gained exposure to what’s going on in the union and was better able to provide useful information to the members with whom I work on a daily basis.”
His goals for SPEEA include getting more members involved, particularly newer employees. He also wants to keep waste and excess to a minimum. “I want to make sure members get high value for their dues.”
Since starting at Boeing in 2001, Rule worked in many areas, including Phantom Works, Connexion by Boeing and Defense prior to moving to BCA.
Rule earned three Bachelor of Science degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology; Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science. He holds two Master of Science degrees from the University of Washington; Computer Science and Engineering as well as Physics, both of which he earned while working at Boeing.
He serves as an area vice president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) and represents statewide organized labor on the Board of Directors for the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI). In addition, he is also president of the parent-teacher association at his daughters’ elementary school.
He was born and raised in California’s central valley. For hobbies, Rule enjoys traveling and scuba diving. His wife, Carrie, is a former SPEEA NW Council officer. They have a son and three daughters.
Dan Nowlin, an equipment tool tech designer, started his Boeing career as a SPEEA Tech in 2008. Prior, he worked as a Boeing contractor as well as a journeyman machinist at Boeing suppliers. He also worked in international trade.
His journey to Northwest regional vice president started with former SPEEA President Jennifer MacKay. At the time, she was Nowlin’s Council Rep in the factory and recruited him to become an Area Rep.
Since then, he’s served in multiple SPEEA roles, including Council Rep, SPEEA-Boeing Partnership Leadership Team and numerous SPEEA committees. He was also elected to the 2016 Tech Negotiation Team. He’s a member of the Joint Workforce Committee. He’s also a member of SPEEA Organizational Planning and chair of the SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs committee.
“I wanted to run for another term on the Executive Board because I have enough knowledge of how SPEEA works to be valuable in this position,” he said. “The institution has been good to me, and I have the time to give back.”
At first, he hesitated to get involved in SPEEA. “I was afraid I would have a target on my back,” he said about becoming an Area Rep. Instead, he saw how much SPEEA helped at work.
“We bring stability to the workplace with processes in our contract,” said Nowlin. “It gives us a clear way to do business.”
Nowlin and his wife, Bonnie, have six children and grandchildren. He has been a passionate supporter of students involved in robotics competitions and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Shaunna Winton, a product review (liaison) engineer, started her career at Boeing more than 16 years ago.
Throughout her career as a liaison engineer, she has taken assignments throughout Puget Sound, Austria, North Charleston and Australia. She currently works in the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Fabrication division at the Composite Manufacturing Center in Frederickson, Wash.
She became an Area Rep in 2013 and then signed on as an Ed Wells Ambassador because she was already sharing and promoting the resources available through the Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) in the SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts.
She is a member of the SPEEA Northwest Safety and Wellness Committee and the Northwest Women’s Advocacy Committee (WAC).
In 2019, she served on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Grant Review Committee. She also served as Designated Alternate Council Rep for District F-10 (formerly A-40).
Outside of the union, Winton has held several leadership positions in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), including region senator as well as president, vice president and section representative for the local professional section of SWE. She is the lead coordinator of the annual Boeing-sponsored Team Tech collegiate competition with SWE.
She grew up in central New Mexico, graduated from New Mexico Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering and moved to Tacoma, Wash., with her two cats for her job at Boeing. In her spare time, Winton’s many interests include playing clarinet in a band, sewing/crafts, hiking/camping and running half marathons (especially at Disney).
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John Dimas, a design engineer, started his SPEEA involvement as a Council Rep because he wanted to better understand how the union worked and what it meant to be a member.
He discovered that and more. “It was pretty eye opening how both SPEEA and Boeing worked,” Dimas said. “I didn’t expect to learn about Boeing.”
Dimas saw what makes SPEEA so valuable in his opinion. “I learned how important it is to speak up with your employer - how important it is to have different channels of communication with the company.”
He earned a degree in electrical engineering technology from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb and came to Boeing via a job fair interview in 2005. He currently works on the 777 Electrical Corrective Action Team (ECAT).
Dimas credits Everett Council Rep Tami Reichersamer in the factory for his decision to run for Council Rep in 2015. “Without her encouragement, I would have shied away from it.”
Since then, he has joined SPEEA committees, including SPEEA and NW Legislative and Public Affairs, Governing Documents, SPEEA Organizational Planning and NW Labor Delegates, and he’s served on Joint Workforce Committee with SPEEA and Boeing leaders. He’s vice chair of NW L&PA and NW Labor Delegates.
In his spare time, he serves on the board of directors for Quilceda Community Services, a local non-profit, which provides recreational and residential programs for developmentally disabled adults in Snohomish County.
Volunteering and community service are important to Dimas. He has written several successful grants for fundraising, troubleshooted audio-visual equipment, repaired walls and hired staff, all in service of the non-profit. Dimas lives in Marysville with his wife and family.
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When Deena Hougham, an engineer, worked at McDonnell Douglas at Huntington Beach, Cal., she thought white collar workers didn’t need a union.
Her move to Boeing in 2007 changed her mind. Hougham, a customer engineering account manager in Renton, immediately saw the advantages of the SPEEA contract in her paycheck, saving her a lot of money on health insurance, for example.
Former Renton Council Rep Roni Schaffer introduced Hougham to another side of the union. Hougham liked what Schaffer was doing to help others resolve workplace issues and keep members informed.
That led Hougham to become an Area Rep in 2011 and attend some Council meetings with Schaffer. After Schaffer retired, Hougham stepped up for the Council Rep role in 2013 and joined SPEEA committees. She serves as vice chair on the SPEEA and NW Governing Documents and SPEEA Organizational Planning committees.
A native of Washington state, Hougham earned her aeronautics/astronautics degree from the University of Washington.
While working at McDonnell Douglas in the Delta II launch vehicle program, she earned a law degree from Western State College of Law. She wanted to know more about workplace rights because of bullying at work. She briefly worked for a labor law firm before returning to engineering.
She didn’t lose her passion for justice. At Boeing, she helped SPEEA staff successfully resolve a workplace bullying case after a two-year effort. “I get great satisfaction in helping members,” Hougham said.
Hougham and her husband, Andrew, live in the Fairwood area of Renton. In her spare time, she is a gamer. She also enjoys genealogy, hiking,
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When Mike Arrington became a member of SPEEA in 2011, he knew nothing about unions. Since then, he’s been an Area Rep, Council Rep, Council officer and Executive Board member as well as serving on multiple SPEEA and Northwest committees. “I like to learn,” he said.
Based on his own experience, Arrington hopes others realize how easy it is to learn about SPEEA through lunchtime meetings, committees and other opportunities such as Area Rep. “Show up. You’re going to be listened to – everyone is valued.”
Arrington, a Boeing industrial engineer, worked in computer programming as a high school intern, then earned a vocational associate degree in machining, followed by a bachelor’s in industrial engineering.
While working and going to school, he served in the U.S. Marine Reserve, becoming a staff sergeant in maintenance management and logistics.
After serving briefly as an Area Rep, Arrington became a Council Rep to fill a vacancy in Renton in 2013. Not knowing a lot about SPEEA, he often reached out to his contract administrator and other Council Reps.
Arrington appreciates what he’s learned about his union. “As SPEEA-represented employees, we’re not on our own. Anything we need, there is lots of help,” Arrington said. “Now, I’m transferring from asking questions to answering them more often. It’s so important to know who to talk to – nobody has to know everything. If you don’t know the answer, find someone.”
Arrington and his wife, Jamie, own MJ Entertainment, managing video games at 16 locations in two states. They have three daughters, Esther, Quinn and Alison. He enjoys camping, traveling and video games, especially Golden Tee virtual golf.