Council Member Denise McCluskey

Council Member Denise McCluskey

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Background & Family

Born in: Ontario, California

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


  • 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
  • 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