PacMtn Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Workforce Development Council is made of 28 volunteer members, appointed by County Commissioners (the Consortium) and includes leaders of local businesses, educational institutions, labor unions, community-based organizations and other government agencies.  The Board conducts oversight and establishes priorities around workforce issues helping to ensure that workforce initiatives successfully fulfill the Governor’s vision of a strong workforce development system.

2015-2017 Board Officers

Chairperson: Duane Evans


Vice-Chairperson:  Jim Larson

Treasurer:  Peter Lahmann


Dru Garson

Representing Economic Development

Greater Grays Harbor Inc, CEO

506 Duffy Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520

Phone: (360) 532-7888 Ext. 102

Lisa Smith

Representing Chemical and Plastic Manufacturing

Office Coordinator – REG Grays Harbor, LLC

102 S Maple St, Ste 103, Aberdeen, WA 98520

Phone:  (360) 532-2387

Alissa Shay

Representing Logistics Cross Sector

Port of Grays Harbor, Manager of Business Development

150 Technology Lane, Suite 100, Elma, WA 98541

Phone: (360) 482-1651 


Duane Evans

Representing Wood Products Manufacturing

Port Blakely Tree Farms, Vice President U.S. Foresty Operations

8133 River Drive SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 596-9423 | Fax: (360) 570-0311


Lynn Longan

Representing Economic Development

Mason County Economic Development Council, Executive Director

2948 Olympic Highway North,  Shelton, WA 98584

Phone: (360) 426-2276

Derek Epps

Representing Business: Aquaculture/Food Production

Seattle Shellfish

161 E. Buffington Lane, Shelton, WA 98584

Phone: (360) 462-0404


Bob Hitt

Representing Food Manufacturing

Toad Hill Cranberry Farms, Owner

2525 Evergreen Rd, Grayland, WA  98547

Phone: (360) 267-4922

Tiffany Turner

Representing Tourism and Recreation

Adrift Hotel, Owner

409 Sid Snyder Dr., Long Beach  WA, 98631

Phone: (360) 642-2311


Michael Cade

Representing Economic Development

Thurston County Economic Development Council, Executive Director

4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA  98503

Phone: (360) 754-6320 | Fax: (360) 407-3980

Mariella Cummings

Representing Life Sciences

Results Incorporated, President

PO Box 12233 Olympia, WA 98508

Phone: 360-866-7780

David Schaffert

Representing Economic Development

Thurston County Chamber, President and Chief Executive Officer

809 Legion Way Southeast  Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 357-3362


Michelle Andreas

Representing Adult Basic Education (ABE)

South Puget Sound Community College, Vice President of Instruction

2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia,  WA  98512

Phone: 360-596-5208

Dr. Jim Minkler

Representing Postsecondary Higher Education

Grays Harbor College, President

1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA  98520

Phone: 360-538-4000 Fax: 360-538-4299

Anne Goranson

Representing Wagner-Peyser

Employment Security Dept, Regional Director

1570 Irving St SW, Tumwater, WA  98512

Phone: (360) 570-4231

Bob Guenther

Representing Organized Labor

Thurston-Lewis-Mason Counties Labor Council, President

376 State Rt. 508, Chehalis, WA  98532

Phone: 360-262-3484

Cheryl Heywood

Representing Community Based Organization

Timberland Regional Library, Director

415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater, WA 98501-5799

Phone: 360-943-5001

Mike Hickman

Representing K-12 Education

ESD #113, Assistant Superintendent

6005 Tyee Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98512

Phone: (360) 464-6710

Kerry Judge-Kemp

Representing Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Region 3 WorkFirst Coordinator – DSHS

2121 S. State Street-Floor 1, Tacoma, WA 98405

Phone: 253-476-7004

Peter Lahmann (Treasurer) 

Representing Labor

Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust, Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor

27055 Ohio Avenue, Kingston, WA  98346

Phone: (360) 870-0706

Jim Larson

Representing Community Based Organization Serving Disabled Populations

Morningside, President/CEO

PO Box 7936, Olympia, WA  98507

Phone: (360) 943-0512  Ext. 102 | Fax: (360) 943-8466

Kairie Pierce

Representing Labor

Washington State Labor Council, Labor Liaison

906 Columbia St, Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 570-5167

Paul Vertrees

Representing Rehabilitation Act

DSHS/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Area 3 Administrator

1892 Brittany Lane SW #2335, Tumwater, WA 98512

Phone: 360-664-3062