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CLASS OF 2020

ANNALEE ADAMS

JEFF BASS

CHRIS BREWER

CALLIE CARPENTER

TYLER COLLINS

JACEK GILLISPIE

BRUCE HANSEN

AMANDA HUBBERT

NATE JUDD

LUKE KILGORE

ALESHA MCDANIEL

AMANDA MCDOUGALL

CAMERON MCGEE

JAKOB MCGHIE

MATT NOREN

SHANE O’ROURKE

ERIC SCHWARTZ

LINDSEY SENTER

STEPHEN SUMMERS

PETER WAGNER

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The Port of Chehalis would like to congratulate the 2020 class of 20 Under 40, especially our very own Lindsey Senter! Visit us online at portofchehalis.com 321 Maurin Rd. Chehalis, WA

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Forward Congratulations to the 2020 Class of “20 Under 40”. As an alumni of the 2012 Class of “20 Under 40” I am proud of the vibrant group of young professionals that we have in our community who were selected this year for their outstanding commitment to making Lewis County a great place to live. Each of these professionals are currently making an impact in the positions of influence they hold professionally and personally within our community. It is with my great pleasure to present you, on behalf of the Chronicle and Young Professionals Lewis County (YPLC) this section highlighting 20 of our brightest young professionals and the difference they are making within Lewis County. These leaders under 40 years old are running local businesses, serving on non-profit boards, volunteering in our local churches and schools, coaching youth sports and finding many other ways to make Lewis County a desirable area for today and the future. These young professionals realize what it takes to succeed in their professional field along with prioritizing work to better others. Our Class of 2020 is driven by love of community and passion to create something better for their families and those around them. Through community nominations and industry leader input we had more qualified nominees than we could feature this year. We see the large number of dedicated young professionals we are blessed to have in our community and that brings great promise for our future. If you know of a candidate you see serving our community, volunteering with local organizations, doing an outstanding job teaching your child or excelling in your place of work please email us so we can consider them for the Class of 2021. Enjoy getting to know the Class of 2020! Trevor Elliott President - Young Professionals Lewis County Senior Advisor – HUB Northwest Insurance

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AGE: 36 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Chehalis Barber and Company TITLE:

Owner/Barber

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I love our children!!! They are our future!! We raise money for back to school haircuts for the kids at the barber shop so that we can give out free cuts to the kids for back to school and help out the parents. We also collect any sizes of NEW shoes to go to the back to school event at the Winlock Assembly of God, where we also go to the event to volunteer to do free haircuts to the kids there for back to school every year. And if ANY of my clients can’t get to me, I’ll go to them. Their house, the hospital, wherever they just have to give me an address.

FAMILY: Parents; Doss and Mariann Champ, Husband; Brian Adams, Children; Sterling Carper and Spencer Adams.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I love the small town feel our growing community still has… Our barber shop would not be successful in back to school haircuts and new shoes for the kids if it wasn’t for our amazing clientele it wouldn’t be possible.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? In life, I have had many mentors, depending on where I was in my travels. But my biggest influence, the one person I wake up every morning and thank for the reason I’m still here is Mike Tully. He was the one person in Life who actually told me when I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to and when I needed advice, he was there. He told me if I didn’t take a chance then what was I living for? He was a hero. Sgt 1st Class Micheal Tully KIA Iraq 8/23/07.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I love to hike. Me and my family go every summer out into the woods. We plan 20-35 mile hikes and camp up in the mountains, or Olympics.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. When I finally learned the hardest parts of my career the not so fun parts how to make them fun… I love my job and I love my clients. They have become my family. When people feel good about the way they look it helps build confidence and happiness.

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AGE: 38 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: Dutch Bros. TITLE:

Owner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: It is core to our business to invest in the community / customers that serve our Dutch Bros locations. With that, in the past 6 years I have been involved in a variety of local organizations. I have been a Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce, I have helped serve the Run Amok run group, and I have recently joined the StreetScape initiative through Kim Ashmore and the City of Centralia. Aside from volunteering my time, my business has teamed up with various local organizations to directly fund raise for their causes. Some of these organizations include Rochester Friends and Neighbors (RFAN), the Lewis County Food Bank Coalition, both High Schools, the Centralia Foundation, and the local Boys and Girls Club.

FAMILY: Wife: Chelsie Bass, Son: Beckam Bass, Daughter: Blakely Bass.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY?

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There are many things that I appreciate about this community! However, one of the things that I appreciate MOST is the hard work mentality that I believe is at the core of Lewis County and the surrounding area. I will always be proud to live in an area where hard work is embraced and celebrated. More importantly, I am proud to raise my children in a community where leadership is demonstrated through actions and behavior.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? Brian Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer of Dutch Bros Coffee, is somebody who has taught me the amazing power of active listening. Not just listening to respond, but really understanding the message and then offering a thoughtful response. Often people wait for their turn to speak, including myself, and this is an area I am always trying to grow in.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I am somewhat of an adrenaline junkie, although it has slowed down since I have become a father. Extreme hikes, bungee jumping, sky diving or anything that can get your blood flow elevated I often am attracted to.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. There have been many defining moments in my career. However, when reflecting back on all of the lessons, I have learned through both the good and bad decisions. I think taking risks can be a very scary and a vulnerable feeling. But every time I took a significant risk on something I truly believed in I have never regretted it. In short, take calculated risks on things you truly believe in!

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AGE: 35 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: Lewis County Information Technology Services TITLE:

Help Desk Technician

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I serve as the Board President of the Lewis County Community Trails Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to advocating for and contributing to trails, parks and recreational facilities that can enhance our quality of life here in Lewis County. I also serve as Ride Director for the annual Ride the Willapa event that brings more than 500 people to the Willapa Hills Trail and communities in west Lewis County.

FAMILY: I have no family to call my own locally, but my parents and brother live outside Washington state in other regions of America.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I love that this area is home to some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. Each time I drive or bike throughout our area, whether it be the mountains, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the farmlands and valleys of West Lewis County — I’m always awestruck and massively appreciative of our natural scenery and the people who help maintain and preserve it.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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My mentor is Dale Perozzo, a good friend of my family and longtime Centralia resident who helped bring me to Lewis County in the first place. One major lesson I’ve learned from him is that whether you’re donating time to a project or cause, teaching and mentoring people, or simply investing money — the actions you take in life now have a significant effect in shaping your future and the futures of those around you.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I’m an avid cyclist who’s always looking for new routes to explore. Most of the time, I’ll carry a cell phone or camera with me to visually document my rides and share some of the scenery with those who aren’t there. Last year I rode more than 6,000 miles, mostly on roads and routes here in Lewis County. I love cycling and I love helping others who might be starting out in it or looking to improve at it.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. There was a watershed moment in my career in 2008, when I was only 23 and working as a staff videographer for the Springfield News-Leader newspaper in Springfield, Missouri. I was assigned to help cover presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit to town, and after his visit, we had the chance to follow his campaign entourage as they visited a small restaurant in a town 50 miles away. I had my still camera on me, and while shooting video, I was able to move about the restaurant and get some still shots of him interacting with everyday folks in a really down-to-earth manner. It struck me as not just a campaign stop, but this was someone who could very well be President just having casual conversations with folks who helped make up the fabric of rural America, and doing it at a historic restaurant on old Route 66, no less. I remember uploading those photos for the public to see, and soon after that, being contacted by a national publication. I felt like I had finally arrived, so to speak. Although those photos didn’t run nationally, for me that day was monumental in the history of my professional career. It ended up being monumental in the context of national history as well, as Barack Obama was elected President just months later. That day in 2008 was my first big career moment of my adult life by far, and the moment I will remember most for years to come.

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AGE: 32 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: Pacific Northwest Cookie Company, Adna TITLE:

Founder

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Sponsorship of the Centralia men’s basketball team, in 2019 we did a fund raiser where we raised money for traveling meals, in 2020 we purchased and donated new jerseys for the team. Volunteered at the Chehalis Boys a club by teaching baking classes. Volunteered for Centralia/Chehalis business week as a business Advisor. Actively attend YPLC meetings. Last year we also did about 25 cookie donations for community fundrasiers.

FAMILY: Denny and Susan Carpenter, Aaron Carpenter, Bryan Carpenter, Nathan Carpenter, Bethany Carpenter, Alex Carpenter and Quinn Carpenter.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY?

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The people. I have never experienced a community that has so much love and care. Especially when I opened Pacific Northwest Cookie Company. I opened my business checking account at our local TwinStar, later the same day received a call from the small business accounts manager, Shane Wood, who knew me and asked what my business was and why I was opening a business. The next day I got another call from him saying that he connected with Matt Matayoshi from the Lewis County EDC about my business. Long story short, I got entered into the EDC Smart Tank pitch competition, won a scholarship from a small business incubator out of Flastaff, AZ as well as met Peter Abbarno who offered pro bono work to my family and me. There are so many stories like this of how our community has opened its heart and supported me, my business and my family.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? T.G. Neason is my life mentor. One of the most memorable lessons I have learned from him can be summed up in one word, “Remember”. He told me a story that probably everyone has heard about a boy named David and a giant named Goliath. The reason why David defeated Goliath is because David remembered how God had saved him from other dangers in his life and that he could trust that God would protect him against Goliath too. He really helped me see that in life when we come up against obstacles, we forget to remember how we have overcome obstacles in the past too.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I love to read and listen to audio books. Specifically, personal development. I really find it interesting that when you learn how to change your actions it can help people see what your true intentions are.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. One day I was feeling sorry for myself. I was complaining that no one appreciated me, that I didn’t know why I tried so hard. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning. I realized everyone is going through the same thoughts and feelings that I am. I can choose to figure out what I can do to grow, or I can focus on what I can’t do and feel sorry for myself. I decided that moment that I was going to choose to view obstacles as opportunities to grow and improve.

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AGE: 26 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Napavine EMPLOYER: Safecover Roofing, LLC, Chehalis TITLE:

Owner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chamber member, Supports local sports, Supports local charities such as Visiting Nurses Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, Supports Lewis County 4-H.

FAMILY: Jenny Collins (Mother) Executive Director of Visiting Nurses, Darrell Collins (Father), Brady Collins (Brother), Chase Collins (Brother).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I like how one great job can turn into multiple because of how tight knit our community is.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? Jeff Bowers, Bowers Construction. A lesson I have learned from him is to stay organized and that work ethic has no ends. “Do as you say, be careful what you say” –Jeff Bowers

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TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. Right now I focus 99% of my time working on my business but in my free time I enjoy doing yoga and spending time with my friends and family.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. Growing to twelve employees, having a great office in Chehalis right off I-5, and doing more and more work every year. I do not consider any of these career defining, I am still in the infancy of building my business. I have a lot of work to do. We are just getting started.

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AGE: 32 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Summit Funding, Centralia TITLE:

Senior Loan Consultant

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Coach Son League (Young Life), Young Life Committee.

FAMILY: Bride: Rachel Gillispie; Kids: Jackson, Isaiah, Emerson Gillispie; Parents: Tony & Leah Gillispie; Sibs: Shaleesa (Nick) Westover, Kylon Gillispie (Katelyn Siguaw), Kade Gillispie; In-Laws: Jack & Maria White; Sibs in Law: Kirby (Leanna) White, Andrew White.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? You are only ever 1 person away from everyone. You always know someone who knows someone. If something happens, this community will surround you and take care of you.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? I have several mentors but if I had to pick one, it would be my dad. He taught me that hard work beats talent, every time.

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TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I still play basketball 1-2 times per week and hunt deer & elk.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. Probably one of the biggest moments in my career was when I went on my own and opened my own office with Summit Funding. They took a chance on me and I am forever grateful for them.

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AGE: 29 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Currently live in Chehalis but I’m born and raised Centralia through and through. EMPLOYER: Edward Jones, Chehalis TITLE:

Financial Advisor

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I coach High School football @ Centralia High, I’m on the board for Young Professionals of Lewis County, I’m of the Board for the Fox Theatre Restoration, I work with the youth ages 16-18 @ my church, I just finished serving 3 years as a Chamber Ambassador, Former President of Synergy Networking.

FAMILY: Parents Bruce and Dora Hansen, Wife Kellie Hansen, Children Colby (3) & Charlotte (1), Sisters Nicole, Joelyn, Donnelle, & Taylor.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I love that it’s a small town where everyone knows everyone. I love that when I go to the store, I run into someone I know. I love that I know the owners of the shops & restaurants I go to. I love that I’m close to my office. However, what I love the most is that I get to give back to the community that helped raise me.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? My mentors have been my fellow Edward Jones Advisors Bruce Hansen (My Dad) and Eric Thompson out of Shelton. Both of these great advisors have taught me a tremendous amount about perseverance and trusting the process. Each have given me great ideas to better serve my clients. The number 1 lesson that they taught me was “Never be too prideful to ask for help.”

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I enjoy physical activity. On a regular basis I play basketball and pickleball. However, I also enjoy racquetball, spike ball, and football. I also enjoy swimming, lifting weights, and cycling.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. I’ll let you know when it happens. I’ve been greatly blessed with the success I’ve seen but I’m not even close to being finished. There is still so much growth in my future that I haven’t experienced a defining moment in my career.

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AGE: 34 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Winlock EMPLOYER: Bridgestone-GCR Tires & Service TITLE:

Market Manager

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chehalis Foundation Board Member, Chehalis Foundation Development Committee, Chair Lewis County Business Week 2016-2019, Vice President Young Professionals of Lewis County, Chehalis Foundation Gala Chair, 2019 Economic Development Smart Tank Judge, Past Popes Kids Place Board Member, Past United Way Chef Night Out Committee member, Past United Way Kick off Campaign Chair for Tires Inc., Past Popes Kids place Gala Chair, Past ASA Ace Committee Tire Advisory Board Member, Tournament Director Brian Cox Memorial Golf Tournament 2009-2018, 2017 Economic Development Leadership Award

FAMILY: Husband Anthony Smith; Parents Ralph & Rogette Hubbert; Siblings Jonathan Hubbert/Sister In law Maggi Hubbert & Ashley Smith; In-Laws Doug & Renee Smith; Grandparents Buck & Kaye Hubbert/Roger & Cleona Elder/Sandy Hubbert

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY?

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The people who care and get involved in all the different organizations.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? My biggest mentor is my Father (Ralph Hubbert), the biggest lesson he has taught me is to treat people fairly and with respect.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. Snow skiing, golf & wakeboarding.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. The biggest defining moment of my career was recently our family business of 65 years Tires Inc. that I was 4th generation of sold to a large fortune 100 company (Bridgestone). It has been a great learning experience to go through an acquisition and transition from a small company to a large one.

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AGE: 36 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Bethel Church Chehalis/Centralia TITLE:

Bethel Downtown Centralia Campus Pastor

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Current President of Lewis County Ministerial Network; Hub City Mission: Severe Weather Shelter, Table Ministry, & Pantry Ministry; Centralia Community Dinner; kid zones at various community events; Young Life Son League.

FAMILY: Wife: Kayla; Kids: daughter Ember (2) & twin boys, Lewis & Knox (5 months).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I love the way people care about each other. Even though there are plenty of issues to divide over, there is an overwhelming sense of community here that makes people feel like they belong.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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Following Jesus means putting him at the top of that list, but many others have become mentors in following Jesus and leading others. Kyle Rasmussen is a mentor I have learned a lot from over the years. One lesson he exemplifies is “make it better”. We can keep growing, learning, and changing personally and together. The hope is to leave a positive impact everywhere we lead and serve.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I spent a year living in Cordoba, Argentina and became friends with Bible students who now lead churches and ministries impacting communities all over Argentina and other parts of the world.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. Long ago I made the decision to follow Jesus wherever I felt he was calling me. At the time I thought it would be in another country or another community. So, a defining moment for me was being asked to consider coming back home to Lewis County as part of the Bethel Team in Centralia. I didn’t know what that would look like 6.5 years ago, but I knew the people and culture and felt like this was as good a place as any other to point people to Jesus, as well as make a positive impact in the community.

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AGE: 24 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Title Guaranty Company, Chehalis TITLE:

Sales & Marketing Representative

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: President of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Senior mentor and culminating project judge at W.F. West High School.

FAMILY: Father, James Kilgore; Stepmother, Deborah Neuert; Sister, Jaelynn Viall; Brother, Joseph Shay; Sister-in-law, Monica Shay.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? It’s so easy to get involved. Lewis County is warm and welcoming to those who want to participate. We’ve got an abundance of worthy non-profit organizations with a community chock full of those who are very generous with both their time and money. Our community pride knows no bounds.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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My father, James Kilgore. “Always be true to yourself because at the end of the day you’re the one who has to live with him.”

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I have been broadcasting college and high school sports for 5 years. I will be attending Washington State University in the fall to pursue my dream of being an NBA broadcaster.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. Being named 2019 Affiliate of the Year by the Lewis County Chapter of REALTORS®.

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AGE: 35 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: D&S Enterprise’s dba Centralia Shop’n Kart and Westport Shop’n Kart TITLE: CEO, President, Chief Financial Officer COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Donating to local food banks, cakes and gift cards to all local schools for homework hero and super reader, local sports teams, open arms, local law enforcements and first responder’s numerous local fundraisers and activates. Won best young professional, grocery store, bakery, donuts, best place to work and customer service 2019.

FAMILY: Darris McDaniel (Grandfather), Garet Russo (spouse), Lilly Russo (Daughter).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? One of the most important things that I love about our community is that it is a big enough city to offer a wide variety of activities and opportunities, yet small enough that everyone knows each other. It is a true family community that is safe and welcoming and one that I am proud to call home. I appreciate that people can count on each other to help in times of need, that friends and families can come together to celebrate special occasions, and that we appreciate the diversity and backgrounds that we all bring together. Growing up in this community has led me to life-long friends, a connection to our businesses and schools, and a feeling of accomplishment in that I can give back to this community that I love through my work.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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I have been fortunate that I have had some very special people in my life that have guided me and have been there for me as I have learned and grown. But the one person that I look to as a true mentor has been my grandfather, Darris McDaniel. My grandfather taught me two very important lessons that have contributed to my own success. The first, is to recognize and treasure the importance of our valued employees and our customers. My grandfather modeled for me, since I was a very young girl, that it matters each and every day, how we treat other people. I try to live out his lesson and make sure that our employees know how much they are appreciated, and that our customers know how important they are to us. The second lesson I learned from my grandfather is to always work hard and never give up. He wrote a book called “Dare to Dream” which outlined his own challenges in life and how he overcame difficulties and obstacles by never giving up. Success doesn’t come by just sitting back and hoping things will go well. It requires a goal, a plan and the dedication to reach those goals. I am proud of what he taught me and proud to carry on his legacy.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I love to fish! I have been very blessed to take many fishing trips in Canada. These trips have been a way for our family to be together, appreciate the amazing beauty that is in the great Pacific Northwest, and to catch some spectacular fish. I am teaching my own daughter to carry on this tradition.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. As I shared previously, my mentor, and indeed the person that has had the greatest impact on my life, is my grandfather, who started Shop’n Kart in 1972. Fourty-eight years later, he has just appointed me as the CEO of our wonderful company, to carry on the lessons and legacy that he began. This defining moment means everything to me. I only hope that I can live up to the trust he has placed in me and that I can continue to.

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AGE: 36 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Galvin EMPLOYER: Mandi McDougall Photography, Centralia TITLE:

Owner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Event Coordinator and Creator, Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade; Assistant Coordinator, Centralia MOPS; Centralia School Board member

FAMILY: Husband: Kristopher, Children: Landon, 10, and Delaney, 5.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? A small town community like Centralia is what you make of it. The things we do on a daily basis have an impact that can be seen and felt almost immediately. I love seeing other people in our community that dig in to create and improve the events, opportunities and culture that makes our area a more welcoming place to live and work. We’ve got our lumps - like any place you could choose to live - but we also have the blessing of connection that comes from truly doing life together.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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Years ago I was blessed to meet Michelle Moline, someone who no doubt changed the trajectory of much of my life today. From the time we met, I have been blown away at the tenacity she has to step outside what is easy, common and expected to chase what sets her heart on fire. So much of life is putting one foot in front of the other - and if we don’t remember to look up and out and make sure we are actively choosing the path we’re taking - what’s the point? She taught me to dream big, wild, audacious dreams (hello, tractor parade!) and then to kick the excuses and get to work making them happen.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I am an avid (rabid?!) Seahawks fan, and my favorite place to cheer them on is Arizona! My sister and I try to make the trip down every fall, to soak up some sun and cheer until we lose our voices. We get pretty decked out (blue and green hair, hand-painted shoes) but my favorite is that our usual attire is a Seahawks tank top until game time - can’t say that is weather-appropriate at many Hawks games!

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. I take very seriously the work I do as a portrait photographer. I love capturing the connections between families, the tiny details of a days-old newborn or the giggles of a kid. Days and events that cannot be gotten back. That said, about a year ago in the span of a week I photographed two families who were on the verge of losing loved ones and a sweet baby being born. There is nothing like holding that space for people you know and love, of carrying on through tears because you’re IN that moment with them. Not everyone gets to do what they love, and walking through the hard stuff that week reminded me how lucky I am to do exactly that.

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AGE: 31 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: Calypso Window Washing LLC, Centralia TITLE:

Owner/Operator

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I’m on Centralia City Council as well as the board for both Young Professionals of Lewis County and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. We also donate services to a number of non-profit organisations as well as sponsor local youth sports.

FAMILY: Spouse/Partner: ​MacKenzie McGee, Naomi Snell; Children: Lizzie (10), Oliver (8), Atticus (7), William (7), Maxim (5) , Solomon (3).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? The amount of individuals and groups working towards the betterment of the community.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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My mentor is my father, Stan McGee. My father taught me a number of things, but some of the most impactful lessons I learned from watching my father would be: If you are able to help someone, you help them. If you are going to do something, do it right and finish the job.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I am a bit of a comic nerd. I have an extensive comic and board game collection, as well as two comic inspired tattoos.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. When we got our first major commercial contract. It helped us acquire a number of similar accounts which pushed the business over the threshold of sustainability for our family. It allowed me to quit my retail management job I had worked at for 7 years and solely focus on working and growing the business.

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AGE: 31 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, Centralia TITLE:

Partner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chairman, Centralia City Planning Commission (2018 – present); President Elect, Member, Twin Cities Rotary Club, Chehalis; President (2018), Vice President (2017), Lewis County Bar Association; Committee Member (2015 – 2018), WSBA New and Young Lawyer’s Committee; Vice President, Board Member (2015-2017), Centralia Downtown Association; Board Member (2015 – Present), Young Professionals of Lewis County; Board Member, Discover! Children’s Museum, Chehalis; Publications Committee Co-Chair (2015 – 2018), Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Council Member – Lewis County Law and Justice Council.

FAMILY: Spouse, Nicole Loffelmacher; Parents, Todd and Carol McGhie (residing in Rupert, Idaho); Sister, Samantha McGhie (residing in Moses Lake).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I moved to this area in 2014. I appreciate that the community was welcoming, offered opportunities to build meaningful relationships, and allowed me to become a member of this community myself. Now that I am a part of this community, I appreciate living in a small town environment, but living in proximity to so many recreational opportunities. Whether that’s seeing a show in Seattle or Portland, hiking or camping in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, or going to the beach, we have the best of all worlds here.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? My Father is my mentor, and he taught me the virtue in service to your community. Growing up, he was a police officer in our small Idaho town, but he also volunteered for our volunteer fire department. He has retired from law enforcement, but continues to serve on City Council, he coaches several youth softball teams, and gives generously of his time whenever he is asked. He taught me how important to is to work not only for yourself, but to improve the lives of everyone in the community. I try to live by his example; I’m not there yet, but one day I hope to have as big an impact on this community as he has on his.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I have a ton of hobbies. I love to cook, I hike and camp and fish, I try to read 10 or so books a year. But for an interesting fact, I can stand on my head for several minutes at a time. Not up against a wall, either.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. I work as a criminal defense attorney; I represent those accused of crimes. One of the first cases I handled after I become an attorney involved an individual charged with a felony crime. As I looked into the case, I discovered that my client’s constitutional rights had been violated, and I was able to convince the court to dismiss the case. After we won that fight, the judge offered to speak with me about the case, about my performance, and offered tips on how continue improving my skills. Before becoming an attorney, I didn’t know this kind of interaction with judges was possible. It was then that I realized that I had entered a profession based on honor and duty, and most people in this profession, including judges, are dedicated to ensuring every person or party who ends up in court is treated fairly and that their interests are represented well, even people who are accused of committing crimes. That realization was humbling, but also made me hopeful. I am proud to work in a profession with those ideals.

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AGE: 37 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Thorbeckes Athletic Club and Pacific Sports Spa TITLE:

Owner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I have helped coached my kids soccer and baseball teams for several years and we help organize community events through Thorbeckes such as the Annual Turkey Trot which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis and Visiting Nurses foundation, the annual Health Fair which benefits United Way and am always trying to do as much as I can with local youth and high school and college sports programs.

FAMILY: Andrea (wife). Children: Brantley (8), Kynsley (6), Camden (2), Lakelyn (10 months).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? Neither my wife or I are originally from Lewis County, however we immediately fell in love with Chehalis when we moved here in 2009. We have made some incredible friends and the community support we have received has been amazing. We are blessed that our children are lucky enough to attend the Chehalis School District. And being able to walk into a local high school gym and know most of the people there, several since I was a child, is something that is incredibly special to me.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? The person I would consider my mentor, and also learned the most from was my Grandpa, Robert Aiken. While he passed away in 2006, he was my best friend, he guided me through some difficult times and taught me so many lessons that I still use nearly daily. He worked extremely hard, was a very successful person, and the most important lesson of all that he taught me was that regardless of what was going on in life, to always make sure to spend as much time as possible with family.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I have an obsession with Disneyland. It is my favorite place to travel to and my son Brantley and I are always quizzing each other on random Disney history. Also, Kathy Pullin, the previous Thorbeckes owner and wife of Dale Pullin, was a Willapa Valley graduate as I am. Also, her mom Betty was my bus driver in grade school.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. There was a point in 2015 where I realized I needed to do something with my career that I truly enjoyed. I had a successful company, but realized I did not enjoy what I was doing. Athletics, whether the actual game or the work behind the scenes from game planning to training, has always been a consistent passion in my life. I decided I needed to figure out a way to combine my love for sports with a profession that didn’t exist locally and attempt to make a career out of it. About 18 months later we opened Pacific Sports Spa, the opportunity with Thorbeckes presented itself six months later and here we are.

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AGE: 37 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Buzzard O’Rourke Law Firm – Offices in Centralia and Chehalis TITLE:

Owner/Partner

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I am the President of the Board of the Visiting Nurses Foundation. I am a board member of my homeowner’s association. My wife and I annually host a mock trial event at the Law and Justice Center for Chehalis elementary students. I have coached my son’s sports teams over the years. I have volunteered at my son’s schools including participating in the Watch DOGS program.

FAMILY: My wife is Joely O’Rourke, who is a Lewis County Superior Court Judge. We have one son who I prefer to leave unnamed that attends Chehalis Middle School, our dog Turbo named after how he likes to behave, and our cat Jackie named after Jackie Robinson who is our son’s favorite baseball player.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I started working in Lewis County 12 years ago and am a homeowner and permanent resident. I fell in love with Lewis County. The geography of the county is beautiful. I love the small town feel where the community is tight knit with football on Friday nights and running into friends at the grocery store. I love that we support each other and local businesses in our community and that while we are a small community, we are also a vibrant and growing community.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? Outside of my parents who gave a gargantuan effort to raise me and my four siblings, my professional mentor is former Judge Michael (Mike) Roewe. Judge Roewe was the first judge I ever met in Lewis County. He mentored me as a young prosecutor, he married my wife and I, and he has always been there to provide advice. The main lesson I learned from him is to embrace the community where you work and live and it will embrace you.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the United States when I was six years old. I am proud of my Irish roots as they have shaped me to be the person I am today, and I am proud to have spent most of my life in the U.S.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. The defining moment of my career was when I decided to start a business and become my own boss. For the first six years of my legal career I worked in government as a prosecutor, which I loved. After switching to private practice, my current law partner and I decided to restructure his existing practice Buzzard and Associates to Buzzard O’Rourke. There is risk involved in being your own boss, including being responsible for growing a business and providing for your employees, but it is worth the risk. We have been blessed to watch our law firm grow and be able to expand to two law firms, located in Centralia and Chehalis. I am indebted to this community and do not take the support of our community lightly.

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AGE: 34 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Centralia EMPLOYER: The Chronicle, Centralia TITLE:

Regional Executive Editor

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I’m a proud former coach of Twin Cities Youth Football and Centralia Little League. I’m a supporter and participant of Rotary’s annual job shadow program and a former board member for Raise for Rowyn. Through my position at our newspapers, I’m also frequently able to advocate for various area nonprofits and celebrate the successes of groups and individuals who work to make our community great.

FAMILY: My wife Heather and I have two young children, Bauer, 5, and Karolyn, 3. We also have a very unintelligent dog named Charlotte, a rabbit named Bane and a “pet snail” that has somehow remained with us for more that six months.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? Its resilience. There’s something incredibly inspiring, endearing and admirable about a community that, time after time, has grown closer through hardships. There are many examples, but the most obvious are of course the days, weeks and months after the Chehalis River flooding of December 2007 when friends, neighbors, family members and complete strangers rushed to the aid of the victims. I also see it in other places, such as the United Way of Lewis County’s ambitious plan to lift 30 percent of Lewis County residents out of poverty by 2030. Our community has a history of confronting enormous problems with community-based solutions. We’re an underdog that refuses to quit, and I am very proud to be a small part of it.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? Former Centralia College dean and English professor T.R. Gratz provided me with my first opportunity in journalism at the student newspaper, The Blue & Gold, when I was a teenager. He also nearly gave me my first heart attack when he informed me I wasn’t performing up to acceptable standards and was at risk of losing a stipend about a month later. That scare set me on the right track, and I like to think that’s where I got the work ethic and attention to detail that I try to bring to work with me every day. Hell hath no fury like a Gratz scorned. I’m very grateful he held me accountable.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I’ve been working at The Chronicle about half my life. I’ve been in the newsroom off and on since I was a teenager. I completed a work study and two internships before joining the staff as a full-time reporter in 2007. I’ve left a couple times, but I always end up coming back. I just can’t quit you, Chronicle.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. The moments that stand out the most are those that resulted in real, positive changes from important reporting, and The Chronicle and our other newspapers have produced a lot that kind of work. I would say The Chronicle’s success in helping to ensure the county’s senior centers stayed open, proper adherence to the state Open Public Meetings Act by the county commissioners and the creation of a county manager position represented a series of defining moments. Memorable moments? I’ve had many of those, but my favorite might be the case of a Montana man working at a bear-themed roadside attraction who was bitten on the buttocks while smoking marijuana in a grizzly bear enclosure and then sued for worker compensation. That was a high point of my career.

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AGE: 32 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Port of Chehalis & Vulcan Creative, LLC, Chehalis TITLE: Administrative Services Manager, Auditor & Treasurer - Port of Chehalis CEO - Vulcan Creative, LLC COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Promotions Chair, CCRT; Founding Board Member, Women United of Lewis County

FAMILY: Daughter, Indiana Dickinson; Parents, Dereck & Renee Senter; Siblings, Kimberly Kohlemier, Kyle Stockdale, Ali Senter, Whitney Anderson.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? Our community has been incredibly supportive and welcoming. Any time I have been in need there is always someone who has offered support without any questions.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? I wouldn’t say I have any one mentor per say, but I am incredibly lucky to have friends and an employer that I have great respect for. They have set a standard that I intend to model my career growth and work mentality from, and hope that I can be half as passionate and dedicated as they have been in their work.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. When I was in high school I sang competitively (most operatic) and even had the opportunity to go to state a few times. Back in the day I was a vocal coach and love to practice music in my spare time.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. I both work at the Port of Chehalis and own my own business and recently I have met and surpassed my professional goals. I have always admired the Port of Chehalis so working there is my dream job, and my business has been growing steadily and had grown to a place I hadn’t expected. I’m incredibly grateful for the support and the opportunities I have had.

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AGE: 29 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Chehalis EMPLOYER: Centralia Police Department TITLE:

K9 Officer

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I have been active with the Lewis County Special Olympics Torch Run since 2014. I started out as just a runner for the event, but the last two years I have been on the board for planning and raising money for the event. I participated in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge this year. I have conducted a few K9 Demonstrations since becoming a handler and I also helped Officer Ramirez with Demonstrations prior to becoming a handler.

FAMILY: A wife and two kids.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? I appreciate that our community supports law enforcement. I also appreciate all of the help and support the community showed while raising funds to pay for PSD Samson.

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON?

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I have many mentors. One mentor that has had a lot of impact on me professionally and personally is Officer Ramirez. Officer Ramirez has inspired me by how much he does for the community on a volunteer basis. Officer Ramirez primarily handles the planning and execution of the Lewis County Torch Run, Polar Plunge, Night out with Santa, and our department Christmas party. Officer Ramirez is also very close to my family. When my son had multiple heart surgeries shortly after birth, Officer Ramirez visited us numerous times down in Portland. Officer Ramirez sat with my family and I, all day, during one of the surgeries.

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. I relax by working out and shooting guns.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. The most defining moment in my career so far was PSD Samson’s first apprehension. After the track, I came to appreciate all the hard work and time that PSD Samson and I have put in to become successful. I came to realize that becoming a K9 Handler was the right choice for me and my career.

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AGE: 28 TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Adna EMPLOYER: Wagner Orthodontics, Chehalis and Longview TITLE:

Owner and Orthodontist

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: We love our community and enjoy giving back to it. We do this through supporting the local youth and their sports teams, at the SW Washington Fair Jr. Livestock Auction, and in several other ways. We also are very supportive of local schools and their various programs. Local charity events such as charity golf tournaments, Power of the Purse, Women United and other events receive our support each year as well.

FAMILY: I have been married to my beautiful wife Abbey for 9 years and we have three fun boys, Elijah (6), Hudson (4) and Roman (1).

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? My favorite thing about our community is how tight knit it is and the smalltown feel. It is hard to go anywhere with out running in to someone you know. Whether it be a high school state championship game or a flood, people come together and support each other. It has been a blessing to grow up in such a supportive community.

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WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT PERSON? My dad is my mentor not only as an orthodontist, but as a businessman, husband, and a father. I have learned so many lessons from him over the years but the one that has stuck with me the most is to work hard. Whether is was baseball, school, or anything else, his last words to me were always “work hard.”

TELL US ONE HOBBY OR FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is go hunting. My dad has taken me hunting as long as I can remember, and I look forward to it every fall.

DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER. The most defining moment in my career was last November when I received my board certification after passing the clinical board exam for the American Board of Orthodontics. This is an optional exam that orthodontists can take after graduating from residency. The preparation and test are very rigorous and only about one third of orthodontists are board certified. Becoming board certified was a big deal to me because it was something that I wanted to do from the day I was accepted into my orthodontic residency, the challenge of taking on the exam, and to be able to say that I have accomplished something that most orthodontists to do not.

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Where are they now? Peter Abbarno WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AND JOB TITLE? Attorney and Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP; Mayor Pro Tem at the City of Centralia.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN LEWIS COUNTY? Find your passion at work and in your community that makes a positive impact in the lives of people you love, as well as the people you may never meet.

WHAT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? I am most proud and thankful for my beautiful loving family!

Trevor Elliott WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AND JOB TITLE? Senior Advisor of Insurance at HUB Northwest Insurance in Chehalis

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN LEWIS COUNTY? My advice for young professionals in Lewis County would be to find something that you are passionate about, get involved and make a difference!

WHAT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? I am most proud of the connections and work that I have been blessed to be a part of on all of the projects, boards and community betterment committees that I have served on since my time moving back to the area in 2012. Specifically being a part of the Visiting Nurses Foundation Board creating funding for Home Health & Hospice Care, the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team Board working very closely with our Façade Program launch and lastly being President of Young Professionals Lewis County working with so many Young Professionals in building relationships to strengthen the future of our business community locally.

Brian Mittge WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AND JOB TITLE? I’m a communications specialist and the photo editor at the Association of Washington Business in Olympia, the state’s Chamber of Commerce and manufacturing association. I also write a weekly column for The Chronicle on a freelance basis.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN LEWIS COUNTY? 1. Be nice to people! It’s a small community, and you’ll be crossing paths with these same folks for years to come. Don’t burn bridges, because you’ll need to cross them later — guaranteed. (Advice originally from former Chronicle Assistant Editor Gordon MacCracken) 2. There will probably be a few negative people along the way. Don’t let them hurt your heart. If there’s anything valid among their criticism, take that and learn from it, but let the rest of the negativity slide right off. (Advice originally from former Chronicle Executive Editor Michael Wagar)

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3. If a task is going to take less than two minutes, don’t put it on a to-do list: Just do it right away. (From David Allen, author of the invaluable book “Getting Things Done.”) 4. Amazingly good things can happen when you show up with a collaborative, servant-leader attitude. (This one’s from me.)

WHAT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Being a husband and father to my wonderful wife, Sarah, and our three children is my most important and valuable role. I’m also grateful to have been able to help coordinate a community-wide recognition of Centralia’s founder, George Washington, for his 200th birthday, including co-writing a book on his life. Speaking of which, here’s one more piece of advice paraphrased from Mr. Washington himself: “Do right by your fellow man and woman. If you do, you’ll never lose anything by it.”

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Annalee Tobey WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AND JOB TITLE? Executive Director at the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team

Take the time to create meaningful relationships with those around you. That means being authentic, building trust, following through, and leading with kindness. If you give others your best, they will often return the favor and you’ll get so much more accomplished and enjoy a rewarding career rich with purpose.

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN LEWIS COUNTY? Do what makes you happy! If you don’t love what you are doing it is never too late to pursue a career that you enjoy and brings you happiness!

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I am very proud to say that I have had the privilege of working for Rainier Connect for just over 20 years now! The industry changes so rapidly which keeps each day challenging and exciting. When I am not working, nothing makes me more proud than the accomplishments of my husband and 3 kids, which also keeps me very busy!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN LEWIS COUNTY?

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WHAT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Nothing tops raising my two amazing kids and creating a happy life with my husband. Professionally, I work closely with an incredible team of volunteers. I’m proud of this hardworking team I have helped build and our ability to stay focused, deliver successful projects for our community, all while staying positive and having fun.


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