Journal of Business + Young Professionals - July 2022

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Photo by Wendy Culverwell Laurie McCoy, left, owner of Mail by the Mall, and Ashley Bobiles, store manager, celebrate the move to a new location near the Olive Garden. Their old building on Gage Boulevard stood in the path of the future Center Parkway extension, which will link Gage to Tapteal Drive near Columbia Center mall.


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With apologies to the Farmers Insurance ad, Christina Lomasney knows a thing or two because she’s seen a thing or two. She studied physics to become a professor, then launched two businesses that overcame improbable odds to success. As director of commercialization for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she draws on all her experience to push technol ogy developed at the U.S. Department of En ergy laboratory into the commercial market place, part of its mission to bolster the U.S. economy and national security. Lomasney brings the experience of lead ing two successful ventures in Seattle to the post. In 2015, Fortune named her one of the World’s Most Promising Women Entrepre neurs.

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Tri-CitiesAreaJournalofBusiness 8524W.GageBlvd.,#A1-300 Kennewick,WA99336 CURRENT is real science that directly helping Jillian Legard, lab supervisor, method extracting Mail by the Mall, the feisty, independent mailbox business in the path of the future Center Parkway extension, has moved. The business started by Laurie McCoy and her late mother Dee is staying true to its name after moving into leased quarters “by the mall” at 1360 N. Louisiana St., Suite A. The new spot is near Olive Gar den, Artfetti Cakes and the AMC Classic 12 movie theater. “My name is ‘Mail by the Mall,’ so I had to be close to the mall,” said Laurie Mc Coy, whose family agreed to sell the old location, 8220 W. Gage Blvd., to the city of Richland in January for $745,000 through an eminent domain action. It was one of several parcels the city purchased in its bid to connect Center Parkway to Tapteal Drive across Port of Benton-owned railroad tracks. Richland, the lead on the $6 million project, took possession of the building and will award a road-construction contract in early August. The contract will include de molishing the now-vacant building. The new road could be open next spring, linking Gage Boulevard to Tapteal Drive near Columbia Center mall. But for Mail by the Mall, the only thing Muncie, Indiana, is offering $5,000 cash for remote workers who move to the town an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Muncie, home to Ball State University, is one of dozens of towns in dozens of states competing for well-paid workers on MakeMy, a website helping towns woo re mote workers who can live anywhere.

Finding a niche Pay Plus Benefits spied an opportunity to serve companies with remote workers when Pew Research statistics indicated the share of remote workers interested in moving rose to 17%, up from 9% in 2020. Heaton doesn’t think remote work is going away. He noted Amazon and other employers recruited Tesla workers upset over orders to re turn to the office. “The genie is out of the bottle,” Heaton said. Heaton’s new business line, Out-of-State Easy, manages the rules for a growing list of clients with workers who want to decamp from high-cost communities to lower-cost ones, or to be closer to family. It is set up to employ Mail by the Mall moves out of the path of Center Parkway extension

John Heaton, president and founder of Pay Plus Benefits Inc., a Kennewick-based com pany that serves as the HR department for hun dreds of clients, relishes the offerings and their floweryMuncie,language.forexample, touts its Cornerstone Center for the Arts, noting it “provides oppor tunities for creative expression.” It is the re puted birthplace of Garfield the cat, served as a model for “Parks and Recreation” and Ball State claims David Letterman as an alum. Heaton laughs because the come-hither of fers seldom disclose the downside to moving across state lines with an existing job: Each state has its own unique mix of income taxes (or not), workers’ compensation, family leave, health insurance and other requirements. Employee and employer can easily run afoul of the rules of the new state if they don’t go in with their eyes open and the rules followed.

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By that time, Lomasney had weathered challenges that would have tested most young ventures.Instead, she and her teams fought through the setbacks and built thriving companies. She moved to the Tri-Cities in 2020, after leaving her latest venture, Seattle-based Mo dumetal Inc. She was intrigued by the area and because her now-husband, Gen. James Mattis, lives here. Before joining PNNL, she joined the En trepreneur in Residence program at Washing ton State University Tri-Cities in Richland and got to know the PNNL commercializa tion team and the “amazing” array of discov eries within the lab. When her predecessor, Lee Cheatham, left in January, she jumped at the chance to lead the commercialization program.


Tri-Cities’ population growth continues upward trend By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business By

Benton County ranked No. 8 in the state for population change, adding 685 people from 202122.The state’s population grew by 158,100 people since the 2020 decen nial census April 1, 2020, largely due to migration, to an estimated 7.9 million peopleThe state’s total population change was 97,400 since last year, which fell just below the last decade average of 98,200 per year. The unadjusted population growth rate is much faster than last year – 1.3% compared to 0.8% the previous year. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the population estimates, the state“Wesaid.saw a large rebound in 2021 population counts that stemmed from fewer people living together in group quarters. However, that is not the case in all cities. We found that prison popu lation continued to decline people Tri-Cities


Muscle car sells for record amount at Pasco auction A 1967 Shelby collector car sold for $662,000 in a recent Pasco auc tion.The sale of the GT500 Super Snake reissue, No. 3 of 10 made, is the highest price paid at auction for this model introduced by Shelby American in 2018, according to Pasco’s Trucks and Auto Auctions owners Jake and Josh Musser. Five of the models were shipped out of the country and one is owned by television star Jay Leno.


Benton County is still buying Kennewick General

Restrictions on the old hospital were expected. Recovery advocates anticipated LifePoint would balk at competing with the new facility for some services. The exact terms of what will be allowed had not been set in early LifePoint/TriosJuly. vacated the old hospital earlier this year when it re located its birthing center to Trios Southridge Hospital. The county has budgeted $5 mil lion it received through the American Rescue Plan for the undertaking and has secured an additional $9 million in state and federal funds. “It is our goal to have a Recovery Center up and running in our commu nity by 2025. We know this isn’t soon enough, but our staff are working to get these much-needed services to our community as quickly, efficiently and affordably as possible,” it said. Ave.

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Franklin County outpaced Benton County in population growth in the past year, ranking No. 7 in the state com pared to its neighbor’s No. 8. Franklin County, population 99,750, grew 1.42%, adding 1,400 people in 2022.Benton County, population 212,300, grew 1.38%, adding 2,900 more people. This brings the bicounty’s area’s population to 312,050. The state Office of Financial Man agement released the data June 29. Pasco ranked 11th in the state by population change in the latest count. Richland ranked 19th and Kennewick 22nd. Seattle, Bellingham, Lake Ste vens, Lacey and Vancouver rounded out the top Unincorporated5.

The proposed Three Rivers Behav ioral Health Recovery center will pro ceed at the former Kennewick Gener al Hospital, but with some functions in a separate location to comply with rules set by the current owner, Life Point.“Stay tuned. We’re still moving forward. It looks like it is going to happen. But we may not know what the final product will look like,” said Lee Kerr, superintendent of the Ken newick Public Hospital District dur ing a board meeting on June 30. The public hospital district owned and operated the old hospital before it was sold in bankruptcy to the parent of Trios BentonHealth.County confirmed it in tends to buy the old hospital, 900 S. Auburn St., and is committed to es tablishing a recovery center catering to those experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises. In a statement attempting to clarify a confusing situation, the county said it negotiated terms of a purchase with LifePoint that include restrictions on services it can offer at the Auburn Street property. The county said some functions of the proposed Three Riv ers Behavioral Health Recovery Cen ter may be sited elsewhere. Benton and Franklin counties have both agreed to support the eventual operation with tax dollars. The next step entails creating an advisory committee to guide the pro cess. Both counties have invited peo ple to serve on the group, which is ex pected to begin meeting in late July.


Area Journal of Business 2022 Population Numeric2021-22change Percent2021-22change Benton County 212,300 2,900 1.39 Kennewick 85,320 700 .83 Richland 62,220 900 1.47 West Richland 17,410 340 1.99 Prosser 6,195 65 1.06 Benton City 3,710 210 6 Franklin County 99,750 1,400 1.42 Pasco 80,180 1,480 1.88 Connell 4,840 -285 -5.56 Mesa 390 0 0 Kahlotus 145 0 0 STATE TOTAL 7,864,400 97,425 1.25 Source: Office of Financial Management uPOPULATION, Page A10 uBUSINESS BRIEF

The collector car is painted Wim bledon white with GT500 side and guardsman blue Super Snake stripes. It was sold during the fourth annual Northwest Collector Car Auction on May 28 with full documentation, in cluding a Marti Report, certificate of authenticity, build sheet, pre-delivery service sheet and photos. Trucks and Auto Auctions began as a small public auto auction in 2009 in Nampa, Idaho. In 2016, the Musser family bought the location and began changing and adapting how auctions were conducted. In 2018, Trucks and Auto of Pasco was launched. Today the Pasco auction house is owned and operated by the Musser family.

A4 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 left at the old location is a sign in the win dow steering customers to the new one. “I mailed in the keys,” she said. The property also was the longtime home of McCoy’s Distributing, estab lished in 1972 to supply pull tabs, bingo and casino supplies. Dan McCoy, Laurie McCoy’s brother, took over the business from their father and has moved it to the Vista Field area. He said the process went smoothly. 20 years of battles

The McCoys enlisted legal counsel to advise them through the eminent domain process but did not sue over the loss of their“Weproperty.knewit was coming. We weren’t going to fight it,” she said. Extension plans

The McCoy family first learned of the Center Parkway extension plan more than 20 years ago and it cast a long shadow over the businesses, particularly when the private railroad operator fought and lost theTri-Citycrossing.Railroad was evicted from the tracks in June after it lost a case in Benton County Superior Court over lack of track maintenance.LaurieMcCoy tracked the project over the course of two decades, accumulating a thick file of news clippings and docu ments related to the extension and the various legal battles it spawned. Each time she planned updates to the business, the Center Parkway plan would rear its head. Each time it was featured in the news, customers for the Mail by the Mall’s private mailboxes would decamp, thinking the end was in sight.

The mother-daughter team decided to make a go of it, opening Mail by the Mall as an independent store in 1994 on the family-owned property. The father-son team of Pat and Dan ran the distribution business in a 4,000-square-foot ware house at the rear of the building. Mail by the Mall shipped 14 packages the first day, catering to customers from the mall and nearby Meadow Springs, the only residential neighborhood in the area at the time. New location Today, Mail by the Mall handles thou sands of packages during the busy holiday season. Laurie McCoy said she moved in June when business was at a seasonal low. She said the new spot is smaller than the old one and since it is leased, the op erations costs are higher. She said she would know by the busy holiday shopping season if the move made financial sense. But even as she and her store manager, Ashley Bobiles, were still setting up the new store, a stream of customers stopped by to drop off pack ages.Like her brother, she credited the city of Richland with being a good partner in facilitating the move. The city has advertised for bids on the Center Parkway extension as it shifts from planning to actual construction. Construction will cost an estimated $2.1 million, with $4 million already spent on design, litigation and land acquisition.

The cities of Richland and Kennewick partnered on the Center Parkway exten sion in 2001. The parkway dead ends on either side of the railroad tracks, creating awkward access to Tapteal Drive. Awk ward but not impossible. Furniture stores, retailers and hotels have been built on the stretch above Highway 240. But an additional 33 acres are unde veloped, and the two cities see punching Center Parkway through as a way to im prove traffic around Columbia Center and boost commercial development. An esti mated $200 million in development could follow and 900 jobs, Richland says. Laurie McCoy is skeptical that traffic will be improved by a street that crosses working railroad tracks. She predicts cars will back up on the short stretch of Center Parkway between the roundabout at Gage Boulevard and Tapteal Drive whenever a train goes by.

The Benton County Rural Capital Fund is paying much of the cost. On July 5, the Richland City Council approved a $1.6 million allocation toward the $2.1 million construction costs. The fund previously provided $1 million to support planning and land Constructionacquisition.isexpected to begin in late summer or early fall, with progress subject to added rules governing con struction at railroad crossings. The city expects the new three-lane road to debut in spring 2023.

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Origin story For the McCoy family, selling the old property is bittersweet. The late Pat McCoy, Laurie’s and Dan’s father, bought the property as an investment long before Columbia Center had neighbors. An aerial photo shows the mall surrounded by desert and little else. Pat McCoy predicted the area would “explode.” Gage Boulevard today is flanked by retailers, including Costco, restaurants, business parks, strip malls and residential developments, including apartment complexes. “Sure enough, he was right,” Laurie said.Mail by the Mall is the indirect result of a lucrative mail order business Pat Mc Coy built out of his hobby collecting oldtimeHisradios.daughter remembers growing up in north Richland stuffing envelopes and ac companying her mother on endless trips to the Richland post office to ship pack ages.Dee McCoy noticed a proliferation of Mail Boxes Etc., a franchised mailboxes and shipping business that later became The UPS Stores. She was intrigued and asked her daughter her thoughts. Laurie had earned degrees in business and psychology and had years of experience in retail.

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The Kennewick Man and Woman of the Year organization honored two men and two women for 2020 and 2021 on June 13 after postponing the annual event for two years because of the Co vid-19 pandemic. The program is presented by Soropti mist International of Pasco-Kennewick and the Kennewick Past Men of the Year to honor people for their civic contribu tions to Kennewick. Residency is not re quired.Jeff Groce and Alisha Piper were the Man and Woman of the Year for 2020. Chuck DeGooyer and Gloria Williamson were the Man and Woman of the year for 2021.Groce moved to Kennewick 15 years ago and immediate ly became JoanaccordingCommunity,”volved-In-Our-Can-I-Get-InVolunteer-How-“Mr.toandRonald Hue, who nominated him for the award. He is actively involved with Kenne wick American Youth Baseball Asso ciation, including serving as its current president. He is credited with helping get the Cal Ripken Tournament sited in Kennewick and with leading efforts to upgrade the fields and rebuild the club house with furniture he donated. He also lends his talents to the Wa ter Follies Board of Directors, the Trios Foundation Board, Circle of Hope Co lumbia Center Rotary and the Human Trafficking Committee. He also serves as a liaison to the separate Tri-Citian of the Year program. Piper is initiative,Lilacthority’sHousingthelearnedtionleaptvolunteer”“spectacularawhointoacwhensheaboutKennewickAu16-unitHomesaccording to Pat Turner, who nominated her for the award. The facility serves formerly homeless individuals and provides beds and ba sic furnishings. Piper realized residents would need more to organize their lives and engaged family, friends, members of her church and KHA staff to assist with furnishing the homes in east Kennewick. She previously traveled to Mexico to build homes and is an active promoter of campaigns to collect food to fill pantries, organizes Christmas gift campaigns and supports World Relief refugees.

DeGooyer is a fixture in the Tri-Cities cancer care community after serving as a founding member and driver to unite area hospitals to create the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, which he led un til he retired in December 2020, according to nominators op tometrist Gerry Berges and Bob Kelly.Under his leadership, the cancer center secured two important accreditations, the AASTRO Accreditation program for Excellence in 2016 and National Accreditation Pro gram for Breast Centers. In retirement, he remains a board member for the Tri-Citian of the Year program and previously was active on the board of United Way of Benton and Americanroleshelddation.CountiesFranklinFounHehasleadershipwiththeCancer Society and the Ki wanis Club of Kennewick and its foun dation.Williamson is “a quiet, effective ser vant leader who has made a difference in many, many lives,” said Jenny Olson and Melissa Parkes, who nominated her for the honor. She has served in leadership programs for PEO (Providing Educational Oppor tunities for Women), the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers sorority and Leadership Tri-Cities.Asateacher at Kennewick’s Vista El ementary, she had a heart for kids who are “different” and helped them thrive in school. In retirement, she took a young relative who was struggling on the au tism spectrum under her wing, helping him catch up on what he would miss and taking him on lengthy road trips to ex plore the natural world. She also taught at Cottonwood El ementary.

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Fires banned Mid-Columbiainriver zone All activities likely to start a fire are banned in the Mid-Columbia River Fire Zone through Sept. 30. The ban by the U.S. Fish and Wild life Service covers the Hanford Reach National Monument and Columbia, Cold Springs, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Uma tilla national wildlife refuges. Use of any fire, including char coal briquettes and cooking stoves, is prohibited, as is smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle and operating any mo tor without an approved and working spark arrester. Fireworks and campfires are always illegal. The federal agency said the wet spring led to a buildup of grass and vegetation, leading to a hazardous sum mer for wildfires as the heat rises and plants dry out. “So far this year, we’ve been lucky, but in these conditions, that can change in an instant with one careless action,” said John Janak, FWS fire management officer. The ban took effect June 28. weForestsbreathe.yield 40% of the clean water for the world’s 100 largest cities. Trees stabilize slopes in watersheds, grow trees, and cleanse our air of green house gases. Hopefully, drone planting works out as designed and hastens refor estation. It is a “game changer” and worth trying. Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. can lead to stronger trade ties, the dozen members of AWB’s trade delegation met with a number of U.K. officials, including Penny Mordaunt, a member of Parliament who serves as Minister of State at the Department for International Trade. Mordaunt is now being mentioned as a leading contender to replace Boris Johnson as British prime minister. Who ever is chosen, there is no question that America’s trade relationship with Britain will continue to grow – and Washington state will be well-positioned to expand our economic connections. When we met with Mordaunt and other British leaders, Washington’s trade delega tion included Lisa Brown, director of the Washington Department of Commerce, as well as a representative of the Washington Department of Agriculture. We’ve had an ongoing partnership with these two agencies, who also joined us for AWB’s 2019 trade mission to Japan. We’ll continue to work with our members and other Washington companies to expand our trading relationships with countries throughout the Internationalworld.tradeis one of Washing ton’s strengths. We’ve got a good thing going, and we’ll continue the spread the word, advocate for trade policy and build relationships to help Washington and our trade partners thrive – and to help people around the world enjoy even more of the great things we make right here in Wash ington state. Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.


74-year-old entrepreneur wins bronze at senior games A Kennewick senior entrepreneur added a bronze to her softball trophy collection.ConnieWormington’s softball team earned third place at the National Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May. The Fun Bunch team competed in the 70-and-over division. Fourteen teams from across the U.S. partici pated.Wormington, 74, said 90-degree temperatures and 100% humidity made the games challenging for the players. She also suf fered an injury –a softball hit her ankle bone – so had to miss the last three games of the tourna ment. She thinks the team may have been able to secure a firstor second-place finish if she had been able to play. The injury may have kept her out of the final games but cancer didn’t stop her from playing. Wormington has been living with stage 4 breast cancer for more than five years. Her team also won gold at a June tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee Wormington and her husband Sandy are the longtime owners of Just Roses Flowers and More flower shops in Kennewick and Pasco, as well as Columbia Wholesale, which supplies flowers to other shops. The couple also own Just Storage, a self-storage facility in Kennewick.

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What’s the most common job in our state? A study by Canadian direct bank analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to see which occupations have the highest employment per 1,000 jobs in each state.Itfound that the retail salesperson job is the most common in 19 states, including Washington. In Washington, retail salespersons make up about 28 of every 1,000 jobs. According to the data, roughly 89,010 retail salespersons are employed in the state.In five states, the job of fast food and counter worker is the most com mon, including in Oregon, where the position makes up 29 of every 1,000 jobs.

The state’s natural population in crease of 14,100 hit historic lows as births declined more slowly than in re cent years but Covid-19 increased the number of overall deaths. Effect of housing growth Housing growth remained a strong indicator of population growth in Wash ington.“Despite strong housing growth, we saw high occupancy rates in most cities and towns. This past year, the state add ed 46,500 housing units, which is 100 more than last year. Of the new units built this past year, 58% were multifam ily,” OFM said. More than 71% of all new housing units the past two years were built in one of the state’s five largest metro politan counties. King County leads all counties with 17,100 new housing units and saw 37% of the state’s total housing growth this Consistentyear.with previous years, over 67% of the state’s population growth occurred in the five largest metropolitan counties: Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane. The eight counties with populations be tween 100,000 and 350,000 saw 20% of the state’s growth. And counties with less than 100,000 had a 13% share, which was larger than usual due to more people living togeth er in group quarters. Whitman, Kittitas, and Whatcom are the three fastest grow ing counties, due to returning college students.Otherwise, the fastest-growing coun ty between 2021-22 was San Juan, with 1.7% growth. Spokane followed at 1.6% and then Clark at 1.5%. Components of state population change The April 1, 2022, population esti mate for Washington’s incorporated cit ies and towns is 5,156,000, an increase of 1.6% from last year. The top 10 cities for numeric change, in descending order, are Seattle, Bell ingham, Lake Stevens, Lacey, Vancou ver, Pullman, Spokane Valley, Tacoma, Ridgefield and Spokane. Seattle’s population increased by 20,100 people for a total of 762,500. For many of these top 10 growth cit ies, we found that a rebounding group quarter population or annexation was a larger factor in the population increase than new housing growth. u BRIEFS

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Rotary Duck Race tickets on sale now Tri-Cities Rotarians are selling tick ets for the 34th annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race through Sept. 23, the day before Sept. 24 race at Columbia Park in TheKennewick.annualDuck Race is a coopera tive fundraiser that supports the chari table efforts of six local Rotary clubs. Nearly $3 million has been raised to support its work with education, human service organizations and other projects since it Ticketsbegan.are$10 apiece, with each ticket earning the buyer a free express car wash at Autobahn Car Care Centers in Richland and Kennewick. Purchas ers must be 18 or over. The grand prize for the duck that crosses the finish line first is a 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR double-cab shortbed, valued at nearly $35,000.Tickets are available at Toyota of Tri-Cities and Banner Bank branches in all three cities. Rotarians will sell tick ets at the Richland Farmers Market and area groceries, including Yoke’s Fresh Markets, Fred Meyer, Safeway and at Ranch & Home in Kennewick. Go to for infor mation and a schedule of ticket sale events. living in college housing has not en tirely recovered,” according to the state Office of Financial Management. Migration drives growth Migration continues to be the prima ry driver behind Washington’s popula tion growth, according to OFM. From 2021-22, net migration (people moving in minus people moving out) to Wash ington totaled 83,300. This is up by 40,500 from last year. Net migration accounted for 86% of the state’s population growth, with natural increase (births minus deaths) responsible for the other 14%.

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The lab’s commercialization team works with scientists from the moment they dis close“Weinventions.startworking from then,” she said. Getting on board early allows the team to identify opportunities – white space – in the market.Not everything works. Failure is com mon but the team is a partner through that as well.Lomasney said that while industry may be interested in what’s being developed in the DOE lab network, the private sector more typically backs more mature technol ogy.PNNL helps bridge the funding gap by reinvesting the royalty fees it receives from its licensees to support upstarts through the early development stage. Go to:



Today, Lomasney said prefers helping others develop their companies to starting another one herself. Scientists and entrepreneurs Transferring technology developed in a lab into the marketplace takes a combina tion of scientific ingenuity and business knowhow.Lomasney acknowledged that a lab may not be an obvious source for entrepreneurs. But its partner, Washington State University Tri-Cities is. The key to successful transfers is creating teams. To that end, DOE implemented Energy I-CORE, an intense two-month program to help researchers focus their work on com mercially viable discoveries and develop plans to bring them to the market.


A physicist, Lomasney explores the labo ratories in north Richland with the eye of a scientist and the pragmatism of a business executive. Her take: PNNL’s labs are teem ing with technology that could change the world for the better, from climate change to energy storage to national security. “I do feel like I have discovered the great est candy store on earth,” she said. PNNL, operated by Battelle, debuted in 1965 and saw its mission focused on ener gy and national security in the mid-1970s, when the Atomic Energy Commission be came the Department of Energy in response to the energy crisis. It receives about $1 bil lion annually for scientific research across a variety of disciplines, including energy and security.Congress requires the DOE labs to transfer technology developed at taxpayer expense into the market without directly competing with the private sector. Lomas ney said the best way to do that at PNNL is through small and local businesses. Tech transfer is not new. PNNL has been commercializing technology for decades with prominent successes in its portfolio. At airports, passengers pass through whole-body scanners powered by millime ter wave technology developed and licensed by PNNL. Ultrahigh-frequency radio waves penetrate clothing and non-metallic barriers to aid Transportation Security Administra tion (TSA) officials screening for concealed objects.Lomasney called it an example of help ing commercialize promising technology by identifying potential customers and working with them to develop it. PNNL identified travel and transporta tion as outlets for millimeter wave tech. It began working with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1989 and secured its first patent in 1995. It licensed the tech to Safe View Scout, which was later acquired by L3 Communications.Bypartnering with industries that stood to benefit from enhanced security – tourism and transportation – the lab fostered demand for its sharpcuttingnologydevelopeditepull,”thattechnology.emerging“Iftheyseeit,cancreatetheshesaid.Anotherfavorexampleislab-techthatkeepsbladesinthepro

cessing plants that churn out frozen french fries – a significant industry in the MidColumbia. Lomasney likes to talk about it because anyone who eats french fries can appreciate the science that helps put them on their plates. “We save the world in many ways,” she joked.STARS Technology Corp., a Richland clean tech start-up, is another PNNL licens ee on the cusp of commercial operation. The technology generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natu ral gas made from biomass and is being implemented by SoCalGas to support Cali fornia emission goals. A reluctant executive Lomasney, who hails from New Orleans, moved to Seattle to study physics at the University of Washington. When she first declared her major, she heard that physics was a favored major of the Fortune 500, the country’s biggest businesses. She paid little attention. Intending to work in academia, she went on to earn a master’s degree in physics, again at UW. She didn’t plan on a business-oriented ca reer, but one found her. Her first job was at the Boeing Co. Later, with her father, she “reluctantly” started Isotron Corp., which creates tech nologies to support decontamination and environmental restoration. For various reasons. Isotron wasn’t able raise money, meaning it had to pay its own bills from the start. It was profitable enough that manage ment required its researchers to devote 10% of their time to non-core topics. The “10% rule” led to the metal-working discovery that led to the formation of Modumetal, her secondModumetalcompany.raised more than $100 mil lion to commercialize what it saw as an industry-changing process to produce metal parts that resist corrosion better than steel. Its startup phase was daunting. Mo dumetal learned its innovative procedures were already patented by Delphi, an auto parts manufacturer. There was no way around them, attorneys said. Fortune blessed Modumetal when Delphi filed for protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York in 2005, putting its patents up for sale. Modumetal bought them. That helped, but did not solve, its IP problem. The De partment of Energy had an interest in the technology as well. It took another three years to work out an agreement. “If we hadn’t been persistent, that tech would have been lost,” she said. Its IP problem solved, Modumetal built a manufacturing plant on Seattle’s Lake Union. It booked orders for its line of cor rosion-resistant nuts, bolts and tubular prod ucts.On May 3, 2013, opening day of boat ing season, Lomasney got an alert from the plant’s fire alarm. That wasn’t unusual. She lived about a mile away, which made her the first execu tive called when something set it off. Usu ally, she’d find that a sensor had misfired or some other minor crisis. This time, smoke billowed over the lake and 16 firetrucks were idling nearby. The fire department couldn’t find the instruc tions related to the plant and wouldn’t send in firefighters without them. Sorting it gave the fire time to grow. “Everyone thought that was the end,” she recalled.Thedebacle had a bright spot: Modu metal built three berms around its plant to contain water – one more than required. The massive amount of water used to fight the blaze overwhelmed the first two, but the thirdModumetalheld. found a path forward. Its cus tomers stayed on board and a year later, it opened a new plant in Snohomish. She remained as president and CEO un til February 2020 in a departure marked by a lawsuit over severance pay. At the time, she told GeekWire she was terminated by the board. GeekWire didn’t specify the rea sons for the move, but the company and its founder parted on amicable terms with each side wishing the other well.


John Heaton, president and founder of Pay Plus Benefits Inc. in Kennewick, said the challenge of administering out-of-state employees is overlooked in breathless reporting about workers leaving high-cost cities such as Seattle for lower-cost ones such as Boise. Pay Plus created a business to address it.

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A13TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 workers in 45 states on behalf of their owners and will add the remaining five if the need arises. It charges a one-time set-up fee of $1,500 and a fee of $125 per pay period for the first employee, with discounts for additional ones. Unintended consequences While he is selling a service, Heaton said he sought publicity to raise aware ness of the unintended consequences of interstate moves. The downside seldom gets mentioned in the breathless coverage of tech workers fleeing high-cost locales such as Seattle for lower-cost ones such as EmployeesBoise. who move without alert ing employers get tripped up when their new state sends a bill for, say, unpaid state income taxes. Or an employee who has moved to another state and is injured on the job may have trouble filing workers’ compensation claims. The employer’s health insurance plan may not align with the new state’s requirements. Colorado is a telling example, he said. To employ a Colorado resident, an outof-state company first needs permission from the secretary of state. Then, it must register to do business in Colorado and engage a local agent. It needs an account with the state Department of Revenue and to begin deducting Colorado income tax es from the employee’s check. The business itself must file quarterly tax statements in Colorado, even if it has no other presence there. Colorado isn’t unusually challenging. It was just a convenient example, Heaton said, adding that there is no movement to simplify the rules regarding remote work ers in different states. “The states are not doing anything to accommodate this,” he said. ‘Fully flexible’ future Color Creative LLC, a creative content company in Seattle with an office in Los Angeles, is a new Pay Plus client. Prior to the pandemic, all employees worked in the offices and the company valued its lively corporate culture. "We were very much an in-office cul ture,” said Andrea Ostrovsky, chief oper ating officer and general manager. As the pandemic lingers, 105 of its 115 full-time employees work from home and the company envisions keeping that as an option in the future. As it considers a “fully flexible” future, it realized it needed to cast a wider net as it recruited animators, designers, illustra tors and more. It was set up for California and Washington but knew talent could be anywhere.Itturned to Pay Plus Benefits in early 2022, allowing it to recruit from a broader geographic area. The results are encour aging, though Ostrovsky said it is still “earlyOstrovskydays.” said it has recruited remote workers from other states and allowed two employees to move. The company pushes the limits of tech nology to maintain the social connections it had when everyone was in the office. It uses Teams, the Microsoft Office soft ware, and has goofy channels where em ployees share interests in everything from manicures and horror films, to books, plants and hiking. “I’m mindful of the fact that it might be harder for people who are fully remote to feel connected to the company. We’re going to do everything we can to help people feel fully connected,” she said.

Helping manage from afar Heaton said the worst thing an em ployee can do is to relocate on the sly. The process should start with a question: Will you support me in a different state? Washington is one of only eight states without an income tax, so odds are good the state a worker is looking at has one. Applying for a driver’s license or reg istering a vehicle in a new state will trig ger a residency requirement. Workers who aren’t paying local income taxes can expect to get a bill. Heaton said that can lead to awkward conversations and dete riorating relationships between employ ees and their employers.

Chad Mackay, chief executive officer of Fierro Tech, a Seattle-tech firm cater ing to the hospitality industry, turned to Pay Plus Benefits to manage its out-ofstate workers earlier this year after its old payroll company couldn’t keep up with its Mackay,growth. whose ventures include highend restaurants such as El Gaucho in Seat tle and Portland, said he was accustomed to managing the rules for Washington and Oregon. But prospective employees with experience in hospitality and software may live beyond the Northwest. “Pennsylvania, Texas – workers’ com pensation is totally different than Wash ington,” he said. “I can’t keep track of all that stuff as a small employer.” He regards it as an advantage to re cruiting workers who for whatever rea son don’t want to move to Seattle or even Washington.“Wehave people who’d rather be in Boise and frankly, I’m OK with that,” he said. 2501 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Richland, Washington

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Washington AG tackles organized retail crime Washington retailers and law enforce ment are uniting with state officials, local law enforcement, prosecutors and others to combat organized retail crime in the state.Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson established an Organized Retail Crime Task Force to coordinate information and strategies to combat the problem.Thetask force aims to dismantle larger organized retail crime rings by prioritizing efforts to prosecute large cases. Members include representatives from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walgreens, Nordstrom, Albert sons/Safeway, CVS, Gap. Inc., Rite Aid and Target, among others. State seeks employers who hire workers with disabilities The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Em ployment will accept nominations for the 30th annual Governor’s Employer Awards through Aug. 25. The program honors and celebrates the state’s employers who recruit, hire and advance workers with disabilities. Awards are given to employers of all sizes in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Three awards are presented to individu als, the Direct Support Professional Award for coaches or developers, the Governor’s Trophy in memory of Carolyn Blair Brown for a person with a disability who advanced employment in the state, and the Toby Olson Lifetime Achievement Award for a commitment to addressing the in equalities faced by those with disabilities. Go to: Awards. Horn Rapids 5K benefits Union Gospel Mission A 5K walk and run will benefit the TriCity Union Gospel Mission’s shelter for women and$20for the event, which is sponsored by Rewster’s Craft Bar and Grill.The walk begins at 8 am. July 24 at the Horn Rapids Golf Course, 2800 Club house Lane, Richland. Participants will walk and run on a path through the Horn Rapids



Mid-Columbia Ballet holds a garden party fundraiser The Mid-Columbia Ballet will hold a garden party to celebrate its donors starting at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Reach Museum in Richland. Tickets are $75 and are on sale at mid Whitworth debuts brewing science certificate Whitworth University is starting a certification program for adults interested in working in the craft brewery industry thisThefall.Brewing Science & Operations Certificate program will be offered through the Spokane school’s School of ContinuingParticipantsStudies.willstudy the science, business and culture of craft brewing while providing hands-on experience at a facility near campus. Classes will include introduction to brewing, intermediate brewing, business and marketing of brew ing, and advanced brewing. An internship will be required at a local brewery. The nine-month program includes Thursday evening and Saturday classes. Applications are due by Aug. 1. For information about the program, including fees and applications, go to bit. ly/WhitworthBrewingCourse. BRIEFS

Cheer teams continue to attract a wide range of athletes across the Tri-City com munity, now filling four gyms in the area with participants in both competitive and recreational options. Two of the gyms opened in the past year and the two oth ers recently went under new ownership, turning over a new leaf on the popular sport that could make the summer Olym pics by Well-known2028.

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photographer Brittney Kluse and her husband, Blake, bought Kennewick’s Elite Force Cheer, once owned and operated for more than 20 years by the owners of Mid-Columbia Gymnastics.Rebranded to IMPACT Elite AllStars, the gym at 8382 W. Gage Blvd. in Kennewick promises to keep provid ing the same family-friendly, laid-back environment the previous owners had become known for as one of the longestoperating gyms in the state. “I was very used to this easy cheer lifestyle,” Brittney Kluse said. “The unique little magic ingredient of Force was that it just so easily fit into people’s lives. And I kept thinking, ‘Are we the only ones like this?’ I kept telling the for mer owners, ‘You created something that makes it impossible to walk away from. Now nothing will measure up to what youThecreated.’”Kluses didn’t want to lose what they had come to know after their daugh ter first got involved with the program six years ago. After learning the owners intended to close the gym, “I started kind of quietly trying to put it out there, and found this silent, quiet community of people being like, ‘Somebody save this!’”

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The Kluses will continue operating it at the same location near Uncle Sam’s Saloon through a lease with Crown Man agement. Sale terms were not disclosed. After the initial relief of confirming other families had a similar intent to remain at a gym that offered the same “feel” as Force, the Kluses were in for another shock. The number of athletes who wanted to be part of IMPACT’s competitive travel teams soared. They enrolled more than 100 athletes for the 2022-23 season, more than dou bling the previous year’s total.

The Kluses are committed to keeping the same “healthy balance” found at the gym previously, with practices sched uled two to three times each week and time off for school breaks in the winter a prolific photographer for senior portraits and working with teens has developed her skills as a mentor. “I know a lot about building confi dence in young kids, and I know how that starts is, you surround them with good role models and positive coaching, with a healthy balance in their lives,” she said.Kluse has stayed in touch with one of her first clients, Lexi Chavallo, who will now be the gym’s head coach and a part owner with her husband, Jordan. “The thing we preached right from the beginning is, ‘I’m gonna let the coaches coach.’ I barely know how to read a com petition score sheet. But I do know how to run a business. So my husband and I are going to run the business, and we’re going to run it like a business. We’re not going to run it like a side project. And the coaches will have all the freedom in the world to inspire kids.” They have six employees and don’t expect to own a cheer gym forever. “This is not like anything we really would have done. We are not aggressive sports parents. This is just something our kid loves to do, and I wanted to protect that. If my daughter grows up to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, I probably failed as a parent somewhere along the way,” she said. Firehouse Elite Angie and Darrin Henderson also have a daughter who loves the sport. They de cided to open a cheer gym when things had shut down because of Covid-19. “This never would have happened without the pandemic,” said Angie Hen derson. “We found ourselves with ex tra time on our hands because we work full-time jobs as well. We really started thinking about a vision of what we had for a cheer gym and just decided to go forTheyit.” opened Firehouse Elite at 2478 Henderson Loop in Horn Rapids, a space Courtesy IMPACT Elite Blake and Brittney Kluse, left, purchased a Kennewick cheer gym and rebranded it to IMPACT elite all-stars, which they’ll run with Lexi and Jordan Chavallo, right.


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On occasion, you, or someone you know, might be asked to co-sign a finan cial obligation for the purchase of a car or a house or the lease of an apartment or commercial space. Sometimes the request is simply to co-sign on a personal loan, so the borrower has access to needed funds. More often than not, this request is made by family and friends. But what are the risks? Is there a better alternative? Though the term “co-sign” does not have universal meaning and application as the exact meaning is derived from the contract signed, it generally means that the person co-signing offers additional se curity to the person or entity offering the credit or financing (“creditor”) and takes on the same responsibility for payment that the original debtor takes on. Equal liability Take note of that meaning and the fact that it does not generally mean that the co-signer is alternatively liable. It means equal liability. Furthermore, in general, the creditor can pursue payment from either co-signer for the full amount owing to the creditor in the event of default. It can become even more complicated for the co-signer because sometimes the contract specifies that all notifications for any signatories can just be sent to one party – call it the primary obligor. This is likely the person that you agreed to help and not the person co-signing. Wrapping this all together so far, you could offer to co-sign, never receive notice of any de ficiency, and then be liable for the total amount ow ing the creditor to include penalties and interest on a debt in the event the primary obli gor fails to make timely payments. Your credit could likewise suffer. Some of the no tice provisions can be altered in the con tract to ensure that the person co-signing has actual notification, but the obligation for payment still stands. Affected assets It gets worse, though. The problem with co-signing is further compounded when dealing with assets where the credi tor has a security interest (aka “collat eral”) to support the repayment. This most often occurs with homes or cars. To grant the security interest for the collateral, the person co-signing is often required to be put on the title of the asset to show ownership (and that ownership then allows the co-signer to grant the security interest for the creditor). Accord ingly, in many co-signer situations, the co-signer is unintentionally also an owner of an Takeasset.amortgage as an example. You help a child secure a house loan by both having your name on title and co-signing the mortgage. As discussed above, you therefore maintain liability exposure for the payment of the obligation. But, more than that, you are now an owner of an asset that might expose you to further liability.Forexample, assume the house that was purchased had an attractive nuisance (See my previous column, “How to pro tect against attractive nuisances to avoid liability.”). Further, assume a child was injured on that property due to the attrac tive nuisance. You may have inadvertently exposed yourself and your assets to the child’s lawsuit against the owners of the property that contained the attractive nui sance. It can also be complicated to later try to remove your name from the title –even after any financial obligation is paid.

First, the co-signer may choose not to be on the title of an asset (if possible) to reduce the potential liability associated with that Alternatively,asset. the co-signer might ask that the property be placed in a limited liability company or other entity that can help shield an owner’s personal assets from debts of the entity (which could help in the premises liability issue but not relieve you of responsibility for the loan repayment). But the smarter way is to try to avoid co-signing altogether if you can find anotherOften, is necessary because the primary obligor lacks the funds or in come to obtain the loan on his or her own. Perhaps then, you can help the primary obligor to independently qualify for the loan. This is the preferred solution. For example, perhaps you could gift $10,000 to help the primary obligor pay a higher down payment on a home so they can qualify for a better loan.

Co-signing liability can get complicated, so get educated

Mitigation measures Is there a better way? To some extent, the co-signer’s liability can be mitigated in a few ways.

Beau Ruff, a licensed attorney, is the director of planning at Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a full-service independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick.


On the one hand, this might seem more generous than simply co-signing, but on the other hand, it puts a hard limit on the extent of the obligation. That is, no longer are you liable for the entire mortgage if there is a problem. No longer are you potentially liable for premises liability issues.Instead, you are liable for only the amount you gave – your $10,000. The other option is to loan the money yourself.

Of course, there’s many drawbacks to loaning money to family or friends (See my previous column, “Follow these rules when lending money to family, friends.”) but it just might be better than being on the hook for a debt to a third party for which you have little control.

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All students in the Pasco School Dis trict are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through 2026 following changes to a federally-funded program called the Community Eligibility Provisions. All students enrolled in district pro grams including preschool are eligible. There is no application. The district asks families to complete a fall Family Income Survey to help it secure fund ing for additional programs. Pasco seeks animal control proposals



The city of Pasco is soliciting proposals to provide animal control and sheltering services for the cities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, acting as the Tri-City Animal Control Author ity.The prior shelter operator was removed over abuse and fraud allega tions. The Benton-Franklin Humane Society served as the interim manager but has since stepped out of the role. The city’s request for proposals seeks animal control services including enforcement of regulations within the three cities and the care and placement of stray animals collected from within theAug.region.5is the deadline. Go to Fair seeks national anthem singers

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The Benton Franklin Fair is accept ing video submissions from singers interested in performing the national anthem during the annual fair, Aug. 20-27.Individual and group entries are ac cepted. If the audition is for a minor, a parent or guardian may submit a video on their Nationalbehalf.anthem singers are needed at the fair’s concerts, rodeos, Demoli tion Derby and other events. Go to ers, or call 509-222-3749 for informa tion. built just for their business and large enough to keep growing. In just one year’s time, the walls of the gym are already lined with banners earned in national competitions. “We took five teams to Summit in Florida, which is like the Super Bowl of cheer,” Henderson said. “Out of our teams, one took fifth, one took fourth and one took third. Prior to that, the highest any gym in the area had placed in Sum mit was fifth. Now, I don’t know how we’re going to beat that first showing!” As the name implies, the gym has a theme surrounding firefighting, with team names like Sizzle, Fuego and Si rens, and is partly a nod to owner, Dar rin, a captain with Benton Fire District 1 for more than 20 years. “When you are part of a firehouse, it’s truly like your second family,” Hen derson said. “It’s people you go out and overcome obstacles with, together. You’re super tightly bonded, and com fortable being yourself around them. As I thought about it, I was like, ‘Yep, that’s exactly what the name should be.’” Henderson declined to say how much they invested into building out the gym in north Richland, but they targeted en rolling 50 athletes as a starting number with the “stretch goal” of 70. They ended up with 76 athletes across eight competitive teams, as well as two recreational cheer teams, plus tumbling, stretching and stunt classes available, all speaking to the continued popularity of the sport. Last summer, the International Olympic Committee voted to give com petitive cheerleading full recognition, paving the way for its inclusion in the summer games, possibly in Los Angeles in 2028.Theworld of competitive cheer isn’t about rooting for other athletes from the sidelines.Ithasa basis in gymnastics combined with dance and stunting, where athletes are lifted or tossed into the air. “We do our own choreography and I think that sets us apart,” Henderson said. “It helps us be competitive, but at the same time, we’re positive and the athletes have fun and enjoy the experi ence. We also bring in people from the community to talk about mental health awareness, injury prevention and condi tioning so they’re prepared before com petitionHendersonseason.”oversees the 10 part-time employees at Firehouse in addition to her role managing commercial lenders at U.S. Bank. Other area gyms Eastside Edge recently underwent new ownership and rebranding to Tri-Cities Edge Cheer & Athletics, and is located at 1701 S. Washington St., Kennewick. The Tri-Cities’ fourth cheer gym, Leg acy Athletics, opened in 2021 at 1977 Fowler Drive in Richland. Elite All-Stars, 8382 W. Gage Blvd. Suite N, Kennewick im Firehouse Elite Cheer, 2478 Hen derson Loop, Richland, firehouseelite. @firehouseelite.


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Leskovar family author signing books in Kennewick Christy Leskovar, a member of the family that owns the Kennewick car dealership, will sign copies of her latest book, which traces the family’s history from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Barnes & Noble at Columbia Center in Kennewick. “East of the East Side” traces the Les kovar family history from a peasant farm in the duchy of Austria-Hungary to Paris to Detroit, to Montana and eventually to Kennewick.“Whenmy grandfather Tony Leskovar began his music career at the dawn of the 20th century in Austria-Hungary, concert musicians were treated like movie stars of today,” Leskovar said. “And then to be performing with the opera in Paris in 1914, Tony was definitely at the top of his game. It all went to pieces when the Frist World War started.” Go to

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Curio recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Energy Northwest as an industry partner and potential off-taker of products produced through its NuCycle nuclear waste recy clingThisprocess.agreement is part of Curio’s plans to deploy the nation’s first state-of-theart commercial nuclear fuel recycling facility that will provide a variety of in-demand commodities and products including domestically produced lowenriched uranium (LEU) nuclear fuel for the current U.S. fleet of nuclear reactors, as well as HALEU (high-assay lowenriched uranium) and transuranic based TRUfuel for advanced reactors under development.Curiodeveloped NuCycle to recycle used nuclear fuel and develop off-take isotopes for a wide variety of industries to include space, advanced batteries, and nuclear medicine. NuCycle leverages decades of American R&D to create a compact, clean, economical, scalable and proliferation resistant nuclear waste recycling process. With NuCycle, Curio will be able to dramatically reduce the quantity of radioactive nuclear waste and create a new and unprecedented standard for nuclear used fuel recycling across the globe.




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The alchemists of yore sought to con vert low-value lead into high-value gold. A solution to that puzzle remains elu sive, but researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered something more applicable to present-day challenges.Thelab has patented a game-changing new method of extracting lithium from water.There is a lot more suspended in H2O than just loosely bonded hydrogen and oxygen.Take for example mining effluent pro duced through oil and natural gas drilling. In the resulting wastewater brine generat ed during hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other processes, sediments from deep within the earth are brought to the surface along with the water used to facilitate the drillingAmongprocess.that material are traces of highly valuable rare earth metals, such as lithium, which are sought after by makers of semiconductors, wind turbines, electric vehicle (EV) batteries and the smaller re chargeable lithium-ion batteries in phones and other everyday electronics. Though these elements were known to be present in such brines produced in drill ing, geothermal and desalination plants, prior to PNNL’s breakthrough, the persis tent question was how to isolate them in a way that was both practical and economi cally feasible. The secret sauce PNNL’s newly discovered method is based on a simple concept commonly ob served in a classic grade school science experiment: using a magnet to attract iron filings, according to PNNL’s media rela tions advisor and science communicator, KarynInstead, this case, a specialized mag net is designed to attract lithium. Jian Liu, senior chemical engineer and one of the lead researchers on the project, explained that though it was known lithi um could be extracted using a magnet, the question was how to isolate it from other magnetically attractive elements also present in Magnetsbrine.aremetals that indiscriminate ly attract other magnetic metals, lending to the difficulty of extracting just lithium. The research team at PNNL – Pete Mc Grail, laboratory fellow and expert on rare earth metal recovery technology, Praveen Thallapally, principal investigator, and researchers Jian Liu, Satish Nune and Yongsoon Shin – realized they needed to develop a kind of filter that would select’s many joint years of experi ence working with adsorbents – materials that adhere atoms, ions or molecules in a solution to their surface rather than absorb them, which would make them harder to isolate – provided the answer to the puz zle.Liu explained that his team “grows” a fine-tuned lithium-selective adsor bent – also called a ligand – on top of a black magnetite (iron oxide) magnet. This makes it so only lithium can bind to the adsorbent coating the magnet. “The adsorbent is probably more valu able than the rare earth metals,” Liu said. This led the team to another hurdle: “You have to be able to reuse (the adsor bent) or you are sacrificing one valuable material for another,” he said. Fortunately, the magnetic nanoparticles used to isolate and extract lithium can be recharged and reused. As McGrail explained in a PNNL news release, “Our nanotechnology process al lows us to miniaturize everything and re moves the need for massive ion exchange separators required in other processes.”

“I think this will be a technique that can be applied to a variety of different metals as long as you have a selective adsorbent,” Liu said. Other rare earth metals in high demand that might be targeted next are ce sium, nickel and cobalt. Industrial, implicationsenvironmental

The breakthrough stands to provide a much-needed relief to a strained industry. Due to the exponentially increasing de mand for rare earth metals in existing and emergent technology, costly and energy intensive methods of extraction are being pushed to the limits to meet that demand. Green technologies such as EVs, for example, have been whittling down the cost of batteries since their inception, working to reach parity in overall cost


The brine water is instead passed through an extraction system, which hous es the extracting nanoparticles. “It’s quite simple. Within a few min utes, virtually all the lithium has been pulled from the solution by molecular col lisions with our sorbent and can then be removed with a magnet where it’s easily collected and purified,” McGrail said. The water is then returned to its source, otherwiseConventionalunchanged.methods using evapora tion ponds can take months or even years to isolate lithium and have a lot more neg ative environmental impacts.


PNNL patents method of extracting lithium from water

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Courtesy Andrea Starr of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL chemical engineer Jian Liu observes laboratory equipment used to extract rare earth elements from various water sources. This magnetic separation loop system works in tandem with tiny, magnetic particles that are added to the water, quickly drawing out the element for easy extraction. 531-3589

A24 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 compared to their traditional gas and die selHowever, recent years, that down ward price trend has begun to plateau, hung up on the cost of production of the key ingredients: rare earth metals. Currently, next to no lithium is pro duced in the United States.

The majority is produced in South America, primarily Argentina and Chile, as well as operations in Australia and China.According to the Department of En ergy, imports account for 100% of U.S. supply for 14 of 35 critical materials and more than half for 17 others. Hede noted that many of those interna tional sources are in high-conflict regions. By 2028, the global market for lithium is expected to reach $8.2 billion. “The cost of lithium has increased four times in just the past year alone,” Liu said. With this breakthrough, the potential for the U.S. market is big. Scientists at PNNL have estimated that if 25% of the lithium was collected from wastewater generated through oil and nat ural gas extraction, that alone would equal current annual worldwide production. The additional revenue stream for these metal-rich brine producers could in turn decrease the cost of energy production. “Why this is important,” Liu said, “is we are trying to propose a technology that can boost the production of lithium … so that the lithium battery price can maintain or even go down, in addition to nickel, co balt and other metals … We can help to modernize the electric car industry and re duce greenhouse gas emissions. We have a lot of hope that this will solve a lot of big challenges for our community.” Bringing it to scale Due to Covid-19 and some technical issues along the way, Hede said the con cept is still in the lab phase testing differ ent adsorbent ligands. There is one planned pilot project in the pipeline, co-funded by DOE’s Office of Fossil AnotherEnergy.willbe in partnership with a renewable energy investment company, Moselle Technologies, which has licensed the technology and plans to pilot it at sev eral of its Collaborationlocations.with Moselle and min eral recovery company Geo40 are also actively exploring paths for cesium and antimony extraction from brines at a geo thermal plant in New Zealand. Other commercial partners – Enerplus Corp., Prairie Lithium Corp., Enertopia Corp. and Dajin Lithium Corp. – with lithium resources in Nevada and Canada are on-board to investigate the extraction technology’s potential application at their sites.Established in 1965, PNNL is oper ated by Battelle for the DOE’s Office of Science with the stated goal of advancing scientific knowledge and addressing chal in sustainable energy and national security.


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A26 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 highly achievable benchmarks. How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? I wanted to learn how to hack comput ers. I mean who doesn’t? It looks like the coolest job. How do you measure success in your workplace? Customer satisfaction is No. 1. We want to earn our clients’ business each and every month. Team camaraderie is No. 2. I want my team to feel like they have each other’s backs.

What do you like to do when you are not at work? I spend a lot of time renovating our house and yard. We bought a fixer-upper this year and it’s been enjoyable to build it the way we envision it. What’s your best time management strategy? I like to use a variation of time block ing. I make a to-do list each day of the top 4 things I want to accomplish and then I schedule them into time blocks. I schedule time in between my highpriority tasks for all of the unexpected things that are bound to come up. It’s a great way to stay organized, but also have some grace for when days may not go exactly as planned. Best tip to relieve stress? The things that work best for me are to work out, read my Bible and pray. What’s your favorite podcast? Mostused app? Or favorite website? Favorite book? Favorite book: “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” by Jordan B. Peterson.Podcast: “The Art of Manliness” Most-used app: Slack Do you have a personal mantra, phrase or quote you like to use? “Would I rather be feared or loved? Um...easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” -Michael Scott, “The Office.”

What do you consider your leadership style to be? I would consider myself to have a coaching leadership style. I think it’s important to help individuals to develop and grow. I like to see the strengths in each person and help to foster those, while also helping them improve on their weaknesses. How do you balance work and family life? By setting healthy boundaries. I am deliberate about spending intentional time with my wife and kids when I am at home. When I am at work, I focus on my clients and building my business.

Toxic algae testing stays local, thanks to new equipment

By Amanda Mason for Tri-Cities Area of Business

Courtesy Benton-Franklin Health District Jillian Legard, a lab supervisor for the Benton-Franklin Health District, tests water samples for algae blooms. u

Toxic algae can no longer hide in plain sight.The Benton-Franklin Health District Water Lab in Kennewick is now home to ELISA, a testing kit and plate reader that detects toxins from algae blooms in water samples collected from local lakes and riv ers.The instrument gives the local health district an important new tool to detect water-borne toxins and to monitor multiple sites at a time. “This is real science that is directly helping the public. (Toxic algae) is some thing that is potentially very dangerous to humans and animals. People can die from this. To be on the first line of defense de tecting toxic algae is exciting,” said Jillian Legard, lab supervisor at the health district. Fall 2021 was a challenging time for the district, which detected an unprecedented occurrence of toxins from algal blooms that had not been previously detected in the flowing waters of the Columbia River. Several dogs lost their lives after being exposed to these blooms. At the time, no local entity had the equipment to test, so water samples were flown to King County Environmental Lab. “The lab was essential in assisting Benton-Franklin Health District and our cities in developing the ability to test lo cally. King County helped us with the push for funding and generously gave of themselves to train our lab staff,” said Rick Dawson, the health district’s senior man ager for surveillance and investigation. Dawson said that ELISA will help pub lic health officials protect the community by maintaining a routine testing schedule of sample sites that will detect toxic algae sooner.The ELISA system arrived in July. The test needs less than a drop of water – 50 microliters – to detect toxins. The plate reader reads color intensity to determine the level of toxins in the sample. “ELISA” refers to “enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.”Health officials can now test samples from drinking water intakes and up to six to 10 recreational water sites at once, pro ducing results in a day and a half. “Even though it only takes the tini est amount of water to test for toxins, we collect 250 milliliters (about 8.45 ounces) of water from each testing site in ambercolored jars to ensure we have enough samples to test,” Legard said. Amber-colored jars protect samples from any light degradation. Legard said the lab team “runs the test samples in duplicate, then we average them due to the small volumes required and the variable nature of attempting to detect molecules of toxin from a massive body of water.” The bigger the sample, the greater the chance of collecting any toxic algae.


“It’s like if you go fishing in a lake with one pole and you don’t catch any fish all day. Does that mean there are no fish in the lake? No, of course not. There are fish in the lake; you just didn’t catch any with your one fishing pole. You are more likely to catch a fish with multiple lines or a large net,” Legard said. This method for testing helps to mini mize false negatives. The plate reader, funded through the state Department of Health, tests toxic algae. Legard said that soon, ELISA could be used to test for other contaminants in the environment.Withsummer in full swing, Dawson ad vises residents to enjoy the outdoors, but to be “Youcautious.can’t tell by looking at water if toxins are present or not. Look before you leap with all waters. Know that there is a risk any time we are in open water. Open water is not treated, it runs through lots of



A28 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 The greater Tri-Cities is rich with STEM jobs. The chart, taken from the Vitals of the Association of Washington Business Institute, makes this clear. The density of STEM jobs in 2021 in the two-county workforce was slightly over 5.6%. That places the metro area at the top of the heap for STEM jobs in the state. The next closest are the Bremerton-Silverdale and the PortlandVancouver-Hillsboro metro areas, both with densities of 3.8%.Notions of STEM can take slightly differ ent shapes. The Vitals adopts a STEM defini tion used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor andnumbersof(BLS).StatisticsThelistoccupations100,includesoc cupations in of computers, engineering, mathematics, life sciences and physical sciences. Notably, excluded, however, from the BLS list are all health care professions.TheSTEM-richness of the local economy is largely due the outsized presence of engineers. Statewide, that general occupation made up 1.6% of the workforce in 2021. For the greater Tri-Cities, the share of engineers was nearly double, at 2.8%. The presence of both life and physi cal scientists also contributes to the STEM standing of the Tri-Cities. State wide in 2021, these professions consti tuted 0.6% of the workforce. Here, the share was again nearly double, at 1.1%.

RESTON, VA | NEWARK, CA | NEW YORK, NY | KENNEWICK, WA | HOUSTON, TX ANGELITA CHAVEZ Partner & chugh.comKennewick,602(509)Angelita.Chavez@chugh.comAttorney703-5375N.ColoradoSt.,Suite120WA99336 Global Mobility (Corporate) • Dependent Visas Including Employment Authorization • Treaty NAFTA (TN) Visas • Public Access Files (PAFs) & Compliance Humanitarian Focus • VAWA & U-Visas (for Victims of Crime) • Humanitarian Reinstatement Family Unification • I-130 Family Petitions & K-1 Fiancé Visas • I-485 Adjustment of Status (Including 245i) • I-601 Waivers of Unlawful Presence Additional Areas of Focus • Naturalization • Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) • Changes of Status (COS) & Extension of Status (EOS) Tri-City area STEM sector is both rich and poor D. Patrick Jones WashingtonEasternUniversity GUEST COLUMN Courtesy Vitals of the Association of Washington Business Institute uJONES, Page A29 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The one area in which the greater Tri-Cities appears STEM-poor is infor mation technology. Statewide, the share of the workforce engaged in computer science-related occupations was a whopping 6.2%. Here, those occupa tions contributed less than a quarter of that share, at 1.5%. This quick statistical sketch of un doubtedly confirms what many readers sense about this community. We know that the high STEM standing results from the presence of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the many facets of the Hanford cleanup. This standing is, and should be, a point of pride for the local community. Yet, if the greater Tri-Cities labor force is STEM-rich, the composition of its companies is STEM-poor. We do not have ready definitions of science & technology companies as BLS provides for the labor force. Yet, it seems clear that, outside of PNNL and Hanford-re lated activities, the cup of local econo my doesn’t overflow with technology companies.Thelatest (2021) summary of companies from the Washington State Department of Employment Secu rity (ESD) hints at some presence of advanced manufacturing, assuming that high average annual wages are correlated with high value-added. In the category of chemical manufactur ing, for example, ESD economists show nine companies, with the average annual wage of over $104,000. Simi larly, computer and electronic product manufacturing companies number eight, with an average annual wage of overInformation$84,000. technology, so critical to the high-tech profile of the state, is present here, but barely. The ESD 2021 data show no internet publishing and broadcasting, i.e. software, companies. GA


A29TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 things, and many things get in the water. The best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings and look for informa tion about where you are. Look for sig nage. If toxins are detected in the water, there will be proper signs on display,” Dawson said. Amanda Mason is communications coordinator for the Benton-Franklin Health District. ELISA, which stands for “enzymelinked immunosorbent assay,” is a testing kit and plate reader that detects toxins from algae blooms in water samples collected from local lakes and rivers.

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis. Benton-Franklin Trends, the institute’s project, uses local, state and federal data to measure the local economic, educational and civic life of Benton and Franklin counties.

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ELISA, From page A27 There are, however, 10 firms that are classified as ISPs, search portals or data processors. And the pay is quite good, over $93,000 in average annual salaries. In all, however, these likely STEMoriented companies sum to a few dozen – out of a universe of about 9,000 firms in the two counties. And the total head count of these companies? About 1,000, or less than 1% of the total number employed in 2021. An unknown in this assessment lies in the composition of firms in the category of professional and technical services. ESD reports 630 companies in this sec tor in 2021. Often, technology compa nies show up in this section of employer data. But the category also includes offices of advertising, accountants, architects, design and law. For sure, the category includes engineering offices. Yet, we don’t know how much engineer ing firms in the greater Tri Cities owe their existence to work outside of the Hanford complex. It seems then to this observer that the STEM pulse – measured by firms – is weak beyond Hanford and PNNL. If true, what can be done to quicken the pulse?Three avenues come to mind. The first concerns policies around technol ogy transfer, in particular, the licensing arrangements that PNNL adopts for its patents. The second is the state of local entrepreneurship – are there risk-takers here who also have technology chops? The third is the depth of angel capital in the region: are there early-stage inves tors willing to supply at-risk dollars to technology entrepreneurs? Each one of these factors deserves a column of its own. For the immediate future, the assessment of an economy that is STEM-rich in its occupations but STEM-poor is in its firm composition is likely to hold. If the greater Tri-Cities is to translate its human capital wealth into a technol ogy-rich economy, progress will need to be made on at least these barriers. Of course, some serendipity will help.

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A31TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 that,” Affholter said. Schools can subscribe to different lev els of Hudl, with the most basic being the filmDuringitself. the pandemic, when most fans weren’t allowed in gyms or stadiums, schools live-streamed games. Harris said Kennewick High has a package where coaches can pull video right off the livestream, during a contest, and show their athletes a play or two of what’s happening in the game. “And it’s for almost all sports,” she said.Hudl is one of the biggest things to Af fholter when it comes to technology. In his first season at Kennewick, his offensive and defensive lines platooned –meaning no lineman played on both sides of the line. They were either on the of fense or the defense. So, with a big television monitor on the Lions’ sideline, his coaches could bring up videos of the plays the athletes had just participated in to review what had gone right or wrong. “A lot of our assistant coaches will also make cut-ups of the last game,” he said. That means they can put together clips of the game that just involve a certain athlete – or maybe something of the opponent that athlete will face the next week. “The kids always have email ac counts,” Affholter said. “The coaches then give them the cutups and the kids can watch the film on their own down time. I think that’s one of the biggest positives of technology.” A coach can track the amount of time a player is spending studying that film. So, there are no shortcuts. Timing systems Keeping track of how fast athletes run has gotten more digital. The Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts each have a new timing system, which their schools share. “You don’t see 10 stopwatches at a finish line anymore in track,” said Rich land’s Edwards. It provides more accurate times, which eventually gives college recruiters a bet ter idea what a kid can do. Phone apps For athletic directors such as Harris and Edwards – who spend a huge amount of time at school sports events – technol ogy has made their lives easier. Harris manages the Lampson Stadium lights from an app on her phone, ensuring they’re on or off as needed. The same app controls the gym lights too. Every Monday morning, she can look at what her home sports events are for the coming week and schedule those things from her Richland’sphone.Fran Rish Stadium is get ting a major remodel, which will give Edwards the same ability to control light ing and adjust it for the different activities that take place there. “I’ll be able to control the lighting,” he said. “And the lighting would be dif ferent for track and field than it would be for football. We could even turn them off at halftime for a halftime performance if need be.” SPORTS TECH, From page A30 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


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The same holds true for those with a Personal Emergency Response Sys tem (PERS), commonly called a Med ical-Alert, Life-Alert or Fall Monitor, should contact the device manufacturer. Devices made before 2019 typically operate on 3G networks, and the need for upgrades to those devices should be evaluated as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the FCC has two pro grams that aim to make communica tions services more affordable for low-income customers: the Afford able Connectivity Program (ACP), an expanded and permanent version of 2021’s Emergency Broadband Benefit, and its Lifeline program, initially estab lished in 1985. The benefits don’t cover the cost of a new cellphone but may help with phone and internet services. ACP can be reached at 877-384-2575. Call 800234-9473 to connect with the Lifeline program.  Christina Clem is a communications analyst with AARP Washington.

Over course leave loved ones in a lurch. This year, wireless carriers are shut ting off 3G coverage, forcing consum ers to replace older phones, fall moni tors and other devices before they lose cellphone service entirely, including the ability to call 911. It’s why the Federal Communications Commission put out an advisory alert ing people that the end of 3G is drawing near. Network providers are shutting off 3G to repurpose the airwaves they’re allotted to send wireless signals to net works.“While the 3G sunsetting is overall a good thing, we are concerned about the potential negative impacts on Washing ton residents, especially those in rural areas where 3G provides critical cover age,” said Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington. “To reduce the risks to those affected, many of whom are older adults, any disruption resulting from the transi tion to 5G can and should be workcludingofftendedFebruary.3Gshuttingprevented.”AT&TbeganoffitsnetworkinT-Mobileintoshutits3G,inthenetthathad been part of Sprint before the two com panies merged, by July 1. Verizon plans to retire its 3G network on Dec. 31 after extending the original 2020 deadline. The company has said it will not extend the deadline again. You’re not out of the woods if you get phone service from the likes of Boost, Cricket, Straight Talk and other discount providers. They piggyback off the major carrier networks. Getting rid of 3G doesn’t affect just phones. Certain medical devices, tab lets, smartwatches, in-car SOS services, Kindle readers, home security products and other devices depend on 3G. If you have a device from 2012 or before, using your phone to make calls is on borrowed time, though some other features may continue to work. Not just the flip phones and feature phones are affected. Some early smartphones also may be included, and you can’t always tell by the name marketers use. Because you own a smartphone with the 4G label, please don’t assume it will work. Early on, the 4G designation re ferred to data-only network services, such as sharing photos, social media and browsing the internet – not for voice calls. If you still have an iPhone 5, intro duced in 2012, 2013’s Samsung Galaxy S4, or prior models, they won’t be able to make or receive regular calls once 3G is gone.Washington residents should reach out to their service provider to find out whether their device is impacted. Wash ingtonians also should check with their home security and vehicle SOS system providers to discuss the transition.

of the pandemic, us ing technology to connect with family and friends was a lifeline for so many, but a switch away from 3G – thirdgeneration wireless – could

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For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2021, time-loss and pen sion benefit payments will increase by 7.5% based on the change in the state’s average wage as announced by the Washington State Employment Security Department on June 16. State law requires that benefits be recalculated each year to reflect the change in the state’s average wage from the previous calendar year. The results of this recalculation is the cost of living adjustment (COLA). The COLA for 2022 increases the maximum monthly benefit to $8,250.80, or 120% of the state’s aver age monthly wage. The increase also applies to pen sion benefits paid to family members of those who died because of a workrelated accident or disease. The increase became effective July 1 for most, with some exceptions: Certain workers who also receive federal Social Security benefits may not be entitled to this annual COLA; and most workers with an injury between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, will receive their first COLA on July 1, 2023.

Richland repaving Jadwin Avenue Road crews began preparing a sec tion of Jadwin Avenue for a repaving project, with disruptions expected to last until fall. The city of Richland began prep work on the busy arterial between Van Giesen and Coast streets. The repaving project includes upgrading streetlights, pedestrian crossings and making safety improvements. The street will be re striped to include bike lanes. Traffic control measures will be in place. Updates will be posted at


BUSINESS BRIEFS Christensen acquires Idaho fuel distributor Christensen Inc., a Richland-based distributor of fuel, lubricants and pro pane, has acquired Idaho-based United Oil.Terms were not disclosed. The deal united two family-owned operations and adds 3,000 customers to Christensen’s Pacific Northwest distri bution“Thenetwork.addition of United Oil and its entities support the Christensen growth strategy by strengthening our distribu tion network in one of the fastest-grow ing markets in the country,” said Tony Christensen, CEO of Christensen Inc., in a statement announcing the deal. Christensen services more than 10,000 retail fuels, commercial, indus trial and fleet card customers.


Inslee issues directive vaccination standards for state employees Gov. Jay Inslee has directed his cabinet agencies to implement policies to require their employees to be vac cinated against Covid-19. The Office of Financial Management will begin the process of rulemaking and engage in bargaining with labor. Current employees are not required to have recommended boosters, though current exempt and non-represented employees will need to be boosted con sistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by July 1, 2023. In addition, during 2023-25 succes sor bargaining occurring this summer, the governor has directed that manage ment pursue a policy requiring current represented employees to be up-to-date on their Covid-19 vaccination, includ ing any boosters recommended by the CDC.The governor also has directed that agencies require all new employees to be fully up-to-date on their Covid-19 vaccination prior to starting work, including any recommended boosters. This change will take effect sometime in fall This2022.directive applies to the gover nor’s executive and small cabinet agen cies. The governor encourages other agencies such as higher education and agencies led by separately elected of ficials to consider implementing similar measures.Inissuing this directive, the governor is exercising his executive authority, not the emergency powers he used to issue other Covid-19-related emergency orders. Workers’ compensation benefits to increase by 7.5%

The couple intends to lean into the diner aspect with a range of milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits. Many items on the breakfast menu cost about $8-$10 and it’s a little more for lunch.

Owners of Lil’ Moon Diner, Frances and Jamie McCallum, and their children, Lilia and Logan. The family-run restaurant opened in the West Richland space that held JD Diner for many years. Robin Wojtanik

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A longtime West Richland diner once named for Jamie McCallum is now owned by Jamie himself, and the first or der of business was changing the restau rant’s name – to honor his young daugh ter with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Jamie and his wife, Frances, launched Lil’ Moon Diner at 3790 W. Van Giesen St. in the space that housed JD Diner for more than 15 years. Originally named for Jamie Daniel by his mother, the diner across from Brick House Pizza had other owners along the way who retained the name until the diner closed in 2020 because of the pan demic.The young couple saw it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to lease it from Jamie’s mother and moved from Vancou ver, Washington, to restart the restaurant as a legacy for their firstborn, a toddler named Lilia Moon. “She went through a year of chemo, radiation and surgeries and went into re mission for a little bit, and then we found out it had come back, and it’s all through her body,” Frances said. “They’ve given her a year, tops,” Ja mie“Shesaid.lost motor function on the left half of her body, but it’s so cute watch ing her run through the restaurant,” Frances said. “She loves pick les and so we put those on the Alsomenu.”onthe menu is an array of burgers, sandwiches, home made soups, breakfast items and desserts. “We added more burgers and sandwich es than before and we still plan on extending our menu,” Frances said. “We want to see what our clientele is going to be first.”

The McCallums say a standout item is the Big Moon Burger with a 6-inch bun and 12 ounces of their ground beef mix, which in cludes short ribs and brisket.The couple took possession of the building in late April and have been cleaning, repairing and prepping the space while working on all the necessary paperwork and inspections to start serv Courtesy Lil’ Moon Diner

birthing balls, hot and cold therapy, time outside, nutrition as desired, nitrous oxide, one’s own choice of clothing and support for one’s cultural customs.Columbia Birth Center’s labor and de livery practices are free from routine or unnecessary procedures common in hos pitals that not everyone needs and can carry some risks for healthy women. “It’s a whole model of care that’s about prevention,” Flynn said. “We want people to have a healthy pregnancy and be able to birth the way they want to birth.”


Columbia Birth Center pulled up roots and home birth alterna tive for those seeking more holistic health care services moved to an updated and more spacious location in Richland next door to the Kadlec Regional Medical Center campus. The birth center’s new home at 948 Stevens Drive was formerly occupied by Washington Urology. The building was completely gutted and rebuilt over two years by CI Con struction & Consulting of Kennewick to feature three birthing rooms, support fa cilities, exam rooms, a living room-like reception area and dedicated teaching space where the center will be able to hold child birth education classes, con tinuing education for midwives and more.

Postpartum care up to six weeks, includ ing two weeks of postnatal care for the baby, are performed at the client’s home.

Each room features a real bed with regular bedding, a jacuzzi tub, bathroom and homey furniture and amenities where friends and family can take up vigil. Clients attend all their well-woman visits, prenatal appointments and birth at the center and all aspects of delivery and postpartum care occur within the chosen birth room – the baby never leaves. Most clients are able to go home within just a few hours of delivering their baby.

Why choose a birth center? Two past clients, Lili Blanco who gave birth to her third child, and Erin Zeleny who transferred to Columbia Birth Center at 26 weeks with her first child, shared the sentiment that they wanted more control over their birthing experience. “I really value informed consent,” Zeleny said.

The reimagined spaced was designed by Scott Schell of DraftCo Designs of Kennewick.Previously located at 424 S. Washing ton St. in Kennewick, Columbia Birth Center opened its doors in 1998. It moved in April.Anew joining of forces made the move possible – Cynthia Flynn, certified nurse midwife, advanced registered nurse prac titioner; Lisa Garcia, certified nurse mid wife, advanced registered nurse practi tioner; Angela Reynolds, certified nurse midwife; Gloria Garcia, birth assistant; Jennifer Garcia, administrative director; and Kristin Eggleston, licensed midwife.

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“After Covid … I decided I was go ing to do whatever I had to do to make it happen … The community needs it. I feel women are entitled to a choice,” Flynn said.Flynn originally came to Tri-Cities in 1996 with experience attending births in both hospital and home settings. After sharing an office with another midwife, Flynn struck off on her own to establish Columbia Birth Center’s origi nal location, which featured two small birth rooms, a lobby and a fence featur ing 167 hearts commemorating each baby born there, decorated by their dads. Flynn headed the center for eight years before moving on to work all over the country as a midwife. “Then I supposedly retired. But I failed at retirement.”Shedecided to return to Tri-Cities. She began holding an annual dinner with an open invitation to all midwives working in Eastern Washington, along with their students and assistants. “Every year I would ask who was go ing to do the birth center,” she recalled. An alternative to hospital births Flynn described home birth as the gold standard. However, she chased it with the caveat that it’s inefficient and, speaking from experience, hard on the midwives who spend a lot of their time traveling be Spokane and other popu lation centers, there are few midwives serving the Tri-City region and surround ing communities and even fewer home birth midwives among those. Flynn also pointed out that most peo ple don’t have rooms in their homes like a birth center does – rooms specifically designed with birthing in mind. Columbia Birth Center offers expect ant parents their choice of three rooms: the River Suite, the largest, which is bright and features pops of warm color; the Mountain Suite, a smaller, cozier room in darker tones; and the Bridge Suite, located at the end of the hall, offer ing an overall feel somewhere in between the other two.

Courtesy Lili Blanco Lili Blanco cuddles her third child in a jacuzzi at Columbia Birth Center. “I felt empowered to know I can give birth on my own,” she said of her experience at the center.

Columbia Birth Center offers alternative to hospital at new location


In the event of complications requiring hospitalization, Columbia Birth Center has a cooperative relationship with the staff at neighboring Kadlec to receive pa tients.The difference between giving birth in a birth center versus a hospital is it’s “a place where birth is celebrated as a ma jor life transition rather than a medical event,” Flynn said. “You don’t have to fight for nat ural.”After changemovefreedomsicpersonaldrotherapy,pressure,sage,includeduringsection.byandduringtransferredrate,vaginalboastherFlynndeliveries,167andteama98%birthwith2%labordeliveredCaesareanOptionslabormascounterhymuselection,toandpositions,


6115 Burden Blvd., Ste. A, Pasco (509)BEHENJOY542-1626 1060 Jadwin Ave., Ste. 325, Richland (509)CLONTZDUSTIN943-1441 1329 Aaron Dr. Richland (509)SLIGERTERRY943-2920 3616 W. Court St., Ste. I, Pasco (509)BRAULTRYAN545-8121 CFP® 16 W. Kennewick Ave., Ste. 101, Kennewick (509)FREEMANJAY783-2041 AAMS 767 Williams RichlandBlvd. (509) SHELLEY946-7626KENNEDY CFP® 2735 Queensgate Dr. Richland (509)VANHARRY627-6537DYKEN 1020 N. Center Parkway, Suite F, Kennewick (509) 735-1497 T.J. WILLINGHAM 1020 N. Center Parkway, Suite F, Kennewick (509) CARSON735-1497WILLINGHAM 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, Kennewick (509)WISWALLTARA783-2042 LIL’ MOON DINER, From page A34


JamieThesaid.diner seats about 75. The McCallums removed the for mer banquet room and hope to eventu ally add outdoor seating. After hearing feedback about the previous diner’s op erations, the couple aim to get food out quickly, but they also understand there will be growing pains that come with a restaurant also employs family to run the front and back of the house, a helpful arrange ment for the couple who also have a 16-month-old son, Logan. “We hope to eventually be able to do a fundraiser here for an organiza tion that helped her,” Frances said. “We are so glad to have a place to start fresh and make something memorable with Lilia’s name. It was a hard decision and I’m glad we did it.”

A36 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 ing the public again. “It’s a heck of a time to open a res taurant,” Frances said. They each have experience in the food industry, including cooking, serv ing and hosting, but this will be their first time running a business. “I remember washing dishes when I was 9 to earn money for the arcade,”

Search Lil’ Moon Diner: 3790 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The diner is also available on local de livery including Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash; Lilmoondiner.

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Pepsi doubling its Pasco warehouse Pepsi is nearly doubling an existing warehouse in Pasco. The project will add 22,500 square feet to the 23,000-square-foot warehouse at 2525 W. Hopkins St., according to documents filed on Pepsi’s behalf by HARMS Engineering under the Wash ington State Environmental Protection Act, or SEPA. The project will add office space, warehouse space and loading docks. Existing loading docks on the south will be demolished and replaced with new ones on the east.

Blanco, after having two children in the hospital setting, said there was a lot she still didn’t know about her body and felt she hadn’t been given a lot of choices in her care. In contrast, at Columbia Birth Cen ter, “Every single appointment I learned something new about my body, the baby and everything. I felt empowered to know I can give birth on my own,” she said. Longer prenatal appointments and an eagerness to share information and an swer questions helped Zeleny feel com fortable and build trust in her care team. “If anything came up, I had the confi dence that they would have my best inter est in mind,” she said. “It took all the fear out for me; I just felt so comfortable and empowered.”Bothwomen also cited Columbia Birth Center’s being contracted with most ma jor medical insurance providers as a deci sive factor in opting for an alternative to conventional care. Zeleny was impressed by the team’s commitment to its clients. At 12:30 a.m. the first night, while at home with her baby, she was experiencing difficulties getting a good breastfeeding latch. “They said, ‘Call no matter what time it is.’ So, I did. I texted Cynthia and she came over and got into the bed with me and helped me get a good latch with my baby and she stayed with me to make sure everything got off to a good start,” she said. “Truly everything they value and care about they will actually do.” For the Columbia Birth Center team, the move has been the culmination of dreams, determination and a lot of hard work.“We have a lot of very fond memories of the old birth center. We actually have two clients currently in care who I deliv ered and who are now pregnant,” Flynn said.It seems all that’s left is to figure out where to hang up all the new hearts. Search Columbia Birth Center: 948 Ste vens Drive, Suite C, Richland; 509-9059000, Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Vicki Wilson will serve as vice chair. Orig inally appointed to the board in 2012, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from EWU in 1981. Wilson is a software engineer ing manager for North Wind Solutions in Richland. She is a Class 5 Leadership Tri-Cities graduate. Jay Manning will serve as board chair for the 2022-23 academic year. Originally appointed to the board in November 2014, Manning is an EWU alumnus who is in his second term on the university’s governing body. Man ning previously served six years as the director of goire.Christineformerof11fromEcology,partmentStateWashingtontheDeofand2009-waschiefstaffforGov.GreHeiscurrently a partner with the Cascadia Law Group in Olympia, where he focuses on environmental and energy issues.

• Janice Catrell has been elected as the Hanford Advisory Board’s interim chair and Susan Coleman has been elected as the board’s interim vice chair.



• The boardeesBoardUniversityWashingtonEasternofTrustelectedtwomembers.

• Maverick Care recently distributed free backpacks at Crazy Moose Casino in Pasco and its other locations around the state during its annual School’s Out event, providing summer packs to kids who may experience food insecurity dur ing the summer months. Summer packs included tickets for local activities. The nonprofit program of Maverick Gaming planned to give away 4,000 packs across the state.


New Hires • hasMemorialProsserHealthhired Dr. Jennifer Brindle at the Benton City rics.bornscareprovidewhereClinicshewillprimaryfromnewtogeriatForover25 years, she has been providing medical care to the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley through various health care organiza tions, including Kadlec, Trios and Lourdes Health. She studied biology at the University of Regina and went on to receive her doctorate from the Universi ty of Saskatchewan. She also completed her residency at the University’s Plains Health Centre and she is board certified in family practice.

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• Casey Cobble, Gabriel Crowell and Carly Faulk have joined Four Feathers Wine Service winemaking and viticulture teams in Prosser. Cobble and Crowell will lead the red and white winemaking programs, re spectively, while Faulk joins the team to lead the company’s new grape market place sales program and manage several of its estate vineyards. Cobble spent four years as a wine maker for Goose Ridge Winery before joining Four Feathers. She began her winemaking career in 2010 with Betz Family Winery in Woodinville as cellar assistant and customer service manager. She joined another Woodinville win ery, Robert Ramsey Cellars, in 2014 as winemaker.Cobbleis active in wine industry associations and helped found the Al liance of Women in Washington Wine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting women in the state’s wine industry. Crowell joined Four Feathers in 2018. Since then, he has worked in various departments at the company, in cluding technical services, research and development, and sales and marketing. He has a degree in viticulture and enol ogy from Washington State University. Faulk has deep roots in Washington State agriculture. She grew up on a cherry and apple farm in the Yakima Valley and started her viticulture career in 2011 as a viticulture technician for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. She left Ste. Michelle to work for Shaw Vineyards on Red Mountain, and in 2018, she took over vineyard management and grape sales for Alder Ridge Vineyard.

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Pratt is leaving to pursue another leadership opportunity in the Kennewick School District. Davis has served as assistant principal for the past three years and held other leader ship roles within and outside Richland School District. He holds an associate degree from Walla Walla Community College, a bachelor’s in special educa tion from Central Washington Uni versity and a master’s in educational administration.

• Bill Shib ley and BrownsonDerekhave been hired at Wheatland Bank as experienceoverloanandagriculturalcommercialofficers.Shibleybrings25yearsofasan

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agricultural lend er with a ag-relatedmanagerasviousbankeraindustry,andtheunderstandingstrongofagriculturalagribusinessbothasdecadeslongandpreexperiencethegeneralfortwobusinesses, as well as a bach elor of science in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. Brownson is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and brings 25 years of experience in the financial sector and is a well-respected as an agri cultural and commercial lender. He has proven himself as a successful lender and customer relationship manager. Active in the community, he has served with Junior Achievement, the Pasco Chamber of Commerce Board of Direc tors and the EWU Alumni Board of Directors. Their offices will be based in the bank’s Pasco branch, 9715 Sandifur Parkway.•Underground, a marketing and advertising agency based in Kennewick, has added new members to its creative team: Galina Dash kovska, designer and developer. She is a gradu ate of Spokane Falls technicalspentground,joiningprogram.College’sCommunitydesignPriortoUndershehertimeinandsupport roles. Eliza Patenio, social bachelor’sSheandmonthlyclients,Underground’saccountssocialmanagesmanager.mediaShethemediaofplanningpostscampaigns.holdsaincommunications and busi ness from the University of Washington. Shonna Ford, administrative direc tor. She specializes in client manage ment, campaign implementation and human resources. She has more than 10 years of experience in portraitmanagingofthecourseworkcompletedtiveadministraroles.SheatArtInstituteSeattlewhileastudio.


• The Rich land DistrictSchoolhas hired Paul Shaber as Pacific Crest On line atsistantservedHenextAcademy’sprincipal.recentlyasanasprincipalHanfordHigh School and replaces Principal Andre Hargunani, who is leaving to pursue an opportunity outside the Tri-Cities. Shaber joined the district in July 2018 at Hanford High after a three-year stint as principal at Dayton’s secondary school. He holds a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Idaho.

• Eric Davis, assistant prin cipal of Chief Joseph 2022-23beginningRhondaingschool,ofnamedSchool,MiddlehasbeenprincipaltheRichlandreplacPrincipalPrattintheschoolyear.

Adison Sall, social media spe cialist. She as sists in the plan ning and creative design of assets for social media clients’ signinhercalendars,monthlyusingbackgroundgraphicdetocreatecompelling visuals. She studied at Washington State University where she worked on student-led design teams planning graphics and social media posts for the university. Cord Lopez, graphic designer. He worked for years as a free lance and pro duction tionsvideos,als,advertisingcreatingfocusingdesigner,onmonthlyvisushort-formillustraandbranding. He is a graduate of the Northwest College of Art and Design, where he earned a bachelor’s in visual communication. Margo Cady, media televisionworkingcameratojournalistencewithandfilmanspecialist.productionSheisexperiencedproducervideoeditor,pastexperiasaphoandoperatorforlocalstations and sports teams. She enjoys creating her own short films, for which she’s won awards at regional film festivals. She graduated from Full Sail University with a bachelor’s in digital cinematography.

Lourdes Ideal Protein program is led by Dr. Michael Adling, a family medicine physician at Lourdes Health.


• Rozanne Tucker has retired from 3 Rivers Community Foundation. She served as associate director of 3RCF for 9 years and provided critical sup port through organizational growth and transitions. She excelled at building relationships with donors and embodied the philosophy that “it’s all about rela tionships.” Earlier in her career, Tucker worked for Kadlec Foundation and the Benton-Franklin Humane Society. Rogers

• Detective Elizabeth (Liz) Grant represents the Kennewick Police De partment this year. She sets aside her investigations when appropriate to help fellow officers. Grant’s empathy when interviewing victims is role model for all. She treats everyone with respect regard less of the situation. Service above self is her daily standard, according to Rotary. Each recipient received a plaque and $500. Additionally, each recipient directs $500 toward the charity of choice. A permanent plaque carrying the names of annual recipients is displayed at each police headquarters. Joe Lusignan, retired Benton County Sheriff’s Deputy and Pasco-Kennewick Rotary president-elect, presented the awards.• Jie Xiao, a world leader in electro chemical energy storage at Pacific North west National Laboratory, has received the E.O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The award recognizes mid-career scientists who have made exceptional contributions in research and development that support DOE and its mis sion to advance the national, eco nomic and energy security of the nation. Xiao was cited specifically for her work “in tegrating materi als science electrochemistryand across scales to advance both the state of science and the state of technology in emerging electrochemical energy storage systems.” Xiao is the seventh PNNL scientist to receive the award since its inception in 1959.

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• Pasco-based Lourdes Health’s Lourdes Healthy Lifestyle Program re ceived recognized at the 2022 Washing ton State Super Weekend with a 10-year partnership award for its Ideal Protein partnership. Ideal Protein is a doctordesigned, coach-led scientifically proven weight loss method that targets body fat while allowing participants to maintain muscle mass and vitality. It teaches participants to use food as medicine to lose weight and live their healthiest lives.

• hiredHastingsPetersenhas Tavin Blair as client service specialist for the firm. He will work with other members of the toservicesclientteamfacilitatethe collaborative monitoring and updating of personal and corporate investment accounts, as well as maintain complex financial reports. The Chiawana High graduate attended George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, where he played collegiate football and obtained his bach elor’s in finance. Petersen Hastings is a registered investment advisor in Kenne wick and Walla Walla.


• Good Shepherd Health Care Sys tem in Hermiston received top rankings in the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provid ers and Systems (HCAHPS) summary report scores. Hospitals refer to these scores as the “H-caps,” which includes a quarterly summary report of returned patient surveys that are then used to draw comparisons of hospitals across a variety of metrics. The scores are also deemed indicative of the standard of care at each facility and used to create incentives for hospitals and health care organizations to compete on patient engagement and satisfaction.

• Inland Imaging, which has a clinic in Kennewick, hired Jennifer Heimbigner as chief operations officer of Inland Im aging Clinical Associates/Inland Imaging LLC, the company’s outpatient imaging and clinical staffing divisions. Heimbig ner joins Inland Imaging after spending the last 23 years in increasingly respon sible roles in health care administration at Cancer Care Northwest, most recently as the CEO, a position she has held since 2017. She obtained her undergraduate degree as well as her master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Washington University.

• The newly remodeled 19th Hole Event Center has 130 person capacity.




• The Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club recently presented the John Goldsberry Award in honor of longtime Rotarian, community benefactor and Tri-Citian of the Year, John Goldsberry. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the Kennewick and Pasco police depart ments. It is not an officer of the year award. Recipients are honored for a body of work demonstrating commitment to the highest standards of modern policing and to the Rotary Ideas of “service above self.” Police chiefs for each jurisdiction approve the nomination. Sgt. Travis Park of the Pasco sonalusedoccasionsment.PoliceingawardsionOperationsFieldDivireceivedtherepresentthePascoDepartOnseveralParkhisperfundstoassist needy community members. He always looks for solutions to help, according to Rotary.


• Legends room can accommodate 12 people. N. Underwood, Kennewick

• Mike John son, principal at Delta High School and a former Hanford High School math teacher, has been hired as Johnson,newHighHanfordSchool’sprincipal.who replaces Principal Tory Christensen, has also been a district middle school assistant principal, worked in schools around the world and sup ported rigorous and innovative educa tional programs. He holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in teaching mathematics from Santa Clara Univer sity. His teaching certification is from Western Washington University and his principal certification is from Washing ton State University Tri-Cities.•The Wishing Star Founda tion has hired Ashleigh Rogers as the new pro grams theforprovidegrantmanageroutreachtohelpwishesandserviceschildreninTri-Citiesand surrounding areas.

• West Richland police Chief Ben Majetich has retired from law enforce ment. Majetich spent about 26 years of his career with the Pasco Police Depart ment before working in West Richland. He worked in many roles over his career, including street patrol, SWAT, defense tactics instructor and investigations. He transferred to the West Richland Police Department in 2014, taking the position of captain. In 2016 he was promoted to chief. He was instrumental in shepherd ing the planning and construction of the city’s new police facility that opened in January 2022. Majetich said he intends to continue his community service through Adult Protective Services.

• Frederique Vion has been promoted to head winemaker at Four Feathers Wine Service in Prosser. Vion joined the Four Feathers team in 2012. Prior to that, she spent 16 years as winemaker, assistant winemaker and cellar master for Sagelands Vineyards in Eastern Wash ington. She also has worked at wineries in Australia and the Haut-Médoc region of France near Bordeaux. A native of France, Vion grew up in Provence. She graduated from Perpignan University with a degree in agronomy and achieved a master’s degree in winemaking and viticulture at Toulouse University in the southwest of France.


• The dining room can accommodate 130 people.

Newly remodeled event space for people looking to host meetings and banquets. Xiao



• West Richland police Capt. Thomas Grego was promoted to chief of police in West Richland on May 23.

• Heritage room can host up to 25 guests.


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Salem-based Hawthorn Construction Group is building the four-story facility off Highway 395 at 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd., behind Dugout Sports Bar and a branch of STCU credit union. Construction will take 24 months.


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The title will be changing soon at Rich land’s Magnolia Music Studio, but the love for making and teaching music will continue.Magnolia Music Studio is being sold by Cynthia Vaughn to Samantha Schneider, who takes over ownership on Aug. 1. Schneider will change the name to Cre ative Music Learning Center Richland just in time for fall music lessons. Studio manager Amanda Gentry will continue as administrator. The studio’s instructors provide inperson and online private lessons in voice, piano, violin, cello, guitar and flute. Both Schneider and Vaughn believe in the power of music. “Music can reach anyone,” Schneider said.Vaughn adds, “Music is for everyone, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a professional.”Bothwomen have dedicated their lives helping people thrive with music. Magnolia moves to Richland Vaughn started the original Magnolia Music Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she had just completed 10 years of teaching music at Colorado State Univer sity.She brought the business to Richland in 2014 when her husband Terry was work ing for a Hanford contractor. Magnolia Music Studio moved to 430 George Wash ington Way, Suite 104, where it remains. A deal is made Schneider, meanwhile, owns the Cre ative Music Learning Center, a small studio in Spokane. She moved to the TriCities in February with her husband Brian and their children. A mutual friend introduced Vaughn and Schneider. Schneider mentioned she was interested in opening a music studio in the Tri-Cities. As luck would have it, Vaughn was looking to retire after 40 years of teach ing music, writing books about music and running a music business. She and her husband want to move to Virginia to be close to one of their children. “I said, ‘Let’s talk,’ ’’ Vaughn said. By March, the two had a deal. “The reason this all seems such a sur prise to some people is we’ve been un der a confidentiality agreement until all business aspects have been completed,” VaughnSchneidersaid. will assume the lease for the space, which has two years left. An Oregon company that builds and operates residential facilities for seniors broke ground in May on Riverwalk Es tates, a 149-unit, $40 million facility that will provide assisted and indepen dent units near Canyon Lakes.

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Hawthorn Senior Living, the construc tion company’s Vancouver, Washing ton-based sister, will operate it once it opens to residents, said Sai Dasari, Hawthorn’s on-site construction man ager.The building will offer individual units, private garages, a commercial kitchen and recreational amenities such as a movie theater, bocce ball court and more.The building is on the north side of the property to maximize the distance between it and the single-family homes on Williams Street in Canyon Lakes, which borders it to the south. The exte rior will feature a mix of stone, Hardie siding and wood-like feature elements, according to planning documents. Lenity Architecture Inc. of Salem, Oregon, is the designer. Knutzen Engi neering of Kennewick is the engineer. Hawthorn has a national profile and is an active builder with projects across the country. It has seven in development with locations spread across the east and west coasts. A spokesperson said it was attracted by robust growth in the Tri-Cities.Hawthorn paid $2.75 million for the 7.74-acre property in a deal that closed Aug. 4, 2021. It owns the property un der the name Kennewick Retirement Residence LLC, according to Benton County property records. The senior living facility will occupy about six Hawthornacres.Retirement Group was ac quired by Columbia Pacific Advisors in 2017. The Seattle-based investment firm has a focus on senior housing. At the time, Columbia said it was im pressed by the strength of Hawthorn’s operations and its “substantial pipeline” of projects. building Arby’s-anchored travel center at Pasco’s King City ribbon Kennewick wine village’s

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Hawthorn Construction Group, based in Salem, Oregon, broke ground in May on Riverwalk Estates, a 149-unit, $40 million assisted and independent living home for seniors at 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd. in Kennewick. Its sister company, Hawthorn Senior Living, will operate the facility.


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Schneider joined the Magnolia voice faculty in April, and Vaughn added her name to the staff list. “I wanted her to be visible to every one,” Vaughn said. Studio’s future Their roles will reverse when Schneider takes ownership: Vaughn will continue as a part-time teacher. The incoming owner graduated from Washington State University with a vocal performance degree, with an emphasis in opera.She had many leading soprano roles in performances at WSU. Schneider herself has performed with the Inland Northwest Opera and the Spokane Valley Summer Theater. She has directed music shows for the Spokane Children’s Theater. Schneider has six faculty members at her Spokane facility. But she already has 12 faculty members at the Richland stu dio.“In Spokane, I couldn’t get students and teachers to flip to virtual classes when the pandemic hit,” Schneider said. But in the Tri-Cities, within one week, all students and teachers flipped to virtual. “Online worked beautiful,” Vaughn said, although there were some drops in numbers. “The studio, pre-pandemic, had 12 teachers and 150 students. We’re build ing it back up. Right now, it’s 12 teachers and 130 students. I think Samantha can grow it back up to 200 students.” Schneider agreed. “I think 200 is very easy to achieve, especially it being so present to an online presence,” Schneider said. And although students and teachers are back in the building, many have opted to stay with lessons online. It also doesn’t limit where either teach ers or students come from. Most students at the Richland facility live in the Mid-Co lumbia region, though some live outside the state, logging in from Ohio, Massa chusetts and elsewhere. Vaughn also has teachers who live in Canada and California. “Cynthia has done a great job of culti vating a faculty,” said Schneider, who said it’s almost a turnkey business situation that won’t need much changing. “Cynthia has done a fantastic job with this place,” she said. “She has great sys tems and processes in place. It’s a welloiled machine, and I’m truly grateful for that.”Vaughn said in addition to staying on as an online faculty member, she’ll serve as an advisor to Schneider. Tri-City arts community Vaughn’s pending move to Virginia will be a loss to the Tri-City arts and busi nessShecommunity.hasbeen a board member for the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Com merce, Richland Rotary Club, the MidColumbia Mastersingers, Mid-Columbia Musical Theater and the Rude Mechani cals Shakespeare Company. She also has performed as a soprano soloist for both the Mid-Columbia Sym phony and the Yakima Symphony. Her writing and work as a clinician give her national and international respect. But it was time to slow down — just a bit.“I’ll be going from 100 mph to 85 mph,” she Schneidersaid.looks forward to immersing herself into the Tri-Cities’ arts, business and education community. “It makes me so excited,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of work. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last four years. I’m going to start my focus on our area (for students). I need to make my mark in this community. It has to be my first prior ity.”Vaughn pointed out the local arts com munity is great at welcoming newcomers. “In 2014 when I came here, I was in stantly embraced by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and the whole arts com munity. They’ll do the same for Sam.” Schneider is excited about the task at hand.“Being the new person stepping in, I do have some big shoes to fill,” Schneider said. “As I connect with people, I’m con fident I can show them I am new, but I’ve got my stuff together.”

Courtesy Lindsey Schifferl Photography Samantha Schneider, left, has bought Magnolia Music Studio from Cynthia Vaughn, right. Schneider will change the name to Creative Music Learning Center Richland, just in time for fall music lessons.

For more information about in-person and online music lessons for both adults and children, go to MagnoliaMusicStudio. com and follow Magnolia Music Studio and Creative Music Learning Center on Facebook and Instagram. Summer lessons are available through July and fall lesson enrollments will open Aug. 1 as the studio transitions to the new name and branding. Call 509-420-3456.

Electric project begins at Richland Airport Sierra Electric Inc. of Pasco began a $3.2 million project to replace electrical systems at the Richland Airport on July 18. The Federal Aviation Administrationfunded project is replacing all runway and taxiway lights. The project will disrupt operations at the airport, according to the Port of Benton, which owns and operates theThefacility.project begins with Runway 8-26 and will switch over to Runway 1-19 in early September. The airport should be fully functioning by mid-November.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is finalizing construction of a $10 million location anchored by Arby’s at 3602 Capitol Ave., at Pasco’s King City. Oklahoma City, broke ground in late 2021. building Arby’s-anchored at Pasco’s King City

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The city of Richland expects to break ground this fall on a community park at Badger Mountain Park South following a lengthy process to ensure the park meets area interest. More than 300 people partici pated in the process. West Village Community Park will be constructed between Trowbridge Boule vard and Bella Coola Lane and will offer a softball field, wheels track, three multiuse fields, dog park, pickleball court, basket phases.Goto:

O’Brien Construction plans new home in Burbank O’Brien Construction Co. in Kennewick will consolidate its operations with a $1.5 million investment in Burbank. O’Brien secured approval from the Port of Walla Walla Commission to buy a 1.62-acre site for $211,701 at the Burbank Business Park. The land purchase will let O’Brien bring the business under a single roof in a park that is across the Snake River from Pasco, just off Highway 12. O’Brien leases a building in Kennewick. It will construct a 6,000-square-foot building for a warehouse and office with 20 full-time employees. O’Brien was founded in 1974 in Hermiston and is owned by Zak O’Brien. It is a second-generation, veteran-owned firm doing design-build general contractor work serving the agricultural, commercial, development and industrial markets. Two other contractors also have plans to build at the Burbank Business Park.


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McEachen Electric LLC of Burbank bought 2 acres from the port for $240,699, with plans for a $2 million investment that includes a 12,000-square-foot warehouse


Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a privately held Oklahoma City company with 590 24-hour truck stops and convenience stores in 41 states, is finalizing construction of its latest location, at Pasco’s King City. The $10 million, Arby’s-anchored travel center is one of 40 expected to open in 2022 and is the second Love’s in the greater Tri-Cities. The company opened an $18 million travel center and hotel on Prosser’s Wine Country Road in 2016. The Pasco Love’s includes fueling stations, a 12,400-square-foot build ing with about 10,000 square feet dedicated to general retail and 3,300 square feet to a restaurant, identified as Arby’s in building permits. The company posts job openings at has 72 parking spaces for passenger vehicles, five for recreational vehicles, five accessible spots, 14 for bobtail trucks without trailers and 47 full truck spots. It boasts an entrance on Kartchner Avenue near the Highway 395 exit and an address of 3602 Capitol Avenue, which borders the property to the east. AutoZone Inc.’s massive Pasco ware house is across Capitol.


Good Shepherd buys land for $10M urgent care center Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) of Hermiston, Oregon, recently closed a deal to purchase the former Rogers Toyota of Hermiston property in June and plans to build a new state-of-the-art urgent care center. The estimated $10 million project at 1550 N. First St. off Highway 395 was in the design phase in late June. A general contractor had not yet been named.Good Shepherd plans to break ground at the site this fall after the existing building is demolished. “This will be a fully-supported urgent care, with diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, right in the heart of Hermiston,” said Brian Sims, president and CEO, in a statement. “We intend this location to offer much more convenience, efficiency and space to better serve our patients.” Construction planning is in the early development phase, but hospital administrators have set a goal to open the new clinic in October 2023 when the existing urgent care on Elm Street relocates to the new Highway 395 location.“Wewill have the same amazing providers and staff but a more robust facility to take care of you quickly and efficiently, so that you can get right back to your work and family,” Sims said.

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION CUSTOM LABELED BOTTLED WATER Custom Labeled Water Bottles: • Are a useful promotional branding tool • Can promote your company, special events, coupons or seasonal offerings • Make a great attention-grabbing icebreaker when meeting with new clients and businesses • Can be used for private events like weddings or family reunions • Are available in two convenient sizes: 16.9oz and 10oz Paradise Bottled Water is a Columbia Industries enterprise. It joins Columbia Industries’ lineup of businesses that help fund our mission of supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges. When you purchase products from Paradise Bottled Water, you’re helping support life-changing programs for individuals in need in our community. Taste the difference with Paradise Bottled Water! Your brand + our water = a winning marketing strategy! Graphic design services available! (509) paradisebottledwater.com792-3356 6202 W. Deschutes Ave. Kennewick uBUSINESS BRIEF Photo by Melanie Hoefer Hair The Port of Kennewick celebrated a pivotal moment for its Vista Field project with an open house on June 16. Total Site Services completed a $4.9 million development project that set the stage for commercial development. The port is now selling sites in the first phase. The former municipal airfield boasts streets and a water feature with water fountains. The mixed-use project is expected to create an urban village in the heart of the Tri-Cities. editionSubscribetcjournal.biztoprintonline Local, exclusive business news, interviews and guest editorials by prominent business leaders. Grin 1 Year: $27.10 GRIN-WINK 2 Years: $45.56 Surprise 3 Years: $65.11 Prices include 8.6% sales tax. Hundreds attend Vista Field debut

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Port cuts ribbon for Kennewick wine village’s latest additions By Tri-Cities Business

A train navigates the Port of Benton’s short line railroad near the Chamna Nature Preserve in south Richland in this 2020 file photo. The port evicted Tri-City Railroad Co., its longtime rail operator, in June after suing to terminate its lease because of maintenance issues. Photo by Wendy Culverwell


The Port of Kennewick celebrates the latest phase of its wine-oriented village on Columbia Drive with a ribbon cut ting event at 2 p.m. July 28. The festivities kick off the second phase of Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village, created to transform a section of the East Columbia Drive waterfront near the cable bridge into a center for wineries, food and future de velopment.Theprogram will acknowledge the first two wineries to move in, Bar tholomew and Monarcha, and will in troduce the latest two to join, Gordon Estate Winery and Muret-Gaston Win ery. The latter took over the space va cated by Cave B Winery during the Co vid-19 pandemic. All four wineries will be open dur ing the event and winemakers will be in attendance, as will the regular vendors at the food truck plaza: Culture Shock Bistro, Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food, Taste of Wok, Only Tacos, Boblastic and Swampy’s BBQ. The second phase, which added a second building and infrastructure to support the food truck plaza, was fund ed by the port, city of Kennewick, the Benton County Rural Capital Fund, a grant from the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund and other local agen cies.The port broke ground on the initial phase in 2016 as part of a long-term vi sion to lure visitors to what had been an industrial stretch of Columbia Drive. The property is across the street from Zip’s Drive-In. The city supported the work by installing sidewalks, landscap ing, trees and it developed a system to pretreat winery wastewater, a critical investment to enable wine production. The port leases space to tenants. Future phases will extend the develop ment along port-owned land adjacent to Duffy’sSwampy’sPond.BBQ, a food truck plaza tenant, has bought a small site at Colum bia Gardens and is preparing to develop a permanent home and walk-up counter for the business. There are several other lots

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The Port of Kennewick added a food truck plaza and canopy during the second phase of its Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village, near the cable bridge. The port will hold a pandemic-delayed ribbon cutting to celebrate the newest phase on July 28.

The Port of Benton evicted the long time operator of its railroad track network in June after a Benton County court ruled the tenant breached its duty to maintain theTri-Citytracks. Railroad Co., which operated the port’s southern connection, was found in default of its lease for failing to main tain the rail Deterioratingsystem.conditions on the 16mile track resulted in severe speed restric tions and disputes with rail users who rely on it to move goods in and out of north Richland.Aspart of a final settlement, the port took possession of the track system and offices at 2579 Stevens Drive in midJune.The port first sued in 2018. On May 18, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom granted the port’s motion for summary judgment in the case, noting that the railroad breached its 2002 lease. The court noted damages would be determined at trial, but the port’s attor ney indicated it does not expect to pursue damages, saying court dates are difficult to schedule, litigation is expensive and its former tenant may be unable to pay any judgment.Theport said the railroad has ceased operations and is expected to vacate the Stevens building by July 31. The port has contracted with Rail Works to coordinate rail inspections and maintenance until a new operator is signed on. Advance Signal & Contracting took over signal maintenance and inspec tion, the port said. The port has been in a long-running dispute over track maintenance as well as separate plans by the cities of Richland and Kennewick to extend Center Parkway across the tracks to Tapteal Drive near Columbia Center. The railroad opposed it, saying it inter rupted transfer activities in the area and later, that relocating operations to down town Kennewick harmed its business. The railroad was built in 1947 to con nect the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with the main rail lines in Kennewick. The port acquired the tracks and other as sets in the 1100 Area in late 1998. The 2002 lease obligated the rail oper ator to maintain the 11 miles of main track as well as sidings and spurs. In January, the port briefed its two new commissioners on the seriousness of de teriorating track, noting that millions of dollars are at stake if trains cannot safely navigate the network. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific both use the track to access customers in the Horn Rapids area.

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Tri-City Railroad Co. evicted from Richland railroad


Float Euphoria expands, launches new services Float Euphoria, a Tri-Cities wellness destination and health spa, expanded into a second building. The 2,574-square-foot facility is at 3205 W. Kennewick Ave. and is next door to the original location. The expansion adds five treatment rooms, with four more planned by the end of 2022, bringing the total to 14.

The project is being proposed by Spokane-based Storhaug Engineering, according to documents filed under the Washington State Environmental Protection Act, or SEPA. The site is va cant except for a shed near McMurray Street, which will be demolished. The project is expected to serve middle to low-income residents. Construction is expected to begin in the fall or Washingtonspring.Securities and Invest ment Corp. owns the property.

applicationsMortgage fall as interest rates rise By Tri-Cities Business your business info@tcjournal.biznews

Richland issues preliminary approval for Jadwin apartment complex A 114-unit apartment proposed for Jadwin Avenue secured preliminary approval when the city of Richland de termined it will have noI environmental impacts.Theproject is slated for a four-acre property at 1866 Jadwin Ave. and will include five three-story buildings as well as a clubhouse, pool, hot tub and parking.

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Owner Ryan Wright opened Float Euphoria in 2017. The business offers floatation therapy and massage therapy. The expansion allows for more mas sage therapists and the launch of new services, including acupuncture, esthet ics skincare treatments and an infrared sauna.Itadded 10 staff, bringing the total to 20. Summit Storage is now a U-Haul franchisee Summit Storage Kennewick at 9501 W. 10th Ave. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. U-Haul teams with more than 20,000 local dealers in the U.S. and Canada to offer U-Haul rentals and packing sup plies.Matson Development Co. built the 642-unit storage business in 2021. Kennewick produce store announces expansion plans The SM Produce for Less store at 135 Vista Way in Kennewick has plans to expand.Thestore will take over adjacent suites to add a food prep area and stor age, according to building permits filed with the city. The owner plans $80,000 in im provements.


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Applications for new mortgages fell 5.4% for the week ending July 1 com pared to a week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The Market Composite index is a measure of mortgage loan application volume. A separate index tracking re finance activity decreased 8% over the same“Mortgageperiod. rates decreased for the sec ond week in a row, as growing concerns over an economic slowdown and in creased recessionary risks kept Treasury yields lower,” said Joel Kan, associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting for MBA. He noted mortgage rates have in creased sharply in 2022, despite falling 24 basis points in late June, with a 30year fixed mortgage hovering at 5.74%. “Rates are still significantly higher than they were a year ago, which is why applications for home purchases and refinances remain depressed. Purchase activity is hamstrung by ongoing afford ability challenges and low inventory, and homeowners still have reduced incentive to apply for a refinance.” Refinance activity as a share of overall mortgage activity decreased to 29.6%, from 30.3%, MBA said. Adjustable-rate mortgages decreased to 9.5% of all ap plications.Theaverage interest rate for a 30-year rate on a conforming loan with balances of $647,200 or less decreased to 5.74%, and to 5.6% for loans over that amount. The average interest rate for 30-year loans backed by the FHA decreased to 5.6%.Interest rates for 15-year fix-rate mortgages decreased to 4.96% and for 5/1 ARMs it fell to 4.62%.


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Lone Peak Properties LLC has completed a new home for Columbia Physical Therapy in Pasco.The 4,645-square-foot office includes a large pool, open gym area and six private treat provides outpatient orthopedic, neurological and industrial physical therapy, including warm water aquatic therapy. The pool is 28-by-16 feet and can accommodate up to five patients at a time in addition to the physical therapist. Lone Peak consists of physical therapists Bryce Mortensen, Jon Burrup and Brian Brooks.Thethree therapists have more than 55 years of combined experience. They began seeing patients in the new building on June 21 and are accepting new patients. Columbia Physical Therapy has had a pres ence in east Pasco for more than 40 years. Contact the clinic at 509-547-3636 or built the project. Baker Architecture was the designer.


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CHAPTER 13 Anthony Lee Bryant & Nicole Jean Bryant, 2116 Shasta Ave., Richland. Elizabeth Faye Maxwell, 200802 E. Game Farm Road, #95, Kennewick. Timothy James Ahrens, 49 S. Yelm, Kennewick. Justin Wayne Harris, 148 Englewood Drive, Richland.

uBANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is discharged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for fore closure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts. Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.


Steven Edward Penisten, 4017 Montgomery Lane, Pasco. uTOP PROPERTIES BENTON COUNTY 1908 W. 39th Ave., Kennewick, 3,111-square-foot home. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Jeremiah Benjamin Harris. Seller: BMB Development Inc. 3610 Paso Fino St., West Richland, 1-acre home site. Price: $990,000. Buyer: Brandon & Kindra Reed. Seller: Tyler & Danielle Krasner. 40504 N. Demoss Road, Benton City, PineGenesison198-square-foot2,872-square-foot,3,736-square-foot,2,618-square-foot,commercialbuilding2acres.Price:$2million.Buyer:EstatesLLC.Seller:SugarBarnLLC. 326 Chardonnay Ave., Prosser, 8,313-square-foot medical office and 5,152-square-foot medical offices. Price: $2 million. Buyer: HCII 336. Seller: Prosser Ventures LLC. 336 Chardonnay Ave., Prosser, 8,313-square-foot and 5,152-squarefoot medical offices. Price: $6.5 mil lion. Buyer: HCII 336. Seller: Prosser Ventures LLC. 2432, 2467, 2455 Maggio Loop, 4082 Clover Road, 59 Cortana Way, Richland, home sites ranging in size from 0.2 to 0.26 acres. Price: $764,000. Buyer: Riverwood Homes Washington LLC. Seller: Siena Hills Development LLC. 334 Columbia Point Drive, Unit 302, Richland, 3,389-square-foot home. Price: $992,000. Buyer: Greg W. & Kim M. Fordel. Seller: Wing Che Chau Trustee. 539 Carner St., Richland, 2,168-square-foot home. Price: $720,000. Buyer: Milward & Sarah B. Norwood. Seller: Amil & Mejrema Cordic. 230 Broadmoor St., Richland, 2,922-square-foot home. Price: $880,000. Buyer: Matthew E. & Misty A. Fewel. Seller: Thomas A. & Mitra Rado. 1444 Tuscany Place, Richland, 2,408-square-foot home. Price: $717,000. Buyer: Kurt Berschauer. Seller: Monique Kaas. 5706 Glenbrook Loop, West Richland, 4,806-square-foot home. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: David & Robin Harding. Seller: Kay A. Campton. 1068 Meadow Hills Drive, Richland, 3,892-square-foot home. Price: $960,000. Buyer: Tremaine John & Linda Kay Smith. Seller: Michael J. Cynthia A. Kohlman. 13630 S. Cottonwood Drive, Kennewick, 3,415-square-foot home on 2.54 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Tho Q. Nguyen & Donna Gardner. Seller: Travis & Teresa Matson. 7104, 7049, 7040, 7052 W. 35th Ave., 3448 S. Zimmerman St., 3371 S. Young St., Kennewick, home sites ranging in size from 0.18 to 0.26 acres. Price: $827,000. Buyer: Landmark Homes of Washington Inc.

Seller: Tri-Cities Development Co. LLC. 14443 Furlong Lane, Kennewick, 2,967-square-foot home. Price: $827,000. Buyer: Vern S. & Lynda D. Stoffell. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction LLC. 2643 Appaloosa Way, Richland, 2,474-square-foot home. Price: $715,000. Buyer: Jordan W. & Jennifer L. Henderson. Seller: Richard C. & Patricia Cecil. 1011 Queensgate Drive, Richland, 3,563-square-foot mini mart conve nience store. Price: $2.3 million. Buyer: Heavy 2 LLC. Seller: JAS DS LLC. 312 Rockwood Drive, Richland, 2,332-square-foot home. Price: $785,000. Buyer: Narinder & Anjna Verma. Seller: Venkatarman & Uma Sambasivan. 1130 N. Harrison Place, Kennewick, 2.29 acres of commercial property. Price: $2.3 million. Buyer: The Grove MHC LLC. Seller: North 44 Grove 2 LLC. 6745 Pyrite Court, West Richland, 3,256-square-foot home. Price: $724,000. Buyer: Alan & Lynda West. Seller: Shan T. & Jennifer M. Belew. 221 Wellsian Way, Richland, 7,608-square-foot medical office. Price: $3.3 million. Buyer: MMAC PIX2 Richland WA SPE LLC. Seller: South Wheel Technical Center LLC. 3426 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick, apartment complex with three 4,000-square-foot buildings. Price: $2.9 million. Buyer: Highland 13 LLC. Seller: Aissata Sidibe Properties LLC. 1384 Alla Vista St., Richland, 4,169-square-foot home. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: Diahann & Ronald Howard. Seller: Mark A. & Patricia A. Jaeger. 1071, 1040 Makah Court, 4449, 4427, 4194 Cowlitz Blvd., Richland, home sites ranging in size from 0.25 to 0.4 acres. Price: $712,000. Buyer: Pro Made Construction LLC. Seller: R C of Washington Inc. 1407 N. Young St., Kennewick, 9,654-square-foot commercial build ing. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Douglas Paul & Linda Louise Clark Trustees. Seller: Young Street Professional Center LLC. 4054 Highview St., Richland, 2,492-square-foot home. Price: $715,000. Buyer: Jaden Tschauner & Rebekah Bourgeois. Seller: P&R Construction LLC. 3928 Highview St., 3933 Corvina St, Richland, 184.57 acres of irrigated ag land. Price: $15.4 million. Buyer: Goose Ridge Development Corp. Seller: Monson Development Washington LLC. 6618 W. 20th Ave., Kennewick, 3,368-square-foot home. Price: $925,000. Buyer: Scott & Britney uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B13

CHAPTER 7 Michael Maffeo, 324 Rossell Ave., Richland. Allan Brandon Gilmore, 2100 Bellerive Drive, #191, Richland. Debra Catherine Wilhelm, 3001 W. Sandy Lane, Benton City. Belisario Salas & Rosa Elvia Lua, 66 E. Date St., Connell. Dvina Marie Loisate, 232 Skyline Drive, Richland. Amber Lynn Horton, 6109 Curlew Lane, Pasco. Cassandra Miller, 5412 Tiger Lane, Pasco. Saul Hernandez Velazco, 1850 Stevens Drive, #219, Richland. Christopher Sloan, 847 Bretz Road, Richland. Jacob Conrad Northey, 1863 Mahan Ave., Richland. Jerry Biscoe MacDonald II & Kellcie Rene MacDonald, 4599 Ironton Court, West Richland. Sean Michael Taylor & Sara Nicole Taylor, 4308 S. Sharron Court, Kennewick. Benjamin Mark Marinoni & Amy Lynn Marinoni, 2022 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick. Leticia Corona Meza, PO Box 411, Walla Walla. Morima Phillips, 1416 S. Fir St., Kennewick. Hector Tabarez & Lynsi Lee Tabarez, 5124 W. 28th Ave., Kennewick. Roy Lee Johnson, 12 E. First Ave., Kennewick. Susan Bullock, 316 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick.


40 East, $483,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Day Wireless Systems. Wilbur-Ellis Co. Pasco, 6221 Industrial Place, $327,000 for com mercial addition. Contractor: NorthWest Handling Systems. Reser’s Fine Foods, 5526 N. Capitol Ave., $2.9 million for heat pump/ HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Mechanical inc. Road 68 Retail LLC, 4525 Road 68, $125,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: JNM Construction. Hy T. & Cha T. Ha, 1211 N. 20th Ave., $53,000 for tenant improve ments. Contractor: owner. Hogback Road 68 Taco LLC, 5326 Road 68, Suite 102, $18,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia LLC, 322 W. Columbia St., $9,800 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Bosch II Construction Co. CDSK 28 LLC, 3407 W. Court St., $72,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Inland Asphalt Co. Octavio Rodriguez, 517 W. Marie St., $226,000 for new commercial. Contractor: owner. Alberto M. Vejar, 120 N. Main Ave., $11,000 for new commercial. Contractor: owner. Hogback Road 68 Taco LLC, 5326 uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B15

Contractor: Communications.Centerline FRANKLIN COUNTY Randall E. Crosby, 11232 PascoKahlotus Road, $14,000 for demoli tion. Contractor: owner. KENNEWICK Juan Carlos Gutierrez, 2812 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, $53,000 for commercial remodel, $8,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Optimum General Construction. Vista Field Industrial Park LLC, 501 N. Quay St., #B108, $15,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. RCCH Trios Health LLC, 900 S. Auburn St., $30,000 for antenna/ tower. Contractor: Telecommunications.Legacy Kennewick Retirement Residence LLC, 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $23 million for new commercial, $959,000 for plumbing, $77,000 for new com mercial, $64,000 for new commer cial, $850,000 for heat pump/HVAC.


B14 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 Seller: Urban Range LLC. 1125 E. Spokane St., Pasco, 10,368-square-foot office building and warehouse on 4.6 acres. Price: $5.9 million. Buyer: Ivanko Gardens LLC. Seller: Oreof19 Equipment LLC. uBUILDING PERMITS BENTON CITY Rafael Zepeda, 509 Ninth St., $5,000 for sign. Contractor: owner. BENTON COUNTY Andrey Belza, property off Clodfelter Road, $50,000 for grading. Contractor: Vision Enterprises. AgriNorthwest, 33262 E. Highway 14, Paterson, $38,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Hendon Construction Co. US Cellular, 39520 W. Kelly Road, Benton City, $50,000 for antenna/ tower. Contractor: Tool Tech LLC. Matson Development, 9501 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick, $255,000 for com mercial addition. Contractor: Hummel Construction & Development. American Tower, 3331 PR PR, Richland, $9,000 for antenna/tower.

Contractors: Hawthorn Construction Group, JRT Mechanical Inc., Bruce Mechanical Inc. King Enterprises of Washington LLC, 1408 N. Louisiana St., $13,500 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Company. Columbia River Warehouse LLC, 10 E. Bruneau Ave., $160,000 for sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. City of Kennewick, 302 W. 10th Ave., $11 million for new commer cial, $1 million for heat pump/HVAC $500,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Banlin Construction Co. LLC, Apollo Inc., BNB Mechanical. Solid Structures, 621 N. Kellogg St., $250,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Solid Structures. Andrew Landram, 210 N. Volland St., $9,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: AH Landram Enterprises Inc. Zag Investments LLC, 2604 W. Bruneau Place, $14,000 for commer cial reroof. Contractor: Above the Rest Roofing. Pro Made Construction LLC, 2715 S. Sherman St., $27,000 for com mercial remodel, $41,000 for com mercial remodel. Contractor: RP Development LLC. RSC Union LLC, 1703 S. Union St., $110,400 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Silver Bow Roofing. EdmundPASCO Harrington, 2407 N. Commercial Ave., $50,000 for anten na/tower. Contractor: to be deter mined. Cittagazze LLC, 1336 Dietrich Road, $7,000 for commercial Contractor: Hutchison Construction. Project Oyster Pasco, 1351 S. Road


B15TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 Road 68, $52,000 for tenant improve ment. Contractor: to be determined. Great Basin Land Co., 1131 E. Spokane St., $551,000 for new com mercial. Contractor: owner. Hogback Road 68 Taco LLC, 5326 Road 68, $18,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Brantingham Enterprises, 1417 E. St. Helens St., #1401, $14,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Mitchell Lewis & Staver Co. / Earl Mallet. Hogback Road 68 Taco LLC, 5326 Road 68, $20,000 for sign.

Clearwater Ave. Zapateria & Modas Flor, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. AM & Associates LLC, 85 Tuttle Lane, Burbank. L Bar Ranch Beef, 1281 Gap Road, Granger. Ramos Remodel, 210 E. First Place. Larry’s Electric, 1573 W. 52nd Ave. Valencia Express Cleaning LLC, 1114 W. 10th Ave. Somer Bakery LLC, 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. C2 Custom Construction & Home Repair, 4422 Muris Lane, Pasco. Velasquez Construction LLC, 4209 N. Avalon Road, Spokane Valley. Vtelectric LLC, 1006 Adams St., Richland. Fenix LLC, 2880 Russell Road, Mesa. Perez Construction, 109 N. Ione St. Three Rivers Performance LLC, 11932 S. Steeplechase Drive. Modern Construction-HVAC, LLC, 313 Canyon Drive, Prosser. Angel Massage, 4218 W. Clearwater Ave. Berman Budgeting Basics LLC, 3121 W. Hood Ave. Emerald Spa LLC, 1611 W. Kennewick Ave. Bring The Pressure LLC, 2121 W. 19th Ave. MZ Granite & Quartz LLP, 2917 W. 19th Ave. Grooming By Coleen, 3321 W. Kennewick Ave. Modern Cubs, 440 N. Volland St. La Casita, 2105 N. Steptoe St. Berry’s Brewed, 6102 Road 68 Pasco. Nebula Construction LLC, 1203 W. Kennewick Ave. C & M Knives, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Richards Real Property LLC, 1607 W. Kennewick Ave. Motorsports Butler, 6334 W. Victoria Ave. Inside & Out, 2604 W. Entiat Ave. Tri-City Spine and Sport LLC, 11 N. Auburn St. Stein Skin & Care, 8121 W. Grandridge Blvd. Slap Factory, 609 S. Washington St. Cherry Creek Mortgage LLC, 5453 Ridgeline Drive. Savy Lashes, 595 N. Irving Place Level Up Preschool, 2625 W. Entiat Ave. The Lounge Salon LLC, 4309 W. 27th Place. Gradinexcavation LLC, 389 E. Maple St., Burbank Cheli’s Boutique LLC, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. C.K Construction Solutions, 1222 N. Sheppard St. Bravo’s Welding & Fabrication, 1119 W. Grandview Ave., Sunnyside. Firsthand Healthcare, 1871 W. 25th Court. JMS Transport LLC, 3610 W. 16th Place. Diaz Hotshot Trucking LLC, 1105 S. Cedar Place. Heavenly Home Care, 3400 W. First Place. Inland NW Properties Group LLC, 207 W. Columbia Drive. That’s Me, 1114 W. 10th Ave. Ravens Shire, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Sun West Mortgage Company Inc., 4201 S. Vancouver St. Memo’s Flooring and Carpet LLC, 432 Madrona Ave., Pasco. Carmelo’s Carpet, 2011 W. Yakima St., Pasco. Warren Import/Export Trading, 635 S. Auburn St. CF Waterfowl LLC, 1030 N. Center Parkway. The MB Studio, 3012 S. Dawes Place. Ideal Finish LLC, 196 Travis Lane. Rad Exhaust, 420 W. Columbia Drive. Marie Swita LLC, 2528 W. 32nd Ave. Matrix Construction General Contractor LLC, 4409 Phoenix Lane, Pasco. Los Potrillos Seafood & Bar, 2500 uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B17

Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. AutoZone Development, 2220 W. Court St., $40,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Royalty Companies of Indiana Inc.

QualityKENNEWICKLandscaping LLC, 1402 S. Gum St. Deides, 3723 S. Date St. PM-Advantage, 2893 S. Kellogg St. Cascade Drilling LP, 22722 29th Drive SE, Bothell. Columbia Mobile Detailing, 1308 McPherson Ave., Richland. Osaka Sushi & Teriyaki, 4101 W. 27th Place. Millennium Fire Protection Corporation, 2950 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, California. Dae Haul Away & Transport LLC, 215 Kristen Lane. Cattleya Jump’s LLC, 1548 N. Edison St. Stantec Consulting Services Inc., 1687 114th Ave. SE, Bellevue. Destructor Fleet Designs, 1826 W. 25th Court. Smart Law Offices P.S., 309 N. Delaware St. Hi Tech Solutions & Consulting LLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd. Freshco 2 LLC, 504 S. Jurupa St. All-City Transmission & Drive Train Inc., 6624 W. Brinkley Road. Brother’s Cheese Steaks, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Precision Electric Group Inc., 15301 NE 90th St., Redmond. Atlas Therapeutic Massage, 203 N. Dennis St. Caring Transitions of Greater TriCities, 1055 Spokane Ave., Prosser. Mavway Contractors Inc., 303 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. A-1 Quality Construction LLC, 3377 W. 10th Ave. Blanca T. Cruz, 7303 W. Canal Drive. JT Auto Services, 2906 W. Seventh Ave. Pyramid Painting & Construction LLC, 904 Sanford Ave., Richland. Teahaus, 530 Swift Blvd., Richland. Cruz’s Auto Detailing, 15 E. First Ave. Dream Barbershop, 2523 W. Kennewick Ave. 4evernorthwest, 1802 S. Sharron St. Aettraction, 4309 W. 27th Place, Building B. ADT Commercial LLC, 600 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton. Innovative Air Sealing LLC, 184 Gallant Road, Burbank. Restoration Community Impact, 4000 W.

CityPROSSERofProsser, 2600 Highway 221, $17,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: owner. CityRICHLANDofRichland, 625 Swift Blvd., $60,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: City of Richland. City of Richland, 2201 Harris Ave., $213,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Industrial Const of WA LLC. Raber LLC, 686 Truman Ave., $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Powder River Development. City of Richland, 555 Lacy Road, $78,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. Grant Land Co., 506 Wellsian Way, Unit A, $50,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Northwest Tower of WA. Dufresne-Redding Properties, 2685 Salk Ave., $1 million for commercial addition. Contractor: Columbia Energy & Environmental. HTK-Richland LLC, 1340 Tapteal Drive, $18,000 for demolition. Contractor: Horizon Retail Construction. Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way, $67,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction Inc. The Southland Corp., 2411 George Washington Way, $34,000 for com mercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co.

B17TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 W. Kennewick Ave. Studio + Architects, 427 W. 13th Ave., Spokane. Sippen Sisters, 6512 Enzian Falls Drive, Pasco. Wecool Water and Ice LLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., #432. Rex Towing LLC, 3324 W. 19th Ave. Expansion Contracting LLC, 820 W. C St., Pasco. Thrifting Mermaid, 8936 W. Canyon Place. BRD Trucking LLC, 504 S. Zillah St. Perfection Printing LLP, 1306 W. Kennewick Ave. Alpha Media Productions LLC, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave. Beautiful View Landscaping LLC, 2603 E. Adelia St., Pasco. Spacious Home Amazing Golf Course & River Views, 428 N. Underwood St. Hultgrenn Law, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Brydan & Hart LLC, 2917 W. 19th Ave. Robert L. Chang Agency, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Zilch, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Designs By Hue LLC, 1330 W. 10th Ave. Papa Q Pizzeria, 10143 W. 18th Place. S.H.E., 408 N. Volland St. Knots and Grounds Espresso, 504 E. First Ave. Hooked Up Pasco Inc., 616 S. Road 40 E., Pasco. Ecoatm LLC, 2811 W. 10th Ave. Trendsetters Barbershop and Shaving Parlor LLC, 3180 W. Clearwater Ave. Gricelda Cisneros, 203106 E. Bowles Road. Grays Concrete LLC, 1331 W. Dogwood Road, Pasco. Alpine Construction & Consulting Inc., 6614 W. Victoria Ave. Leanne Richards Tax and Accounting PLLC, 109 S. Benton St. J’s Mobile Detailing, 4515 W. 12th Ave. Scott Smith Insurance Agency II Inc., 7605 W. Kennewick Ave. Press Pause Tri-Cities Photography, 3066 S. Fillmore Place. Badger Canyon Dugout, 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Aurora 904 PLLC, 7701 W. Fourth Ave. Jimwares LLC, 526 S. Anderson St. Badger Canyon Coffee Company, 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Deschutes Daycare, 8209 W. Deschutes Place. Vballoons, 1114 W. 10th Ave. Get-er-done, 316 S. Washington St. Fruta La Picosita LLC, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Cafe Magnolia, 4309 W. 27th Place. Turnkey Vacation Rentals LLC, 621 W. Albany Ave. Impact Elite LLC, 8382 W. Gage Blvd. La Canneberge, 35 S. Louisiana St. Bridge, 1102 W. 37th Place. Fixit Felix LLC, 4528 W. 26th Ave. Michael N. Law, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Golden Roll, 6481 W. Skagit Ave. Positive Vibe LLC, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. The Crazy Frutita, 10 E. Bruneau Ave., #57. Nail N’ Time Construction, 3614 Tallahassee Lane, Pasco. Teahaus Kennewick, 5331 W. Canal Drive. BJ Warranty, 4014 S. Auburn St. Farias Lawn Care, 200802 E. Game Farm Road. Mana Kai Studios, 1418 W. Fifth Place. WEST PremierRICHLANDExcavation Inc., 306 E. B Circle, Pasco. Empire Well Drilling LLC, 207 River Park Ave., Wenatchee. Frank Gurney Inc., 5521 E. Railroad Ave., Spokane Valley. Truframe LLC, 14 S. Parkway Ave., Battle Ground. Momentum Inc., 109 Bell St., Seattle. Big Foot Home Improvements, 2307 W. 36th Ave., Kennewick. Modify Handyman Services, 3102 Mount Stuart Court. BKB Enterprises LLC, 1408 Road 59, Pasco. Atomic Home Health, 303 Bradley Blvd., Richland. Expansion Home Flooring LLC, 914 S. Cleveland St., Kennewick. Evolution Services LLC, 2712 Fleming Lane, Pasco. Legend Plumbing and Mechanical, 1507 Butternut Ave., Richland. White Eagle Remodeling LLC, 510 W. 21st Ave., Kennewick. Manny’s Floors LLC, 1105 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Elite Lawn Care Services, 4921 Forsythia St. Laboratory Corporation of America, 3950 Keene Road. Tamarack Renovations, 812 Sanford Ave., Richland. TW Drafting LLC, 4700 Mallard Court. The Burnout Pit, 730 E. Pomona Road, Yakima. Farrell Homes, 5621 Westport Lane, Pasco. Dunright Construction LLC, 9802 Silverbright Drive, Pasco. TC Excavation LLC, 30553 Oldfield St., Hermiston. Lil’ Moon Diner, 3790 W. Van Giesen St. High Point Renovation & Roofing uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B18

B18 TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 LLC, 4215 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. Schierman Construction LLC, 3803 S. Green St., Kennewick. Simpson Decks and Construction LLC, 1639 Venus Circle, Richland. Bees Landscaping LLC, 1719 W. Yakima St., Pasco. Western Fireworks, 4390 W. Van Geisen. R & V Concrete LLC, 1309 Ringold Road, Eltopia. Startak Fiber LLC, 2746 Kingsgate Way, Richland. Landscape Solutions LLC, 220 N. Eighth Ave., Pasco. 10/Zero5 General Construction LLC, 5609 W. Richardson Road, Pasco. Blue Moon Painting LLC, 207 E. 11th Ave., Kennewick. Hicks Creek LLC, 4007 Cascade Drive. Flores Landscaping and Construction LLC, 809 S. Everett St., Kennewick. R. Peterman Construction Inc., 4321 Mount Everest Court. Finesse Flooring LLC, 2618 Ficus Drive. Bubble Pop Picnic LLC, 5302 Reagan Way, Pasco. Central Paving LLC, 1410 W. Dolarway Road, Ellensburg. AAwA Concrete Inc., 16004 E. Field Road, Benton City. K&K Sparks LLC, 2325 Copperhill St., Richland. Andres’s Carpet Care Services, 4602 Kennedy Road. Swanky Babies, 4096 W. Van Giesen. New Generation Roofing LLC, 2112 Landon Ave., Union Gap. uJUDGMENTS

WillowAPPROVEDRunVineyard, 5714 Tilstra Road, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: change of corporate officer. Hooked on Wine, 480 N. Quay St., Kennewick. License type: direct ship ment receiver-in WA only. Application type: in lieu. Muret-Gaston, 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, Suite 120, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters, additional location. Application type: new. Crowe Wines, 10715 W. Acord Road, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application uPUBLIC RECORD, Page B19

The state can file lawsuits against people or busi nesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or busi ness owns. Judgments are filed in BentonFranklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. Jesus Manuel Perez, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. Panchos Heating and Cooling LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. Jose M. Damian, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. I.Farm Inc., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. Kelly Mitchell Brown, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. Maria Rangel, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 1. Manson Bay Suites LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 1. Ramon R. Mendoza, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 1. Jesus Manual Perez, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 9. Manuel A. Campos, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 9. DRG Roofing LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 9. Vanguard LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 9. D & R & G Roofing Partnership, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 9. Golden Eagle Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 9. Stucco & Stone Contractors, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 9. Alex B. Najera, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 13. Proficiency Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 15. New Generation LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 16. J J J Landscaping LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 21. Ferbell Construction LLC, unpaid Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 22. Casa Rosita LLC, unpaid Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 23. Arnott Enterprises LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 29. Francisco J. Lopez, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 29. Julio Correa, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed June 29. Iguana’s Party Rentals LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 29. Amigo Bracero LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 29. VM Roofing LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 29. 3 Rivers Heating & Air LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 29. Carniceria La Catrina LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 29. Three Rivers Cannabis LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 29. uLIQUOR LICENSES BENTON COUNTY SMNEWProduce for Less, 135 Vista Way, Suites A, C & F, Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/ wine. Application type: new. HJellum Wines, 34809 N. Schumacher PR, Suite B, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters; curbside/delivery endorsement; growlers curbside/ delivery. Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, 5601 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 112, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: assumption. Los Potrillos Seafood & Bar, 2500 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite A, Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge+; catering. Application type: new. Four Feathers Wine Estates, 101 Benitz Road, Suite F, Prosser. License type: domestic winery >249,999 liters. Application type: assumption. Four Feathers Wine Estates, 101 Benitz Road, Suite C & F, Prosser. License type: distill/rectify. Application type: new. Prosser Foodmart, 1301 Wine Country Road, Prosser. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: assumption. Four Feathers Wine Estates, 101 Benitz Road, Suite C & F, Prosser. License type: microbrewery. Application type: assumption. Café Magnolia, 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite 100, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine; catering. Application type: new. Crepe Haus, 2100 N. Belfair St., Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: new.

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“(She) is a big picture thinker who is always working hard to implement new projects, build relationships and expand her knowledge.”“Ineverything she does, she strives to uplift others, build love and community, and shed light on social and racial injustice, mental health and a range of other social is sues.”Our panel of judges scored all the ap plications in several categories and then the points were tallied. It’s always a joy to read these applica tions as they show the diversity of our com munity and how hard these young leaders work, especially outside their jobs.

Tara Jaraysi Kenning, asset manage ment requirements subject matter expert, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/ Battelle.•Jennifer J. Lee, senior manager, Adaptive Biotechnologies.

“In short, the work that she leads signifi cantly impacts the quality of life enjoyed by all Tri-Citians.”

• Ashley T. Morris, deputy assistant manager for business and financial opera tions and deputy chief financial officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

editor@tcjournal.biz6 Tiffany Lundstrom Advertising Director 509-737-8778 ext. tiffany@tcjournal.biz2 Chad Utecht Advertising Account Manager 509-737-8778 ext. 1 Melanie Hoefer Hair President / Founder 509-737-8778 ext. melanie@tcjournal.biz5 Vanessa Guzmán Graphic Designer 509-737-8778 ext. 4 (509) tcjournal.bizKennewick,#A1-3008524Mailing737-8778address:W.GageBlvd.,WA99336 Are you are not 40 years old yet? Are you already experiencing a great deal of success in your career? Are you are wanting to make an even bigger impact in your industry and the Tri-Cities?Thenkeep reading. There are eight critical traits for displaying influence and three areas in which you can develop a professional growth plan to bolster your career. When I’m on the hunt for a young

• Are you consistently noticing and affirming when teammates are succeed ing?•Do you have people skills that are magnetic, drawing people to you?

• Kevin Moran, community develop ment officer, STCU.


Contest judges looked for leaders who went the extra mile outside their workplace in community service, charity work, leader ship and community involvement. Please meet this year’s winners:

• Madison M. Evangelista, senior com munications specialist, Mid-Columbia Li braries.•

• Karisa M. Saywers, director of mar keting, Visit Tri-Cities.


Be known for these traits and not only will your current theirtostartnonprofits)erscommunitybile,”“upwardlyconsideremployeryoumobutTri-Citylead(chambers,willaskingyouparticipateininitiatives.Whencraft


• Jenna Coddington, managing broker, The Paragon Group.

who is on an “up and to the right” trajectory in their career, I look for the following traits.

Welcome to one of our favorite issues of the year – the one where we honor and celebrate our community’s up and coming leaders.This year marks our 15th annual Young Professionals contest and we’re pleased to introduce you to the 10 winners who are ex celling in their careers and efforts to better ourSincehometowns.2008,we’ve been reviewing appli cations from the Tri-Cities’ brightest young leaders. To date, we’ve honored 132, in cluding this year’s group. They are all 40 or under and their re sumes are impressive. Each clearly loves our community, as they have rolled up their sleeves in a variety of ways to make it a bet ter Oneplace.holds a patent. One is an artist. One was inspired to study accounting (and dis cover she excelled in it) after accompany ing her parents on a “Take your Kids to WorkApplicantsDay.” for our contest were nomi nated or were able to self-nominate. Some included letters of recommendation, though they weren’t required. Those who wrote in gave high praise: “This young professional has truly limit less potential and is dedicated to service.”

• Are you an inspirational influencer, who easily persuades others to take action?•Do you have the ability to catch a vision and be an early-adopter?

• Does the rest of the team get better because of your helpful mentoring and servant-leadership?•Doyoushowcourage, emotional strength, stick-to-it-iveness, and a will ingness to take responsibility and take action?•Do you receive feedback well, and then do something about it?

ing your professional development plan for the next six to 12 months, consider categorizing your actions like a threelegged stool. On-the-job training Look for opportunities to shadow high performers at your organization. Experience what they experience and ask for a debrief session to ask deep questions and share your perspective. Ask if you can lead a portion of the meetings you attend. Get briefed from your leader on what the agenda item’s outcome is and bring your own special flair to facilitating it. This could also look like you bringing a leadership tip of the week, asking an icebreaker ques tion, or leading a quick team-building activity on a company value. When a team problem arises, ask your leader if you can lead a task force to solve it. Gather the team, establish the purpose, brainstorm solutions and suggest actions that will benefit the or ganization. You also could volunteer to champion a section of your company’s strategic plan. When you notice areas on the team that are not working as smoothly as they could be, respectfully bring three solutions to your leader when elevating theVolunteerissue. to be your leader’s delegate at a meeting that they cannot attend. Lead an after-action review after a major milestone is achieved by the team. Ask the team what went well to continue doing, and what could be taken to the next level. Continuing education Get familiar with the employee hand book. I know this sounds dull, but read it with “leadership eyes” to evaluate if the organization is doing what it says it’sBecomedoing. versed in the history of your organization, and the vision forward. When you are passionate about what you do, it’s contagious. Spend time understanding the compa ny budget. You might not be a “numbers person” but it’s important to connect company goals with the dollars. Dive deep into professional develop ment resources. Consume a weekly diet of books (audio and paper), podcasts, TED talks and industry magazines. growing forward, Young Professionals


It’s never easy to choose which young leaders to celebrate each year because we always have many outstanding candidates. This year saw a record number of applica tions.To those we singled out in this issue, to those who tossed their hat in the ring to be considered and to those chosen in years past, we applaud you. We look forward to watching you con tinue to grow professionally and personally. We hope our readers enjoy reading about this year’s winners. We believe you’ll be as impressed with them as we are.

By Kristina Lord Please meet our 2022 Young Professionals To see winners from years past, go to

• Anneke M. Rachinski, director for re source development & planned giving, Co lumbia Basin College Foundation.

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STAFF Kristina Lord Publisher 509-737-8778 ext. publisher@tcjournal.biz3 Wendy Culverwell Editor 509-737-8778 ext. leader Do de scribe you?

• Are you quick to find practical solu tions to long-standing problems?

“(He) has a heart to serve and help others whenever the need arises.” “Her energy level is contagious, and she makes everyone around her successful...”


Age: 36 Current city of residence: Kennewick How long have you worked there? 3 years

I started as an architecture major at WSU, and now find myself in a role that appeals to the construction interests I have long held. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities?

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7 years and counting How did you earn your first dollar? I grew up on a third-generation family farm in the lower Yakima Valley. While you could argue my first dollar was made doing weekly chores around my parents’ house, I tend to think of my first dollar having been earned by managing the irrigation on one of the potato or asparagus fields or working on the potato sorting and cleaning operation that we ran to harvest and ship potatoes to Tim’s Cascade Snacks. It was not expected that I would one day help take over the family farm, but those early days working under my dad taught me what hard labor and dirty work really look like. From then on, any job I worked, including food service, retail, sales and event planning seemed far easier. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? The greatest lesson I learned was an ability to work with, and coach, all ages and skill levels to make technologic opportunities available and advantageous. I learned to recognize when an in-person meeting is really called for, and how to make the most of either situation. I just so happened to be the president of my Kiwanis Club at the beginning of the shutdown, a year earlier than the succession plan was originally slated. The intended president stepped back for health reasons, so I was only a few months into the job when we were faced with the reality that we could not host our weekly Kiwanis meetings in person. Due to my knowledge and experience with Zoom, GoToMeeting and similar platforms prior to the pandemic, I was able to help club members adapt. We continued our meetings without missing a single week. Of the five local clubs, we were the only one not to miss a week. I am the youngest member of my club by one to two decades. A majority of our members are well into their retirement Favorite book? Movie? Hard to name just one favorite of either, but book: “The Song of the Lioness Quartet,” by Tamora Pierce, and “Chocolat”movie: What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I built my own couch in the style of a grand piano when I was in college. Favorite music? Genre: Symphonic metal Band: Nightwish Most disliked food? Raw broccoli

Briefly describe your organization: The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors is a membership organization dedicated to furthering the agenda of commercial, industrial and government construction contractors. We are the leading national construction trade association representing all facets of commercial construction for both public and private entities including building, heavy, highway and municipal projects.



Regional Director & Public Policy Coordinator Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors

Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: After leaving a career managing college bookstores, I moved to the Tri-Cities in I2015.sought to serve the community in nonprofit roles, working for both the local March of Dimes and American Cancer Society as a fund raiser and event coordinator. These were extremely fulfilling roles that allowed me to play a small part in solving medical challenges facing our world. However, both organizations went through restructurings that saw them move out of small and mid-sized communities such as ours. I was unable to find another nonprofit in search of staff, so I became a licensed insurance agent in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. My goal was not to sell but to be an avenue to a solution, focusing specifically on underutilized company benefits. I would have continued had the opportunity at the AGC not opened up. AGC decided to hire a full-time staff member to serve the Tri-Cities after six years of hosting an office for training and visiting staff. In many ways this was kismet, as the role required my skills developed in sales as well as communityoriented missions and coordination with education organizations in our region.

Founded in 1921, the Inland Northwest chapter is the region’s largest fullservice commercial construction trade association and is one of 89 chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America. Representing over 370 companies throughout our region, the AGC has been the organization of choice for those associated with the construction industry for more than 100 years and serves as the voice of the industry. AGC members construct commercial and public buildings, airports, shopping centers, factories and industrial plants, schools, dams and flood control facilities, highways, roads and bridges, ports, public transit, underground facilities, water and wastewater treatment facilities, multifamily housing projects, military and defense related facilities, rail and transit facilities, tunnels, housing developments and mining operations. Our services include networking and business promotion, workforce development, political advocacy and safety. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Bachelor of Arts, English, Washington State University.


Age: 38 Current city of residence: Richland How long have you worked there? 9 years

Briefly describe your company: The Paragon Group is the real estate division of Paragon Hospitality Group. We specialize in commercial and residential investment sales; and commercial, multifamily and residential property management across Washington state. Our corporate office is in Richland, and we have branches in Kirkland and Tacoma. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications: Master of Business Administration, New York Institute of Technology, 2007. Bachelor of Arts, communications, Washington State University, 2005. Licensed real estate instructor, Washington state. Licensed real estate managing broker, Washington state.


What was your dream job as a child? Medical doctor Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice:

What’s your dream vacation? Hiking the fjords of Scandinavia Favorite sports team, if any. Sounders and Seahawks

What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I have never consumed a cup of coffee Most disliked food? Parmesan cheese Favorite music? 1970s and 1980s


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Managing Broker The Paragon Group

Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: I manage the day-to-day running and growth of The Paragon Group real estate firm. My role is management of the property management team, both real estate branches, business development and training/advisement of our real estate brokers. After 10 years in communications and marketing for several government contractors and a local media firm, I joined Paragon Corporate Housing in 2013 as the director of marketing. In that role, I occasionally assisted our then-property manager when needed. When the role opened up in 2015, I stepped in to help temporarily and fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve gotten my real estate license, managing broker’s license, and increased our business from a small, local manager of single-family homes to a statewide agency with 17 (and growing) sales agents. We manage more than 500 residential units, multiple storage unit facilities and commercial properties. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 23 years How did you earn your first dollar? Babysitting neighborhood children. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

The importance of building an adaptable team committed to our purpose. We can do our jobs pretty much anywhere, so long as we all step up to the challenges.

My husband is tremendously supportive and always handles life when work takes me away. We recently moved into a multi-generational home, with my mother-in-law sharing a home with us. It’s been amazing to have the extra help of a dedicated and active grandparent. Do you have family? Pets? I am married to my middle-school sweetheart (and high-school and college), Craig. We’ve been married for 17 Weyears.have three children: John, 13, Abby, 8, and Oliver, 5. We also have one dog, Pumpkin, who is a chow/shepherd mix and the best girl ever; and one guinea pig, Malia. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? My family relocated here when I was in seventh grade from Ohio. I met the love of my life at Carmichael Middle School, and we have built a life together. After we graduated college (me from Washington State University and him from the University of Washington), we lived in the Washington, D.C., area for a few years to start our careers and then moved back here to build a family.

I’m a proud member of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and love using my real estate knowledge to help obtain land for future affordable Ihousing.volunteer for the Tri-City Association of Realtors’ Education Committee, designing classes that will make our local agents the most competent in the Istate.previously served on the MidColumbia Symphony board, the White Bluffs PTO and enjoy fostering dogs for Mikey’s Chance while they wait for permanent homes. How do you achieve work-life balance? Thankfully, my role with Paragon allows a fair amount of work-from-home opportunities so I can spend extra time with my family even while I work. Two of my three children are school aged, so I get a lot done while they are in class.

Age: 30 Current city of residence: Kennewick How long have you worked there? 7 years

Madison EvangelistaM.

Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: During my senior year at WSU Tri-Cities, I was accepted into one of the graduate Iprograms.waspreparing to stay on campus as a full-time student and employee postgraduation. However, I found out a month before graduation that my master’s program was being phased out. I was scrambling to find a job off campus because my on-campus positions required that I be a student. A friend I knew who worked for MidColumbia Libraries as a communications specialist was leaving the position and encouraged me to apply. I ended up getting the job, thinking it would be a position that would help me gain more experience and I would leave within a couple of years. Here I am, seven years later, and it has been one of the most thrilling experiences of my career. I cannot imagine myself anywhere else at this time. I am passionate about what I do and the mission of the library. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 30 years How did you earn your first dollar? I have always been a hustler. My earliest memory of making money involved painting rocks and going door to door to see if anyone would buy one. Luckily, I had nice neighbors. It was a great blend of my love for the arts, being resourceful and wanting extra money to buy the funky Lip Smackers ChapStick flavors. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? The pandemic taught me that empathy and adaptability are key. We may all be in the same storm, but our “boats” weather the storm differently. I have always viewed myself as an empathetic person, but the pandemic has reiterated how important it is to listen and lead with empathy in mind. How can I create space for another co-worker (or a customer) to hear out their ideas and where they are coming from, especially when we cannot always be face to face? How can I do better to ensure they are being heard and their ideas are honored and not dismissed? We all have unique experiences that shape and inform our ideas and thoughts, and I am in a unique position in my job that allows me to take those ideas and implement them where I can or at least take them to where they can be heard next. Working in communications also was a test of how adaptable we could be in a time of crisis. We had to quickly shift how we communicated not only internally with staff but externally with our Likecustomers.manyorganizations, a pandemic was not part of our crisis communication plan, so we had to adapt and change in real time. There was no guidebook and now we have a template we can use for future crises to help us adapt more quickly.

What was your dream job as a child? I really wanted to be an astronomer, but then I realized I am terrible at math. Honestly, I think I didn’t know the difference between an astronomer and an astrologer. Either way, the universe is intriguing. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice.

A lot of my connection to my community has been through my art and being involved in the art community. As a photographer, I am passionate about storytelling and have made that the center of my work for the last eight years. I have interviewed and shared over 101 stories from various individuals in our community, our nation and even abroad through various photo series. These series have focused on a wide range of topics including mental health, immigration, the Covid-19 pandemic and the exploration of the vulnerabilities of humankind and sociopolitical barriers through an artistic lens. I have showcased several of these stories through our local art scene and have even published a book, “Human After All,” through DrewBoy Creative. I have shown my art in around 12 art shows over the last six years and curated my second community art show to benefit the TriCities Cancer Center Foundation in June. For the last couple of years, I have hosted “Head Shot Happy Hour” (except for 2020) and invited folks from our community to get a professional head shot taken by me by donation. If someone can give and support these services, great, but a donation is not required to participate. Head shots can be expensive, so it is one of my favorite things to do and offer to folks to amplify their professional digital presence.

Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? I love going to art shows DrewBoythroughCreativeorhikingBadgerMountain.

Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Can I pick two? Taqueria El Marino has the best tacos de cabeza and Moniker is my favorite spot to go out to with friends.

I am a published author and once went to China for a swim meet through the Washington Cultural Exchange.


Briefly describe your organization: Mid-Columbia Libraries’ 12 branch libraries, rural delivery service and digital branch provide library services to more than 260,000 residents of Benton, Franklin and parts of Adams counties.

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Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Bachelor’s degree with majors in psychology and digital technology and culture, Washington State University TriCities, 2015. Go Cougs!

Favorite music? I love EDM and hip hop. Anything with heavy bass and drop will do just fine.


Leaders are readers. Attend local seminars on topics that grow you, especially if it’s a skill that you need to strengthen. Find a way to teach what you learn to others on the team.Request permission to attend your industry’s annual conference. At a conference, you learn trends and best practices, make contacts, sample trade show resources and play with new ideas to bring back to your organization. Join a local leadership development program like Leadership Tri-Cities, Leader Launcher, or a mastermind group to mingle with other emerging leaders.Attend networking events and set up one-to-ones to interview leaders in the community that you admire. Mentoring and coaching Ask for regular one-to-ones with your supervisor and take preparation for them seriously. Ask for more specific feedback, positive and negative. Make it “safe” for your leader to offer it to you because it truly is a gift. Share your wins, goal updates and struggles, and comment on what you are observing –to show you are thinking big-picture. Humbly ask to be mentored by some one within your organization or indus try, someone with a heart for developing others. Then meet with them regularly, prepared with questions to ask for your development. And show incredible gratitude for their investment in you. Consider hiring (or getting your leader to fund) an external certified coach, someone not emotionally tied to your job, an objective sounding board who is for your success. Set a coaching agreement of the core competencies that you want to work on together. Think about your ongoing career development as a relay-race runner who is ready to receive the baton from the generation above you. You must train for opportunities, stay in your lane and get up to the speed of the passer. Then grab the baton firmly and run hard so that everyone benefits from your efforts. Celebrate your wins and have fun in the career development race.

Sometimes their events mean that we are spread thin, running not just long hours, but often driving long distances if the elder two are doing something sports or school related in their own school Butdistrict.the key is that we always make the Ineffort.the end we consider ourselves successful in work-life balance if the kids feel we are present for their biggest moments, that we actively take part in their interests, that we squeeze in a few “date nights” or “date weekends” a year, and that our time at work leaves us feeling successful in our careers without stressing us to the point of detracting from the family part of our life. Ask me again in 10 years. List any awards/honors you have received: TCI Kiwanian of the Year, 2019. George F. Hixson Fellow, 2022. Do you have family? Pets? We currently have our four kids: Damien, 12, Connor, 10, Kaila, 5, and Wyatt, born March 17, 2022, St. Patrick’s Day. We have 2 cats, Jory and Malory. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? Following the separation from my two sons’ mother, I began dating my best friend since freshman year of college, AtMichelle.thetime I was working in Pullman at WSU’s campus bookstore, and she was early in her career as a veterinarian at a practice in Chehalis. We knew the moment we began dating that it was serious, and that we would have to both relocate to a place where she could continue her career and I could remain close to my sons. This left our options at that time as either Tri-Cities or Spokane, and we are grateful that it was the Tri-Cities opportunity that opened to us.


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Paul D. Casey lives in the Tri-Cities and is the owner of Growing Forward Services, which aims to equip and coach leaders and teams to spark breakthrough success. Casey has authored five books and hosts for emerging leaders each month. Online years. But because of the prevalence of smartphones and even basic home computers that now come with cameras, I was able to coach our members on using virtual platforms. The pandemic also meant that our club’s various fundraisers were largely shut down. As with our meetings, we managed to brainstorm and execute our socially distanced “Raising the Flag” fundraiser, which continues to this day and provides our youth support programs and scholarships with funds even as we bring our traditional programs back Asonline.for work, we were able to use those same platforms to increase member participation in several of our chapter committees, host virtual candidate interviews and participate in the state’s legislative sessions through remote Thosetestimony.programs – which increased participation – we continue to hold virtually, whereas those programs that saw a lack of participation, or simply a loss of a key element to the event, were returned to in-person, but we can all agree that we are able to be more efficient with our time by accepting virtual meetings as part of our workday portfolio now. What was your dream job as a child? I dreamed of working in the construction industry, specifically as an architect. Years of building with Legos, art lessons and small construction projects had my family and I convinced that this was the direction I would go. Although that didn’t end up being the direction I went, I am so glad to be able to work with talented construction professionals and to be a small part of the growth and development of our community today. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice: Kiwanis of Tri-Cities Industry member since 2016, board member 2017-18, vice president 2018-19, president 2019-20, co-chair for Raising the Flag Fundraiser 2019-present. TCI Kiwanis is one of several local Kiwanis clubs focused on the betterment of young children in our Pascosociety.School District Skilled Tech Advisory Committee, 2020-present. As a community member of the Tech Advisory Committee, I serve as an industry partner voice to the construction trades programs that Pasco is successfully running year after year. It is our duty to review staff goals, student activities and overall outcomes of the program to ensure that students utilizing the CTE classes can meet graduation qualifications and have connection to real world jobs based upon skills and licensing provided during the school year. Tri-Cities Civility Caucus, 2020-present, caucus secretary as of 2022. The caucus is a growing group of diverse individuals who are focused first and foremost on returning civility to the political arena. We continue to seek ways to encourage civil discourse and an ability for all of us to foster an understanding of a differing point of Washingtonview.Policy Center Young Professional, 2016 to present. Tri-City Chamber LEARN Group, 2019-present, co-chair beginning this year. How do you achieve work-life balance?

Anyone who says that they have found a complete work-life balance is probably lying to you. It is something I struggle with daily. As a father of four, two of whom reside in the Tri-Cities part time, I am always tasked with the challenge of picking which activities and moments I devote to my kids, or which moments I must pass on for work opportunities. Harder still, as we are a house of two professionals, is the challenge for my wife and me to find time for ourselves. Activities related to my job do not always follow a 9-5 schedule, and nor do hers, so we often have to plan out our calendar for big events months in advance. The age range of our children also has its advantages and disadvantages as they are spaced out, ages 12, 10, 5, and 4 months. Sometimes the older ones are selfsufficient enough to let my wife and I focus on chores, or our own “me” time.

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First thing you check on your phone? I’m trying not to check my work email first thing, so I’ll probably check if I have any Amazon orders coming in that day. What’s your dream vacation? Mediterranean cruise where I can experience the finest the countries have to offer.

One of my classmates, Iris Anderson, acknowledged how joining PNNL would be a fulfilling shift in my career. Iris opened the door for me at PNNL, which has inspired me to encourage others to create spaces for themselves for which they are challenged and thriving. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? I have lived in Kennewick since 1991, except for four years at EWU. How did you earn your first dollar? My first dollar, or should I say nickel, came from my parents as we did chores set up for us to learn the importance of responsibility. We had different buckets to put our chore money in for savings, tithing and reckless childhood spending. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? The most important lesson I learned as I was working and completing my master’s degree during the pandemic was the importance of time management and building periods of rest. This was particularly challenging as I learned to create a balance in a space that was not only my home, but also the library, and now my workspace. Needing to be flexible in my daily schedule was imperative to my success as I had to learn to interchange in all of these roles from employee to student to family member. What was your dream job as a child? As a child I dreamt of being a Food Network star with my own cooking Ishow.loved watching the chefs explain their passion to the audience. Though I haven’t taken that path, I still enjoy sharing my hobbies and passions with my friends and family. In 2019, my husband and I taught a successful cake decorating class through the city of Kennewick Community Education program. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice: I have a passion for bringing people together to support local organizations. While at Jacobs (CHPRC), I helped organize multiple group food sorting events at Second Harvest, a Candy Mountain cleanup through the Friends of Badger and a room remodel at My Friends’ Place. For three years I sat on the board of directors for Junior Achievement (JA) and was the chair for the JA Young Professionals Council. Our mission was to connect young professionals to all that JA encompasses. We did this by building a program within JA that allowed new volunteers to observe a veteran volunteer teach a class, creating connections and familiarity with the program and building confidence to step into their own Throughclassroom.Leadership Tri-Cities Class 23 we were able to support Rebuilding Mid-Columbia by orchestrating a fundraiser that brought in a high-volume of proceeds to support the organization and community involvement. For example, we built a ramp to create accessibility for a community member’s household. How do you achieve work-life balance? While this has been a struggle for me in the past, I believe I have learned the ultimate lesson of why a work-life balance is so important. I am able to be a happier and more productive coworker and family member when I take the time to recharge and reset. I now make it a priority to incorporate downtime, whether that is alone or with family and friends, into my schedule.


Age: 35 Current city of residence: Kennewick How long have you worked there? 3.5 years Briefly describe your company: One of 17 Office of Science National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (operated by Battelle since 1965) is a transformative organization with a focus on discovery and innovation by proxy of science and technology that helps to create a world that is prosperous, safe and secure.

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Favorite sports team, if any. Eastern Eagles Football, Go Eags! Most disliked food? Any food without spice or flavor.


List any awards/honors you have received: Outstanding Performance Award: For leading the PNNL Asset Management Team through the annual A-123

Specialist Mid-Columbia Libraries

Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Master of Business Administration, accounting, finance, general, Eastern Washington University. Bachelor of Arts, visual communication design. Minor, communications, Eastern Washington University. Certified professional property specialist, National Property Management Association. Certification of completion, NNSA and DOE Nonproliferation for High-Risk Property Workshop. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: In my position as asset management requirements subject matter expert, my focus is overseeing that our programs are following U.S. Department of Energy and regulatory requirements. I’ve also been able to utilize my experience as a project controls specialist to support various projects and my graphic design degree to prepare mock-up screens for new programs and posters to display property management’s services. As a member of Leadership Tri-Cities Class 23, I made incredible friendships and connections.

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I haven’t tried it yet, but I know I’ll love Café Magnolia.



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Bachelor of Science, double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and psychology (neuroscience), Yale University, 2004. Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biophysics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2009. Registered U.S. Patent Agent, 2010. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: My role in business development is to create new partnerships and alliances across pharmaceutical, research and clinical applications so that new diagnostics and therapeutics against cancer, infectious disease and autoimmune disorders can be developed and deployed. As I finished my Ph.D., I realized that I enjoyed enabling scientific research and innovation to a purpose that would allow general public benefit. This led me to my first job in technology transfer at Caltech, where I protected and spun out technologies from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Icommercialization.enjoyedbeingatthe intersection of science, law and business. I moved to the Tri-Cities in 2014 where I was a commercialization manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I handled the research portfolios across all four research directorates and developed new partnerships, companies and licensed technologies that endure today. Since my original background is in biochemistry and I am passionate about eradicating cancer, I recently joined Adaptive Biotechnologies. I am permanently based in Tri-Cities. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 8 years How did you earn your first dollar? I helped a friend in first grade figure out an addition problem.


Age: 39 Current city of residence: Richland How long have you worked there? 5 months Briefly describe your company: Adaptive Biotechnologies is a pioneer in immune-driven medicine that aims to improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. Adaptive’s proprietary immune profiling platform reveals and translates insights from our adaptive immune systems with unprecedented scale and Workingprecision.with drug developers, clinicians and academic researchers, we apply these insights to develop products that will transform the way diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications.

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Favorite book? “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel García Márquez. Favorite sports team, if any.

Arsenal (English Premier League) Favorite snack? Mangonada (Editor’s note: Google it. It sounds delicious!) Favoriterestaurant?Tri-City

Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice: I was on the board of the local synagogue (Temple Beth Sholom in Richland) for many years; most recently through 2021 as the recording secretary. I was a teacher in its religious school since 2015. I volunteered in my children’s schools (Children’s Garden Montessori, Lewis and Clark Elementary), giving presentations about science, Korean culture and Jewish culture. I served as vice president of the PTA at Lewis and Clark for the 2018-19 school year. I have been a coach for the Destination Imagination program at Lewis and Clark for the past three years (2019-22). How do you achieve work-life balance? I have the support of my husband and Ichildren.don’thave an extended family nearby, but I have developed very close friendships with people who are basically my chosen family. We always prioritize our family, but also communicate with one another when we have important professional or school commitments coming up. Thank goodness for technology.

As a mother of two school-age children, I learned the importance of setting clear work-life boundaries. I am an active parent in my children’s schools and would volunteer regularly. At the same time, I am a driven professional whose role is highly dependent upon developing close relationships with industrial partners. It was difficult to balance online schooling with virtual teleconferences. My family and I communicated our schedules to one another and made sure that we all carved out time for work, school, and having pandemic-safe fun. I communicated the boundaries that I set with my professional partners and they respected me for it, resulting in new professional opportunities that I never would have imagined prior to the pandemic. What was your dream job as a child? I had originally wanted to be a veterinarian, as I am an avid animal Welover.have a dog, cat and fish. I read every animal nonfiction book that I could find and regularly volunteered to babysit for friends’ pets and would be the first to bring in a permission slip for caring for classroom pets during winter break.

Age: 29 Current city of residence: Kennewick How long have you worked there? 3 years and 6 months Briefly describe your company: STCU is a credit union founded by educators from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane in 1934. Since then, STCU has grown to more than 850 employees serving more than 249,000 members at 34 locations. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Bachelor of Science, business administration with a specialization in marketing management and minor in philosophy, College of Business, Central Washington University. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: My job focuses on engaging within the communities STCU serves by bringing financial education to students and adults and actively representing STCU at community events. I got into this role when I first grew a passion for the credit union world in my first job outside of college. I wanted to learn how to hone my personal finance skills and what better way to do so than a job that provides you an opportunity to learn current personal finance trends and have an opportunity to connect with Spanish-speaking communities that may find it uncomfortable to speak up about their finances. I am a first generation individual and grew up in a Mexican household with parents working out in the fields around our region. They dreamed of my siblings and me having an opportunity to grow and serve others. This drove my passion even more to serve others through personal finances. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? I was born and raised in Kennewick. I left for college and a few years while I worked in Portland. I’ve been living back in TriCities for three and a half years. How did you earn your first dollar? I earned my first dollar mowing my family’s neighbor’s lawn. It taught me the purpose of saving for a goal. My goal: Buy an Xbox 360 without my parents’ help.

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Favorite snack? Kettle Brand crinkle cut Himalayan salt potato chips Favoriterestaurant?Tri-City Poutine, Eh? (If you haven’t given it a shot, you are missing out.)

What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? A couple lessons I learned from the pandemic were patience and working with Myambiguity.comfort zone pre-pandemic was to spend time with friends in local restaurants. This came to a test during the pandemic when we couldn’t dine in, so I began to have patience, hoping I could enjoy that comfort again. Ambiguity is something we all deal with from time to time and the pandemic taught me that things can change just as quickly as you get comfortable. What was your dream job as a child? My dream job as a child was to be a Icartoonist.wentthrough several sketchpads and notepads drawing. It was my hobby as soon as I got done with homework. Whether it was drawing with markers or pencils, I love drawing, just please don’t ask me to do something with watercolors. It’s still a struggle of mine. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice:

Favorite book? Movie? Movie: “Good Will Hunting” Book: “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” by Lemony Snicket

Outside of the office, I serve as a board member for the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and volunteer with the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program (HAAP) overseeing the scholarship Supportingcommittee. my community is a strong passion and supporting the Hispanic chamber and volunteering with its local community events is so much fun. With HAAP, I get the wonderful opportunity to read scholarship applications with my team and decide which students will receive scholarship for their higher Thiseducation.program has been going on for 33 years and continues to recognize some incredible Hispanic students in our community. I’m grateful that I have volunteered with the program for over seven years and am in a position to help schedule meetings for the committee, lay out our schedule and coordinate the scholarship selection process. How do you achieve work-life balance? Coordination of a work-life balance feels very tough at times, but I give myself time every morning at 5 a.m. to go to the gym or run with my pups and feel prepared to take on the day.

MoranKevin Community Development Officer STCU Favorite sports team, if any. Mostly BarcelonaTimbers,soccer...PortlandChivas,FCtonameafew.

Scheduling is one thing I’ve come to learn, and it has been so helpful. Whether it’s my Outlook calendar or personal calendar on my phone, it gives me structure and that’s how I try to have a balance with it all. List any awards/honors you have received: Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber, 2022 Volunteer of the Year. North Clackamas, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce, Business Person of the Year 2016-17. Do you have family? Pets? My lovely girlfriend, Natasha, plus our two pets – Rio, an 8-year-old black lab who understands bilingual commands, and Maya, an 8-year-old pug who is trying to learn Spanish commands but is very stubborn. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? I was born and raised in Kennewick. I attended four different elementary schools Amistad, Eastgate, Washington and Edison, and graduated from Kamiakin High School. My family migrated from the beautiful state of Puebla, Mexico, and felt that TriCities was the best place to start a family over 35 years ago. I like to think that they were right.

Favorite music? Latin pop Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Floating down the Columbia River

Favorite web site or app? Target app

The pandemic emphasized that each and every one of us has a personal situation and they are all unique and special. The human aspect of work and being there for your teammates to help not only lead them but help them manage both professional and personal commitments, though the uniqueness of the pandemic, was very important for me. The pandemic highlighted a need for my family and for me to be there in a way that we could. This included supporting not only the people I work with but our

Some of our favorites are Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery (aka Kimo’s), Endive Eatery and Sporthaus. What was your dream job as a child? This is a difficult question to answer. Honestly though, I can say I didn’t have a dream job. I have enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer early as a child, thanks to my parents, and this clouded what I thought I wanted to do in the future. Money, power, all those things seem alluring when you’re young, but there was always something underneath that didn’t feel right about all of that. It wasn’t until I was a junior in college that I had the opportunity to shadow the human resources director at Peterson Air Force Base that I realized that giving back and being a civil servant was the place I needed to be. After that opportunity, I was offered an internship and the rest is history. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity both professionally and also personally, because it provided the opportunity to meet my husband, who is a career civil servant as Courtesy Rich Breshears Professional Photography

I was the only volunteer employee providing tours to hundreds of people a day representing the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Thisbusinesses.commitment to support our local businesses remains a priority for us today.

Age: 39 City of residence: Richland How long have you worked there? 13 years Briefly describe your company: The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for one of the largest nuclear cleanup efforts in the world, managing the legacy of five decades of nuclear weapons production. At its peak, this national weapons complex consisted of 16 major facilities, including vast reservations of land in Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. Nowhere in the DOE complex is cleanup more challenging than at the Hanford site. Hanford made more than 20 million pieces of uranium metal fuel for nine nuclear reactors along the Columbia River. Five huge plants in the center of the Hanford site processed 110,000 tons of fuel from the reactors, discharging an estimated 450 billion gallons of liquids to soil disposal sites and 56 million gallons of radioactive waste to 177 large underground tanks. Plutonium production ended in the late 1980s. The cleanup began in 1989, when a landmark agreement was reached between DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington state. Known as the Tri-Party Agreement, the accord established milestones for bringing the Hanford site into compliance with federal and state environmental regulations. After more than two decades of cleanup, progress has been made at Hanford, reducing the risk the site poses to the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment. Education: Bachelor of Science, business, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Master’s in management and leadership, Webster University. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: I serve as deputy assistant manager for Business and Financial Operations and deputy chief financial officer. I am responsible for the development and implementation of policies, programs and procedures supporting DOE Hanford. The organization includes the budget, finance, contracts, contractor industrial relations team, federal cost estimating team, audit coordination supporting the DOE Office of Inspector General/ Government Accountability Office audits and oversight of the Hanford Site Workers Compensation Third Party Administration, Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation and Hanford Workforce Engagement Center. I have been fortunate to have opportunities to be a civil servant across multiple functions within DOE. I have been blessed with the opportunity to garner diverse knowledge and opportunities to engage with stakeholders including the local community and our labor partners. These opportunities, coupled with my education, have provided me a foundation of knowledge that has allowed me the opportunity to serve in my current position helping to lead an incredible team that supports the foundation work of what is done at the Hanford site. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 13 years How did you earn your first dollar? Well, my first job didn’t actually pay. Yes, I know, not traditional. My first job with assigned hours and full commitment for me to be there and do my job was being a tour guide at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I was 14 years old working alongside college students and mid-career professionals. Other than my work today, this was by far my favorite job and not just because of the cool factor but because I was giving back to everyone who came seeking to understand and see our Olympic center and the athletes. I am thankful and proud of the opportunity I had. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?



Mycommunity.husband and I made it a priority to continue to eat out (although this was order, pick up, and eat at home) at our local small

Favorite music? My go-to is country music. Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Boating. We love wake surfing. But we also love the hikes and incredible trails for cycling. First thing you check on your phone? Every morning the first think I check is Amazon photos, the daily memories … my family. Most disliked food? Spaghetti

The pandemic was an interesting, dynamic, fluid time for all of us. I would say the most significant thing for me was rooted in something that is incredibly important for me and that is the human aspect – the people.

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EVANGELISTA, From page C5 all our calendars linked really helps. We have a paper calendar in our kitchen too. List any awards/honors you have received: During my time at PNNL, I received the •following:TheLaboratory Director’s Institutional Achievement in Management and Operations Award.


I am a perfectionist and an overachiever by Achievingnature. a work-life balance is an ongoing venture for me. I am practicing saying “no” to activities that don’t serve me anymore and trying to dedicate my time to things that fill my cup emotionally. I am working to be more mindful about how much I take on because I love helping and will always be the first person to say, “Yes, how can I help?” I am trying to be better at making time for myself, even if that means taking a nap or time to listen to my audiobook while I go for a walk. For so long, I tried to be everything for everyone and realized that it is a never-ending battle that I can only lose. List any awards/honors you have received: The Telly Awards: Silver winner, May 2022; bronze winner May 2019. Mid-Columbia Libraries’ “Inspiring Latinos / Latinos Inspiradores” video series won a silver Telly Award in the Social Video: Diversity & Inclusion category for excellence in filmmaking in 2022 and a bronze in the Social Video: Culture & Lifestyle category in May 2019. The awards showcase the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. Jones Soda Artist Trust 2020 winner, May 2020. We recently partnered with Artist Trust to help bring relief to local artists in Washington State. In April, we donated for every artwork photo submitted. Now when you buy this 12-pack, a portion also will go toward Artist Trust’s Covid-19 relief efforts. Help us help local artists during this time of need. Seattle Refined’s Artist of the Week, April 2020. Best Creative Marketing, January 2016. Davin Diaz, Elissa Burnley, Annie Warren and I were honored by the West Richland Chamber of Commerce for Best Creative Marketing in 2017. The awards recognize the work of outstanding members who are leaders in their fields. Do you have family? Pets? I live with my partner and two rescue cats, Purrito and Serrano. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? I am a proud Tri-Cities native. were to be either a private eye or an archaeologist, but neither of those panned out. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice:

I also volunteer for Columbia Center Rotary, assisting with the creation of the annual installation banquet program and helping with various events. In the fall, we pick leftover apples to donate to Second Harvest. How do you achieve work-life balance?

• Three Outstanding Performance Awards from PNNL. Do you have family? Pets? I have a husband and two children, ages 10 and 12. We have a rescue dog (from POPP), a rescue cat (from ASAP West Richland) and a betta fish. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? Professionally, the opportunity at PNNL. Personally, I was excited to move here for the excellent schools and the potential to be a successful working mother due to the balance that being in a small, yet growing community could provide. I moved from Los Angeles, where the thought of sitting in hours of traffic while trying to juggle my work and children’s activities was mind-boggling. verification) process. Performance Award: For my contribution to a Process Improvement Plan for the creation of an Export Control Program for PNNL. Do you have family? Pets? My husband and family are at the forefront of who I am and what I do. My husband, Nick, and I have been together for 15 years and have been married for almost nine years. We have three very spoiled cats that keep life interesting and bring daily laughter into our household.

• Three Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology


I have been involved in the Richland Arts Commission, the United Way Young Leaders Society and Sacajawea PTA. I am a graduate of Class 25 of Leadership Tri-Cities. I also was part of the Powerful Connections Mentor Group and am a current member of Powerful Connections as well. How do you achieve work-life balance? I definitely do not achieve work-life balance. I think the pandemic has given me a different perspective on how to be better at balancing the two, but I feel like in any given week I can be a really good mom or a really good professional but almost never both at the same time. My kids are in elementary school and it’s just so fun and funny to be around so I try to be present with them when I can to laugh and enjoy this time in their lives. I am incredibly lucky to work for an organization that gives flexibility and resources that support work-life balance, even if I am not always great at it. List any awards/honors you have received: WGU Capstone Excellence Award, Presidential2017. Physical Fitness Award, 1995. Do you have family? Pets? I live with my husband Travis, 40, and our two kids, Emerson, 10, and Nova, 7, as well as our pandemic dog Dipper (age unknown). We also live a couple blocks from my mom who is a huge part of our lives and is always there to help with the kids or make me laugh. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? I moved to the Tri-Cities in elementary school, then left for about eight years, living in Las Vegas where I met my husband, and then Denver. After our oldest was born, we decided to move back to raise our family here.

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What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? Coming from Palestine and Lebanon, my family was living in Kuwait when the Gulf War began in 1990. We moved to America and my father being a civil engineer started a new position with the Washington Department of Ecology in 1991. We’ve been in the Tri-Cities ever since.

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The mission of Visit Tri-Cities is to drive tourism to our destination and one of the ways we do that is by supporting community assets and organizations. My role at Visit Tri-Cities provides me the opportunity to support local organizations/ events in a variety of ways, whether it is providing a media list and/or a media introduction for a charity or strategies to increase recognition and attendance. Throughout my tenure at Visit Tri-Cities, I have also volunteered my time to support amazing tourism-related events like Cool Desert Nights, the Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge, River of Fire Festival and most recently Tri-Cities Cancer Center’s Dine Out event. How do you achieve work-life balance? I manage work-life balance some days better than others. I am not a morning person, ask anyone, but I could work well into the evening if it wasn’t for other commitments. Luckily, the very nature of my job is to share all the wonderful assets of the Tri-Cities, so it is easy to mix work and leisure time when Ineeded.trytoreserve my lunch hour for a midday recharge, which might include lunch with friends and/or co-workers or walking my dog. Being in the tourism industry, I am a huge advocate of planning getaways or vacations as a way to recharge. List any awards/honors you have received: Visit Tri-Cities was honored with a Best Idea Program Outstanding Achievement Award by the Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) in 2021. Visit Tri-Cities was recognized for its Pandemic Response Campaign that took place from September 2020 through July I2021.was responsible for the campaign and developed, created and deployed 38 highquality public service announcements to amplify messaging from local leadership and the Benton-Franklin Health District, as well as created unique messaging to mitigate the adverse economic and public health impacts of Covid-19 as well as Favorite book? Anything written by my friend and local author, Alexis Bass. Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Paddleboarding Favoriterestaurant?Tri-City Soi 705 First thing you check on your phone? Weather Courtesy Rich Breshears Professional Photography

Age: 38 Current city of residence: Kennewick How long have you worked there? 8 years

Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: As the director of marketing for Visit TriCities, I oversee a team of three and am responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating external communications programs and marketing campaigns to promote the Tri-Cities as a destination for meetings and conferences, sports events and leisure travel. I oversee the media outreach program, including the development and implementation of media strategies that target travel and lifestyle writers/ publications, local and regional media Inoutlets.short, I have the pleasure of creating and executing compelling marketing campaigns and programs to attract visitors to the area while supporting local tourismrelated businesses through visitor spending. In 2021, visitor spending exceeded $481 million and generated $51 million in state and local taxes. Prior to joining Visit Tri-Cities, I worked as a marketing coordinator for a familyowned and -operated winery in Prosser. The winery was a member of Visit Tri-Cities and participated in programs including the annual meeting. I attended the 2013 meeting and learned Visit Tri-Cities would be hiring a marketing manager the following year. It was my goal to secure that position and I did. In 2018, I was promoted to the director job and have continued to grow with the organization. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 18 years How did you earn your first dollar? My first money-making endeavor was a lemonade stand with my brother when we were 6 or 7. We couldn’t have made more than $10, but I do remember discussing our big plans to spend our money on a new Big Wheels or something along those lines.

What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? People (the workforce) are adaptable and Fromresilient.adjusting to new working environments and embracing technology to learning new skill sets and working outside of the scope of job descriptions, organizations and their employees found creative ways to adapt, maintain or even thrive. What was your dream job as a child? There were a variety of careers that I admired but the most prevalent dream was to be a veterinarian. I love animals and loved the idea of helping animals. However, once I was a little older, I learned that while veterinarians could save lives, there is also a component of being unable to rescue someone’s beloved pet or executing endof-life plans. I knew I didn’t have the fortitude to become a veterinarian, and I admire everyone in that profession for that very reason. Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice:

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Briefly describe your company: Visit Tri-Cities is the destination marketing organization for the Tri-Cities, defined as Benton and Franklin counties. Our job is to attract visitors to the area, creating economic development within our community and making the Tri-Cities a great place to live, work and play. Vision: Inspire wanderlust for a bold yet casual, geeky but cool, magical experience in wide-open spaces. Mission: We make the Tri-Cities bigger, bolder, brighter, better and cooler through tourism. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Bachelor of Arts, communications, Washington State University. Go Cougs!


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Briefly describe your company: Bechtel is an engineering, project management and construction company that helps its customers deliver projects of purpose that create a lasting positive legacy. These are projects that create jobs and grow economies, improve the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, connect communities to resources and opportunity, get us closer to net zero, protect U.S. and allied interests, tackle critical environmental challenges to protect people and the planet and accelerate progress to make the world a cleaner, greener and safer place. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents.

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Age: 39 Current city of residence: Pasco How long have you worked there? 15 years

Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Bachelor of Science, accounting and finance, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: I have been an accounting and finance professional for over 13 years. Most of my experience has been within Bechtel in its government sector, which includes nuclear, security and Ienvironmental.haveprogressed from learning and performing the basic accounting functions in the Oak Ridge Controller office to understanding how core financial functions impact the large construction project operations and managing teams to perform various accounting functions. My current role is at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), where I am the controller operations manager. I lead a team of about 10 project accountants. My father, an accounting manager, and my mother, an administrative assistant, both worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for over 30 years. They always made sure I participated in “Take Your Kids to Work Day.” I remember my father sharing that the finance department keeps track of the money to ensure projects can be completed. I remember thinking that was a very interesting way to contribute to major projects that can change the world. In high school, I took accounting as an elective. I excelled, which led me to complete a double major in accounting and finance at the University of Tennessee, BechtelChattanooga.wasmy first job after graduate school. I have been able to explore several different roles within accounting, ethics and compliance, and project controls functions. Being the controller at WTP was my first opportunity to be a manager and learn how accounting supports a first-of-its-kind project that will advance DOE’s cleanup mission at Hanford. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 3.5 years How did you earn your first dollar? My dad began teaching my brother and me about money when I was in the first grade. By the fourth or fifth grade, we had chore charts and academic goals as ways we could earn money. This taught me a lot about goal setting and financial management early in life. My first job was a summer internship for eighth-grade students at the University of TheTennessee.program paid students a stipend to learn about various educational departments to support their summer initiatives. I supported the UT Gardens, which was used to teach both the community and college students about horticulture, ecosystems etc. I have my parents and community to thank for ensuring that I was aware of and engaged in many community programs that enriched my educational and personal life experiences. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? I became controller in January 2020. As a new manager during the pandemic, a few of the professional lessons I learned are: We are stronger together. During the pandemic, the WTP team pivoted to a new environment, sending a majority of the workforce home and identifying critical workforce and developing plans to be safe as well as maintain a nuclear site. The leadership consistently reminded us that no matter what the circumstance, we are in this together and we are stronger Theytogether.reinforced that we may have differences of opinion, but we can all agree that we want to be safe, we want to be alive, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers when it comes to performing WTP work, and we will lead through this crisis together.


I wanted to be a singer. I have been singing with my dad in church for several years. We even tried out for a gospel singing contest “Sunday’s Best.” I still sing quite a bit with my dad at church events, weddings etc. So even though it’s not my job, it is still a big part of my life.

Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice: • Women@Bechtel Employee Resource Group: The Women@Bechtel group has a vision to make Bechtel the employer of choice for women. We help supply, sustain and develop the female pipeline by empowering women to join, stay and thrive at Bechtel. Taking this mission to heart, as chapter president, I led a team that completed the following activities:  IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit hosted by PNNL. The summit included interactive sessions and panels around topics of inclusion, work/life balance, building confidence, mentorship and more.



 Girl Day (introduce a girl to engineering) hosted at Richland Public Library. About 105 students participated in a half-dozen STEM activities held in conjunction with Engineers Week. Volunteers from the WTP NexGen group, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women

Favorite movie? “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971 original version) Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Walking the trails and parks. Most disliked food? Boiled brussels sprouts What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I was a contestant on “The Price is Right” and “The Steve Harvey Show,” all in the same week.

It made me shift to a better understanding how I can better be present everywhere I am (work or home) and seek to engage at a level that is impactful in a balanced way that doesn’t create burnout. Practically, that looks like not taking every single extra work assignment, acknowledging that I am only one person, not keeping my calendar so overbooked, looking for what opportunities to serve align with my goals for the year and being OK with saying “no.” I’m also a big advocate for utilizing counseling as part of your “village” to help process life changes, situations/problems with yourself/others, trauma, societal impacts etc. We all carry and experience situations that have an impact on our mental health. We should feel comfortable in talking to an educated professional to help us understand purpose, process feelings and emerge in a better mental state. List any awards/honors you have received: Featured on various panels, employee spotlights, leadership awards within Bechtel. Do you have family? Pets? I am not married yet (dating) and do not have any kids (also yet). However, my mom and dad who live in Tennessee, a brother and sister-in-law who live in Peoria, Illinois, and have two kids, and a village of people who have supported me wherever I go. I always say, “It takes a village.” This family is at the core of every success I’ve ever had, and every dream I have realized. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? What brought me to the Tri-Cities was the opportunity to be a part of a first-of-akind environmental cleanup project with a significant mission.


I feel very connected to the community through my work as a civil servant supporting DOE and the Hanford mission. I have been a career civil servant for the last 18 years, first supporting the Air Force in Colorado. Throughout the years, I have had opportunities to engage with the community through my career as a senior advisor supporting HAMMER, working with our labor partners both HAMTC and the building and construction trades, and a graduate of the Fire Ops 101 course where I had the humbling experience of understanding what our incredible firefighters do and what they need to be most effective to do their jobs. The bottom line for me as a professional is giving back to my community and the nation by being a career civil servant has been a choice and a lifestyle that I wouldn’t Onchange.apersonal side, as my daughter gets older (she’s now 15) our community engagements are also changing. She has become an avid climber, cyclist and is now doing triathlons. These activities are allowing us new opportunities to engage with the community and we as a family are looking forward to what this will bring. How do you achieve work-life balance? I really appreciate this question. If you asked anyone that I work with, what is important to me outside of work, they would say my family. Being there for your family is No. 1 for me and is intimately tied with the human aspect I mentioned earlier. In every new job that I have taken, I have made it a priority up front to have a discussion with my supervisor about the importance of being there for my family. I have a daughter, five stepchildren and three Yesterday, and tomorrow will only happen once. I can’t have them back or a do-over. I feel blessed to have realized this early in my career. The early, honest conversations have afforded me the chance to be there for my family every step of the way. List any awards/honors you have received: I don’t have a list to include here. But upon reflection on answering this question, I am proud to say this... Choosing to be a civil servant is a choice that I am proud of and being a civil servant is better than any award/honor that I could ask for. Do you have family? Pets? Yes. I am a proud mother of my daughter and a part of my stepchildren’s and grandchildren’s lives. This year, my daughter completed a century bike ride, and recently a triathlon and another coming up. It’s a proud mom Duringmoment.the pandemic, we added a sweet blue merle cockapoo, Bennett, to our family. Earlier this year, we added a second cockapoo, Jake. They are so fun, and we enjoy taking them on hikes to Badger Mountain, Candy, Tapteal, Chamna and the local dog park. What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? I had a previous boss who I worked with in Colorado working as a civil servant for the Air Force who moved to the Tri-Cities to work for DOE. He was incredible positive and excited about the community and the work we do, and I fortunately had the opportunity to move here and work supporting DOE, our mission and be part of this community. I wouldn’t change it. In fact, my parents and my uncle have also relocated to the Tri-Cities. , From page C14

• Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. since 2006 and joined the Psi Nu Omega graduate chapter in 2019. This sorority is the first intercollegiate historically African American sorority with a mission to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”

I also desired to experience a new place outside of the East Coast. I have been at many projects or home offices that allowed me to live on the East Coast, but I had never lived in the Pacific Northwest. It was a new experience all the way around. well (now retired). Tell us about your involvement/communitycommunityservice:

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What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? My family moved to the Tri-Cities when I was in seventh grade. I didn’t think I would make it my home after I graduated from WSU. However, I found my way back and made a career out of living in and enjoying the Tri-Cities.

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I remember thinking, “It will be amazing to actually be able to see nuclear waste turned into glass, and then safely stored!”

Engineers and other local companies participated.  Kennewick Boys & Girls Club Mobile STEM & Lego Robotics Programs. Worked with our WTP leadership and the Boys & Girls Club team to establish a volunteer program to support the launch of two new Bechtel after-school programs (Mobile STEM & First Lego League) at the Kennewick Boys and Girls club during the 2019-20 school year.

• The local Junior Achievement organization. I served as WTP’s executive ambassador to the local Junior Achievement organization with a focus on championing and advocating for Bechtel’s involvement in recruiting and retaining employee classroom volunteers and mentoring JA event coordinators for events such as the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake. How do you achieve work-life balance? During the pandemic, I took time to think about work-life balance. Prior to that, I really did let work be my life. Now, I focus on my life’s work. By this I mean that it’s all a part of life. What impact do I want to make with the time I have whether that be at work, home, in the community or with family and friends etc.?

vaccine information. The public service announcements were developed in English and Spanish and distributed throughout the Tri-Cities region. Visit Tri-Cities was one of only four destination marketing organizations to receive outstanding achievement awards. Do you have family? Pets? I have wonderful parents and siblings, and, fortunately for me, they all live in the Tri-Cities. Then I have family spread throughout the West Coast. Diesel is my chow/lab mix who has been my canine sidekick for the last 14 years.

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