Journal of Business + Young Professionals - July 2022

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July 2022 Volume 21 | Issue 7

Kennewick company answers the call when remote workers hit the road By Wendy Culverwell

A specialty publication of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Page C1

Science & Technology

PNNL patents method of extracting lithium from water Page A23

Real Estate & Construction

$40M senior complex takes shape near Canyon Lakes Page B1

NOTEWORTHY “This is real science that is directly helping the public.” - Jillian Legard, lab supervisor, Benton-Franklin Health District

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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, a website helping towns woo remote workers who can live anywhere. John Heaton, president and founder of Pay Plus Benefits Inc., a Kennewick-based company that serves as the HR department for hundreds of clients, relishes the offerings and their flowery language. Muncie, for example, touts its Cornerstone Center for the Arts, noting it “provides opportunities for creative expression.” It is the reputed 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 offers 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.

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 return 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 uPAY PLUS BENEFITS, Page A13

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.

Mail by the Mall moves out of the path of Center Parkway extension By Wendy Culverwell

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 Garden, 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 McCoy, 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 demolishing 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 uMAIL BY THE MALL, Page A4

New commercialization director brings can-do spirit to PNNL tech transfer By Wendy Culverwell

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 technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory into the commercial marketplace, part of its mission to bolster the U.S. economy and national security. Lomasney brings the experience of leading two successful ventures in Seattle to the post. In 2015, Fortune named her one of the World’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs.

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 Modumetal Inc. She was intrigued by the area and because her now-husband, Gen. James Mattis, lives here. Before joining PNNL, she joined the Entrepreneur in Residence program at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland and got to know the PNNL commercialization team and the “amazing” array of discoveries within the lab. When her predecessor, Lee Cheatham, left in January, she jumped at the chance to lead the commercialization program. uLOMASNEY, Page A11

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Benton County is still buying old Kennewick General By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The proposed Three Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery center will proceed at the former Kennewick General Hospital, but with some functions in a separate location to comply with rules set by the current owner, LifePoint. “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 Kennewick Public Hospital District during 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 Health. Benton County confirmed it intends to buy the old hospital, 900 S. Auburn St., and is committed to establishing 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 Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery Cen-

uBUSINESS BRIEF Muscle car sells for record amount at Pasco auction A 1967 Shelby collector car sold for $662,000 in a recent Pasco auction. 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.

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 process. Both counties have invited people to serve on the group, which is expected to begin meeting in late July. 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 July. LifePoint/Trios vacated the old hospital earlier this year when it relocated its birthing center to Trios Southridge Hospital. The county has budgeted $5 million 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 community 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. The collector car is painted Wimbledon 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, including 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.

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

Franklin County outpaced Benton County in population growth in the past year, ranking No. 7 in the state compared 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 Management 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 Stevens, Lacey and Vancouver rounded out the top 5. Unincorporated Benton County ranked No. 8 in the state for population change, adding 685 people from 2021-

22. The state’s population grew by 158,100 people since the 2020 decennial census April 1, 2020, largely due to migration, to an estimated 7.9 million people The 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 said. “We 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 population continued to decline and people uPOPULATION, Page A10



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left at the old location is a sign in the window steering customers to the new one. “I mailed in the keys,” she said. The property also was the longtime home of McCoy’s Distributing, established 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 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 the crossing. Tri-City Railroad was evicted from the tracks in June after it lost a case in Benton County Superior Court over lack of track maintenance. Laurie McCoy tracked the project over the course of two decades, accumulating a thick file of news clippings and documents 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 McCoys enlisted legal counsel to advise them through the eminent domain process but did not sue over the loss of their property. “We knew it was coming. We weren’t going to fight it,” she said. Extension plans The cities of Richland and Kennewick partnered on the Center Parkway extension in 2001. The parkway dead ends on either side of the railroad tracks, creating awkward access to Tapteal Drive. Awkward but not impossible. Furniture stores, retailers and hotels have been built on the stretch above Highway 240. But an additional 33 acres are undeveloped, and the two cities see punching Center Parkway through as a way to improve traffic around Columbia Center and boost commercial development. An estimated $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 Lic. #SUPERGL888MP

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will back up on the short stretch of Center Parkway between the roundabout at Gage Boulevard and Tapteal Drive whenever a train goes by.

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 McCoy built out of his hobby collecting oldtime radios. His daughter remembers growing up in north Richland stuffing envelopes and accompanying her mother on endless trips to the Richland post office to ship packages. 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

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daughter her thoughts. Laurie had earned degrees in business and psychology and had years of experience in retail. 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 warehouse 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 thousands 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 operations 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 packages. 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 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 acquisition. Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall, with progress subject to added rules governing construction at railroad crossings. The city expects the new three-lane road to debut in spring 2023.



Kennewick men, women honored for 2020 and 2021 By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

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 Covid-19 pandemic. The program is presented by Soroptimist International of Pasco-Kennewick and the Kennewick Past Men of the Year to honor people for their civic contributions to Kennewick. Residency is not required. 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 immediately became “Mr. Volunteer-HowCan-I-Get-Involved-In-OurC o m m u n i t y, ” Jeff Groce according to Joan and Ronald Hue, who nominated him for the award. He is actively involved with Kennewick American Youth Baseball Association, 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 clubhouse with furniture he donated. He also lends his talents to the Water Follies Board of Directors, the Trios Foundation Board, Circle of Hope Columbia Center Rotary and the Human Trafficking Committee. He also serves as a liaison to the separate Tri-Citian of the Year program. Piper is a “spectacular volunteer” who leapt into action when she learned about the Kennewick Housing Authority’s 16-unit Alisha Piper Lilac Homes initiative, according to Pat Turner, who nominated her for the award. The facility serves formerly homeless individuals and provides beds and basic 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 until he retired in December 2020, according to nominators optometrist Gerry Berges and Bob Kelly. Chuck DeGooyer Under his leadership, the cancer center secured two important accreditations, the AASTRO Accreditation program for Excellence in 2016 and National Accreditation Program 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 Franklin Counties Foundation. He has held leadership Gloria Williamson roles with the American Cancer Society and the Kiwanis Club of Kennewick and its foundation. Williamson is “a quiet, effective servant 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 Opportunities for Women), the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers sorority and Leadership Tri-Cities. As a teacher at Kennewick’s Vista Elementary, 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 autism spectrum under her wing, helping him catch up on what he would miss and taking him on lengthy road trips to explore the natural world. She also taught at Cottonwood Elementary.






• Coffee with Karl: 9-10 a.m., webinar with president and CEO of TRIDEC Karl Dye and guest.


• Benton REA, 85th Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Day: 8:30 a.m., Leona Libby Middle School, 3259 Belmont Blvd., West Richland. Details at: annual-meeting-of-members.


• Coffee with Karl: 9-10 a.m., webinar with president and CEO of TRIDEC Karl Dye and guest.


• Franklin County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at commissioners/meeting.php. • Benton County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at agenda.aspx.

• PNNL lecture, “RemPlex: Using Risk Assessment to Guide Environmental Remediation Decisions”: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., via Zoom. Details at • Franklin County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at commissioners/meeting.php. • Benton County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at agenda.aspx. • Port of Kennewick Commission: 2 p.m. Details at




• Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, “How ‘Bout Appetizers”: 4:30-6 p.m. Rawlings Flooring America & Design. 6250 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RSVP by calling 509-735-2745 or email

• Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Ask the Experts: Before You Sign That Lease”: 10:30-11:30 a.m., via Zoom. Details at • Port of Pasco Commission: 10:30 a.m. Details at portofpasco.


JULY 29-30

• Art in the Park: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 29 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30, Howard Amon Park, Richland. Live music, art, food trucks.


• Coffee with Karl: 9-10 a.m., webinar with president and CEO of TRIDEC Karl Dye and guest.

JULY 29-31

• HAPO Over the River Air Show and Columbia Cup: Columbia Park, Kennewick. Hours vary depending on the day. Full schedule and ticket pricing at Hydroplanes racing, HAPO Over the River Air Show, vendors.


• West Richland Chamber luncheon: Noon, The Mayfield Event Center. 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. • Washington Policy Center,

Solutions Series breakfast: 7:30-8:30 p.m., CG Public House, 9221 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, Kennewick. Hear from WPC researchers on the top issues impacting your family, business and pocketbook. Go to


• Franklin County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at commissioners/meeting.php. • Benton County Commission: 9 a.m. Details at agenda.aspx.


• Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership network zoom breakfast: 8-9 a.m. Details at • 15th annual Cuisine de Vin, a benefit for the Children’s Developmental Center: 6-10:30 p.m., Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard, 34715 Demoss Road, Benton City. Details and tickets go to: fundraising-events.


OPINION OUR VIEW Secretary Granholm: Please visit Hanford By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

As press releases go, the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s travel schedule is mundane stuff. Jennifer Granholm, President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Energy, traveled to Sydney, Australia, in mid-July. In 2022, she also traveled to Tampa, Florida, to tout the benefits of clean energy, to Michigan (her home state) to announce more than $3 billion for domestic battery production and to many more spots. Her other destinations this year included Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, West Virginia, Michigan (again), Kentucky, Paris (yes, France), South Carolina, Mexico City and Albany, New York. Noticeably absent from her itinerary: the Hanford nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, invited Granholm to tour Hanford in April 2021, shortly after she was confirmed to the job. It is Newhouse’s custom to invite the new DOE secretary to tour Hanford, one of the most costly and challenging sites in the DOE complex, as DOE itself routinely acknowledges. Visiting Hanford – and the Tri-Cities – should be a top priority. Plus, there’s no shortage of energy-related issues in our region. The secretary can easily drop by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to talk about its work in the energy field. There are also plenty of nearby dams worth visiting to help the secretary better understand the complicated issues related to calls to remove them.

Maryland-based X-energy is working with Energy Northwest of Richland and Grant County PUD on an 80-megawatt nuclear reactor on land already leased by Energy Northwest at Hanford. The Tri-Cities boasts a Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative to foster clean energy tech. We are also hosting an Association of Washington Business Energy Solutions Summit in November. DOE announced Granholm would visit Hanford in February 2022, but the trip reportedly was canceled because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war didn’t stop other travel, as her busy schedule in recent months shows. DOE’s media relations office in Washington, D.C., has not responded to multiple inquiries about Granholm’s Hanford plans. Locally, Hanford officials confirm she has not made a non-public visit, and as of press time, no visits were announced. Most Tri-Citians and state-level governmental officials understand what’s at stake at Hanford. It is a pivotal time for the site, which stopped producing plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons in 1987 and shifted to a cleanup mission a few years later. The site is about to begin converting millions of gallons of radioactive and hazardous tank waste into glass at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. Hanford consumes more than $2 billion of tax dollars each year. Operating the treatment plant – presuming a less costly approach is not substituted for the existing plan – will require a big budget bump. Hanford is a big part of any DOE leaders’ job. We encourage Secretary Granholm to visit soon to learn more about it.


Washington employers deepen trade ties to the United Kingdom When our friends in Great Britain open their eyes in the morning, many parts of their day look a lot like what we see here in Washington. The Association of Washington Business led a trade mission to the United Kingdom in June, and it was apparent during our visit that employers based here in Washington are a vital and vibrant part of life “across the pond.” When Britons head into work and grab a coffee (or tea), many choose a Starbucks beverage. Then when they fire up their computers at the office, they probably see a Microsoft logo. When they get home from work, they might find a few packages delivered by Amazon (based in Seattle but with 70,000 employees in the U.K.). And many of the trucks that deliver those packages are manufactured by Leyland Trucks, which is a subsidiary of Bellevue-based PACCAR. Or if they do their shopping in person, they might head to a British Costco (based in Issaquah), where hot dogs cost £1.50, just as they do in the states (except their price is in pounds, not dollars.) The well-stocked selection of wines we saw at a London-area Costco included Washington-grown and bottled vintages from Chateau Ste. Michelle and other Pacific Northwest brands. When a Brit heads down to their local pub, like Fuller Brewing Co. (we visited this London pub, founded in 1816), they’ll enjoy beer brewed with hops grown in Washington and distributed by Yakima Chief Hops.

Boeing airplanes fly people around the British Commonwealth and the world. These stories could go on and on. The fact is, Kris Johnson Washington is Association of one of the most Washington trade-driven Business states in the GUEST COLUMN nation, and our country has an important trade relationship with the U.K. The U.K. is America’s fifth-largest largest goods export market, and it’s a mutually beneficial relationship with a good balance of trade. The U.S. exported $69.1 billion to the U.K. in 2019 – that’s up more than 50% from 10 years earlier. We imported $63.2 billion from the U.K. in 2019. Our chief goal during the June trade mission was to deepen that relationship in the years ahead, especially in Washington state which also already has strong ties to the U.K. The U.K. was the fifth-largest market for Washington state in 2019 with nearly 20,000 jobs supported by exports to the nation. Agriculture is one area of growth. Wheat, wine and beer and distilled products from Washington are all popular in the U.K. and abroad, for instance. To help establish the relationships that uJOHNSON, Page A8

Drones can help replant forests burned by wildfire Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and providing clean air and fresh water for people, crops, fish and wildlife. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires had burned 2.6 million acres in the U.S., mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska, by early July. By year’s end, that total may exceed 2019, when more than 5 million acres of forest lands burned in California, Oregon and Washington. Wildfires emitted 1.76 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, globally in 2021, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. That’s more than double Germany’s annual emissions. Reforestation funding for federal timberlands is woefully lacking. Currently, fighting wildfires consumes 60% of the U.S. Forest Service budget. Yet many forests desperately need

thinning to avoid wildfire fuel accumulation. In a day of $30.5 trillion federal deficits, additional funding is unlikely. What if the Forest Service Don C. Brunell identified lands Business analyst needing thinGUEST COLUMN ning and used the proceeds from the sale of the thinning to plant trees? Those logs could be processed to make wood products and provide jobs in rural communities. A prototype program is already in place at the Colville National Forest. Replanting trees as quickly as possible after a wildfire is one of the most important ways of reducing carbon dioxide, controlling erosion and preventing flooding. However, right now, we are fighting a losing battle Every year worldwide, 15 billion trees

are destroyed by fire or pollution. Despite $50 billion a year spent on replanting, there is an annual net loss of 6 billion trees. Financing is one thing, but the actual planting is quite another. That is where drones come in. An experienced and energetic tree planter can plant 800-1,000 seedlings over two acres each day. On the other hand, two drone operators are 150 times faster and up to 10 times cheaper than hand planting. Seattle’s DroneSeed developed sophisticated 3D ground mapping software and precision tree planting techniques using swarms of drones. Drones map the area, and their data identifies “micro-sites,” such as stumps, which would shade the seedlings and provide additional nutrients from decaying wood. Drones then launch biodegradable capsules loaded with seeds, liquid nutrients and animal repellent onto precise spots on the ground. DroneSeed deployed the technology in southern Oregon four years ago. Hancock Forest Management, an international forest

landowner with nearly 11 million acres of timberland, contracted with DroneSeed to replant a portion of its land that burned in 2018. On the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, when Forest Service scientists surveyed the 2018 Cougar Creek Fire site (41,107 acres) they found 30% of the soil in the Mad River drainage was so severely burned it would be hard to hold water and grow trees for a replacement forest. If damaged soil cannot hold water, it increases the risk of flooding, erosion and muddy-debris filled streams. Those conditions are detrimental to fish, wildlife and people. Denuded forest lands are incapable of capturing carbon. In cases such as the Cougar Creek Fire, DroneSeed planting on the steep slopes would have been worth trying especially if we are to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. In place of sterile, barren timbered lands, rapidly growing forests would be converting carbon dioxide into the oxygen uBRUNELL, Page A8



uBUSINESS BRIEFS 74-year-old entrepreneur wins bronze at senior games A Kennewick senior entrepreneur added a bronze to her softball trophy collection. Connie Wormington’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. participated. Wormington, 74, said 90-degree temperatures and 100% humidity made the games challenging for the players.

She also suffered an injury – a softball hit her ankle bone – so had to miss the last three games of the tournament. She thinks the team may Connie Wormington 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.

Fires banned in Mid-Columbia river 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 Wildlife Service covers the Hanford Reach National Monument and Columbia, Cold Springs, Conboy Lake, McKay

Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Umatilla national wildlife refuges. Use of any fire, including charcoal briquettes and cooking stoves, is prohibited, as is smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle and operating any motor 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 summer 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.

BRUNELL, From page A7 we breathe. Forests 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 greenhouse gases. Hopefully, drone planting works out as designed and hastens reforestation. 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. JOHNSON, From page A7 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. Whoever 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 delegation 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 world. International trade is one of Washington’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 Washington state. Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.





POPULATION, From page A3 living in college housing has not entirely recovered,” according to the state Office of Financial Management.

Migration drives growth Migration continues to be the primary driver behind Washington’s population growth, according to OFM. From 2021-22, net migration (people moving in minus people moving out) to Washington 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%. The state’s natural population increase 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 Washington. “Despite strong housing growth, we saw high occupancy rates in most cities and towns. This past year, the state added 46,500 housing units, which is 100 more than last year. Of the new units built this past year, 58% were multifamily,” OFM said. More than 71% of all new housing units the past two years were built in one of the state’s five largest metropolitan counties. King County leads all counties with 17,100 new housing units and saw 37% of the state’s total housing

growth this year. Consistent 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 between 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 together in group quarters. Whitman, Kittitas, and Whatcom are the three fastest growing counties, due to returning college students. Otherwise, the fastest-growing county 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 estimate for Washington’s incorporated cities 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, Bellingham, Lake Stevens, Lacey, Vancouver, 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 cities, we found that a rebounding group quarter population or annexation was a larger factor in the population increase than new housing growth.

uBUSINESS BRIEFS 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. It found 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 common, including in Oregon, where the position makes up 29 of every 1,000 jobs.

Rotary Duck Race tickets on sale now

Tri-Cities Rotarians are selling tickets for the 34th annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race through Sept. 23, the day before Sept. 24 race at Columbia Park in Kennewick. The annual Duck Race is a cooperative fundraiser that supports the charitable 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 began. Tickets are $10 apiece, with each ticket earning the buyer a free express car wash at Autobahn Car Care Centers in Richland and Kennewick. Purchasers 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 tickets 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 information and a schedule of ticket sale events.

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 LOMASNEY, From page A1 A physicist, Lomasney explores the laboratories in north Richland with the eye of a scientist and the pragmatism of a business executive. Her take: PNNL’s labs are teeming 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 greatest candy store on earth,” she said. PNNL, operated by Battelle, debuted in 1965 and saw its mission focused on energy and national security in the mid-1970s, when the Atomic Energy Commission became the Department of Energy in response to the energy crisis. It receives about $1 billion 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. Lomasney 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 millimeter wave technology developed and licensed by PNNL. Ultrahigh-frequency radio waves penetrate clothing and non-metallic barriers to aid Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials screening for concealed objects. Lomasney called it an example of helping commercialize promising technology by identifying potential customers and working with them to develop it. PNNL identified travel and transportation 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 SafeView Scout, which was later acquired by L3 Communications. By partnering with industries that stood to benefit from enhanced security – tourism and transportation – the lab fostered demand

for its emerging technology. “If they see it, that can create the pull,” she said. Another favorite example is labdeveloped technology that keeps Christina Lomasney cutting blades sharp in the processing 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 licensee on the cusp of commercial operation. The technology generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass and is being implemented by SoCalGas to support California 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 career, but one found her. Her first job was at the Boeing Co. Later, with her father, she “reluctantly” started Isotron Corp., which creates technologies 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 management required its researchers to devote 10% of their time to non-core topics. The “10%

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rule” led to the metal-working discovery that led to the formation of Modumetal, her second company. Modumetal raised more than $100 million 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. Modumetal 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 Department 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 corrosion-resistant nuts, bolts and tubular products. On May 3, 2013, opening day of boating 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 executive called when something set it off. Usually, 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 instructions 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. The debacle had a bright spot: Modumetal 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 third held. Modumetal 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 until 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 reasons for the move, but the company and its founder parted on amicable terms with each side wishing the other well. 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 combination 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 commercially viable discoveries and develop plans to bring them to the market. The lab’s commercialization team works with scientists from the moment they disclose inventions. “We start working from then,” she said. Getting on board early allows the team to identify opportunities – white space – in the market. Not everything works. Failure is common 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 technology. 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:



TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 PAY PLUS BENEFITS, From page A1 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 awareness 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 Boise. Employees who move without alerting 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 taxes 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 workers 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 culture,” said Andrea Ostrovsky, chief operating 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.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell 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.

As it considers a “fully flexible” future, it realized it needed to cast a wider net as it recruited animators, designers, illustrators and more. It was set up for California and Washington but knew talent could be anywhere. It turned to Pay Plus Benefits in early 2022, allowing it to recruit from a broader geographic area. The results are encouraging, though Ostrovsky said it is still “early days.” Ostrovsky 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 software, and has goofy channels where employees 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 employee 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 registering a vehicle in a new state will trigger 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 deteriorating relationships between employees and their employers. Chad Mackay, chief executive officer of Fierro Tech, a Seattle-tech firm catering 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 growth. Mackay, whose ventures include highend restaurants such as El Gaucho in Seattle 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’ compensation is totally different than Washington,” he said. “I can’t keep track of all that stuff as a small employer.” He regards it as an advantage to recruiting workers who for whatever reason don’t want to move to Seattle or even Washington. “We have people who’d rather be in Boise and frankly, I’m OK with that,” he said.

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Washington AG tackles organized retail crime

Washington retailers and law enforcement 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. The task 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 & Employment 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 individuals, 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 inequalities faced by those with disabilities. Go to:

Horn Rapids 5K benefits Union Gospel Mission

A 5K walk and run will benefit the TriCity Union Gospel Mission’s shelter for women and children. Admission is $20 for 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 Clubhouse Lane, Richland. Participants will

walk and run on a path through the Horn Rapids neighborhood. Register online at

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 Call 509-9465417.

Whitworth debuts brewing science certificate

Whitworth University is starting a certification program for adults interested in working in the craft brewery industry this fall. The Brewing Science & Operations Certificate program will be offered through the Spokane school’s School of Continuing Studies. Participants will study 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 brewing, 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.



Established cheer gyms change owners; two new ones open in last year By Robin Wojtanik

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Cheer teams continue to attract a wide range of athletes across the Tri-City community, 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 others recently went under new ownership, turning over a new leaf on the popular sport that could make the summer Olympics by 2028. Well-known 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 providing 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 former owners, ‘You created something that makes it impossible to walk away from. Now nothing will measure up to what you created.’” The Kluses didn’t want to lose what they had come to know after their daughter 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!’” The Kluses will continue operating it at the same location near Uncle Sam’s Saloon through a lease with Crown Management. 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 doubling the previous year’s total. The Kluses are committed to keeping the same “healthy balance” found at the gym previously, with practices scheduled two to three times each week and time off for school breaks in the winter and spring. Kluse is a prolific photographer for senior portraits and working with teens has developed her skills as a mentor. “I know a lot about building confidence 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 competition 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 decided to open a cheer gym when things had shut down because of Covid-19. “This never would have happened

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.

Courtesy Firehouse Elite The Firehouse Elite team celebrates a big win in 2022. Angie and Darrin Henderson are the owners.

without the pandemic,” said Angie Henderson. “We found ourselves with extra 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 for it.” They opened Firehouse Elite at 2478 Henderson Loop in Horn Rapids, a space uIMPACT, Page A18



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Co-signing liability can get complicated, so get educated On occasion, you, or someone you know, might be asked to co-sign a financial 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 security 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 deficiency, and then be liable for the total amount owing the creditor to include penalties and interest on a debt in the event the primary obliBeau Ruff gor fails to make Cornerstone timely payments. Wealth Strategies Your credit could GUEST COLUMN likewise suffer. Some of the notice provisions can be altered in the contract 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 creditor has a security interest (aka “collateral”) 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). Accordingly, in many co-signer situations, the co-signer is unintentionally also an owner of an asset. Take a mortgage 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. For example, assume the house that was purchased had an attractive nuisance (See my previous column, “How to protect against attractive nuisances to avoid liability.”). Further, assume a child was injured on that property due to the attractive 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 nuisance. It can also be complicated to later try to remove your name from the title – even after any financial obligation is paid.

Mitigation measures Is there a better way? To some extent, the co-signer’s liability can be mitigated in a few ways. 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 asset. Alternatively, 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 another solution. Often, a co-signer is necessary because the primary obligor lacks the funds or income 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. 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. 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.



IMPACT, From page A15 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 Summit 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 Sirens, and is partly a nod to owner, Darrin, 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,” Henderson said. “It’s people you go out and overcome obstacles with, together. You’re super tightly bonded, and comfortable 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 enrolling 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 competitive cheerleading full recognition, paving the way for its inclusion in the summer games, possibly in Los Angeles in 2028. The world of competitive cheer isn’t about rooting for other athletes from the sidelines. It has a 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 experience. We also bring in people from the community to talk about mental health awareness, injury prevention and conditioning so they’re prepared before com-

petition season.” Henderson 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, Legacy Athletics, opened in 2021 at 1977 Fowler Drive in Richland. Search IMPACT Elite All-Stars, 8382 W. Gage Blvd. Suite N, Kennewick @impacteliteallstars Search Firehouse Elite Cheer, 2478 Henderson Loop, Richland, firehouseelite. net @firehouseelite.

uBUSINESS BRIEFS All Pasco students eligible for free meals

All students in the Pasco School District 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 programs including preschool are eligible. There is no application. The district asks families to complete a fall Family Income Survey to help it secure funding 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 Authority. The prior shelter operator was removed over abuse and fraud allegations. 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 the region. Aug. 5 is the deadline. Go to

Fair seeks national anthem singers

The Benton Franklin Fair is accepting video submissions from singers interested in performing the national anthem during the annual fair, Aug. 20-27. Individual and group entries are accepted. If the audition is for a minor, a parent or guardian may submit a video on their behalf. National anthem singers are needed at the fair’s concerts, rodeos, Demolition Derby and other events. Go to, or call 509-222-3749 for information.

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PNNL patents method of extracting lithium from water By Laura Kostad

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The alchemists of yore sought to convert low-value lead into high-value gold. A solution to that puzzle remains elusive, but researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered something more applicable to present-day challenges. The lab 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 produced through oil and natural gas drilling. In the resulting wastewater brine generated 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 drilling process. Among 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 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in phones and other everyday electronics. Though these elements were known to be present in such brines produced in drilling, geothermal and desalination plants, prior to PNNL’s breakthrough, the persistent question was how to isolate them in a way that was both practical and economically feasible.

The secret sauce PNNL’s newly discovered method is based on a simple concept commonly observed in a classic grade school science experiment: using a magnet to attract iron filings, according to PNNL’s media relations advisor and science communicator, Karyn Hede. Instead, in this case, a specialized magnet is designed to attract lithium. Jian Liu, senior chemical engineer and one of the lead researchers on the project,

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.

explained that though it was known lithium could be extracted using a magnet, the question was how to isolate it from other magnetically attractive elements also present in brine. Magnets are metals that indiscriminately attract other magnetic metals, lending to the difficulty of extracting just lithium. The research team at PNNL – Pete McGrail, 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 for lithium. The team’s many joint years of experience 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 puzzle. Liu explained that his team “grows” a fine-tuned lithium-selective adsor-

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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 valuable than the rare earth metals,” Liu said. This led the team to another hurdle: “You have to be able to reuse (the adsorbent) 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 allows us to miniaturize everything and removes the need for massive ion exchange separators required in other processes.” The brine water is instead passed through an extraction system, which houses the extracting nanoparticles. “It’s quite simple. Within a few minutes, virtually all the lithium has been pulled from the solution by molecular collisions 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, otherwise unchanged. Conventional methods using evaporation ponds can take months or even years to isolate lithium and have a lot more negative environmental impacts. “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 cesium, nickel and cobalt.

Industrial, environmental implications The breakthrough stands to provide a much-needed relief to a strained industry. Due to the exponentially increasing demand 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

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compared to their traditional gas and diesel counterparts. However, in recent years, that downward 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 produced 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 Energy, 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 international 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 natural 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, cobalt and other metals … We can help to

modernize the electric car industry and reduce 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 concept is still in the lab phase testing different adsorbent ligands. There is one planned pilot project in the pipeline, co-funded by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy. Another will be in partnership with a renewable energy investment company, Moselle Technologies, which has licensed the technology and plans to pilot it at several of its locations. Collaboration with Moselle and mineral recovery company Geo40 are also actively exploring paths for cesium and antimony extraction from brines at a geothermal 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 operated by Battelle for the DOE’s Office of Science with the stated goal of advancing scientific knowledge and addressing challenges in sustainable energy and national security.




ISAAC GARCIA System Architect and Owner Applied Automation IT Number of employees you oversee: 4 Brief background of your business: We started in September of 2018. We started out of a love for people in our community and a passion for technology. At Applied Automation IT, we put people first and information technology second. How did you land your current role? How long have you been in it? I founded the company in 2018. Why should the Tri-Cities care about your industry? Every business needs IT because every business uses technology. What challenges are you facing with recruitment? What are you doing to recruit employees? The challenge with recruitment is finding smart IT people who also know how to talk to people, who value customer service. How do you stay current when technology is always changing? It is important to continue training. We work hard to maintain certifica-

tions. We are constantly reading updated news articles. We are always striving to research the newest technologies. What are common mistakes small businesses make when choosing technologies? The first common mistake people make is making technology decisions based on short term instead of making long-term decisions. The cheaper options are not always the best options and can end up costing more in the long run. The second is not partnering with a technology expert to consult and develop a technology plan for their business. Mac or PC? Depends on what you are using it for. We love both. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Every leader should have a good vision for their business. If you have a well-developed vision, then everything else will fall into place.

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How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? I wanted to learn how to hack computers. I mean who doesn’t? It looks like the coolest job.

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 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.

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.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 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 blocking. 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.”




Toxic algae testing stays local, thanks to new equipment By Amanda Mason

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

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 rivers. 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 something that is potentially very dangerous to humans and animals. People can die from this. To be on the first line of defense detecting 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 locally. King County helped us with the push for funding and generously gave of

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

themselves to train our lab staff,” said Rick Dawson, the health district’s senior manager for surveillance and investigation. Dawson said that ELISA will help public 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, producing results in a day and a half. “Even though it only takes the tiniest 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 minimize 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. With summer in full swing, Dawson advises residents to enjoy the outdoors, but to be cautious. “You 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 uELISA, Page A29




Tri-City area STEM sector is both rich and poor 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 different shapes. The Vitals adopts a STEM definition used by the D. Patrick Jones U.S. Bureau of Eastern Labor Statistics Washington (BLS). The list University of occupations GUEST COLUMN numbers 100, and includes occupations in of computers, engineering, mathematics, life sciences and physical sciences. Notably, excluded, however, from the BLS list are all health care professions. The STEM-richness of the local economy is largely due the outsized presence of engineers. Statewide, that general occupation made up 1.6% of

Courtesy Vitals of the Association of Washington Business Institute

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 physical scientists also contributes to the STEM standing of the Tri-Cities. Statewide in 2021, these professions constituted 0.6% of the workforce. Here, the share was again nearly double, at 1.1%. The one area in which the greater Tri-Cities appears STEM-poor is information technology. Statewide, the share of the workforce engaged in computer

science-related occupations was a whopping 6.2%. Here, those occupations contributed less than a quarter of that share, at 1.5%. This quick statistical sketch of undoubtedly 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-related activities, the cup of local economy doesn’t overflow with technology

companies. The latest (2021) summary of companies from the Washington State Department of Employment Security (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 manufacturing, for example, ESD economists show nine companies, with the average annual wage of over $104,000. Similarly, computer and electronic product manufacturing companies number eight, with an average annual wage of over $84,000. Information 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. uJONES, Page A29

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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 headcount 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 sector in 2021. Often, technology companies 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 engineering 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 technology 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 investors 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 technology-rich economy, progress will need to be made on at least these barriers. Of course, some serendipity will help. 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.

things, and many things get in the water. The best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings and look for information about where you are. Look for signage. If toxins are detected in the water, there will be proper signs on display,” Dawson said.

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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.

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Tech innovations improve high school athletics, from football helmets to stadium lighting By Jeff Morrow

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Science and technology have made many things better when it comes to sports. And they will continue to do so in the future. The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business talked to some Tri-City area high school athletic directors and one football coach about what science and technology have done for sports. Here is what they had to say:

Football helmets Over the past decade, scientists have found a number of former professional and college football players have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, after cumulative helmet hits. That has led to changes in rules of helmet-to-helmet hits, or leading with a helmet, that has been instituted from the professional ranks all the way down to youth football. In football, helmets are the most important piece of equipment. As late as the 1970s, high school football players wore helmets with suspension headgear inside. That didn’t prevent a player’s head from hitting the top inside of the helmet and getting injured. Soon, foam was added. But the technology continues to improve with materials that fit tight around a player’s head to give protection. Today’s helmets are vastly improved

Photo by Jeff Morrow Randy Affholter, head football coach for Kennewick High School, stands next to some of the football helmets he has in stock

from what players wore 10 years ago. “We know that multiple brands fit differently,” said Anna Harris, Kennewick High School athletic director. “Schutt and Riddell are the best helmets we can get.” Those brands grade high with what is called the Virginia Tech test, in which helmets are hit at every angle and graded at a 3, 4 or 5 (5 being the highest) in safety. Most Tri-City schools purchase 12 to 14 new helmets every year, mixing up the Schutt and Riddell brands because they

can fit a player differently. A comparable number are tossed out because they’re not safe anymore. Helmets typically last eight to 10 years. With better materials in the helmets, the prices have gone up. “Helmet prices have gone from $200 to $500 over the last 10 years,” Harris said. “All equipment has gotten expensive, just like everything else. One Baden volleyball costs $75 now. So, it’s not just football equipment.”

The largest Tri-City area high schools have anywhere from 130 to 200 athletes turn out for football every year. So, the prices can add up. Mike Edwards, Richland High School’s athletic director, said that the state rules in high school football require football teams send off all used football helmets, after the season is over, to a company that reconditions the helmets. That must happen every two years. “But we’re fortunate in that our high school does it every year,” Edwards said. Larry Usher, the athletic director at Hermiston High School (as well as the athletic director responsible for the two local middle schools), said Hermiston goes a different way. “If you buy helmets, they have to be recertified every two years,” Usher said. “By leasing helmets every year, they get recertified, get new face masks and are ready to go. It ends up costing us more. But the coaching staff felt it was better to do that, especially with the safety part of it.”

Concussion protocol Before the season begins, in any high school sport, athletes are given cognitive tests, so that teams have a baseline of each athlete. If an athlete takes a hard hit, trainers can test them neurologically and cognitively right then and there. Randy Affholter is the Kennewick High School head football coach. He’s led the Lions to the Class 3A state semifinals in 2019, and the state finals in 2021. Like most coaches, Affholter doesn’t mess with a player’s health. “If something happens during a game or practice, they are tested to see where they are at compared to their original baseline test,” Affholter said. “We have a trainer who does the testing. But if there is any doubt, we set them down on the bench. Kids are competitive, and they’ll try to get back into the game. But if there is any question, we set them down.” Usher said the Hermiston athletic booster club bought soft shells to put on the outside of the football players’ helmets when it seemed too many concussions were happening in practices. It helped. But coaching is still the most important part of it all. “The safety measures being taught right now, like tackling with your head up, really helps,” said Usher. “Obviously, the most important thing is student safety.” Online video In the old days, high school football coaches had a big chore the morning after Friday night games. They would drive to meet the coach of the next week’s opponent to swap game film. For local coaches, that meant spending Saturday mornings driving to meet-up spots such as rest stops near Mattawa and restaurants in Yakima. But a few years back, a company called Hudl put the process online with a program that can be accessed with an email address and a Hudl account. Now no one has to travel on Saturday mornings. “My wife is a pretty happy person with uSPORTS TECH, Page A31

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SPORTS TECH, From page A30 that,” Affholter said. Schools can subscribe to different levels of Hudl, with the most basic being the film itself. During 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 Affholter 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 offense 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 accounts,” 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.”

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 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 Richland’s Edwards. It provides more accurate times, which eventually gives college recruiters a better 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 phone. Richland’s Fran Rish Stadium is getting a major remodel, which will give Edwards the same ability to control lighting 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 different 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.”




Phones, medical alert devices may need updating with end of 3G Over the course of the pandemic, using technology to connect with family and friends was a lifeline for so many, but a switch away from 3G – thirdgeneration wireless – could leave loved ones in a lurch. This year, wireless carriers are shutting off 3G coverage, forcing consumers to replace older phones, fall monitors 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 alerting 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 networks. “While the 3G sunsetting is overall a good thing, we are concerned about the potential negative impacts on Washington residents, especially those in rural areas where 3G provides critical coverage,” 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 transition to 5G can and should be prevented.” AT&T began shutting off its 3G network in February. T-Mobile inChristina Clem tended to shut AARP off its 3G, inGUEST COLUMN cluding the network that had been part of Sprint before the two companies 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, tablets, 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 referred 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, introduced 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. Washingtonians also should check with their home security and vehicle SOS system providers to discuss the transition. The same holds true for those with

a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), commonly called a Medical-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 programs that aim to make communications services more affordable for low-income customers: the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), an expanded and permanent version of 2021’s Emergency Broadband Benefit, and its Lifeline program, initially established 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.

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 uBUSINESS BRIEFS 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 vaccinated 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 consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by July 1, 2023. In addition, during 2023-25 successor bargaining occurring this summer, the governor has directed that management pursue a policy requiring current represented employees to be up-to-date on their Covid-19 vaccination, including 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 2022. This directive applies to the governor’s executive and small cabinet agencies. The governor encourages other agencies such as higher education and agencies led by separately elected of-

ficials to consider implementing similar measures. In issuing 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% For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2021, time-loss and pension 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 average monthly wage. The increase also applies to pension 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.

Christensen acquires Idaho fuel distributor

Christensen Inc., a Richland-based distributor of fuel, lubricants and propane, 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 distribution network. “The addition of United Oil and its entities support the Christensen growth strategy by strengthening our distribution network in one of the fastest-growing markets in the country,” said Tony Christensen, CEO of Christensen Inc., in a statement announcing the deal. Christensen services more than


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Richland repaving Jadwin Avenue

Road crews began preparing a section 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 restriped to include bike lanes. Traffic control measures will be in place. Updates will be posted at




West Richland diner reopens under new ownership, new name By 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 order of business was changing the restaurant’s name – to honor his young daughter 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 pandemic. The young couple saw it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to lease it from Jamie’s mother and moved from Vancouver, 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 remission 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,” Jamie said. “She 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 pickles and so we put those on the menu.” Also on the menu is an array of burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, breakfast items and desserts. “We added more burgers and sandwiches 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 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. Courtesy Lil’ Moon Diner The McCallums say a standout item is the Owners of Lil’ Moon Diner, Frances and Jamie Big Moon Burger with McCallum, and their children, Lilia and Logan. The a 6-inch bun and 12 family-run restaurant opened in the West Richland ounces of their ground space that held JD Diner for many years. beef mix, which incleaning, repairing and prepping the cludes short ribs and space while working on all the necessary brisket. The couple took possession of the paperwork and inspections to start servbuilding in late April and have been uLIL’ MOON DINER, Page A36

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Columbia Birth Center offers alternative to hospital at new location By Laura Kostad

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Columbia Birth Center pulled up roots this spring. The hospital and home birth alternative 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 Construction & Consulting of Kennewick to feature three birthing rooms, support facilities, exam rooms, a living room-like reception area and dedicated teaching space where the center will be able to hold child birth education classes, continuing education for midwives and more. The reimagined spaced was designed by Scott Schell of DraftCo Designs of Kennewick. Previously located at 424 S. Washington St. in Kennewick, Columbia Birth Center opened its doors in 1998. It moved in April. A new joining of forces made the move possible – Cynthia Flynn, certified nurse midwife, advanced registered nurse practitioner; Lisa Garcia, certified nurse midwife, advanced registered nurse practitioner; Angela Reynolds, certified nurse midwife; Gloria Garcia, birth assistant; Jennifer Garcia, administrative director; and Kristin Eggleston, licensed midwife. “After Covid … I decided I was going 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 original location, which featured two small birth rooms, a lobby and a fence featuring 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.” She decided 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 going 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 between clients. Compared to Spokane and other population centers, there are few midwives serving the Tri-City region and surrounding communities and even fewer home birth midwives among those.

Flynn also pointed out that most people don’t have rooms in their homes like a birth center does – rooms specifically designed with birthing in mind. Columbia Birth Center offers expectant 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, offering an overall feel somewhere in between the other two. 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. Postpartum care up to six weeks, including two weeks of postnatal care for the baby, are performed at the client’s home. In the event of complications requiring hospitalization, Columbia Birth Center has a cooperative relationship with the staff at neighboring Kadlec to receive patients. The difference between giving birth in a birth center versus a hospital is it’s “a place where birth is celebrated as a major life transition rather than a medical event,” Flynn said. “You don’t have to

fight for natural.” After 167 deliveries, Flynn and her team boast a 98% vaginal birth rate, with 2% transferred during labor and delivered by Caesarean section. Options during labor include massage, counter pressure, hydrotherapy, Courtesy Lili Blanco personal mu- Lili Blanco cuddles her third child in a jacuzzi at Columbia Birth sic selection, Center. “I felt empowered to know I can give birth on my own,” freedom to she said of her experience at the center. move and change positions, birthing balls, hot and to have a healthy pregnancy and be able cold therapy, time outside, nutrition as to birth the way they want to birth.” desired, nitrous oxide, one’s own choice Why choose a birth center? Two past clients, Lili Blanco who gave of clothing and support for one’s cultural birth to her third child, and Erin Zeleny customs. who transferred to Columbia Birth Center Columbia Birth Center’s labor and deat 26 weeks with her first child, shared the livery practices are free from routine or sentiment that they wanted more control unnecessary procedures common in hosover their birthing experience. pitals that not everyone needs and can “I really value informed consent,” carry some risks for healthy women. Zeleny said. “It’s a whole model of care that’s about uBIRTH CENTER, Page A37 prevention,” Flynn said. “We want people


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 LIL’ MOON DINER, From page A34 ing the public again. “It’s a heck of a time to open a restaurant,” Frances said. They each have experience in the food industry, including cooking, serving 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,” Jamie said. The diner seats about 75. The McCallums removed the former banquet room and hope to eventually add outdoor seating. After hearing feedback about the previous diner’s operations, the couple aim to get food out quickly, but they also understand there will be growing pains that come with a new business. The family-oriented restaurant also employs family to run the front and back of the house, a helpful arrangement 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 organization 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.” 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 delivery services, including Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash; Lilmoondiner.






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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 uBUSINESS BRIEF 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


Courtesy Columbia Birth Center Expectant parents can choose one of three rooms offered at Columbia Birth Center. The River Suite, pictured, is the largest and features pops of warm color.

BIRTH CENTER, From page A35 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 Center, “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 answer questions helped Zeleny feel comfortable and build trust in her care team. “If anything came up, I had the confidence that they would have my best interest in mind,” she said. “It took all the fear out for me; I just felt so comfortable and empowered.” Both women also cited Columbia Birth Center’s being contracted with most major medical insurance providers as a decisive 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.

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• 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 Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees elected two board members. Vicki Wilson will serve as vice chair. OrigVicki Wilson inally appointed to the board in 2012, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from EWU in 1981. Wilson is a software engineering 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. Manning previously served six years as the


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• 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 during 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 uNEW HIRES • Prosser Memorial Health has hired Dr. Jennifer Brindle at the Benton City Clinic where she will provide primary care from newDr. Jennifer Brindle borns to geriatrics. For over 25 years, she has been providing medical care to the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley through various health care organizations, including Kadlec, Trios and Lourdes Health. She studied biology at the University of Regina and went on to receive her doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan. She also completed her residency at the University’s Plains Health Centre and she is board certified in family practice. • 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, respectively, while Faulk joins the team to lead the company’s new grape marketplace sales program and manage several of its estate vineyards. Cobble spent four years as a winemaker 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 winery, Robert Ramsey Cellars, in 2014 as winemaker. Cobble is active in wine industry associations and helped found the Alliance 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, including technical services, research and development, and sales and marketing. He has a degree in viticulture and enology 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. • Eric Davis, assistant principal of Chief Joseph Middle School, has been named principal of the Richland school, replacing Principal Rhonda Pratt Eric Davis beginning in the 2022-23 school year. 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 leadership roles within and outside Richland School District. He holds an associate degree from Walla Walla Community College, a bachelor’s in special education from Central Washington University and a master’s in educational administration. • The Richland School District has hired Paul Shaber as Pacific Crest Online Academy’s next principal. He recently served as an asPaul Shaber sistant principal at Hanford High 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. • Bill Shibley and Derek Brownson have been hired at Wheatland Bank as agricultural and commercial loan officers. Shibley brings Bill Shibley over 25 years of experience as an

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• Petersen Hastings has hired Tavin Blair as client service specialist for the firm. He will work with other members of the client Tavin Blair services team to facilitate the 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 bachelor’s in finance. Petersen Hastings is a registered investment advisor in Kennewick and Walla Walla. • Mike Johnson, principal at Delta High School and a former Hanford High School math teacher, has been hired as Hanford High School’s Mike Johnson new principal. Johnson, who replaces Principal Tory Christensen, has also been a district middle school assistant principal, worked in schools around the world and supported rigorous and innovative educational programs. He holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in teaching mathematics from Santa Clara University. His teaching certification is from Western Washington University and his principal certification is from Washington State University Tri-Cities. • The Wishing Star Foundation has hired Ashleigh Rogers as the new programs outreach manager to help grant wishes and provide services for children in Ashleigh Rogers the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. • Inland Imaging, which has a clinic in Kennewick, hired Jennifer Heimbigner as chief operations officer of Inland Imaging Clinical Associates/Inland Imaging LLC, the company’s outpatient imaging and clinical staffing divisions. Heimbigner joins Inland Imaging after spending the last 23 years in increasingly responsible 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.

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

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DOE and its mission to advance the national, economic and energy security of the nation. Xiao was cited specifically for her work “integrating materiJie Xiao als science and electrochemistry 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. • Pasco-based Lourdes Health’s Lourdes Healthy Lifestyle Program received recognized at the 2022 Washington 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. Lourdes Ideal Protein program is led by Dr. Michael Adling, a family medicine physician at Lourdes Health. • Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston received top rankings in the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) summary report scores. Hospitals refer to these scores as the “H-caps,” which includes a quarterly summary report of returned


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uRETIREMENTS • West Richland police Chief Ben Majetich has retired from law enforcement. Majetich spent about 26 years of his career with the Pasco Police Department 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 shepherding 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. • Rozanne Tucker has retired from 3 Rivers Community Foundation. She served as associate director of 3RCF for 9 years and provided critical support through organizational growth and transitions. She excelled at building relationships with donors and embodied the philosophy that “it’s all about relationships.” Earlier in her career, Tucker worked for Kadlec Foundation and the Benton-Franklin Humane Society.

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$40M senior complex takes shape near Canyon Lakes By Wendy Culverwell

An Oregon company that builds and operates residential facilities for seniors broke ground in May on Riverwalk Estates, a 149-unit, $40 million facility that will provide assisted and independent units near Canyon Lakes. 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. Hawthorn Senior Living, the construction company’s Vancouver, Washington-based sister, will operate it once it opens to residents, said Sai Dasari, Hawthorn’s on-site construction manager. 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

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.

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 exterior 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 Engineering 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 under the name Kennewick Retirement Residence LLC, according to Benton County property records. The senior living facility will occupy about six acres. Hawthorn Retirement Group was acquired by Columbia Pacific Advisors in 2017. The Seattle-based investment firm has a focus on senior housing. At the time, Columbia said it was impressed by the strength of Hawthorn’s operations and its “substantial pipeline” of projects.

Richland studio changes hands, but the music plays on By Jeff Morrow

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The title will be changing soon at Richland’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 Creative Music Learning Center Richland just in time for fall music lessons. Studio manager Amanda Gentry will continue as administrator. The studio’s instructors provide in-

person 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.” Both women 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 working for a Hanford contractor. Magnolia Music Studio moved to 430 George Washington Way, Suite 104, where it remains.

A deal is made Schneider, meanwhile, owns the Creative 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 teaching 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 surprise to some people is we’ve been under a confidentiality agreement until all business aspects have been completed,” Vaughn said. Schneider will assume the lease for the space, which has two years left. uMUSIC STUDIO, Page B2




MUSIC STUDIO, From page B1 Schneider joined the Magnolia voice faculty in April, and Vaughn added her name to the staff list. “I wanted her to be visible to everyone,” 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 studio. “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 building 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

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.

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 teachers or students come from. Most students at the Richland facility live in the Mid-Columbia region, though some live outside the state, logging in from Ohio, Massachusetts and elsewhere. Vaughn also has teachers who live in Canada and California. “Cynthia has done a great job of cultivating 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 systems and processes in place. It’s a well-

oiled 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 business community. She has been a board member for the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, Richland Rotary Club, the MidColumbia Mastersingers, Mid-Columbia Musical Theater and the Rude Mechanicals Shakespeare Company. She also has performed as a soprano soloist for both the Mid-Columbia Symphony 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 said. Schneider 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 priority.” Vaughn pointed out the local arts community is great at welcoming newcomers. “In 2014 when I came here, I was instantly embraced by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and the whole arts community. 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 confident I can show them I am new, but I’ve got my stuff together.” 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.



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uBUSINESS BRIEFS 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 the facility. The 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. Go to:

Photo by Wendy Culverwell 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. Love’s, based in Oklahoma City, broke ground in late 2021.

Love’s building Arby’s-anchored travel center at Pasco’s King City By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

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 building 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 The Pasco location 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.

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AutoZone Inc.’s massive Pasco warehouse is across Capitol. Roserock Holdings, an affiliate of Love’s and the Love family, purchased the 9.2-acre property in 2020. Pascal Aughtry & Associates of Oklahoma City is the architect and engineer. Venture Construction is the contractor.

Richland finalizes Badger Mountain South Park plan

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 participated in the process. West Village Community Park will be constructed between Trowbridge Boulevard and Bella Coola Lane and will offer a softball field, wheels track, three multiuse fields, dog park, pickleball court, basketball court and spray pads along with a network of sidewalks and parking. A portion of the property on Trowbridge is reserved for a future fire station and community center. SPVV Landscape Architects developed the site plan. The park will develop in

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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. 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 and office space, according to port documents. It will have 12 full-time employees. McGee Plumbing Co. of Washougal bought 1.62 acres from the port for $211,701 with plans to build a $1.2 million, 4,000-square-foot building. It plans to employ 23 people.

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uBUSINESS BRIEF 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. “We will 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.


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

The Port of Kennewick celebrates the latest phase of its wine-oriented village on Columbia Drive with a ribbon cutting 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 development. The program will acknowledge the first two wineries to move in, Bartholomew and Monarcha, and will introduce the latest two to join, Gordon Estate Winery and Muret-Gaston Winery. The latter took over the space vacated by Cave B Winery during the Covid-19 pandemic. All four wineries will be open during 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

Courtesy Port of Kennewick 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.

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 vision 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, landscaping, 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 development along port-owned land adjacent to Duffy’s Pond. Swampy’s BBQ, a food truck plaza tenant, has bought a small site at Columbia Gardens and is preparing to develop a permanent home and walk-up counter for the business. There are several other lots available. Go to The public is invited to join the celebration at 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way. Participants are asked to RSVP to ColumbiaGardens@PortofKennewick. org.

Tri-City Railroad Co. evicted from Richland railroad By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The Port of Benton evicted the longtime operator of its railroad track network in June after a Benton County court ruled the tenant breached its duty to maintain the tracks. Tri-City Railroad Co., which operated the port’s southern connection, was found in default of its lease for failing to maintain the rail system. Deteriorating conditions on the 16mile track resulted in severe speed restrictions and disputes with rail users who rely on it to move goods in and out of north Richland. As part 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 attorney 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. The port said the railroad has ceased operations and is expected to vacate the Stevens building by July 31. The port has contracted with RailWorks to coordinate rail inspections and maintenance until a new operator is signed on. Advance Signal & Contracting took over signal maintenance and inspection, 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

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.

across the tracks to Tapteal Drive near Columbia Center. The railroad opposed it, saying it interrupted transfer activities in the area and later, that relocating operations to downtown Kennewick harmed its business. The railroad was built in 1947 to connect the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with the main rail lines in Kennewick. The port acquired the tracks and other assets in the 1100 Area in late 1998. The 2002 lease obligated the rail operator 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 deteriorating 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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Restaurant becomes clinic

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Pasco’s former Cousin’s restaurant is being converted into an urgent care clinic by Drs. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon and Janmeet “Rocky” Sahota. The couple opened the original HealthFirst Urgent Care in 2020 at Richland’s Columbia Point. The clinics are led by Kahlon, an emergency room veteran. The couple paid $2.3 million for the former restaurant at 4605 Road 68 in March 2021. A new sign has been installed and construction is taking place. HealthFirst treats non-life-threatening conditions such as colds and flu, scrapes, cuts and broken bones.




REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION uBUSINESS BRIEFS Richland issues preliminary approval for Jadwin apartment complex A 114-unit apartment proposed for Jadwin Avenue secured preliminary approval when the city of Richland determined it will have noI environmental impacts. The project 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. The project is being proposed by Spokane-based Storhaug Engineering, according to documents filed under the Washington State Environmental

Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Applications for new mortgages fell 5.4% for the week ending July 1 compared 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 refinance activity decreased 8% over the same period. “Mortgage rates decreased for the second week in a row, as growing concerns over an economic slowdown and increased recessionary risks kept Treasury yields lower,” said Joel Kan, associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting for MBA. He noted mortgage rates have increased 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 affordability 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 applications. The average 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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Protection Act, or SEPA. The site is vacant 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 spring. Washington Securities and Investment Corp. owns the property.

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

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 rooms, with four more planned by the end of 2022, bringing the total to 14. Owner Ryan Wright opened Float Euphoria in 2017. The business offers floatation therapy and massage therapy. The expansion allows for more massage therapists and the launch of new services, including acupuncture, esthetics skincare treatments and an infrared sauna. It added 10 staff, bringing the total to 20.

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Summit Storage Kennewick at 9501 W. 10th Ave. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.


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Kennewick produce store announces expansion plans The SM Produce for Less store at 135 Vista Way in Kennewick has plans to expand. The store will take over adjacent suites to add a food prep area and storage, according to building permits filed with the city. The owner plans $80,000 in improvements.




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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.

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. 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, 3,736-square-foot, 2,872-square-foot, 2,618-square-foot, 198-square-foot commercial building on 2 acres. Price: $2 million. Buyer: Genesis Estates LLC. Seller: Sugar Pine Barn LLC. 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 million. 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 convenience 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 building. 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




TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 Shurtliff. Seller: Henrietta L. Mayuga. 4416 Potlatch St., Richland, 3,352-square-foot home. Price: $818,000. Buyer: Megan & Jason Savely. Seller: New Tradition Homes Inc. 409 Delta St., Richland, 2,390-square-foot home. Price: $710,000. Buyer: Michael K. & Michele R. Anderson. Seller: Pahlisch Homes at Westcliffe Heights II LLC. 6729 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick, 0.32acre home site. Price: $790,000. Buyer: Dale A. & Debra D. Brown. Seller: Urban Range LLC. 98413 E. Kase Blvd., Kennewick, 3,081-square-foot home. Price: $853,000. Buyer: Jason & Heather Bakke. Seller: Greg & Janae R. Simonson. 7431 W. 22nd Ave., Kennewick, 0.5acre home site. Price: $707,000. Buyer: Romesh & Jennifer Ganeshasundaram. Seller: P & R Construction LLC. 8573 W. 11th Ave., Kennewick, 2,791-square-foot home. Price: $795,000. Buyer: Robyn Chastain. Seller: Ronald J. Linhoff. 515 George Washington Way, Richland, 6,998-square-foot and 6,914-square-foot hotel. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: City of Richland. Seller: Sayed & Jamine Ali. 1148 Gillmore Ave. & 1155 Jadwin Ave., Richland, 8,505-square-foot commercial building. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: John Niemeyer. Seller: Jeffrey Meader. 105246 Tatum Blvd., Kennewick, 2,516-square-foot home. Price:

$849,000. Buyer: Jason & Rebecca Holcomb. Seller: MW Developments LLC. 2324 Hood Ave., Richland, 8,304-square-foot and 5,856-squarefoot apartment complex with multiple buildings. Price: $2.4 million. Buyer: 2324 Hood Avenue LLC. Seller: Legacy on Hood LLC. 407 Ventus St., Richland, 2,390-square-foot home. Price: $730,000. Buyer: Greg S. & Janae R. Simonson. Seller: Pahlisch Homes at Westcliffe Heights II LLC. 3963 Corvina St., Richland, 2,492-square-foot home. Price: $760,000. Buyer: William Gerard & Felicia Diane Maher. Seller: Signature Homes LLC. 2109 S. Washington St., Kennewick, 1,782-square-foot home on 4.45 acres. Price: $2 million. Buyer: Pro Made Construction LLC. Seller: DDB LLC. 1778 Brianna Court, Richland, 3,591-square-foot home. Price: $915,000. Buyer: Pavlo Bohutskyi & Svitlana Volkova. Seller: Isaac T. & Melissa L. Hall. 3702 W. 42nd Ave., Kennewick, 3,772-square-foot home. Price: $980,000. Buyer: Darrin W. Faille. Seller: Philip & Debbie Leatherbarrow. 7396 W. 22nd Place, Kennewick, 0.47-acre home site. Price: $744,000. Buyer: Nicholas R. Romjue. Seller: P & R Construction LLC. 34504 E. Red Mountain Road, Benton City, 3,168-square-foot home on 2.37 acres. Price: $798,000. Buyer: Chris R. & Darla R. Haas. Seller:

Rashid & Briana Ghbein.

FRANKLIN COUNTY 1817 Road 57 Place, Pasco, 2,634-square-foot home. Price: $705,000. Buyer: Adam C. & Deidra McCollum. Seller: Bobbi A. & Jeffrey S. Anderson. 360 McDonald Drive, Pasco, 1,816-square-foot home on 1.95 acres. Price: $879,000. Buyer: Mason & Johanna Fiascone. Seller: Paul F. & Sara L. Little. 817 Road 57 Court, Pasco, 0.37 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $700,000. Buyer: Victor & Liliya Klimenko. Seller: Santillan Homes LLC. 4525 Road 68, Pasco, 20,280-squarefoot neighborhood shopping center on 1.82 acres of commercial land. Price: $4.5 million. Buyer: Sunnyside Hospitality Properties LLC. Seller: Road 68 Retail LLC. 200 W. Hawthorn St., Connell, 17.27 acres of mobile home park. Price: $7.1 million. Buyer: Connell Park Estates LLC. Seller: Connell Estates LLC. 12117 Clark Fork Road, Pasco, 2,600-square-foot home. Price: $769,000. Buyer: Stacey L. & Jennifer R. Martin. Seller: Erik Hebdon. 2708 N. Commercial Ave., Pasco, 26,200-square-foot service repair garage on 3.76 acres. Price: $4 million. Buyer: Three K Farms LLC. Seller: James R. Rehwalt. 12314 Ramsey Drive, Pasco, 2,057-square-foot home. Price: $760,000. Buyer: David Martinez


(etux). Seller: Dale & Francese Irene Petzold. 4509, 4705, 4701, 4617, 4613, 4609, 4605, 4601, 4521, 4517, 4513, 4512 Corinth Drive; 6215, 6301 6305, 6306, 6302, 6218, 6214, 6210 Nauvoo Lane; 6117, 6211, 6215, 6219, 6223, 6301, 6305, 6306, 6302, 6218, 6214, 6210, 6206, 6202, 6120, 6116 Berea Lane, Pasco, undeveloped land ranging in size from 0.18-0.25 acres. Price: $4.6 million. Buyer: Hayden Homes LLC. Seller: EE Properties LLC. 3305 Sorento Court, 3,403-squarefoot home. Price: $739,000. Buyer: Steven Wayne & Terri Ann Phipps. Seller: Charles E. & Margaret A. Stuff (Trustees). 1505 58th Court, Pasco, 0.52-acre home site. Price: $730,000. Buyer: Maura Janet Valencia (etal). Seller; Viking Builders LLC. 5206 Black Belle Court, Pasco, 2,982-square-foot home. Price: $895,000. Buyer: Jesus Manuel & Yurivia Rivera. Seller: Valeriy P. & Svitlana V. Kucheryavyy. 12520 Eagle Reach Court, Pasco, 5,454-square-foot home. Price: $1.7 million. Buyer: Chad Frank & Deborah Ann Steigers. Seller: Kurt C. & Heather Thorne. 10322 Willow Way, Pasco, 3,181-square-foot home. Price: $709,000. Buyer: Julia C. & John Dudley. Seller: Jason & Jamie R. Roy. 6825 Eagle Crest Drive, Pasco, 0.58-acre home site. Price: $781,000. Buyer: Brian M. & Marci M. Neill.




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 commercial addition. Contractor: Hummel Construction & Development. American Tower, 3331 PR PR, Richland, $9,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Centerline Communications.

FRANKLIN COUNTY Randall E. Crosby, 11232 PascoKahlotus Road, $14,000 for demolition. 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: Legacy Telecommunications. Kennewick Retirement Residence LLC, 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $23 million for new commercial, $959,000 for plumbing, $77,000 for new commercial, $64,000 for new commercial, $850,000 for heat pump/HVAC. 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 commercial, $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 commercial reroof. Contractor: Above the Rest Roofing. Pro Made Construction LLC, 2715 S. Sherman St., $27,000 for commercial 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.

PASCO Edmund Harrington, 2407 N. Commercial Ave., $50,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: to be determined. Cittagazze LLC, 1336 Dietrich Road, $7,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Hutchison Construction. Project Oyster Pasco, 1351 S. Road 40 East, $483,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Day Wireless Systems. Wilbur-Ellis Co. Pasco, 6221 Industrial Place, $327,000 for commercial 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 improvements. 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


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 Road 68, $52,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: to be determined. Great Basin Land Co., 1131 E. Spokane St., $551,000 for new commercial. 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. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. AutoZone Development, 2220 W. Court St., $40,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Royalty Companies of Indiana Inc.

PROSSER City of Prosser, 2600 Highway 221, $17,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: owner.

RICHLAND City of Richland, 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 commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK Quality Landscaping 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. 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




TRI-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 RICHLAND Premier Excavation 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




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 The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business 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 NEW SM Produce 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.

APPROVED Willow Run Vineyard, 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 shipment 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


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | JULY 2022 type: new. Bougie Brunch, 3320 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: curbside/delivery endorsement. Application type: new. Divots Golf Richland, 2450 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. Windsong at Southridge, 4000 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick. License type: serve employees and guests. Application type: new. Wine Social, 702 The Parkway, Suite B, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Application type: in lieu. Martinez & Martinez Winery, 357 Port Ave., Suite G, Prosser. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: added/change of class/in lieu. El Caporal Prosser, 624 Sixth St., Prosser. License type: spirits/beer/ wine restaurant service bar. Application type: change of corporate officer.

DISCONTINUED Gamache Vintners, 200 Broadmoor St., Richland. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: discontinued. Muret-Gaston, 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, Suite 120, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters, additional location. Application type: discontinued. Bougie Brunch, 3320 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: curb-

side/delivery endorsement. Application type: discontinued. Divots Golf Richland, 2450 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: discontinued.

FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW Kahlua’s Lounge Bar, 1901 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge-; catering. Application type: added/ change of class/in lieu. Carniceria La Cabana #4, 5426 N. Road 68, Suite C, Pasco. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: assumption.

APPROVED Tri-City Taps, 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge-. Application type: new.


Application type: change of corporate officer.

uBUSINESS UPDATES NEW Top-Notch Driving School has opened at 1350 N Louisiana St., Suite E, Kennewick. The driving school offers teen driver’s education, adult training sessions, Washington state license testing and private driving lessons. Contact: 509-737-4001;; Café Magnolia has opened at 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite A, Kennewick. The European-inspired bakery/cafe is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Contact: 509-948-3323; Facebook. Public Market at Columbia River Warehouse has opened at 10 E. Bruneau Ave. in downtown Kennewick. The indoor, year-round market features a variety of vendors. Contact: 509-308-0790;; Facebook; Instagram.


Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tri-City Taps has opened at 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco. Serving beer, wine and ciders from 50 taps on selfserve wall. Walk in, start a tab, get a bracelet and pour away. Variety of foods served all day. Contact:; 509-412-1701; Facebook; Instagram. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

NEW LOCATION The Lady Bug Shoppe has reopened in a new location at 321 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown Kennewick. The shop sells gift items, purses, handbags, Seahawks merchandise, farmhouse home décor, handmade items and toys. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

CLOSED Innovative Mortgage at 7015 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite B, in Kennewick has closed.

BENTON COUNTY APPROVED Sacred Sage LLC, 15505 N. Webber Canyon Road, Suite H-2, Benton City. License type: cannabis producer tier 3. Application type: change of location. T in T Elements, 43001 N. Griffin Road, Unit D, Grandview. License type: cannabis producer tier 2.

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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 excelling in their careers and efforts to better our hometowns. Since 2008, we’ve been reviewing applications from the Tri-Cities’ brightest young leaders. To date, we’ve honored 132, including this year’s group. They are all 40 or under and their resumes are impressive. Each clearly loves our community, as they have rolled up their sleeves in a variety of ways to make it a better place. One holds a patent. One is an artist. One was inspired to study accounting (and discover she excelled in it) after accompanying her parents on a “Take your Kids to Work Day.” Applicants for our contest were nominated 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 limitless potential and is dedicated to service.” “In short, the work that she leads significantly impacts the quality of life enjoyed by all Tri-Citians.”

“(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...” “(She) is a big picture thinker who is always working hard to implement new projects, build relationships and expand her knowledge.” “In everything 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 issues.” Our panel of judges scored all the applications in several categories and then the points were tallied. It’s always a joy to read these applications as they show the diversity of our community and how hard these young leaders work, especially outside their jobs. Contest judges looked for leaders who went the extra mile outside their workplace in community service, charity work, leadership and community involvement. Please meet this year’s winners: • Joel Bouchey, regional director & public policy coordinator, Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors. • Jenna Coddington, managing broker, The Paragon Group. • Madison M. Evangelista, senior communications specialist, Mid-Columbia Libraries. • Tara Jaraysi Kenning, asset management requirements subject matter expert, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/

To see winners from years past, go to Battelle. • Jennifer J. Lee, senior manager, Adaptive Biotechnologies. • Kevin Moran, community development officer, STCU. • Ashley T. Morris, deputy assistant manager for business and financial operations and deputy chief financial officer, U.S. Department of Energy. • Anneke M. Rachinski, director for resource development & planned giving, Columbia Basin College Foundation. • Karisa M. Saywers, director of marketing, Visit Tri-Cities. • Cynethia E. Sims, waste treatment plant controller, Bechtel National Inc. 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 applications. 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 continue 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.

Keep growing forward, Young Professionals 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? Then keep 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 leader who is on an “up and to the right” trajectory in their career, I look for the following traits. Do they describe you? • Are you quick to find practical solutions to long-standing problems? • 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? • Are you consistently noticing and affirming when teammates are succeeding? • Do you have people skills that are magnetic, drawing people to you? • Does the rest of the team get better because of your helpful mentoring and servant-leadership? • Do you show courage, emotional strength, stick-to-it-iveness, and a willingness to take responsibility and take action? • Do you receive feedback well, and then do something about it?

Be known for these traits and not only will your current employer consider you “upwardly mobile,” but Tri-City community leaders (chambers, Paul Casey nonprofits) will Growing Forward start asking you Services to participate in GUEST COLUMN their initiatives. When crafting 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 question, 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 organization. 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 the issue. Volunteer 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 handbook. I know this sounds dull, but read it with “leadership eyes” to evaluate if the organization is doing what it says it’s doing. Become 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 company budget. You might not be a “numbers person” but it’s important to connect company goals with the dollars. Dive deep into professional development resources. Consume a weekly diet of books (audio and paper), podcasts, TED talks and industry magazines.

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Joel Bouchey

Regional Director & Public Policy Coordinator Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors

Age: 36

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

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. 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.

Briefly describe your job and how you got into it: After leaving a career managing college bookstores, I moved to the Tri-Cities in 2015. I 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.

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? 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

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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 movie: “Chocolat”

Favorite music? Genre: Symphonic metal Band: Nightwish

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.

Most disliked food? Raw broccoli




Jenna Coddington Managing Broker The Paragon Group

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;

What’s your dream vacation? Hiking the fjords of Scandinavia

Favorite sports team, if any. Sounders and Seahawks

Favorite music? 1970s and 1980s

Most disliked food? Parmesan cheese

What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I have never consumed a cup of coffee

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.

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

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team committed to our purpose. We can do our jobs pretty much anywhere, so long as we all step up to the challenges. What was your dream job as a child? Medical doctor

Tell us about your community involvement/community service: 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 housing. I volunteer for the Tri-City Association of Realtors’ Education Committee, designing classes that will make our local agents the most competent in the state. I 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?

Babysitting neighborhood children.

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.

The importance of building an adaptable

Two of my three children are school aged, so I get a lot done while they are in class.

How did you earn your first dollar? What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

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 years. We 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.




Madison M. Evangelista Senior Communications Specialist Mid-Columbia Libraries

Age: 30

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

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.

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! 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 programs. I was preparing 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 customers.

Like many organizations, 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 community involvement/community service.

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

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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. uEVANGELISTA. Page C12

Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? I love going to art shows through DrewBoy Creative or hiking Badger Mountain.

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

What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I am a published author and once went to China for a swim meet through the Washington Cultural Exchange. 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.



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 BOUCHEY, From page C3 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 online. As 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 testimony.

Those 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


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.

one within your organization or industry, 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. 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 at

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.

Professional, 2016 to present. Tri-City Chamber LEARN Group, 2019-present, co-chair beginning this year.

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.

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-

Tell us about your community involvement/community service:

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 society.

Pasco 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 view. Washington Policy Center Young

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. 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 district. But the key is that we always make the effort. In the end we consider ourselves successful in work-life balance if the

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, Michelle.

At the time 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.




Tara Jaraysi Kenning

Asset Management Requirements Senior Communications Specialist Subject Matter Expert Mid-Columbia Libraries Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Battelle

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. 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.

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 show.

I 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 community involvement/community service:

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

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to observe a veteran volunteer teach a class, creating connections and familiarity with the program and building confidence to step into their own classroom.

Through 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. List any awards/honors you have received:

Outstanding Performance Award: For leading the PNNL Asset Management Team through the annual A-123


What’s your dream vacation? Mediterranean cruise where I can experience the finest the countries have to offer.

Favorite sports team, if any. Eastern Eagles Football, Go Eags!

Most disliked food? Any food without spice or flavor.

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.




Jennifer J. Lee

Senior Manager Adaptive Biotechnologies

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 precision.

Working with drug developers, clinicians and academic researchers, we apply these insights to develop products that will transform the way diseases such

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

Favorite sports team, if any. Arsenal (English Premier League)

Favorite Tri-City restaurant? I haven’t tried it yet, but I know I’ll love Café Magnolia.

Favorite snack? Mangonada (Editor’s note: Google it. It sounds delicious!)

as cancer, autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications.

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 commercialization. I enjoyed being at the 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.

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What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic? 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 lover.

We 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.

Tell us about your community involvement/community service:

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 children.

I don’t have 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. Having

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Kevin Moran

Community Development Officer STCU

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.

What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

A couple lessons I learned from the pandemic were patience and working with ambiguity. My 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 cartoonist.

I went through 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 community involvement/community service:

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 committee. Supporting 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 education.

This 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.

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

Favorite sports team, if any. Favorite music? Mostly soccer...Portland Latin pop FC Timbers, Chivas, Barcelona to name a few.

Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Poutine, Eh? (If you haven’t given it a shot, you are missing out.)

Favorite Favorite snack? thing to do in Tri-Cities? Kettle Brand crinkle cut Himalayan Floating downsalt the potato chips Columbia River




Ashley T. Morris

Deputy Assistant Manager for Business and Financial Operations and Deputy Chief Financial Officer U.S. Department of Energy 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

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.

Most disliked food? Spaghetti

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

First thing you check on your phone? Favorite web site Every morning the first or app? think I check is Amazon app Target daily photos, the memories … my family.

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.

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

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?

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.

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


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

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Anneke M. Rachinski Director for Resource Development & Planned Giving Columbia Basin College Foundation

Age: 35

Current city of residence: Richland How long have you worked there? 7 years Briefly describe your company:

Columbia Basin College is a federallydesignated Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs from short term certificates to bachelor’s degrees. As a public community college, we focus on meeting students where they are at, serving workforce development needs and providing economic opportunities for those in our community. Columbia Basin College inspires, educates and supports all students in an environment of academic excellence leading to the completion of degrees, certifications and educational transfers, while fostering meaningful employment, engaged citizenship and a lifelong joy of learning. The Columbia Basin College Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) that supports the college through fundraising, developing community partnerships and providing over $1 million in scholarships each year. Please list your degrees and professional certifications:

Associate of Arts, Columbia Basin College. Bachelor of Arts, cultural anthropology, Western Washington University. Master of Science, management and leadership, Western Governors University. Lily School of Philanthropy, certificate of fundraising management. Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), CFRE International. Briefly describe your job and how you got into it:

I work with donors in the community to help them realize their philanthropic goals through current giving or estate planning. This can include raising money to support scholarships, college programs or CBC initiatives.

I attended CBC as a Running Start student. My husband graduated from CBC as well, so the college has always

held a special place for me.

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I started out working in community nonprofits including Jewish Family Services and Make-A-Wish Foundation. When my oldest son was born and we moved back to the Tri-Cities, I started working in the development office at Washington State University Tri-Cities. I had an amazing mentor who helped me understand and build a passion for higher education fundraising.

When she left to join CBC, she recruited me to come over. As a CBC alum I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work for an organization that I believe in. I have held several different roles at CBC, transitioning into a major gifts role right before the pandemic. I feel incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of women that I work with here who I learn from and laugh with every day. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 20 years

How did you earn your first dollar?

I earned my first dollar probably babysitting as a kid and went on to have an eclectic mix of jobs in my teens and early 20s before finding my interest in nonprofit fundraising. This included working at a movie theater, a ballet studio, a retirement home and a factory. What professional lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

One of the biggest professional lessons I learned was the impact of using the forced slowdown to connect on a more personal level with our donors and partners.

As fundraisers, not being able to hold events and meet with people in person was hard, but we used it as an opportunity to connect in other ways. It was amazing to see how much a phone call just to see how people were holding up or a plate of cookies at the holidays meant to our supporters. We were scared that we would lose touch with our donors, but the opposite

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happened. We were able to make connections that we probably wouldn’t have without the pandemic. Another lesson that came out of Covid was rethinking how we support our students. With high percentages of low-income and first-generation students at CBC, we saw the pandemic hit those at the college hard.

What used to be a rare occurrence of someone coming to us with an issue outside of school that was preventing them from being successful became a weekly or even daily thing. It really made us shift our perspective from helping students just through scholarships and book support to looking more holistically at what it takes for someone to be successful on their educational path.

It is really hard to be a good student when you have uncertain housing and are struggling with basic needs.

On a personal level, my biggest lesson was that under no circumstances should I be in charge of home schooling my children. (Thank you, teachers!!) What was your dream job as a child? I was never someone who had super clear career goals as a kid or even as a young adult. My biggest goals uRACHINSKI. Page C12

What’s your dream vacation? My dream vacation is road tripping around to weird roadside attractions or events with my kids. That or the ocean. Favorite book? Movie? Book: “All My Puny Sorrows,” by Miriam Toews. Movie: “Good Will Hunting”

What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I play a mean game of badminton. At least against my kids.

Favorite snack? Easter egg shaped Reese’s



JARAYSI KENNING, From page C7 (financial verification) process. Outstanding Performance Award: For my contribution to a Process Improvement Plan for the creation of an Export Control Program for PNNL.

LEE, From page C8 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: • The Laboratory Director’s Institutional

RACHINSKI, From page C11 were to be either a private eye or an archaeologist, but neither of those panned out. Tell us about your community involvement/community service:

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.

EVANGELISTA, From page C5 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? I am a perfectionist and an overachiever by nature.

Achieving 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

Do you have family? Pets?


My husband and family are at the forefront of who I am and what I do.

three very spoiled cats that keep life interesting and bring daily laughter into our household.

My husband, Nick, and I have been together for 15 years and have been married for almost nine years. We have

What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here? Coming from Palestine and Lebanon,

Achievement in Management and Operations Award. • Three Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. • A Department of Energy Best in Class Award for Innovative Lab/Facility Technology Transfer. • Three Outstanding Performance Awards from PNNL.

Do you have family? Pets?

How do you achieve work-life balance?

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.

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. 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

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.

List any awards/honors you have received:

WGU Capstone Excellence Award, 2017. Presidential Physical Fitness Award, 1995. Do you have family? Pets?

I live with my husband Travis, 40, and our two kids, Emerson, 10, and Nova, 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

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.

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.

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. 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.

Congratulations to all the 2022 Young Professional nominees and winners! Thank you to all our sponsors!




Karisa M. Saywers Director of Marketing Visit Tri-Cities

Age: 38


How long have you worked there? 8 years

How did you earn your first dollar?

Current city of residence: Kennewick

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!

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 outlets.

In 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

How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 18 years

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 resilient. From 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 community involvement/community service:

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

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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 needed. I try to reserve 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 2021. I 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

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Favorite book? Anything written by my friend and local author, Alexis Bass.

Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Paddleboarding

Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Soi 705

First thing you check on your phone? Weather




Cynethia E. Sims Waste Treatment Plant Controller Bechtel National Inc.

Age: 39

Current city of residence: Pasco

How long have you worked there? 15 years 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. Education: Please list your degrees and professional certifications. Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Favorite movie? “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971 original version)

Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Walking the trails and parks.

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.

Most disliked food? Boiled brussels sprouts

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 environmental.

I have progressed 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, Chattanooga.

Bechtel was my 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

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The 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 together.

They 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.

What was your dream job as a child? 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 community involvement/community service:

• 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 uSIMS, Page C15

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announcements were developed in English and Spanish and distributed throughout

the Tri-Cities region. Visit Tri-Cities was MORRIS, From page C10 well (now retired).

Tell us about your community involvement/community service:

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 SIMS, From page C14 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. • 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.” • 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.?


one of only four destination marketing organizations to receive outstanding achievement awards.

the Tri-Cities. Then I have family spread throughout the West Coast.

I have wonderful parents and siblings, and, fortunately for me, they all live in


Do you have family? Pets?

Diesel is my chow/lab mix who has been my canine sidekick for the last 14 years. 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.

been a choice and a lifestyle that I wouldn’t change.

have a daughter, five stepchildren and three grandchildren.

and another coming up. It’s a proud mom moment.

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.

List any awards/honors you have received:

What brought you to the Tri-Cities? Did you grow up here?

On a personal 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.

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 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.”

Yesterday, today 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.

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.

During 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.

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.

This year, my daughter completed a century bike ride, and recently a triathlon

I wouldn’t change it. In fact, my parents and my uncle have also relocated to the Tri-Cities.

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

at many projects or home offices that allowed me to live on the East Coast, but I had never lived in the Pacific Northwest.

I also desired to experience a new place outside of the East Coast. I have been

It was a new experience all the way around.

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.

Members of :

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.

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