leadership

MIKE ALEXANDER

Vice President, Trust Officer, Security State Bank

For nearly 20 years, Mike has been with Security State Bank. He has worked in local branches and the Commercial Loan Department prior to transferring to the Trust Department where he has been VP, Trust Officer since 2013. He became a CTFA (certified trust and financial advisor) in 2016. Mike has a B.A. in Business Administration, Business Management from Washington State University and has experience in many areas of Banking Operations, Trust Account Financial Management and Commercial Lending.

Although Mike was born and raised in Chehalis, he feels that Centralia needs the kind of assistance that the Chehalis Foundation has been able to provide for Chehalis. He was eager to lend his time to serve on the Centralia Community Foundation Board because he believes in the vision. He is most excited about helping students grow and learn within the school system. “There is always a need to show kids opportunities and empower them. Through increased learning they’ll have what it takes for eventual long term careers and giving back to communities.”

A very active community volunteer, Mike currently serves on the Board of Lewis Economic Development Council, is the past president and a current advisor of Lewis County Chapter of Washington Farm Forestry Association, is a commissioner for Lewis County Water & Sewer District #4, and is a school board commissioner for St. Joseph School. He also has been active with many leadership programs in Lewis County.

Mike enjoys spending time with his family, and working and playing in the great outdoors.

Mike Alexander

TIM BROWNING, BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Retired Educator and Businessman

Tim Browning

Tim’s family has been in Centralia since 1844. He is a graduate of Centralia High School and Centralia College. He has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University, MA from the University of New Mexico, in addition to additional graduate work at the University of Khartoum (Khartoum, The Sudan) and the University of Arizona.

He was a faculty member and Director of Debate at the University of New Mexico, Furman University and the University of Arizona. He was Director of the Arizona Debate Institute, served a Chairman of the National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees and served a three year term as Director of Speech Activities for the Western States Communication Association.

In 1983 he returned to Centralia as the owner of Browning’s Office Supply, Browning’s of Washington, Inc. (Office Machine Sales and Service) and subsequently at PostNet franchise.

He has been a community activist for the City of Centralia and committed to the economic growth and betterment of Lewis County. He has served the City as member and chair of the Planning Commission, member and chair of the Board of Adjustment, and City Council Member and Mayor. He helped form the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. He has served two Rotary Clubs as President and been a member for 33 years. He is currently a board member of the Industrial Park at TransAlta, Centralians One, the Fox Theatre Restoration Committee, and a proud founding member of the Centralia Community Foundation.

His passion is Intercollegiate Debate and he judges regularly at University Tournaments in the Northwest and the U.S. National Tournament. In addition, he is part of the outreach to China and lectures and judges at the China National Debate Tournament (English Division). May of 2017 will be his fifth trip to China.

His commitment: “Make the Centralia School District a World Class Educational System!”

MARK DULIN

Owner, Dulin Construction

Mark Dulin

JUDY BLASER FAGERNESS, TREASURER

Co-owner/General Manager, Fagerness Law Office

Judy Fagerness

Judy is a graduate from Centralia High and has lived in the community all of her life. She has spent her 30 years of professional experience in banking, escrow service and law office management. She and her husband, Larry, opened his Centralia law practice nineteen years ago where she works as Legal Assistant, Bookkeeper, and the Office Manager.

She and Larry have four grown children who have all attended the Centralia Schools. While their children were school age, Judy volunteered often and was a PTO Treasurer and also helped with Senior Class fundraising. Seeing the quality of education decline over time due to funding, she is very interested in the work that the Centralia Community Foundation plans to do to help improve education for the future.

Judy is one of the founding Board Members for Centralia Community Foundation and serves as the Treasurer. She has always played an active role in support of the Centralia community and a few notable examples of her past community involvement were Board Member of Pope’s Kids Place for five years, volunteering for the Adaline Coffman Guild, and Children’s Hospital for twenty years.

BOB GUENTHER

IBEW Local 77, Governmental Affairs Advisor

For the past 11 years Bob Guenther has been the Governmental Affairs Advisor for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77. He spent his time at the State Capital in Olympia during legislative sessions.

Bob was born and raised in rural Lewis County. After high school he attended Bates Technical School and became a journeyman machinist working in heavy industry manufacturing for nearly 10 years.

He then returned to Lewis County and spent the next 34 years as a mechanic and a mechanical foreman at Centralia Power. Bob also owned and operated a small manufacturing and industrial machinery repair facility in Centralia for 20 years.

As an active member of the community he believes a good education, in any field, will provide an opportunity to earn a good living and build a strong community. Bob feels strongly that healthy communities are the backbone of our nation.

Bob joined the leadership team of the Centralia Community Foundation because he is hopeful that together we can help our youth get the quality education that will create a prosperous future.

Bob Guenther

Meri Hamre

Manager of Title Guaranty Company of Lewis County

Meri Hamre

Meri is the Manager of Title Guaranty Company of Lewis County and has been with them for 25 years. She has “grown up” in the local real estate and banking industry and has over 35 years of experience.

Born and raised in Morton, she continued her education at Centralia College and the University of Washington. She currently serves on the Board of the Lewis Economic Development Council and the High School Hero Foundation.

In the community, Meri is involved with a number of projects but her passion has always been for kids. Losing a sister when she was young left a huge impact on her life and she has always felt a calling to help children. She is especially proud of the High School Hero program that Title Guaranty has developed to provide local High School Seniors with scholarships for their future education needs.

Meri considers herself very fortunate to be asked to join the Centralia Community Foundation and help further the vision of growing this area and the families who call Centralia home.

Meri and her husband, Randy have been married for 28 years. They have three children and one grandchild. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and gardening.

JONATHAN MEYER, BOARD SECRETARY

Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney

Jonathan is currently the Lewis County Prosecutor. Originally elected in 2010, Jonathan leads the largest law firm in Lewis County, including the administration of a budget in excess of $3,000,000 annually. Jonathan was a partner in a private law firm in Centralia where he worked from 1996 until leaving to become Prosecutor. Holding a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Martin’s University and an Associate’s degree in Business from Grays Harbor College, Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation.

Jonathan, his wife of over 25 years and their two daughters, reside in Centralia. Both daughters are enrolled in the Centralia School system and his wife works for the school district. Jonathan was drawn to the Centralia Community Foundation based upon his desire to make Centralia Schools the example of how excellent schools are achieved through strong community involvement and support. Jonathan is especially excited about the new STEM program coming to Centralia and wants to see Centralia graduates be ready to enter the work force or college with a strong background and work ethic upon graduation.

When not working or serving on the Board, Jonathan is also a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Tenino and serves on many other community based Boards and organizations.

Jonathan Meyer

THOMAS NICHOLAS

Owner, Tom Nicholas CPA

Tom Nicholas

Tom grew up in a small town in Connecticut with six brothers and sisters and graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1981 with a BS degree in business and passed the CPA exam in November 1981. He worked for an international CPA firm and a Fortune 500 performing financial and operational audits until he moved with his family to the Seattle area. He moved to Lewis County in 1989 working for Yard Birds and Uhlmann Motors before starting his own business in 2008.

Tom has been active in the community since the early 1990’s. Beginning as a board member of the United Way of Lewis County. He has been on the board and a past president of Twin Cities Rotary and the Lewis County Economic Development Council. He is also on the board of the Industrial Park at TransAlta and joined the Reliable Enterprises board in 2015.

Tom believes that we should concentrate our effort on improving the opportunities for young people in the county in order to effect positive change. He sees the Centralia Community Foundation as a way to help the city in developing one of the best high schools in the state or country.

Tom and his wife, Cara, have been married 17 years and live in Adna. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with the grandchildren, taking off on road trips in their mustang or camper and flying to warmer climates to get their sun fix. Tom also enjoys salmon fishing, hiking and snow skiing.

JULIE PENDLETON

Owner, Dick’s Brewing Company and Northwest Sausage & Deli

Born and raised in Centralia, Julie Pendleton graduated in 1995 from Centralia High School. She continued her education at Centralia Community College and then earned a BA in Business and Human Resource Management at Western Washington University. During her high school and college years, Julie learned many business & customer service skills while working at Levi’s Outlet, Fullers, and Bass Outlet. During the summer’s and Holiday’s Julie worked for her Dad, Dick Young, at Northwest Sausage and Deli, seeing the passion, dedication and hard work he exemplified while being self-employed. After College Julie wanted to try her hand at Corporate America and worked at The Olympian Newspaper for 5 years. In 2005, her Dad asked if she was ready to work for him and learn the family business. After her father passed away in 2009 Julie inherited two separate businesses.  She currently manages a team of 22 employees over multiple locations. Her distribution footprint is 7 states. Her current projects are focused on reinventing the business’s to make sure they remain relevant for her three school aged children.

She is currently on the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Washington Beer Commission Marketing Committee, and is a member of the Washington Beer Commission, Washington Brewers Guild and Washington Hospitality Association.  Her business hosts two large fundraisers each year in support of Pope’s Kids Place and Lewis County Relay for Life.

During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, kids’ sporting events, camping, Sounders, and visiting other breweries.

Julie Pendleton

VICTORIA POGORELC

Co-Owner, North Fork Timber Co.

Victoria Pogorelc

Vicki Pogorelc grew up in Yakima, WA and graduated from the University of Washington, with a BA in History.  She is a founder and co-owner of North Fork Timber Co. established in 1975. In her forty plus years here in Centralia, she has been an active community volunteer and currently is on the Board of the Centralia College Foundation.

Vicki loves seeing the area grow, prosper and thrive. That is why she joined the Board of Centralia Community Foundation. She believes that when community members and local government join forces for the betterment of our community, “the skies the limit” on what, together, can be accomplished.

She has 2 grown children and 1 grandson who is a fourth grader in Centralia public schools.  She enjoys golfing, playing bridge, reading, skiing, traveling and tending her roses.

OFFICER RUBEN Z. RAMIREZ

K-9 Handler and Police Officer with the Centralia Police Department

SWAT Team member, Master K-9 Handler, past Defensive Tactics Instructor and bilingual officer.

I immigrated from El Grullo, Jalisco, Mexico when I was four years old. My family and I worked as migratory farm workers for years before settling in the Lewis County area. I was fortunate to have people of this community offer opportunity to learn and grow. I began as a reserve officer with local agencies, worked on my citizenship status and finally through hard work and perseverance attended the Law Enforcement Academy of Washington State. I have since worked for the Centralia Police Department and have been involved with many community service events. I am particularly passionate about Centralia Police Department’s Night Out with Santa, along with the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. I am supported in my efforts by my wife Teresa, and my son Bo, and daughter Leticia. Our family received the Governor’s Service Award for Volunteerism in 2017.

Officer Ruben Z. Ramirez

DANIEL L. RICH, PRESIDENT

Owner/President, Tin Men Supply, The Metal Mill, Nolar LLC.

Dan Rich

Dan is the Owner/President of Tin Men Supply located in Centralia and Mckenna/Roy, The Metal Mill in Napavine and he also owns Nolar LLC, a land leasing and holding company in Lewis County.

He was asked to help start the Centralia Community Foundation and serves as the first President.  Dan has always had a passion for his community and the region.  He was raised here, works here, and raised his family here, and has always tried to make it a better place.  He is very excited to see the impact that focused leadership will make in educational enhancements and improvements for our community.

Additionally, Dan servers on the Board for Security State Bank and is V.P. for Lewis Economic Development Council.  He is the past Chair of the City of Centralia’s Board of Adjustments and Planning Commission, and board member for SW WA Fair, Providence Health Care Foundation, and Pope’s Kids Place. He is a past Centralia Rotarian, and most proudly a Veteran of the Armed Forces.

Dan and his wife, Nadine, have been married for 28 years. They have a grown daughter, Janelle, and spend their spare time traveling the world.

If he hasn’t told you directly that he loves you, he hopes his actions show that he does, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

DEBBIE SCHINNELL

Finance and Administration, Schinnell Surveying & Mapping, PLLC

Debbie is a 4th generation Lewis County resident. Prior to starting Schinnell Surveying & Mapping with her husband Kevin in 2001, Debbie’s professional experience was focused on finance, marketing and public relations and included time with Security State Bank, Edward Jones Investments and Surgical Sense.

As a business owner and member of the Centralia community, Debbie believes that Centralia has extraordinary potential for growth. When she was approached to be on the Centralia Community Foundation Board, she immediately knew that this was an incredible opportunity for her to be a part of an organization that would have a positive and lasting impact on Centralia.

Debbie is a Past President and active member of Centralia Rotary. During her presidential year, she chose the restoration of the Historic Fox Theatre as her president’s project. As a result of a collaborative effort between Centralia Rotary and the Tri-Club Rotary Auction, the theatre was able to restore and create the Rotary Mezzanine Lounge.

Debbie and her husband Kevin have been married for 33 years and raised two sons who both live in the Twin Cities area. She enjoys camping, travel, golf and cooking for friends and family.

Debbie Shinnell

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