Vice President, Trust Officer, Security State Bank

Mike Alexander

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.


Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, Deputy Director


JP has come to learn the strengths and possibilities of Centralia from a variety of vantage points over the past 15 years. As a behavioral health provider, he has worked with children and families from all over Lewis County as they navigate school, social pressures, and often complicated home lives. In partnerships with local criminal justice leaders he has worked to develop effective programming for adults and children living inside our county jail and juvenile detention center. JP has also led multiple teams providing outpatient services and developed and managed court programs including the Lewis County Drug Court, and the Lewis County Mental Health Court Program.

Currently the Deputy Director of Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, JP has a passion for building partnerships and capitalizing on the incredible strengths of our community to guide interventions that support families and show children they are loved.

JP holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. He enjoys hiking, playing music, cooking, and going on adventures with his wife and 3 sons.


Partner, Ignite and Rise Grant Services

Her passion has always been to help the youth of this community live healthy and fulfilling lives while instilling a love of learning. Amy believes that every child deserves the best education we can provide and a team of people who will cheer it on.

She has lived in Centralia since she was a young girl, graduated Centralia High, attended Bellevue Community College, Centralia College, and completed Leadership classes through the University of Washington and the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

She enjoys spending time with her four children and husband of 21 years playing music and traveling. She loves to give private music lessons and sing for events. Amy is honored to join the Centralia Community Foundation Board and looks forward to what we can accomplish together.

Amy Buzzard


Retired Educator and Businessman

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!”

Tim Browning


Vice President of Student Services, Centralia College


For the past 7 years, Robert has worked as the Vice President of Student Services at Centralia College. Prior to his time at Centralia College, he worked at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR, and at Washington State University Vancouver.

Robert was born and raised in Washougal, the son of two teachers. He started his college experience at Centralia College where he successfully earned an AA while playing on the Men’s basketball team. After graduating from Centralia, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Washington State University, and a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education from Oregon State University.

Robert is active in the Centralia community as a member of the Centralia Rotary, the Centralia High School Dollars for Scholars Committee, and as a Board Member of the Centralia Athletic and Activities Facilities Foundation. He believes deeply in education and knows that community support is a critical part of successful education.

Robert is honored to live in Centralia with his wife Jayme and two children, Aidan and Alan, both Centralia High School students and proud Tigers.


Owner, Dulin Construction

Mark Dulin


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.


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

Larry McGee

Retired Executive

Larry McGee

Larry believes that one of the most important drivers of progress are committed volunteers who sincerely put their community first. Two related bedrock foundations of a successful community are educations and jobs. Centralia, with about 20% of Lewis County population, has incredible potential and he wants to help it be realized. Larry’s main focus is education, specifically early education which impacts kindergarten readiness, a significant issue in our community and county.

Larry has a Bachelor Degree of Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. He has completed executive education in marketing, human resources and financial management. Larry spent twenty-four years with PPG which included six moves, three plant startups, marketing, product development and executive HR management. He then spent several years as part owner of an operations research consulting firm in Fairfax, VA before joining IBM for eleven years working both in consulting and sales. He led the Chehalis Renaissance team for three years and then joined the staff at Centralia College to lead the design, staffing, recruiting and other aspects to start the first two bachelor’s degrees ever offered at Centralia College.

His community involvement has been extensive and, in the past, has included planning commissions, a symphony board, a hospital board, the local Chamber Board, membership chair for the Timberline District of Boy Scouts, and state Board Chair for Washington Business Week programs. Larry has also been a volunteer SCORE counselor for startups and small businesses.

Larry is a Charter member of Twin Cities Rotary (1987) and is quite active in both that Club and District 5020 operations. He also is a Charter member of the Washington State Boundary Review Board for Lewis County, on the Advisory Board for the Bachelor’s program in Management, and in 2017 chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel which studied and made recommendations (adopted) concerning the leadership structure for Lewis County. He is the Vice Chair of the Discover! Children’s Museum Board.

Larry and Becky have been married forty years and have four children and nine grandchildren located from Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound. They enjoy extensive travel, gardening and family activities. Larry is an avid photographer.


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


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.


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.


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

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.

Dan Rich


Business Development Center/Program Manager, Economic Alliance of Lewis County

Dolly is the newest member of the Centralia Community Foundation Board. She was born in Tacoma, WA, raised in Lacey, WA, and has called the Chehalis/Centralia area her home for over 32 years. Dolly contributes to the economy and well-being of our community both personally as the owner of a local Security Company which was started in 1992 and as an employee of the Economic Alliance of Lewis County. In her role as the Business Development Center/Program Manager she supports new businesses in becoming established and helps them thrive.

She believes that Lewis County has been a great place to raise her two children, now grown, ages 24 & 21 years. One of Dolly’s favorite things in life is to spend time with her family & loved ones.

Dolly knows that expanding the potential within our students and young people is one of our missions at the Foundation. Investing in our young people’s futures is key to growing a thriving and economically sound community. She understands that this will happen through providing great education and building out career pathways for our young people to connect successfully to workforce with the knowledge and training they need to become skilled workers and thriving entrepreneurs. Her belief in our young people, community contributions and her connection to local businesses make her an integral part of the Centralia Community Foundation Board.

Dolly Tardiff


Superintendent of Centralia School District

For the past two years, Lisa Grant has served as the superintendent of the Centralia School District. Prior to Centralia, she was the superintendent in Mossyrock School District for five years. Lisa has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, principal, district office administrator, and superintendent.

Lisa was raised in Oregon. She earned her Bachelors in Special Education from Gonzaga University. Lisa taught Special Education while earning a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. She then became a principal in Washington state and Florida. After earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida and moving back to Washington state, she became the superintendent of Mossyrock School District and Centralia School District.

Lisa lives in the Centralia community and is a member of the Twin Cities Rotary. She believes in education and has a passion for serving students.
Lisa is proud to serve as the Centralia superintendent and believes in the importance and potential of the Centralia Community Foundation.

Dr. Lisa Grant