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2011 40 Under Forty Winners
Congratulations — 40 Under Forty Class of 2011
Drawn from a pool of more than 100 nominees, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal takes great pleasure in introducing the “40 Under Forty” Class of 2011.Our distinguished panel of judges selected 40 of the Kitsap Peninsula’s best, brightest, and most outstanding individuals under the age of 40, who were nominated for this very special honor by community leaders and local business people, as well as past 40 Under Forty honorees. As we have done for the past seven years, this very special group was selected based on their career success, community involvement, and personal commitment to making a difference in our communities.
These young men and women represent the best of the Kitsap Peninsula’s upcoming generation of future business leaders, elected officials, and community activists. As they take the helm of leadership, they will not only influence, but in many cases, actually be the people charting our course and making the decisions that impact the future of our area and its growth. It is our pleasure to recognize them for the contributions they are already making.
We thank our judges: V.P. and Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County, Teresa Osinski; Broker/Manager of John L. Scott Poulsbo office, Frank Wilson; and Restaunteur and owner of Amy’s On The Bay in Port Orchard, Amy Igloi.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Kitsap Bank
- Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
- St. Anthony’s Hopsital
- Betty Skinner Insurance / Allstate
- Printing Services — Commemorative Program
- West Sound Workforce — Logistics
- Custom Picture Framing — Framed Awards
Special thanks to our keynote speaker, 26th Legistlative District Senator Derek Kimler — another past 40 Under Forty Honoree — Class of 2006.
How Our Honorees Earned Their First Dollar
Babysitting, lawn mowing and delivering papers were popular ways of starting their entrepreneurial careers for our 2011 honorees. Others found creative ways of earning their first dollar.
Perhaps the most unusual young wage earner was Dr. Amber Gravett. Her family had company and her dad offered to pay her to sing “the Peanut song” for them. She was 5. A couple of years later, she decided to cut flowers from her family garden and sell them at the end of the driveway.
Corinne Beach and her brother earned $1 per night from their parents to walk the golf course range and pick up balls. She was about 6 or 7, and would race her brother to see who was the quickest to pick the most balls.
Nicole Robbins bailed hay, transported it and fed horses at a 30-head ranch. Horses have remained her passion!
Amber Page was a lifeguard and swim instructor at the local pool — which she continued doing every summer while in college.
Amber Dinh clowned around — she’s been working since she was 15 and started as a clown at a pizzeria.
Christian Grainsbrugh stuffed envelopes for his father, who owned a business. He later was “promoted” to do data entry and then to maintain and repair his father’s computers. Jennifer Yeaman also worked for her family’s business — she helped rake leaves and mow lawns for their landscaping company.
At age 9, Edward Moydell worked for his grandfather, who owned a neon sign company. Ray Allwine worked for his father, picking ferns for a penny a piece. He earned $10 and his dad tried to renegotiate the price in half!
Darcy Jenne also helped her father, delivering his products once a week to silver mines in Idaho and Montana. She earned more than just money during those summers; she earned the understanding of how important it is to take pride in what you do and to never take anything for granted.
Keith Armstrong used to buy things at garage sales then turn around and sell them for profit. Gus Housen also was a salesman: He sold candy at school. Sean Compton sold door to door instead, as a Boy Scout.
Nathan Segerson picked blueberries at age 12. He packed a lunch, got a ride to a bog in Olympia and put in eight hours of work, bringing home $4.85. Schuyler Beaver picked strawberries for a farm instead — and got to eat as many as he wanted. He also mowed lawns, like many other of this year’s honorees.
Common Threads That Bind
Raising families, giving back to the community and being goal-driven-these are some of the common threads among this year’s honorees. Many are graduates of Leadership Kitsap and active volunteers in several organizations. They take pride in the teams who helped them succeed on their jobs and look for ways to give of themselves even more.
Stephanie Brush believes that every child — every person, in fact — should have equal opportunity to work toward his or her dreams. That is why her goal is to open a school of arts, so she could help those whose dream is to be in the performing arts.
Abby Ouimet has been drawn to work for those who need someone to give them a voice, and she chose a career in communications. She has since worked for organizations advocating for people with disabilities and people touched by cancer, and is now working at Kitsap Humane Society to give animals a voice as well.
Joshua Hinman believes in leaving his community better than he found it, which is why he gets involved in the community as time allows. It’s also the reason he wanted to work for West Sound Youth for Christ, so he could make the community a better place for his family to live and grow up in.
Jessie Palmer feels fortunate to work alongside a talented team at the YMCA and be part of projects that have a lasting impact in the community.
Heather Hughes-Henrichsen believes that one way to serve the community is by raising her children to be responsible citizens. She spends most of her free time nurturing her two children, who are 9 and 12. She also volunteers for field trips, as team mom and uses other opportunities to support her children while giving back.
For Nicole Robbins, serving the community means being aware of its needs and she finds that being active in the chamber of commerce is a good way to do that. She stays active in the Greater Poulsbo Chamber as a way of providing support for local businesses.
Katherine Wright also feels the chamber is a great way to be involved. She is proud to be working in her hometown of Gig Harbor and to be involved in many of Gig Harbor Chamber’s activities and events.
Sasha Wetzsteon has rallied her family, friends and even clients at the coffee shop where she works to get behind her and support cancer research. She has been active with North Kitsap Relay for Life and is proud to watch her children raise money for a good cause.
Jennifer Yeaman credits her husband and children with helping her achieve success. Her family has supported her through a busy schedule of working, taking classes for an associate’s degree, participating in Leadership Kitsap and being a mother to a young athlete — while also expecting another child.
Lene Langdon is one of several honorees who started in entry-level jobs and have worked their way to the top. She is also one of several of this year’s leaders who took college classes while working and raising families-and is proud that her hard work has paid off and she has set an example for her kids.
Shaun Guerrero uses his personal story of being raised by a teen mother to encourage other young moms. His mother became pregnant with him at 16 but was determined to make the best possible life, so she graduated with a GED and became a successful business person. Shaun and his mother have teamed up to tell their story to inspire young moms to take positive steps in their lives.
Daniel Roso believes that being successful means choosing work you’re both good at and you have a passion for. When you’re good at it, it comes naturally, and it’s easy to find pleasure in doing something you like.
Those were some of the proud moments and experiences that shaped our Class of 2011. They shared the importance of perseverance, hard work and forging ahead despite obstacles.
The 2011 40 Under Forty Winners
Kitchen Manager — Essence of Thymes Catering
Ray Allwine has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly two decades and has dreamed of owning a bar and grill. Instead, three years ago he quit his restaurant job to join the catering company started by his wife, Gina. Essence of the Thymes has been developing as a business, offering off-premise catering services in four counties. While growing a business, Ray and Gina have also been raising a daughter, who is now 3. The couple are raising their family in the same home Ray’s family built when he was growing up. Ray is most proud of being able to grow a business through tough economic times and being able to hire others.
Planner — City of Port Orchard
Stephanie Andrews was 19 when she received her bachelor’s degree in urban studies with a minor in environmental studies. She achieved that feat by starting to attend Olympic College as a junior in high school, and was close to obtaining an associate degree in four quarters. She bought her first home when she was only 20. She has worked for several jurisdictions, including Kitsap County and city of Gig Harbor. Her leadership, attitude and entrepreneurial spirit have been a great addition to the city of Port Orchard. Stephanie has completed two triathlons and is active in animal rescue and care. She has supported several organizations either financially or through volunteer work.
Equipment Specialist — Defense Logistics Agency
Keith Armstrong was in the U.S. Navy for four years, serving on USS Independence aircraft carrier. Stationed in Japan, the carrier participated in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch. He can now see the carrier outside of his office window at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. His goal is to hold a senior management position with his company, Defense Logistics Agency, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the next 10 years. Keith serves as the vice president of the Central Kitsap High School Alumni Association and also coaches football at his alma matter. He says coaching football allows him to be a positive influence in children’s lives, especially since football is the ultimate team sport.
Outreach Coordinator — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Corinne Beach started working at PSNS 10 years ago as a nuclear engineer and has traveled around the United States as part of her job. Now the outreach coordinator, her role is to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at local schools. For the past two years, she has been involved with the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Project. She organized the steel arrival ceremony last August at Kitsap Mall, helped with the Sept. 11 ceremony last year and has been part of other efforts. The project is very dear to her heart — her husband is a Poulsbo firefighter and paramedic, and she is especially proud of him helping establish a nonprofit to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. The couple’s two sons are the joy of their lives, and Corinne also volunteers in their classrooms.
Nuclear Engineer — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Schuyler Beaver is a licensed civil engineer and nuclear engineer who works on a team that trains, coaches and facilitates process improvement workshops at the shipyard. For eight years, he designed and wrote technical instruction for the maintenance and repairing of equipment for refueling nuclear submarines. He is currently working on his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Schuyler loves to teach others what he knows. He volunteered with Naval Avenue Learning Center to teach math and science to second — and third-graders and also teaches the Financial Peace University course at Crossroads Neighborhood Church. A member of Leadership Kitsap Class of 2011, he helped create the Heart for the Homeless Fun Run for the Bremerton Rescue Mission.
Owner — Best Properties
Todd Best bought his first company, doing pest management, at the age of 22 and built it up from a small local business into an award-winning company that served five counties and had eight employees. At 25, he began investing into real estate and currently owns and manages the 10,000-square-foot Best Professional Building. Todd served on USS Nimitz in the Navy during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His proudest moment was becoming a New York City firefighter on Sept. 11, 2004, ranking No. 98 out of 20,000 applicants. Todd is the former director of operations for Kitsap 9/11 Memorial committee and was responsible for organizing two auctions that raised about $40,000. He also helped with the Charleston Historic District efforts.
Teacher — Just for Kicks / Discovery Montessori
When she graduated from high school, Stephanie Brush had the dream of opening a school of arts some day. She believes she is well on her way to achieving that goal and wants to help those whose dream is to be in the performing arts. Stephanie currently has a dual role. During the weekdays, she teaches preschool as well as drama for elementary-age students at Discovery Montessori. In addition, she is a musical theater program teacher at Just for Kicks for kids ages 4-14, teaching dance, singing and acting. She is most proud of seeing her students “come out of their shells and gain confidence speaking and performing in front of people.” Stephanie is also pursuing a master’s degree in education. She was an exchange student in Germany for a year and can speak German fluently. She had also toured throughout Germany with an English touring drama group.
Owner and Head Coach / Project Engineer —
B.A.S.E. Training / Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
B.A.S.E. Training / Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Five years ago, Ryan Chapman decided to make a lifestyle change. After an intense diet and exercise regimen, he lost 100 pounds and became a triathlete. As his race results improved, he decided to coach other athletes and founded B.A.S.E. Training, a fitness and triathlon coaching company. While running the business part time, he has been working as a manager at PSNS, supervising 21 personnel on the nonnuclear trouble desk. His plan is to move into his business full-time in 2012. His certifications include Total Immersion Teaching Professional (swimming) and USAT Level 1 triathlon coach, among others. His primary motivation for starting a business is to have a flexible schedule so he can spend more time with his children, but he said doing something he loves is definitely a bonus. He also spends time in several volunteer activities.
Owner — Social Media Service
Aimee McWhorter-Compton is a veteran entrepreneur and a self-taught social media consultant. She owned a salon and boutique in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years. Her passion is to promote small businesses and she offers social media services to local, small businesses to help them promote their products and services. Since moving to Kitsap County, Aimee has also ensured not only the survival but also the expansion of Maple Grove Cottage, a boutique in Poulsbo. In her free time, she does charity work as well as supports a local Buddhist organization in Burien. Her community service includes the Humane Society and WSU’s beachwater program. She is also a WSU Master Gardener intern.
Executive Director — Kitsap Humane Society
Sean Compton’s career has evolved from engineering to veterinary technician and eventually to work for one of the country’s most respected animal organizations in Pittsburgh. Although he didn’t grow up with animals, he was introduced to them by his wife and has since become a champion for them. After joining Kitsap Humane Society, Sean has worked to dramatically reduce euthanasia levels at the shelter and increase adoption rates. He is most proud of working with a great team of staff and volunteers and wiping out unwarranted euthanasia in the region. Sean is a Rotarian as well as an active volunteer and youth group leader at Shinnyo En in Burien, a Buddhist-based service group for people of all faiths. He is an Eagle Scout and rescues turtles in his spare time.
Branch Manager — Pacific Northwest Title
Julie Cottle started working for a title company in 1990 in an entry-level position. She has worked her way up to become an escrow officer, limited practice officer and later, a branch manager for Pacific Northwest Title. She said being promoted to branch manager was the proudest moment of her life because all her years of hard work and dedication paid off. She has been in the escrow industry for 20 years now. Julie visited Kitsap County for the first time when she took the job with Pacific Northwest Title in 2007 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She volunteers at North Kitsap High School with the cheer squad and also supports several local nonprofits.
Owner — Audible Advice
Amber Dinh has only moved to the area this year, but has already established an extensive network of friends and colleagues. As the owner of Audible Advice, she works with audiovisual retailers and manufacturers nationwide to help clients develop and execute company strategies in order to deliver superior sales and service. She loves being responsible for performances her clients need in order to achieve their goals and objectives. Amber co-hosts the networking Friends of Facebook group in Silverdale. She grew up in a family who valued volunteerism, supporting homeless people especially. She is most proud of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3 and battled it at three years. “She taught me so much during that struggle and still does every day,” Amber said.
President — Big Step Consulting
Christian Gainsbrugh started his technology consulting firm, Big Step, after working in the technology industry for several years. He started it as a side business while working for other companies and after the birth of his first daughter decided to make the leap to full-time entrepreneur. The company has been steadily growing, with a customer base ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The company supports several nonprofits with low or no-cost technology services. He is proud of having built a customer-oriented company as well as developing an ecommerce framework that has been used by clients to process millions of dollars worth of orders. In his personal life he is very low-tech, however — only recently he upgraded to a smart phone and he still uses a very old computer.
Principal — Poulsbo Elementary School
Timothy Garrison was raised in Kitsap County and started his teaching career in the Bremerton School District. After teaching in California for nine years, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in school administration. His first post as a principal was in Calaveras County, Calif., for four years. He joined North Kitsap School District in 2010, and his daughters will begin attending Poulsbo Elementary next year as well. Timothy is most proud of his family as well as his school community, from teachers and support staff to the students and volunteers. He likes to be involved extensively in the school by participating in PTSA and other school activities. Timothy made the decision to move into a neighborhood served by his school because he believes in embracing the public aspect of his job.
Dr. Amber Gravett
Former Executive Director of Organizational Improvement at Harrison Medical Center
Dr. Amber Gravett’s career has included such companies as Apple Computer, Compaq and First Data/Western Union, with roles including director of corporate development and product developer. She has a doctorate degree and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Amber moved to Kitsap County to work for Washington Mutual, where she eventually became first vice president in charge of several departments. One of her proudest moments was as a special attaché to the U.S. delegation to the 1995 U.N. Conference on Women in China. There, she taught women from developing countries how to use computers. She is also the recipient of the Governor’s Award from former Gov. Gary Locke for her work in commute trip reduction. Amber volunteers for several organizations including Bremerton School District, Salvation Army and Kitsap Humane Society. She left Harrison at the end of September, and continues her work in this area with a new employer in November.
EV Specialist — Advantage Nissan
Adam Green describes himself as a car fanatic who comes from a family of car fanatics. He started his career in the automotive industry as a lot attendant, washing and parking cars. He has worked at Advantage Nissan for six years and is one of the senior sales professionals. He earned the title of salesperson of the year and has also been involved in the electric vehicle wave. Adam’s customers rave about him and his product knowledge. Adam has an insatiable curiosity — he wants to know “the how and the why.” This has helped him many times on his job. He is most proud of having married his wife, and together they support Habitat for Humanity and the Bremerton Food Line.
Loan Officer — The Legacy Group
Shaun Guerrero grew up in Kitsap County and started his career in finance as a personal banker at age 20. He pursued his interest in the mortgage industry and has since won several awards including National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s Next 40 Under 40. He is a master networker and a leader who follows his goals with action. His business success includes being selected to speak recently on a panel of top producers at a mortgage conference in New York. Sean hosts various events every year including workshops to help small businesses grow. For the past four years, he has also been renting a movie theater every year and giving away thousands of dollars of prizes in appreciation of his clients.
Associate Planner — City of Port Orchard
Jennifer Haro grew up in Port Orchard and returned to her hometown after working on the east side of Puget Sound for several years. A South Kitsap High graduate, she spent her summers during college working for the Kitsap County Traffic Department. While attending Western Washington University, during the school year she worked for the Whatcom County Engineering Department, and after graduation took her first job with the city of Normandy Park, south of Seattle. As part of her work for the city of Port Orchard, she has led the effort to prepare the Shoreline Master Program update and develop a consensus-based document. Jennifer is the mother of two young children and volunteer at their school as well as to coach youth soccer and basketball teams.
Heather Dawn Henrichsen
Office Administrator — Parker Financial
Heather Hughes-Henrichsen is a jack-of-all trades. In her role as office administrator at Parker Financial LLC, she does everything from keeping the office organized and bookkeeping to graphic design and event planning. She is on track to become a licensed broker/dealer this fall and has already been certified to sell insurance. She also helps organize monthly educational workshops for retirees. Heather’s original career dream was to be a photojournalist and travel around the world for National Geographic. Although she did obtain a degree in print journalism, she found that work behind the scenes better suits her personality. The mother of two children, Heather volunteers to chaperone her kids on field trips and for their sports teams. She also was active in the past at Sunday School classes at her church.
Executive Director — West Sound Youth for Christ
Joshua Hinman joined West Sound Youth for Christ after a career with a large corporation. He has been paramount in leading positive changes at the nonprofit organization, which is a Christian ministry that works with at-risk teens in Kitsap and North Mason counties. WSYFC serves about 1,500 teens every week and has several ministries including juvenile justice and foster care. Joshua’s first dollar was earned building a huge rock wall with his grandfather and eventually his career led him to become a regional manager for a very large private corporation. He is most proud of his family — his wife, Brenda, and their two children. “They keep me driven to make our community a better place to live and grow up,” he said. A Leadership Kitsap Class of 2010 graduate, Joshua is a board member of Kitsap Community Resources.
Owner — Seaport Salon and Day Spa
Jennifer Horne launched her business about 10 years ago as a small nail salon in Old Town Silverdale and has since grown it into a full-service salon and spa with 17 other employees. She continuously creates new goals to exceed expectations and builds a team that works well together. Seaport Salon & Day Spa has been named the best of Central Kitsap for two consecutive years and frequently makes contributions to various causes including Central Kitsap Food Bank. Since she offers Aveda products, one of her favorite causes to support is Aveda Earth Month. Her business has also raised more than $5,000 for Puget Sound Keep Alliance. Jennifer still recalls her first job with fondness — picking blueberries with her cousins for $1 per bucket.
Owner — Gordon Sound
Gus Housen took over ownership of Gordon TV and Sound in 1992, when he was 20 years old. Since then, he has grown the company, with the help of his partner wife, to offer full-service audio, video, staging and lighting. The business also offers event management for events attended by as many as 40,000 people. They have been instrumental in many local festivals and events, and this year co-managed the Kitsap Fair, turning the fair around in three months from almost not happening to being in the black. Gus has been volunteering for Whaling Days for many years and is currently vice president of the board. He also volunteers his services and equipment for organizations such as the Lions, 4-H and others.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer —
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Darcy Jenne has been working at PSNS for about six years, using her marketing expertise to improve the shipyard’s communications strategy. Her goal is to eventually advance to the position of congressional and public affairs officer for the command. Most recently, she was instrumental during the local emergency response team’s assistance with communications after the tsunami disaster in Japan. Her role included communicating with the families of the 500 personnel conducting maintenance on USS George in Japan. Darcy’s community involvement includes being on the original planning committee for West Sound Safety and Health Expo and supporting the nonprofit KitsaParty. She is an active volunteer through her church and other organizations. Darcy was recently accepted into Leadership Kitsap Class of 2012.
Administrator — Canterbury Manor
David Johns’ career path started out as a chef in the Navy, later leading to work as a chef in an assisted living community. With the goal of enhancing his career, he went back to school for degrees in business management and healthcare administration. In his current role at Canterbury Manor, he oversees the nonprofit independent retirement community that serves seniors who are 60 and older. While he attended school full time, he also worked full time while being a father. His first dollar was earned doing construction during the summer in Las Vegas. David supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has raised more than $5,000 for the organization over the last two years. He is also a North Kitsap Little League t-ball coach.
Dr. Sean Joseph
Owner and CEO — Integrated Chiropractic
Dr. Sean Joseph opened his integrated chiropractic practice in November 2010. Prior to that he worked for nearly a decade as a multidisciplinary clinic director and staff member at a hospital. With degrees in biology, human biology and chiropractic medicine, he has a passion for helping other people live healthier lives. Sean would like to see the field of chiropractic medicine understood and respected among other healthcare professionals and community members. A father of three, Sean has been nicknamed the “chiropractic ninja” because he competed as a martial artist for 17 years. He obtained his karate black belt at age 13 and earned his first dollar as a karate instructor at 14. Sean’s community involvement includes several Silverdale Chamber committees, Kitsap Tri Babes, West Sound Triathlon Club and other organizations.
Leadership Development Programs Manager —
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Lene Langdon started working at PSNS as a high school work study at age 17 and became a helper trainee at 18. After graduating from the apprentice program in 1993, she has worked her way up through several promotions. Currently, she is responsible for the training and development of more than 1,900 supervisors and managers at PSNS and IMF. Many of her family members have worked at the shipyard but she’s the only woman there in her family since World War II. A mother of seven, Lene has been volunteering for the PTA and her son’s soccer team. She is also involved with the Professional Women’s Employee Networking Group at PSNS and has won the Active Advocate of Washington State Award from the State Women in Trades Association.
Loan Officer — The Legacy Group
Shane McGraw has been working as a loan officer for seven years. He has focused on helping military personnel and veterans to purchase homes, and has become a VA loan specialist. An Air Force veteran himself, Shane has been looking for ways to support military members and their families. Those who know Shane say he is one of those rare individuals who put their thoughts into action. He recently founded the nonprofit Feed Kitsap to help feed local families and especially homeless veterans. He is also a group pastor and leader at Newlife Church and sponsors several military events every year. One such recent event was a free movie night for active military and family members — Shane rented an entire movie theater for it! He is most proud of his wife and three young children.
Executive Director — The Bloedel Reserve
Edward Moydell began his career in horticulture when he was a teen, and by age 19 he knew he wanted to lead a public garden after visiting Missouri Botanic Garden. He went on to earn a master of science degree in public horticulture and later became the founder and founding associate director for the Center for Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. After visiting the Bloedel Reserve with his wife in 2005, he knew he would leave everything if an opportunity came to become involved there. He was hired as associate director two years ago and was promoted to executive director in April 2010. Under his leadership, the organization has been stabilized and is moving toward success. His vision has moved the reserve toward being a community treasure, fully accessible by everyone.
Owner — Essence of Thymes Catering
Gina Omalanz has built her Port Orchard-based company from a dream she’s had since age 4. Her first catering job was for a client who wanted to have an “Oscar party” and when she told her family, they thought she was literally going to be catering at the Oscars. She smiles at the idea, and doesn’t discount that someday she just might do that. Her goal is to reach a certain sales level at her business and then spend time in New York to fine-tune her skills and open a small restaurant or bistro in Kitsap County. In addition to growing her business and raising a daughter, Gina supports several nonprofits. One of her passions is encouraging her clients to buy local, and she also does that in her business as much as possible.
Director of Public Relations and Development —
Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Humane Society
Abby Ouimet said she is working in her dream job at Kitsap Humane Society. She has always been drawn to work for those who need someone to give them a voice. “Animals need a voice too,” she said. Under her leadership, the organization has completed an overhaul of fundraising systems and protocols, realizing a dramatic increase in donations. Abby is also a Humane Society volunteer as a foster parent as well as a volunteer Zumba fitness instructor at the Haselwood Family YMCA. She has previously volunteered to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Children’s Miracle Network. Although her first dollar was earned at a bagel and coffee shop, Abby knew she wanted a career in communications and has followed that path since college. At the personal level, she is most proud of being married and having her husband’s unconditional support.
Mortgage Banker — Eagle Home Mortgage
Amber Page has a natural ability to make her customers feel at ease, even in difficult times. Many customers comment on her calm and positive demeanor and her honesty. Despite the tough times in the mortgage lending industry, Amber makes sure she’s at the office full-time no matter what. She also teaches classes for first-time homeowners every month. Amber is a very involved mom who volunteers regularly at her son’s school including on the PTSA board. She also volunteers every week for a local church’s community meal program. Many people don’t know that Amber has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and exercise science and worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor as her first job.
Capital Campaign and Grants Director —
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
For Jessie Palmer, a highlight of his career has been leading the capital campaign to raise $12 million for the construction of the Haselwood Family YMCA. In addition, he helped land a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Commerce after completing the most involved grant application he has ever done. Prior to joining the YMCA three years ago, Jessie worked for the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority and was involved in several Bremerton revitalization projects and other projects throughout the county. He is most proud of being married to his best friend, Christy, and of their 3-year-old son. Jessie has served on the Leadership Kitsap board. One less-known fact about Jessie is that he is restoring a ‘57 Chevrolet truck to restomod condition.
Shift Manager — Suquamish Clearwater Casino
Veronica Rhodes started working at Suquamish Clearwater Casino in 2003 while she was still a North Kitsap High School student. She attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Olympic College, becoming the first college graduate in her family. Veronica is a graduate of Leadership Kitsap, a nonprofit volunteer organization that teaches members about various important aspects of Kitsap County, ranging from governance and economics to education and planning. She is also a volunteer with the North Kitsap Trails Association. She earned her first dollar as a babysitter and later worked for Kingston Inn as a hostess. Veronica says that being the only sibling who has no athletic ability in an otherwise athletically inclined family gave her the opportunity to become involved in high school with athletic medicine. She has continued that involvement as a volunteer ever since.
Public Health Director —
Kingston Crossing Wellness Clinic
Kingston Crossing Wellness Clinic
Nicole Robbins has been pursuing her passion in the health and wellness industry for several years, including as a personal trainer and health club manager. A few years ago she took a detour, after discovering her passion for nonprofits, to serve as the director for the Silvery City Grant County Chamber of Commerce in New Mexico. Since Kingston Crossing Wellness Center supports local nonprofits through monthly fundraising events, she has found that her current job as the public health director allows her to combine her passions for health and for nonprofits. Nicole is a member of the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce board of directors and volunteers for other nonprofits when time allows. A few little known facts about her is that she won the 100th episode of Fear Factor, and that she is in love with classic cars.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing —
Daniel Roso and his wife, Holly, took over ownership of TravelChair in 2009 and since then he has led efforts to develop and design newer, more innovative products. The company has made it a priority to be more involved in the community and give back, as well as use more environmentally sound materials. Daniel likes to challenge himself and his team in their areas of strength instead of spending all their time trying to improve weaknesses. He is most proud of working side by side every day with his wife, serving as a team to turn the company around from losing money to making a profit. He is a member of several organizations including the Gig Harbor Chamber, NWPMA and Super Club.
Dr. Nathan Segerson
Partner and Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology —
Kitsap Cardiology Consultants
Kitsap Cardiology Consultants
Since joining Kitsap Cardiology Consultants in 2008, Dr. Nathan Segerson implemented a state-of-the-art cardiac electrophysiology lab at Harrison Medical Center. He trained nurses and technical staff, marketed referring physicians, and performed hundreds of cardiac electrophysiology procedures, bringing this subspecialty to Kitsap County for the first time. Nathan is also active in research and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in medical publications. He speaks internationally and recently co-wrote an encyclopedia of cardiology terminology. Nathan is a father and an avid endurance athlete, competing in marathons and triathlons. This year alone, he completed his first full Ironman triathlon in Switzerland, requalified for the Boston Marathon and placed second in his age group at the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon regional championships.
Assistant Vice President and Marketing Officer —
Janet Silcott joined Kitsap Bank in 2004 as marketing coordinator and has advanced to the role of assistant vice president and marketing officer. She has several diverse interests and likes to combine her English and technical communication skills. A marketing career has provided a natural fit for that combination. Janet is a mother of two and an aspiring cake decorator. She has been an entrepreneur since an early age — when she was 8, she and her sister grew and sold miniature pumpkins to teachers, local grocers and friends. She has been involved in various community activities including Martha & Mary and the PTA at her son’s school. She’s most proud of being able to balance a career and her family as well as setting up an example for her young kids that they can achieve their dreams through hard work.
Manager — Latte On Your Way
Sasha Wetzsteon was promoted to manager of one of the two Latte On Your Way locations after working as a barista for several years. She loves her job and sees it as a way of reaching out to meet people in her community. She knows many of her customers by name and many become friends. Sasha is extensively involved with the North Kitsap Relay for Life and has recruited her entire family. Her children are active members of her team, raising money through artwork they make, selling lemonade and organizing rummage sales. An active mother of four, she keeps a busy schedule that includes children’s sports activities, community events and trying to lead a healthy life. She and her husband play and both coached a co-ed softball team.
Catering and Sales Manager — The INN at Gig Harbor
Katherine Wright returned to Gig Harbor after attending Arizona State University and was hired as a catering sales assistant at the INN at Gig Harbor. After 16 months in that role, she was promoted to the catering and conference sales manager and continued to take on more responsibilities. She also oversees the food and beverage department and was responsible for launching the hotel’s social media presence. Katherine has been involved with several local committees, fundraisers and professional organizations. She is very active with the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and loves being able to work and stay involved in her hometown. Last year, she was recognized by the INN with one of two Manager of the Year awards.
Lean Black Belt — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Jennifer Yeaman started her career at PSNS in 2002 as a crane electrician apprentice and has worked her way up through several positions. In her current role as the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she assists organizations in setting improvement strategies to accomplish organizational goals. She recently completed an associate’s degree in leadership and occupational studies and also participated in Leadership Kitsap Class of 2011. While busy with those activities and her work, she was at the same time a mother with a new baby on the way. Jennifer supports several organizations including North Perry Pee Wee Association as a cheer coach. She said she did not make wise choices as a young adult, so her goal is to help other people avoid making poor choices.
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