Northwest Chapter Leadership
Liane Pelletier currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Board Director at Expeditors International (Nasdaq: EXPD); and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and Board Director of Atlantic Tele-Network (Nasdaq: ATNI). Prior boards served include Icicle Seafoods, Washington Federal, The Nature Conservancy (Alaska Chapter), WJ Communications, Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Communications where she was CEO and Chairman from 2003-2011. Her prior executive career included 17 years at Sprint (1986-2003) with her last role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College, and a M.S. in Management from the Sloan School at M.I.T. Liane is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Liz Huebner is a member of the Blucora (NASDAQ:BCOR) Board of Directors where she chairs the Audit Committee, is a member of the Compensation Committee and a past member and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She has spoken at numerous NACD events and attended the Stanford Directors College. Liz has held numerous executive finance positions before retiring in 2006 and has expertise in accounting, acquisitions, investor relations, treasury management and financial analysis. She was most recently the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Getty Images, Inc. Liz joined Getty Images in 2000 and was responsible for all financial aspects of this NYSE company (now privately-held). Prior to Getty Images, Liz was the Chief Financial Officer for Primus Knowledge Solutions, Inc. where she played a key role in the 1999 initial public offering. Liz was also the Chief Financial Officer for Fluke Corporation, a NYSE company, from 1996 to 1998. Liz began her career at Arthur Andersen where she left as an audit manager and spent seven years with McCaw Cellular (ATTWireless) in a variety of senior financial positions.
Elizabeth has more than 17 years serving Boards in executive and director capacities on matters such as governance, strategy execution, CEO succession and development, and Executive compensation. Elizabeth brings almost 30 years of global experience in the consulting, investment, hospitality/travel, high-tech and consumer goods industries to the Boards and Executive teams she serves. She focuses on fostering dialogue and informed decision making by using a combination of critical thinking, expert technical knowledge and consulting skills. In addition to her Board work, Elizabeth has held a variety of leadership roles. Most recently Chief HR Officer for BMGI, an investment management firm based in Kirkland, WA. Prior to joining BMGI, Elizabeth was Chief HR and Communications Officer for Carlson, a family owned global leader in the travel and hospitality industry with more than $38B in system revenues, operating in over 150 countries and territories around the world. Prior to her role with Carlson, Elizabeth held leadership roles with The Coca-Cola Company, Thales, Suez Environment and KPMG. Elizabeth recently put her Board and Leadership experiences to work for herself when she opened choukette - eclair'art in the Pike Place Market in June 2016. Elizabeth holds a B.A. degree with a concentration in Accounting from Providence College, Rhode Island. She has a degree from Paris Sorbonne University (Paris IV) in French Civilization and studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Fluent in French and English, Elizabeth lived and worked for 18 years in Paris, France, and now lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Board member and Global Executive with cross-functional and cross-industry experience, Elizabeth brings a broad perspective from diverse businesses and cultural environments in privately held, publicly traded, state owned and not-for-profit organizations. Mrs. Bastoni is currently President of the Remuneration Committee for Jeronimo Martins (Lisbon) and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee for Societe BIC (Paris). She previously served as Chair of the Compensation Committees for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and for The Rezidor Hotel Group.
Deborah has served as an independent director since 1998 for public companies providing global solutions for an application world, consumer services, automated retailing, communications, media, and financial services. Currently, she serves on the board of F5 Networks, Inc. Prior public board service includes: Outerwall, Inc. (formerly Coinstar, Inc.), Fisher Communications, Inc., Puget Sound Bank and The Ackerley Group, Inc. Since 2004, Deborah has been the principal of D.L. Bevier Consulting LLC, an organizational and management consulting firm. Prior to that time, from 1996 until 2003, she served as a director, president and CEO of Laird Norton Financial Group, an independent financial advisory services. From 1973 until 1996, she held numerous leadership positions with KeyCorp. Deborah is currently co-chair for the Seattle Chapter of the Women Corporate Directorâ€™s Foundation, member of the Nominating & Governance Committee for the International Womenâ€™s Forum, and advisor to Wesley Homes, a faith-based congregate care organization. Previously, she served as chair of: Wesley Homes, Washington State Womenâ€™s Forum, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Pierce County Economic Development Board, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Foundation Board, and University of Puget Sound Business School Board of Visitors
Jeff Bird has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, tender offers, proxy contests, divestitures for public and private companies, corporate finance, securities law and venture capital transactions. As a Shareholder at Lane Powell, Jeff is a business transactional lawyer who has extensive knowledge of SEC compliance matters, and he regularly advises public companies on Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues, corporate governance matters and SEC periodic reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. He advises and works closely with boards of directors, board committees, special committees and management. In 2008, Jeff served as interim General Counsel of Movie Gallery, Inc., a public company with more than a billion dollars in revenue. Currently, he is a board member of Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
Andrew Bor is a partner of Perkins Coiels Business practice and has over 30 years of experience providing counsel in the areas of corporate governance and securities regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic divestitures and spin-offs. He also handles significant strategic assignments for a number of public companies, boards of directors and special committees, including advising on relationships with activist shareholders, proxy contests, evaluating strategic alternatives and responding to acquisition proposals. Bor works with leading public companies such as Coinstar, Emeritus Corporation, Esterline Technologies, Fisher Communications, Itron, PACCAR, Puget Sound Energy and Weyerhaeuser, among others. Representing both issuers and underwriters, he has served as the lead attorney on over one hundred public debt and equity offerings. Andrew has been recognized as one of Washington's top Corporate/Commercial lawyers every year since 2004 by Chambers USA, which has described him as highly regarded as an eminent corporate securities lawyer and admired by market sources for his perceptive, meticulous and hard-working nature."
Bob Carlile has a consistent record of achievement and leadership in various roles in a wide variety of organizations. A veteran of the public accounting industry, Bob has a total of 39 year of experience, of which 29 were served as a partner. Bob has worked with clients in many different industries including retail, distribution, forest products, airlines, high-tech, bio-science, and manufacturing. MicroVision, Inc. (2017 to present) Bob is a member of the Board of Directors and the audit committee of MicroVision, Inc. a public company that is a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology. The Company pioneered the use of laser beam scanning methodology and is recognized for having one of the top 50 IP portfolios among global industrial companies. KPMG LLP (2002 to 2016) Bob was located in the Seattle office of KPMG and served as the lead audit partner for numerous companies, including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Weyerhaeuser Company, Alaska Air Group and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. During his 14 years with KPMG in Seattle, he worked directly with the Boards and Audit Committees of these companies on financial statement audits, SEC comment letters, registration statements, and assistance with mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. In addition to these large public companies, Bob has also served in the role of lead audit partner, concurring partner, or account executive for such organizations as Roseburg Forest Products, Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI), Providence Health and Services, aQuantive Inc., RealNetworks, Inc., Cardiac Science Corporation, Laird Norton Company, Potlatch Corporation, Loud Technologies and Outerwall Inc. Arthur Andersen LLP (1977 to 2002). The first 14 years were spent in the Boise office, where he served clients such as Boise Cascade Corporation, Building Materials Holding Corporation, Trus Joist Corporation, Intermountain Gas Industries, Valley Bank, Bank of Commerce, Empire Airlines and the Idaho Board of Higher Education. He transferred to Seattle in 1991 to lead the emerging growth and privately held practice for Arthur Andersen. In that role, Bob and his team provided audit, initial public offering, private financing, and business advisory services to numerous companies including Labor Ready (now known as TrueBlue, Inc.), Eden Biosciences, Ostex, NeoRx, Pyramid Breweries Inc., BSQUARE Corporation, Lanoga Corporation, Commerce Bank, GM Nameplate, Alexander Broadcasting and Holly Residential Properties. In addition to serving clients in the roles described above, Bob held a variety of operating leadership positions at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. He served as the managing partner of the Pacific Northwest assurance and business advisory practice for Andersen from 1995 to 2002, partner in charge of the KPMG Seattle office audit practice from 2002 to 2008, and Seattle office managing partner from 2005 to 2008. In these roles, Bob was responsible for establishing market strategy, supervising partners, community relationships, and delivering the planned operating results for the practice.
Jan Eric Claesson is Partner with NextLevel, a professional services firm of 70+ C-level executives covering governance plus executive leadership in operations, technology and finance. Jan has two decades of C-level experience spanning from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries including software platforms and applications, healthcare, enterprise solutions, BPO, mobility, gaming and internet. Experienced in developing leaders, effective executive teams, functional boards and successful business. Board of director and advisory experience include VC backed companies, private and public companies, not for profit, academic institutions and one board that had 50/50 not-for-profit and for-profit board members.
Kimberly T. Ellwanger serves as director of Heritage Financial Corporation (Heritage) since 2006. Ellwanger was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington from 1991 until she retired in October of 1999. Prior to that Ellwanger was a Partner at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington where she practiced business and tax law from 1985 to 1991. She has been involved in numerous civic and professional activities including currently serving on the Board of The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound where she previously served as Board Chair. She also has served as Chair of both the Washington Council on International Trade and the Dean's Advisory Committee of the University of Washington Law School.
Chuck Gottschalk is the CEO of NextLevel - Building Enterprise Value, a regional professional services firm with national reach providing executive and Board services on an interim, project or advisory basis. His background includes over 20 years of executive leadership, including a mix of senior strategic, operational, and financial experience at the CEO, CFO, and Board member levels with emerging-growth companies, as Pacific NW Managing Partner of Tatum, a national financial executive services firm. At Tatum, he launched, led the growth of, and managed their regional practice for seven years, growing it to one of the firm's top performing markets with 50 professionals in Seattle and Portland. As a CEO and CFO in three venture-backed emerging technology companies prior his role as a CEO and CFO in three venture-backed emerging technology companies, he successfully led equity and debt financings, strategic partnering initiatives, the spin-out of a corporate division, and the sale of two of the businesses to publicly-traded companies. Most recently before forming Gottschalk Hardesty, he held the position of VP, Financial Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management where he worked closely with business owners and executives in evaluating liquidity strategies and related planning. He currently serves on the Boards of the Northwest Chapter of NACD and Kline Galland, and serves as a committee member in the Seattle Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth where he previously served as President, and is on the Advisory Board of Whim W'Him, a highly-acclaimed dance/performing arts organization.
Joanna L. Lohkamp currently serves as director of Delta Dental of Washington where she previously served as Board Chair; Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of The Kleinfelder Group; and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Woods Bagot. Most recently, after three months on the board of MicroGREEN Polymers, she was asked to step in as CEO to lead an urgent turnaround effort. Prior to that Lohkamp was Managing Partner / Chief Financial and Operating Officer of NBBJ from 2010 to 2014. She led Isonics Vancouver (division of ISON) as President and COO 2005 to 2008 after 12 years at Intel Corporation (INTC) where she held executive positions in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations, and Human Resources. Lohkamp graduated with a BA from Stanford university and earned her MBA at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School. She is an NACD Leadership Fellow.
Neil McReynolds, President of McReynolds Associates, a board governance consulting firm established in Seattle in 1999. The firm consults with boards and CEO's of for-profit, nonprofit and higher education organizations, and professional/trade associations. For the past 13 years he has been an adjunct professor, teaching board governance in the MBA program in University of Washington's Foster School of Business. He also lectures on nonprofit board governance in the UW's Evans School of Public Affairs and has written articles and given talks on board governance to a wide variety of audiences. He has chaired the board of two businesses: Washington Dental Service and Horizon House. He is Director Emeritus of HomeStreet Bank where he served for 23 years. He also served on the board of Adinfonitum, an early-stage company, and as Strategic Advisor, Montlake Capital. Currently he is Board Vice Chair, Horizon Home Care, Inc and serves on the Group Health Foundation board. Mr. McReynolds has served on more than 60 boards and has chaired many of them such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Eastern Washington University, the Washington State Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Seattle-King County Economic Development Council and has been president of organizations such as the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club and the Northwest Electric Light & Power Association. Currently, he is a Vice President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Chair of a statewide campaign promoting childhood immunization for the Group Health Foundation, Co-Chair of the Rainier Club's 125th Anniversary Celebration, and Vice Chair, Cascade Medical Center's Advisory Board in Leavenworth.
Eileen Odum is an Independent Director for Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., where she also serves as Audit Committee Chair, and for The Bostwick-Braun Company. Eileen's business career spans over 30 years with CEO, COO, President and other leadership roles in the Telecom and Investor-Owned Public Utility industries. She is an active, transformational leader with in-depth P&L, Operations, Regulatory, Merger Integration, Customer Relationship Management, Labor Relations and Organizational Culture Change expertise. From 2007 to 2010, Eileen served as EVP & Group CEO at NiSource, Inc. There she led the Northern Indiana Energy business unit, the State's largest Electric Generating & Gas Distribution Public Utility. Eileen implemented turn-around strategies that delivered significant improvements in electric generation reliability, public/customer perception, in company culture and she repaired a fractured relationship with the United Steel Workers. From 2004 to 2007, Eileen was EVP & COO at Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises where she led a strategic planning initiative that resulted in the very successful sale of the Company, while delivering benchmark financial and customer service results. From 2000 to 2004, Eileen served as President, National Operations for Verizon Communications. As a founding member of the Executive Team, she led Verizon's largest Business Unit with over 50,000 employees, including all customer-facing Operations, Logistics, and Assurance Call Centers. Eileen's unit achieved all of their financial and operational GTE/Bell Atlantic merger integration goals, delivering cost structure reductions of $1 Billion. She deployed cutting-edge, customer-facing technology & systems; improved customer satisfaction by 45% and employee satisfaction by 35%. Eileen co-led Verizon's post-9/11/2001 extensive network restoral & rebuild in New York and at The Pentagon. In 2013, Eileen completed a yearlong Fellowship at Harvard University's Advanced Leadership Initiative. Eileen has extensive Board and volunteer leadership experience with Business, Public Sector and NGO entities across the U.S. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration/Finance from the University of Washington. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Steve.
Susan Preston is the Managing Partner of the Seattle Angel Fund, committed to fostering entrepreneurial growth in the Pacific Northwest through early-stage investments, as well as Co-Manager for the Element 8 Fund, focused on cleantech investments. She is also the General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, which is focused on seed/start-up stage investments in clean energy technology. Susan has taught in the MBA program and is the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. Susan also serves as chair and a lead instructor for the Angel Resource Institute, a global investor and entrepreneur education organization. Susan is a world-recognized expert in angel financing and angel organizations. She is a national and international consultant and speaker on economic development, angel and venture financing for numerous countries and NGOs including the EU, OECD, USAID, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Australia, Industry Canada and EBAN. She was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for 6 years focusing on initiatives supporting the growth and success of women entrepreneurs and initiatives related to angel investing and angel organizations. Susan has held several board positions with public and privately held corporations, and has served on numerous non-profit boards. She has been profiled in Red Herring, Inc. magazine, Smart Money, Worth and other local and national publications; and has contributed to numerous nationally published articles on angel investing. Susan is the founder of Seraph Capital Forum, the first all-women's angel investment organization. Susan spent much of her earlier career in senior management positions in public and private companies, from general counsel to CEO. She was also a partner in two national law-firms, and is a licensed patent attorney.
Paul Reed currently serves as a director of six non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a Director of Lighthouse for the Blind, EarthCorps, and Social Venture Partners. In 2015, he stepped down from positions of CEO, CFO and Board Member of Door to Door Storage, Inc., a national provider of containerized storage and moving services, after serving eight years. His previous experience includes over thirty years as CEO, CFO, Director, venture capitalist and investment banker in a wide range of companies and industries.
Jim Tune is a member of the Keynetics, Inc. Board of Directors where he chairs the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. He is also a director of Puget Sound Bank where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Governance and Compensation Committee. He also serves on the boards of Washington Dental Service and Delta Dental of Washington where he chairs the Investment & Audit Committee, and the ArtsFund Foundation where he is the current board chair. Jim was President & CEO of ArtsFund (formerly Corporate Council for the Arts) from 2006-2011. He served as Managing Partner (CEO) of Bogle & Gates PLLC from 1986 - 2003; and Managing Partner Seattle Office, Stole Rives LLP from 2003-2005. Jim practiced corporate law for 31 years and served two terms on the ABA Section of Business Law's Committee on Corporate Laws. Listed in 2006 edition of Best Lawyers in America for corporate law expertise and named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics for seven consecutive years.