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WPN Board Members

The WPN Advisory Board presents the monthly breakfast meeting. We encourage your feedback, so please see any Board Member if you have concerns, suggestions, or special needs.

President – Karyn Shaffer

Seeking Health
Executive Assistant to Dr. Ben Lynch
(360) 912-9601

Girl on the Go
(425) 495-3106

Karyn has spent most of her career in sales, leadership, and supporting roles, with a passion for training, mentoring and helping others. With over 20 years of Executive and Professional Assistant experience, and a desire to live a life in health, Karyn works in the health supplement industry at Seeking Health, where she brings her years of expertise of Executive support to Dr. Lynch and team, and is proud to work for a company who is committed to educate and help you improve your health by changing and optimizing lives.

Karyn is also an Independent Business Owner of Girl on the Go, offering Professional & Personal Assistant services and Event Planning for business and personal needs, with a wide variety of skills and experience for exceptional support to help you and your business succeed, keep you organized, and bring your events to life and make memorable!
Karyn is passionate about helping children and families, being involved in the community, volunteering, and women empowering women for personal and professional growth and fulfillment. Karyn believes in "Love Big, Be Kind, and Have Grace”, and living this each day.
After moving to Bellingham in 2016, Karyn has played an active role in the local community with volunteering for various organizations and leadership opportunities including; Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellingham, The Arthritis Foundation, SheJumps, is active in coordinating and organizing outdoor activities with various groups she is involved with, as well as serving one year on the Women’s Professional Network Board as Secretary Chair.

Karyn is originally from "Big Sky Country” and is a small town girl from Montana, and has come to call Bellingham her other home. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors and all that the PNW offers.

Treasurer - Julia Parker

First Federal
Assistant Vice President | Branch Manager
1270 Barkley Boulevard
Bellingham, WA 98226
T-360.714.6802 F-360.714.6818 | NMLS 583660
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ...Maya Angelou

Julia is our nurturing banker. She is committed to her employees, her customers and our Bellingham community she grew up in. Julia has always been dedicated to personalized customer service, and consistently champions a message and philosophy; "Banking is a people business, we help people meet their financial goals, needs, and must be intentional of our actions, and considerate of how our interactions make our customers feel”!

Julia’s dedication to service is complimented by her depth of knowledge of her industry. She has 31 years’ experience in retail banking, branch management, internal branch operations, real estate lending and is a licensed Mortgage Loan Officer.  She brings a broad background in developing, planning, and executing market driven sales, and remains committed to collaboration with her employees, customers and colleagues.

Networking Chair - Kathy Parks

KP Coaching
Kathy has spent most of her career working for one of the top 10 Most Admired Companies in the World, learning leading edge sales, leadership, coaching and training practices.  Since moving to Whatcom County, Kathy has started her own business as an Executive/Business Coach specializing in Sales, Leadership Development and Career Re-invention.  She is passionate about helping business professionals reach their highest potential and achieve the success they deserve.

Kathy has expertise in all things sales from helping small business owners and entrepreneurs to major account sales strategies and negotiations as well as international sales and acumen, adding millions of dollars to a company's bottom line.  As well, Kathy coaches new leaders to leapfrog the learning curve,
and can help in the development of high performing teams, employee engagement and retention.  She is especially excited to help women jumpstart their career or tackle upward mobility issues.

Kathy has an MBA from Purdue as well as a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching and is an Associate Certified Coach.  She is active in the community, volunteers, is on several Boards and even tries to golf on occasion.

Membership - Karen Reynolds

Ferndale, WA
As a long time business owner in Whatcom County, Karen was involved in the Commercial Fishing Industry,  Auto Body Paint and Repair Field and Graphic Arts previous to becoming an Independent Business Owner with ACN.  Currently she enjoys helping people get the best value on their essential services and while doing so feeding hungry kids in North America, as well a putting other business owners in a better position.  Her passion, however, is showing people how they can fulfill their dreams and live the life they deserve.

Family is number one in her life.....she has two awesome kids and kid-in-laws, two amazing grandsons and their significant others, and loves spending time with them.  Two must be her lucky number.  Karen enjoys doing stained glass and is, along with many other Washingtonians, an avid 12th Man Fan.

Publicity Chair – Crystal Tamcke King

NW Technology
Business Development

Crystal spent 17 years in the broadcast industry, after graduating from Western Washington University.  She worked for KVOS TV-12 for 11 years as a morning news anchor and reporter, and then moved to Richmond, Virginia where she reported and produced for the CBS affiliate WTVR Newschannel 6.  After returning to Bellingham she was the Circulation Marketing Manager for the Bellingham Herald and then transitioned to Cascade Radio Group as an Advertising Account Executive.  Nevertheless, the draw of writing and reporting added with being a self-proclaimed "newsy” eventually drew her back to broadcasting and KGMI News, where she co-anchored the morning news and Community Connection for nearly 4 years.

With her knowledge of the area, Crystal has turned her focus toward the tech industry, working in business development for NW Technology in Ferndale. NWTS boasts a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians that provide network-consulting services, implementation and system integration, maintenance and network management services, date security and a hosted private data center.

Crystal is a Whatcom County native who is one of those annoying people who give you driving directions by what used to be located in the vicinity. Although she left the area multiple times, Bellingham has a way of drawing you back.  Crystal loves the Pacific Northwest and believes it’s the best place in the world to raise a family.

Crystal has three amazing children, who she believes will help change the world.  Although they believe, she is putting a lot of pressure on them! Her youngest is in his first year of college, so if you see that wild I’ve forgotten something look in her eyes, it’s because she is now officially an empty nester.   Crystal and her husband of 32 years, along with a pride of cats and a crazy German Shepherd live on 5 acres in rural Whatcom County. 

Secretary Chair – Brandi Braley

Neighborhood Mortgage
(360) 389-6361
Brandi Braley is a mortgage loan advisor at Neighborhood Mortgage in Bellingham.  She received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Portland Community College, and then went on the get her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Portland State University.  Brandi has worked in the accounting field for 15 years, with 11 of those years working at the Alpha Group in Bellingham.  While with the Alpha Group, Brandi held numerous accounting positions including Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller, and Sr. Financial Analyst.  With her accounting background and her love for real estate, Brandi transitioned into becoming a Mortgage Loan Advisor in 2017.
Brandi spent 8 years moving around the country exploring the areas where she lived.  With her love of the PNW and her desire to be closer to her family, Brandi moved back to Bellingham in 2004, where she enjoys getting out and exploring all that the area has to offer.  When not in the office, you can find Brandi spending time with her family, traveling, or reading a good book.
Along with helping people purchase and refinance their homes, Brandi is also the Reverse Mortgage Specialist at Neighborhood Mortgage.  This role gives her the opportunity to work with seniors in the community to help them stay in their homes that they love.  Brandi feels that every moment is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.

Speaker Chair - Carolyn Gill

SpringHill and TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Carolyn Gill has been the Sales Manager for the SpringHill and TownePlace Suites hotels by Marriott since March 2014.  Carolyn has 3 primary responsibilities: 1) establishing discounted corporate rates for local companies that bring travelers to Bellingham, 2)  works with various groups who need a block of rooms ie. sports teams, wedding parties, family reunions, etc. and 3)  selling their meeting and event space.
Although Carolyn grew up in Washington, it wasn’t until she visited Bellingham in the late 1970s that she knew this is where she wanted to live, as she puts it, "once I was done sewing my "Wild Oats”.  She has been a Whatcom County resident since 1989.  During the course of her professional career, she has been an Executive Assistant working in both the private and public sectors and most recently before joining the hospitality industry she was an insurance agent in the health insurance industry for almost 10 years.
Carolyn has served as a Loaned Executive on the Whatcom County United Way campaign, as well as leading employer sponsored fundraising campaigns for the March of Dimes and United Way. She currently volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County as a presenter of the "CHOICES” program for local 8th grade classes and serves as an Ambassador for the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.
Anyone that knows Carolyn well would tell you she is truly a "go getter”.   She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, frequent outings to Seattle, traveling and spending time with her 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Gala Chair - Krista Jones

Mobile: 360-770-4736
Krista Jones has 8 years Mortgage Lending experience and over 20 years’ overall in Retail Banking. Her approach with clients is to get to know them on a personal level and uncover their home ownership objectives.  "Showing respect to my client means really listening to what is most important to them in order to offer the best solutions to what they are looking for. This develops trust, and in turn builds lasting relationships which is the foundation First Federal is built upon. I want to be your trusted Mortgage Advisor from your first home to your last home, and every step in between.”

Krista has served on several boards and organizations throughout the years, which include the SWAN (Skagit Women’s Alliance and Network) Rotary International, American Cancer Society and Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the WPN Board as Gala Chair.

Krista’s degree is in early childhood education. She is passionate about helping children and families’ reach their full potential. WPN’s commitment to the Lighthouse Mission Agape House for women and children, along with Lydia Place, cemented Krista’s desire to become a part of WPN. This commitment to serve the communities in which we live,  is also in line with her company (First Federal's) mission.

Faith and family are very important to Krista. She is married to her best friend Brad, and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Their family motto is "Happy, Happy, Happy”. Krista lives on a farm in rural Whatcom County and enjoys her various animals, gardening and hiking.


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