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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 - Silvia Reed

Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce
Foundation and Business Development Director
Phone 360-428-8547 / Cell 360-305-0895
 
As the Mount Vernon Chamber Foundation and Business Development Director, Silvia works closely with Foundation partners including Skagit Valley College, Northwest Workforce Council, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Skagit STEM leading the Foundation efforts in providing internship, job shadows and apprenticeship opportunities for Skagit County students. In 2017 her grant and alternative funding sources research and application lead to the expansion of Chamber/Foundation programs. In addition Silvia leads the team to keep the Mount Vernon Chamber membership strong and involved. 
  
Previously Silvia was the Events Coordinator for the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & industry and was in charge of the planning and operations of all existing Chamber fundraising, networking and education events as well as some of Whatcom County largest community and business events including the Jr. Ski to Sea Parade, Jr. Ski to Sea Race, Blossomtime Parade, Haggen Family 4th of July, Chamber Golf Classic, Annual Awards Dinner; among others.
  
As a 2016 Leadership Whatcom Alumni, Silvia is actively involved in the local community.  She has served 4 years on the Women’s Professional Network Board including one year as the Publicity Chair, one year as Co-President / Interim Publicity Chair and two years as President.

Treasurer - Kathy Parks

KP Coaching
360.325.6214
www.kpcoaching.com
 
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.

Christine Jenkins

Barlean's
360.319.4637
 
With more than 15 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Christine is passionate about the Bellingham community and serves on several boards in addition to the Women’s Professional Network – including Mayor appointed Bellingham Tourism Commission, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Board, City of Bellingham Lodging Tax Allocation Committee and Charter College Hospitality Advisory Committee. Christine has been on the WPN Board for almost a decade and is passionate about women helping women and empowering towards professional and personal growth.

Christine is a Western Washington University graduate with a BA in Communications and Minor in Journalism. She’s happily married to her husband and high school sweetheart of more than 20 years. Christine loves to travel, attend concerts, spend time with family and friends and to live each day to the fullest.

Membership - Karen Reynolds

ACN
Ferndale, WA
360.296.1956
Email
http://karenreynolds.acnrep.com
 
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 - This Position is Open. Apply Now!


Secretary – Karyn Shaffer

Barlean’s
360-603-5658
Email

Karyn has spent most of her career in sales, leadership, and supporting roles, with a passion for training, mentoring and helping others.
 
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 enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the great outdoors in the PNW!

Speaker Chair - Carolyn Gill

SpringHill and TownePlace Suites by Marriott
360.526.2351
Email
  
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

First Federal
Mortgage Loan Officer
First Federal, Bellingham Market
NMLS: 946261
Mobile: 360- 684-4128
Fax: 360-714-6818
  
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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