PAST CHAIR: Dr. Lisa Skari, Ed.D
Dr. Lisa Skari, Ed.D, is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Highline College, leading its marketing, recruitment, and development efforts. With 23 years of experience in higher education, she holds an Ed.D from Washington State and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. Her board experience includes the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce; Federal Way Rotary, past president; Advancing Leadership, past treasurer; YMCA, past president; and Washington’s Public Information Commission, past president. Skari’s achievements include: 2013 Communicator of the Year, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations; H.S. Warwick 2012 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education; and Business Examiner’s 2007 Woman of Influence- Rising Star.
CHAIR: Kim Zier
Kim has been the Director of Administration for Caffe D’arte, local, family- owned business recently relocated to Federal Way, for the last seven years. Prior to Caffe D’arte, she was Director of Administration at Wild Waves. Active in the community, she has served on the Board of Boys and Girls Club, Cascade Velocity, Federal Way School District Community Advisory Panel. Her volunteer activity has encompassed the Food Bank, Communities in Schools of Federal Way, the Multi Service Center, and a variety of community initiatives.
CHAIR ELECT: Mark Simms
VICE CHAIR: Mark Sims, LUTCF, is an Executive Council agent with New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of more than 11,000 licensed agents. Mark is committed to providing individuals, families, and businesses with life insurance, financial products, and services that meet their needs by keeping current with industry product trends and offering outstanding service. Mark has specialized training in Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning where he has earned a reputation of integrity and for showing concern for his clients.
TREASURER: Rudi Alcott
Rudi has been publisher of the Federal Way Mirror for the last 7 years. His goal is for the Mirror to be your local source for community news, as a watchdog of local government and an information source for all of the residents of Federal Way. Alcott has participated on many local boards including the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, Community Council and Boys and Girls Club.
Lori is Vice-President of Business Development at Laurus Financial Group. She holds a certification in Project Management, an AA in Business Management and is an Advancing Leadership 2010 alumni. Santamaria’s board and volunteer highlights include: Federal Way Chamber, immediate past Chair; FUSION board member; MSC Crab Feed, past chair; Olympic Dive Trials Liaison, TJHS Stage Manager and numerous other non-profit endeavors. She often serves as a coordinator and bartender for fund-raising events. Santamaria’s recognitions include: 2007 5th Avenue Stage Crew of the Year, 2013 Bob Wroblewski Servant Leadership Award, 2014 Kiwanis Everyday Hero (community involvement) and the 2014 Soroptimist Woman of Distinction.
Krista Christensen, MBA
Kara is the Administrative Director for the Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center, and has been a Federal Way resident for more than a decade. She is passionate about healthcare and has been working to improve and support the health and well-being of community members throughout her 20-year healthcare career. In her role at Virginia Mason Federal Way, Krista oversees all operations for this multi-specialty medical and surgery center to ensure exceptional healthcare delivery and quality, as well as the development of community relationships that promote the health of the community. Prior to her position at Virginia Mason, Krista held a variety of leadership roles at UW Medicine and Highline Medical Center.
Bob Roegner of Roegner Consulting, consults to governments on management and human resources. Roegner serves on the board of trustees for Highline College, Chair of the King County Personnel Board, and writes a column for the Federal Way Mirror. Former board member Boys and Girls Club, St. Francis Fellowship and Friends of the Hylebos. Formerly, he served as Mayor of Auburn, President of the Suburban Cities Association and the Association on of Washington Cities. Former Director of Records and Elections for King County and Chief Deputy County Assessor.
Dr. Tammy Campbell
Dr. Tammy Campbell serves as Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools. In her most recent role as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching in the Renton School District, Dr. Campbell oversaw all learning and teaching functions including curriculum, assessment, special education, instructional technology, Title, LAP, CTE and supervision of schools. She received her doctoral degree and superintendent’s certification from Washington State University, Dr. Campbell also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, a principal certification from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Minot State University. Additionally, she attended the Harvard Institute for Superintendents.
Doug has been the Vice President/Manager of the South King County Commercial Banking Center for Banner Bank since January of 2007. His teams are responsible for commercial and business development as well as loan production from Banner’s Federal Way, Kent and Renton offices. In addition to the Federal Way Chamber, Hedger is currently the Treasurer of the Stadium High School Booster Club, a member of the board of the Patrick Gass Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and is President-Elect for 2015-2016 for the Rotary Club of Federal Way. He formerly served as Treasurer of the board of Child Care Aware of Washington and Treasurer of the board of the White River Valley Museum. Hedger is a retired United States Air Force Reservist with two successful combat deployments.
Erin has been an active supporter of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce’s mission since first locating here in 1980. Over the years, Colwell has served several terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, serving as Chairperson twice. Professionally, Colwell, a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), has worked in HR and staffing services for most of her career. For the past 7 years, she has been a senior job developer at Orion Industries. Colwell is the President of the Washington State Business Leadership Network, Programs Director for the South King County HR Association and Programs Chair for the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary.
Dan has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments since opening the first Jones office in Federal Way in 1992. He has earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation from the College for Financial Planning. Altmayer served on Active Duty in the US Army until 1992, then continued to serve in both the Washington Army National Guard and the US Army Reserve. He retired as a Major with 24 years of service in 2004. He has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Altmayer was appointed to the Highline College Board of Trustees in 2008, was reappointed in 2013 and serves as the College Board Chair for the 2014-15 academic year. A past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, he recently served as the Vice President of the Highline College Foundation where he co-chaired the capital campaign to build Highline’s Marine Science Technology Center. In 2008 he was recognized by the Council for Resource Development (CRD) with the Outstanding Volunteer Campus Impact Award.
Cindy is an account manager with First American Title, providing title insurance and real estate closing services. A long- time resident of Federal Way, she is devoted to the success of the region, having lived and worked in our community for many years. Active in the community, she volunteers with FUSION and the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 366. She is a member of Toastmasters as well as a variety of local and national networking groups.
Kabal is the chef/owner of East India Grill, known in the Puget Sound region for its open kitchen and fresh ground herbs and spices. An accomplished chef, he previously owned Chutneys, voted “Best Restaurant in Seattle” by the Seattle Times in 1996. His Edmonds restaurant, Sahib, was recognized by the Seattle Times as the “Best Summer Restaurant” in 1998 and a “Top Ten Restaurant” in 2003.
Robin is the CEO of the Multi-Service Center and has been employed by MSC since 2001. She is committed to helping further the mission of MSC by helping people to “achieve greater independence and discover the power of their choices”. Corak has 17+ years of experience in non-profit management and was the first person in the state of Washington to achieve the Certified Community Action Professional designation. Robin has served on many boards and committees, including but not limited to: Federal Way Advancing Leadership, Communities in Schools of Federal Way, South King County Council of Human Services and the Kent Rotary Club. She is currently a mentor through Communities in Schools of Federal Way and is a co-facilitator for Advancing Leadership Youth 2.0.