CEDC Staff


sprague [at] cowlitzedc.com
Ted has worked in the field of economic development for over 19 years. Since the year 2000, Ted has served as President of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council.During his tenure, the CEDC has helped to recruit over 2800 jobs and over one billion dollars in capital investment in Cowlitz County. Ted graduated from Washington State University. He is married and has three children aged 17, 15 and 13.

Vice President

walstra [at] cowlitzedc.com
Scot joined CEDC as Vice President in 2011. He works directly with Cowlitz County industrial and manufacturing firms to provide a variety of incentives for workforce  training, tax incentives, permitting, business recruitment/retention and growth. Scot retired from NW Natural Gas as Director of Business Development in 2006 after 26 years. In 2007, he joined the Port of Camas-Washougal as Director of Planning and Development where he managed development, acquisitions and leases for the Port's industrial park properties and general aviation airport for three and a half years. A Pacific Northwest native, Scot has served on many boards and community organizations throughout the Portland-Southwest Washington region.

Pathways 2020

youmans [at] cowlitzedc.com
Paul has 15 years experience managing Pathways 2020.  He is active in the community promoting Cowlitz on the Move, Lower Columbia College Head Start, Cowlitz Literacy Council, South Kelso Neighborhood Association, and the 2013 Cowlitz Community Report Card. Paul has a 10 year tenure on the Washington Commission for National and Community Service and is an advocate for AmeriCorps. Previous to his work with Pathways 2020, he served as director of the Coastal  Community Action Program in Aberdeen. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Education from Washington State University.

Special Projects

wilson [at] cowlitzedc.com
Joelle volunteers her time with the CEDC as an intern over special projects. She writes and produces "In the Loop", the CEDC's monthly newsletter. She also helps maintain the CEDC website, shares social media updates, writes press releases, takes photographs and helps promote  and publicize the many aspects of Cowlitz County which make it a great place to both live and do business.  Joelle has owned and operated a home-based business, centered around business writitng, for more than a decade, allowing her the freedom to volunteer at local schools, serve as a Kalama Library board member and act as a coach and mentor to local youth. Previously Joelle has worked creating ads for The Nickel and as a news correspondent for The Statesman Journal. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Brigham Young University. Joelle is married and has two teenage daughters.