CEDC Staff


sprague [at] cowlitzedc.com
Ted has worked in the field of economic development since 1995. 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 grown children.

Vice President

cope [at] cowlitzedc.com
Most recently, Lindsey was the Project Manager at the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, but Lindsey grew up in Kelso/Longview area, attending school from Butler Acres Elementary to Lower Columbia College. As someone who lives here, works here and raises a family here she is passionate about the future of our community.  Lindsey has demonstrated her ability to bring the community and business together through membership, networking, volunteerism, creative collaboration and event planning. Throughout the years, Lindsey has been a volunteer cheerleading coach, an active member in the Longview American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Lower Columbia Professionals raising funds for scholarships for local students, on the Education Foundation Committee, as well as participating in many functions for local nonprofit organizations. She is experienced in successful social media and marketing campaigns and is an avid community champion.   

Executive Board

mikeakarnofski [at] gmail.com
Mike has been a Board member for over 20 years, an Executive Board member for over 10 years and twice served as Board Chair.  As a volunteer he represents CEDC on the 432/433 Intersection Project and provides other support and representation as needed.  Mike has extensive experience in economic development, including his 37 years with Weyerhaeuser, 6 years as a Cowlitz County Commissioner, presently as a member of the Kelso City Council.  He  has a BS and MS from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Portland.

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.