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.
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.
Community Engagement Director
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.
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.
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.
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.