Advisory Council Tri-Cities

The Advisory Council for Washington State University Tri-Cities (ACT) is comprised of business, civic, and education leaders as well as alumni who have a strategic interest in WSU Tri-Cities. The members are appointed by the University President. The Advisory Council’s primary mission is to foster closer ties between WSU Tri-Cities, its alumni, plus the community, region, and state. The Advisory Council meets monthly, coordinated through the Office of the Chancellor.

Advisory Council Tri-Cities Members

Fran Forgette, Chair

Attorney, Rettig Rorgette Iller Adamson

Biography

Francois X. Forgette served on the WSU Board of Regents from May 2005 through March 2014. He is a partner with the Tri-City law firm of Rettig Forgette Iller Adamson which he joined in 1977. His full-time practice includes business, real estate, agriculture, insurance defense and health care and related mediation and civil litigation. He is a Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Member. Fran has also been actively involved in Tri-City education issues. He was named Tri-Citian of the Year in 2001 for his community service. He received the first Proud to be a Lawyer “Hero Award” from the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in 2000 and the WSBA Board of Governors annual Award for Professionalism in 2001. He was named Kennewick Man of the Year for 2001.

Fran graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1970 and the University of Washington in 1974 with a B.A. in English Literature. He then attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane where he graduated with honors in 1977. He and his wife Debbie live in Kennewick and have two sons, Joseph and Patrick.

Biography

Carl Adrian has been the CEO and President the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) since September 2003. TRIDEC is the leading economic development organization for Benton and Franklin Counties. It offers businesses interested in expanding to the Tri-Cities area the most comprehensive and business-specific assistance available in the region. Adrian comes to TRIDEC from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area of Iowa, where he served as President of the Cedar Valley Economic Development Corporation since 1994. Prior to accepting the position with Cedar Valley EDC, Adrian served as the President of the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, Inc. based in Casper, Wyoming and before that was Vice President of the Quad-City Development Group in the Quad-City area of Iowa and Illinois.

Adrian is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Economic Geography and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Geography from the University of Iowa.

Steven Ashby

Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Biography

Dr. Steven Ashby has served as the Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) since April 2015. He is responsible for establishing the Laboratory’s vision and setting its strategic direction. Under his leadership, PNNL’s exceptional staff are advancing the frontiers of science and addressing complex challenges in energy, the environment, and national security. In particular, the Laboratory is providing national leadership in climate science, the power grid, nuclear nonproliferation, and environmental remediation.

Dr. Ashby previously served as PNNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology, and was responsible for integrating PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to meet national needs.

Before joining PNNL in 2008, Dr. Ashby spent nearly 21 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), ultimately serving as Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science and Technology. He previously oversaw the activities of the 500-person Computing Applications and Research Department. Dr. Ashby was the founding director of LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing, which was established in 1996 and has since matured into one of the world’s premier scientific computing research organizations.

In 2013, Dr. Ashby was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the mathematics section for “exceptional technical contributions and scientific leadership in applied mathematics and computational science, particularly the development of novel numerical methods and robust software for parallel computers, as well as for exemplary service to the field of computational science and engineering.” He also was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2013.

He holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from the Santa Clara University. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dave Bond

Superintendent, Kennewick School District

Biography

Dave Bond has led the Kennewick School District as its superintendent since 2008, effectively managing the financial health and operations of the largest district in southeastern Washington while meeting the educational needs of its more than 19,000 students.

Mr. Bond joined the district in 2001, serving as assistant superintendent for secondary education and principal of Kamiakin High School before becoming superintendent.

He announced this spring that he plans to retire in 2020.

Mr. Bond, who also previously served as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal in Richland schools, has a master’s degree in educational administration from Seattle Pacific University and a superintendent’s credential from Washington State University.

He and his wife, Carmen, are proud of their three children, all Kamiakin High graduates.

Sharon Brown

Washington State Senator

Biography

Senator Sharon Brown represents the 8th Legislative district, located in the Tri-Cities. Brown is a state and national leader on energy issues, and is the Senate’s leading advocate for nuclear power. She is active on international trade, economic development and small business issues. She has also been instrumental in crafting and advancing the Legislature’s efforts to address suicide prevention and the state’s mental health system.

Brown served as Vice President Pro Tempore (2014-16) and is currently Deputy Leader of the Republican Caucus. She served 22 years as a business attorney before being elected to the Kennewick City Council in 2009. In 2010, she was elected Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Kennewick, where she focused on increasing job growth in the city. An active member of the Tri- Cities community, Brown was appointed to the Washington State Senate by the Benton County Commission and assumed office on February 4, 2013. She was elected to serve a full term in November of 2014, and re-elected to a second full term in 2018.

Brad Fisher

Senior Vice President & Branch Director, RBC Wealth Management

Biography

Brad Fisher has served as the branch director and financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management since July 2006. Prior to this position, he was a financial advisor and branch office manager at Piper Jaffray for 21 years.

A native of the Tri-Cities, Fisher has been actively involved in community service in the area and is a former Mayor and councilmember of the City of Kennewick. He presently serves on the board of directors of the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) and as a member of Tri-Cities Evolution, a local governance task force. Past service includes as a board member of the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, the Columbia Basin College Foundation, co-chairman of the Tri-Cities Goodwill Games Organizing Committee and member of Richland Rotary. Fisher attended the University of Washington and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University in 1979.

His engagement at WSU includes service as Chair of the Advisory Council at WSU Tri-Cities, as Trustee of the WSU Foundation and as a board member of the Tri-Cities Cougar Club.

He and his wife Jennifer have four children and two grandchildren and reside in Richland.

John Fulton

President & CEO, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, Retired

Biography

John Fulton was the President and Chief Executive Officer for CH2M Plateau Remediation Company in Richland. The project is a $5.8 billion, 10-year contract, and the mission includes decommissioning and remediating the Hanford site’s Central Plateau, 100K Area, and site groundwater.

John has 40 years of experience leading operations and projects, including 33 years in U.S. Department of Energy nuclear project management. He has managed multi-billion-dollar programs, improved safety performance, and ensured cost-effective project completion on schedule and within budget. Previous assignments include the Idaho Cleanup Project, Miamisburg Closure Project, Hanford Tank Farms Contract, and Washington Closure Hanford. Most recently, he served as the as Senior Vice President for the CH2M Nuclear Business Group, providing direction and leadership for all of the DOE projects managed by CH2M across the United States, as well as all other CH2M HILL liabilities management projects for North America and Asia.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University. He was born and raised near Benton City.

George Garlick

President & CEO, George Garlick Enterprises

Biography

George Garlick is the President and CEO of George Garlick Enterprises. He has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1962, when he accepted a position at Hanford Laboratories. He began teaching 30 local students who were working on their Master’s degree. In 1967 and with the approval of Battelle, he became Director of the Center for Graduate Study, where he raised funds to build the first campus of what is now Washington State University Tri-Cities campus. While in the position Garlick established the first faculty recognition, student graduation recognitions and the first ability for local students to meet the residency requirements at WSU. Through his work at George Garlick Enterprises he has developed and formed companies related to real estate development primarily in the Tri-Cities Science and Technology Park for which he was one of the founding members in 1990. The 600,000 sq. ft. Stevens Center Business Park provides facility support to assist the local major companies in meeting their objectives on the Hanford Project. This Park also includes a Montessori School, Corporate Fitness Center, lakes and recreational areas. Garlick is also active in many community boards and committees, including the Tri-City Chaplaincy, CREST and TRIDEC, and he was named Tri-Citian of the Year in 2007. He also founded the Gloria Meek Garlick Foundation in honor of his sister-in-law who passed away from cancer. The Foundation will provide medical imaging systems manufactured in the Tri Cities for use by underserved peoples.

Garlick earned his Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Solid State Physics from Iowa State University.

Laurie Hollick

Vice President of Contracts and Procurement, AECOM

Biography

Laurie Hollick is Vice President of Contracts and Procurement for AECOM’s ~ $5 Billion Management Services Nuclear and Environment Strategic Business Unit (N&E), located in Aiken, South Carolina.  Laurie provides contract administration and procurement management leadership for federal and commercial contracting throughout all phases of the acquisition process, from strategy development through the opportunity phase, contract award, performance and closeout.

In addition, she operates as Chief of Staff for AECOM’s Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC, (WRPS) which manages the Hanford Tank Operations Contract for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Richland, WA. She is also responsible for WRPS Human Resources, Employee Concerns, Communications and Public Relations.

Laurie has held several corporate senior leadership roles in large nuclear energy and environmental management programs and projects for AECOM’s legacy companies, spanning:

–  Government contract management and negotiations for U.S. and international projects

  • Management of corporate level and DOE site business and infrastructure support services, and
  • Management of strategic business development initiatives, planning and operations.

 

Laurie began her career with the Westinghouse Advanced Reactors Division in marketing and later in program control.  She managed engineering administration for the Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division and was the proposal manager for Westinghouse’s first successful bid to manage and operate the DOE’s Savannah River Site.

She is a summa cum laude graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Writing and Business Administration.  She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Laurie currently serves on the Board of the Association of Washington Businesses and the Washington State University Advisory Council Tri-Cities.

Patrick Jensen

Chief Executive Officer, Cadwell Industries, Inc.

Reza Kaleel

Chief Executive Officer, Kadlec Health System

Biography
Reza has served as Chief Executive for Kadlec since January 2019. He originally joined the Kadlec team in July 2016 as Chief Administrative Officer for Kadlec Regional Medical Center, relocating with his wife and daughter from Grand Junction, Colorado, where he served five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Reza has worked in healthcare administration since 1997, beginning his career in strategic planning and finance before steadily working his way up through various leadership roles in health system operations. Prior to living in Colorado, he spent 20 years in San Antonio, Texas, most recently serving as Administrator for a hospital in the CHRISTUS system. Over the course of his career, Reza has enjoyed the challenge of bringing diverse groups of talented and committed people together to solve important challenges and feels that working in health care is a lifelong career calling. Reza holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mark Lindholm

President and Project Manager, Washington River Protection Solutions

Biography

Mark Lindholm is President and Project Manager for Washington River Protection Solutions(WRPS), where he leads the remediation of radioactive and hazardous waste tanks at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.

Prior to being named president, Lindholm served as WRPS’ Chief Operating Officer, concentration on production operations, waste retrievals, small projects execution and capital project execution, including the associated engineering functions. He has more than 30 years of experience in government nuclear facilities operations.

Before joining WRPS, Lindholm was the manager of commissioning, readiness and operations at Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant, leading a team of nearly 300AECOM employees. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Idaho Cleanup Project and previously held a senior role at WRPS as the manager of Single-Shell Tank Retrieval and Closure from 2008 to 2010.  In addition to his experience at the Department of Energy’s Idaho and Hanford cleanup sites, he held a number of management positions at the Savannah River Site from 1989 to 2007.

Lindholm holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental and hazardous material management from the University of Maryland.

Wayne J. Martin

Interim Chief Operating Officer, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, retired

Biography

Dr. Wayne J. Martin is the Interim Chief Operating Officer for the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is responsible for capability and staff development, including staff recruiting, retention, project management and expert delivery processes, and facilities, infrastructure, and operations within the directorate. PNNL’s National Security Directorate provides the science and technologies to support the detection of weapons of mass destruction, help the United States manage its nonproliferation treaties, and secure our nation’s borders.

Dr. Martin has contributed to a variety of basic and applied research areas including environmental remediation, contaminant fate and transport, geologic sequestration, and water treatment. His research interests focus on projects related to hazardous, toxic, and radioactive wastes designed to increase understanding of contaminant migration within the environment.

At PNNL since 1978, Dr. Martin has served as line manager, researcher and principal investigator, product line manager, and project manager for projects related to environmental science and national security. He was recently the Director of the Project Management Office responsible for overseeing risk mitigation, implementation, and the safety and success of more than 100 research projects in the chemical, biological, and nuclear surety and signatures sciences.

Dr. Martin is a strong advocate for nurturing and influencing young people in taking on scientific and technological endeavors. He mentors graduate students at PNNL and strongly encourages staff to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities for students in the local community. He is a past recipient of PNNL’s prestigious Laboratory Director’s Award (Fitzner-Eberhardt Award) for his outstanding contributions to science and engineering education.

Dr. Martin has given numerous technical, social, and educational presentations, and has authored more than 35 publications in science journals, conference proceedings, and government and private documents. He has received numerous awards, but considers one of the most significant to be being named the 2011 Washington State University Tri-Cities Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

He received a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University, an M.S. in Radiological Sciences with an emphasis in environmental transport from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a minor in Chemistry from Washington State University

Brent Ridge

Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer, Energy Northwest

Biography

Brent Ridge joined Energy Northwest in 2002 and currently holds the position of Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In this capacity, he is responsible for finance, treasury, enterprise risk management, asset management, human resources, supply chain, information services, and energy services and development which is responsible for the development of innovative energy solutions for utilities and the operation of hydro, wind and solar generation assets. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board for Columbia Generating Station.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brent was the asset manager, controller and chief risk officer. He was also the manager of Construction and Maintenance Services, responsible for nuclear plant modifications, outage and on-line major maintenance, facilities and commercial engineering.

Before joining Energy Northwest, Brent was a manager for a construction company specializing in municipal water treatment plants, and industrial installations at U.S. military facilities.

Brent is currently a member of the Chancellors Advisory Council for Washington State University Tri-Cities and the local United Way Board. He is a past member of the Tri-City Development Council Board of Directors, March of Dimes Board and former Chairman of the Board of Columbia Industries.

Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho, and a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University. He also completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho.

Energy Northwest is a joint operating agency serving the needs of public power by providing reliable, low-cost electricity while promoting public power activities in the region. It has received numerous awards and recognition for its hiring of veterans, employee philanthropy and community service. Energy Northwest was also recognized by the Association of Washington Business as the “2016 Employer of the Year” for its innovative job retention, creation and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.

Ray Robinson

CEO & President, RKR, Inc.

Biography

 An excellent education facilitated many challenging, rewarding and mostly fun work experiences that are continuing.
Ray’s education, BS, ChE (UT-Austin), MBA (U of WA), and Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering (MIT), together with some very dedicated and helpful leaders and mentors opened many doors of opportunity along the way. His jobs have spanned a broad range including that of managing a 2,000-employee Exxon company with a broad reach world-wide. He has been co-owner, co-founder and managing director of six start-ups and a director and senior executive of three multi-national companies and one regional company. He has three patents and is currently working on a fourth patent application.  He has been honored as a representative of the many local community volunteers with the 1999 Tri-Citian of the Year designation and one national recognition as a nuclear materials expert. Working closely with WSU President Sam Smith and his leadership team, Ray, along with enthusiastic local leaders helped WSU get state approval for and then launch WSU Tri-Cities. Ray his spouse, Marilyn, have been active in WSU Tri-Cities’ Advisory Councils nearly continuously since inception with Ray serving as Vice-Chair and then Chair of the first Council and both served among the first Tri-Cities’ WSU Foundation Trustees.  Their 33-year old “management and technology best practices” company, RKRI, uses a teaming approach with U.S. subject matter experts from throughout the U.S. to solve challenging problems for public, private and government entities.

Biography

Kevin W. Smith became manager of the Office of River Protection (ORP) in December 2012.  Kevin is responsible for management of two of the largest projects in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management portfolio, the Tank Farms and Waste Treatment Plant projects, and an annual budget of $1.4B.  As manager, he leads a federal and support service staff of ~250 employees and oversees ~5,000 contractor employees and their mission activities.    

Smith’s career spans 40 years with a number of senior leadership positions with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.  Prior to his current role, Smith served as manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Site Office (LASO).  As the manager, he was responsible for administering the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations (M&O) contract and federal activities on the site.  These responsibilities included oversight of security, quality assurance, environmental compliance, health, safety, nonproliferation missions, national security missions, and nuclear operations.

His previous positions since joining DOE in 2004 include acting manager of NNSA’s Kansas City Plant, deputy manager of the Y-12 NNSA Site Office, and assistant manager for the Nuclear Material Stabilization Project at the Savannah River Site with responsibility for oversight of the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Prior to joining DOE, Smith served in the U.S. Air Force in a number of capacities including as Air Combat Command’s Director of Safety where he was responsible for the flying, weapons, and industrial safety programs for ~100,000 personnel.  He also served as an
F-16 fighter squadron commander, deputy chief of staff for operations for U.S. Forces Korea, and the commander of 49th Operations Group at Holloman Air Force Base NM.  He flew a number of aircraft to include the F-4, F-16, and the F-117 Stealth Fighter.

A native of Olympia, Washington, Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in physics.  He also holds a bachelor degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in management, from Troy State University.  He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Richland, Washington.

Tom Yount

Executive Vice President, EnergySolutions

Biography

Tom Yount has served as Executive Vice President of the Engineering and Technology Group for EnergySolutions since August 2008. Prior to this assignment, Tom was the Senior Vice President and Project Manager for the Western Operations of the Engineering and Technology Group.

Tom joined EnergySolutions through the acquisition of British Nuclear Group America in 2006. While with BNGA, he served in various senior management and leadership positions. Prior to working for BNGA, Tom worked 10 years for Westinghouse Hanford Co. in a variety of waste management programs.

Tom is one of the founding Board Members for the Washington State STEM Education Foundation and remains active on the STEM board. He graduated from Washington State University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Construction Management and a minor in Economics.