Meet Our Board

leaders making a difference in the community

 
 
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Lisa Bryant

President

Lisa has over 25 years of experience at The Boeing Company where she has performed a variety of diverse roles including Finance, Sales and Marketing, Program Management and Import/Export Trade controls.  She has a baccalaureate degree in Accounting and Business from the University of Puget Sound and a Master in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Marisa Peloquin

vice president + secretary

Marisa has 30 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army, where she served in a variety of roles, including brigade and battalion command. Marisa holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Martin's University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University and currently serves on the University Place School Board.  She has been married to her husband, Michel Peloquin, for over 20 years, and they have two children, Gregory and Spencer.

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Kara Sandvik

Treasurer

Kara is a Commercial Banker in Tacoma for Wells Fargo and has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry.  She served as a board member for AWAIC, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Anchorage, Alaska. She contributes to Comprehensive Life Resources with her background in strategic planning and finance.

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Billie Otto

Board Member

Billie is the Chief Strategy and Risk Officer for Absher Construction and has over 25 years of experience in strategy, M&A, enterprise risk, and technology. Billie also services as an Independent Corporate Board Director, an advisory board member for higher education, and has many years of serving Tacoma/Pierce County non-profit organizations.

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Sean Whalen

Board Member

Sean has over 20 years of service to the Tacoma community working in schools and in community mental health. He currently owns a private practice providing consultation to parents and schools, and he is a registered counselor. His wife and two sons are happy to call Tacoma their home, and they enjoy getting out and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

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Erika Tucci

Board Member

Erika is the Community Affairs Manager for Tacoma Public Utilities and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. Erika has a strong passion for the Tacoma community - a place she's called home since 1997. In 2016, Erika was appointed to Governor Inslee's Serve Washington Commission, where she helps advocate for the advancement of corporate social responsibility programs state-wide.

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Shelley Koeppen

Board Member

Shelley currently works as a Management Analyst with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to that, she spent nearly 12 years with the City of Tacoma in Human Services Planning and Contracting. Shelley started her career in the nonprofit sector providing direct client care and then moved into local government and public service after earning her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington. She cares deeply about issues like homelessness and has focused much of her adult life on efforts to meet people's basic needs. Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, both at home and wherever their adventures take them. She loves hiking, reading, and traveling, and can often be found taking a walk around her neighborhood in an effort to be outdoors and keep physically active.

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Jeff Nolta

Board Member

Jeff grew up in Tacoma and has lived here for most of his life. He has a BA degree in Criminal Justice and has spent nearly 29 years in law enforcement, the first half of his career as a Patrol Officer and as a School Resource Officer. He has been a Detective for the past thirteen years. Jeff comes from a family dedicated to public service. His father established the Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy program, which began with a Comprehensive Mental Health program for “Crisis Clergy” in the 1970’s. By serving on the CLR Board, Jeff hopes to bring a unique perspective of a career spent dealing with people in crisis and an understanding of meeting their needs. Jeff has three grown children and enjoys building things and spending time outdoors with his wife.

 
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Echo Abernathy

Board Member

Echo has over 11 years of service working with youth in the non-profit sector. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in American Ethnic Studies. She is currently the Area Branch Director for several clubs with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound where she has worked in a variety of roles. Echo is a Tacoma native and enjoys giving back to her community as well as working with underserved youth from diverse walks of life. Echo’s passion for youth development led her to join the Comprehensive Life Resources Board where she would like to deepen her impact and knowledge in the field of mental. Echo loves spending her free time outdoors and on the water with her husband and life partner of 6 years, Mandel Abernathy.

 
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Timm Dowling

Board Member

Timm has made it his mission to unite people behind issues that move us forward together. He strives to bring out the best in organizations and people, as evidenced by his work ranging from equipping Fortune 500 companies with sophisticated philanthropy software to launching the Green Dot Violence Prevention Campaign at Washington State University. He believes volunteerism is activism and that the non-profit sector is the vehicle in which communities can exercise self-reliance efficiently and effectively.

Scott Handler

Board member

Scott is a Commercial Insurance Account Executive with The Partners Group, an independent insurance and financial services firm, specializing in working with business and nonprofit organizations to provide risk management and insurance solutions.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Washington Bothell with a concentration in Finance.  A resident of Washington for over 20 years, Scott is passionate about serving his community.  He also loves the outdoors and enjoys spending free time rock climbing, mountaineering and skiing.  He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lindsey.

Koree Wick

Board member

Koree is the Director of Administrative Services & Finance at West Pierce Fire & Rescue and has over 20 years of experience in local government. She has a baccalaureate degree in business from Eastern Oregon University, a Masters of Public Administration from University of Washington and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Koree has nearly a decade of experience serving as a Board Member and President of a local non-profit and is excited to begin service to CLR. She and her son call Tacoma home.

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Michael Newhouse

Board member

Michael and his wife Karen have made Tacoma and Pierce County their home for close to 4 decades. They have raised their 4 children in this area and are deeply invested in health and well-being of our community. The past 33 years he has been with the City of Tacoma Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic and he is currently the Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Michael received his BS in Fire Administration, with a minor in Communication, from Eastern Oregon University. His continuing desire to serve and the valuable role Comprehensive Life Resources plays in our community led Michael to join the Board of Directors.