WPPA 2017 Executive Committee

President – Karen Moore, Port of Ephrata

Karen Moore serves as commissioner for Ephrata’s Grant County Port District #9 since 2004.  She is a lifelong resident of Ephrata, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington State University in 1978.  Karen partners with her husband Mike, in his retail furniture business.  They have three grown children; their sons, Matt and Nick are the fifth generation in a 106 year family legacy to work at Moore Furniture. Her daughter Susan, husband and son live in Bellingham. Their three kids have given them six amazing grandchildren, just ask her!  Karen is the founding treasurer, and past president of FRIENDS OF ZANIKA, a 501(c)3 charity, in support of quality outdoor education for children.  Together with her friends from her camp counselor days, these ongoing charitable efforts have made significant capital improvements to Camp Zanika Lache on Lake Wenatchee.   Karen is a past WA State Parks boating safety instructor and certified diver.  Week long trips canoeing the Snake and Columbia rivers in her youth have transformed into powerboating on Lake Chelan most summer days.  She is past president of her local parish and parochial school boards.  Her leadership experience also includes advisor to the Ephrata High School vocational curriculum department, emergency substitute teacher, aid to special needs students, volunteer librarian, and music director for her college sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.   Karen enjoys life in small town Eastern Washington with a passion for international travel and the outdoors to keep a global perspective.  Karen is committed to economic development at the Port of Ephrata, and to giving other young Ephrata College graduates the opportunity to return home to prosper.  Since 2004 she has been part of infrastructure development at the Port of Ephrata, including new road construction to improve highway access, addition of a new power substation, resurfacing runways, creation of a designated glider runway, and ongoing preservation of WWII Army surplus aviation facilities.  Home to the Seattle Glider club and host to airplane acrobatic competitions, Ephrata and Karen’s back porch are a great place to enjoy watching both. She is an advocate of partnering with community and governmental agencies and believes in the way WPPA unifies the diverse needs of our vast state of Washington. She is honored to be a part of Washington Ports past and future.

Vice President – Troy Stariha, Port of Kalama

Troy Stariha has served as a Commissioner for the Port of Kalama since 2010. He also is currently serving as Chair on the Executive Committee for the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments. A long-time Kalama resident, he graduated from Kalama High School in 1989. Troy has worked at Kalama Auto Supply and Repair for 27 years and he purchased the business in 2003. Being a small business owner within his community helps him to understand the area’s desires and future needs on a personal level. His focus on economic development helps the port successfully create a balance of quality of life and family-wage jobs in the region. The Port of Kalama is an integral part of their community and Troy is proud to serve as a commissioner. Troy is the father of three boys and he has one grandchild. Much of his free time is spent attending his sons’ sporting events as well as coaching football, basketball, and baseball teams. Other hobbies include playing golf, watching NASCAR and attending community events.

Secretary – Don Meyer, Port of Tacoma

Don Meyer is the former Executive Director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority and a former Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Tacoma. He joined the Commission in 2010.  Meyer currently serves as Co-Chair of the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP), and also is on the Pierce County Regional Council, Washington Public Ports Association Executive Committee, South King County Transportation Board, Tall Ships Planning Committee, University of Washington Tacoma’s Urban Studies Advisory Board and Tacoma Waterfront Association. He is also a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Fife / Milton / Edgewood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.  He recently served on former Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Connecting Washington Task Force on transportation issues, is a member of Tacoma Rotary #8 and owns a small business in Pierce County.  Born and raised on a South Dakota farm, Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

Treasurer – Patsy Martin, Port of Skagit

Patsy Martin is the executive director of the Port of Skagit.  A Skagit County native, Patsy graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1979 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in geology at Western Washington University (WWU).  She received her master’s degree in political science and environmental studies from WWU in 1993.  Patsy began her port career in 1987 as property manager for the Port of Anacortes and eventually became environmental manager.  She left the Port of Anacortes in 1994 and started working for the Port of Skagit the following year.  Since then she has worked in a variety of capacities for the Port of Skagit and became executive director in 2007.  She is past president and board member of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Padilla Bay Foundation, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Skagit Land Trust, P.O.E Chapter H., Edison Lutheran Church Council, and Burlington Rotary.  Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County and Enduris Washington.  Patsy and her husband, Dan, live in Mt. Vernon and are the parents of two adult sons.

Past President – Roy Keck, Port of Benton

Roy Keck was elected to the Port of Benton Board of Commission in 2007 and was the president of the board for 2011 and 2012.  Roy is a native of Richland and attended Columbia Basin College, Washington State University and is a Leadership Tri-Cities graduate.  He is a retired Project Manager from Energy Northwest after 35 years in the nuclear power plant industry.  Roy and his wife, Becky, have four adult children and six grandchildren, all residing in the Tri-Cities along with his parents.  Roy is a community minded public servant and an active member of TRIDEC, the Richland Rotary, Richland Utility Advisory Committee, Richland Economic Development Committee, Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce and Richland Yacht Club.  Roy is an avid gear head (car, boat, motorcycle guy) and founder of the twenty-year old Tri-Cities Cool Desert Night car show event.  After his retirement he and his son built and operate a custom hot rod fabrication shop with adjacent commercial property at the Richland Airport.  Roy looks forward to the opportunities to advocate for future regional investment in energy research and its related infrastructure and jobs.

Past President – Troy McClelland

Troy McClelland, a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington, was elected to a second a six-year term as the District 1 Port of Everett Commissioner in 2015. McClelland is a native of Yakima, Washington and moved to Everett in 1992. He has broad business experience and demonstrated success ranges from leadership of small and large programs with start-ups to a fortune 500 Company. Most recently, before joining Synrad in 2015, a division owned by the technology company Novanta that serves industrial and medical markets, he was Chief Executive Officer for Economic Alliance Snohomish County from 2011 to 2015.  Additional business experience includes management of global business lines, marketing, service operations and procurement. Troy has an extensive military background. Navy roles have included facilities maintenance and contracting, management of new construction, Aide to the Navy’s Chief Engineer charged with management of the Navy’s global infrastructure, Commanding Officer for U.S. Navy Seabee Units including a Naval Construction Regiment and a Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit, and as the Director of Engineering for the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines where he directed a capital management program focused on humanitarian assistance infrastructure for the southern Philippines local populace.  As Port Commissioner, McClelland has been active in the Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Puget Sound Regional Council as well as being the President of the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County Board of Directors and a member of Snohomish County YMCA Board of Trustees.  Troy also serves on the Washington State University’s Advisory Council for the University Center of North Puget Sound. Troy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and received a Master of Science in Engineering (Civil) from the University of Washington School of Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.  He and his wife Nicole, a lifelong resident of Everett, have a young child and reside in Everett.

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