Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Matt Martin was born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Normal, Illinois. He moved to the Pacific NW in 1989. He graduated Oregon State University in 1995. Matt moved to Mukilteo in 1999 and opened his State Farm Insurance office in 2000. He has been with State Farm for 24 years.
Matt is married and has two daughters. Matt has served on the YMCA board for 10 years and is currently on their Endowment committee. He was the charter Vice-Chair of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association. He has been a member of the Mukilteo Chamber and served on the board of directors since 2000. He is currently serving his 5th term as Chairman Of The Board.
He is a Past President and member of Mukilteo Kiwanis. He is President of the Mukilteo Police Department Association and a Mukilteo Police Department volunteer.
Vice Chair of the Board
I remember how difficult the college application process was when I was in high school. I was overwhelmed by the number of choices, the different applications and what I needed to do in terms of financial aid. There are a lot of great high school counselors, but I did not have one of them.
I was at the receiving end of some poor advising and it cost me time and money. (Even if you have one of the great counselors, Washington State has one of the worst counselor-student ratios in the United States.) My experience sparked me to help other students.
I worked as a private college admissions advisor, and then as an international student advisor at a community college. I completed a Master’s degree in Education and then opened my practice as an independent college admissions advisor.
I live in the great City of Mukilteo with my husband and two Golden Retrievers. I am an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo. Working with students and being involved in my local community is where I thrive.
Bookkeeping and has been in business since 2010. Although she has an office in downtown Snohomish, she has many clients (businesses) in the Mukilteo area and has been an active member of the Chamber for six years and enjoys the business community and all that it has to offer.
Accuracy Plus Bookkeeping is a full service that offers extensive office management and operations, such as full charge bookkeeping, year-end reporting and quarterly ayroll/excise taxes. Sherri enjoys traveling with Frank, spending time with family, including two grandsons, and recently adopted a new puppy named Maxwell.
Marilyn has more than 25 years working in the IT world with both large and small systems. In the corporate world, she focused on identifying the system needs and implementation process for the company. She then wrote the training and user manuals for the new systems, and facilitated employee training.
She and her family spent six years in Europe (Italy and Belgium) where she taught computer classes to Department of Defense, Department of State, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nation dependents. While in Belgium, Marilyn also worked as a web developer for the Department of State, US Mission to the European Union.
Here in Washington she is active in the community and enjoys using her organizational and project management skills volunteering with local non-profit organizations. Marilyn specializes in developing easy-to-understand user manuals and enjoys teaching small groups and individuals. On the web design side, she caters to small businesses, non-profits and youth oriented groups. She holds a degree in Web Development and is both a Microsoft and Adobe Certified Trainer.
Paul Bertrand Ellis, President and Managing Director, Ellis Wealth Management is an accomplished 25 year financial industry veteran.
In addition to various investment and insurance licenses, he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) through IMCA and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his practice, Paul provides a values-based approach focusing on high net worth wealth management. Professional service and open communication make Paul a personal advocate and passionate client portfolio director.
Paul is an active member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, and member of the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. His volunteer activity has included serving as Co-Chair of the U.W Foster School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Development, and Past-President of the Office of Minority Affairs Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program at the University of Washington.
Paul participates in various local community projects and initiatives. Seattle Magazine and Five Star Professional named Paul to The Best Wealth Managers List for the 5th time in 2017 and was named among America’s Most Honored Professionals by American Registry.
Director of Member Services
Janet Hammerman is a Public Relations specialist for locally owned and operated Brand Builder Media. Brand Builder Media uses innovative and customized strategies to help build your business by getting your name out there using a blend of traditional and modern media outlets.
Director of Business Affairs
As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to understand what clients are working towards. I can help determine the most appropriate financial and retirement savings strategy for more options at retirement. My Edward Jones career began in 2012 as a financial advisor in Mukilteo.
As a 2002 graduate of Central Washington University, I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management. In 2014 I participated in the Edward Jones Future Leader’s program and was recently appointed as a Field Trainer to help new financial advisors.
My wife Angel and I have two daughters. I have lived in Snohomish County since 1979. I enjoy golfing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Adrian Ramirez has been in the restaurant business since the age of 17. His first taste of the culinary world was in May 1999 as a dishwasher at Harbor Pointe Golf Club. Within a year he became a line cook, which ignited his passion for the kitchen.
He attended Sno-Isle tech school and quickly discovered his place was in-fact in the kitchen. working at two separate jobs as line cooks–Harbor Pointe Golf Club and the upscale Amici Bistro.
In 2004, he became Harbor Pointe Golf Club’s Sous Chef. In 2007, he became their Executive Chef.
As one of the Red Cork Bistro’s Co-Owners, Adrian brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for the kitchen providing high quality cuisine to Mukilteo.
Adrian is also very community oriented and actively participates in local events and fundraisers when time permits.
Steve grew up in the Bellevue area and has lived in Kirkland since 1978. He graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering.
As an engineer with Kpff he designed many commercial developments in the Puget Sound region and Technology Corridor, north of Bothell, before moving into Real Estate development. He spent over 20 years involved in residential and commercial development within Harbour Pointe with Harbour Pointe Limited Partnership.
Beginning in 2005, relocating and restoring 11 – 1923 craftsman homes, in north Everett, kept him quite busy before engaging in real estate work for the Port of Everett in 2009. He currently manages the Marine Terminals capital improvement projects for the Port of Everett. Most free time is spent outdoors hiking, skiing, fishing or playing tennis.
Lorie Lauzon grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She attended two years at the University of Victoria, then transferred to Seattle Pacific University studying Merchandising, Design and Business. Lorie returned to Victoria and began a career as a Manager in the Retail industry, later taking her to Calgary, AB for seven years. She married and internationally transferred back to Seattle as a Manager Trainer for the Footlocker Groups.
In 2002, Lorie began her career in Retail Banking as an Assistant Branch Manager with Horizon Bank. Lorie joined the Columbia Bank team in 2010, opening the first Snohomish County branch in Everett. Lorie, AVP Branch Manager, has been at the Evergreen Way Columbia Branch for 8 years. Her primary role is Small Business Lending. She prides herself in relationship building while providing both short and long term solutions for financial needs. Columbia Bank is dedicated to the communities it serves and has been a member of the Mukilteo Chamber for close to 10 years. Lorie has been on the board since 2016 and is involved in a number community service driven initiatives both with the Chamber and with Columbia Bank.
Lorie enjoys spending time with her husband and multiple sport focused boys. This means plenty of time on the road most weekends. Running, hiking, skiing and spending time at our beautiful Pacific Northwest beaches are a few of her favorite ways to relax. Her competitive spark drives her to racing in Half Marathons.
President and CEO
A Washington native, Kandace graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in marketing before earning her M.B.A. and a then a post baccalaureate in Visual Communications. With a passion for problem solving and cutting through the clutter, Kandace spent the first half of her career focusing on product marketing, communication, and special events, specifically within large corporations including Verizon Wireless.
After making several trans-continental moves, Kandace returned to the PNW and made the transition into higher education where she developed and marketed new and innovative graduate programs, helped colleges with fundraising, and created prospecting tools for the University of Washington, Trinity Lutheran College, and Seattle Pacific University.
More recently, as the executive director for the Snohomish STEM Network, Kandace worked closely with economic and workforce development initiatives and local industry, findings ways for businesses to connect with the community, create partnerships, and establish relationships.
She has also helped small businesses, including Leadership Launch, a local non-profit, with communications, marketing, fund raising, budget formation and special events.
Kandace lives with her two young daughters and husband, and their St. Berdoodle puppy, Coco. She enjoys listening to live music, cooking for family and friends, and being near the ocean in any capacity. She volunteers in the Mukilteo community including the Lighthouse Festival and Mukilteo Elementary, and is always looking for ways to help individuals and businesses with marketing and communications solutions.