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 7th 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.
Adam is the Government Affairs Manager for the Port of Everett, responsible for the development and advocacy of the Port’s state and federal legislative agendas. He also engages in key legislation and policy that affect port operations.
Prior to joining the Port, Adam served the Office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen for more than 12 years in various roles and was responsible for a policy portfolio that included transportation, agriculture, energy, water, trade and export promotion, as well as fish and habitat restoration.
Adam is a 2006 graduate of Central Washington University holding Bachelor of Arts degrees in both International Relations & Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies.
He is active in his community, including serving on the board of Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Washington state, and he promotes economic opportunities through his work with Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Jim Tinsley, owns and operates Sold by Jim Tinsley, is a licensed agent with The Agency NW. Before becoming an agent, he worked exclusively with real estate investors as a non-licensed consultant.
Prior to real estate, Jim served as the Director of Operations for Concorso Italiano, the world’s largest exotic Italian car show.
Jim is a lifelong Washingtonian, living in the Mukilteo area for the last seven years. He serves on the Mukilteo Little League board, and acts as the US representative for Packs for Kids. He is an avid support of Mukilteo Youth Soccer, Kamiak Performing Arts, and is a Kamiak Athletic Booster.
You will find Jim camping and traveling with his wife and kids, and out supporting local restaurants – unless its baseball season – then you’ll find him at the Mukilteo Little League Complex.
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.
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.
Christina and her husband, JD, own Stollwerck Plumbing in Mukilteo. Christina is the General/HR/Marketing Manager.
Prior to managing her business, Christina was a Commercial Title Officer with Old Republic Title for the tri-county area. She also held various titles in the real estate industry at Old Republic Title, Pacific Northwest Title, First American Title.
Christina’s outgoing personality found a calling in teaching fellow industry professionals and loved to share her experience and technical knowledge with real estate agents, brokers, escrow personnel, attrorneys, and lending teams.
Christina has two adult daughters who live and work in Snohomish County, and co-parents two rescue doggies from NOAH. She loves to read, garden, travel, and explore the country from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.
Lisa Stone was born in Billings, MT but raised overseas and on the east coast of the U.S. After graduating from Smith College in 1981, Lisa moved to Denver, Colorado where she obtained a master’s degree in Accountancy and began a career in public accounting. She continued that career in Texas for four years and then returned to Colorado and worked in the energy industry. In 2003, Lisa moved her family to Northeast Ohio where she worked for a large utility holding company and then to Western Washington in 2011 to work for Puget Sound Energy. She left the corporate world and her accounting career and bought FASTSIGNS of Lynnwood in July 2014.
Lisa has two sons and a daughter who chose to settle in the Seattle area. Lisa lives in Everett and considers the Pacific Northwest as her favorite because of the surrounding mountains and water. She is here to stay.
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.
Lorie Lauzon grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, attending two years at the University of Victoria then transferring to Seattle Pacific University studying Merchandising, Design and Business. Lorie began a career in Calgary, then married and internationally transferred to Seattle as a Manager Trainer for the Footlocker Groups.
In 2002, Lorie began her career in Retail Banking with Horizon Bank, then joined Columbia Bank, opening the first Snohomish County branch in Everett. Lorie currently serves as AVP Branch Manager at the Evergreen Way Columbia Branch with a focus in Small Business Lending. She prides herself in relationship building while providing both short and long term solutions for financial needs.
Lorie has been on the MCC 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 sons. She enjoys running, hiking, skiing and spending time at our beautiful Pacific Northwest beaches. 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.