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2023 Board Members

    Being a Board member for the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an opportunity to help your local chapter and forward the HR profession.

    The Board of the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an all volunteer Board composed of professionals working in the human resources or related field. Some positions require SHRM membership or a certification and all positions have an annual term (January – December).   The Board meets monthly to address chapter issues ranging from budget to programs.

    If you are interested in getting involved and serving on either the Board, or one of our committees, please email for more information.  To view a summary of all Board positions and their job descriptions, please click here.  

    2023 Board Members - Officers

    President - Patricia Boteler

    Patricia Boteler, SHRM-CP
    Talent Manager - Samson Rope

    Patricia Boteler is the Talent Manager at Samson, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance synthetic rope.  Responsible for attracting, engaging and retaining talent, leading all functions of employer branding, talent acquisition, corporate social responsibility, and employee engagement.

    Patricia graduated from the College of the Environment at WWU, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography/Social Studies. She has been a member of SHRM since 2018 and was awarded the SHRM-CP in 2021.

    This is her sixth year serving on the board and first year as President. 

    Past President - Amelia Mendenhall

    Amelia Mendenhall
    Employee Benefits Broker - Rice Insurance

    Amelia started her career in insurance immediately following graduation from Washington State University. A Bellingham resident for most of her life, she is fortunate to work with one of the largest remaining locally owned, independent brokerages on the west coast, headquartered right in her home town. Amelia is an Employee Benefits Consultant with Rice Insurance, fully aware of the uniqueness of her profession. A company’s offerings impact their business on all levels, affecting operations and culture from the top down. To be able to provide clarity, affordability and solutions not only to employers but their employees and families as well, enables Amelia to contribute positively to both her local community and clients throughout the country.

    This is Amelia’s third year serving on the board. She brings with her experience from previously held positions with the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, Whatcom Young Professionals and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Washington.

    Programs/Sponsorship Director - Tracie Woolslayer

    Tracie Woolslayer, SHRM-SCP
    HR Manager - Matrix Services

    Tracie Woolslayer is new the Bellingham area and is currently working in Organizational Development at Skagit Regional Health. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources profession.  Prior to moving to Bellingham, Tracie owned her own consulting business in San Diego, California and worked Muscat, Oman for Omantel the leading telecommunications company in the Sultanate of Oman.  She has experience working in organizations ranging from 25 employees to 6000 employees. Industries include Hospitality, Health Care, Construction, and Manufacturing.

    Tracie has served on several professional Human Resources non-profit boards and was an integral part of bringing the SHRM certification process to the country of Oman.

    Tracie has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and currently holds her SHRM-SCP certification.

    Membership Co-Directors - Adriana Silva & Kerry Read

    Adriana Silva, SHRM-CP
    Sr. HR Generalist - Smith Gardens

    Adriana was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the States over 12 years ago.  She started her career in the Ski industry, where she found her passion for HR and the outdoors.  Currently, she works at Smith Gardens as a Sr. HR Generalist supporting over 300 employees in 3 different states.  

    When Adriana is not at work, she is enjoying the beauty of the outdoors with her partner and dog.

    This is Adriana's second year serving as a board member. 

    Kerry Read
    HR Manager - Saturna Capital

    Kerry Read is the Human Resources Manager for Saturna Capital, based in Bellingham, WA, where she oversees recruitment, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration and payroll for staff in 9 states. She has over 20 years of experience in HR with several Whatcom County employers in healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing and finance industries.  

    Kerry has been a member of the Mt. Baker SHRM chapter since 2008. This is her first year serving on the board.

    Secretary - Ryann Butela

    Ryann Butela
    Assistant HR Manager - Lynden Door

    Ryann Butela is the Assistant Human Resources Manager for Lynden Door, a family owned and operated door manufacturing business based in Lynden, WA. She began her HR career in 2014 and has experience working in banking, local government, and manufacturing. Ryann’s current responsibilities include leave of absence management, workers compensation, policy administration, and day-to-day management of the Lynden Door HR Team. Ryann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Western Washington University. This is her first year serving on the board.

    Treasurer - Caitlin McDavid

    Caitlin McDavid
    Human Resources Generalist – IKO Pacific Inc.

    Caitlin McDavid graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA degree in Business Management and minors in both Communications and Global Business. Caitlin moved from Arizona to Washington in 2014. During her time in retail management, she discovered a passion for the human relations side of business. In 2018, she earned her MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from Grand Canyon University and the following year her SHRM-CP certification. Caitlin’s current role is the HR Generalist at IKO Pacific Inc. in Sumas, WA.

    Certification Director - Shannon Jacoby

    Shannon Jacoby
    Professional Staffing Recruiter - Express Employment Professionals

    Shannon graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Human Resource Management. She is currently working for the Bellingham office and has been employed there for almost 17 years. She is responsible for the Professional Staffing Niche - Accounting/Finance and HR. She started with commercial staffing, moved to professional staffing, and during the recession oversaw professional staffing and administrative staffing. She moved back to professional staffing 3 years ago! Shannon was SHRM Member of the year in 2011 and 2013, has received multiple awards for staffing, and achieved the Century Club in 2018

    Legislative Director - Marley Morgan

    Marley Morgan, SHRM-CP
    Human Resources Generalist - City of Bellingham

    Marley Morgan is an HR Generalist for the City of Bellingham, specializing in Recruitment and Classification. Marley conducts selection and recruitment activities consistent with the goals and intent of Civil Service and/or the applicable collective bargaining unit.

    Marley has a BA in Communications from Richmond, The American International University In London.

    SHRM Foundation Director - Sheila Ray

    Sheila Ray, SHRM-CP
    Human Resources Manager - Kam-Way Transportation

    Sheila has over 19 years of experience in HR and Management; providing leadership relating to all aspects of HR including recruitment, payroll, benefit administration, and compliance. Prior to her pursuing her passion to work in HR she had experience working in accounting. 

    Sheila has been a member of SHRM since 2006 and is a SHRM Certified Professional.  This is Sheila’s sith year on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board.

    Technology Co-Directors - Gretchen Waller & Jessica Holz

    Gretchen Waller
    HR Generalist - Xenon Arc

    Gretchen graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies from UCLA in 2017.  Since then, she has focused her career in different aspects of HR, including learning & development, HR analytics, employee engagement, systems implementation and recruitment.  She has worked in a variety of industries including entertainment, legal, and sales.  She is currently working in a generalist capacity at a sales company, supporting all HR functions, including benefits, compensation, onboarding, and employment policy development and maintenance.  She is excited and grateful to join the Mt. Baker SHRM Chapter Board to serve the local HR community and beyond.

    In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, hiking, and doing fun DIY projects.

    Jessica Holz, SHRM-CP
    Human Resources Manager - Grizzly Industrial, Inc.

    Jessica is the Human Resources Manager at Grizzly Industrial, Inc., the country’s largest wood- and metalworking machinery company.  She has been with Grizzly over 12 years, starting out as the assistant to the Human Resources Director, and now oversees the entire human resources function, with a focus on strategic planning and workforce management.  Prior to working in human resources, Jessica was a legal assistant at various law offices in Bellingham, focusing on criminal defense and employment law.

    Jessica holds a B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University as well as her SHRM-CP.  She has been a member of SHRM since 2020 and this is her first year on the board.

    Communications Director - Eddy Lindenstein

    Eddy Lindenstein
    HCM Consultant - Paylocity

    Eddy Lindenstein is a Human Capital Management Consultant for Paylocity.  Eddy is a graduate of Western Washington University and worked for Sports Radio KJR in Seattle before spending several years in Non-Profit Fundraising and Event Planning in the Northwest.  After his non-profit career ended, Eddy began working in HR Technology in 2011 and has loves working with Human Resource Professionals every day. 

    This is Eddy’s third year on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board and he is bringing his social media experience and communication background to the chapter with excitement and enthusiasm to help the local HR community.

    Eddy also volunteers for the Girl Scouts of America and enjoys motorcycle riding, podcasting and weightlifting in his free time.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director - Caitlin Walsh

    Caitlin Walsh
    HR Coordinator - Samson Rope

    Caitlin Walsh graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minors in music and English.  She completed her HR Certificate at BTC in 2021 and has been working as the HR Coordinator at Samson Rope in Ferndale for nearly 2 years. Caitlin has been a member of SHRM since 2021 and 2023 is her first year on the board. 

    Events Director - Jane Parsons

    Jane Parsons
    HR Coordinator - Kam-Way Transportation

    Jane Parsons is the Human Resources Coordinator at Kam-Way Transportation Inc., a family owned and operated supply chain and logistics corporation based in Blaine, WA.  She is responsible for talent acquisition, onboarding, engagement and retention and for promoting company culture and core values.  

    Jane moved to Whatcom County from Salt Lake City in 2002.  She began her career in HR in 2018 after having worked as a legal assistant for 12 years.   Jane has been a member of SHRM since 2018 and this is her first year serving on the board.

    Workforce Readiness Director - Marta Wells

    Marta Wells, SHRM-CP
    Regional Recruiter - Pennant Services

    Marta Wells is a Regional Recruiter for the Pacific Northwest for Pennant Services, an emerging leader in the home care, hospice, and senior living industries. Marta is responsible for sourcing, attracting, engaging, and retaining talent in three states while contributing to employer branding, employee engagement, and consulting on other HR-related responsibilities.

    Marta started her career in healthcare as an Executive Director/CEO in the home health sector managing multi-million-dollar agencies. Prior to this career, Marta held leadership roles in industries as diverse as education, construction, and IT. Her love of human resources led her to seek her Bachelor of Science, Business - Human Resource Management degree, and SHRM-CP certification, completing both in June of 2022. This has aided in continuing her focus on an HR career.

    When she isn’t working, Marta enjoys spending time with her seven children and two grandchildren. Some of her interests are hiking, running, reading, writing, music, movies, and traveling.  This is her first year serving on the Mt. Baker SHRM board.