Aaron Steele, Chair
Aaron Steele is owner and principal of Steele Capital Management. Aaron brings a wealth of experience in the financial field. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, Aaron worked at First Citizens Bank and Venture Bank. Aaron is very knowledgeable about Morningside and its finances as he was Morningside’s business banker for many years.
Eric Phillips is the Development Director at Intercity Transit. Eric has over 30 years of community and economic development, public service, and transportation skills that he brings to the board. He has served previously as a city manager and brings a wealth of public transportation knowledge. Eric has a family member with a disability and is passionate about our mission and employment opportunities for our clients.
Joanne Krusz, Secretary/Treasurer
Joanne Krusz , CPA, hails from Punta Gorda, Florida . She is principal at StraderHallett PS, and brings a solid wealth of knowledge and experience to Morningside working on behalf of non-profit corporations in accounting and tax return preparation. She currently is working toward her masters degree in taxation from Golden State University.
Michael is the Executive Director of the Thuston EDC. He is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization. Prior to being named Executive Director of the Thurston EDC in 2004, Michael served as the Vice-President of the Snohomish County Economic Development Council from 1992 – 2003.
Michael’s career has spanned over 25 years in economic development.
Brett DeRousie is an Office Assistant II at Washington State DSHS, Economic Services Administration, a position he has held for nineteen years; prior to that he worked at Desco Audio and Video for fifteen years. Brett is an important stakeholder in the work we do. He volunteers for every event and has been on interview panels for years. He is also involved in advocacy work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Brett is active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he is on their state membership board and he has been elected to the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Brad Hooper is the Director of Career & Technical Education (CTE) at North Thurston Public Schools. He has held a similar position at the Olympia School District, and been in the field of CTE as an instructor since 1992. The CTE programs are as numerous as they are diverse, ranging from Animal Science to Welding and Visual Design, all designed to instruct students with the ability to join the workforce upon high school graduation. Since many individuals with disabilities take advantage of CTE courses to prepare them for work, Brad brings that perspective to the organization.
Holly Joseph is the Chief Budget Officer at The Evergreen State College. Holly is also Evergreen’s Business Liaison for the Project SEARCH program at Evergreen. Holly is passionate about the Project SEARCH program and as a result lead to its success. Evergreen hosts the only college-based Project SEARCH program west of the Mississippi and holds special distinction among Project SEARCH sites across the country.
Bridget Lockling is the Director, Finances and Administration for Washington State Association of Counties. Since 2006, Bridget been working in accounting in the employment and workforce development field. She most recently worked for PacMountain Workforce Development Council as the Director of Finance and Administration and prior to that the Finance Manager at South Central Workforce Council. She brings a wealth of experience in workforce non-profit accounting.
Jennica Machado is the Economic Development Manager for Thurston County. She serves as a public advocate, community collaborator, and project manager, helping Thurston County engage in opportunities to enhance the vitality of the local economy. Prior to working in local government, she worked exclusively in the non-profit sector. Jennica brings experience in workforce development, economic development, and non-profit management.
Jason Robertson is the owner of JRO + CO ( J Robertson and Company), which is a full-service strategic planning and public communications firm based in Olympia, Washington. They work with public, non-profit and private-sector clients focuses on building vibrant communities and shaping sustainable organizations. They design and deliver high-profile community and economic development programs, public engagement initiatives and complex feasibility studies. Jason served previously on the board and is back again for another term. He is a strong advocate for Morningside in the community and abroad.
Jim Sedore retired from the Department of Natural Resources following 33 years of service. Most recently Jim was the New Venture and Strategy Director for JCS International in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for 5 years. Jim brings a wealth of planning, safety and risk management to Morningside. Jim has a brother with a developmental disability who lives in the tri-cities area.