Board of Directors





Katherine Ryf

Director
Born and raised in rural Franklin County, Katherine Ryf is a native of the rolling dry land wheat hills of Kahlotus, Washington. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BS in Environmental Biology. She has three daughters immersed in Quincy’s community, public and private schools. Katherine manages the Quincy office of Landau Associates, a... Read More

Caralyn Bess

Director
Caralyn integrated media/marketing executive and joined Hagadone Corporation in December 2017 as Publisher of Hagadone’s media assets in Central Washington (The Columbia Basin Herald, The Sun Tribune, The Basin Business Journal and Hagadone Digital Washington). Caralyn began her career with Tribune/Orlando Sentinel holding positions spanning marketing, sales, business development, management, strategic planning & digital/ integrated... Read More

Lisa Karstetter

Director
Lisa Karstetter has over 10 years working on community engagement initiatives for big tech companies located in rural areas around the world including NCW.  She was with Yahoo for 10 years and just recently took a job with Microsoft to spearhead their new TechSpark Program. Lisa lives on an orchard in Quincy with her husband... Read More

Tom Taylor

Director
Tom Taylor was elected as Grant County Commissioner, District 2 in November 2016.  He was formally the fire chief for the City of Moses Lake Fire Department where he spent 25 years.  Tom has been involved with local government for over two decades.  He is a Moses Lake High School graduate and also spent 24... Read More

Lars Leland

Director
Lars Leland is the Executive Director for the Port of Mattawa. He has worked for the Port since 2014 and is an active member of his community, Mattawa/Desert-Aire Lions Club, Mattawa Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wahluke Community Coalition. He worked together with the City of Mattawa redeveloping the main arterial of downtown Mattawa... Read More

Dale Pomeroy

Secretary, 2012 Past President
Dale Pomeroy graduated Othello High School in 1965 and then attended Yakima Valley College taking Agriculture and Shop classes. He started farming in 1970 and has been self employed at his farm for the last 40 years. Dale has served on various church and community boards including Port of Warden Commissioner, Columbia Basin Development League,... Read More

*Personal Views of the Staff & Directors do not reflect the views of the Grant County Economic Development Council