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District 1 Board Members


Patrick Dennis

Term Expires: 2019

Patrick Dennis has owned a home in Walla Walla and has been a Columbia REA member since 2007. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota and spent 27 years as a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. For ten years (between 2000 and 2010) he held the position of program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington DC. The NSF is an agency of the Federal Government with an annual budget of 7.5 billion dollars that supports basic science and engineering research primarily at American universities and colleges. His NSF responsibilities included comprehensive management and oversight of several different programs with annual budgets of 10-20 million dollars. He holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Currently he is a research associate (volunteer) at Whitman College in Walla Walla where he continues his own research and in addition, works with the Whitman College Grants Office to help individual faculty members organize, prepare and submit their research proposals to regional and federal granting agencies.

“My years as a university professor and as a program director at the NSF have given me extensive experience in identifying emerging areas of opportunity, establishing priorities, planning budgets, and providing project management and oversight. My goal as a board member is to serve the membership by insuring that the overall organizational standards within Columbia REA are maintained and at the same time, that new and emerging opportunities that impact the reliability, efficiency, cost effectiveness and social and environmental awareness within the organization are recognized and appropriately pursued.”


Greg Knowles, Vice President

Term Expires: 2020

Greg Knowles, of 1830 Last Chance Rd., Walla Walla, was born and raised in Walla Walla. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1978. He worked for Walla Walla Grain Growers (now Northwest Grain Growers) until going into partnership with his parents, John and Dorothy Knowles at the Bicycle Barn in 1992. Greg and his wife Shareen have two adult children. Greg attends Pioneer Methodist Church, is a member of Wheatland Wheelers (a local bicycle club) and is a dedicated volunteer.




Glen Shipley

Term Expires: 2021

Glen Shipley is a retired business executive with experience as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and General Counsel in multiple companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded entities. He holds BA (Cum Laude) and MBA degrees from UCLA and a JD (Magna Cum Laude) degree from Seattle University.  Mr. Shipley is also an inactive CPA, CGMA and attorney. His last position was as CFO for a publicly traded B-to-B cloud based SAAS messaging company (NASDAQCM: ESIC), which was sold to Canada’s largest software company. He has worked with private equity, venture capital, commercial banks and investment bankers on numerous capital raises and business transactions in both domestic and international settings. His experience also includes interfacing with federal, state and local regulatory agencies.  Mr. Shipley has been a director or officer of numerous commercial enterprises and continues to consult for business on a part-time basis through a Seattle based consulting firm.  He currently resides on the South Side of Walla Walla where he and his wife farm a small vineyard.






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