R. Terry Hatch and his wife of 35 years, Marti, have lived in Walla Walla for four years. They fell in love with Walla Walla and plan to be here until they aren’t. (we’re in our 60’s!) They currently reside off of Reserve Way in Walla Walla.
Terry has over 30 years of business and labor relations experience: first elected as a business manager for IBPAT LU764 in 1984, as an owner of Class Act Painting and Decorating in Boise, 13 years as an executive manager for the Oregon Pacific-Cascade Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association in Eugene and for the last 7 years as a field representative for NECA covering Washington, Oregon and Alaska. It’s his hope that his experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, acting as a trustee on several large DC Pension Programs, apprenticeship and training committees, Labor Management Cooperation Committees would be a good place to use his skills while cruising into “semi-retirement.”
I am a lifetime resident of Walla Walla, graduating from Walla Walla schools. My husband, Bob, and I raised our children in our family home on Reser Road. When the youngest started kindergarten, I returned to college, receiving my BA in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University.
After graduation, I was employed by the College Place School District as a para educator. Following that, I was hired by Walla Walla County as director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). This program recruited and placed volunteer senior citizens in non-profit organizations. I was responsible for 625 volunteers in 120 agencies. It was a very rewarding experience.
After marriage, Bob and I decided to buy and sell rental properties. This endeavor has continued throughout our lives and we currently own six properties. Following retirement, we searched for something we could do together. We purchased two existing Subway Sandwich franchises. My main responsibility was as bookkeeper. It was a great experience for our entire family.
I have a strong belief in service to my community, evidenced by twelve years as a hospice volunteer and five years as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). I am an active member of my church, a highlight of which was serving 18 months in Cape Town, South Africa on a mission.
The opportunity to serve the Columbia REA would be a new and exciting challenge. I have both the time and the desire.
My name is Katie Wooldridge and I am seeking reelection to the Columbia REA board of directors. I have served as a board member for nine years, and I am currently chairman of the board. I am asking for your vote, and if reelected I will continue to serve as board chairmen. I have attained the status of a Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD), having taken classes through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. I have invested the time and effort to continue my director training and have shown my willingness to do what it takes to lead our cooperative into the future.
Education, diversity and stability are important leadership traits that are needed to guide our cooperative, and I bring these skills to my work as the board chairmen. I continue to devote the time necessary to stay up to date on board policies and procedures, and I am aware of the challenges that our cooperative will face in the future.
I am the daughter of Dick and Karen Rubenser, lifetime residents of Starbuck and was raised on our ranch. After high school, I graduated from Whitman College, where I attained my teaching degree, and I currently teach middle school in the Starbuck School District. I am also a small business owner and continue to be an active part of our communities through my volunteer work. I enjoy many of the activities that this region offers, from skiing to boating and biking, and feel this is a wonderful area to live and raise my family.
I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting, and I would appreciate your vote in the upcoming election.