alumni news and correspondence
Chris first joined the Port of
Long Beach as a managing
director in 2006. He then was
promoted to deputy executive
director and chief operating
officer in 2008 before taking
on the port’s top leadership
role. The Port of Oakland
oversees the city’s seaport and
airport; its seaport is the fifth
busiest container port in the
U.S., and the airport is the sec-
ond largest in the Bay Area.
Tom Cummings
sends this update
from the Netherlands: “I have
lived in Europe most of my life.
I’m a social activist, author,
and entrepreneur. I’ve founded
several companies, served as a
board member responsible for
leadership development and
board activism, and now am
an advisor to many Europe-
based global enterprises. I
teach part-time in the U.K.,
Sweden, the Netherlands, and
South Africa. My wife, Emilie,
an artist, and I have been mar-
ried for 27 years. We have four
college-age progeny: Sam,
Nadine, Justin, and Sander.
an April 23
Canada NewsWire
press release, Brad is on the
board of directors of NC Ser-
vices Group and is a member
of its audit committee. He also
is on the board of Warwick &
Kent Holdings Ltd., a private
Alberta-based steel-fabrication
and industrial-structures com-
pany. Brad began his career as
a certified public accountant
with Arthur Young & Com-
pany in Denver, Colo., and
earned an M.B.A. at the Dart-
mouth College Tuck School of
Business in 1987.
Chuck Reininger
Tracy Tucker Reininger
opened a winery in
Walla Walla, Wash., in 1997.
Several of their wines were
featured in an April review in
News Tribune.
article discussed the two labels
the Reiningers produce. The
flagship Reininger Winery
brand is reserved for grapes
originating in the Walla Walla
Valley, while Helix by Reininger
uses fruit from vineyards
throughout the Columbia
Valley. Since their early days
in business, the Reiningers
have moved their winery to
rehabilitated potato packing
buildings west of town. Check
out a virtual tour online at
Nancy Seybert
Bristol Bay Native Corporation
as associate general counsel
last November. She advises
BBNC in construction, govern-
ment contracting, and oil-field
services. According to
The Bris-
tol Bay Times
Nancy earned
her J.D. at Willamette Univer-
sity’s College of Law.
Kent Torrey
s The Cheese
Shop in Carmel, Calif.,
celebrated its 40th anniversary
in business this past Memorial
Day weekend. Kent gave a
cheese and sparkling-wine
lecture at the 32nd Annual
Kapalua Wine and Food
Festival on Maui, June 7–9.
You can catch Kent and The
Cheese Shop crew at other
events coming up, including
the Los Angeles Food & Wine
Festival, Aug. 22–25; Nature
Valley First Tee Open at Pebble
Beach, Sept. 24–29; and the
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival,
Nov. 7–10. Check out the
cheesy goings-on at www.
Laura Flemer Westergard
is the new executive director
of the Auburn Downtown As-
sociation in Auburn, Wash. She
is co-founder of Auburn Valley
Creative Arts and the Auburn
Art Walk. Laura serves on the
Auburn Art Walk Planning
Board and the City of Auburn
Arts Commission. According
to the
Auburn Reporter
holds a master’s degree in or-
ganizational leadership and a
certificate in human resources
from Chapman University.
Robert Wise
joined the board
of directors for Kitsap Bank in
May. He is senior vice president
of business development at
Opanga Networks Inc. Bob
also owns Marsh Andersen, a
holding company for marine-
industry investments, includ-
ing the Port Hadlock Marina.
According to the
Island Review
article about his
appointment, Bob has more
than 20 years’ experience as a
software executive specializing
in advanced applications for
smartphones, voice recogni-
tion, and network communica-
Bryan Ohno
opened a new
space for contemporary art in
Seattle’s International District
at 521 S. Main St. The gallery
features art that “blurs the
line between art and science,
challenges art traditions, and
embraces evolving cultural
intersections.” Bryan previously
directed Tokyo’s C2 Gallery
and the Bryan Ohno Gallery in
Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Learn
more at
Ray Conner
) 36-
year career at Boeing was
chronicled in a lengthy March
Puget Sound Business Journal
article on the challenges he
faced when the 787 Dreamlin-
er project was grounded earlier
this year.
Paige Werlech
named director of sales and
marketing at the St. Regis
Princeville Resort on the island
of Kauai last year. She has 22
years of luxury-hospitality sales
and marketing experience in
Hawai‘i. Prior to her current
position, Paige was for five
years director of sales and
marketing for The Westin Maui
Resort & Spas and The Westin
Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Paige is chair of the Hawai‘i
Visitors and Convention Bu-
reau Corporate Meetings and
Incentives division marketing
committee. In her free time,
she enjoys hiking, kayaking,
and stand-up paddleboarding.
Cheryl Hackinen
a fifth-
grade teacher at Tacoma’s Sky-
line Elementary School, won
$11,450 on a
Wheel of Fortune
show that aired March 28.
Congratulations, Cheryl!
Dave Harlan
saw our plea for
Tacoma-area alumni who own
or operate service businesses.
While just a tad outside of the
Greater Tacoma area, we do
think his roadside attraction
near Moscow, Idaho, is pretty
cool! Dave writes: “As you
drive south through Moscow
on US 95, at Sixth Street,
you’ll see a bunch of grain
silos. My partner and I con-
verted one of the silos into a
theater. The theater company I
founded—Moscow Art Theatre
Too)—will be doing our third
season in the silo this sum-
mer, performing Shakespeare’s
in late August. For the
last two summers, as we have
been getting ready for our
shows, people driving by on
the highway see our sign and
occasionally stop just to see
what a grain silo that has been
converted into a theater looks
like. It’s been pretty fun (and
challenging).” More at www.
Sara Michaels
chief of
family medicine at Northern
Navajo Medical Center in
Shiprock, N.M., was featured
on the National Health Ser-
vice Corps website in April
in a story about helping to
provide primary-care services
in the Navajo Nation for the
past decade. You can see a
video of Sara talking about her
work at
Amy Griffin Mumma
her position in May as direc-
tor of the Institute of Wine,
Beverages, and Gastronomy
at Central Washington Uni-
versity. She leaves a decade
after developing the World
Wine Program at CWU, to
pursue wine industry oppor-
tunities in France, and will be
based in Aix-en-Provence, just
north of Marseille. Amy was
awarded the Professional Wine
Woman title in 2005–06, the
top award at the International
Wine Women Awards in Paris.
And in 2008 the
Capital Press
named her a Western Innova-
tor. U.S. Congressman Doc
Hastings also recognized Amy
in the Congressional Record
for her contributions to the
wine industry. In 2011 and
in 2012, Amy was selected as
chief judge at the International
Beverage Exposition and Com-
petition in Shenzhen, China.
Dave Quast
a panelist on the
California Science Center web-
site Science Matters series, talk-
ing about hydraulic fracturing
or “fracking.” Dave serves as
California director of Energy in
Depth, where he “focuses on
researching, explaining, and
setting the record straight on
the promise and potential of
responsible home-grown ener-
gy development in California.”
He also is senior vice president
in FTI Consulting’s strategic
communications practice in
Los Angeles. According to
Dave’s bio on the FTI site, he
has consulted with corporate,
legal, and political clients on
strategic communications and
public affairs for more than 20
years. He was press secretary
to Congressman and House
Financial Services Committee
Chair James Leach, and served
as director of public affairs at
the Cato Institute. Dave holds
Chris Lytle M.B.A.’80
was chosen to take
over as executive
director of the Port
of Oakland, Calif.
He started his new
position in July.
I deeply care about my fam-
ily and my work with next-
generation leaders who are
committed to (pre)serving the
earth, humanity, and the arts
through social engagement.
I always enjoy hearing from
UPS alums.” Find out more
about Tom’s work at www.
Brad Creswell
is a partner and co-
founder of NCA Management
LLC in Seattle. According to