CHAIR: Graeme Sackrison
Graeme Sackrison. Graeme Sackrison is a long-time area resident. He holds a baccalaureate in economics and business from the Western Washington State College and has an extensive background in the public sector. Following his tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, Sackrison worked for twenty-seven years in the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), the last decade of which he served as the ESD Legislative Liaison. He later spent 13 years serving on the Lacey City Council, including three two-year terms as Mayor. Sackrison currently serves on the North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors and is a strong supporter of career and technical education. He is also on the board of directors of the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce Sackrison serves as a volunteer with the Thurston Economic Development Council and is the Chair of Lacey MakerSpace Executive Committee.. His hobbies include a long history of small boat building and craftsmanship. Project role/responsibilities: Executive Committee Chair with oversight of project/program; guide program development
VICE CHAIR: David H. Olwell, Ph.D.
David H. Olwell, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the Hal & Inge Marcus School of Engineering, joined Saint Martin’s University in 2015. Dr. Olwell brings with him 25 years of experience on the faculty of West Point and the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also successfully led and significantly expanded the Department of Systems Engineering while serving as department chair. Prior to joining Saint Martin’s, Olwell also served as a co-principal investigator on a major multi-million dollar research project from 2009-2014 that defined the systems engineering body of knowledge and developed the reference curriculum for graduate systems engineering.
VICE CHAIR: Rick Walk
Rick Walk is the Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Lacey where he has worked for 19 years. He is responsible for economic development, long range planning, land use permitting, and building and fire code implementation. He works closely with regional partners, private developers and property owners to partner in the implementation of the City’s community vision. Walk brings to his position experience in city and rural county planning and has been responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, sub-area plans, urban center master plans, zoning and design codes, and environmental plans and ordinances.
TREASURER: Celia Nightingale
Celia Nightingale is the Director of the Thurston Economic Development Council Center (EDC) for Business & Innovation (CB&I). Through its many programs, the CB&I is a catalyst for regional business development, helping entrepreneurs and small business owners launch, gain management expertise, access resources and opportunities, and grow. As Director, Nightingale oversees a number of programs, supervises staff, and manages grants, budgets and finance. She has worked on behalf of small businesses for over two decades. From launching the EDC’s original Business Resource Center, to serving as Director/Certified Business Advisor for the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Small Business Development Center, to advocating for business and improving regulatory awareness as the Small Business Liaison for the Department of Labor & Industries, Nightingale has demonstrated commitment to local business growth and prosperity. Additionally, Nightingale has been an adjunct professor for South Puget Sound Community College and was the primary writer of the Washington Small Business Guide.
SECRETARY: Pascal J. “Jim” DeBlasio
Pascal J. “Jim” DeBlasio began work as Administrative Director of Job Therapy, Inc. (a non-profit firm) in King County. He joined the Washington State Governor’s Office to promote citizen participation programs and served as the Director of the pilot program for AmeriCorps, testifying before the U.S. Senate as part of its nationwide expansion. He designed a program to assist the unemployed in finding jobs, managed development and implementation of the first computerized job matching system in the U.S. DeBlasio chaired a national committee on technology and unemployment for the U.S. Department of Labor. After more than 30 years of state service, he retired and became the Managing Partner of the successful technology consulting firm, enVISage Associates LLC. DeBlasio received a Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award in 2002. Semi-retired, he writes fiction and non-fiction and plays jazz piano.
ADJUNCT MEMBER: Brad Hooper
Brad Hooper has 25 years of experience in K-12 education. He was Career and Technical Education Director for the Olympia School District and, later, was the District’s Technology Director. He served for eleven years as professor and Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Saint Martin’s University. Currently, Hooper is the Technical Education Director for the North Thurston Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Pierce College and City University. He has received Executive Leadership Certification from the University of Notre Dame (2012) and accepted the Leadership Thurston County Graduate award (2011).
ADJUNCT MEMBER: Dan Nicholson
Dan Nicholson is a native of Tacoma. After graduating from the University of Washington, he was employed in healthcare, restaurants, hospitality, and criminal justice. During this time, Nicholson realized the importance and the need for quality products and services to help businesses, teams and organizations grow. He formed DZines: Creative Solutions & Graphic Designs in 2006, a business he owns with his wife Shelly. Nicholson is a talented graphic designer who designed the MakerSpace logo. He is a member of the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce and participates in a number of civic organizations.