The Board of Trustees governs the affairs of the Association. The Board consists of one member from each port and meets twice yearly.

Trustees are chosen by a majority vote of their respective port commission. The Board of Trustees authorizes a six-member Executive Committee to oversee Association administration and management, and hires an Executive Director to manage day-to-day Association activities.


Port of Grays Harbor | Jack Thompson

Port of Hartline |

Port of Hoodsport | John O’Laughlin

Port of Illahee | James Aho

Port of Ilwaco | Guy Glenn, Jr.

Port of Indianola  | Jeff Henderson

Port of Kalama | Troy Stariha

Port of Kennewick | Skip Novakovich

Port of Keyport | Brian Watne

Port of Kingston | Bruce McIntyre

Port of Klickitat Marc Thornsbury

Port of Longview | Bob Bagaason

Port of Lopez | 

Port of Manchester | James Strode

Port of Mattawa | 

Port of Moses Lake | Kent Jones

Port of Olympia | Joe Downing

Port of Orcas | Audrey Wells

Port of Othello | Terry Thompson

Port of Pasco | Jean Ryckman

Port of Pend Oreille | Kelly Driver

Port of PeninsulaJay Personius

Port of Port Angeles | Colleen McAleer


Port of Allyn |  Scott Cooper

Port of Anacortes | John Pope

Port of Bellingham | Dan Robbins

Port of Benton | Roy Keck

Port of Bremerton | Axel Strakeljahn

Port of Brownsville  | Jack Bailey

Port of Camas-Washougal | John Spencer

Port of Centralia |

Port of Chehalis |  Randy Mueller

Port of Chelan County | JC Baldwin

Port of Clarkston | Wayne Tippet

Port of Columbia | Jennie Dickinson

Port of Coupeville | 

Port of Dewatto | Lynett McLean

Port of Douglas County | Alan Loebsack

Port of Edmonds | Jim Orvis

Port of Ephrata | Karen Moore

Port of Everett | Troy McClelland

Port of Friday Harbor | Mike Ahrenius

Port of Garfield | Ed Crawford

Port of Grand Coulee | Gerald Sands

Port of Grandview | Jim Sewell

Port of Grapeview | Glenn Carlson




Port Townsend | Steve Tucker

Poulsbo | Mark DeSalvo

Quincy | Curt Morris

Ridgefield | Joe Melroy

Royal Slope Cathy Potter

Seattle | Fred Felleman

Shelton | Wendy Smith

Silverdale | Ed Scholfield

Skagit | Patsy Martin

Skamania County | Kevin Waters

South Whidbey Island | Curt Gordon

Sunnyside | Jay Hester

Tacoma | Don Meyer

Tracyton | William Mooney

Vancouver | Jerry Oliver

Wahkiakum No. 1 | Jackie Lea

Wahkiakum No. 2 |

Walla Walla | Mike Fredrickson

Warden | Pat Millard

Waterman | Rod Reid

Whitman County | John Love

Willapa Harbor | Patti Lignoski

Woodland | Paul Cline




Who comprises the Washington Public Ports Association? Find our past and present officers, as well as current committees and areas of expertise below. 



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Troy Stariha,

Port of Kalama

Troy Stariha has served as a Commissioner for the Port of Kalama since 2010. He also is currently serving as Chair for the Executive Committee for the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments. A long-time Kalama resident, he graduated from Kalama High School in 1989. Troy has worked for Kalama Auto Supply and Repair for 27 years, purchasing the business in 2003.  As a small business owner within his community,  he understands the area’s desires and future needs on a personal level. His focus on economic development helps the port successfully create a balance of quality of life and family-wage jobs in the region. The Port of Kalama is an integral part of their community and Troy is proud to serve as commissioner. Troy is the father of three boys and has one grandchild. Much of his free time is spent attending his sons’ sporting events as well as coaching football, basketball, and baseball teams. Other hobbies include playing golf, watching NASCAR and attending community events.


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Don Meyer,

Port of Tacoma 

Don Meyer is the former Executive Director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority and a former Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Tacoma. He joined the Commission in 2010.  Meyer currently serves as Co-Chair of the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP), and also is on the Pierce County Regional Council, Washington Public Ports Association Executive Committee, South King County Transportation Board, Tall Ships Planning Committee, University of Washington Tacoma’s Urban Studies Advisory Board and Tacoma Waterfront Association. He is also a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Fife / Milton / Edgewood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.  He recently served on former Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Connecting Washington Task Force on transportation issues, is a member of Tacoma Rotary #8 and owns a small business in Pierce County.  Born and raised on a South Dakota farm, Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.


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Jim Pivarnik, 

Port of Kingston

Jim Pivarnik is presently the Executive Director for the Port of Kingston, serving in this capacity since 2016. Formerly, Pivarnik served as the Deputy Director for the Port of Port Townsend for 16 years. Pivarnik serves on many local committees and boards in Kitsap County, including the Kingston Advisory Council, as Treasurer for the Kingston Stakeholders Group, and on the Urban Village Center advisory board to the Kitsap County Comp plan. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH Jim received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Port Townsend with his wife Christina and numerous animals. 


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Jean Ryckman, 

Port of Pasco 

Jean Ryckman has served as a Commissioner for the Port of Pasco since her appointment in  2012 and subsequent election in 2013.  She currently serves as Commission president.  She also serves as a Commissioner on the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, as a board member for Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), as a member of Pasco School District Budget Committee and Franklin PUD Rate Advisory Committee. She is the former manager of Franklin PUD, having retired in 2009 from a 28-year career with that agency.  Ryckman is past-president of the Pasco School Board, past-chair of Northwest River Partners, served on the Washington State School Directors Legislative Committee and their Federal Relations Network, Pasco Chamber of Commerce Board, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau Board, United Way Board, Downtown Pasco Development Authority Board and has served with numerous other community service organizations. Because of her service to community, she received the William T. Elmgren Award for Outstanding Community Service, Washington PUD Association’s Spirit of Public Power Award, and was inducted into the Pasco High School 2010 Hall of Fame. She graduated with highest honors from Columbia Basin College with an AS Degree in Engineering Technology and was named alumna of the year in 2002.

Jean has 2 adult sons, six grandchildren, four “adopted” grandchildren, and two great grandchildren (but she thinks they are all great).  When she isn’t actively advocating for her community or playing with grandchildren, Jean enjoys national and international travel by air, sea and land. 




The Aviation Committee provides a forum for discussing airport development and management issues as well as technical support an policy guidance on aviation-related legislative issues.


The Budget Committee develops the annual budget for the Association. Membership is drawn from the Executive Committee, along with representatives from the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Economic Development 

The Economic Development Committee provides leadership on economic development issues for ports in cooperation with other economic development activities.


The Environmental Committees promote environmentally sound economic growth by providing a forum to review and evaluate port environmental concerns.  The Committees support continued progress toward preserving and enhancing the natural environment while promoting public policies that balance the environmental, social and economic values of the communities that ports serve.


The Executive Committee, comprised of WPPA officers, oversees the general administration and management of the Association and provides the Executive Director with guidance on day-to-day affairs as well as policy issues.

Finance and Administration

The Finance and Administration Committee seeks to inform and influence continually changing state and federal rules, regulations, policies and procedures that impact port compliance.


The Legal Committee reviews legal issues affecting port districts and oversees WPPA participation in cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. The Legal Committee also provides continuing legal education credit for attorneys attending Association meetings.


The Legislative Committee directs legislative advocacy, discusses and develops issues that may become legislation, and devises strategy for legislative action.


Annually, the Long-Range Planning Committee, comprised of committee chairs and Association officers, reviews WPPA programs and activities. It provides the WPPA Board of Trustees with recommendations for change in Association policy or strategic direction.


The Marina Committee provides a forum for discussing issues facing public marinas and acts as an advisory board for WPPA.


The WPPA President appoints the Nominating Committee annually. The Committee proposes the slate of candidates for consideration by the Board of Trustees at the Association’s annual meeting.


The Communications Committee seeks to increase public understanding and support of public ports. The committee oversees a program designed to enhance WPPA legislative advocacy efforts, maintain credible and positive relationships with media and community members, and educate port officials and the general public about crucial issues in he port community.


Formed as a result of the original Ports System Study in 1975, the Trade and Transportation Committee explores potential areas for port cooperative efforts for trade policy and transportation issues. It is also the steering committee for marine cargo forecast updates.



WPPA Associate Members serve port interests in a variety of functions. Learn more below.