Whatcom Young Professionals • 2024 Advisory Council

Whatcom Young Professionals is a program of the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and abides by the Chamber’s policies, code of regulations, articles of incorporation, and all other governing documents, as informed by the Chamber Liaison. The Whatcom YP program is managed by a volunteer Advisory Council composed of Whatcom YP members.

Brad Barron

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Membership Engagement

As Barron Heating, AC, Electrical & Plumbing’s Chief Executive Officer, Brad lives by a servant leadership philosophy—and always with a joke to share. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Washington (go Dawgs!), he spent a number of years as a Professional Engineer before bringing his experience to the Barron Team. Since joining Barron in 2017, Brad has spearheaded the expansion into full plumbing and electrical services, solar, and helped launch the Barron Technician School (BTS). Born and raised in Bellingham, he enjoys spending time outside with his family (wife and three sons) and friends—hiking, boating, skiing, and camping. Brad is a Volkswagen enthusiast and enjoys time behind the wheel of his 1979 Westfalia Camper.

Taylor Beal

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Socials & Events

Sam Beardslee

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Socials & Events

I am a marketing representative at Whatcom Land Title and joined Whatcom YP two years ago. Since then I have been motivated to involve others in the benefits an organization like this has to offer.

The excitement I have for connecting people is something I hope will inspire others and help them grow as professionals. Growing up in Whatcom County I still marvel at the beauty of it every day. Enjoy spending time with family, spoiling my dog, and trying all the outdoor activities this area has to offer.

Max Burrage

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Membership Engagement

Luis Gonzalez

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Community Engagement

My mission as a member at large is to help grow our community as Whatcom Young Professionals, by supporting new developments and projects that enhance our members experience. I enjoy meeting new members who are motivated to expand their professional circle and learn amongst like minded individuals. As a lifetime Whatcom County resident and real estate professional, Whatcom Young Professionals is the community we need to promote the business relationships our local community has to offer.

Dejah Lynn Griffin

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Marketing

I am the Design and Marketing Manager at Lydia Place, with a background in graphic design, photography, and non-profit work, with a focus on philanthropy and development.

Originally hailing from Florida and Texas, I found my home in Bellingham in 2019. Over the past few years, I’ve immersed myself in the Bellingham community and strive to bring my unique lived experience as a queer, bi-racial Black woman to every space I enter, including Whatcom Young Professionals. I’m also a devoted mother, challenging stereotypes about women balancing passion and parenthood. You’ll often find me at a local coffee shop with a good book in hand or out at a local thrift store searching for the best vintage treasures with my daughter.

I love bring people together and create spaces for exploration. My guiding value is ‘Curiosity before assumption,’ a testament to my belief in the transformative power of inquisitiveness to break down barriers and build meaningful connections.

Jordan Gustafson

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Operations

Hi! I’m Jordan. Originally from Minnesota, I have spent the last seven years in Whatcom County and have found a home in this community! Before putting down roots, I spent a lot of time abroad in diverse cultures, which gave me an appreciation for the transformative power of collaboration within a community. In my current role as the development director for Christian Hope Association (CHA), encompassing New Way Ministries (a transitional housing program for women and their children experiencing homelessness) and Project Hope Food Bank & Community Assistance, I am heavily involved in engaging with the incredible people who contribute to what makes this area so outstanding.  I spend time presenting our work to various audiences, from grantmakers to local businesses and clubs. In addition to speaking, I plan our fundraising strategies, engage with potential donors, and have a lot of fun overseeing events.
In my spare time, you can find me with friends, learning something new, traveling, or at a board meeting for Racial Unity Now; an organization focused on bridging racial divides in our community.
I am thankful to be a part of WYPs and look forward to the next year and what it brings.

Matt Haggen

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Operations

Matt is a dedicated project management professional with seven years in the industry. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington and spending the first five years of his career in the Seattle area working on projects for Microsoft, UW, and several biotech clients, Matt, a proud native of Bellingham, returned home in early 2022 with a strong desire to make a positive impact in the community he grew up in. Now a project manager at RAM Construction,  he hopes to share the RAM culture of “Be Safe… Work Hard… Have Fun.” with his colleagues at Whatcom Young Professionals.

In his free time, Matt is an avid outdoors enthusiast and can often be found biking, hiking, skiing, or paddleboarding with his wife, Amber, and their dog, Leo. Matt is excited to bring a strong work ethic and a passion for sustainable development and business growth to the table as a member of the Whatcom YP Advisory Council.

Sy Hashimi

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Member At Large

I’ve been a Whatcom County resident since I was a kid and I have loved growing up here ever since. A first generation immigrant, I come from a family of 6 who came into this country with nothing but dreams of living a better life. I’m happy to say we have all been given that opportunity from the tireless work and effort my parents put in early in our lives.

Hayden LeMaster

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Marketing

I’m a local business owner here in Bellingham, and have been a member of Whatcom YP for the last 6 years (and counting!)

A self-proclaimed “marketing geek”, I absolutely love helping small businesses and organizations meet their marketing needs in a fun and creative way.

In my spare time, I’m an avid woodworker and DIY-er, and as a baseball fan I love attending Seattle Mariners and Bellingham Bells games any time I’m able.

Sam Lewis

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Community Engagement

Hi, I’m Sam! I was born and raised in Bellingham, and love everything about this community. After high school, I left Bellingham for a few years to get a degree in Operations/Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship and Philosophy from Gonzaga University. I lived abroad in Florence, Italy exploring my love for travel and food and eventually ended up in Seattle working on commercial construction projects. While in Seattle, I got a professional development certificate at UW in Construction Management and had a blast exploring the city with new and old friends. Eventually, after 7 years I found my way back to Bellingham to work at RAM Construction in business development and project management. I truly believe in our mission to “Be Safe, Work Hard, Have Fun” and I’m excited to bring a little bit of that to the Whatcom Young Professionals space.

Nickole Murphy

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Marketing

Hi, I’m Nickole! Raised in Anacortes, I now reside in Bellingham with my husband and dog, Maggy. I enjoy mountain biking on Galbraith, hiking all around Whatcom County, supporting our local businesses, and diving into a good book.

Professionally, I am a Mortgage Lender with RWM Home Loans. I’ve grown a passion for teaching and empowering clients with their financial needs. I excel in guiding clients through debt cleanup and breaking down the purchasing/refinancing process in a way that’s easy to understand. Helping my clients become educated while building wealth through real estate is why I love what I do. Thanks to my husband’s service in the Navy on NAS Whidbey, I also have first-hand experience utilizing VA loans, which provide valuable benefits for current and retired military members. I work with clients all over Washington but primarily in Whatcom and Skagit County. I specialize in VA loans and working with First-time Homebuyers.

I joined Whatcom YP to connect more with the community and other young professionals in the area.

Jessie Pemble

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Community Engagement

I’m currently the Director of Development at Animals as Natural Therapy! I was lucky enough to be born and raised here in Bellingham and received my Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from WWU in 2017, which led me to a career in service of others. My heart is deeply connected to the work I do at ANT, having been a client of the organization myself as a child, and I love having the opportunity to combine my skills with my passions. When I’m not fundraising, you’ll find me hiking or biking with my rescue dog, Mama, reading Jack Reacher novels, or side-hustling as a graphic designer.
As part of the Community Engagement team, I’m committed to finding fun, informative, & meaningful ways to give back to WYPs members and hope I’ll see you at our events!

Sarah Seeberger

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Chamber of Commerce Liaison

As the Program and Event Coordinator at the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, I am dedicated to fostering community through various events and programs, creating intentional spaces for meaningful connections.

Bellingham captured my heart when I moved here from my hometown of Spokane to pursue my education at WWU. In the spring of 2023, I successfully graduated, earning my degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration, accompanied by minors in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Dance.

My lifelong involvement in the performing arts community has deeply influenced my commitment to creating meaningful connections. In my free time, you will often find me at a local dance class, cooking up a new recipe, or enjoying quality time with my partner, Amardeep, and friends.

It is a joy to be a part of the WYPS community, and I look forward to more connection and community in the year ahead.

Jessica Welter-Kolbo

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Community Engagement

Hi, I’m Jessica! I have always had a strong calling to make deep impact and am happy to be able to do that through life coaching. I became a Certified Life Coach to help others overcome and accomplish in many faucets in their lives, but I also enjoy the part where I see my own growth and expansion.
In my personal time, you can find me painting, enjoying nature, indulging in some good tunes, cooking without recipes, and playing volleyball with friends. I also enjoy being a part of my community here in Whatcom County and am excited to become more of a facilitator for connection within our county through my participation in Whatcom Young Professionals.