The Economic Alliance of Lewis County is a public-private partnership whose goal is to contribute to the economic vitality of the community by increasing the number of jobs and improving the local quality of life. To accomplish our goal we work to recruit new businesses to the area and to retain our local businesses by aiding in their expansions.

Our Vision

Our goal is to contribute to the economic vitality of the community by increasing the number of jobs and improving the local quality of life. To accomplish our goal we work to retain our local businesses and aid them in expanding as well as recruit new businesses to the area.

To that end we have assisted over eighty firms locate here, which provide over 2,300 jobs to our community. In addition, we have worked with over 250 local firms, helping them to expand or strengthen their operations. Finally, the Economic Alliance partners with 100’s of members in business, government, and community groups to solve transportation, utility, and regulatory problems.




Our Team

Richard DeBolt

Executive Director

Richard is a Lewis County resident of over 25 years. Before  accepting the Executive Director position, he had spent 20+ years working as the ranking member of Capital Budget Committee
in Olympia as well as the Ranking Member of Technology and Economic Development Committee. Richard has a future growth mindset and always has a task at the forefront. His focus of bringing unity to Lewis County while at the same time driving energy into economic development to boost the local economy is evident with work that the Economic Alliance has achieved in the past year. Richard magnifies the team-oriented, leadership approach that every organization desires. His ability to draw out the strengths of his team enables him to maximize the potential of all aspects of the organization and community that he is involved in.

Eric Sonnenberg

External Relations Manager

Born in Centralia, raised in Chehalis. Graduated W.F West in 2006. Eric has been in
sales and customer service since 2009. He currently resides in Chehalis with his Wife
Tate and Three Kids, Macy, Kade and Beck. He has been working with the Economic
Alliance for the last three years.

Marrianne Schumacher

Finance and Contract’s Manager

Marrianne relocated to Lewis County in 2017, 2 years after beginning as Office Manager for the Economic Alliance. “My background in management, finance, and human resources has helped as I have supported the Economic Alliance in its mission of building up our community and economy for a better future.” Marrianne volunteers on several boards and organizations throughout Lewis County where she advocates for children and families- her primary passion. To further her career goals, Marrianne is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. “Part of helping business grow and thrive means helping the people who manage the business.” Marrianne will be offering Business Mediation as a new service through membership with the Economic Alliance. Contact Marrianne if you have questions about the Economic Alliance Mission and Vision, or if you are interested in seeking business mediation

Dolly Tardiff

Business Development Center/Program Manager

I was born at Madigan Hospital in Tacoma and raised in Lacey, WA. The Chehalis/Centralia area has been my home for over 32 years and has been a great place to raise my two grown children ages 24 & 21 years old. I own a local Security Company which was started in 1992 and I am also currently employed by the Economic Alliance of Lewis County. One of my favorite things in life is time spent with my family & loved ones.

Micheal Wagar

Communications Strategist

Michael Wagar graduated with a degree in journalism from Western Washington University. After college Michael spent about three decades working in newspapers. He started out as a reporter, then was promoted to assistant editor, managing editor, publisher and finally as president, about 20 of those years working at The Chronicle in Centralia.

Michael lives in Mossyrock with his wife Juanita. They enjoy boating on Mayfield Lake and having family and friends over for food and conversation.

Todd Chaput

Initiative’s Program Manager

I accepted my current position with the Economic Alliance of Lewis County in July of 2021. My title and primary focus is the Program Management for Infrastructures Initiatives via ARPA Funds (American Rescue Plan Act). Our goal, in concert with Lewis County and the Cities of Chehalis and Centralia, is to develop an interactive GIS Map that will enable local, county and state agencies as well as private organizations to see all planned development throughout the county on a single map. This will provide greater opportunity for collaborative efforts that will encourage a “Dig Once” policy and create efficiencies and cost savings to the taxpayers as well as improve services.

This is what Economic Development is all about. Provide accurate data to stakeholders, improve transparency, and expand development opportunities. I saw this as an opportunity to help facilitate economic opportunities for our
community, employers, and their family. I am excited to be part of a forward-thinking organization and look forward to working with a great team.

Board of Directors

Ben Kostick - Chair

Ben M. Kostick C.P.A.

Ben has owned Ben Kostick CPA, Inc. for 25 years and has over 40 years of experience in accounting.


Bob Guenther - Vice Chair

Thurston Lewis Mason-Central Labor Council

Working to retain and facilitate jobs that pay the states average wages and benefits for like skills. Support workforce training for our students and adults.

Stuart Cavness - Treasurer

First Allied Securities

Stuart Cavness is a fifth generation Lewis County resident and enjoys giving back to his community through his participation as treasurer for the Economic Alliance of Lewis County and company advisor to Business Week. Professionally, he is a financial planner and in his free time he enjoys cruising and racing sailboats, reading extensively, and restoring his vintage automobiles. 

Board Members

Arnold Haberstroh

Haberstroh Properties

My wife and I moved to Lewis County 30+ years ago for the opportunities that were available. Chose to raise our three daughters and now three grandchildren In this strong knit community. I have Always believe Lewis County is the best place to raise a family and do business 30 years later I believe that there are unlimited opportunity still in front of us. As a board member and Rotarian very proud to be a part of moving them forward in a positive direction for all.

Annalee Tobey

Chehahlis Community Renaissance Team

Annalee Tobey is the executive director of Chehalis’ Main Street program, the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team.  She is the founding chair of Women United, board member of Discover! Children’s Museum, and Adna High School Booster Club Treasurer.  With nearly 20 years in the non-profit sector, Annalee Tobey has experience in team building, strategic program implementation, and is a champion for community development.

Dr. Bob Mohrbacher

Centralia College

Bob Mohrbacher has been the president of Centralia College since 2016 and has worked in the Washington Community and Technical College system since 1992. He is a former member of the Adams County Economic Development Council and is currently on the Board of Valley View Health Centers, the Centralia College Foundation, and the PacMtn Workforce Development Council.

Bob Spahr

City of Chehalis

Brandon Johnson


Principal and Cofounder of JSACIVIL, LLC. Providing land development engineering services for clients throughout the West.

Cameron McGee

City of Centralia

Cameron was born and raised in Centralia. He is the owner of Calypso Window Washing and currently sits on the Centralia City Council. 

Chad Taylor

The Chronicle

Chad and his wife Coralee have been married 23 years and have two grown children Amber and Franklin, and two grandchildren, Everely and Saidie. Chad is the CEO of The Silver Agency, a marketing firm in Chehalis, and serves as the Publisher within CT Publishing, their news organization with newspaper assets in Centralia, The Chronicle, Yelm, The Nisqually Valley News, and in Battle Ground, The Reflector. They also own a sign company, SignPro. Chad served on the Chehalis City Council for 19 years, serving as Mayor ProTem for two terms retiring in February 2021. 

Julie Shaffley

Port of Centralia

Julie Shaffley is the owner of Good Health Nutrition Center in Centralia for over thirty years. Julie is also a Port of Centralia Commissioner since 2015.

JT Mundi

Kodenum, Inc.

JT Singh Mundi is founder of Kodenum Inc and Petro America Inc in Chehalis, WA. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University. JT dedicates time to philanthropic and leadership roles in support of the local community. This includes service as Board Member of Economic Alliance of Lewis County and as Co-Founder of Encompass Engine.

Dr. Kevin Caserta

Providence Hospital

Kevin Caserta, MD, MBA has served Providence Southwest Service Area since 2003 as a clinician and in multiple administrative roles.  He concurrently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Providence Southwest Washington and the Site Administrator for Providence Centralia

Kirk Vigre

Dry Box, Inc

Lewis County Native, Mossyrock High School graduate, I enjoy Family life, the Outdoors, community involvement and operating a local business. Its and Honor to be a member of this Board and support the strategic economic growth of our community. DRY BOX INC- President and Founder 2007 to Current (14 Years) Alstom Power- (10 Years) Field Engineer, Gas Turbine Power Generation, New Erection & Overhauls. US NAVY (6 Years) GSM-1, Mechanical Gas Turbine Technician

Cindy Sorenson

Sorenson Transport

I am President of Sorenson Transport Co. Inc. and was born and raised in Chehalis WA. I graduated from WF West in 2005 and Portland State University in 2010.

Dale Merten

Toledo Tel

Dale Merten is the VP/COO of ToledoTel, the leading rural broadband provider in Washington Sate.  Dale’s career in Telecom spans over four decades.  He is married to Tina Merten and they will celebrate 42 years in march of 2022.  They own and live on a ranch in the Toledo area.

Jereme Chapman

KPFF Consulting Engineers & JT Mundi from Kodenum, Inc.

Jereme is a Professional Licensed Land Surveyor and Principal at KPFF Consulting Engineers in Lacey, Washington where he has worked for the past 15 years, he also serves as a Fire Commissioner for Lewis County Fire District #13. He lives in the Boistfort Valley area with his wife, Misty, and two daughters Bailey and Carmen.

Luke Moerke

Exodus Engineering

Luke was born and raised in Lewis County. His grandfather and father both operated successful businesses in Lewis county in logging and well drilling respectively. Luke currently operates Exodus Engineering, where they provide engineering support for residential and commercial buildings, residential home design and drafting, commercial plan support and drafting, and site plans.

Mike Alexander

Security State Bank

Mike has been with Security State Bank (SSB) since 1997.  He is currently a Trust Officer since 2013, with the SSB Trust Department.  He has a B.A. in Business Administration, Business Management from Washington State University.  Mike was born and raised in Chehalis.  Along with serving on the Board of Lewis EDC, he’s a past president of Lewis County Chapter of Washington Farm Forestry Association and is a school board commission member for Saint Joseph School.

Paul Ericson

Shelton Lam & Deck

Paul Ericson is the President and co-owner of Shelton Structures, Inc. located in Chehalis, WA.  Paul serves as Port Commissioner District 2, is a board member of the Economic Alliance and Industrial Commission as well as a proud member of the Chehalis Activators.

Ralph Hubbert

Powersports NW

Vice President of Powersports NW and a lifelong resident of this area.

Reggie Hamilton

Hamilton Rock & Contracting

Reggie Hamilton is semi-retired, he has a background in land acquisitions, land management, building projects, and groundwork consulting


Heidi Pehl

I-5 Auto Group

Heidi Pehl is the owner of the I-5 Auto Group which operates Awesome Ford & RV, I-5 Toyota, Awesome Chevrolet Buick and I-5 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat all in Chehalis, and VW of Olympia in Olympia. Heidi grew up in Chehalis and has been married to Bob Pehl for 30 years. Bob is the Senior Vice President of The Pehl Group with Raymond James also in Chehalis. They have one son Robert who is the General Manager of the I-5 Auto Group.

Lee Grose

Lewis County Commissioner


In memory of his hard work and dedication

Gary Stamper

Lewis County Commissioner

Gary Stamper was the District #3 Commissioner for Lewis County, where he was been committed to serving residents by promoting responsible economic growth and family-wage jobs while maintaining the rural lifestyle that Lewis County residents and visitors expect, since 2015. Gary loved traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and taking walks with his spouse Bobbi Barnes and their two Bernadoodle dogs.