Board of Directors

2017 Board of Directors

Board Members 

Vice-President/President-Elect: Chris Waldron

Chris joined Spectrum Pension Consultants in 2012. While at Spectrum, Chris has gained valuable knowledge and experience that has allowed him to deliver high quality consulting services to his clients. His role is focused on both service and sales. He is responsible for the ongoing client service under our platform services and IRA service offering. With strengths in building client relationships he actively works with our strategic partners to develop new client relationships.

He is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), earned the designation of Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) and the designation of Qualified Pension Consultant (QPA) in 2014. Chris completed the requirements to earn the designation of Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) in 2016. Committed to the betterment of the industry, Chris earned his Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) to apply these principals to his entire Client and Advisor base.

As a graduate of Western Washington University, Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Originally from Gig Harbor, Chris enjoys the outdoors with Manny (his dog), golf, and volunteers as a board member with the young professional’s network of Tacoma-Pierce County.

Vice-President/President-Elect:  Alex Blanchard 

Past President: Lindsey Baker 

Lindsey Baker is a Loan Consultant at Guild Mortgage and has been with them for 5 1/2 years; with just under 9 years experience in the mortgage industry. She has a passion for helping others, and feels extreme joy in helping each one of her clients in the pursuit of homeownership. She was born and raised in North Tacoma still living a few miles from the home she grew up in. She joined YPN in 2013 to broaden her network of professionals, and in the process has built many great personal & professional relationships. Lindsey is excited and honored to be YPN’s 2016 President. Lindsey is also secretary for the Women's Council of Realtors Tacoma-Pierce County chapter. Lindsey's free time is spent traveling, attending Seattle Sounders games, spending time with her friends, family, boyfriend Chris & dog Manny.

Secretary: Aaron Johnsen

Aaron Johnsen is Tacoma born and raised. He holds a B.S. in Safety and Health Management from Central Washington . He has worked in Safety for over 7 years in manufacturing and construction. He currently works at the Bradken-Atlas Foundry as the Safety Manager and runs a small parking lot striping company called Viking Striping. Aaron is currently serving as the Secretary of the YPB Board of Directors. Aaron recently bought and is slowly renovating a house in Central Tacoma. He spends most weekends attending or watching Sounders games and trying to fit in house projects.

Treasurer: Nick Alden

Communication: Angie Bauer

Angie Bauer relocated to Tacoma from Boston, MA when she attended college at the University of Puget Sound. She fell in love with the area and now works as a Recruiter for Northwestern Mutual. In her role as Communications for YPN Angie writes our monthly News Letter, manages our Facebook page, website and calendar. Angie’s free time is spent horseback riding, enjoying the sun on Hood Canal, and cooking for her Finance Gavin and their dog Locke.

Committee Chairs

Golf Tournament Chair: Austin Patjens 

Austin Patjens is a Tacoma native with a B.A. in Finance from Pacific Lutheran University. He has worked in the banking industry for over a decade and is currently the Portfolio Manager and Commercial Credit Underwriter for Heritage Banks Allenmore office. As the Golf Tournament Chair for YPN Austin organizes and runs YPN’s annual golf tournament (Sept 9th, 2016). Austin is a soon to be father of 3, he and his wife (Nicole) have lived in the North End of Tacoma since 2012. Austin has no downtime, and has not had a true hobby in many years. He spends his weekends playing with his kids and dog. Occasionally he is able to escape the clutches of fatherly responsibilities to play some golf or basketball with friends. Austin is also president elect for his Children’s preschool and coach of their rec league athletic teams. Go Hawks.

Networking: Joe Corona

Joe Corona came to Tacoma as a Midwest transplant born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. He arrived in Tacoma in July 2011 to pursue a lifelong dream of working in baseball for the Tacoma Rainiers. Joe played college baseball for Indiana Tech and graduated in May of 2006 with a B.A. in Sports Management with a double major in Management, after his Junior year of athletic eligibility. With the decision of joining the workforce or playing baseball another year, he continued to play and started working towards his M.B.A. in Marketing, and graduated early in the winter 2007.
Currently, Joe still has a love for baseball, but realized his true calling in 2013, helping people. He is a Commercial Lending Officer for US Bank, specializing in the purchase or refinance of properties that are Owner Occupied, Investment, Multi-Family, or SBA. He also has the ability to assist with startup or partner buyouts of a business and/or medical practice, and can also finance equipment large or small.

Early on, Joe learned from his parents' involvement in the community and selfless acts of giving, that it is vital to give back to the community, and have an active part in making the place you live, better. As Joe inserted himself in the Tacoma community and various organizations, he joined YPN in 2013, and has since been elected Networking Chair.

Outside of work, Joe can be found exercising at the Tacoma Center YMCA, golfing, playing corn hole, and exploring the beautiful PNW. He is also working on two fund-raisers to benefit (1) Veterans and (2) help feed the homeless.

In regards to YPN:

YPN has become a great balance of friends and business relationships, and as many young professionals continue to grow in their careers, Joe wants to fortify relationships with like minded individuals and become future leaders in the Puget Sound.

Joe's favorite part of YPN is that everyone is willing to give back to the community all while working with fellow members to buy a car, house or insurance, retirement planning, banking, and employment placement, to name a few, and in the end, know you are solidifying someone's career.

Leadership: Lisa Wierzbicki

Membership: Brice Leahy

Brice Leahy is the CEO of Leahy Law. Leahy Law is a personal injury firm located in downtown Tacoma that serves clients throughout Washington State with a focus on motor vehicle collisions and wrongful death actions. As the Membership Chair of YPN, Brice plans quarterly membership mixer events and helps grow the YPN membership. In his free time Brice can be found boating, golfing, or crossfitting.

Philanthropy: Beth Brown

Beth Brown has her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and relocated to Tacoma after accepting a position at Swenson Say Faget Structural Engineering. In her position as Staff Engineer she assist on the structural design of projects ranging from small single family residential remodels to seismic retrofits of historic buildings. As the Philanthropy Chair for YPN Beth oversees the Philanthropy Committee and helps plan and coordinate quarterly philanthropy events. When Beth isn’t trying out new recipes or up to silly shenanigans with her friends and family, she enjoys exploring the area, taking art classes, and serving at her local church.

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