2019 Board of Directors
President: Beth Brown
Beth Brown has her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and relocated to Tacoma in 2013 after accepting a position at Swenson Say Faget Structural Engineering. In her position as a Project Engineer she works on various projects from designing single family residence, to large mixed-use facilities, to seismic studies and seismic retrofits of older buildings. Beth has served on the board for a number of years first as the philanthropy chair, overseeing all of YPN’s philanthropy events and activities, and now as the Vice President. In her spare time, you can find her rooting on the Cougs, trying out new recipes, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to various fun locations.www.ssfengineers.com
Vice-President/President-Elect: Angie Tronset
Angie Tronset 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 The Director of Career Development 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 husband Gavin and their dog Locke.www.northwesternmutual.com
Past President: Alex Hendrickson
Secretary: Sarah Olson
Sarah Olson earned her BS and MS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. A 7th generation Texan, she relocated to the state of Washington to accept a position at Swenson Say Faget, a structural engineering firm in Tacoma. As a Staff Engineer, she works with architects, contractors and home owners to design everything from small home remodels to large mixed-use buildings. She joined YPN at the encouragement of her coworker and is continuing into her 2nd year as Secretary. When not working, you can find Sarah playing trivia around the city, practicing yoga or exploring different parts of the PNW.
Treasurer: Alex Folger
Alex graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Accounting and Marketing. After graduation, he joined the team at The Doty Group, P.S., a public accounting firm located in the heart of downtown Tacoma. During his employment at The Doty Group, Alex gained experience working in taxation for businesses, individuals, estates, and trusts. In addition to tax projects, he is frequently involved in performing audit, review, and compilation engagements for businesses in the area. Alex obtained his CPA designation in the state of Washington in May of 2017. He holds active memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Alex enjoys spending time with friends and family, along with enjoying many of the outdoor luxuries that the great state of Washington has to offer. http://www.dotygroupcpas.com/
Golf Tournament Chair: CJ Kraft
CJ Kraft was born and raised in the Tacoma-Puyallup area. After graduating from Puyallup High School he studied at Highline College in Des Moines before transferring to the University of Washington in Seattle and earning a B.A. in Economics. CJ started as a Financial Advisor in July 2017 on a team at Waddell & Reed in downtown Tacoma. In his role on the team he acts as the primary investment researcher and software expert in addition to his duties as a financial planner and investment manager for individuals, families, and businesses. CJ is new to the YPN board this year, taking on the Golf Tournament Chair position. You can often find CJ attending local culture and sports events, staying active playing soccer and softball, or spending time with his dog, Dempsey (named after Clint, the Sounder and USMNT player).
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Networking: Mary Brickle
Mary is a nonprofit development professional, committed to cultivating authentic relationships by connecting people with the causes they care about. She currently works as Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations with Tacoma Art Museum. In addition to her involvement with YPN, she is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee of the South Sound Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and serves on the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Citizen’s Advisory Board. When not working to acquire the knowledge, experience, and connections to grow as a dynamic fundraiser, Mary enjoys travelling, marathon reading sessions, and exploring the great outdoors. Originally from the east coast, Mary moved to the Gritty City in 2014, after graduating from the University of Richmond and a year abroad living in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Leadership: David Flores
David Flores is a Cash Management Officer within the Business Services division of America’s Credit Union servicing the South Sound. His focus with ACU is spent on providing innovative online solutions to members as well as business development. He graduated from Puyallup High School and then earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from University of Washington in Tacoma. David relocated back to Tacoma mid 2018 after spending the last 6 years on the California coast. As the Leadership chair of YPN, David organizes the quarterly Leadership Luncheons as well as the brand new Leadership/Career development monthly breakfasts. In his time away from work, David enjoys playing soccer, going to sporting events including pro-wrestling, and spending time with friends and family.
Membership: Ryan Baxter
Ryan Baxter has been a Washingtonian for almost all of his life. Growing up in the Tacoma area, he then moved to Puyallup where he graduated from Emerald Ridge High School in 2003. Wasting no time, he joined First American Title Insurance Company a month after high school graduation and has been there ever since. He currently works as a Business Development Representative for First American, putting to use his years of experience to help professionals in the Real Estate and Lending industry. Though having just joined YPN Tacoma-Pierce County in 2017, Ryan is excited to help others see the value in connecting with other young professionals in the community. In his free time, Ryan thoroughly enjoys discovering new breweries or tap rooms, wherein you’re likely to find him diving deep into conversations with strangers. Cheers!