Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM

2024 Board of Directors

Being a Board member for the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an opportunity to help your local chapter and forward the HR profession.

The Board of the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an all volunteer Board composed of professionals working in the human resources or related field. Some positions require SHRM membership or a certification and all positions have an annual term (January – December).   The Board meets monthly to address chapter issues ranging from budget to programs.

If you are interested in getting involved and serving on either the Board, or one of our committees, please email for more information.  To view a summary of all Board positions and their job descriptions, please click here.  

President - Patricia Boteler

Patricia Boteler, SHRM-CP
Talent Manager - Samson Rope

Patricia Boteler is the Talent Manager at Samson, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance synthetic rope.  Responsible for attracting, engaging and retaining talent, leading all functions of employer branding, talent acquisition, corporate social responsibility, and employee engagement.

Patricia graduated from the College of the Environment at WWU, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography/Social Studies. She has been a member of SHRM since 2018 and was awarded the SHRM-CP in 2021.

This is her seventh year serving on the board and second year as President. 

President Elect - Caitlin McDavid

Caitlin McDavid
Talent Acquisition Specialist - Campus Recruitment - HSS Enterprises Inc.

Caitlin McDavid graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA degree in Business Management and minors in both Communications and Global Business. Caitlin moved from Arizona to Washington in 2014. During her time in retail management, she discovered a passion for the human relations side of business. In 2018, she earned her MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from Grand Canyon University and the following year her SHRM-CP certification. After two years as the HR Generalist at IKO Pacific Inc. in Sumas, WA, Caitlin was internally promoted to Talent Acquisition Specialist - Campus Recruitment with HSS Enterprises Inc.

SHRM Foundation Director - Amelia Mendenhall

Amelia Mendenhall
Employee Benefits Advisor and Practice Leader - PCF Insurance

Amelia began her career in insurance in 2010. As an Employee Benefits Advisor and Practice Leader, her day to day comprises of working with businesses on strategy, cost-containment, employee experience, compliance, efficiencies, and HR, as well as guiding and implementing best practices for PCF agencies throughout the country.

This is Amelia’s fifth term on the board, previously serving as Treasurer and President. Past volunteer experience includes positions with the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, Whatcom Young Professionals, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Washington.

Amelia grew up in the Pacific Northwest, instantly in love with all there is to do outdoors. She spends her free time hiking, practicing yoga, baking, curling up with a book, and spending time with family and friends.

Programs Co-Directors - Caitlin Walsh & Krystal Crim

Caitlin Walsh, SHRM-CP
HR Coordinator - Samson Rope

Caitlin Walsh graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minors in music and English.  She completed her HR Certificate at BTC in 2021 and has been working as the HR Coordinator at Samson Rope in Ferndale for nearly 2 years. Caitlin has been a member of SHRM since 2021 and this is her second year on the board. 

Krystal Crim, SHRM-CP 

Director of Administration - Capstone Physical Therapy

Krystal is the Director of Administration at Capstone Physical Therapy, a locally owned and operated outpatient practice with 8 locations in the PNW and a commitment to care, culture and community. She began her career at Capstone Physical Therapy and over the course of 11 years with the organization has helped the company to grow from one location to eight locations in all areas of office management and operations. She found her passion of working in people operations. During the past five years, her role has evolved to managing the full scope of Human Resource functions.  

Krystal has been a member of SHRM since 2019 and became a member of the Mt Baker SHRM Chapter in 2021. She earned her SHRM-CP in 2020. She looks forward to her first year of serving on the board. 

Membership Co-Directors - Adriana Silva & Jeremy Loween

Adriana Silva, SHRM-CP
Sr. HR Generalist - Smith Gardens

Adriana was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the States over 12 years ago.  She started her career in the Ski industry, where she found her passion for HR and the outdoors.  Currently, she works at Smith Gardens as a Sr. HR Generalist supporting over 300 employees in 3 different states.  

When Adriana is not at work, she is enjoying the beauty of the outdoors with her partner and dog.

This is Adriana's third year serving as a board member. 

Jeremy Loween

Health Insurance Producer - McGregor Benefits

Jeremy Loween is an Independent Health Insurance Producer through locally owned McGregor Benefits. Jeremy has the privilege of guiding his clients through the complex process of their Medicare enrollment. As an independent broker, Jeremy contracts with multiple insurance companies to offer his clients a broad and rich offering of health insurance products.

As a service to the local community, Jeremy is most passionate about educating local businesses and their employees on the transition to Medicare. He offers complimentary and comprehensive Medicare 101 seminars to all local businesses.

Jeremy graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He followed the love of his life to Bellingham after graduating from PLU in December of 2012.

This is his first term on the board, after having joined as a member in early 2023. Jeremy looks forward to meeting all existing members, engaging with new membership, and promoting membership into our local chapter.

Secretary - Tyson Simmons

Tyson Simmons

Director of Human Resources - Hardware Sales

Tyson was born and raised in the small mountain town of Twisp, WA and moved to Bellingham in 2011 to attend Whatcom Community College. Tyson has worked for Hardware Sales Inc. since 2015 and is currently the Director of Human Resources. His journey has been centered around his belief that employees are the cornerstone of any successful organization. Throughout his career, he's championed this principle, consistently driving initiatives that cultivate a people-centric culture. With over 10 years of hands-on experience in operations management, team leadership, and human resources, including 4 years at the director level, he's honed his skills in enhancing employee engagement, process efficiency, and customer value.

Tyson obtained the SHRM-SCP certification in July of 2022.

Treasurer - Leah McCracken

Leah McCracken

Benefits Specialist - Peoples Bank

Leah currently works as the Benefits Specialist at Peoples Bank where she manages benefits and leave administration. Leah graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in HR in 2014 but just recently began working in the HR industry one year ago. She passed the SHRM certification in the summer of 2023 and this is her second year as a SHRM member. Outside of work, Leah enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and thrifting.

Certification Director - Shannon Jacoby

Shannon Jacoby
Professional Staffing Manager - Express Employment Professionals

Shannon graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Human Resource Management. She is currently working for the Bellingham office and has been employed there for 20+ years. She is responsible for the Professional Staffing Niche - Accounting/Finance and HR. She started with commercial staffing, moved to professional staffing, and now oversees professional staffing and administrative staffing. Shannon was SHRM Member of the year in 2011 and 2013, has received multiple awards and achievements for Staffing with Express.  She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her kids in their sporting events!

Legislative Director - Marley Morgan

Marley Morgan, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Generalist - City of Bellingham

Marley Morgan is an HR Generalist for the City of Bellingham, working as the Human Resources Account Manager for multiple departments across the City. They also provide leadership development training to supervisors and managers and conduct selection and recruitment activities consistent with the goals and intent of Civil Service and/or the applicable collective bargaining unit.

Marley has a BA in Communications from Richmond, The American International University In London. This is their fourth year on the board.

College Relations Director - Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Instructor & Advisor - Bellingham Technical College

Elizabeth Miller has 25 years of experience in Human Resources, with a history of success in developing HR strategies that improve productivity, and revenues while supporting creative cultures.

She is an accomplished leader with expertise in building successful relationships in union environments using her strong skills and knowledge in labor law, the collective bargaining process, and interpreting and administering employee contracts. Currently, as a Business faculty member, Elizabeth Miller has developed HR certification for Bellingham Technical College and is happily teaching and sharing her passion for HR and Business with her students.

Technology Director - Jessica Holz

Jessica Holz, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Manager - Grizzly Industrial, Inc.

Jessica is the Human Resources Manager at Grizzly Industrial, Inc., the country’s largest wood- and metalworking machinery company.  She has been with Grizzly over 13 years, starting out as the assistant to the Human Resources Director, and now oversees the entire human resources function, with a focus on strategic planning and workforce management.  Prior to working in human resources, Jessica was a legal assistant at various law offices in Bellingham, focusing on criminal defense and employment law.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University as well as her SHRM-CP.  She has been a member of SHRM since 2020 and this is her second year on the board.

Communications Director - Eddy Lindenstein

Eddy Lindenstein
HCM Consultant - Paylocity

Eddy Lindenstein is a Human Capital Management Consultant for Paylocity.  Eddy is a graduate of Western Washington University and worked for Sports Radio KJR in Seattle before spending several years in Non-Profit Fundraising and Event Planning in the Northwest.  After his non-profit career ended, Eddy began working in HR Technology in 2011 and has loves working with Human Resource Professionals every day. 

This is Eddy’s fourth year on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board and he is bringing his social media experience and communication background to the chapter with excitement and enthusiasm to help the local HR community.

Eddy also volunteers for the Girl Scouts of America and enjoys motorcycle riding, podcasting and weightlifting in his free time.

Events Director - Jane Parsons

Jane Parsons
Recruitment & Training Coordinator - Kam-Way Transportation

Jane Parsons is the Recruitment & Training Coordinator at Kam-Way Transportation Inc., a family owned and operated supply chain and logistics corporation based in Blaine, WA.  She is responsible for talent acquisition, onboarding, engagement and retention and for promoting company culture and core values.  

Jane moved to Whatcom County from Salt Lake City in 2002.  She began her career in HR in 2018 after having worked as a legal assistant for 12 years.   Jane has been a member of SHRM since 2018 and this is her second year serving on the board.

Workforce Readiness/DEI Director - Emily Boehm

Emily Boehm

Founder/Consultant - Evergreen Workforce Consulting

Emily Boehm is the founder of Evergreen Workforce Consulting providing human resources support to organizations. She has over two decades of expertise in human resources, having cultivated engaging workplaces across diverse industries such as healthcare, non-profit, government, aerospace, manufacturing, and design.

Emily is an alumna of Willamette University, holding a Senior Certified Professional credential (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) & a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University.

This is her first year serving on the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM Board. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Brigid Collins Family Support Center.

Sponsorships Director - Julie Melick

Julie Melick

Senior Employee Benefits Advisor - HUB International

Julie Mellick attended her first SHRM meetings while attending Western Washington University almost 25 years ago.  She obtained her degree from WWU in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.  She worked in various HR roles for over a decade before discovering her passion for Employee Benefits in 2013. 

Currently Julie is a Senior Employee Benefits Advisor at HUB International Northwest where she works closely with business leaders and business owners to find solutions, craft strategy, and execute plans to create an impactful employee centric benefit program.

In addition to her work, Julie is a mother of two, serves as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Bellingham, and is excited to serve on the Mt Baker SHRM Board.

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