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Meet the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


Francis Benjamin

Francis came to this region to attend college, met his wife Heidi, and never left.  Pullman provides great work opportunities, has a wonderful climate, and is the perfect place to raise a family.  He works at Washington State University ‘06 & ’14 designing psychological research experiments, providing technology solutions, and teaching Real Estate. He owns FAB Consulting a technology-solutions consulting company. Francis served on Pullman’s City Council 2003-2015 and is former president of the Association of Washington Cities.  He is active on the chamber’s lentil festival and government affairs & economic development committees and in the community: Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Pullman Community Council on Aging, Palouse Knowledge Corridor, and Pullman 2040.


McKenzie Brumet, Vice President

McKenzie Brumet manages corporate giving and philanthropy for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Born and raised in eastern Washington, she has been proud to call Pullman home for nearly 14 years. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Eastern Washington University, McKenzie held a variety of positions before joining SEL in 2008. She has volunteered for numerous local organizations.





Pete Chittenden

Pete Chittenden is a 20-year veteran with student, affordable and conventional housing experience. Pete is an inspiring and natural born leader who has leveraged DABCO’s unique culture, and the support of a strong back-office team, to consistently deliver better-than-market results for DABCO clients. Pete has been recognized internally and by industry organizations as a leader in his field.  He is a two-time AHMA Award winner for “Management Agent Staff Person of the Year”, which came consecutively in 2012 & 2013. An engaging personality, Pete is very passionate about his craft and thoroughly enjoys leading DABCO’s efforts in Eastern Washington. A graduate of Washington State University, Pete is “plugged in” where it matters most.  He’s used his network and relationships to serve clients in unique ways, bringing in vendor support and a trust-factor that’s hard to match under another model. Pete currently resides in Pullman Washington with his wife of 25 years, his daughter and son. Pete is a volunteer with Washington State Fish & Wildlife, serves on the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board, active with the Pullman Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and is the Vice President of the United Way of Whitman County. An avid outdoorsman, family man and active member of the community DABCO serves, Pete can usually be found on the golf course with friends, telling tales of a recent bird hunt and cheering on his Cougs.


Ginger Flynn, President

Ginger Flynn is the Business Development Leader at Dave Christy State Farm. She moved to Pullman January of 2012 to join her longtime high school “sweetheart” Scott Hodge. Ginger has been active in the community since her arrival, volunteering at Second Chance Animal Thrift Store, Whitman Senior Living, Bishop Place, and Pullman HS Booster events. She has been a Pullman Kiwanian since arriving in Pullman; she has served on the board the past seven years and is the current President of the Kiwanis Club of Pullman, the largest service club on the Palouse. Her community service through Kiwanis has allowed her to co-chair the “Stuff the Bus” campaign for the past 3 years, co-captain Kiwanis/WSU football parking, and chair the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Music Fest.  Ginger is an active participant in the Women’s Leadership Guild, Whitman County Association of Realtors, Whitman County Landlord Tenant Association and Real Life Church.  She has volunteered at The National Lentil Festival for many years, including coordinating all volunteers for the 2016 event. Ginger is the 2018 recipient of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce member of the year award. She enjoys attending Cougar home sporting and entertainment events, the benefits of living in a small town, and walking her French Bullhuahua, “Nahla” in the snow while talking to her son in Florida. Giving back to and growing the community she calls home brings her great satisfaction. She quotes Mahatma Gandhi – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.”


Shannon Focht

Shannon Focht is a Realtor with RE/MAX Home and Land and has resided in Pullman for 19 years… she loves the rolling hills in spring and the incomparable way of life. She has established a multitude of connections within the community and is highly involved in Kiwanis, Whitman County Association of Realtors, and more – she’s proud to call Pullman home! Shannon is raising 3 wonderful sons with her husband, Ryan, and loves attending sporting events (both her sons’ and the Cougs), traveling, and reading.






Hailey James

Hailey James is the Campus Chief of Staff at WSU Pullman, overseeing community relations, events, communications, and general campus operations. Hailey has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from WSU Pullman and her Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from WSU Global. She has been working at WSU for the last nine years in a variety of roles, most recently leading the institution’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A lifelong resident of the Palouse, Hailey enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, Bob, and their two obnoxious dogs.




Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson is in his fifth term as Mayor of Pullman and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.  As Mayor, Glenn is chair of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport board that recently completed its major runway realignment project and is now working on building a new terminal for the region.  He continues his work as “Voice of the Cougs” for Washington State University’s football and men’s basketball programs.    He retired as the Lester Smith Distinguished Professor of Media Management in 2016 after teaching at WSU for 35 years. Glenn was presented with the highest honor a non-graduate of WSU can achieve—the Honorary Alumnus award.  He has been an active volunteer in the community since his arrival in 1979 and continues to active in the community and in the state.  For 25 years he has served as the chair of the chamber’s 4th of July Committee and works on the chamber’s government affairs, Lentil and Cabaret committees.  Glenn was appointed by the governor as one of five trustees of the Community Colleges of Spokane that has branch in Pullman; and serves on the boards of the Community Action Center of Whitman County; the state Transportation Improvement Board; the Washington State Association of Broadcasters; the Municipal Research and Service Center; and serves as the chair of the trustees of the Employees Benefit Trust that provides health coverage to city employees throughout the state.  He is a member of the Kiwanis club and is the former president of the Association of Washington Cities and served on its board.


 Julian Matthews

Julian Matthews is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce tribe and has lived in Pullman with his wife for 27 years and works in Human Resources at the Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises. Nimiipuu (the people) Protecting the Environment is a Tribal member run environmental that started in 2015 and does a number of activities, one of the main ones is a weekly Arts and Crafts get together on Wednesdays in Lapwai where 30-40 Lapwai Elementary School students come to learn about traditional arts and crafts, canoe and paddle carving and other tribal artwork. The adults and youth in 2018 finished carving the first dugout canoe on the Nez Perce reservation and took it on the Clearwater where it floats great. In addition, the group has held regular Tribal Environmental Summits in a variety of venues to bring attention to Environmental issues that impact the Nez Perce tribe within our Treaty of 1855 areas. He grew up in CDA and graduated from Kamiah HS, served six years in the US Navy, graduated after his service from Gonzaga University with a degree in Finance and completed a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Idaho.   “The reason I wanted to be on the board is since I have lived here so long I know many people and students at the Universities, local businesses and enjoyed the activities the board puts on over the years.”

 Bob Maxwell

Bob Maxwell is the superintendent of the Pullman School District (PSD) and has participated in a number of chamber events since moving to Pullman in 2014. He is a current member of Kiwanis, participates on various boards/committees at the local and regional level. He enjoys volunteering at various events in the community. Bob received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from WSU in 2011. In his spare time, Bob can be found in the great outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking or rock hounding. Bob and his wife, Adrienne, love Pullman and the array of outdoor activities, arts, entertainment, and PSD/WSU athletic events.  Bob and Adrienne; have two girls Madeline and Kate. Being a member of the Chamber and the Chamber Board is an opportunity to help enhance and give back to the community. Bob appreciates the Chambers generous support, great work and commitment to our schools.

Theresa Myers, Secretary

Former president Theresa Myers is the co-owner of Myers Auto Rebuild and Towing. She is from Kent and has lived in Pullman for 40 years. Theresa loves the small-town lifestyle in Pullman, and she adds that it is a great place to raise kids, due to the great schools. There is a variety of cultural and sporting events in the region, and she enjoys being so close to outdoor recreation opportunities and likes to watch the seasons change. As a member of the Board of Directors, she finds it meaningful to help build a vital economic base for the citizens of Pullman, and to promote Pullman and the region as a great place to live and do business. Theresa says that it is important to educate people that Pullman has many great businesses and that they don’t need to go out of town to find what they need, as it is offered right here in town.



Stacey K Overtoom

Stacey is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, licensed in Washington and Idaho. Real Estate has been her career and passion since 2016. She and her husband have called Pullman home since 2019, and after moving around the country and experiencing different cultures and cities, they are excited to grow their roots in the Palouse. She loves living in a small college town with all of its charm and local offerings! Stacey is a firm believer in developing and nurturing strong relationships – personally, professionally, and within the community. When she isn’t watching football or cheering on the Cougs, Stacey likes to read, travel with her husband, and spend time with her 2 rescue pups.


Robert Rembert

Robert Rembert is a past President of the Board of Directors, as well as a civil litigation attorney and shareholder at Irwin, Myklebust, Savage & Brown, P.S., Pullman’s full-service community law firm. He attended Western Washington University where he obtained his undergraduate degree and met his wife, Jeannine. Rob attended Seattle University School of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996. He is a member of both the Washington and Idaho Bar Associations, has served as President of the Whitman County Bar Association and is a member of the Lewis & Clark State College Legal Support Programs Advisory Committee. Active in the Pullman community, Rob has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Pullman Education Foundation, a Commissioner on the Whitman County Elected Officials Salary Commission and was a Trustee for Neill Public Library for over ten years.  Rob, Jeannine and their four children enjoy making Pullman their home.


PJ Sanchez, Treasurer

PJ Sanchez is a Washington State University graduate and a Relationship Manager at Washington Trust Bank in Pullman. He has worked at Washington Trust Bank since it opened its doors in Pullman and has been the Branch Manager since May of 2014. Since moving to the Palouse in the fall of 2009, PJ has enjoyed volunteering and being involved in the Pullman Community. PJ is involved in several civic groups including the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club, and Lions Club. PJ lives in Pullman with his wife, Kelli Kamimura, who is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at WSU, and their dog, Gus. In his spare time, PJ enjoys golfing, traveling and attending all Cougar sporting events.


Tawny Szumlas

Tawny Szumlas is a 6th generation Pullman resident.  Her ancestors moved to Pullman after the Civil War, finding Pullman a perfect place to raise families, operate businesses and be civically engaged. A graduate of Washington State University, Tawny received her degree in Hospitality Business Management in 2002. After a brief time spent working for the Marriott Corporation in Southern California, Tawny returned to Pullman to work with her father. In 2015 Tawny took charge of the family business and now operates Rico’s Smokehouse Pub in downtown Pullman. Continuing her family’s tradition, Tawny is raising her 3 kids in Pullman with her husband.



Pat Wright

Pat Wright is another long-term member of the Board of Directors. Since her retirement as general manager of The Bookie, Pat has remained active in the Pullman community. She enjoys working part-time at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts and on the Pullman City Council. In addition to being a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Pat is Membership Chair of Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pullman Education Foundation. Pat has lived in Pullman since 1975. She is originally from New York and moved to California before residing in Pullman.




Sebastian Sanders

Sebastian Sanders arrived in Pullman when he was 17, eager to pursue a degree at Washington State University. Hailing from rural Montana, he knew all about the importance of community and supporting businesses that provide for community members. Now, he is a senior double-majoring in both History and Political Science with an aspiration to teach high school Social Studies. Sebastian is also the current Director of Community Affairs for ASWSU, where he serves as the liason between the thousands of Pullman undergrads and the wonderful community partners of Pullman. Outside of the classroom, Sebastian is the President of WSU’s Competitive Tennis team as well as a frequent volunteer for labor activities in the Palouse.