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Board of Directors
Anthony B. Pickering
Mr. Pickering has been the owner of Max Dale’s Restaurant since 1983 and of Stanwood Grill since 2001. Mr. Pickering is a past-President of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and previously served as a Trustee for the Washington State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Pickering currently serves as Chairman of the Board of WBCO and the Bank.
Mark D. Crawford
Mr. Crawford, a resident of Stanwood WA, is the President of Smokey Point Concrete, Inc., a position he has held since 1986. He served on the Washington Aggregate & Concrete Association Board and is an Advisory Board member for Youth Dynamics - Arlington WA. Mr.Crawford has additional experience in board and committee service for other local entities and he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Portland State University.
Jay T. Lien
Mr. Lien is the President of Saratoga Passage LLC (formerly known as Dan Garrison, Inc.), a real estate company, since 1986. Mr. Lien served as Chairman of the Board of WBCO and the Bank from September 1998 until April 2001.
Gragg E. Miller
Mr. Miller resides in Bellingham, WA and is the Principal Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Bain. Mr. Miller was the President of Coldwell Banker Miller-Arnason, a position he held since 1978 until the company merged with Coldwell Banker Bain in 2011. Miller holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington. He has attended numerous professional institutes in the real estate field and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whatcom County Board of Realtors in 2006.
Robert T. Severns
Mr. Severns has been in the title insurance business for nearly 40 years. Since 1999, he has been the President of Chicago Title Insurance Company/ Island Division, Oak Harbor. He served on the Island Title Company Board of Directors for 15 years and is currently Chairman of the Board for Land Title of Kitsap and Mason Counties. Mr. Severns serves as an Oak Harbor City Council member. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administrative Management from Central Washington University, and has varied experience in board and committee memberships at local and state levels. Mr. Severns brings to the board a specialized knowledge of the title insurance industry, extensive community involvement, and a considerable amount of experience as a director.
Rhoda L. Altom
Ms. Altom is a real estate investor and manager and has been the President and Managing Member of Milestone Properties and Milestone Managers since 1984. Her company specializes in the acquisition and property management of commercial, retail, apartment, and land projects which are held in partnerships to own and operate properties in the Puget Sound area. A resident of Seattle, Ms. Altom holds a BS degree in Engineering - Construction Management from Washington State University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is a founder and trustee of several philanthropic associations, including the YWCA Endowment Guild, Washington Women’s Foundation, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund & PBTRF Guild at Children’s Hospital. Ms. Altom received an Alumni Achievement Award from WSU in 2009. Ms. Altom’s business acumen and strategic management skills, together with her broad experience serving on various boards and committees, bring strong operational and financial experience to the Board.
Deborah J. Gavin
Ms. Gavin was employed by the Boeing Company for over 20 years and retired from the position of Vice President of Finance and Controller in 2010. Ms. Gavin served as an Undergraduate and Graduate Adjunct Accounting Faculty with City University, Seattle and was a Management Consultant for Deloitte. Prior to her employment with Boeing, Ms. Gavin was a Special Agent with the US Department of Treasury. Ms. Gavin is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and an MBA in Finance from Seattle University. Ms. Gavin is currently a board member of the Washington Business Alliance. Her extensive financial background, leadership skills, and depth of public company knowledge provide the Board and Audit Committee with valuable expertise.