WSU Tri-Cities

College of Business

Advisory Board

The Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSUTC) College of Business Advisory Board was established to provide broad guidance to the academic programs in the College of Business on the Tri-Cities campus.

Board Members

Dr. Elizabeth Nagel

Dr. Elizabeth “Liza” Nagel

Deborah Barnard

Ms. Deborah Barnard

Toby Bouchey

Ms. Toby Bouchey

Native to the Tri-Cities, Ms. Bouchey, has over 22 years of executive management experience and 16 years of experience as a top producing Realtor. She has also been involved in civic and community activities as a volunteer for over 30 years.

In her professional experience, Bouchey has worked as general manager of cable television services for two cities, business manager for an investment company, executive director of two non-profit organizations, and marketing and communications manager for Hanford contractors. Currently, she is a Realtor, representing buyers and sellers in the residential resale and new construction markets.

Ms. Bouchey has served on several boards of directors in local organizations throughout the years. She has provided assistance in fundraising for capital projects and organizational growth for many groups and entities. In 2011, she served as Chairman of the Board for the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Bouchey is a graduate of Central Washington University.

Deb Bowen

Ms. Deb Bowen

Deb Bowen has served as Executive Director of Junior Achievement of the Greater Tri-Cities for the past 17 years. Prior to that she worked as a marketing consultant and as HR Director on the Hanford site. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at WSU Tri-Cities.

Deb is a social entrepreneur. She is one of the five co-founders of The Reading Foundation, creator of the Violence in Media Awareness Project, and has served on numerous boards, task forces and political campaigns.

Educational Background
1989, Master of Business Administration, University of Washington
1980, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Central Washington University
1976, Associate Degree in Arts and Science, Columbia Basin College

Stacie Hamilton

Ms. Stacie Hamilton

Stacie Hamilton was born and raised in the Tri-Cities, where she graduated from WSU in 1981 with a BS in Business Administration with a specialty in accounting. After receiving her CPA designation, she operated a CPA firm for over 15 years. During that time, she was on the adjunct faculty at WSU Tri-Cities for 10 years teaching Intermediate Accounting and Income Tax. She sold her CPA firm in 1998 and spent the next 14 years as a wealth manager. More recently, in 2012 Stacie sold her wealth management firm to concentrate on her passion, Hamilton Cellars.

Jack Salemme

Mr. Jack Salemme

Jack Salemme is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA in Agricultural Business Management. Jack started a career in the fresh produce industry marketing citrus for grower / shippers in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He eventually became the Sales Manager for Belridge Packing, a 22,000 acre farming operation outside of Bakersfield, CA, dealing in carrots, citrus and tree fruit. In 1989 he relocated to the Tri-Cities to assume the position of president at Cascade Columbia Foods. After three years he and his wife, Kim, started Northwest Growers Marketing, a fresh fruit and vegetable brokerage. Now with offices in Wenatchee and Kennewick, Northwest Growers Marketing specializes in the distribution of products grown in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to receivers throughout the United States, Canada and Internationally. In addition to the daily operations, Jack has done project work for wholesalers in Los Angeles and continues to do National Program Sales for Sunset Produce in Prosser.

Gary Spanner

Dr. Gary Spanner

As the manager of the Economic Development Office, Gary’s role is to apply Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s technological resources to help boost the economy of the nation and the region. Gary serves as the first point of contact for small businesses that wish to collaborate with PNNL through a variety of mechanisms. Gary co-founded angel investor groups in Spokane and the Tri-Cities.

Dr. Spanner started his college education at CBC, and now holds a BS/ME from WSU, a MBA from the UW, a PhD/IE from ASU, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at WSU. He is also a Certified Economic Developer. Gary was awarded CBC’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award in 2008.

In the community, he is active in Junior Achievement as an in-class instructor, a Vintner Club member of the United Way, and a member of the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 national champion Miss Madison/Oberto unlimited hydroplane racing team.