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By Sue Ambler 

WDCSC welcomes five new board members


May 29, 2012

*(Everett, WA) *— Workforce Development Council Snohomish County announces

the appointment of five community leaders to its Board of Directors:

Charles Elder of Damar Aerosystems, Grace Holland of the International

Association of Machinists, Leonard Kelley of the Teamsters, Terry Ryan of

Kidder Matthews, and Dennis Smith of United Way of Snohomish County.

“We are delighted to welcome these new members to our Board,” exclaims Sue

Ambler, President/CEO of Workforce Development Council Snohomish County.

“Our Board of Directors is a healthy mix of business leaders as well as

labor, community-based organizations, education, and government partners.

Each member brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience about

Snohomish County to the table.”

Biographies of the new appointees follow, with available photos attached.

*Charles Elder, **CEO, Damar Aerosystems*

A graduate of the University of Washington with Masters Degrees in

Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, Mr. Elder’s early

career included positions as a flight control engineer for the Boeing

Company and sales engineer for a Seattle area aerospace firm. Until quite

recently Mr. Elder was the Vice President and General Manager of the C&D

Zodiac composite materials division in Marysville, WA, serving about ten

years in this role. He joined the Damar Aerosystems (Monroe, WA) unit of

Senior, PLC as its CEO in April of 2011. Mr. Elder is active in the

community, including participating in the United Way of Snohomish County

and with local youth soccer organizations. He and his family have lived in

Edmonds, WA for the past seventeen years.

*Grace Holland,* *International Association of Machinists, District 751

*Ms. Holland works to ensure that Boeing’s local workforce has the skills

needed to keep Boeing a leader in the aerospace industry as well as

building tomorrow’s workforce through exciting K-12 students about careers

in manufacturing and aerospace. In addition to her work at IAM/Boeing Joint

Programs, Grace has served on the board of The Boeing Employees Community

Fund, as a delegate to Snohomish County Labor Council, currently serves on

the board of Snohomish County United Way, and chairs the 751 Women's




*Leonard Kelley, **Teamsters Local 231*

Mr. Kelley, a former UPS driver, is currently the Secretary-Treasurer for

the Teamsters Local 231.

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*Terry Ryan, **Associate Vice President, Kidder Matthews*

Mr. Ryan specializes in office leasing and land acquisitions in Snohomish

County. Mr. Ryan has also served on the Mill Creek City Council for

seventeen years including a record four terms as Mayor. In his spare time,

he coaches youth soccer at the Premier and High School levels.

*Dr. Dennis G. Smith*, *President/CEO, United Way of Snohomish County*

For eleven years, Dr. Smith has led the development of United Way’s

strategic planning and community impact work, including Vision Councils,

various community initiatives, and public policy activity. Dennis has

served as state Board Chair for Washington’s statewide 2-1-1 effort,

co-chaired the United Ways of Washington’s Public Policy Committee, and is

a founding member of the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council.

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in counseling from the School of Theology in

Claremont, CA, and is a retired ordained United Methodist minister holding

M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological School. Dennis and his

wife of thirty-eight years have two grown daughters and two grandchildren

and currently live in Stanwood.


*Workforce Development Council Snohomish County *

WDCSC invests government and private funding to continuously increase the

global competitiveness and prosperity of county workforce and businesses,

fill current and emerging jobs, and provide full employment. Investments

are made through effective business, labor, community-based, educational,

and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic

well-being, and benefit of our entire community.

*Heather Villars

*Director of Communications

Workforce Development Council Snohomish County

*Building a globally competitive workforce


728 134th Street SW | Suite 128

Everett, WA 98204

425 921 3439 | f 425 921 3484 | tty 425 743 4892

*Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is an equal opportunity

employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids

and services are available upon request to persons of disability. *


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