John Begley


Mr. Begley has over 40 years’ experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry with Weyerhaeuser, Port Townsend Paper and Grays Harbor Paper including the role of CEO at Port Townsend for 10 years and Grays Harbor.  For the past 4 years he has worked on the Columbia Pulp project helping to bring this concept to reality and commercialization.

A Vietnam veteran, he is married with 4 children and 4 grandchildren (soon to be 5).

William McKean, PhD.


Emeritus Professor of Paper Science and of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. McKean is an Engineering Consultant on conversion of biomass to bio-fibers as well as biomass derived chemical products and bio-energy. Along with his 35 year association with the University of Washington, Dr. McKean was a Senior Research Engineer and Manager for the Weyerhaeuser Company.

Mark Lewis

Co-Founder/Board Member

Former University of Washington Paper Science and Engineering Department Manager, Programs Operations. Lewis’ Master thesis was on the effects of load cycling in tension on Young’s Modulus. Prior to coming to the University, Mr. Lewis worked for a number of paper industry companies including Penford Products, Noram/Western Testing Equipment, GK Carbonate and Weyerhaeuser Company.

Michele McCarthy

CFO/Board Member

CPA (retired, California); Founder and sole proprietor Michele McCarthy Consulting, 15 years’ experience in financial management and consulting with special emphasis on evaluating local private equity investment and non-profit management.

Loren Monroe


Mr. Monroe, who is a Certified Management Accountant, has 37 years of Pulp and Paper Industry experience with both Crown Zellerbach and Port Townsend Paper.  His role has included operations laborer, converting superintendent, project management for Information Systems, as well as various rolls in the accounting and finance areas. Loren’s career spans over 20 years as the controller and Vice President of financial services at Port Townsend Paper.  As sole owner of Adelma Beach Business Consulting, he offers accounting and project management to Pulp and Paper Companies as well as project developers.

Larry Tantalo

Project Manager/Engineer

Mr. Tantalo has over 40 years of experience developing and managing projects in the Pulp and Paper Industry and other fields. He has extensive experience in the design, start-up, commissioning, and operation of Pulp and Paper Systems as well as in chemical and petrochemical, utility systems including power generation and water distribution systems. Most recently, Mr. Tantalo has been a project manager for Parker Messana & Associates in Federal Way, Washington; earlier experience includes Andritz and Weyerhaeuser.

Eveleen Muehlethaler


Ms. Muehlethaler, who holds a Masters Degree from the Institute of Paper Science, brings 40 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry. She has worked for Crown Zellerbach and Port Townsend Paper. Her roles included Assistant Mill Manager, Technical Director and Vice President, Environmental Affairs.

Marc Griffin

IT Manager

Mr. Griffin has over 23 years experience in IT and Project Management across a variety of industries. His roles have ranged from Help Desk and Systems Engineer to Assistant Vice President of Network Engineering at a large public company. Marc is responsible for managing overall Information Technology operations and leading Columbia Pulp’s technology strategy.

KC Kuykendall

Product Manager – Co-Products

Mr. KC Kuykendall is a seasoned business professional, active in community and economic development initiatives in southeast Washington. He lives in Waitsburg and has spent the last twenty-plus years in technology development and deployment, infrastructure engineering, strategic planning, master planning, economic development, and Energy systems engineering across the U.S. and internationally.

Kristi Kobetich

Product Manager – Pulp

Ms. Kobetich has a Master’s degree from the Institute of Paper and Science and Technology. She was with the Port Townsend Paper Corporation for 23 years as a Process Engineer, Product Support Manager, and Technical Services Manager. She is looking forward to the new adventure with Columbia Pulp.

Tony Waldo II

Plant Manager

Formerly from Washington River Protection Solutions, as One System Mission Analysis Manager, Mr. Waldo has valuable experience as an engineer, superintendent, and manager. Over the last 17 years, Tony has obtained valuable experience through high level assignments and challenging, complex issues.

He holds expert skills in maximizing process potential, management of data and decisions, and he demonstrates a commitment to a vision and a strong sense of teamwork. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.

Andrew Albrecht

President, Pacific Civil & Infrastructure, Inc.

Pacific Civil & Infrastructure, Inc. (PCI) specializes in complex heavy-civil, infrastructure, and industrial construction projects throughout the Northwest United States and Pacific Islands. PCI is supported by its key personnel offering a combined 100+ years of experience in projects ranging from power and industrial plant construction, water and wastewater treatment, pumping stations to earthwork, underground utilities, tunneling, site remediation and heavy-highway projects
Andy Albrecht, PCI’s President & CEO, is a Central Washington University graduate, holding a degree in Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Finance. Mr. Albrecht offers over 30 years of hands-on construction experience gained by starting in the crafts and quickly moving up through a well-known, highly successful, regional construction organization to senior executive positions, ultimately holding the position of President of RCI Construction Group (later Parsons/RCI) managing annual construction revenues in excess of $400 million.

Wendy Hoggard

HR Manager

With over 20 years of experience in a multitude of roles within the HR field, Mrs. Hoggard is a PHR certified professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of FMLA, EEO, ADEA, COBRA, employee retention programs, on-boarding, benefits administration, recruitment and staffing, employee training, etc. She is very excited to be a part of the Columbia Pulp team and looks forward to working with the local community in the staffing of the facility.

Board of Managers

From top left to right, Miles Curtis, Mark Lewis, John Begley, Ken Peterson, Michele McCarthy and Malon Wilkes. Not pictured, Jim Hensel.