PUD Commissioner Arie Callaghan is a third-generation Harborite. He lives in Elma with his wife Tina and has worked for Mason Trucking Company in Aberdeen for 24 years. In his free time, Callaghan collects vintage dirt bikes, drives his 1979 Jeep CJ-7 and watches NASCAR. He also enjoys spending time with his daughter Erin, son-in-law Jeff and granddaughters Sawyer and Hadley, who also live in Elma.
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Tom Jensen is president and CEO of Grays Harbor Community Hospital, a position he has held since September of 2010. Prior to his time on the Harbor he worked in the health care industry for more than 20 years, as the Director of Finance at Inland Northwest Health Services, the Director of Operations at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute and as the CEO of Coulee Medical Center in Eastern Washington.
Grays Harbor Pasha Automotive Services General Manager Matt Raasch is new to the Harbor, but he knows the auto shipping business inside and out. He’s lived in his historic Montesano home, built in 1903, for about seven months with his 15-year-old son. In his free time, he enjoys, golfing, fishing, poker “and the toughest hobby — raising a teenager.”
Valerie Busch has worked as the circulation manager at Grays Harbor College for the past 12 years. She also guides the planing and organization behind numerous art shows that adorn the hallways below and leading up to the John Spellman Library.
Craig Dublanko of Aberdeen has been the CEO for the Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) since 2010. A former golf pro, stockbroker and business manager and housing coordinator for Evergreen Counseling center, Dublanko joined Coastal Community Action Program as a finance officer in 1999 and worked in that capacity for the next 11 years. He and his wife Kristen have three children, 19-year-old Heather, 16-year-old Joel and 13-year-old Ben.
When Bob Waite came to work at the Aberdeen Building Department 35 years ago, there were no computers, just what he calls Stone Age technology to go through the permitting process. He is set to retire March 28. “It’s been a great place to work. I am going to miss all the people I have worked with.” The 1966 Aberdeen High School graduate went into the Army for two years and spent a year in Vietnam. He attended college at Grays Harbor and Contra Costa colleges. He lived in the Bay Area for several years, then returned to the Harbor to work for the department in 1979. He rose to head the department. Waite has two sons by his first marriage: Morgan, 37, who works for Grays Harbor PUD, and Brian, 40, who works for Asplund Tree Service and lives in both Totten Inlet and Laguna Beach, Calif. He and his second wife, Kathy, have been married 19 years and have six grandchildren between them. His father, Jack, who is in his 90s, still lives in Aberdeen.
Vera Kalkwarf is the Social Services &Mental Health Program Manager for Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department.
Sitting at the scoring table at Hoquiam Square Garden, Paul McMillan has had one of the best seats in the house as the Hoquiam High School public address announcer for more than 30 years. McMillan is a life-long Hoquiam resident — 1973 HHS grad, plus a 1975 Grays Harbor College grad and 1977 Central Washington University grad (Bachelor’s in Education) — and he has a pretty good seat at the Hoquiam City Council table as well and is a retired middle school teacher. The 59-year-old lives in Hoquiam with his wife Cynthia, who is still working as an elementary school teacher in Hoquiam, and daughter, Molly. The McMillan’s oldest daughter, Katie, lives in Southern California.
Sarah McCauley, 17 and a junior at Aberdeen High School, has been the student representative for the Aberdeen School Board since November. She is the second to obtain the position, and was preceeded by AHS alum Jordan Wolfe. McCauley attends every school board meeting from beginning to end, sits next to the board members and even has her own name card. Her duties include voicing the students’ concerns, updating the board on the goings-on of the high school and taking note of what the board members are doing so that she may be informative to other students.
A native of Frenchtown, Mont., Debbie Lund moved west to attend college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. After working in various capacities in several arenas at The News Tribune, including human resources, advertising and marketing, Lund went to work for the City of Tumwater. After 18 years there, Lund accepted the position of Human Resources director for the City of Aberdeen in June. Debbie and her husband, Tim, have been married 25 years and have two children. Their son is a mechanical engineer for Nike and their daughter is a sophomore at Western Washington University.
Nora LeBlanc, executive director of United Way of Grays Harbor , is relatively new to the job, taking the position in June of 2013. However, she’s no stranger to nonprofit work, working as executive director of the American Red Cross and regional director of the Girl Scouts of America in Iowa. LeBlanc is originally from Pennsylvania and met her husband, Aberdeen Police Chief Bob Torgerson, while attending college in the Midwest. The couple moved to Grays Harbor in 2004, and LeBlanc said she’s still enchanted by the the Harbor’s beauty. LeBlanc and her husband have three adult children: Ben, Ingrid and Rose.
Lynn Kiser has been helping the Harbor almost as long as she’s lived here. She and her husband of 50 years, Fred, moved to Montesano in 1971. They have two daughters, Kathleen, of Montesano, and Karolyn, of New Jersey. She started helping out at the Montesano Food Bank and in 1991 became the director. While Harborites’ generosity in the holiday season can be remarkable, Kiser and her dedicated core of about 15 volunteers see the need for a little extra help continue all year through.
Terry Rogers moved to the Harbor 30 years ago in June of 1983 and found work in the print shop business. In 1996, Rogers also began volunteering with the Driftwood Players of Aberdeen. She auditioned for “Father of the Bride” and played a florist in the production. Thirty-eight productions later, she still helps out wherever she can. Rogers has also been the Program Trustee for the Driftwood Board of Directors since 2004 and was recently given the title of Fund Raising Chair as well. She lives with her husband Ron “Cork” Rogers and dog Tootsie.
When Montesano’s boys basketball program opened up its head coaching spot, it found a veteran coach from Olympia with considerable experience in Doug Galloway. The new head coach and math teacher at Montesano Junior/Senior High School is a graduate of Capital High School, with some time spent at Eatonville High, as a three-sport athlete — football, baseball and track.
Seattle native Aaron Nickell attended schools in Aberdeen and has lived in Central Park most of his life. He graduated from Grays Harbor College in 1997, and earned a B.A. with a focus on political science and political economy from the Evergreen State College, where he returned to earn a masters in Public Administration in 2009 with a focus on public policy and non-profit administration. His partner, Becky Chapman, is a personal trainer in Bellevue. Nickell has played guitar for “two decades” and is an avid music and vinyl record collector. “My love of the rock band Van Halen knows no limits.” He played guitar in the Driftwood Theater production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “My favorite smell in the world is when I open the case for my Martin D-35 acoustic guitar.” He is “Daddy” to “a usually well-behaved border collie (Fidel), who is great at catching Frisbees, herding cats and sneaking pastry off the counter when nobody is looking,” he said.