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Contributing Writers

Sharlet Driggs is a Consultant and Construction Manager with Amento Group in Seattle. She has been in the Seattle construction industry since 1989 with extensive work in both the general contractor and construction management roles. Project management, estimating, investigation forensics, litigation support, and building defect analysis are her primary focus areas. Sharlet’s project history is diverse and includes multi family, mixed-use, commercial, high-end residential, state, federal and non-profit sectors. She contributes

“Construction Manager or General Contractor: Factors to Find the Best Fit for Your Project” in this issue. Jo Flannery, Esq.

provides steps to avoid environmental contamination in her article. Jo is an attorney at the law firm of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PLLC. With a decade and a half of complex litigation experience, Jo’s current practice includes a focus on community association law including: insurance claims and litigation, construction defect claims, covenant governed disputes, governance, governing documents, risk management issues, and mediation. In addition, she works with environmental

contamination claims, business disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith, among other issues.

Kris Gjylameti discusses lending options for community associations in this issue. He is the Vice President for the Pacific Northwest Community Association Banking division of Mutual of Omaha Bank. Nine years ago, Kris decided to specialize in serving the unique banking needs of community associations. He became an active industry speaker on community association lending and banking related topics. He has presented for the CAI chapters of Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Nevada and Alaska.

Kris currently serves WSCAI as a member of the Outreach Committee. Kris’ personal interests take him from extreme sports to traveling with his wife.

Heidi Hankins Hughes, Esq.

is a general legal attorney for Condominium Law Group and works closely with community association managers and community boards.

Heidi grew up in the

Pacific Northwest and attended Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. In her article, Heidi discusses when major damage occurs during planned repairs and what your association can do to make sure you are protected before the unexpected happens.

Brad Kelln

is a Senior Estimator/Project Manager with McBride Construction. With over 30 years of construction experience, Brad has dealt with all different aspects involved in a construction project. Since 1996, he has specialized in managing building envelope, water intrusion and construction defect repair projects. In this issue, Brad discusses the evolution of construction, the critical importance of proper design and the transfer of that design to the technician performing the work.

Terry Leahy, Esq., CCAL

is ideally suited by training, experience and disposition to guide community associations through challenging times with advice which blends common sense and innovation to create effective, enduring solutions. A Puget Sound native, he graduated from Seattle Prep, Washington State University, the University of Arizona College of Law and the University of Washington Mediation Program. He contributes the article “Exit Strategy: Or How I Learned to Love the Nuclear Option.”

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

is a project manager at Association Reserves of WA. A former association manager, 2016 marks Karen’s 16th year in the community association industry where she now helps bridge the gap between associations and their reserve studies. Karen has been very active in the Chapter, participating on the WSCAI Communications Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors. She is also the president of her homeowners association and chairs the City of Fife Community Garden Committee. In this issue, she

teams up with Jim Talaga and Kris Gjylameti to discuss “Funding a Project when Reserves Aren’t Enough.”

Jim Talaga, RS is a past Chair of WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee. He is President of Association Reserves Washington, LLC and has performed over 2,000 reserve studies for clients throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1997. Association Reserves, Inc. is the nation’s largest reserve study provider. Jim is co-author of “Funding a Project when Reserves Aren’t Enough.”

Vanessa Tilberg, CMCA, AMS

is a Senior Association Manager with Yalnes, Inc. Along with her team, she assists clients in all aspects of community association management. Vanessa brings us the article “Updating Interior Spaces” in this issue.

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Community Outreach Education

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Membership Social Events Nicole Lemons, CMCA

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