Meet the AI Team

 

You take great care when choosing people
to support your business.


So do we.

 

Get acquainted with the professionals at Associated Industries. We are proud to highlight the knowledge, talent, and experience we have assembled in order to build a strong foundation to support our business and yours. 


 

Photo of Jim Dewalt   Jim DeWalt | President & CEO


 

Jim is a Washington native, he graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. He also earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Before leading the Associated Industries team, Jim served as President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Spokane, Vice President at Metwest Financial Services of Metropolitan Mortgage, and as President of Northwest Capital Inc.

Jim is an active participant in community affairs and is a member of several Eastern Washington University committees, and serves on the board of the Association of Washington Business.

  

Employment Law Team


Photo of Nicole Tedrow 
Nicole Tedrow Chief Legal Counsel 


 

Nicole joined Associated Industries in 1999. She leads the employment team as well as directly serves members with employment law consulting and reviews. 

 

Nicole graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1999 and Washington State University in 1996. She is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Idaho. She is actively involved in community organizations and is a member of the Board of Directors for Mid-City Concerns. A regular presenter on employment law topics, Nicole has also authored numerous articles and teaching materials related to these matters.

 

Photo of Angela Hayes   Angela Hayes | Senior Legal Counsel


 

Angela joined Associated Industries in January 2009. She was previously a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., her practice areas included Civil Litigation, Trust and Estate Dispute Litigation, Guardianships and Medical Negligence Defense. 

 

Angela graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, and is also a registered nurse offering a unique healthcare perspective to her work with members. Angela is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Idaho, and is a member of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

Photo of Shaun Greer   Shaun T. Greer Legal Counsel


 

Shaun T. Greer, JD, joined Associated Industries as legal counsel in 2015. He focuses on employment law, with an interest in ERISA, employee benefits, labor and affirmative action. Shaun assists employers in a variety of employment law issues including workforce leave laws, wage and hour law, as well as hiring, discipline and termination practices.

 

Shaun earned his undergraduate degree in 2009 from Gonzaga University, where he graduated cum laude. He went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he also earned a Business Law certificate. Prior to joining Associated Industries, Shaun worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Washington D.C. Office of the Attorney General, and served as a litigation clerk for K&L Gates LLP, Spokane, WA. Mr. Greer is licensed in Washington, Montana, and Illinois.

 

 

Human Resources


Photo of Val Fields   Valerie Fields, PHR, SHRM-SCP 
Vice President, Human Resources 


 

Val leads our Human Resources team, develops and delivers HR programs for members, and provides on-site HR services to member organizations. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and her experience includes HR and Benefit Management in manufacturing, customer service, and technology industries. Val's background also includes the management of temporary staffing operations in Washington and Northern Idaho.

 

Photo of Andrea Morgan   Andrea MorganPHR, SHRM-CP
Senior 
Human Resources Advisor & Affirmative Action Specialist


 

Andrea has more than 15 years of human resources experience including researching and developing business strategies, project management, affirmative action plan development, managing employees, recruitment and retention, conflict resolution and benefit administration. She has worked in a variety of industries including technology, professional services, and manufacturing. She is working with our members on many projects, but with a special focus on affirmative action plans.

Photo of Katie Bechtol  Katie Bechtol, PHR | Senior Human Resources Advisor  


 

Katie graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources. She has been certified by Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources. 

Katie’s experience includes positions in the banking, sports facility, and retail industries. She served as a Human Resources professional and coach for Red and Associates. Katie now serves Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and provides member support. 

Photo of Jason Druffel   Jason Druffel, PHR | Human Resources & Safety Advisor


 

Jason majored in Human Resources Management and earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Eastern Washington University. He has been certified by Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources. 

Jason’s experience includes HR Director positions for a youth residential treatment facility and for a healthcare provider. He served as a Human Resources professional and coach for Red and Associates. Jason now works with Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and provides member support. 

Photo of Christie Grassmyer   Christie Grassmyer Human Resources Advisor


 

Christie has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Business Management from Washington State University. She has spent more than ten years in a management role in the hospitality industry where one of her many responsibilities was implementing and evolving their HR processes. Christie also worked in the online retail space where her focus was organizational development including the advancement of HR policy and processes.

Christie joined Associated Industries in the fall of 2016 to serve our members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, training, and HR support.

Photo of Andrea Hayes   Andrea Hayes, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Senior Human Resources Advisor


 

Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Spanish from Whitworth University and her Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional by the Inland Northwest Society for Human Resources. 

Andrea has experience in the information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, social services, and non-profit industries. She served as a Human Resources professional and coach for Red and Associates. Andrea is now working with Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and provides member support. 

Photo of Michelle Lloyd   Michelle Lloyd | Human Resources Generalist


 

Michelle is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Her major was Human Resources. After graduation, Michelle worked in retail and industrial service. She joined the HR team at Associated Industries in the fall of 2016 and is now serving members and clients with individual support, outsourced resources, and HR projects.


Photo of Hannah Sullivan  Hannah Sullivan, | Human Resources Generalist  


 

Hannah graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration, with concentrations in Human Resources and Operation and Supply Chain Management. She joined the GU Human Resources team for a year and a half before coming to Associated Industries. Hannah now serves Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and provides member support.


Photo of Lindsay Thomas  Lindsey Thomas, | Human Resources Generalist  


 

Lindsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Communication from San Diego State University. She was active in Student Affairs and was an Academic Mentor while attending and worked in the Information Center. She continued to work in customer service, accumulating eight years of experience in university affairs, retail, and caregiving. Most recently, Lindsey has been working in benefits operations for both health and life insurance.

Lindsey joined the Associated Industries human resources team to serve members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and to provide member support.

 

HR Business Solutions


Photo of Pam DeCounter   Pam DeCounter, MA | Vice President, HR Business Solutions 


 

Pam DeCounter was a founding owner and manager at Red and Associates. She and her team joined Associated Industries in October of 2015. Pam has more than 25 years of experience in small business management, organizational development, and Human Resources consulting. As a long-time business owner, she has first-hand knowledge and understanding of small business challenges. Pam’s experience working in corporate structures and with their leadership teams gives her a clear view of the planning and management needs of medium to large organizations. She has done consulting and planning for businesses in the construction, manufacturing, banking, hospitality, professional services, non-profit, and healthcare industries.


Pam received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University where she has served as an adjunct professor. 

 

Photo of Angi Shamblin   Angi ShamblinSPHR | VP HR Strategic Development,
HR Business Solutions
 


 

Angi Shamblin was a founding partner of Red and Associates. She and her team joined together with Associated Industries in October of 2015. She brings with her 20+ years of experience in Human Resources, management, and first-hand knowledge and understanding of small business challenges. Angi also has hands-on experience as the Director of Human Resources for organizations with more than 800 employees, giving her insight into the needs of medium to large organizations as well. She has been consulting for more than eight years with businesses in the healthcare, hospitality, non-profit, professional services, and banking industries.


Angi received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

 

Health Benefit Administration



Photo of Joyce Anderson Joyce Anderson | Benefits Operations Administrator


 

Joyce joined Associated Industries in 2000, and has been a part of our benefits team assisting our members. She is the primary contact with the insurance carriers, and handles the reporting and database administration for the department. Joyce brings with her a unique understanding of issues facing the small employer. Prior to joining Associated Industries, she was an owner/partner in a family-owned retail plumbing business. She understands the day-to-day matters small employers face and the value of the services that Associated Industries brings to our members.

Photo of Michelle Walczak   Michelle Walczak | Benefits Operations Administrator


 

Michelle joined the benefit administration team in 2008. She has taken on the role of team lead for implementation of new groups. Michelle has more than 20 years experience in the health insurance industry, including flexible benefits and self-insured employers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Montana and is a Life, Disability and P&C Licensed Producer.


If you are just starting out with our team, Michelle will get your coverage up and running.

Photo of Amanda Krautkraemer   Amanda Krautkraemer | Benefit Services, Cobra Administrator


 

Amanda joined the health benefits team in 2014, and has taken on the focus of managing accounts receivable and COBRA coverage services for our benefit plan groups. She has more than 12 years experience in the health care industry including customer service, accounts receivable, and collections. 

  

Workers' Compensation & Safety Services

 

Photo of Susan Rankin   Susan Rankin | Director, Workers' Comp Program


 

Susan has been an Associated Industries team member since 1990. She oversees the Workers' Compensation Refund Program, and provides the group with effective claims management while working with safety services to help members reduce their industrial insurance rates, and contain claim costs. Susan's previous experience in the manufacturing industry along with her background in accounting, medical secretarial training, and claims administration makes her a natural fit for our members and this team.

 

    Photo of Ed Longmire   Ed Longmire | Claims Manager, Workers' Comp Program


 

Ed joined AI in 2005, bringing with him more than 12 years of high-level administrative and technical support skills. He works with member companies to manage claims, contain claims costs, and connects them with safety services to help reduce their industrial insurance rates.

 

 

Marketing & Membership Development



Photo of Tanya Holland   Tanya Holland | Senior Marketing Manager 


 

Tanya has a bachelor's degree in Graphic Communications from Eastern Washington University. She has 10+ years of marketing experience, with more than six of those years focused on marketing in professional services organizations. 

  

Photo of Stefanie Howe   Stefanie Howe | Membership Director


 

Stefanie has a bachelor's degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and Media Studies from Washington State University. She brings more than nine years of consultative sales and business development experience, previously working in the hospitality and technology industries.

 

Stefanie’s role is to help small and mid-sized organizations, across multiple industries, address employer related issues more effectively through Associated Industries’ membership support and services. She will connect you with the HR & Legal support you need to make operating a business easier, safer and more prosperous.

  

Photo of Lori Massey  Lori Massey | Office Administrator


 

Lori joined Associated Industries in 2013, and has been the smiling face greeting members who come through our doors since. She manages a steady flow of phone calls, supports the staff with administrative services, and assists with training and events. 

 


Finance Team


Photo of Carol Schroeder   
Carol Schroeder | Controller

 


 

Carol has a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Accounting from Eastern Washington University. She taps in to more than 25 years of accounting experience to lead our finance team. Her career has encompassed working for start-up businesses through to large publicly traded companies in a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, technology, construction, mining, telecommunications, and utility services.

 

Photo of Debbie Longshore   Debbie Longshore | Accountant 


 

Debbie joined Associated Industries in 2015, she brings more than 25 years of experience to our finance team. She has worked in accounting for the agricultural, construction, mining, and manufacturing industries. Debbie supports our team by taking care of accounts payable, financial reporting, and banking reconciliations.

Photo of Tina Meyer   Tina Meyer | Accountant 


 

Tina earned her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management at Whitworth University. She works closely with our health benefit administration team to ensure the accounting for the trusts is managed with speed and accuracy to keep member coverage in place. Her attention to detail and strong work ethic help keep our accounting department running smoothly.


 

Marketing & Business Development


   
Pam Pyrc | Senior VP , Marketing & Business Development

 


 

 

A successful marketing and communications professional, Pam is a highly effective strategic planner, and a results-driven project manager who has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience.

 

Prior to joining Associated Industries, Pam was Director of Marketing at Inland Imaging where she spear-headed strategic marketing and physician relationship initiatives, driving sales to achieve targeted business objectives. 

 

Marketing & Business Development


   
Pam Pyrc | Senior VP , Marketing & Business Development

 


 

 

A successful marketing and communications professional, Pam is a highly effective strategic planner, and a results-driven project manager who has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience.

 

Prior to joining Associated Industries, Pam was Director of Marketing at Inland Imaging where she spear-headed strategic marketing and physician relationship initiatives, driving sales to achieve targeted business objectives. 

 

Marketing & Business Development


   
Pam Pyrc | Senior VP , Marketing & Business Development

 


 

 

A successful marketing and communications professional, Pam is a highly effective strategic planner, and a results-driven project manager who has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience.

 

Prior to joining Associated Industries, Pam was Director of Marketing at Inland Imaging where she spear-headed strategic marketing and physician relationship initiatives, driving sales to achieve targeted business objectives. 

 

   Marla Fruit | Membership Development Director 


 
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