An experienced team leading the development and operation of Columbia Pulp, LLC.
Tyler MontagueINTERIM CEO / CRO
Tyler is a senior executive with deep expertise providing business advisory services to middle-market companies and developing and implementing numerous financial and operational improvement programs. During his projects, he has been involved in M & A transactions, in and out of court restructurings, and refinancings. He possesses a wide range of experience in the areas of production management, project management, organizational development, change management, and business process redesign. Mr. Montague has significant technical expertise in IT and ERP systems across multiple platforms, including global implementation and management of technology platforms.
Eric AndersonPRODUCTION MANAGER
Eric has over 30 years experience in the pulp and paper industries, with 19 years on a fine paper machine at St. Helen’s, OR. He’s also been an Additives Coordinator, Training Coordinator and Paper Machines Shift Supervisor at Wallula, WA. He has been with Columbia Pulp for over 3 years starting as a Shift Supervisor and advancing to his current role as Production Manager. Eric was raised in NW Montana and NE Washington.
John BegleyFORMER CEO / CO-FOUNDER
John has over 40 years experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry with Weyerhaeuser and Port Townsend Paper including the role of CEO at Port Townsend for 10 years. For the past 8 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 6 grandchildren.
Hannah CoulstonWAREHOUSE AND LOGISTICS MANAGER
Hannah has an extensive background in agricultural management and construction operations. She joined Columbia Pulp in 2018 as an Operator at the Pomeroy Pilot Plant. She was promoted in 2019 to a leadership role as a Shift Manager. In 2021 she became the Manager of the Warehouse and Logistics areas and leads the team overseeing all inventory of pulp product and distribution to our customers. Hannah was born and raised in SE Washington where she lives on her family ranch with her husband and two kids.
Suzanne CrossHR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Suzanne is the HR Administrative Assistant at Columbia Pulp where she coordinates, assists and organizes all the employees. She is a team player and takes initiative in all aspects of her job. She excels in effective, positive communications and strives to productively solve problems. Suzanne grew up in a small town in southwest Montana and loves the outdoors. Fishing is a favorite hobby of hers, along with reading, crocheting, computer games, and baking. Suzanne has two grown children, and lives with her husband and three Cocker Spaniels in Dayton, Washington.
Dave DotyMAINTENANCE MANAGER
Dave has 37 years of experience of which 30 years have been in a supervisory position; working in the electrical and instrumentation field in industrial plants building sawmills, paper mills, gold mills, power plants as well as working in the oil fields. Dave lives in Lewiston, ID with his wife and 4 of his 6 grandchildren that they are currently raising. Outside of work, Dave is an avid hunter and fisherman, who also enjoys riding his motorcycle.
Matt FergusonPOWER & BIO-POLYMER MANAGER
Matt has over 33 years experience in the construction and agricultural industries. His roles have ranged from entry level construction to Job Foreman/Superintendent. Matt started with Columbia Pulp in late 2018 at the Pomeroy Pilot Plant as an Operator and moved to the Lyons Ferry plant during construction to help in the commissioning of the power island area. He has been a Shift Supervisor and is currently the Power & Bio-Polymer Manager. Matt is a lifelong native of the Walla Walla, WA area.
Roni FieldPURCHASING MANAGER
Roni brings 11 years of Project Management, Contracts and Purchasing experience to her role as Purchasing Manager. Roni works to streamline the purchasing process with all departments to track production, maintenance and supply needs. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication – Emphasis in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID. Roni lives in Pomeroy, WA and enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the community with her church’s “Cup of Hope” coffee trailer and involvement with Catalyst Student Ministries.
Marc GriffinDIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Marc has over 27 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.
Phil Harding, Ph.D., P.E.DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS INNOVATION
Phil works to develop paper product platforms utilizing Columbia Gold™ alternative fiber produced from wheat straw agricultural waste. He has over 15 years of industrial experience in process engineering, research and development, product reliability, global manufacturing, and research strategy. He served 12 years as Linus Pauling Chair at Oregon State University and was awarded the Carter and Austin Awards for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching. He is a certified Professional Engineer and holds 15 patents.
KC KuykendallPRODUCT MANAGER – BIO-POLYMERS
KC 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.
Kyler LovgrenPLANT MANAGER
Kyler brings hands on experience in Industrial Plant Operations and Maintenance he has gained while with Portland General Electric, Oregon Department of Transportation and Great Southwestern Construction. With Portland General Electric he developed Maintenance and Start Up Strategies for Hydro, Wind, Coal and Gas Power Generation plants focusing on Asset Risk Management. He has also spent much of his career developing and implementing cross functional skills training for Operations and Maintenance workers. He has achieved Industry Certification in 4 different disciplines of Power Generation and Plant Maintenance as well as Lean Six Sigma FMEA.
Steve MartinSOLID FIBER MANAGER
Steve, formerly the Executive Coordinator of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery office, has a passion for natural resource sustainability. He has fostered strong relationships between local, state and federal agencies in environmental programs and policies. He has experience in the regulatory environment as both a permittee and as a permit writer while working for the Department of Fish and Wildlife for 13 years. He has owned a compost business, and provided environmental consulting services to firms and individuals. He particularly values conservation strategies that embrace community and the economy. Mr. Martin holds a master’s degree in biology from Eastern Washington University and grew up in Dayton, Washington.
William McKean, PhD.CO-FOUNDER
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.
Mike MoyerGENERAL COUNSEL
Mike is a corporate finance and securities attorney who acts as outside general counsel for Columbia Pulp. His practice includes public and private equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and the formation of partnerships, strategic alliances and joint ventures. In recent years, Mike has worked extensively in the sustainable industries sector and currently represents some of the PNW’s leading sustainable industry companies such as Columbia Pulp.
D.J. ParsonsTECHNICAL MANAGER
DJ has over 15 years of operations management experience in a variety of industries. A graduate of the University of Washington, he has held positions as an operations manager in financial field, construction, and in sales.
Eleanor SpechtADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE MANAGER
Eleanor has over 20 years in hospitality management specializing in customer interfacing and structural practices. She provides team leadership through creating organizational pipelines with an emphasis on cost control and she participates in all departments of Columbia Pulp. Eleanor was born and raised in Boise Idaho. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Lewis Clark State College where she was on the college tennis team for four years.
Brian St. ClairDIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Brian brings 38 years of experience in accounting and financial management as an Accounting Manager, Plant Manager, Controller and CFO. For almost 30 of those years, Brian has been involved in the agricultural industry. He obtained his Bachelor Degree, in Business Administration – Finance, in 1981, from Central Washington University. Brian has worked with company startups, mergers and acquisitions. He has also assisted in analysis and negotiations for new strategic partnerships and alliances.
Norm ThomasINTERIM CFO
Norm is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in business development, channel-building, professional services, and product management with a proven record of international project and operational administration. He brings demonstrated success in developing business strategy and acquisitions, bringing products to market, improving efficiencies, and establishing key operating indicators in technology-reliant organizations. Norm’s strengths in design and deployment of financial reporting systems, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and profit and loss reporting comes with a strong understanding of various markets throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Kristi ZinnPLANT SERVICES MANAGER
Kristi has a total of 20 years of experience in Business Management and Human Resources. She has a BS in Organizational Science from University of Idaho and a MA in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Servant Leadership, from Gonzaga University. In her role as Plant Services Manager, Kristi leads teams in the Supply chain and Human Resources (Procurement, and Warehouse and Logistics, and Administrative Human Resources. Kristi grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lives with her husband Brian and family in Pomeroy, Washington.