Management Team

An experienced team leading the development and operation of Columbia Pulp, LLC.

John Begley
John BegleyCEO / FOUNDER
Mr. Begley has over 40 year’s 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 6 grandchildren.
William McKean, PhD.
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.
Kyler Lovgren
Kyler Lovgren 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.
Marc Griffin
Mr. Griffin has over 26 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.
Brian St. Clair
Mr. St Clair 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.
KC Kuykendall
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.
Steve Martin
Mr. Martin, 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.
D.J. Parsons
Mr. Parsons 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. Mr. Parsons is responsible for overall operations at the Pilot Plant in Pomeroy.
Mike Moyer
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.