Management Team

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

Tyler Montague
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.
Zach Allen
Zach AllenSHIFT SUPERVISOR
Zach started with Columbia Pulp in 2019. Currently, Zach is a Shift Supervisor overseeing operations shift’s performance in safety, product quality, production output, housekeeping, cost control, employee relations and environmental. He was raised in Tehachapi, CA and attended Airstreams Renewables trade school, receiving his certification for wind turbine and telecommunications technician. Zach enjoys riding his dirt bike and spending time with his family.
Eric Anderson
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 Begley
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 Coulston
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.
Dennis Cox
Dennis CoxPRODUCTION SUPERINTENDENT
Dennis has 38 years pulp and paper experience. He has 28 years with Boise Cascade as Manager of Engineering and Maintenance and Paper Production Manager making white paper, corrugating medium and bleached market pulp. 5 years with Cascades Tissue as Mill Manager making bath tissue, toweling, and napkins. 5 years consulting in Europe with Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey on pulp and paper efficiency improvement, technology integration, and production improvement. Dennis is from Longview, WA with a BS in Biochemistry from WSU and MBA from University of WA.
Suzanne Cross
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.
Tim Cross
Tim CrossSHIFT SUPERVISOR
Tim has over 33 years of mining, mill, and equipment operating experience. He excels in the ability to think outside the box and problem solve. He is excited to be a part of the new innovative process of making paper products from straw, as it is a positive impact to the planet. Tim grew up in southwest Montana, where he enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Dayton along with their three cocker spaniel dogs.
Andy Davidson
Andy DavidsonE&I FOREMAN
Andy has an extensive background in electrical maintenance, automation, and engineering. He has been an industrial electrician for over 11 years. Andy worked for Roseburg Forest products in Missoula, Montana before starting with Columbia Pulp in April of 2019. Andy was born and raised in Dayton, WA.
Kathy Davis
Kathy DavisOPERATIONS ANALYST
Kathy has 21 years in Business Administration/Finance ranging from and data entry clerk to General Manager in the food service industry. In addition, to 6 years of experience in manufacturing as a Director of Finance. She obtained her Associates in Business Administration from WWCC as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Economics, Business Administration, Psychology from WSU. Kathy lives in Walla Walla with her husband and 2 children. Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends camping and horseback riding.
Dave Doty
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.
Ray Doty
Ray DotyMAINTENANCE RELIABILITY FOREMAN
Ray has 35 years of electrical and instrumentation experience in an industrial capacity of which 7 years has been as a supervisor. Ray has had extensive experience in various projects which include gold mills, refineries, natural gas, and coal fired power plants, hydro electrics and 5 years in pulp and paper. Ray’s interests away from work include snowboarding, camping, quad riding, fishing and golf.
Matt Ferguson
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 Field
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 Griffin
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.
Phil Harding, Ph.D., P.E.VICE PRESIDENT OF APPLICATIONS
Phil works with customers and end users to develop paper and molded product platforms utilizing Columbia Gold® alternative fiber produced from wheat straw. He has over 15 years of industrial experience in process engineering, research and development, reliability, manufacturing, and research. He served 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.
Savana Hoyecki
Savana HoyeckiINVENTORY COORDINATOR
Savana was raised in Columbia County and has extensive experience in communications and inventory control, through her past careers in County Dispatching and Agriculture Fields. Her position as Inventory Coordinator is to account for all final product, from production to delivery for the customers. She also assists the Warehouse and Logistics Manager, in our Dust Abatement Program.
Andrew Hudec
Andrew HudecENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR
Andrew has been in the environmental field since obtaining his BS in Biology with a focus in Ecology and Conservation. His previous job provided experience within the laboratory setting and now working with Columbia Pulp he is able to apply that knowledge to the industrial sector. He has an interest and drive to work towards more sustainable methods for both professional and personal aspects.
Jackie Kobal
Jackie KobalPROCESS ENGINEER
Jackie is a recent graduate from the University of Washington’s Bioresource Science and Engineering program. She joined Columbia Pulp in summer of 2021 to solve technical challenges and manage the plant simulation model. Prior to that, she had interned at a tissue mill in OR and a fluff pulping facility in GA. She also worked as a lab technician for two years at the University of Washington.
KC Kuykendall
KC KuykendallVP SALES AND TECHNOLOGY - BIOPOLYMER DIVISION
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 Lovgren
Kyler LovgrenVP OF OPERATIONS
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 Martin
Steve MartinVP OF ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS
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.
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.
Paula Montoya
Paula MontoyaCORPORATE RECEPTIONIST
Paula brings 27 years office management experience with the last 17 years as Practice Manager for behavioral health agency in Phoenix, AZ. Paula was born and raised in the Dayton area and recently moved back home after being gone for 31 years. She loves being home for the four-season SE Washington has to offer.
Mike Moyer
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. Parsons
D.J. ParsonsTECHNICAL MANAGER
DJ has over 15 years of operations management experience in a variety of industries. Currently the Technical Manager at Columbia Pulp, where he is responsible for coordinating with the lab, engineering, and plant operations to arrange the resources needed to help solve technical issues that might arise at the plant. D.J. has been with Columbia Pulp since 2018. His previous positions as the Pilot Plant Manager and Production Manager have given him experience working with different teams, as well as skills to troubleshoot and diagnose causes for quality, reliability, or production issues. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Patrick Potts
Patrick PottsPRODUCTION SUPERINTENDENT
Pat has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in the packaging and beverage industries. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University and has held a variety of leadership roles during his career. Pat joined Columbia Pulp in June of 2021 as a Production Superintendent.
Stephen Ruchert
Stephen RuchertMAINTENANCE PLANNER
Stephen joined Columbia Pulp’s Maintenance Department in 2019, he brings an Industrial Instrumentation and Preventative Maintenance background along with a drive for excellence. Stephen grew up in the Pomeroy, WA area and attended Perry Technical Institute in Yakima, WA for Industrial Instrumentation and Automation Technology.
Eleanor Specht
Eleanor SpechtADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES 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. Clair
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.
Dustin Swartz
Dustin SwartzSAFETY COORDINATOR
Dustin has an extensive background of safety and construction comprehension in his role as Safety Coordinator. He has achieved industry certifications – OSHA 30 and CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservationist. He has been a chemical handler and a power operator before being promoted to Safety. Dustin was born and raised in California. Married with 2 children, Dustin is active in community forms and is a keen member of the City Council in Washtucna, WA.
Norm Thomas
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.
Bob Weaver
Bob WeaverSHIFT SUPERVISOR
Bob grew up in Hoquiam, WA and began his 44-year Pulp and Paper career in 1977 at Grays Harbor Paper (Hoquiam). He worked for a short time as a WSS4 Trade Act Counselor at WorkSource Grays Harbor, and for 4 years in the engineering office as an Application Specialist at Oval Intl. He started with Columbia Pulp in September 2018 at Pomeroy as a Shift Manager. Bob has a BA in Social Sciences with a Minor in Human Resources from WSU (2011) and a BS in Accounting from WGU (2015). Bob enjoys spending time with his dog Boulder, rockhounding and photography. He is married (Jeanne) and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Kristi Zinn
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.