Chris Willett, Vice-Chairman
Enza Fruit, Wenatchee
Jeff Fagg, Secretary
Columbia Business Consultants, Moses Lake
"I initially joined WAEF to give back to an industry that has treated me well. Now after four years I serve to continue to help the amazing students and families we touch."
Dwaine Brown, Treasurer
Tree Top, Selah
"I joined WAEF to enable the concept of helping deserving students reach their full potential."
James Foreman, Immediate Past-Chairman
Foreman Fruit, Wenatchee
Sundquist Fruit, Yakima
"I believe that by reaching out to donors, I am helping keep WAEF in their thoughts and priorities. I enjoy working on the vision and governance of WAEF to ensure that it is viable and long-lasting."
Key Bank, Wenatchee
"I joined WAEF because I enjoy the ag community. Also, I like to see what the students have been able to do with the resources they have."
United Pacific Forest Products, Yakima
Wilbur-Ellis Company, Kennewick
Robison Orchards, Chelan
"As a small grower, trying to keep up in the fruit industry is a time consuming proposition, but I feel my time with WAEF is well spent. For the young adults that receive a WAEF scholarship of as little as $1,000, that money represents 90 hours of work at a minimum wage job. When students are taking a full credit load, 90 hours is a big deal. Last year, WAEF gave over $1 million in scholarships! That is over 91,000 hours of time savings I helped to contribute to."
Washington Fruit & Produce, Yakima
"I am proud to participate in a top quality organization that provides support and follow up with students, giving them the ability to further their education though scholarships. I receive much more than I could ever give by seeing young people succeed in school and in life."
Kailan Dunn, Immediate Past Chairman
HR Spinner Corporation, Yakima
"I serve WAEF as I love helping students from tree fruit regions achieve their goals and dreams. WAEF helped make my dream come true and I want to help dreams for others come true."
Cowiche Growers, Cowiche
"My work with WAEF is just getting started! I hope that I can bring new ideas and contacts to the discussion."
Halverson Northwest Law Group, Yakima
La Verne Bergstrom
"I feel that my length of service on the board of directors serves as a good historian. I also have a long history with the scholarship selection process and thanking our generous donors."
Washington Fruit & Produce
"I feel that the time I contribute to WAEF impacts the lives of our recipients. It reinforces the ideal to our community that we value the people who have made our industry a success. Whether it is in the form of a scholarship or grant money, WAEF wants to give these individuals the educational tools to improve their lives. Through WAEF, the fruit industry benefits from a more skilled workforce. It is personally rewarding to see so many individuals graduating from college and trade school."