Staff & Board
Donn Cook, Executive Director: Donn has served as the foundation's executive since 2007. She holds degrees in Business and Paralegal Sciences. Family is her priority having married the love of her life, Kim, who is a major crimes detective with the Grant County Sheriff's Office. She has two amazing daughters and sons-in-law, Ashley and Peter, and Sarah and Chris. And, her two adorably precocious grandchildren, Avery and Carson, keep her busy. Numerous nonprofits that work on women's issues, social justice, and microloans are the focus of Donn's philanthropic and volunteer efforts. Along with spending time with her family, Donn loves Seahawks football, movies, books, crocheting, sewing, gardening, hiking, bike riding and traveling.
2017 CBF Board of Directors / Officers
The Board of Directors of the Foundation consists of private citizens who are chosen to be representatives of the public interest and for their knowledge of the community and our region. The 9 to 15 Directors are members of the various communities served by the Foundation. They serve staggered three year terms.
Vaughn Jordan, Board Director: Vaughn joined the board in 2016. Having been born and raised in Coulee City, he graduated from ACH High School in 2002. While growing up, Vaughn played sports and worked on farms. He attended Trinity Bible College in rural North Dakota and graduated in 2008 with a BA in Business Administration including concentrations in both Finance and Management. Vaughn received minors in Coaching and Biblical Studies. During his time at Trinity he enjoyed a successful playing career for the Men’s Basketball Team, which resulted in an All-American Award and a Regional Championship. His professional career began in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he put his college education to use as the Manager of Route Logistics for Brink’s Inc. After marrying his college sweetheart, Valerie, they welcomed their son, Landon, in 2013. The family returned to Coulee City in late 2013 where they currently reside. Vaughn is currently the Branch Manager of Umpqua Bank in Moses Lake. He enjoys being back home in the Columbia Basin where he spends his free time with family and continues to enjoy sports.
Huc Dilling, Board Director: Huc joined the board in 2007.
Jean Frazier, Board Treasurer: Jean joined the board in 2011.
Dean Hallatt, Board Secretary: Dean joined the board in 2016.
Tom Moncrief, Board President: Tom joined the board in 2006. He has been an independent insurance agent since 1984. He is currently associated with Duda Insurance Agency. He is married to his wife, Terri, and they have two grown children, who are also both married. He has three grandchildren. Tom enjoys volunteering and helping others in many capacities within his church and the community of Ephrata.
Jerry Dormaier, Director: Jerry joined the board in 2015. He is a fourth generation wheat farmer in Grant County. He holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business and Economics and a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology. His daughter, Sara, and son, Thomas, are both flight attendants and Jerry is very grateful for the travel opportunities their employment affords. Jerry has been a member of many boards and commissions including the Grant County Planning Commission, Grant County Port District #5, Town of Hartline and USDA Farm Service Committee. Music is his passion and he greatly enjoys playing his trombone in the Oom Pas and Mas polka band and exploring the music scene wherever he may find himself.
Alyssa Buck, Board Director: Alyssa joined the board in 2016. Alyssa works in the Wanapum Interface Office located in the Wanapum Heritage Center in Mattawa, WA. She is responsible for staying current in the practices of cultural resource management, environmental policy standards, local, state and regional environmental regulatory requirements, developing and maintaining relationships with agencies and tribes concerning cultural resources, and protecting and enhancing the long term Wanapum relations with Grant PUD. She has been a Mattawa resident for the past 15 years. She enjoys watching her three children play basketball and attending basketball games all over central Washington. She is committed to promoting healthy, positive influences and opportunities for the youth in her community.
Wendy Mickelsen, Board Director: Wendy joined the board in 2010. She has lived with her family in the Moses Lake/Ephrata area since 2002. While she has been a licensed attorney in Washington since 1996, having graduated from Washington State University and Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, she has spent most of her time and energy raising her 3 active daughters. Her husband, Denny, is a third-generation dairy farmer with his father and brother. Her daughters have attended school in Ephrata, and the oldest currently attends Washington State University.
Stephen Reagan, Board Vice President: Stephen joined the board in 2016. He is an attorney who practices law in Ephrata, WA. Although he grew up in Iowa, he made Central Washington his home almost a decade ago. Being surrounded by agriculture his entire life, Stephen found Central Washington a perfect fit for his family. Having four amazing children, he appreciates the fact that there are those in the community who seek for opportunities to support and recognize our local youth. In an effort to give back to the community, Stephen feels strongly that his work with the Columbia Basin Foundation will not only provide service to the members of our community, but also to assist those looking to give back and support others who are deserving or otherwise in need of assistance and recognition. Stephen enjoys golfing, fishing, and many other outdoor activities that are readily available in the Basin.
Lynda Hampton-Bowers, Board Director: Lynda joined the board in 2016. After having been raised in Tekoa, WA, she moved to Othello, WA when she was in high school. She graduated from OHS, WSU, and received her master’s degree from EWSU. As a teacher in the Othello School District for 31 years, Lynda received the “Teacher of the Year” awards from the Chamber of Commerce and Walmart. She currently manages her own farming business. Lynda has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations, such as: Othello Beautification, Othello Senior Center, Beta, Chairman of the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant, and a Judge for many area Jr. Miss Competitions. Serving on the board of the Othello Community Hospital is especially dear to her heart as her grandparents were instrumental in establishing the hospital. Lynda has two children, Todd and Alexis, and two grandchildren, Alexi and Thomas. She enjoys spending time with her family. Lynda has traveled to China, Laos, Thailand, and Mexico. She enjoys traveling and has visited many areas around the US. She enjoys working toward improving her community and schools.
Tom Overcast, Board Director: Tom joined the board in 2009. He has practiced law since 1985 with his main office (Overcast Law Offices, PS) located in Wenatchee with a second office in Quincy. His practice is limited almost exclusively to estate planning and probate, agricultural matters and business/corporate representation having represented clients from all over North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin. Tom grew up in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. He received his undergraduate and Master's degrees (both in psychology) from Western Washington University and his law degree and PhD. in psychology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He raised his family in Edmonds, Washington, before returning to the "good" side of the Cascades in 2001. His wife, Kay Kenyon, is a successful full-time novelist. In their free time they enjoy some golf, travel, and grandchildren. Tom's idea of a good day is a book, fresh coffee and a free day to read - or a long day on his motorcycle. Having previously served terms on the Board of Directors of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, the Hospice Foundation of North Central Washington and the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tom believes strongly in the mission of Columbia Basin Foundation and in giving back to the community that was instrumental in the trajectory of his life.