Tacoma Events Commission

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lori Linenko, Chairman and President

Lori Linenko has worked for the State of Washington and private agencies as a public servant for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration with an undergrad in Business. Her expertise is in project and people management. Linenko has worked with TEC for several years in various capacities. Her goals in her current role as Board Chair are to; enhance the quality of TEC events, build and cultivate relationships with partners, sponsors and stakeholders, streamline operations, and to improve business processes. Email:llinenko@gmail.com


 Chris Pfaff, Vice Chairman

Chris Pfaff joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He dedicated two years of volunteer time prior to his appointment to the Board. Pfaff has been a firefighter with West Pierce Fire & Rescue for 10 years. Additionally, he is a fire instructor at Bates Technical College. Pfaff possesses an Associate’s Degree in Fire Services Administration from Pierce College and he is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. He also served in the Marine Corps for four years in Iraq. After completing his service he started volunteering for Mopars Unlimited car club in Tacoma. The car club has hosted an all Mopar (Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Jeep) car show in Graham for over 31 years and is one of the largest in the northwest. Pfaff strives to keep the TEC strong through lending his strong operational skills. Email: cdpfaff@gmail.com

Tony La Stella, Treasurer

Tony La Stella is the Founder and Managing Director of the La Stella Foundation, a 501(c)(3) and Washington State Charity since 1990. He possesses an extensive background in tax law, estate planning, business management, marketing, production, development and venture capitalization. His company C&A provides business consulting for non-profits and small businesses. As a full time Italian-American singer, La Stella does more than 200 shows a year and raises over $250,000 annually for charity. He is the Co-Host and a major shareholder of West Coast Italian Radio, Inc. He is also an active member of The Rainier Club and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Music Aid Northwest. Since 2011, LaStella has produced the veteran park “Camp Patriot” within the Tacoma Freedom Fair benefiting of Veterans and Active Duty Military. Email: Lastella1@gmail.com

Tamara Reece, Board At-large

Tamara Reece joined the Board of Directors in 2014, after being an active volunteer for the organization for the prior two years. Reece worked played roles in multiple events; including Wings and Wheels, Freedom Fair, and the Pilot’s VIP Reception. Reece has a long history of being a professional with Leavitt Group Northwest. She has over 20 years of experience as a Client Advisor for personal home and auto insurance, with her primary focus in protecting high net worth specialty needs. Reece resides and works in Tacoma and is dedicated to sharing her business knowledge and passion for service to the Freedom Fair. Email:  tamree@msn.com

Michael Freeman, Board At-large

Michael Freeman, a Board member since February 2014, is an active business owner in the local community. His background is in manufacturing of Marine electronics since 1970. He diversified his talents in 1978 and expanded to software development. In 1996, he utilized his physical challenge in life to embark on an additional business of selling and renting wheelchair ramps. He is a well-known area proprietor of mobile covered stage rentals for events. Freeman has volunteered since 2012 in a variety of capacities with the Tacoma Events Commission. He provides extensive experience along with problem-solving skills and management to the Board.

STAFF

 Gary W. Grape, Director of Events

Gary Grape retired after 30 years of public service from Pierce County Public Works as Road Maintenance Supervisor. Following his retirement, he accepted multiple Board of Director positions with the Tacoma Events Commission including Entertainment Director, Vendor Director, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Since 2012, Grape has served in the chief staff position as the Director of Events. Gary brings to the table an extensive knowledge of event management. He has been an integral part of the Tacoma Events Commission and has contributed to the success of the Freedom Fair and other events that fall under the umbrella of the Commission for over 15 years. Email: gwgrape47@comcast.net Telephone: 253-507-9357

Jensene N. Linenko, Assistant Director of Events

Linenko has spent several years taking part in the roster of events that the TEC hosts. She brings a wealth of non-profit management experience through her service on a various non-profit boards throughout the area. The Wings and Wheels event currently is completely under the direction of Linenko who brings new ideas and a fresh outlook to the events that the Tacoma Events Commission coordinates.

 

Teri Reid, Financial Manager

Reid is a lifelong resident of Tacoma and University Place and has enjoyed the events produced by the Tacoma Events Commission for years. She joined the organization in January 2014 with the goal to streamline and enhance the financial management of the organization. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit financial management expertise that is invaluable to the organization. Reid looks continuing her work with the Tacoma Events Commission and its partners.

Sherrie Wilson, Development

Wilson joined the Tacoma Events Commission with the goal of providing direction and support in the areas of marketing and development. Wilson has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit and event management. She has worked for multiple notable and national organizations including the US Olympic Committee, USA Judo, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Dan Gable Museum and multiple others. She also serves as Vice President of Marketing for the national franchise Phenix Salon Suites. Her expertise and current focus is in brand management, capital campaigns, long-term giving and development. Email:FreedomFairandAirShow@gmail.com Telephone: 719.491.9682

Reginald Rutherford – Development

Rutherford joined the Tacoma Events Commission in 2016. He has an immense background in television and event production. His impressive resume includes award-winning television shows such as Extra, Soul Train, the Rosie O’Donnel Show, Oprah and the Steve Harvey Show. He also has extensive award and event show experience with properties such as the Superbowl, the Grammy’s and the Soul Train Awards. His festival experience is broad and includes the mega music festival Coachella. Rutherford brings a vast wealth of production and development experience to the Tacoma Events Commission with his focus set on the Freedom Fair. Email:FreedomFairandAirShow@gmail.com Telephone: 336.918.2241

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