Meet our team
Our dedicated, hardworking, and creative staff members make our programs possible every single day. Our main office line is 253-237-3545.
Andrea Keikkala, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Raised in Juneau, Alaska, Andrea began her career in the office of State Senator Stedman after graduating from Gonzaga University with a Master’s Degree. It was here that she developed her passion for working to better the lives of the people in the various communities the Senator served. It wasn’t long after starting her career that she moved to Sitka, Alaska to lead the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. After two years in Sitka, she took the opportunity to move to Kent to work as the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce for the last decade. During her time in Kent she developed a robust Workforce Development program along with an extensive body of work in Government Affairs and a plethora of fun and innovative networking and fundraising events. She is a lifelong learner having earned a second Master’s Degree from Gonzaga in 2014 in Organizational Leadership and continues to look for ways to challenge herself and grow every day. When the opportunity was offered to explore a career with Washington Business Week, Andrea seized the opportunity to turn her passion for youth and workforce development to be her main driving focus. She is excited to work with the dedicated volunteers and professional staff of WBW.
Andrea may be reached at email@example.com
Nicole Winters, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Nicole grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and most recently worked for a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, before joining Washington Business Week in 2018. Nicole enjoys working with youth in areas such as leadership development, and can often be seen on Saturday mornings working in her local community garden.
Nicole can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Cole, PROGRAM RECRUITER & PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
Katie grew up in Redmond, Washington just outside Seattle. She earned her undergraduate degree in Classical History from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She has lived in Olympia for over twelve years, and most recently worked as an outreach coordinator for a local non-profit that supports families of children with special needs. She joined Washington Business Week in March, 2019 after spending many years supporting their summer programs throughout Washington State. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her blended family in their home nestled in the trees along the waters of Budd Inlet. She enjoys any place that has a beach and moving water, quiet nights in and a good cup of coffee.
Katie can be reached at email@example.com
Laura Vergara, DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Laura was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington. Laura is passionate about helping the community through financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. In her free time, she can be found enjoying nature with her dog, or at her favorite coffee shops.
Katie Vosburg, 2019 OFFICE MANAGER
Katie Vosburg is a senior at Western Washington University studying theatre and human services with emphasizes in first generation work, lighting design and stage management. This is her 4th year working with WBW as their office manager and has served as an intern and student in the past. She got introduced to the program at the Centralia Washington in-school program and then later attended the last Western Washington camp where she first got introduced to the campus. When she isn’t working or going to school, she enjoys comedy shows, listening to podcasts and seeing plays around Washington.
Rakshith Mullukatte, 2019 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY MEN’S DORM DIRECTOR
I am Rakshith Mullukatte, a freshman at the University of Washington, currently majoring in Business Administration and Communications. I was also able to attend two years of Washington Business Week at Seattle University. My experience at Washington Business Week was terrific as I learned how to communicate effectively as a leader, run a company, work in a team, and listen to new business ideas proposed from my teammates. In my first year in the organization, I was able to become a CEO for our business company and led my team to success despite strict time limits, and we placed 1st in the stockholder’s presentation. This year, I have got selected to become the Men’s Dorm Director at Washington Business Week, and I am very thrilled to work with other residential adviser, residents, interns and supervisor in the program. I am excited to become part of the Washington Business Week team.
Katie Lauer, 2019 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S DORM DIRECTOR
Katie grew up in Sammamish, Washington as the youngest of four siblings. While in high school, she participated in three Washington Business Week programs, including Business Week and Advanced Business Week. She was also an intern three times and an ambassador for two years! Katie is now a thriving freshman at Eastern Washington University, studying marketing and human resource management. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, and watching baseball (Go Brewers!)
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