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.
Gena Lusk, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Gena has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life. She earned her master’s degree in 2014 from Oregon Health and Science University, located in Portland, Oregon. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of educational leadership at Seattle University, with an emphasis on non-profit leadership. Following volunteer experiences in developing countries, Gena knew she wanted a career with an organization that was mission-focused. Gena is thrilled to have joined Washington Business Week in May 2019. She is excited to put into practice leadership frameworks to facilitate the mission of WBW. When she’s not writing for her dissertation, Gena enjoys listening to true crime podcasts while running with her goldendoodle ‘Cooper’ around Alki Beach in West Seattle.
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.
Kyle Jenkins, PROGRAM RECRUITER AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Kyle was raised in Federal Way, Washington and is a proud graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. After graduating, Kyle earned a full ride Track and Field scholarship to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. During his tenure at Indiana, Kyle’s love for youth blossomed through his work at the Boys and Girls club of Bloomington. While working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Sports Management, Kyle competed in Track and Field and earned multiple highly competitive achievements. Kyle has a real passion for our youth. He has served at Skyhawks youth camps, has been a paraeducator for age groups K – 8th grade and mentored a graduate from the Washington Youth Academy. Kyle also worked at Southwest Interagency High School as a mentor and teacher. He has an extensive background in Sales and Property Management. His favorite hobbies are exercising and being a volunteer coach for youth Track and Field. Kyle is passionate, energetic, and dedicated to give back to the community he grew up in. His main goal is to continue to create and build relationships with and for our youth.