Staff

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Wenaha Group has a wide breadth of expertise and we use our experience to assist each other and the clients to fully embrace their overall vision. Every employee truly cares about delivering a high quality product for their clients while maintaining an ongoing relationship. We immerse ourselves and become a part of the community in which we are working by becoming an extension of our client’s staff.

Rob Quaempts, DBIA

For over 25 years, Rob has developed an extensive background in long-term economic development and construction management. As President of Wenaha Group, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians, and a nationally recognized entrepreneur, Rob’s character exemplifies teamwork, transparency, collaboration, and integrity. Rob started Wenaha Group because he believes communities are strongest when they work together to achieve greatness. He has a genuine interest and skill set in successfully managing complex projects, navigating political and complicated organizational structures, reducing owner risk by understanding nuances in contract negotiation, and strategically aligning with clients’ needs. Rob’s years of experience managing construction and development for his Tribe has created a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting Tribal resources and sovereignty for each community. Rob’s humble leadership has grown the firm into a strong, financially sound company with a healthy, diverse, and incredibly talented team.

Dave Fishel

Dave has worn many leadership hats during his career, from project manager to a partner in a general contracting business to expert witness for construction claims. His more than 30 years of industry experience cover a wide range of project types, with clients in both general contracting and subcontracting, giving him unique insight and hard-won knowledge. As Vice President and Partner of Wenaha Group, Dave maintains direct contact with his clients and provides support and oversight to project managers as a Project Principal.

Jose Aparicio

Jose, a native Oregonian, is a proud graduate of the Construction Engineering Management Program at Oregon State University. Originally from Eastern Oregon, he spent the last decade in the Bay Area building his construction career by directing multi-million-dollar commercial projects for various clients. As a bilingual Project Manager with a friendly and approachable style, he can put others at ease while quickly building relationships with key stakeholders. Jose employs a team-centric management style and enjoys solving complex project issues with out-of-the-box thinking.

Keith Banes

Keith is a veteran Senior Project Manager with over two decades of construction management experience in the Northwest. His detailed approach to team leadership and problem-solving provides him with a solid foundation to address the challenges in project development, construction operations, and client relationships. His leadership and management style for the Tacoma Office is grounded in the core values of appreciation of hard work, honesty, integrity, and respect. Keith has a wide breadth of experience in gaming, healthcare, corrections, infrastructure, mission-critical, research laboratory, commercial, and multi-family projects. He has delivered projects in the public and private sectors, quasi-government, and Indian Country.

Rich Barger

Rich has over 23 years of field experience, proving his expertise in planning and coordinating complex projects. He studied Construction Management at Parkland College in Illinois and went on to complete Clemson University's intense superintendent training course. As a Project Manager, Rich is invested in meeting his project goals and takes responsibility for oversight of safety, quality control, scheduling, purchasing, field staffing, and job forecasting. In addition, his acute understanding of safety and building codes, regulations, and inspection compliance proves to be an asset to his clients. 

Anthony Bonifer

Anthony joined Wenaha Group as a Project Manager in the Pendleton office with nearly 10 years of hands-on experience in the construction trades. His field experience as a journeyman carpenter makes him a valuable team member. Anthony has a breadth of expertise in varying market sectors, including K-12 education, hospitality, commercial, industrial, and experience working with tribal governments. Anthony's strengths lie in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), ensuring compliance and standards are being met in the field. Anthony is an enrolled tribal member of the Walla Walla Tribe.

Pam Bullock

Pam has a Bachelor of Science in Project Management and a Construction Management Certificate from the University of Washington and over 15 years of experience in private and public commercial construction management. As Project Manager, Pam's competencies range from pre-construction, budget development, value engineering, bid management, contract and change management, through close-out and turn-over. She believes a project's success is built on integrity and respect when working with both the planning and development team, as well as the onsite project team. Pam played a vital role working on the first LEED Gold, Net-Zero energy commercial building in Idaho.

Hunter Byrnes

With experience in both architecture and construction, Hunter approaches project management holistically. After earning a degree in architecture, he worked as a superintendent and project manager at a Design-Build firm. He discovered his affinity for construction by coupling the design and construction processes. Hunter has since managed an array of construction projects ranging from single- and multi-family residential to hospitality. Pairing his technical expertise and field experience, Hunter strives to create a trusting and collaborative relationship with his clients.

Efton Chism

Efton has 25 years of FF&E and move management experience including leading projects and overseeing all aspects of equipment and material management, program planning and execution, and logistics. Efton’s collaborative, solution-minded, upbeat spirit enables those around him to do and be better team members. Efton brings in-depth knowledge of all areas associated with supply chain, logistics, inventory management, production planning, procurement, customer service, transportation, and warehouse management. Efton has relationships throughout multiple industries across the United States that provides competitive pricing and an extensive customer offering. Efton served in the United States military with the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Whidbey Naval Air Base, Oak Harbor, Washington.

Bobby Daniels, Jr

With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and an emphasis on Project Management from Portland State University, Bobby has worked in the design and construction industry for more than 20 years. His project management experience spans both private and public sectors with successful built solutions in housing, retail, medical, transportation and education. Bobby is passionate about strengthening communities with every project he takes on.

Evan Dunnam

Evan joined Wenaha Group after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As a project manager, Evan is a critical part of the FF&E and Move Management Division. He is known for his excellent organizational and communication skills and thrives on managing large, impactful projects, optimizing operations, and driving results for our clients.

Alsea Fishel

With a background in education and counseling, Alsea brings a unique perspective to FF&E and move management. After earning a degree in global development studies, she pursued a Master of Arts in Social and Sustainable Management at Seattle Pacific University. While attending University, she provided strategic partnership consultation to Construction for Change and traveled to India and China to support her global business studies. After graduating, Alsea worked as an educator for various organizations, serving students aged from elementary to university. Her experience as an educator gives her the ability to empathize and build trusting relationships.  

Heath Gardner

Along with his degree in Construction Management from Central Washington University, Heath has over two decades of construction management experience. He has worked on various project types as a project engineer, project manager, estimator, general contractor, and owner’s representative. Heath's first-hand expertise gives him insight into predicting problems and innovative solutions, often avoiding the problem entirely. In addition, he understands the value of a team atmosphere, using his communication skills to ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be heard and creating situations where all stakeholders can succeed. Heath successfully manages the Tri-Cities office, providing leadership and long-standing industry relationships to Wenaha Group.

Jake Hartwig

With over three decades of experience in project management and architecture and a BS in Industrial Design, Jake has worked within various market sectors and building types. With his extensive career, he has had the opportunity to take on numerous roles, including job captain, head of design, and senior project management. In addition, Jake's impressive portfolio in K-12 has provided him with extensive knowledge of industry standards in Washington state.

Mary HaWaaboo

Mary is an experienced project manager in all phases of development, from design to construction. Leaning on her decade of industry experience, she ensures that her clients are kept abreast of a project's progress and alleviates concerns with frequent and clear communication. Mary embraces complex projects with unique challenges and approaches project management with a high level of organization and keen problem-solving skills.

Julie Haymart

Julie is a Corvallis, Oregon native with over 23 years of experience in the construction industry.  After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, she spent time in central California before returning to Corvallis and beginning her construction career, primarily focusing on accounting. Her years of experience in job cost accounting, budgets, contracts, and loss control make her a valued member of the Wenaha Group by supporting the project managers, owners, and the project team as a Project Coordinator.  Julie is dedicated to client satisfaction and believes that treating everyone fairly and honestly results in successful projects.

Cassie Hibbert

After completing undergraduate studies at Oregon State University, Cassie earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has worked in the construction industry for over a decade, transitioning from design to project management. Cassie's experience includes work in the private and public sectors, focusing on commercial, non-profit, and retail clients. As a Project Manager, she is committed to using her skills to help communities grow and thrive.

Jim Houchins

As a Senior Construction Manager and executive, Jim has successfully managed over five million square feet of construction during his career. For three decades, Jim has been a results-oriented team leader and has gained increased responsibility by solving complex challenges. He sees effective teamwork and open communication as critical in reducing total cost and risk while maintaining delivery schedules and quality. In addition, he brings proficiency in contract negotiation, contract and proposal creation, bid packaging, conceptual estimating, insurance, value engineering, scheduling, and construction management to the table. Jim also excels at tactical planning, implementation, and budget management. Jim leads our Portland office, supporting an experienced and diverse team in various markets in the Portland Metro region and companywide.

Jennifer Huang

Jennifer is an experienced construction project manager with a demonstrated history leading client engagement from internal stakeholder groups and design/construction consultants throughout the project to enhance project delivery outcomes. She leverages her knowledge of client contracting policies and processes, including codes, closeout, and permits, to successfully deliver quality projects on time, scope and budget. In addition, Jennifer values active community participation. She serves on the design review board for Happy Valley and volunteers as an educator for the Urban Land Institute. 

Ann Jackson

Ann is a Project Manager that has served public agency clients in the Portland Metro area for over 16 years. As a graduate of Oregon State University, Ann worked for a large national general contractor, where she supported projects up and down the I-5 corridor. Her experience as a general contractor paired with her success as an owner’s representative Project Manager provides Ann with a unique understanding of the project lifecycle and the issues that often appear at each phase. Ann is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation located in North Dakota.

Brooklynn Jefferson

Brooklynn has over a decade of experience in administration, project coordination, and marketing. While working on multiple projects, she can adapt to changes. In addition, her ability to efficiently work with others allows her to foster strong relationships with co-workers and clients. As a Project Coordinator, she is key to the success of our projects. Wearing several hats, she also regularly supports our marketing and business development efforts companywide.   

Taylor Krebs

Taylor has two degrees from the University of San Diego, a B.A. in Architecture and B.A. in Art History. After college, she started her career at Seattle Public Schools, where she spent several years in project management, working across 63 of the District's centrally-located properties. She then transitioned to an architecture firm, where she continued her work in K-12 and commercial architecture and completed her professional internship. Taylor has a passion for public art and community-led projects. She was the co-author of the Public Art Plan for the City of Vancouver and is serving on the City's Public Art Committee and Clark Community College's Art Selection and Management Committee. Taylor is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a guest speaker for Girls in STEM, and has won the University of San Diego Excellence in Architecture Award.

Dale Kuykendall

With over 30 years of experience, Dale has successfully led many project teams through the various aspects of contracting, including estimating, budget development, and project management. As a Senior Project Manager, Dale has a unique ability to create win-win solutions for the inevitable issues that arise on team projects. He is known for building collaborative, highly functional teams that consistently deliver results above the clients’ expectations. Clients and design professionals value Dale’s involvement. He keeps projects moving forward in an organized fashion, with costs and schedule under control – all while maintaining a fun and effective atmosphere.

Patrick Linhart

Patrick has spent more than 30 years building relationships with owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and employees in the construction industry. This experience provides him with a broad understanding of the construction management process that he shares with clients as they navigate an unfamiliar process. As a Project Manager, Patrick has experience with public works, education, commercial, and residential projects. Patrick holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University.   

Chris Marfori

Chris has two decades of experience and has completed over 50 projects in 11 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. His project management experience ranges from healthcare, education, institutional, and infrastructure to hospitality and retail. Chris has learned to apply proven industry methods tailored to a specific project and client needs by tapping into his wealth of diverse project experience with various delivery methods in both private and public work. Utilizing his scheduling, estimating, and project management background and a proactive solutions-oriented approach, Chris strives to streamline projects and bring the best return on investment to his clients. 

Kalynn Martin

As the Office Manager at Wenaha Group's corporate office, Kalynn is the newest addition to the administrative team. Utilizing her attention to detail and keen understanding of operations, she is responsible for accounts payable, payroll support, and general administrative support.

Kari McCormick

Kari McCormick was born and raised in Arizona and is a five generation family leading back to Arizona Territorial days.  Having a diverse career from working at the state legislature to an elementary school teacher and a youth pastor for 16 years.  She wound up in the construction world by deciding to leave ministry and go back to utilizing her BS degree in Management from Arizona State University by helping a cost estimating, program management firm open their office in Arizona.  From that point on there’s been a clear career path in the AEC industry for nearly 20 years, having the opportunity to work with a large international architecture firm, a national general contractor and most recently opening a successful western regional office for a Native American owned general contractor out of Kansas.  The common career stream has always been the opportunity to work with Native American tribes throughout the US.  

 

Melanie Quaempts, Ed.D

Melanie, a Native Hawaiian from Washington State, has spent two decades striving for a more socially just public education system. Her contributions as a teacher and school principal, along with her district level executive leadership and university teaching have contributed to her expertise in education. Melanie is known for creating opportunities for building shared understanding and outcomes, providing cultural navigation within complex environments, and creating relationships grounded in shared outcomes.  Significant contributions to our team include educational adequacy assessments, community organizing and strategic planning, designing multi-sensory and blended learning environments, early childhood and PreK-12 equitable systems and curriculum building, and public relations, capitol project planning and project logistics.

Buddy Rocha

Buddy has an MBA from the University of Arizona and over 10 years of casino gaming compliance and regulatory experience uniquely paired with a career in tribal economic development. This uncommon background proves to be an asset for our clients. Buddy developed formidable leadership skills in his time serving as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army. His strengths lie in his keen understanding of regulations and procedures, extensive experience working with governmental agencies, and his grant writing knowledge. Buddy is a proud member of the Yavapai Apache Nation.

Scott Rogers, CPPB

Scott has built his career with an emphasis on collaboration, consensus building, and team interaction. Serving as a facilities director for a public agency instructed him on the value of transparency and accountability with taxpayer funds. Scott specializes in public procurement and energy conservation programs. He works extensively with the Energy Trust of Oregon, integrating sustainability and energy efficiency using cost-effective methods. In 2013, he won a Better Bricks Award for Building Management from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and, in 2014, became an Earth Advantage Certified Project Steward. Scott leads the team in the Pendleton office with an affable communication style and enthusiasm to mentor those around him. 

Tammy Sartain

Tammy, a Washington native living most of her life in the greater Tacoma area, has over two decades of experience in the construction industry, including ownership of a small construction company. As the Business Manager, Tammy oversees the day-to-day operations of the Wenaha Group office locations, supports Executive Leadership with financial requirements, and manages the accounting, payroll, and staff benefits. Tammy has a passion for serving our clients, staff, and the community while exemplifying the firm’s values-driven guiding principles.  

Kailee Simons

Kailee, a Washington native, brings a unique skillset as Assistant Manager of Client Relations & Move Management to Wenaha Group. In her experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, she developed an aptitude for logistics and event planning that has been critical to growing Wenaha Group's FF&E and Move Management team. Kailee understands what it takes to deliver a project to achieve client satisfaction, and her approachable communication style makes her a key team member in leading client relationship efforts.

Kieron Spellman

Kieron has a B.S. in Building Surveying and over 20 years of experience as an estimator, project engineer, and project manager. His experience as a Project Manager includes many complex and challenging projects in various market sectors, from K-12 education, assisted living, and healthcare to retail and high-tech facilities. Kieron loves the challenges construction brings, the fulfillment of completed projects, and the bringing joy to occupants of the completed projects.

Shandiin Yessilth

Shandiin, a member of the Navajo Nation, joined Wenaha Group with a B.S. in Construction Management & Technology from Arizona State University. She brings leadership and passion for construction and project management along with a voracious appetite to expand her experience in the industry. Having served in student leadership positions while earning her degree, Shandiin exhibits those same values and leadership traits in her professional experience. As a Project Manager, she has keen attention to detail, deep care for our clients' interests, and enjoys the ongoing process of learning and sharing her knowledge with others.