With our presenting partner, The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla, we’re thrilled to announce the Walla Walla stop of Together Equal: A Gender Equity Tour of Washington. Join us Sunday, March 18 as we convene Walla Walla’s women leaders for a conversation about advancing leadership and economic opportunity for all women and girls.
Meet Our Powerhouse Panel
Graduated from WWCC in 1991 with an AA in Business Management.
Worked for many years in the restaurant industry before starting career in the Human Resources department of a local financial institution from Dec 1998-July 2009. During this time, the Bank went through a significant period of growth from 150 employees to 1200 employees in 3 states.
In July, 2009 Jennifer started at Columbia REA as their Human Resources Director/Executive Assistant and received her SHRM-CP designation in June of 2016.
18 years of experience in the HR Field, including; Equal Employment Opportunities, Affirmative Action Planning, Handbook creation, Job descriptions, Employment law, Worker’s Compensation, unemployment claims, benefit administration, pay and performance plans, budgets, advising management in employment practices, employee relations, wellness plans, bargaining agreements/negotiations, retirement plans and detailed knowledge of Federal and State laws.
Jennifer currently works at a cooperative not for profit utility and strongly believes in the cooperative principles, which include Concern for Community, Education, Training and Information. Jennifer has partnered with 501 commons, held board positions on the local chapter of SHRM, The Lillie Rice Center, and has volunteered on numerous occasions for student professional development.
Debbie J. Kelley, Girls Council, Board President
Bachelor’s Degree in education From Eastern Oregon University, 1995
Walla Walla County Department of Court Services, Juvenile Diversion Coordinator & Juvenile Probation Officer since 1997
City Councilor for Milton-Freewater, OR 1997 – 2009
Worked on various boards and committees in Walla Walla
Founding board member of Girls Council since 2006, Board President since 2016
Member of ‘W2 for Drug Free Youth’ work group since 2013, current chairperson
Yazmin Bahena is a Kindergarten teacher at Edison Elementary School and she taught six years at Green Park Elementary. A lifelong Walla Wallan, she graduated from Walla Walla High School and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho and a Master’s of Education at Walla Walla University.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Yazmin is proud to be a first-generation Mexican-American. She feels extremely fortunate to have been born and raised in this community and blessed to live in a vibrant democracy.
Yaz believes we are privileged to live in such a beautiful area. And serving on the City Council will let her build bridges connecting all members of the community.
Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door on Sunday, March 18. For assistance please call 206-467-6733.