Robin Houde

Program Manager

Robin brings us a diverse background of education, small business experience, management and marketing. A local to our community, Robin is well connected and brings that network to our WCWB. She handles our marketing outreach, manages the social media, program oversight of Let’s Talk Business, and offers social media, branding & design coaching.  As an Evergreen State College student she focused the first half of her degree heavily on psychology and the health sciences while transitioning her second half towards business and community outreach. Her passion for building meaningful relationships and serving the public has led her to her current studies and role at the WCWB.
Contact Robin at rhoude@thurstonedc.com, or 360.464.6061

Yesi Lee

Program Specialist

For the past seven years, Yesi has been devoted to client-facing positions that allowed her to interact with people from all walks of life. With a passion for helping others, her main focus is customer service that maximizes on efficiency and empathy to provide each client with a positive experience. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest Yesi has a love for the outdoors, reading, and the wonderful community she’s surrounded by. She believes that diversity and inclusion are key and looks forward to connecting businesses with the tools they need for success.

Contact Yesi at ylee@thurstonedc.com, or 360.464.6067

Beth Brown

Accounting Coach

Beth Brown, a local CPA in the Lacey area, has been working closely with nonprofit organizations for the last six years and has an intense passion to help those in need. After graduating from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s and Master’s in accounting she spent four years as a financial statement auditor and tax preparer for nonprofits, government organizations, and for-profit entities. She now owns and operates her own small business and enjoys providing general business consultation, outsourced accounting solutions, tax preparation, and attestation services to a diverse group of clients. Beth, an artist at heart, enjoys spending her free time creating acrylic paintings, mountain biking with her husband, and working in her garden. She looks forward to helping other small business owners, especially women, and is excited to see them all reach their potential.

EDC & CB&I Leads

Michael Cade

Executive Director, Thurston Economic Development Center

Michael Cade is known in Thurston County and beyond for his inclusive leadership style and track record of success in tackling community and economic development initiatives for the South Sound. For the past 15+ years with Michael at the helm, the EDC has retained local businesses and attracted new investment to Thurston County, while ensuring emerging businesses have access to the resources they need to succeed. Michael drives a robust resource portfolio that includes government contracting support, energy efficiency assistance, business counseling and manufacturing assistance.

Sean Moore

Manager, Center for Business & Innovation

Sean brings nearly a decade of teaching experience, business management and upper-management skills to our business enterprise instruction.