Meet Our Team
Before founding SeeSaw Services, my career spanned 25+ years in commercial ship design and construction. Over that time, I have gained an extensive understanding of what it takes to grow an AEC focused firm and the unique challenges and opportunities in our industry. It has been said that there are three primary stages in one’s career path – learning, doing and giving back. Peter and I founded SeeSaw Services with the primary objective of giving back to the industry by sharing our knowledge and experience to help our clients grow and thrive.
Giving back outside of the office is also important to me. For the past few years, I have served as a board member and volunteer for a local charity that provides job training and placement services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Serving this community has taught me professional and personal life lessons that no textbook, college course or business seminar could.
I suppose it is my engineering background, or perhaps it is why I became an engineer, that I am a very hands-on individual. I enjoy working on projects around the house, getting my hands dirty and learning new skills. I also find a round of golf with friends is a perfect way to keep me humble, grounded and truly live the SeeSaw mantra of Work+Life+Balance.
I’ve always had a passion for businesses – how they operate; how they succeed. The early years of my career were spent at Deloitte, where I had the opportunity to work with a wide range of businesses and industries providing audit and advisory services. I then embarked on over a decade spent in A&E and construction environments, including shipyards and a marine design firm. My experiences have always placed me at the intersection of applying business concepts to actual operational needs and outcomes. Whether serving individuals external or internal to my organization, I strive for a client first approach, wanting you to focus on your best work and have the reliable, actionable support you need.
In creating SeeSaw Services with Mike, it tied many aspects of my career together. We’re always learning, laughing, and solving new challenges. But best of all, we’re always meeting great people and feel privileged to be a part of their success.
Outside the office, my wife and I never seem to run out of family activities. A favorite is being out on the water, fishing & boating. I also enjoy everything sports; most of all coaching our kids’ teams.
I started my journey through Human Resources 13 years ago, as an intern for Washington State Labor & Industries. This allowed me to learn Human Resources from the ground up. I then graduated from Washington State University with a Major in Human Relations and a minor in Finance and Women’s Studies. My well-rounded schooling catapulted me into the HR field, where I have focused on Labor Relations, Company Acquisitions and many other general HR related topics. I have worked with small businesses under 50 employees to over 2,100. Each company requires different needs and I enjoy the challenge of providing support for them.
Throughout my years assisting these companies, it has become apparent that HR Teams and Operations are overwhelmed with supporting their Company’s ever-growing strategic goals, while trying to keep their department costs low. This leads to important projects, such as reviewing Affirmative Action Plans, catching up on State and/or Federal Laws, developing compliant new hire forms and Employee Engagement a lower priority. Helping companies navigate through the HR field keeps me challenged and excited for the future of businesses.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time on my seven-acre property and assisting those in my community with HR Support.
My 25 years of administrative experience has included support to project managers, engineers, and design staff. I guide our administrative team through project tasks, ensuring quality and uniformity of deliverables from start through to project completion. My primary goal as an administrator is to provide support to you and your team throughout the course of your project.
Sources of satisfaction for me as an administrator include establishing and enhancing client communications and helping both team and clients find the most streamlined and efficient processes ensuring on time and on budget projects.
My commitment to support others carries over into my community. I volunteer at a local charity providing help to those experiencing homelessness as well as assist with organizing fund-raising events during the year for my local community development association. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, hiking and traveling.
I have been working as an accounting specialist in the AEC industry for the past six years. I have extensive experience with different accounting, payroll, and project management programs, including QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Deltek Vision, ADP, Paychex, Paylocity, 10000ft, Airtable, among others. With how quickly technology is changing, and with so many new business and accounting software products on the market, I am always looking to expand my knowledge.
In my experience, I have worked with several small, growing companies and helped them develop processes to adapt to a constantly changing business environment. Small companies are often faced with challenges and decisions that are critical to the survival and growth of their business. It can be overwhelming to assess the need and navigate the options for changing accounting programs and processes.
My goal at SeeSaw is to help others find and implement the accounting solution that will work best for them. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, climbing, and walking my dog.
Uniting our skilled accounting and bookkeeping talent to your unique needs as a firm is what drives me and keeps me faithfully delivering the SeeSaw mission of balance in work and life.
My father ingrained in me the axiom to “work smarter and not harder.” He ran his own business and success depended on many factors but more so than anything, it was taking initiative to separate and differentiate from the competition. He was always open to new ideas and methods and it was that open mind that led to years of success.
Now in my capacity as demand generation lead, I can deliver a prescription to powerful business outcomes. And our collaborative success depends on the open minds of business leaders, like yourself, to consider and vet the idea of outsourced services.
I know many firms stand to gain from outsourcing accounting, bookkeeping and other administrative tasks to our dedicated team.
It is an idea that is uncomfortable at first. Sometimes I see it dismissed out of hand.
But this is the challenge that drives me! It has perhaps led you to reading my bio.
My success is your success. In opening a discussion about outsourcing you are conducting the necessary due diligence to ensure you are working smarter and not harder while you place your firm in a position to grow and operate at its highest potential.
In my role as Project Administrator, I support project managers and clients from project opening to close, and a little of everything in between. This includes project setup and maintenance, invoicing, and creating reports, as well as providing administrative support to assist PMs with achieving their goals. I have enjoyed working in numerous roles within the A&E industry over the past 20 years – sales and marketing, business development, consulting, customer service, and more.
When I’m not working, I am spending time with my husband, two kids and two dogs. I also enjoy Lifetime movies, crafting, gardening, and starting home improvement projects.
As Senior Account Specialist, my goal is to create a smooth transition from the time you first meet your SeeSaw team. I will work with you to set up a system of communication and workflow.
I consider myself fortunate to have broad experience from which to draw upon. I have administrative support experience at all levels of an organization, from reception at small companies, director level support at major technology firm, and have even managed my own small business. I’ve coordinated countless events, tradeshows and travel arrangements, created workflow and documented processes, reviewed documents, created structure where it was lacking and kept projects moving forward.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors and attempting art projects.
I have been in the IT field for the past 16 years supporting government agencies including the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, & most recently the Department of Homeland Security. Working with those agencies for so long instilled a security focused mindset that I bring to all my IT adventures.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching hockey and co-hosting a local community focused internet radio show.