Movers & Shakers 10/3/2014

Kris Strickler


MacKay Sposito, a Vancouver-based consulting firm specializing in energy, public works and land development, recently announced the addition of Kris Strickler as director of transportation.

In his new role, he will lead the firm’s company-wide transportation services.

Strickler has more than 15 years of experience in the transportation sector and is a well-known advocate in Salem, Oregon and in Olympia. He has held leadership positions at ODOT and served as project director for the Columbia River Crossing.

“Kris is a valuable addition to our leadership team,” said Tim Schauer, MacKay Sposito president and CEO. “With his extensive resume and respect within the industry, we are pleased he chose our firm to help guide the future of transportation and mobility.”

Strickler is a licensed civil engineer with a bachelor of science degree from Washington State University.


Ashley Helenberg, public affairs manager for the Port of Longview, has been named chairwoman of the Washington Public Ports Association’s (WPPA) Public Relations Committee.

The committee promotes Washington state’s strong, diverse network of 75 ports and the benefits they provide locally, regionally and nationally. As chairwoman, Helenberg will work with ports on communication, media and community outreach. In addition to collaborating with other association committees, she will oversee the WPPA’s public relations seminar for communications and media relations staff throughout the state’s port community.

“As the Port of Longview grows in both size and influence, this is a great opportunity to accept the responsibility to leverage this for the benefit of all our state’s ports,” said Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, CEO for the Port of Longview. “I appreciate both the WPPA’s acknowledgement of Ashley’s abilities as well as her willingness to take on this role. She is a great choice.”

Helenberg has been a member of the WPPA’s Public Relations committee since 2008. In her role at the port she oversees communications and government relations.

The WPPA was formed by the Legislature in 1961. It promotes the interests of the port community through effective government relations, ongoing education and strong advocacy programs.