Movers & Shakers 4/1/2016

Alyssa Joyner


The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) has hired Alyssa Joyner as its Cowlitz Wahkiakum outreach specialist.

In her new role, Joyner will be responsible for increasing partnerships and improving the access of businesses, education providers and community organizations to public workforce system programs and services.

“Alyssa will be making connections and seeking opportunities for SWWDC to be at the table as a partner and collaborate with others to develop solutions, implement programs and identify where we might potentially be able to invest resources to create, improve or expand workforce training and education programs,” said Jeanne Bennett, SWWDC CEO.

Prior to joining SWWDC, Joyner was a Vet Corps Navigator with the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs. Based at Lower Columbia College, she assisted returning veterans and their families with reintegration, including helping them develop education goals, enroll in training and education programs, gain experience through community service volunteering and make connections to support groups.

A Navy veteran, Joyner has an associate’s degree in business management from Lower Columbia College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human development at Warner Pacific College.

To schedule a meeting or to learn of opportunities for business to benefit from no-cost employment and training services, contact Joyner at or 360.921.2966.


Columbia Credit Union has hired Tiffany McGuire to serve as vice president of branch services.

In this position, McGuire will provide vision and leadership for the strategic development and management of the credit union’s branch system. She will be responsible for attaining maximum branch productivity, service benchmarks, sales goals and member and market growth. In addition, she will develop and manage retail sales promotions for all product lines.

McGuire has 27 years of experience working at financial institutions including 25 years in leadership roles. She most recently worked with Umpqua Bank for 14 years, with nine years as vice president and area manager, and five years as associate vice president and item processing manager for the Technology Advancement Group.

“Tiffany brings a unique set of skills to this position,” said Bill Fulk, Columbia Credit Union executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to having her on our team and the wealth of experience she brings to Columbia Credit Union.”

McGuire has a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership from Warner Pacific College. She is a graduate of Furman University’s CBA Executive Banking School and holds a certificate in project management from Portland State University.


Melanie Green, supervisor of Evergreen Public Schools’ Family Resource Centers, has been named 2016 Classified School Employee of the Year for the Educational Service District (ESD) 112 region.

The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and recognizes an outstanding classified school employee in each ESD region of the state.

Green is both personally and professionally involved with the district’s resource centers, having built the first one from the ground up. The centers support families directly and through partnerships that provide access to basic needs and other services, helping to improve student achievement and encourage family engagement.

“[Green] built the initial resource center into something the district would get behind and agree to expand,” said Cynthia Christensen, Green’s supervisor. “It has been through her direction that the additional resource centers are flourishing.”

In addition to her work with the district’s resource centers, Green has helped to develop several adult/student mentoring programs, among them a community lunch buddies program, a Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, and a Kids’ Club after school homework/activity club.

Green will be recognized along with honorees from other regions of the state by Superintendent Randy Dorn later this spring.


Family law firm McKinley Irvin has named attorney Teresa Foster as a new partner in its Vancouver office.

Foster has practiced Family Law for more than 15 years. She has represented hundreds of clients in Washington and Oregon, and has successfully litigated cases in both states.

“My goal is simple,” said Foster. “I strive to provide sound and prompt advice, and take direct action to accomplish my clients’ goals. I’m honored to be named partner in Vancouver and to have the opportunity to work with exceptional attorneys who are dedicated to supporting families throughout the region.”

Foster’s practice area includes complex divorce, including property division that involves high net worth and business assets, custody, parenting plans, modifications and prenuptial agreements.

“Teresa is a strategic thinker who is willing to think outside the box to get the job done,” said Sands McKinley, co-founder of McKinley Irvin. “The wealth of knowledge and experience she brings to our firm is an incredible asset to the clients we serve in the Southwest Washington community.”

Foster attended Arizona State University, College of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in social work.

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