Movers & Shakers 6/9/2017

Ron King


Ron King, the former CEO of Western Family Foods, will serve as the newest visiting fellow at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

King led Western Family Foods for 20 years and has held a number of leadership positions and served on several nonprofit boards. He graduated from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program.

“We are privileged to have such an outstanding community leader as Ron King join our work,” said Steve Moore, executive director of the Murdock Trust, in a press release. “Ron has invested deeply in the nonprofit community as a volunteer with health, mental health and international relief. He has great insight and understanding of how the business, nonprofit, educational and philanthropic communities work together, and he will be a tremendous resource for our work and that of our constituencies.”

The visiting scholar/fellow program provides an opportunity for individuals with professional expertise and distinction to connect with the Murdock Trust and enrich its mission and the constituencies it serves. Visiting scholars/fellows are provided a space of work at the Murdock Trust for professional renewal and development, and they are given the opportunity to advise the Murdock Trust on areas and sectors of key interest.


The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) recently honored Robin Helm with the Rita Corbin Burns Humanitarian Award. Helm, a social worker with Clark County Juvenile Court, was honored earlier this month at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel during the No More Summit.

The award is named after NWCAVE’s co-founding advisor Rita Burns.

“The honoree of the award is recognized for his/her ability to positively impact and influence the lives of others, regardless their own personal struggles or challenges,” said Kami Corbin-Schroeder, award chairperson and Burns’ niece. Helm, a breast cancer survivor, leads NWCAVE’s Gift of Lift bra program and serves as secretary of the board of directors.


Elizabeth Gotelli joined the Port of Vancouver USA last month as chief financial and administrative officer.

Gotelli has experience in many core business services, including direct management of finance, procurement, legal and administrative functions; staff training; budget development and administration; policy development; strategic planning, and; emergency management.

“Elizabeth has a strong financial and administrative background, combined with knowledge of our community and experience with local agencies,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “These traits are what really make her stand out as the right person for this position. We look forward to having her join our team as we continue growing and bringing sustainable economic benefit to our community.”

In her new role Gotelli will be responsible for strategic planning; development of port business policies; operations and budget responsibility for the administration, contracts, finance and IT departments; and ensuring the port complies with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations.

Prior to joining the port, she served for five years as director of public affairs and HR for the City of Lacey, Washington. She has also worked for the City of Vancouver as director of HR and Procurement Services manager, and in positions with Clark County Public Works and Community Services.

Gotelli graduated from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a master’s in public affairs.


Eric Fuller & Associates, Inc. recently announced the addition of Scott Higgins to its commercial brokerage team.

Higgins is a newly-licensed real estate broker, who currently also serves as the Mayor of Camas.

At Eric Fuller & Associates, a full-service commercial brokerage and property management real estate company, Higgins will specialize in the leasing and sales of commercial properties and advising property owners regarding development in Clark County.