Board of Directors

Eric Van Valkenburg Eric Van Valkenburg is a board member and co-President of the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. He is a Director at Grant Thornton, is a governance, risk, and transformation executive with more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries including management consulting, technology, aerospace, and retail. Eric can be reached at eric.vanvalkenburg@us.gt.com.
Karen Kachele Gottschalk Karen Kachele Gottschalk is a founding board member and co-Chairwoman for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. She has been a member of the board since 2009. She is a Client Relationship Executive with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a global, audit and assurance, tax and consulting services corporation. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and National Association of Corporate Directors. Karen can be reached at karen.k.gottschalk@pwc.com.
RussellPaquette Russell Paquette is a founding board member and Sponsorship Lead for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum and has been a member of the board since 2009. Paquette, Treasurer of Vulcan, Inc., is a highly accomplished treasury, risk & finance executive with 20+ years of progressive leadership across several industries including retail, financial services and health care. He is actively involved with several organizations including Financial Executives International (FEI) and the national Association for Financial Professionals (AFP). Paquette has a proven history of creating and driving business strategy while building, developing and mentoring high performance teams. Russell can be reached at RussellP@vulcan.com.
FJElsner FJ Elsner is a founding board member and Treasurer for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. He has been a member of the board since 2009. He also serves as Director of Workforce Insights and HR Finance with Nordstrom, Inc., one of the leading Fashion Specialty Retailers in the US. Elsner is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His career includes more than 20 years of diversified accounting, finance and audit experience, both the public and private sectors.
 AnneEtterWeb Anne Etter is a board member and strategic advisor for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. She has been an important member of the speaker committee since 2009. As Vice President Internal Audit for Outerwall, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the audit activities for Coinstar, Redbox, and ecoATM. Etter is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, ISQ certified quality auditor, certified ISM Lead Auditor and a Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt. She is a board member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, and also sits on the advisory board of the Seattle University Center for Business Ethics.
 VanVongWeb Van Vong is a board member and co-Chairman of the speaker committee for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. She has been a critical member of the speaker committee since 2009. Van is a Senior Vice President and Client Manager with Marsh, Inc in Seattle. Marsh is devoted to finding the opportunity in risk. Van is a board member of the Washington Chapter of RIMS, Seattle Public Schools Academy of Finance and Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce. She is also an Associate in Risk Management and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.
 Cynthia Behnen-Gillison Cynthia Behnen-Gillison was recently appointed to the board for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum in 2014 and is the Chair of the marketing committee. She is Director of the Risk Assurance Practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a global, audit and assurance, tax and consulting services corporation. With 14 years of accounting leadership & consulting experience she brings a breadth of knowledge in both industries & competencies to the firm and region. Behnen-Gillison is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA, Institute of Internal Auditors and the University of South Carolina Alumni Association.
 Anthony Spacciante Anthony Spacciante is a board member and RIMS representative for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. He is also a member of the speaker committee. As the Risk Financing Manager of Starbucks Coffee Company, his responsibilities include insurance placements, financing self-insurance and alternative risk financing programs. Spacciante is a graduate of Washington State University, majoring in Risk Management and Finance. He is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the Washington Chapter of RIMS.
 Anthony Spacciante Tom Taylor is a board member and IIA representative for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum. He has been a critical member of the speaker committee since 2009. As Chief Risk Officer for Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance, he is responsible for Internal Audit, Compliance, Records Governance, and Business Continuity. During his 20+ years in the insurance industry, Tom has built from the ground up, programs in Internal Audit, Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management. Tom has an MBA in Technology Innovation Management and is a Certified Internal Auditor. He is a Past President and current Board Member of the Puget Sound Institute of Internal Auditors.

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