Linda Rust

Accountant I am a Kennewick native, a Kennewick High School graduate and have lived in the Tri-Cities all my life, except for 10 years living in Walla Walla, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Walla Walla University in College Place, WA. Although my degree is in counseling, bookkeeping has been my profession from the…
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Dorothy Garwood

GPD Record Specialists and MSW Practicum student for BCVC Mentor Program I have been the wife of a USMC Veteran for the last 20 years, so I hold the Veteran community close to my heart. I was offered an opportunity to intern within the Housing Department at Columbia Basin Veteran Center in 2019 housing homeless…
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Tom Mattis

Mentor Coordinator Tom was raised in Richland, Washington, and enlisted in the US Marine Corps in July 1967, subsequently serving with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, an artillery battalion in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam 1968-69, and subsequently with the Marine Recruiting Station, Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Central Washington University and Sonoma State University…
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Tara Coburn

Housing Manager Hi my name is Tara Coburn. I have been married for 12 years. My husband Jeff is an IT specialist. Together we have four grown children and proud grandparents to two handsome little boys. I was in property management for 10 years before coming to work with Veterans. I have been assisting Veterans…
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Steve Lehto

Executive Director I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Oregon College of Education.  I also received a 5th year certificate from the University of Southern California at the Business School. I served in the Navy from 1970 to 1974 and served aboard the George C. Marshall SSBN 654. …
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Matt Sammons

Executive Administrative Assistant Matt was raised in Winters, California and enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 4 2004. Initially serving in the Security Forces regiment as a Recapture Tactics Team member.  Matt then went on to serve as an Infantryman with 1st Battalion 4th Marines. Deploying twice to Iraq, first in 2006 to the…
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