Leslie Everson, CPA/Finance Director

Leslie Everson joined PNDC in January 2014 as an independent contractor performing the Coalition’s accounting and finance functions.  Leslie, a CPA, has spent over 20 years working in public accounting and industry, primarily serving small to medium size businesses.  A native of North Dakota, she graduated from the University of North Dakota and then lived in Minnesota and Nevada.  She and her husband, Dave, live in Gladstone, OR and have two grown daughters.  They enjoy traveling and spending time enjoying Oregon’s great outdoors.  Leslie served on the Gladstone School Board for eight years, and also served on the Gladstone Education Foundation Board of Directors.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of CPAs. 

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Denise Ryser, executive director

Denise leads PNDC’s efforts to support member businesses, by developing sales growth opportunities in direct defense and security sales and building a strong and connected supply chain in these industries. Her background in government relations, partner support, and business development make her a trusted advisor to the PNDC community. With a keen focus on member needs, Denise’s recent projects include supporting the launch of the Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center (PNW MAC), leading delegations to defense focused trade shows in London and Washington D.C., and supporting PNDC’s Advocacy Committee to connect Pacific Northwest businesses with their elected officials to communicate legislative needs and impacts.

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Karlee Keith, director of strategic partnerships & events

Karlee Keith joins us with over 10 years of event experience. Most recently, Karlee was the Events & Program Manager for the Association of Washington Business where she played a key role in the growth of AWB's events and sponsorships. Prior to her role with AWB, she was an Event Marketing Representative for ALSAC St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she facilitated and implemented all fundraising efforts throughout the state of Montana for St. Jude. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. 

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Bailey Simpson, operations Manager & gcap procurement counselor

As the Operations Manager for PNDC, Bailey manages the membership database, assists members with a variety of needs, and helps in organizing office affairs. She has over a decade of experience in customer service and joined PNDC in 2016. As a Procurement Counselor for GCAP, Bailey assists Oregon companies with SBA & COBID certifications and registrations, and assists clients with setting up Bid Match profiles.

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