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50 Professionals Share Career Insights with High School Students


On Wednesday, March 20, Mount Si High School hosted a Career Fair, for students in grades 10-12 to learn about a variety of career options first-hand from local professionals.  The event took place during school hours and featured more than 50 professions representing a wide range of industries and fields of study for which students had expressed interest. Students had the opportunity to attend three presentations that sparked their interests.


We are grateful to the parents and community partners who volunteered their time to share their expertise and experience, to help Mount Si students explore a broad range of career options. The full list of the Career Fair presenters, with their job titles and organizations, is posted below.


The presenters shared job-related topics that included:  their career path, a typical workday, competitive outlook of their field, educational/training requirements, application process, pros and cons of their job, salary range/benefits, high school classes that would pertain to their career, technology they use for work, their favorite part of the job, and notable experiences they’ve had in their career.


Special thanks to 50 professionals who volunteered their time to help Mount Si students learn about career options.

Watch a slide show of the Mount Si High School Career Fair.


2019 Career Fair Guest Speakers:

  • Sgt. Derek Adams, Logistics, Transportation Coordinator/ Movements NCO US Army
  • Jo Ann Andro, Design: Careers in the Apparel Industry
  • Gina Bahhage, Owner/Designer, Gina Mary Hair Design
  • Michael Bailey, Restoration and Monitoring Program Technicians
  • Capt. Michael Bailey, Snoqualmie Fire Department
  • Earl Bell, Author/Speaker/Business Coach,
  • Stephanie Berger, Senior Product Manager, Amazon
  • Mark Bernatz, Electrician
  • Darren Brown, Sgt. Air Force, Retired
  • David Buckley, Creative Director, Google
  • Rick Cary, Police Officer, Snoqualmie Police Department
  • Sgt. Garrett Castor, Civil Affairs Specialist, US Army
  • Jaime Cole, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
  • Brian Decorah, President and CEO, Snoqualmie Casino
  • Karen Deichman, Secondary Instructional Coach, Snoqualmie Valley School District
  • Geoff Doy, CEO Marconi Communications PLC
  • Alexandra Duhaime, Air Force 2nd Lieutenant, ROTC Gold Bar Recruiter
  • Julie Ehrlich, RN BSN
  • Alex Fredette, Digital Forensics and Incident Response Manager, Stroz Friedberg
  • Patrick Gavin, Avionics Engineer, Blue Origin
  • Oscar Gonzalez, Detective, Seattle Police Department
  • Kirk Harris, Transportation Civil Engineer, Senior Project Manager/Senior Associate, David Evans & Associates, Inc.
  • Micki Harrison, Human Resources, Retired, Crowley Maritime
  • Amy M. Jarvis, Regional Support Manager, Abbott Construction
  • Petty Officer Sean Jefferson, Nuclear Engineer, US Navy
  • Dr. Sandy Kangas, Registered Nurse, Course Faculty Western Governors University
  • Stephen Kangas, Principal Management Mentor, Kangas Advisors
  • Bryan Kelley, CEO Valley Automotive Electric, Automotive technician turned business owner
  • Stephen Kilbreath, TV Anchor, King 5
  • Ray Lapine, Freelance Media Professional, Retired Photojournalist
  • Celia Lee, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney/Special Assault Unit, King County
  • Justin Lee, Executive Sous Chef, Snoqualmie Casino
  • Julie Lewis, Water Quality Program Assistant
  • James Long, Photographer and Studio Owner
  • Gail Manahan, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Private Practice
  • James Mayhew, Senior Financial Executive, CPA, Retired
  • Angie Mentink, On Air Sports Personality for Mariners, Seahawks, etc., Root Sports
  • Sally Miller, Mechanical Design Engineer, Outdoor Research
  • Jauna Niles, Promotions Manager, Snoqualmie Casino
  • Ryan Ransavage, State Licensed Geologist, Environmental Manager, Miles Sand and Gravel
  • Nicole Roethle, Sales Representative, LightArt
  • Matt Rumbaugh, Architect, NAC Architecture
  • Jeff Sturgeon, Artist, Animator, Concept Artist, Lead Artist, Game Designer and Art Director
  • Kim Stonebraker, Police Officer and School Resource Officer, Snoqualmie Police Department
  • Tess Thompson, Author
  • Jason Weiss, Detective, Snoqualmie Police Department
  • Rob Wotton, AVP, Umpqua Bank
  • John Zanas, Physical Therapist, Peak Sports & Spine Physical Therapy
  • Bobby Znak, Musician


Students shared these thoughts about their Career Fair experience:

  • “I got to learn a lot more about what type of careers I would be more interested in, compared to others.”
  • “I took away from seeing two different types of careers that I can fit with -- one more than the other, just by how they were and what they do.”
  • “It helped me know more about what I want to do in my future and what I want to study.”
  • “It was a really good experience, to just learn about all the different possibilities that I have.”
  • “Some of the people that I listened to reinforced that college isn't the only option and that there is just so much more out there.”
  • “It was just cool to hear from people about their background.”
  • “I went to a few different career presentations and I thought they all went really well.”
  • “It was good because it was very personable -- and it wasn't just a screen showing you answers after choosing all these different things.”
  • “It makes a difference to a kid -- to have someone talk to you about what I’m actually looking to do in the near future.”