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Brian S. Charneski
Brian S. Charneski
Chairman of the Board. President, L&E Bottling Company and Chairman of Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC
Brian S. Charneski Brian S. Charneski is the President of L&E Bottling Company in Olympia, Washington and is Chairman of Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC, a regional beverage manufacturing joint venture with PepsiCo, Inc. headquartered in Tumwater, Washington. Mr. Charneski is a director of Spyglass Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment company and chairs its operating committee. Mr. Charneski is a director of the American Beverage Association and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association, having chaired the Association from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Charneski is a past director of the Washington Performing Arts, The Community Foundation of the South Sound and Saint Martin’s University. Mr. Charneski is a 1985 graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Mr. Charneski has served on the Heritage board since 2000 and was named Chairman of the Board effective May 4, 2016.
John A. Clees
John A. Clees
Tax Services Director, Worth Law Group
John A. Clees John A. Clees is an attorney at Worth Law Group with a practice emphasis in estate and business succession planning for closely held companies and their owners. Formerly, Mr. Clees was the Tax Services Director at the consulting and accounting firm of RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen LLP in Olympia, Washington. Prior to this, Mr. Clees was the President of Clees Miles CPA Group, Olympia, Washington until the Group was sold to RSM McGladrey. Prior to that time, he was the managing partner of Gattis, Clees and Company, an accounting firm with offices in Seattle and Olympia, Washington. Mr. Clees is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Clees is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, an attorney and mediator in the State of Washington. Mr. Clees served on Heritage’s Board of Directors from 1990 to 2000 and served as a non-voting consultant to Heritage’s Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2000 until June 2005. Mr. Clees has continued to serve on the Heritage board since 2005.
Stephen A. Dennis
Stephen A. Dennis
Retired Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Homes
Stephen A. Dennis Stephen A. Dennis is a retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. He led the team that built Quadrant Homes into the largest homebuilder in the Puget Sound region and established it as a leader in conservation and sustainability. Mr. Dennis currently volunteers at an Issaquah middle school and for Imagine Housing. He is an active docent and writer for the Museum of Flight. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Puget Sound Bank, served on the Board of the Children’s Home Society of Washington and the Board of the Bellevue Convention Center public development authority. Mr. Dennis holds an undergraduate degree in construction management from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Kimberly T. Ellwanger
Kimberly T. Ellwanger
Retired Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Kimberly T. Ellwanger Kimberly T. Ellwanger was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington from 1991 until her retirement in October 1999. She led Microsoft in developing a corporate presence in government, industry and community affairs, including opening a Washington, D.C. office and developing a network of state and local government affairs representation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Ellwanger was a Partner at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington from 1985 to 1991, where her practice included state and local tax planning, tax litigation, bankruptcy, general business and corporate advice and transactions. She has been involved in numerous civic and professional activities including currently serving on the Boards of Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Providence St. Peter Foundation. She is past Chair of the Washington Council on International Trade, past Vice President of the Business Software Alliance and past Board member of the American Electronics Association. Ms. Ellwanger graduated with high honors from the University of Washington School of Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with an honors degree in economics. Ms. Ellwanger has served on the Heritage board since 2006.
Deborah J. Gavin
Deborah J. Gavin
Retired Vice President of Finance and Controller of The Boeing Company
Deborah J. Gavin

Ms. Gavin was employed by the Boeing Company for over 20 years and retired from the position of Vice President of Finance and Controller in 2010. Ms. Gavin served as an Undergraduate and Graduate Adjunct Accounting Faculty with City University, Seattle and was a Management Consultant for Deloitte. Prior to her employment with Boeing, Ms. Gavin was a Special Agent with the US Department of Treasury. Ms. Gavin is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and an MBA in Finance from Seattle University. Ms. Gavin resides in North Bend WA and is currently a board member of the Washington Business Alliance. Her extensive financial background, leadership skills, and depth of public company knowledge provide the Board and Audit Committee with valuable expertise. Ms. Gavin joined the Washington Banking board in 2013 and now serves as a board member of Heritage as a result of the merger between Heritage Financial and Washington Banking effective May 1, 2014.

Jeffrey S. Lyon
Jeffrey S. Lyon
Chairman & CEO, Kidder Mathews
Jeffrey S. Lyon Jeffrey S. Lyon is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kidder Mathews, headquartered in Seattle, Washington and the President of Kidder Mathews of California. Mr. Lyon serves as a director for the Runstad School of Real Estate at the University of Washington and is also on the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. Mr. Lyon has over 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry in the Puget Sound area. Mr. Lyon has served on the Heritage board since 2000.
Gragg E. Miller
Gragg E. Miller
Principal Managing Broker of Coldwell Bankers Bain
Gragg E. Miller

Mr. Miller resides in Bellingham WA and is the Principal Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Bain realtors in Bellingham and has held a principal position at the same realty firm since 1978. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington. He has attended numerous professional institutes in the real estate field and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whatcom County Board of Realtors in 2006. Mr. Miller has extensive community relations experience, with involvement in civic and business organizations in Bellingham. Mr. Miller joined the Washington Banking board in 2009 and now serves as a board member of Heritage as a result of the merger between Heritage Financial and Washington Banking effective May 1, 2014.

Anthony B. Pickering
Anthony B. Pickering
Former Owner of Max Dale's Restaurant and Stanwood Grill
Anthony B. Pickering

Mr. Pickering owned Max Dale’s Restaurant and Stanwood Grill from 1983 and 2001, respectively, until 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Washington State University. He is a past-President of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and previously served as a Trustee for the Washington State University Foundation Board of Trustees and on the board of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. Mr. Pickering serves on the board of directors of the Skagit Regional Public Facilities District. Mr. Pickering joined the Washington Banking Company and Whidbey Island Bank board in 1996 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2014. He served as Chairman of the Board of Heritage Financial Corporation from 2014 to 2016.

Brian L. Vance
Brian L. Vance
Director & Chief Executive Officer
Brian L. Vance

Mr. Vance is the Chief Executive Officer and director of Heritage Financial Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Vance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage and Heritage Bank, and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Central Valley Bank. In 2003, Mr. Vance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank and in 1998, Mr. Vance was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank. Mr. Vance joined Heritage Bank in 1996 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining Heritage Bank, Mr. Vance was employed for 24 years with West One Bank, a bank with offices in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Prior to leaving West One, he was Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Banking Operations for the south Puget Sound region.

Ann Watson
Ann Watson
Chief Operating Officer, Cascadia Capital LLC
Ann Watson

Ms. Watson is the Chief Operating Officer with Cascadia Capital in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Watson most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for Moss Adams LLP. Prior to that, she held executive leadership roles at Russell Investments where she played an integral part in the company's successful expansion spanning a 15 year period. In these leadership roles, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer, as a Management Committee Member, a Russell Mellon Board Member and as a Director in the Corporate Finance Group. Prior to joining Russell Investments she had a seven year career with Chemical Bank/Manufacturers Hanover in New York and abroad whereby she held multiple global roles including strategic planning, loan workouts and client relationship management. Ms. Watson has served on the Heritage board since 2012.

Heritage Financial Corporation Officers

Brian L. Vance
Brian L. Vance
Chief Executive Officer
Brian L. Vance

Mr. Vance is the Chief Executive Officer and director of Heritage Financial Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Vance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage and Heritage Bank, and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Central Valley Bank. In 2003, Mr. Vance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank and in 1998, Mr. Vance was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank. Mr. Vance joined Heritage Bank in 1996 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining Heritage Bank, Mr. Vance was employed for 24 years with West One Bank, a bank with offices in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Prior to leaving West One, he was Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Banking Operations for the south Puget Sound region.

Jeffrey J. Deuel
Jeffrey J. Deuel
President
Jeffrey J. Deuel

Mr. Deuel is the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank and President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Financial Corporation. Mr. Deuel was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank and Executive Vice President of Heritage Financial Corporation in September 2012. In November 2010, Mr. Deuel was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank and Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Deuel joined Heritage Bank in February 2010 as Executive Vice President. Mr. Deuel came to the Company with 28 years of banking experience and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President Commercial Operations with JPMorgan Chase, formerly Washington Mutual. Prior to joining Washington Mutual Mr. Deuel was based in Philadelphia where he worked for Bank United, First Union Bank, CoreStates Bank, and First Pennsylvania Bank. During his career Mr. Deuel held a variety of leadership positions in commercial banking including lending, credit administration, portfolio management, retail, corporate strategies, and support services. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Gettysburg College.

Donald J. Hinson
Donald J. Hinson
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Donald J. Hinson

Mr. Hinson was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2012. From 2007 to 2012, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hinson joined the Company in 2005 as Vice President and Controller. Prior to that, he served in the banking audit practice of local and national accounting firms of Knight, Vale and Gregory and RSM McGladrey from 1994 to 2005. Mr. Hinson holds a BS degree in Accounting from Central Washington University and a BA degree in Psychology from Western Washington University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Kaylene M. Lahn
Kaylene M. Lahn
Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary
Kaylene M. Lahn

Ms. Lahn became Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 2008. Previously she served as the Internal Control Officer for the Company from 2005 to 2008, the Controller for Heritage Bank from 2001 to 2005 and a Senior Staff Accountant from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Lahn worked for the public accounting firm of Knight, Vale and Gregory prior to joining Heritage Bank from 1996 to 1999 where she worked on various audits and tax engagements. Ms. Lahn holds a BS degree in Accounting from Western Washington University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Bryan D. McDonald
Bryan D. McDonald
Executive Vice President
Bryan D. McDonald

Mr. McDonald is the Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank. Mr. McDonald was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer as a result of the merger between Heritage Financial and Washington Banking Company effective May 1, 2014. Previously, with Whidbey Island Bank he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Whidbey Island Bank from January 2012 to May 2014. He joined Whidbey Island Bank in 2006 as Commercial Banking Manager and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2010. Mr. McDonald has nearly 20 years of managerial experience in various sales, credit, operations, commercial banking and residential real estate areas. Before joining the team at the Bank, he was Snohomish and King County Business Group Manager where he was responsible for developing all aspects of Peoples Bank's commercial banking operation in King and Snohomish County.

David A. Spurling
David A. Spurling
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
David A. Spurling

Mr. Spurling became Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Heritage Bank in 2007. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the same university in 1983. Mr. Spurling began his banking career at Seafirst Bank in 1984, where he was a middle-market commercial lender in Seattle, WA. From 1988 to 1995 he was the Radio Common Carrier - Chief Operating Officer of Summit Communications, managing that company’s telecommunications subsidiary in Billings, Montana. In 1995 Mr. Spurling rejoined Seafirst Bank as a commercial lender in Tacoma, WA. He joined Heritage Bank in 2001 as a commercial lender, followed by a role as a commercial team leader.

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