BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Modern Living Services is made up of a Board of Directors that are parents and professionals in our community. We have worked over the last five years to network with local non-profits and other organizations to build strong mentoring and community alliances. MLS is a group of passionate and dedicated leaders that have been meeting regularly every month to plan for the future housing and supported living needs of a growing community of adults with developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

Ray Geimer

President

He is currently a Vice President at CH2M Hanford Plateau Remediation Complany (CHPRC), and has been with CH2M for 16 years.  Having both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and having an extensive background in project management, Ray looks forward to becoming actively involved in developing and executing new residential projects that will provide additional housing options here in the Tri-cities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Ray and his wife Joy are the proud parents of a 7 year-old son named Reece.  Reece has been diagnosed with a genetic anomaly called Tetrasomy 18p, and as a result he exhibits developmental delays.  He is a warm and engaging child with a fantastic sense of humor and an inexhaustible energy supply.  Ray has come to realize that it is only through the tireless efforts of community organizations like MLS that a child like Reece will one day have options to experience a full and independent adult life, and that everyone deserves to have that opportunity.

Andrea Mallonee

Vice President

Andrea Mallonee graduated in 1998 from Washington State University, receiving a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences with a minor concentration in Communications.She has worked in the technology and pharmaceutical sales market for the past 16 years. Currently, Andrea is the WA/OR state field representative for Walden University, a subsidiary of Laureate Education, Inc., on a mission to help make the world a better place. This mission starts with the dedicated professionals who serve over 850,000 students in 29 countries.  Andrea is married to Tom Mallonee, and together they have two children.  Her eldest child, Lindsey, has intellectual disabilities and is now 21 years old and a graduate from Southridge Highschool in June of 2014.  Her son Sean 16, is currently attending Arlington High School and plays for the Everett Junior Silvertips U16 Hockey team. The family enjoys boating in the summer and hockey is a year-round adventure full of fun and travel.

Michele Coyne

Treasurer

Michele’s twenty years of accounting experience has evolved into a fresh perspective with new energy and dedication. From that she brings strength, commitment and a genuine view to Modern Living Services. She has been able to put a title to her goal; becoming master of business fulfillment. Recognizing the subtle difference between non-profit and for profit, is a reward to itself. The art of accounting and being accountable is a line Michele has endeavored to walk all her professional years. Developing a vision and becoming fully involved to the end, is what she refers to as the reward.

Michele relocated to the Tri-Cities to be near her family. At the core of her family is her older sister who has special needs. Michele states that “where your and my worst day is a long line, my sisters’ worst day is asking, only herself, if she is in the right line”. “Bringing our various skills and talents to Modern Living Services, our job is to assure these members of our community and gently guide them to the right line, right beside us.” 

Terry Larson

Board Member

Terry Larson moved to the Tri-Cities area in 1962 with his family from Anaconda, Montana as his Father began working at the Hanford site.  He has two brothers and two sisters that also live in the area.Terry volunteers his time at the local hospital ICU, Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of the Richland Kiwanis.  Terry became a member of the MLS board when he learned about the Kennewick Perry Suites (KPS) project and wanted to make a difference.  Since then, he has also become a member of the KPS board.  Terry is a strong supporter of MLS and their fundraising efforts and looks forward to the development of a respite care program.In his spare time, Terry enjoys fishing and golfing.  He is an avid sports fan and cheers on the Tri-City Fever and Seattle Seahawks every chance he gets!

David Messinger

Board Member

Dave Messinger has been a Tri-Cities resident since 1974.  He attended public schools in both Richland and Kennewick school districts.  Holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business from Columbia Basin College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University.  Currently employed by the Tank Operations Contractor at the Hanford Federal Government cleanup site in Richland, Washington.Dave got involved with Modern Living Services (MLS) through his involvement with the Kennewick Perry Suites (KPS) project.  At the successful completion of KPS, he decided to stay involved with serving individuals with special needs by joining the board of MLS.  He is particularly interested in supporting the growth and development of MLS' respite program.  Dave's other community involvement consists of volunteering as a Meal-On-Wheels driver and as an off-ice official for the local Tri-City Americans Western Hockey League team.Dave is married to Stana Messinger, and together they have three daughters.  Their eldest, Kerry is 28 years old and a successful financial planner whom lives with her husband, Nick, in Seattle.  Their, middle, Stacy, has intellectual disabilities and is now 25 years old and a graduate from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick where she currently lives with her parents.  Their youngest, Christie is 23 years old and currently studying to become a Surgical Technologist, works various part-time jobs and lives with her parents.  The family enjoys traveling and family game nights.

Mary Mills

Board Member

Mary is a native to the Tri-Cities who graduated from Columbia High School in Burbank and received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Business in 1990.  She has over 25 years of experience primarily in the areas of Human Resource Management, Continuous Improvement and Leadership Development.  Mary is currently the Organizational Effectiveness Programs Manager for Bechtel National Inc. at the Waste Treatment Plant.She has three sons and three step-children ranging in ages from 10 – 21 and spends much of her time on activities intended to support their development in to responsible, accountable, healthy, contributing adults.  This was one of the motivations for her becoming a board member of MLS.  Helping others and giving back to the community is a gift Mary has to give and hopes setting the example will encourage her children to do the same now, and in the future.The primary driver for Mary’s interest in becoming involved with MLS was that has friends who have developmentally disabled children, who are remarkable role models.  In them she saw determination, strength and love at work as these parents provide their children with opportunities which allow them to be independent, proud, happy and functional.  Through their example, Mary hopes to contribute to helping others through services and opportunities provided by MLS.

Trish Fitzgerald

Board Member

Trish Fitzgerald is a long time Tri-Cities resident who is excited to be a newly elected member of the Modern Living Services Board.  She is currently working for CH2M Hanford Plateau Remediation Company as an Operations Support Specialist, helping others develop and implement innovative solutions to complex business problems.

 

Trish has worked for CH2M for 8 years, but worked in the Real Estate industry in the Tri-Cities--many as a licensed Realtor--for over 20 years.  With this experience, she knows she will be an asset in not only developing new residential projects, but growing our Tri-Cities housing options for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

 

Trish and her husband Larry married for 21 years ago, have two adult daughters, and share the joy of two rambunctious grandsons.  They also oversee the care of Larry’s 58 year-old brother Ron, who has developmental disabilities.  Ron is able to live in his own apartment and work a full-time job largely because of the help, care, and support from organizations with goals much like Modern Living Services.  

Claudine Furniss

Board Member

Claudine is a Tri City native. At the age of 15, she became a teachers aide in the Special education classroom and continued to do so, every year, until graduation. During those years she also spent time volunteering and working for agencies that served people with disabilities.

She graduated in 1992 from Eastern Washington University with a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Graduation requirements for this degree included 500 volunteer hours working with mentally, physically and emotionally disabled children and adults as well as the aged. It was completed with a full-time, 4 month internship at the VA day program in Portland, Oregon.

Claudine has over 25 years of volunteering and working at agencies who serve people of all ages with all types of disabilities. She most recently was employed as a full time paraeducator, in an autism classroom, for the Kennewick School District and is currently substituting, in that classroom, when needed.

She has been married to Doug for 13 years. Between the two of them they have four wonderful adult children. Doug's youngest son is Autistic and is in school for one more year. He will never be fully independent. However, with the resources being made available to him through MLS and other community organizations, he has potential to have a life filled with enriching activities and employment opportunities.

Joy Wilson

Board Member

She currently works part-time for ISM Solutions as an engineering consultant.  With a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a passion for helping special needs children, adults, and their families, Joy looks forward to becoming actively involved in helping to promote MLS.  With Joy's background in designing, building, and operating complex engineering projects as well as her love of designing and remodeling homes, she hopes that her knowledge will be an asset to in developing additional housing options in the Tri-cities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Joy and her husband Ray (the President) are the proud parents of an 8 year-old son named Reece.  As Reece has gotten older, we have started to see (and face) some of the challenges he is going to encounter. Ray and I feel that our job is to give Reece every conceivable opportunity and to fight for him when those opportunities are not made available.  

Susan Kelley

Board Member

Susan Kelley is a long time resident of the Tri-Cities and newly elected board member of the Modern Living Services (MLS).  Susan is employed at CH2M Hanford Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) as the Director of Operation Assurance for the Waste & Fuels Management Project.  Her time on the Hanford site covers 28 years.

 

Susan brings organization skills, project management, and the ability to find solutions to complex issues.  She also volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, as a member on the family selection committee. 

 

A key element for Susan’s interest in MLS was her sister, Karen, who was born with Down Syndrome.  Karen passed away in 2011, but she had a full life and grew up in a loving family who could provide for her all the things she needed; but what if that wasn’t the case?  MLS provides a safe community for disabled people to live and have all the opportunities every adult enjoys.  Susan looks forward to being a member of MLS and seeing it grow in the community.

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Modern Living Services

PO Box 7046

Kennewick, WA 99336

509-491-1338

Modern Living Services was formed as a Washington Corporation on February 13, 2009.

MLS has been determined by the IRS to be a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.

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