Our Team

Dan Lindbo
Interim Director

Dan has been a carpenter for 45 years, during which time he held multiple leadership roles, including being a superintendent. He's been involved in, and has supported the apprenticeship training program for the past 20 years as an instructor, coordinator, and now as an interim director working with fund Trustees and JATC committees to support and maintain training operations and promote a smooth transition for incoming directors. He has also contributed time and talent as a subject matter expert at the ITC developing curriculum for the Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Fund. 

Nate Diller
Coordinator

Nathan Diller has worked in the carpentry industry for over 20 years with experience in both wood and metal stud framing, interior finish carpentry and exterior siding/ waterproof barriers. Safety is a top priority for him, leading him to strive to improve the safety record and image of every organization he represents. Read More

David Sanchez
Instructor

Dave Sanchez has been an interior systems carpenter 31 years. During his extensive career, he has been successful in the field as a journeymen and foreman for companies like PCS, PSI, Anning-Johnson and Gordon Brown specializing in exterior and interior framing. In the Northwest, his project highlights include Century Link, Convention Center, Fort Lewis and Boeing. Read More

          

Steve Anderson
Education & IT Support
 
Eric Isaacson
Tradeshow Instructor

Eric Isaacson has worked in the tradeshow industry for 32 years for several companies in the Seattle area and has held leadership positions in the industry for the majority of his career, including being co-owner of Triumph Expo and Events. As owner, he was the company’s operations manager in its infancy and used his leadership skills to build the company’s strong foundation. Read More

Rachel Stevens
Accounting Specialist
 
Maria Yamaguchi
Program Specialist
Donna Cobane
Bookkeeper

With over 20 + years Bookkeeping and Accounting experience, spanning a variety of industries, Donna joined NWCI in 2015 as a full charge bookkeeper, where she has been able to apply her experience in all fields of work. Working at the Apprenticeship has by far become Donna’s most favorite experience of all.

Jody Kane
Assistant to the Executive Director
 
Daniel Espada
Instructor

Daniel has been in the trades for 12 years as a production metal stud framer and drywall installer. He was the lead and foreman of multiple companies including PCS, Firstline Systems, Anning Johnson, and BNBuilders. He enjoys the gratification from working with apprentices and teaching them about the trades. He has also served 10 years in the military and is a disabled combat veteran. His tips to apprentices are to Be Safe, Move with a purpose, Ask Questions, Do what you're told, and BE SAFE! 

Marc Carey
Coordinator

Marc is the Piledriver coodinator and also takes the role of instructor when needed. He had a long career working as a Piledriver before starting as an instructor for the Piledriver apprenticeship training program at NWCI. Marc recently became a Certified Welding Instructor (CWI) which allows him to administer both AWS and WABO certification tests to carpenters seeking their welding certification. 

Marianna Talbot
Coordinator

Marianna has been with NWCI for 12 years, starting at the front desk and working her way up through the ranks, finally becoming the Outreach coordinator in 2020. Her department establishes and maintains working relationships with industry partners, including contractors, state and local governmental agencies, labor organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations, to provide access opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations in Washington. Her work includes writing and securing grant funding for Pre-Apprenticeship programs that prepare individuals interested in the carpentry trade by providing three weeks of basic skills training prior to entering the carpenters apprenticeship program. 

Rocio Vela

Rocio started with NWCI in March 2022 as the receptionist and Program Specialist for the Pile Driver apprenticeship. She enjoys working at the Kent Training Center because she's able to use her skills and knowledge as well as pushing herself in areas where she wants to improve. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing with her familia and amigos. 

Nalani Kupahu
Accounting Specialist

Originally from Hawai’i, Nalani started administrative construction in 2017 where she found her passion for accounting work.  This lead to college and the completion of her Associate’s degree in Accounting in 2020.  Naturally, she searched for an opportunity that would fulfill her passion, which lead her to NWCI in 2022.  Nalani is a lifelong learner and is grateful to be a part of the future to those that serve her community.

Robert Bylsma
Instructor

Like many other carpenters, Robert began his construction career while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. He served in the Combat Engineer group for eight years before transitioning to a UBC carpenter, putting in 25 years in the Exterior-Interior Systems (EIS) specialty doing steel stud, drywall, and acoustical ceilings. Robert has extensive experience in shop fabrication and field installation of exterior metal cladding panels, especially Swiss Pearl composite panels. His experience also includes a three-year run (2006-2009) with the Southwest Carpenters Training Fund as an O.J.T. field instructor. Read More

Cindy Gaudio
Coordinator
 
Ben Lyberger
Instructor
 
Tim Leeman
Instructor

Tim has been an instructor at the Renton training center for three years teaching general carpentry apprenticeship classes, such as Wood Framing, Concrete 1, and Basics of Carpentry. Tim also conducts Trade Orientations for those interested in becoming a carpenter. 

Juanita Paz
Program Specialist
Gabe Garrido
Coordinator
Lisa Clum
Program Specialist

Lisa Knight joined NWCI in 2019 as a Program Specialist for the Spokane Training Center.

Steve Brestar
Coordinator

Steve has been in construction for 19 years; 12 years in the UBC. He graduated from Naches Valley High School. Right out of high school, he started building houses. He needed a change so he moved over to Auburn where he worked for Utility Vault making concrete vaults for 6 years. Looking to expand his career, he moved to the Tri-Cities, where he joined the apprenticeship.  It was the best decision he ever made.  He found out how much opportunity there is in the UBC.  “You can go as far as you want,” he states. And that is exactly what he has done. Read More

Roger Skaer
Instructor

Roger has been a carpenter for over 27 years. He spent over 14 years in private residential construction before becoming a member of the UBC. After completing the apprenticeship, he worked in the field as a carpenter, a foreman and a general foreman on various jobs ranging from scaffolding, concrete formwork, to interior finish jobs. Read More

Phil Sanfiorenzo
Instructor
Brandon Bell
LMS Coordinator & Scheduler

Brandon started building scaffold in 2002 right after high school and graduated from the carpenters’ apprenticeship in Pasco, WA. He began his career as an instructor teaching part-time in the apprenticeship program in Kennewick, WA. As an apprentice and journeyman, he traveled around the West coast working for Ivy High Lift Rental/Scaffold, Safeway Scaffold, Brand Scaffold, Patent Scaffold, Excel Scaffold, Williams Group, and Bechtel. Read More

Greg Brady
Coordinator

Greg has been in the trade for 20 years specializing in Carpentry and Scaffolding, and currently serves as Coordinator at the North Puget Sound (NPS) Carpenter Training Center. In addition to going through two apprenticeships (Carpentry and Scaffolding), Greg has several accomplishments throughout his career such as being a subject matter specialist for the Scaffold curriculum book at the Carpenters International Training Center (CITC) in Las Vegas, NV., and becoming a coordinator in the same training center he went through as an apprentice.

Eric Torset
Instructor

Eric Torset has worked as a Carpenter for 28 years. He began in 1990 working in residential /commercial concrete doing flatwork and formwork rising to a foreman position in 3 years. After 5 years he then transitioned into residential /custom framing and excelled with his passion as a builder for 10 years. Working 15 years of non-union work, Eric moved into a journeyman position with the Carpenters union working for a local company building tilt-ups and formwork expanding into steel erections and siding/roofing. Read More

Greg Vanderwerff
Instructor
 
Joe Crump
Instructor

Joseph Crump Instructs carpenter and scaffold classes at the Burlington Training center. Joe entered the carpenters’ apprenticeship in 1998, after four years working non-union, and received two journeyman certificates, one in carpentry, and one in scaffolding. His training includes instructor courses at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) International Training Center, where the UBC partners with Penn State University to ensure instructors receive training in methods of education and current industry practices and standards. Read More

Jeramie O'Dell
Instructor

Jeramie joined NWCI in 2019 as a welding instructor and is one, of only two, Certified Welding Instructors (CWI) at NWCI. He was instrumental in the development of new welding equipment purchases and the build-out of facilities at Burlington and DuPont training centers. Although Burlington is his primary training center, Jeramie travels to DuPont and Kent on a regular basis to teach apprentices or journeyman upgrade classes, and run Open-Weld sessions on Saturdays where they occur.   

Kristen Holmes
Program Specialist
Dustin Gregory
Coordinator
Dustin started his apprenticeship in 1998 in Renton, working his first 16 years with Kiewit Construction on projects like The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the 520 Floating Bridge, and the Hood Canal Bridge. After the 520 Bridge he decided to make a change and started to do Hospital Tenant improvement work and doors and hardware with companies like Sellen and Howard S. Wright. His proudest achievement is the safety record that he kept as a foreman.
Heather Maldonado
Program Specialist
Dave Leon
Instructor

Dave Leon has been an interior systems carpenter for 35 years. He started his career as an apprentice and journeymen in the Southwest Region in 1983. From 1991-2006 Dave served as a journeyman, leadman, foreman and project supervisor in the Pacific Northwest for WPI, Western Partitions, GL Systems, Ledon Drywall and Firstline Systems INC. He returned to the Southwest in 2006 and became a lead On-the-Job Trainer for the Southwest Carpenters Training and Apprenticeship Program. In 2010 he returned to the greater Seattle area as a leader in the industry and began working as an instructor for the Northwest Carpenters Institute in 2014.  

Chris Buselmeier
Instructor

Chris has worked for over 20 years in the carpentry industry. Starting in high school over Summer break building houses for Buselmeier Construction out of Tacoma, WA. He started the Carpenters Apprenticeship in 1992 with the majority of his career working on commercial buildings such as school projects, fire stations, churches, library’s and commercial office buildings throughout Pierce, King, and Kitsap counties.

Jesus Romero
Instructor
Jesus has been a Carpenter for 25 years and an instructor since November 2007. Becoming an instructor has been one of his proudest accomplishments. He specializes in General Carpentry and enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors doing what he has always wanted to do- Carpentry- while earning a living that allows him and his family to live a comfortable lifestyle. Some advice he gives his apprentices is; knowledge is power, keep your mind open to learning new skills and technologies and model leadership on the jobsite. Read More
Abraham Chavez
Instructor

Abe Chavez recently relocated from Kennewick, Washington to join the DuPont training center team, continuing his role as a general carpentry and rigging instructor. Abe also provides instruction for many of the skills-upgrade courses available at NWCI. 

Travis Dodson
Instructor

Travis joined the DuPont team as a general carpentry instructor in 2021. Prior to working at NWCI, he was a general foreman for Kiewit on heavy highway construction projects, working his way up through the ranks after completing his apprenticeship. 

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