REMINDER: Discover Burien Board Election is Tuesday at 5:30pm

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REMINDER: Discover Burien’s annual membership meeting and board election will be held Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southgate Masonic Hall, located at 1004 SW 152nd Street.

This meeting is open to all active and current members of Discover Burien, who are strongly urged to attend and vote for new members to the Board of Directors. There are five openings on the board, and the nominees on the ballot are:

  • Lori Alden
  • Ali Levich
  • Lance McIntosh
  • John White
  • Brent Volle

Additionally, running for election by petition are as follows:

  • Patricia Eslava Vessey
  • Suzanne Greive
  • Virginia Wright

Following are bios from each candidate:



Lori has been serving, volunteering and warmly welcoming people to the City of Burien for many years. She has held both President and Vice President Positions within her 10 years on the Discover Burien Association Board of Directors, and with your support, she hopes to extend her role as a business leader and community liaison. Playing a pivotal role in the ongoing growth of Discover Burien, Lori leads guiding the organization toward a positive, inclusive environment and strives to maintain the mission of; connecting business, people and organizations through engaging partnerships, innovative experiences and relevant programs.

She is currently an active Membership Ambassador, along with volunteering for many other nonprofits that make our community a wonderful place to work, live and play.

  • Licensed Realtor for Prudential Northwest Realty 20 years
  • Broker/Branch Manager Prudential Northwest Realty Burien / 10 years
  • Member of Discover Burien / 10 years Board of Directors Discover
  • Discover Burien Board / formerly President / currently Vice President
  • Longtime Member of Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for your consideration.


My name is Ali Levich and I am the 2nd generation owner of The Levich Agency, which has been in business in Burien since 1988. I grew up in Burien, going to school and graduating from Kennedy High School. I have made my home in Seahurst. Following

in my mother’s footsteps who served on the board at Highline Hospital I would like to help grow the community by serving on the board of directors again. I have served on the board for the past year. I currently serve on the marketing and operation committees and before that I have volunteered at a lot of the Discover Burien events, from Clean Sweep to handing out candy at Halloween.


I am seeking a seat on the Board because I enthusiastically support the mission of Discover Burien. As a board member I look forward to furthering our work; increasing membership, providing support to our Burien business members and encouraging new businesses to locate in Burien. I am anxious to learn more about the variety of businesses that inhabit our community.

Even before I became a Discover Burien member last year I was active with the Marketing Committee (as a representative of Bumbershoot Books) and this year I joined the Membership Committee. Working as one of our membership ambassadors, I requested remote areas for my territory. I have spoken with former and current members, and many feel that the activities of Discover Burien are too focused on the 152nd Street corridor. With my fellow Marketing and Membership committee members, I am working to help change that perception.My roots in Burien go deep; my great-great uncle William Sprague started clearing land for his new home, Forestledge, in 1901. I was born and raised here, moving out of the area shortly after high school. I moved back in 2006 and have worked at a variety of retail businesses since then. I think my retail experience would be a valuable addition to the board. My Burien employers include: Karuna Arts Yoga, 909 Coffee and Wine, Bumbershoot Books and Burien Press. In addition, I have made acquaintances with many different members of the business community, as my candidate endorsement shows. I have a lot of enthusiasm for our town and I put my money where my mouth is, I rarely shop outside of the city limits.

I am also an active volunteer in community events. In recent years I have volunteered for:

  • The Burien Brat Trot
  • Burien Arts 20/20 Vision
  • The Cove to Clover
  • The Bicycle Pie Joust Championships
  • The Highline Jazz Festival

I am currently working with the Burien Arts Commission in organizing The B-Town Beat art and music walk and I think we are far enough along in planning that I can announce The Burien Brewhaha Bacon and Beer Festival, taking place in September.

JOHN WHITE (retail, property owner)

My name is John White. I am very interested in helping Burien and helping you. My background is 35 years in manufacturing but this is only a small part of my experience. I am an inventor and holder of more than 30 patents. I have served on the board of the Deep Foundation Institute and was a co- creator of the now worldwide organization called the Pile Driving Contractors Association. I understand structure, people, and culture. I also have an EMBA degree from the Foster School of Business.

I started a pile driving equipment company, American Piledriving Equipment (APE) out of my White Center garage in 1990 and built it to the world’s largest pile driving Equipment Company. I hired local people, building a community based (from Evergreen and Highline High School graduates) culture. The construction industry is very competitive but we managed to rise to the top: I believe we accomplished this by understanding that everyone involved is a stakeholder and must be treated with respect. In addition to treating people with respect we strived to be the best at taking care of the environment. We became the world’s largest user of vegetable hydraulic oil to prevent the killing of fish and wildlife. In doing so I (we) travelled the world helping to build roads and bridges in an environmentally friendly way. We reached our goals through hard work and a clear vision.

I believe everyone living and working in Burien as a stakeholder. This vision is really not a vision but a reality. Burien has a rich and diverse culture that can be enhanced to become the world’s greatest city. I believe I can contribute to the well-being of Burien. I will give it my 100% if given a chance. There are many good folks that wish to serve on the board. I wish them all the best of luck and the best of luck to all of you. I hope you allow me to help you.< BRENT VOLLE, CH BRANDING HOUSE (non retail)

After moving from Colorado to Washington in 1999, my wife Traci and I have made Burien our home. Our first home was on 18th Avenue SW, which we shortly outgrew. When we decided to start a family we purchased a home a few blocks north to the Seahurst neighborhood, where we love to BBQ with our neighbors, hike the Eagles Landing trail and enjoy the view of the Puget Sound.

Our two sons are in Kindergarten and fourth grade at St. Francis. Summers are spent BBQ’ing and watching the boys swim on the swim team at Gregory Seahurst Swim Club where we have been members for 6 years. Concerts at Lake Burien Park give us a night each week during the summer to visit and hang out with our local community.

In January of 2012 I decided to launch Creative House Branding after many years of thought about a better business model for a branded merchandise agency. Burien was the place I wanted to call Headquarters. I have spent the last 16 months growing my promotional merchandise and creative agency here in Burien, and have enjoyed the 5 minute commute, eating lunches at our local restaurants, and tremendous growth our first year in business!

My past work experience includes: owner of Promotions Unlimited, a promotions and events company, founder of Smiley Designs Clothing Company, a urban clothing line, manufactures rep for Timberline Colorado apparel company, Cutter Buck apparel company, and 10 years with Image Source, a promotional merchandise agency.

Being a part of the Discover Burien board would give me the opportunity to share my business experiences, knowledge of large scale events, promotions, and branding with our local community. I’m positive I can add value to this board.

Your consideration is appreciated.



As a retail business owner in the Olde Burien neighborhood, active member of the

Olde Burien Retail Group, and also as an active participant and supporter in the local arts, heritage, and culture communities here in Burien, I feel confident that I would be an asset to the Board of Discover Burien.

I have lived in Burien since 1996, and have seen the tremendous growth and vitality that has emerged in our city during that time, much of which has been in the past 5 years. Just like every other region, we have experienced the pain of a devastating economic downturn and the difficulties faced by local businesses that cannot compete with large national corporations, but I am confident that Burien will continue to grow and expand our offerings from the business sector and the nonprofit sector of the economy. While we still have many of the same essential and respected institutions and businesses, we also have a lot of new businesses, new nonprofits, and new opportunities for citizens to engage with local activities and commerce.

With one foot in the business community and another in the nonprofit arts community I am in a good position to help find ways that the different concerns and elements of our communities can support each other. I bring both a realistic and reasonable approach to getting things done, and an unwavering enthusiasm for our city and what we can become.


My name is Suzanne Greive. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I have lived in Burien for 14 years. My husband went to high school in Burien, so when we married it was a comfortable and familiar place to call home. My hobbies are gardening, raising honey bees and chickens, traveling, cooking, camping, and entertaining.

I run a volunteer effort called Cut Out Hunger. We collect manufacturer coupons from organizations in the community and combine them with grocery store sales to buy food for the food bank, Hospitality House and St. Bernadette’s church. I also teach couponing classes at the Burien Community. I am a board member of the Burien Economic Development advisory panel and a member of Soroptomist. I am writing a book called 101 Things to Do in Burien.

I am a certified Home Inspector and run my own business with my husband. Prior to home inspection I worked in commercial real estate. Prior to working in real estate I worked for NW Airlines as a Customer Service agent and Boeing as an IT rep.

I would like to be on the board of Discover Burien because I think there is more we can do to welcome, attract and retain new businesses. I also think there is more we can do to unify our community advisory boards. We need to all work together to bring about our vision of a better Burien. I think we are on our way and it is exciting to see it unfold. Burien is a great community and I am proud to be a part of it.


Patricia is passionate about helping people remove the barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals and living the life they desire. Her entire career reflects this passion. Early in her career she worked with young children at Head Start Children’s Center, and later held positions at Auburn Youth Resources and Echo Glen Children’s Center.

She pursued her passion of helping people when she accepted a position at DSHS, where she remained for 30 years. During this time she was a social worker, serving children, families and adults clients. She collaborated with employment agencies, courts, unions, personnel boards, law enforcement and numerous community agencies to help clients remove barriers and achieve their goals. She also held management and supervisory positions for sixteen years where she served on numerous committees designed to improve services, increase collaboration, create products, write policy including WAC’s, and create strategic plans and programs including training manuals and agency conferences in addition to managing her team.

Patricia is a certified facilitator, and she has worked with various teams on numerous projects. As a certified and credentialed Life and Executive Coach she mentors managers, teams and workers. Patricia possesses a prestigious and widely recognized PCC coach credential through the International Coach Federation. Additionally, she is a certified mentor coach who helps other coaches meet requirements to become credentialed. She a registered clinical hypnotherapist and is a master level practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She has owned Integrity Coaching & Training Systems, a very successful personal development company, since 2004. Her numerous clients include business owners, executives, employers, employees, youth, adults and groups who want to make meaningful and effective changes in their lives.

She is excited about the opportunity to support Burien Businesses and the entire Burien community through Discover Burien. As a local resident of over 30 years, Patricia would like to see Burien become a place where

  • businesses thrive,
  • the economy prospers,
  • people congregate and collaborate,
  • healthy living flourishes and
  • where families and individuals feel welcomed and supported.

Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion to this opportunity to serve on the Discover Burien Board. She has been a member the Burien Wellness committee for the past three years and has been a member of Burien B-Town Business Builder Business Networking International (BNI) for the last two years. Patricia is blessed to be able to do the work she loves and is passionate about volunteering and sharing her skills. Patricia has volunteered at Highline Hospital’s Cancer Center teaching meditation to cancer survivors. She has volunteered at Hospitality House, a Homeless Women’s Shelter teaching goal setting and self-empowerment skills to residents. Additionally she volunteers at Evergreen High School teaching confidence skills and helping with mock job interviews. She teaches fitness classes at the Highline Athletic Club, the Matt Griffin YMCA and LA Fitness and has taught confidence and weight loss classes through the Burien Parks and Recreation center for the past three years.

Patricia would be honored to be able to serve on and support the business owners and community of Burien. She would love to have your vote.

Discover Burien is updating and clarifying the voting rules for the upcoming election. To be in line with the spirit of “one person, one vote,” each person will have to be present at the election, a member in good standing, show ID and sign the registration sheet to receive their ballot. For individuals that are involved with Discover Burien through multiple memberships due to having their business(es), not-for-profit(s), and an individual membership, they must cast their individual ballot and designate one person to represent each additional membership. Each designated person must be present at the election, show id, and sign the registration sheet to receive and cast the ballot.

The member who needs to designate voters for any additional memberships can contact the Executive Director by email, phone, or mail prior to the election or in person at the time of the election.

The Discover Burien Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation working on economic development, business recruitment & retention, education, promotion and marketing of the Burien community. We are a membership based organization, but do not limit our services to only members, we include the entire Burien business community. We work with Burien businesses to find solutions to their problems to help educate or direct to resources that are available. We also work as a liaison between businesses and city hall to help streamline issues.

Membership and contributions are tax deductible.

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