Board

As a nonprofit corporation, Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is governed by its volunteer Board of Directors. Under the bylaws established by the Board of Directors, the Board must consist of attorneys, client-eligible members, and members at large. Client-eligible members are people who, at the time they become members of the Board, meet the financial eligibility criteria that CLS clients must meet to receive services; these Board members represent the client community on the Board.

Columbia Legal Services’ governing documents are available upon request.

Brenda Carlstrom lives in Hoquiam. She is a client-eligible Board member. She has been a CLS Board member since 1997 and is involved in numerous boards and activities regarding the rights of people living with disabilities. She is a member of the Hoquiam City Council and has served on several state boards and committees.

Jeff Grant. Bio coming soon.

Dolly N. Hunt was recently elected as the Prosecuting Attorney for Pend Oreille County.  Dolly was a Deputy Prosecutor with the office for eight years.  She has also served as a Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  She prosecutes felony drug cases, handles civil forfeitures and provides legal advice to law enforcement.  Previously, Dolly was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  

Dolly was a 2008 fellow with the WSBA Leadership Institute and a past member of the Advisory Board.  Dolly has served on the WSBA Professionalism Committee, the WSBA Judicial Recommendation Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Columbia Legal Services.   Miss Hunt received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2002.  She received a double B.A. degree from Gonzaga University in 1999.
 

Naomi Kim is Treasurer of the Columbia Legal Services (CLS) Board of Directors. She received her law degree at the Seattle University School of Law in 2002, and practices in the areas of immigration, business and real estate transactions, and litigation at NSK & Company, P.C., a law office located in Lakewood, Washington.

In 2004, Naomi helped create the MSM pro bono legal clinic in Lakewood, Washington to provide legal assistance and free interpretation services to low-income residents in Washington State.  

Naomi is a graduate Fellow of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Leadership Institute Class of 2007, was Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) from 2003 to 2008, and was the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Korean American Bar Association (KABA) from 2003 to 2010.  She is fluent in Korean and English, is a classically trained pianist and composer, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary.
 

Cynthia Martinez is an attorney and joined the CLS Board in 2009. She works as a Senior Assistant City Attorney and the appointed City Prosecutor for the City of Yakima.  Ms. Martinez supports legal aid and pro bono work in Yakima, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services.”

Carmen Mireles lives and works in Granger for Radio KDNA. She is a client-eligible Board member. She has been on the CLS Board since 2007 and has been involved with many community projects including Amigas Unidas and Radio KDNA.

Brenda Morbauch lives in Skokomish, on the Skokomish Reservation. She is a client-eligible Board member. She has been a CLS Board member since 2007 and is involved in many civic activities.

Michael Pontarolo is a Spokane Attorney with Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker. He is a former member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and a current member of the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee.

Rick Potter is an attorney practicing in Vancouver, WA. He has been a CLS Board member since 1996. He has been involved in many access to justice activities, including serving on the board of Legal Aid for Washington Fund.

Naria K. Santa Lucia. Bio coming soon.

Dave Savage is an attorney practicing in Pullman with Irwin, Myklebust, Savage & Brown, P.S. He is a former President of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors and, among other WSBA activities, served for several years on the Advisory Board of the WSBA Leadership Institute.

Elizabeth Shannon lives in Seattle. She is a client-eligible Board member.  She has been a CLS Board member since 2010.

Linda Strout is a retired Seattle attorney who has served on the CLS Board since 2002 and served as CLS Board President from 2011 to 2013.  She retired from the Port of Seattle after over twenty years’ service, including several years as its Deputy CEO and General Counsel.  She is a former King County Bar Association President and Seattle University Law Alumni Board President.  She currently is a member of the Washington Park Arboretum Foundation Board.

William Vesneski. Bio coming soon.