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Larry Gookin-  See more about Mr. Gookin by clicking here


Central Washington University Professor of Music Emeritus - Ellensburg, WA

About: Larry Gookin is Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor of Music at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He served for 34 years as Director of Bands before retiring from CWU in 2015. Prior to teaching at Central, Professor Gookin taught band for ten years in Montana and Oregon public schools. During his tenure at Central, the CWU Wind Ensemble performed by invitation at major conferences and conventions, including the College Band Directors National Association Conferences in Boulder and Seattle, the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis, the Western International Band Clinics in Seattle, the Western/Northwestern CBDNA Division Conferences in Reno, the Northwest Division NAFME conferences, and numerous WMEA State Conferences. Larry Gookin has received numerous honors and awards. He has served as president of the Northwestern Division of the CBDNA, as well as Divisional Chairman for the National Band Association, and Vice President of the Washington Music Educators Association. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the WMEA Hall of Fame, and he is a past recipient of the NBA “Citation of Excellent Award,” the First Chair of America “Mac” Award, the ASBDA “Standbury Award,” the WIAA/WMEA teacher of the year award, and the University of Oregon’s School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gookin was also named CWU Distinguished Professor of Teaching, and while at Central, he served as Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He is former principal trombone of the Eugene and Yakima Symphony Orchestras, and is Emeritus Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Wind Symphony. Professor Gookin received the M.M. in Music Education from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1977 and the B.M in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Montana in 1971. Professor Gookin has appeared as clinician, adjudicator, and conductor in the United States, Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and remains active as a conductor and music educator. Gookin resides in Ellensburg, Washington with his wife Karen, who is Emeritus Professor of English at CWU and recently retired on piccolo and flute from the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.



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Sharon Miracle-  See more about Ms. Miracle by clicking here


Yakima Valley Community Foundation - Pasco, WA

About: Sharon is the President and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, she was the director of Corporate Communications for Tree Top, a large agricultural cooperative with more than 1,000 employees along the west coast. Sharon’s early career roles include director of development for Heritage College prior to its university status and executive director of the Yakima Community Cancer Program. Her career path led her to Wyoming, where for nearly a decade she held dual roles as a healthcare and a foundation executive. She was vice president of Development and Planning at Wyoming Medical Center and executive director of its foundation. Sharon moved on to a much larger health system in Colorado where she directed communications and marketing and was deeply involved leadership development and the establishment of a new hospital for Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs. After returning to her home state of Washington in 2007, Sharon re-assimilated into the Yakima community where she served as the chair of the board of directors for the Yakima Valley Museum and for Yakima Valley Tourism. She is currently on the Yakima YMCA Board of Directors and is an active Rotarian. Sharon holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing Management from Central Washington University and completed extensive graduate work, most recently at Gonzaga University in communication and leadership.



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Nancy Remak -  See more about Ms. Remak by clicking here


Seattle, WA

About: Nancy Remak considers herself a "professional volunteer" because she has spend most of her days volunteering in the community. Remak worked with seniors at a retirement home (since 1999) and is a lunch buddy at the local elementary school (since 1999). Nancy also serves on the community advisor board at EvergreenHealth (since 1990) as well as participate in events at this Kirkland hospital. She is on two advisory boards at the University of Washington (History Depatment since 2007) and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance (since 2013). She is honored to be joining Central Washington University’s College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. Her husband, Ben, is a CWU grad, both feel very connected to the University.
Remak received by BA and MPA degrees from the UW. Since she majored in History and Political Science, she greatly value a liberal arts education. Nancy tries whenever possible to encourage students to recognize the skills gained from a liberal arts education including communication skills and critical thinking.
Mentoring students,as well as establishing scholarships, has been so rewarding to both her husband and Nancy. They have one daughter who is 26 years old. She has a degree in Journalism and works for a public relations firm working with non-profits (a great example of someone who has thrived with a liberal arts degree).



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Dan Roberts -  See more about Mr. Roberts by clicking here


Manhasset Specialty Co., Yakima, WA – President and General Manager

About: Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952, Daniel Roberts has primarily worked for manufacturing companies in general management, sales and marketing roles allowing him the to live in 11 states throughout his career. Roberts had the opportunity to get into the Music Industry in 2003, which was a thrill for him.
Daniel played a couple of instruments when he was in school and music has always been a passion. The Musical Instruments Industry has proven to be highly rewarding, personally and professionally. It is a delight to help to provide products for kids learning to play an instrument and for adults who continue to pursue their passion to make music.
In his career, Roberts has worked with several teams who accomplished some great things, but no more so than with Manhasset. The metamorphosis in the plant has been exciting to observe, converting the plant to new technology from equipment that had previously served the company for over fifty years. As a result, productivity and parts quality has reached a new high for this eighty-four year old manufacturing icon.


Freda Zimmerman -  See more about Ms. Zimmerman by clicking here


Eagle Stategies, LLC - Spokane, WA




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