Board of Directors
Pericles P. DeAvila (Chairperson)
Marla D. Mellies (Director): Ms. Mellies was senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Puget Sound Energy. Ms. Mellies led a corporate shared services organization that includes human resources, facilities, safety, security, business continuity, and fleet services. Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy in 2005, Ms. Mellies was general manager of Human Resources for Microsoft Corporation’s Server and Tools Business in Redmond, Washington. She also held human resources vice president positions with Lante Corporation in Chicago and 3Com Corporation. Marla earned her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University in Peoria; and a Master of Arts degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Margaret F. Hopkins (Director): Ms. Hopkins is vice president and chief information officer for Puget Sound Energy, where she spearheads its information technology efforts and identifies and enables business process improvements. Prior to leading Puget Sound Energy’s large-scale delivery programs, Margaret held the title of director of IT infrastructure at Puget Sound Energy where she was responsible for the design, delivery, support of enterprise-wide infrastructure, and technology solutions. Margaret began her career at Philip Morris, holding down several technical and leadership positions. From there, her career grew into roles at The Chubb Corporation as AVP, infrastructure manager and at Safeco Insurance as vice president of IT operations. She holds a degree from Penn State, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Constance L. Proctor, Esq. (Director): Ms. Proctor serves as co-managing member of and leads the Real Estate Practice Group of Century Law Firm, PLLC. Ms. Proctor has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and is considered to be a leading real estate lawyer in the Northwest. Ms. Proctor has served many distinguished roles in the community, including serving as the prior Chairwoman of the Board of Regents of the University of Washington and prior President of the Pacific Real Estate Institute. Ms. Proctor’s 30 years in practice includes clients in the U.S government, quasi-governmental, and foreign entities. She has represented financial institutions, lenders, developers, other commercial business entities and nonprofit organizations. She served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Constance received her degree from the University of Washington School of Law which honored her as a Distinguished Alumna.
Richard Sybert, Esq. (Director): Mr. Sybert is a senior partner and Co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice group of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. He has a national and international practice representing and counseling major U.S. and foreign businesses in complex litigation and arbitration in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. His areas of expertise include all aspects of intellectual property including trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets; unfair competition including antitrust and trade secrets; and complex commercial litigation including franchise and contracts. He has substantial and successful jury trial experience. He was also a certified commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law.
Mr. Sybert has extensive foreign experience and a significant part of his practice involves consulting on doing business abroad, especially Asia. He is fluent in various languages and is admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Hong Kong. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees in 2001, Mr. Sybert served as General Counsel and Vice President of Lanard Toys, a Hong Kong based, U.S.-owned toy company with global operations, where he was responsible for the company’s legal affairs worldwide as well as business management of its U.S. operations. Mr. Sybert received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1977, an MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA, and his A.B., with great distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He is admitted to practice law in California, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Oregon, and Washington.