2020 Board of Directors & Volunteers:


Executive Director & Chamber President

Bachelor of Science Degree, with minor in Political Science from Washington State University - Pullman. Received WSU President's Award for Leadership for significant leadership contributions to the University, Pullman Community and WSU Students & Administration. Graduated from Kiona-Benton City High School as the first four-year ASB Officer in KBHS history. Dakota was born and raised in Benton City. He is employed as an Agency Producer for Farmers Insurance in West Richland, WA while serving as Executive Director & Chamber President of our organization. Please contact Dakota via email at president@bentoncitychamber.org.



Chamber Secretary

Graduated Trend Business College and Columbia Basin College. Career in credit, finance and mortgage including Equifax credit reports as well as bond and security brokerage processing, private contract and annuity purchase processing and mortgage loan processing. Retired as Finance Manager from Homeboys Manufactured Housing in Spokane. Has life-long family ties to Benton City and became a Chamber member in 2014. You can contact Pam by email at secretary@bentoncitychamber.org



Member at Large

Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Physical Therapy CA State University and Certificate of Veterinary Medicine and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Physical Therapy.  Registered Physical Therapist and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner licensed to practice PT in WA and MO.  Owns and operates Sirius Therapeutics, LLC.  Clinical skill specialization treating neurological, orthopedic and pain diagnoses for the geriatric population.  Chamber member since 2018.  You can contact Cheri by email at MAL@bentoncitychamber.org.


Officers & Volunteers

Elaine Coates - Office Administrator 
(509) 588-4984


Windy Welch - Director of Public Relations

Judy RIggers - Past President


If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us today! We are always seeking new volunteers and can find something that fits your talents and our needs!


Chamber Vice President

Graduated from Business Computer Training Institute in Portland, OR.  More than 20 years experience in Business Management.  Managed Dental Offices for 15 years.   Worked for RGI Corporation as Grant Evaluator and Research Specialist for Public Schools and Educational Service Districts, Non-Profit and Community-Based Organizations, Federal and State Government entities and Tribal Government.  Currently Own Norma Mendoza Insurance Agency (Farmers Insurance) in West Richland.  You can contact Norma by email at vp@bentoncitychamber.org.


Chamber Treasurer

30-plus years experience operating small business, including 13 years as a licensed daycare provider, and most recently, 19 years as a soap maker. Moved to Benton City in 2010 with my husband and menagerie of dogs and cats (mostly rescues) and adopted chickens just for fun. Avid animal welfare advocate, and supporter of several local animal rescues, shelters and providers. Strong supporter of local businesses (especially small, women- and family-owned), and community programs and events. Chamber member since 2018. You can contact Kerry by email at treasurer@bentoncitychamber.org.


Property Maintenance Director

Chris has been a Tri-Cities resident for most of his life.  Graduating from Riverview High School in Finley.  He is married to Pam Mercer and between them they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.  They enjoy traveling and watching the Seahawks and the Mariners.  Chris retired from Hanford where he was a machine shop tool crib attendant.  He has been a Chamber member since 2016 and Maintenance Director since 2017. 


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