BOARD

Matthew McKern-Board President

Matthew McKern

Board President

Long-time Walla Walla resident Matthew McKern is a member of the Communications team at Whitman College. Matthew was asked to join Trilogy by friends whose family was impacted by substance misuse. Initially, he assisted with branding and fundraising, later becoming a member of the Board of Directors, ultimately taking a position of leadership. An ally to the recovery community, having a positive impact on community is a top priority for him.

Becca Lastoskie-Board Vice President

Becca Lastoskie

Vice President

Becca and her family have lived in Walla Walla since 2005. They moved from Sacramento where she put herself through college while serving tables and bartending. The experience took her 7 years but she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University Sacramento. During the 7 years, Becca fell in love with the restaurant industry and made it her career. After years of planning, imagining, and generous portions of youthful naivete she and her husband opened Graze – ‘a place to eat’. The food and beverage industry can be rife with addiction and alcohol use disorder and she hopes to give support to those seeking recovery in any manner possible. She has been an active member of Ben’s Friends, a national restaurant industry peer support group for those seeking sobriety.

Board Treasurer-Lenna Buissink

Lenna Buissink

Board Secretary

Lenna Buissink, originally from Pullman, Washington, studied Elementary Education and History at Washington State University before becoming an elementary school teacher in Walla Walla. She retired in 2001, and in 2006 was introduced to Trilogy Recovery Community through her work with the first Family Support Group. When the board formed in 2010, Lenna was a clear choice as a member and served as the secretary until 2012, and starting again in 2018. Lenna also volunteers in the Walla Walla community through her role on the Human Services Advisory Board. Lenna Believes Trilogy is making huge strides in educating youth about substance use, challenging the stigma associated with addiction, and positively touching the lives of its youth and family members. Now that her two children are grown and out of the house, Lenna cares for her pet dog. In her spare moments, she volunteers at an assisted living facility, picks up a good book, or watches a Cougar football game.

Board Member-Jesse Betts

Jesse Betts

Board member

Jesse Betts was born in Redbluff, California in 1978. He moved to Walla Walla, Washington in the summer of 1988. He started working at the YMCA in 2015 and is currently the Membership Director there. Jesse has been in recovery since July of 2015 and is an active member in recovery support groups in Walla Walla. He has a fiance and three kids and is mostly a home body. His leisure activities include, pickleball, basketball, and board games with his family.

Board Member-Roger Esparza

Roger Esparza

Board member

Roger was born and raised here in Walla Walla. Roger is very involved in the community giving countless hours of his time. Roger and his wife Krissy have 3 children Ava, Alex and Amaya. They love to travel to Alaska in the summer and to Mexico in the winter. He currently serves on several boards and has been a coach, mentor and volunteer for numerous organizations. Community service activities include: Walla Walla Association of Realtors Board of Directors, Chairman, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce (2018), Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Board of Directors, Walla Walla School District Facilities Task Force, Sherwood Leadership Trust Graduate (2006), Community Council Board Chair (2015-2017).

Board Member-Norma Hernandez

Norma Hernandez

Board member

Experienced in local government leadership, management, economic and social justice, financial services, economic and community development and nonprofit sectors. My professional and personal goals are to utilize my skills, strengths and integrity within organizations that provide opportunities to vulnerable and at risk individuals and communities. Success in this builds stronger equity, families and communities. I do this through my using my own personal experiences, my leadership, personal engagement, and respect of diversity, which I believe is key to building trust and growth.

Professional Experiences includes:

  • Mayor/City Leadership
  • Commercial Small Business Lending
  • Economic Development
  • Social & Economic Justice Advocate
  • Credit Union CEO, COO and President
  • Executive Management
  • Financial Management
  • Lending & Credit
  • Community and Business Engagement
  • Project Management
  • Program Development
  • Product Development
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Low Income Financial Program Development
  • Low Income Financial Services
  • Financial Education
  • Social Impact programs
  • Diversity, equity, and equality focused
Board Member-Rueben Hernandez

Board Member—Ruben Hernandez

Board member

Ruben has been living in Walla Walla since he was 5 years old. He is involved in the community with coaching soccer and basketball. He graduated from Walla Walla High School and Eastern Washington University.

He is member of Diversion and Inclusion board for the City of College Place and has been a coach, mentor, and volunteer for organizations such as: Sherwood Leadership Trust Graduate (2017), Chairman for Friends Children of Walla Walla Board (2017-2019), Walla Walla Latino Alliance (2016-2019). His goal is to join organizations that can help the youth and low-income families. Ruben wants to be that voice than can help reach the community and educate everyone on all the resources Walla Walla has to offer. He and his wife Ruthell have 2 children, Romeo, and Royce. They love to watch movies, go on walks, and travel to Guatemala, Mexico and explore new places.

Board Member—Lisa Shenk

Lisa Shenk

Board member

Lisa Shenk, moved to Walla Walla in 2017 from Portland, Oregon and has since worked at the Christian Aid Center Rescue Mission. Lisa is the director of the women’s recovery program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling at City Vision University. She is currently working on her Master’s in Addiction Counseling and Prevention at University of South Dakota and ultimately licensure in Washington State as an SUDP. Lisa is passionate about helping others find the way out of addiction culture into the culture of recovery. Lisa has been in active recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and an eating disorder since 2008. The school of hard knocks and a family propensity for addiction has made this life work very personal. Lisa is also a certified peer counselor and jail ministry volunteer. During her free time Lisa enjoys going on mission trips to remote areas. In homage to her deceased father, who was an eye doctor, she enjoys working in the eye clinics in poverty-stricken areas. “Addiction is brutal. It breaks apart relationships. Much of my life work today is a living amend to those I hurt”. Lisa also enjoys playing the ukulele, snowboarding, and going anywhere there are palm trees and sunshine.

Trilogy Recovery Community
120 East Birch Street, Suite 14 
Walla Walla, WA, 99362

P: 509.876.4525
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