Ben Bagherpour
VP of Site Services & Government Affairs

"HTC is a cluster of high tech manufacturing in SW WA. It is critical for all of us to have a common voice in support of issues that impact us."


Ben has been with SEH for 35 years and has managed many aspect of the operations, including maintenance, facilities, IS, quality, engineering, and production.


Rob Bernardi
President & COO

“Kokusai is a world leader in

the design, manufacture, installation, and maintenance of 200mm and 300mm Vertical Diffusion and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) systems. For over three decades, Kokusai has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of thermal processing technology. Kokusai's furnaces are found in the majority of semiconductor fabs around the world. Kokusai is proud to be an active member of the HTC since 2003.”

Brad D'Emilio
Senior Manager of Operations

Brad has been working at

Kyocera as an engineer or operations manager for 28 years.  He joined the HTC in 2016 because he wanted to help Clark county continue to grow by providing good employment opportunities.


Brad enjoys learning from and sharing with other HTC members in our community as they try to accomplish this.

Jim Nagle
Division General Manager

"The HTC is important to me as it offers the perfect forum to foster ADIs’ contributions to the technology sector and its long-term commitment to and investment in job creation, partnering with academia, and developing the local ecosystem."

At Analog Devices (ADI), while we fundamentally see ourselves as an engineering company, we view business as a human process and technical excellence has always been defined in terms of people. I have held various roles in ADI in Engineering, Production management, Human Resources and I have always been a passionate advocate for industry led collaboration, between employers and education providers.

Stacey LaFrazia Smith
Principle / Co-Owner

“I am excited to join the High Tech Council’s mission to ensure the economic well-being and high quality of life of Clark County citizens. Living, working and raising a family in Clark County has been a wonderful experience. I’d like to ensure future generations have the same if not better opportunity for employment, education and lifestyles through supporting our high tech business community.”

Stacey Smith is Principal and co-owner of ControlTek where she has held positions in Human Resources, Marketing and Business Management. Stacey is committed to building long term relationships that bring value to organizations, customers and the community.

Frank Nichols

Founder and CEO of Silicon Forest Electronic, 1998.  Silicon Forest Electronics provides contract-manufacturing services building leading-edge electronics for the aerospace, unmanned, medical, industrial, and military markets.   

Marc Mouser
Engineering & Lead Auditor and Site Manager

Mr. Mouser is highly involved in

the regulatory compliance assessments and quality system registrations of both medical and In Vitro Diagnostic companies.  He is also the Site Manager for the Vancouver, WA Office of UL LLC where he provides leadership and coordination between the various business units and functions that are represented locally in this location.


Mr. Mouser has been involved in the safety compliance industry and specifically in the medical device regulatory industry since 1998.  He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering.   Mr. Mouser is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Army National Guard and has 28 years of military service. 

Yehudit Dagan
Business Development Manger

At SIGMADESIGN, we believe in developing and supporting the tech-focused workforce in Southwest Washington.  We promote, like the HTC, various STEM groups in the area because we understand the importance of encouraging younger generations to become involved in local, high technology work. 


As a Business Development Manager at SIGMADESIGN with 20 years of experience, I am well-versed in various high tech sectors. My experience includes work in the semi-conductor industry developing wafer-based technologies for the mobile communications market, and work as a VP and Director with an embedded visioning systems company. My education includes a Masters of Technology Management, Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. I have a passion for promoting the tech industry through collaboration, education and outreach.

John Megli
Human Resources Deputy Director

John participates on the Council

to use his diverse functional knowledge to create opportunities for those seeking technical careers.

As Deputy Director of WaferTech Human Resources, leads the Recruiting, Compensation and Benefits, Learning and Development, and Community Outreach functions of the organization.
Has worked at WaferTech since 1997 in multiple roles, including Engineering, Manufacturing, and Facilities.  Active on WaferTech’s Community Volunteer Committee working to engage and promote local STEM initiatives.


Zeecha Van Hoose
Key Account Manager/Industrial Program Manager

Zeecha came to the utility from pulp and paper where she was a process engineer and energy conservation manager for over 15 years. Currently, Zeecha is the account manager for Clark Public Utilities large manufacturing companies and manages the utilities’ industrial energy efficiency programs.

Scott Keeny
CEO & Co-Founder

Co-Founded nLIGHT in 2000

and has served as the company's chief executive officer since its inception.

Scott also founded nConnect, a non-profit organization that promotes enhanced STEM education in K-12 schools by connecting mentors from local technology companies with students and teachers

Southwest Washington High Technology Council

PO Box 871496, Vancouver WA 98687

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Trish Brown 360-885-8410

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