Jay Schmidt
Executive VP & General Manager
HTC Chair

Jay Schmidt is the General Manager of Silicon Forest Electronics, co-chair of the Clark County (WA) Career Connected Learning Board, and an adjunct instructor at Washington State University – Vancouver.   

Silicon Forest Electronics provides electronics manufacturing services for the aerospace, unmanned systems, medical, industrial, and defense markets

Rob Bernardi
President & COO
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“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.

Pat McDonnell
Vice President, Operations

"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."


SEH America is part of the largest producer of semiconductor silicon in the world, Shin-Etsu Handotai (SEH), Ltd

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Michael Goelze
Vancouver Laboratory and Site Manager
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Mr. Goelze is the Site Leader and Lab Manager at the Underwriters Laboratories LLC Vancouver, WA location.  He provides leadership and coordination between the various business units and functions that are represented locally in this location.


Mr. Goelze has been in the lab safety compliance industry supporting energy & industrial automation technology, appliances/controls, and consumer/information technology industries while at UL.  Additionally, he served over 25 years with the United States Air Force in the Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment career field.  He retired from the AF in 2007 as a Chief Master Sergeant. 


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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.

Yehudit Dagan
Business Development Manager

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.

Scott Keeny
CEO & Co-Founder
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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

For questions, concerns, comment - Please contact
Trish Brown 360-885-8410

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