Kol Medina is the President and CEO of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, where he works to help the people of the Blue Mountain region by providing funding and assistance to local nonprofit organizations and leadership to our community’s problem-solvers.
Kol’s dedication to improving our community through his work with nonprofit organizations is apparent in his nearly 20 years of nonprofit leadership. Prior to his current position, he served as the President & CEO of the Kitsap Community Foundation. During his time in Kitsap, he also served as an elected Bainbridge Island City Council Member and Mayor of Bainbridge Island. He has served on the Boards of Directors of eleven different nonprofit organizations and, working as an attorney, has assisted scores of nonprofit organizations.
Before leading nonprofit organizations, he worked for three years as an Associate Attorney at Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Prior to law school, he served for two years in the Peace Corps with his wife, Elsa, in Guinea-Bissau, Africa. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001 and a B.A. from Carleton College in environmental studies in 1996. He and Elsa have one son and a bunch of hairy animals running around the house.
Sara Archer is a 1991 graduate of Walla Walla University and previously served as CEO of Blue Mountain Humane Society. She welcomes the chance to support and create widespread community impact by helping donors and nonprofits create sustainable social change.
Photo and bio coming soon.
A Walla Walla native, Thompson is a 2008 graduate of Walla Walla Community College. He has served in the local wine industry for more than 15 years as an enologist, customer service and retail professional. Thompson recognized the Office Manager role as a unique opportunity to support the community in which he was raised and is now raising his family.
Buchanan is a fifth generation Walla Wallan with a deeply ingrained family history of community service and philanthropy. She is thrilled to put her nonprofit sector experience to use to benefit our community. As grants manager, Buchanan is excited to witness the innovative and extraordinary things taking place in our region. When not helping to fund visionary projects, Buchanan can be found cooking/baking, checking out too many library books and wrangling human, fur and feather babies.