Charissa JohnstonPresident
Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

Charissa moved to the Yakima Valley in 2015 to join the offices of Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore. Charissa assists closely held businesses with their corporate and real estate needs. Her practice focuses on the unique needs of agricultural businesses, including water law matters and Farm Labor Contractor Act compliance. She advises clients on business structuring and operations, and negotiates and facilitates the acquisition and sale of business ownership interests and assets. Charissa also structures, negotiates and manages the closing of commercial real estate transactions involving acquisitions, leasing and development.

Charissa proudly hails from the great state of Michigan, and considers herself a champion of the under-appreciated Midwest. When not working, Charissa enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young children.

Ryan GriffeeVice President
Larson Berg & Perkins PLLC

As YCBA Vice President, Ryan also serves as a board member of Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services. He is a past president of the Yakima Estate Planning Council.

Ryan is a transactional attorney with Larson Berg & Perkins, PLLC. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and graduate degrees from Pepperdine University. He and his wife moved to Yakima in 2011, where they’ve enjoyed setting down roots. Ryan enjoys watching Formula 1 racing, attempting (poorly) to golf, and playing chess.

Ethan JonesSecretary
Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel

Ethan Jones is the Lead Attorney for the Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel. He manages a team of seven staff attorneys that provide civil legal services to the Yakama Nation, its departments, programs, and enterprises. Ethan’s practice focuses on litigation in federal, state, and tribal forums on matters related to the Treaty with the Yakamas of June 9, 1855.

Ethan is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He moved to the Yakima Valley with his wife Michelle in 2013. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys camping, barbecuing, and spending time with family and friends.

Makenna HoffardTreasurer
Pratt Boutillier Kirkevold & Farmer, PLLC

Makenna is an associate attorney at Pratt Boutillier Kirkevold & Farmer, PLLC. Her practice focuses on Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianships. Makenna is a proud “Double Dawg” receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington.

Makenna and her family moved to Yakima in 2021 and are enjoying being closer to extended family. When not at the office, Makenna can be found reading a good sci-fi novel, learning a new board game, or playing outside with her two young children.

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