Charissa JohnstonPresident
Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore
vicepresident@yakimacountybar.org

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
Description forthcoming . . .
Ethan JonesSecretary
Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel
yakimacountybarassociation@gmail.com

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.

Aaron HaynesTreasurer
Montoya Hinckley Law Firm
treasurer@yakimacountybar.org

Aaron Haynes moved to Yakima and joined Montoya Hinckley as an associate in August 2018. At Montoya Hinckley, he is involved with general practice. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Aaron attended Willamette University and the University of Oregon School of Law. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys spending time outdoors and serves on the Board of Directors for Yakima Sunrise Rotary.

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