Board of Commissioners

Gina Blanchard-Reed (Chair)

Position 4
Term Ends: 2023

“It is an honor to have been appointed to the Graham Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners as an outsider voice, representing the citizens of District 21.

Currently, I am the Executive Director for Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center, the second largest domestic violence shelter in Washington.  Working in the nonprofit sector for over two decades, I am committed to serving families in our community. I have had the honor of working for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and Care Net Pregnancy & Family Services of Puget Sound.

My interest in advocacy and policy has led me to be involved in local and national politics, including serving on the Rules Committee for the Republican National Convention in 2016.

I am a proud parent of two young adult children and enjoy spending time with them whenever possible.”

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Ryan Portmann (Vice-Chair)

Position 5
Term Ends: 2019

It is an honor to serve the citizens of Graham Fire and Rescue as one of your Fire Commissioners. Although I was appointed in late 2016, I am very familiar with Graham Fire and Rescue, having previously served as a volunteer firefighter for the District in the early to mid 90’s, as well as more recently on the Chief’s Citizen Advisory Board.

My time as a volunteer firefighter with Graham Fire and Rescue affirmed my desire to pursue a career in public safety. I have been a police officer for nearly twenty years and currently serve as a Captain for Puyallup Police Department.

I am the proud father of two daughters that keep my wife and I very busy as they pursue their interests.

I welcome the opportunity to serve the citizens of Graham Fire and Rescue as one of your Fire Commissioners.

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Gerry Gustafson

Position 1
Term Ends: 2023

Agribusiness; Boeing Machinist; Chair – Washington State Fryer Commission; President Washington Poultry Exposition; Elected – Pierce County Charter Review Commission; American Farm Bureau; Graduate Bethel High School; Fire Commissioner since 1994.

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Russ Barstow

Position 2
Term Ends: 2019

“As a resident of the Graham/Puyallup area for most of my life, I am pleased with the opportunity to serve as a Commissioner with Graham Fire. We have a great community, and customer support, and we need to keep it that way.

I graduated from Puyallup High School in 1983 and shortly thereafter spent 20 years in the semi-trailer and cargo container repair industry… during that time, I spent six and a half years of that as a volunteer firefighter in Pierce County. Since 2005 I have been presently employed with S.E. Thurston Fire Authority.

I am a proud resident of the Graham community, and pleased to support them, along with Graham Fire.”

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Adam Rosenlund

Position 3
Term Ends: 2021

Adam is a 20 year volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, was Woodbadge coordinator and received the Silver Beaver and Eagle Scout award; Co-founder of the BRAVE Foundation which trains firefighters in 3rd world countries, awarded a Guatemalan National Medal of Honor and the Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow; Started WATCHDOG program at Nelson Elementary; Graham Eagles youth football coach; firefighter in Parkland for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and has taught firefighters throughout the region, to include starting the fire academy program in a Grays Harbor; a part owner of a gym in Graham; served as a delegate to the state Republican convention in 2016; he is a husband to Sarah and father of 8 children.

“I take my role as commissioner and representative of the district 21 citizens seriously. My multifaceted perspective gives me the ability to understand the many different perspectives of our community. I believe the only way to represent the community as a whole is by listening to all the voices.”

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