Board of Directors & Executive Leadership

Board of Directors

Elected Official Representatives

Jim Detro, County Commissioner
Chris Branch, County Commissioner, Board President
Andy Hover, County Commissioner
Cindy Gagne, Mayor – City of Omak, Board Vice President

Private Representatives

Carolbelle Branch                                                          

Client Representatives

Ronielyn McCuistion, Board Secretary
Elizabeth Peterson
Douglas Marconi

OCCAC is currently seeking new members to serve on our Board of Directors. If you are interested in applying for a Board position, please fill out the Board Member Application below and email Lael Duncan at or mail to P.O. Box 1067 Okanogan WA 98840 Attn: Lael D.

Board Member Application

Executive Leadership

Lael Duncan, Executive Director

Lael Duncan has served as OCCAC’s Executive Director since 2002. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Washington State Lenders Network and the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund. Prior to entering the world of non-profit organizations, Lael’s career included Property and Casualty Insurance sales, Real Estate Sales and Financing, Real Estate Development, Organic Farming, Publishing, and volunteer advocacy for Share our Strength as the statewide coordinator of the Writers Harvest events. Lael was born and raised in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and has earned the National Development Council designation of Economic Development Finance Professional. For 30 years, she has lived in Okanogan County and dedicated herself to giving back to the Okanogan economy and its people. While Executive Director at OCCAC, Lael was appointed by Governor Inslee to the State Advisory Council on Homelessness, was a Hospital Commissioner for North Valley Hospital, and has served as President and Board member of the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless, The Support Center, The Economic Alliance, and the Washington State Community Action Partnership.   Lael is also a member of the Okanogan Omak Rotary club.

Jessica Blake, Finance & Administration Director