New board members welcomed

New board members welcomed

Clark College Foundation welcomes four individuals to its board of directors. They are Petr Burunov, Tom Cook, Tonya Rulli and Brad Skinner.

Petr Burunov is president of Ambassador Wealth Management, an independent financial planning firm based in Vancouver, Wash. Before launching his business in 2009, he worked as a client manager for Bank of America and financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. He’s a 2006 graduate of George Fox University with a bachelor’s in business management and organizational leadership and holds a dental certificate from Portland Community College. Originally from Kyrgyzstan, he immigrated with his parents and siblings to the United States in 1991 when the Soviet republic was gaining independence as the Soviet Union dissolved. Burunov and his wife have six children, two of whom attended Clark College. Additionally, his eight siblings attended Clark.

Tonya Rulli is the owner of the Law Office of Tonya Rulli, a firm specializing in all aspects of family law. Before starting her own firm, Tonya spent 13 years at Clark County’s Prosecuting Attorney’s office. She left as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney and spent most of her career focusing on domestic violence and child abuse cases. As a trial lawyer, she has argued more than 100 cases with a lengthy record of success. Rulli is married to Darryl Walker, an attorney at Oregon Health and Science University. Between them they have four children.

Tom Cook is the co-founder and CEO of Pacific Bells and World Wide Wings, one of the largest franchisees of Taco Bell and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the United States. In 1989, Cook and a business partner formed Pacific Bells Inc., after Cook had a more than 10-year career with PepsiCo and Taco Bell Corp. In 2009, they merged with other partners gaining Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants under their World Wild Wings business name. In total, Cook operates nearly 200 restaurants, with over 150 being Taco Bell restaurants in Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Cook and his wife have twin boys. He also has five other children—including a second set of twins. His son, Thomas Cook Jr. operates two of their other businesses, including Fat Head’s Brewery, in Portland, Ore.

Brad Skinner has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry in the United States and Mexico. Currently, Skinner serves as a board member for OmniTRAX and Contanda LLC, and as an adviser and consultant for multiple private businesses and organizations. Previously, Skinner was the vice president of business development for Greenbrier Companies, and held senior management positions at Schneider National (truckload service), Southern Pacific (rail service) and Fritz (logistics service). He also created and managed Transportation Ferroviaria Mexicana, a rail carrier in Mexico, and served as CEO of Trans-Trade Inc. Skinner is married to New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick. They have three grown sons.

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