39 under 39

What makes the Walla Walla Valley such a wonderful place to live? Is it the sweeping vistas, the mild weather and the rural lifestyle? There are many reasons to love this Valley, but at the Union-Bulletin we know that what makes our area special is the people. “39 Under 39” will annually profile 39 people in the Walla Walla Valley who are age 39 and younger working with vitality and enthusiasm to benefit our communities through leadership in business, education, health care, arts and culture, agriculture, nonprofits and public service.

Arts & Culture

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Lifelong resident Dyani Turner has come a long way from her early days on stage when, as a tiny child, she danced under the direction of local teacher-choreographer Idalee Hutson-Fish and couldn’t remember which wing to exit to.

Nonprofits & Advocacy

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Hannah Granchukoff has her hands full with animal care in the Valley. In addition to being animal care director at Blue Mountain Humane Society, she volunteers with the Washington State Penitentiary Dog Training Program and the Kitties in the Clink Program and coordinates the Humane Society’s Emergency Foster Program to provide short-term emergency pet housing for community members in need.

As the executive director of the Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley — a nonprofit effort aimed at increasing public health — former Walla Walla County director of community health Meghan DeBolt has kept her focus as a public health advocate, but perhaps without the same scrutiny as her previous job.

Health Care

39: Public Service

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In his 18-year career, Reynolds has worked the past five years at Umatilla National Forest. His job primarily involves working with a team of fire, timber, recreation, fish and water specialists to plan for and implement forest management projects.

Education

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Yazmin Bahena has been a kindergarten teacher for 10 years. About six years into her career as a teacher, however, she decided she wanted to make an even larger impact on her community and joined Walla Walla City Council.

Anna Gomez has been an English language development teacher for three years, working with sixth- through eighth-graders at Central Middle School in Milton-Freewater. She is also an assistant coach for girls soccer at Walla Walla High School.

Business

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Not only does Phillip Provost credit his family for raising him in a good home, he also credits them for getting him into the family business — homes. He has been a real estate agent in the Walla Walla Valley since 2014.

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A Walla Walla High School graduate, McDaniels was 21 years old — fresh out of Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in economics — when she started working locally as a financial advisor at Krivoshein Financial in 2011. The firm is now Krivoshein-McDaniels Financial. Kim McDaniels is co-owner, and she’s only 32.

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Jessica Long has a whole list of titles at Baker Boyer Bank: vice president, executive project manager and senior executive assistant. She started at local financial institution as a high schooler and has now made it her adult career path.

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Working as executive chef and general manager of Passatempo Taverna, Sam Shelton says she invests in people in the restaurant industry because that profit is beyond any monetary amount. Shelton has been working in the restaurant industry since 2002. She was born and raised in Walla Walla, moved away for over a decade, but returned in 2017 to reach her personal and professional goals in the smaller community.