Anacortes Refinery Community Tesoro Advisory Group (CTAG)
The Anacortes Community Tesoro Advisory Group, or CTAG, was created in 2013. The CTAG is an independent advisory group comprised of residents from the communities surrounding the refinery who serve as an interface between the management of the Anacortes Refinery and the local communities. The CTAG meets and works with Tesoro leaders to learn about the refinery’s operations and plans, while communicating to Tesoro questions and concerns from the local communities.
Tesoro is committed to doing business in a way that facilitates community involvement, two-way communication and mutual respect. While the CTAG will not be asked to approve or reject any actions taken by Tesoro, the CTAG is an important advisory group and Tesoro actively responds to their recommendations and concerns.
If you are interested in learning more about the CTAG in Anacortes, please contact us.
Jeff Holtgeerts has been a math and physics teacher at Anacortes High School since 1987. He and his wife (Valerie – also a teacher) have enjoyed raising their three kids, Hannah, Luke, and Henry, in a setting that promotes the community values and environmental awareness associated with Fidalgo Island. Jeff recognizes how fortunate he is to have always lived near the salt water after growing up in Mukilteo and working briefly in Port Angeles before moving to Anacortes. He enjoys camping, backpacking and mountain climbing throughout the Cascades and Olympics. In addition, his appreciation for community and ecological issues were both strengthened when his family lived in Costa Rica for a year while doing missionary work (2003-04 school year). Jeff earned his M.Ed at Western Washington University after obtaining a B.A. in mathematics and physics while playing basketball at Seattle Pacific University.
Dave Groves, a Skagit Valley resident since 1968, is a retired retailer. He currently serves as a board member of Skagit Habitat for Humanity. In the past he served 34 years in Rotary International, including two stints as President. He is a founding Board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County and also serves as a Mount Vernon Planning Commission member and Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce board member.
Allen Rhoades is the principle owner and managing partner of the Rockfish Grill, Anacortes Brewery, and H2O nightclub in Anacortes. Allen and his wife Lisa make their home in Anacortes. They have three grown boys, one a senior at Western Washington University, and two who have graduated, and live and work in the Seattle area. Prior to opening his own businesses, Allen spent sixteen years working for the Boeing Company, in Seattle. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is the Chairman of the Washington Beer Commission, and a member of the Anacortes Planning Commission. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, kayaking, and fly-fishing.
Josh Baldwin works for a small, family owned business, with a variety of responsibilities including customer and community relations, project management and support, overseeing the company’s green building division, safety, and human resources. He works for Quantum Construction, his family’s commercial, residential and industrial construction company, located in Anacortes, WA. The company performs work across Skagit, Island, Whatcom, San Juan and Snohomish counties. Josh is often the first point of contact for potential clients who have ideas for building, helping them to transform those ideas into a unified vision and drafting up conceptual plans.
Anthony Young is CEO and owner of Young Internal, a business consulting firm specializing in opportunity innovation for both small and large concerns. A native of South Carolina, Anthony made his way to Anacortes via Atlanta, GA, and Wake Forest NC. He is passionate about community, small business entrepreneurship, and the political process, and uses his cooking and social skills to bring diverse groups together in search of commonality. He has a BS Degree in Organizational Management from Saint Augustine University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He has volunteered and contributed to numerous local and regional organizations in the past, and is presently a board member of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County (EDASC).
Janie Beasley has worked for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for 20 years and is currently the Land Buy-Back Program Coordinator. Janie is a Swinomish Tribal member who grew up in Skagit County. Janie attended Seattle Central Community College and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. She currently serves on the LaConner School Board, Leadership Skagit Curriculum Committee, Skagit Valley College Foundation Board, Tribal Leaders Congress on Education, Shelter Bay Eco-Sense Committee and the Community/Tesoro Advisory Group. Janie and her husband, Troy have been married for 40 years and have a son, Shaun and daughter, Jessica. Janie has recently taken classes learning to speak her native language and basketweaving and volunteers for many other activities revolving around her tribe.
Steve Berentson (CTAG Facilitator) is owner of Berentson Public Relations, Anacortes. Steve spent 15 years as a photojournalist and editor at three area newspapers before transitioning to public relations 30 years ago. The Anacortes native is a graduate of Washington State University. He and his wife have three adult children. He enjoys photography and his role as grandfather.