Officers and Board of Directors
President - Deane Motis
Deane's involvement with the Norwegian American business community began in with his appointment as Director of Sales- North American for Hurtigruten USA. He brings a wealth of experience to NorCham due to his long time involvement in the North American transportation industry. In addition to his tenure with Hurtigruten, Deane has held a variety of senior management positions with Holland America Line, Princess, and the Global Voyages Group. He has served as the president and vice president of the Norwegian Commercial Club and currently serves as the manager of customer relations for Denver Air Connection.
Board Member - Monica Langfeldt
Monica was born and raised in Oslo and came to the United States on a track and field scholarship. After graduating with a B.S. in Finance and Economics, she pursued a law degree on the East Coast. She practiced law for several years in New York City before returning to the Pacific Northwest. Here, she practiced law at several of the region's larger law firms, before starting her own firm, Langfeldt Law PLLC in 2013. Langfeldt Law specializes in business, non-profit, and tax law with a special emphasis on international tax issues. When not in her office, she can be seen running around Lake Union or hiking in the magnificent Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs.
Board Member - Viggo Forde
Viggo is a long time resident of the Puget Sound Region, currently residing in Everett. He is a board member and past president of our predecessor organization.. His professional career has been spent across major companies including Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft. He is currently the CIO and Director of Information Technology for Snohomish County where he oversees the overall IT infrastructure for this governmental agency. In addition, Viggo holds the distinction as the Honorary Consul of Norway for Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. He is married to Aileen, has three grown sons and is fortunate to own a Norwegian Buhund.
Board Member - Victoria Hunter
Victoria's involvement with the predecessor organization goes back more than 15 years. During this time, she has held the position of president. She is an active member of the Leif Erickson Lodge of the Sons of Norway and the National Nordic Museum and is a member of the Norwegian Ladies Chorus. Currently, Victoria is the Senior Executive Assistant - Sales & Marketing Meetings and the Events Manager for Nanostring Technologies.
Board Member - Bill Krippaehe
Bill brings a wide range of professional experience to NorCham. He is the founder and president of Pacific Inter-Mountain Distribution, the former president & CEO of Darigold Inc., sits on board of directors of Safeco Insurance, and is the former chairman of the Washington Business Roundtable. His Norwegian experience includes the position of Past Chairman of the Norwegian Foundation & Ambassador Circle Member, Managing Director of Norgate Online AS, and is a past president of NorCham's predecessor organization.
Board Member - Drew Gardner
Drew, one of our newest board member represents the medical field. Drew, a recent father, is a registered medical professional employed by one of the largest medical providers in the State of Washington. In addition, Drew is a licensed paramedic. Like many of his fellow board members, Drew is a past president of the predecessor organization and is active in the local Norwegian American community.
Board Member - Hanne Koppelman
Hanne is past board member of our predecessor organization and a current board member of NorCham Seattle. Hanne has served as a council member of the Queen Anne Lutheran Church, the PTA of MA, CA and Seattle, and also serves as a board member of Project Phoenix (LYONS) in Seattle. Hanne is a Queen Anne resident since 2013, she's married to Josh and they have two kids together, as well as two dogs.