​Nori Roman learned in her sophomore year of college that she was not cut out to be a nurse, so she tried business as a teller in the Fife branch of Columbia Bank. Some 15 years later, this “40 Under Forty” honoree is growing rapidly in a career, having completed Pacific Coast Banking School and passed testing for a Certified Financial Planner credential.

“The culture (at the bank) was addicting. The people were great to work with, we had fun, and we were successful,” Roman explained. Co-workers and supervisors note what she brings to the group, saying Nori is always positive and passionate about taking care of her clients in the Private Banking Group.

Outside of the office (“we are encouraged to participate in the community”) she provides leadership as board chair for HopeSparks and volunteers for Trillium Housing Services, Go Red for Women program at the Heart Association, Junior Achievement, YMCA, Read2Me tutoring and the state Beekeepers Association. 

But you can usually catch up with this dynamo at 5 o’clock in the morning, three days a week, when she’s teaching a fitness class at the Lakewood YMCA. And she was summiting a mountain the day Nori Roman’s selection for “40 Under Forty” was announced. 

Chuck Johnston majored in Philosophy in college, adding History so he could teach, but many individuals whom he observed in the classrooms were miserable. So he went to summer camp, ending up as leader of several in Maine before moving to Tacoma, where he was hired to run outdoor camps and their related operations. 

Four years later, he jumped the shark to join a tech startup and today this “40 Under Forty” honoree is user experience manager at Sitecrafting, having added a UW-Seattle Master’s degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering. He is proud at the Tacoma web design firm, where they’ve created GearLab, an internal design research and testing lab.

“I’m most passionate about using technology to solve problems for people,” Johnston explained. “Much of the technology needed to improve our everyday lives already exists — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” He wants to make tech more human.

And he admits to a strange dichotomy between his love of the wilderness and love for technology. Considering social events or parties, “I would rather be 50 miles aware somewhere in the wilderness,” he said.

We’re glad that Chuck Johnston is joining in the celebration of his “40 Under Forty” recognition along with Nori Roman and 38 other remarkable members of 2016 class on Wednesday, August 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are at this link.