Meet Our Team
Kristina Lord Editor
Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.
Vanessa Guzman Graphic Designer
Vanessa grew up in the Lower Valley and graduated from Sunnyside High School. Her experience includes design and pre-press work for a printing company, three years as a production assistant at a weekly newspaper, and eight years working at a marketing firm. Vanessa lives with her son and cat, Louie.
Tiffany Lundstrom Advertising Director
Tiffany Lundstrom joined the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business in January 2019 as advertising director. She spent 21 years in marketing at KNDU. Tiffany is board chairwoman for the Salvation Army, current BNI Gunners president and is part of the local networking group "The Link." She is passionate about the opportunity to grow local businesses. Tiffany lives in Richland with her husband and four children.
Chad Utecht Advertising Account Manager
Chad Utecht has more than 17 years of sales experience and has been the advertising account manager at the Tri-Cities Areal Journal of Business and Senior Times since October 2016. Chad grew up in the Tri-Cities until moving to Spokane to attend Eastern Washington University. He moved back to the Tri-Cities in 2005. He worked for 15 years at Les Schwab where he learned the value of customer service and two years as sales manager at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. He lives in West Richland with his wife and five children.
Melanie Hair Publisher
Melanie Hair is the founder and publisher of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, Senior Times and Focus publications. She has more than 23 years of sales, management and publishing experience. Melanie has served in a variety of capacities for nonprofits including United Way, TRIDEC, Children’s Developmental Center and Washington Policy Center. She earned a master’s in organizational leadership with an emphasis in servant leadership from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor’s in communication studies with a minor in business from Eastern Washington University. Melanie finds joy collaborating on projects that encourage community. She has called the Tri-Cities home since 1998 and resides in Spokane and Richland with her husband, children and what most would consider way too many canine kids.