Our Management Team

Will Treinen

Will Treinen, President and CEO

“Our reputation is solid because of our success in delivering for our clients every time. Whether we deliver projects under legislative and federally mandated timelines; work to ensure consistent and improved services to the people of the state; or lead our clients through significant change; we consistently hear that they trust us to help them through the process.”

Will set out on his own in 2001 during one of the darkest economic times for our country, charting the path for what has become Treinen Associates today. He has more than 25 years of experience in policy development and program planning; project management; systems design and implementation; business process re-engineering; strategic planning; procurement and business operations.

In the office, you’ll usually find Will at someone’s desk discussing a project situation or how a consultant can help a client. He is very accessible, and clients find him easy to connect with over the phone or over coffee.

Will enjoys gardening, hiking, climbing and spending time with his family and dogs. In recent years, he’s become an avid cyclist, and participated in his first Seattle to Portland bike race in 2014. He lives in Olympia with his wife Denise.

Management Team

Linda Melton

“Something mom always said motivates me on every project: ‘Leave it better than you found it!'”

Linda has worked extensively in health and human services, working to ensure vulnerable populations receive the right services. She has more than 25 years of experience in program and systems evaluation, health information management, and public sector program management.

She oversees quality service delivery for many of Treinen’s projects, ensuring consultants receive support to provide the best service for our clients. She’s also an active consultant herself.

Linda and her husband Dave live in Puyallup. Linda enjoys traveling and art. You’ll find many unique pieces of Western and Native American art in her home and office. Back in the day, Linda was Will’s supervisor!

Management Team

Chris Cognasso

“Successful project management goes beyond schedules and budgets – it is about the big picture that meets the expectations of and adds measurable value to our clients, as well as their customers. We strive to provide an end product in which our clients are pleased and we can be proud.” 

Chris has 16 years of experience in project management in Agile and Waterfall methods. He’s served as a PMO director and as the senior project manager on COTS, custom development and enterprise integration projects. His experiences range from portfolio management to software implementations, including strategic planning and in-depth risk analysis of significant financial technology projects.

At Treinen, Chris is helping expand the firm in new business areas, including application development. He is also involved with strategically planning and executing internal business processes to address opportunities from our recent growth.

Chris and his wife live in Olympia with their three teenagers. His family is active in several sports, community events and personal defense classes.

Liana Francisco

Liana Francisco

“Listening is the first step in any successful relationship. When we listen fully and always seek to understand, we merge our client’s business knowledge with our experience and expertise. This creates the foundation for project success.” 

Liana is an experienced project manager, marketer, and business strategist. She has 11 years of experience as a consultant providing analysis and project management services to government clients in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. Liana has a specialty in procurement; leading teams to understand business needs, develop requirements, and craft clear RFPs and procurement strategies that allow her clients to select the right vendor for their IT needs.

She leads the Business Development and Client Care teams at Treinen. She and her team develop RFP responses, recruit top-notch people, provide quality assurance of deliverables, ensure client satisfaction, and provide exemplary customer service.

Liana is also a busy mom, blogger, and lifestyle coach. She enjoys all kinds of music, is an avid knitter, and an amateur vegan chef.

Management Team

Joe Rueter

“A collaborative approach and establishing trust are critical to the success of any project. We use these as a foundation to understanding our clients’ needs and striving for continuous improvement as people and with technology for our clients and their customers.”

Joe has 35 years of experience in Information Technology. He has held positions ranging from Deputy Chief Information Officer to Programmer Analyst. He has served as the project manager on several major technology projects in a variety of industries including defense, federal and state government and law enforcement. His project portfolio includes experience in finance, logistics, human resources, healthcare, education, social services, workforce development and transportation.

As Technical Director at Treinen, his focus is on technical project management and helping expand the business into areas such as architecture, application development and other technically-focused specialties.

Joe and his wife live in Olympia and share their home with an extremely spoiled dog and cat.

Kim Yale

Kim Yale

“Communication with a focus on team building leads to successful business results that go beyond ordinary ‘Business as usual’ outcomes. Given the combined talents and expertise of our management team, working collaboratively, we can reach extraordinary accomplishments!”

Kim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 33 years of experience in accounting, income taxes, and fiscal management, with work for several mid-sized organizations as well as a nonprofit. She also owned and managed her own CPA firm for 13 years.

Kim is Treinen’s Finance Manager, covering every aspect of the company’s fiscal needs from invoicing to cash flow recommendations. She ensures our books are maintained following proper accounting principles, analyzing fiscal information for our management team.

She lives in Lacey with her husband. Together they have three children and eight grandchildren. Kim enjoys outdoor activities, cycling, and Jazzercise. As a teenager, she lived in Japan! 

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