WR welcomes new Board of Directors leadership

Dec 21, 2023
Written by WR Communications

Incoming WR Board Chair, Alesha Shemwell, Director of Retail for Kemper Development Company at The Bellevue Collection.


The WR Board of Directors met for their Annual Meeting and is pleased to announce the appointment of Alesha Shemwell, Director of Retail for The Bellevue Collection, as Board Chairwoman. Shemwell will begin her term in January, serving with incoming chairman Opio Dupree of Macy’s, Theresa Treat, past chair Ben Bridge Jeweler, and Rob Jensen as Treasurer.

Alesha Shemwell, who has served on the WR Board of Directors for the past 4 years in her role as Director of Retail for Kemper Development Company has been recognized for her exceptional leadership in retail management and tenant relations. Her previous roles include managing Vice President of Leasing at Brookfield Properties and Assistant Vice President at Macerich. Alesha’s active involvement with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and her contributions to numerous committees reflect her deep understanding of the retail industry and commitment to its continued evolution.

Marisa Wulff, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Mud Bay, joins the board as a new director bringing a diverse business background. Mud Bay, known for its focus on pet health and nutrition, has benefited from Marisa’s leadership in strategy, culture, and operations. Her experience in founding and managing businesses, coupled with her hands-on approach to leadership development, brings a valuable perspective to the board.

Each member of the WR Board of Directors offers unique expertise and insights crucial in providing strategic direction for the association. Our board members include:

  • Alesha Shemwell, Kemper Development/The Bellevue Collection, Board Chair
  • Opio Dupree, Macy’s, Vice Chair
  • Kent Wilson, Target, Immediate Past Chair
  • Rob Jensen, Entrepreneur / Investor, Treasurer
  • Theresa Treat, Ben Bridge Jeweler,  Chair of HR Committee, Past Chair
  • Sean Brownlee, Ravenox, Past Chair
  • Karin Holt, Best Buy
  • Andy Ryder, Shur-Kleen Car Wash
  • Arta Baharmast, Westfield Southcenter Mall
  • Blake Garfield, Bedrooms & More
  • Brenda Snyder, CVS Health
  • Deborah Herron, Walmart
  • Jennifer Kurrie, Walgreens
  • Jerry Irwin, Brookfield Properties/ Alderwood & Westlake Center
  • Eric Douglas, Home Depot, PGAC Chairman
  • Krista Beck, Jerry’s Auto Supply/Piston Service of Wenatchee, Inc.
  • Meredith Preloh, Lowe’s
  • Ruthann Goularte, Drees
  • Renée Sunde, President & CEO


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