Public Facilities District Board


The Public Facilities District (PFD) was created by the City Council to develop the Special Events Center in downtown Vancouver (governing document – RCW 35.57.010). The PFD acts as an advisory body to the City Council. Its 5 board members are appointed by the Council to serve four-year terms in a voluntary capacity.

Meeting Time: Twice a year (typically in May and December)


Ashley Thomas-Velikokhatko

Board President

Ashley Thomas-Velikokhatko is a Black small business owner and Mental Health Professional who specializes in holistic wellness. Healing the body, mind, and spirit through compassionate and innovative care. Providing honest and life-altering therapy that transforms you from the inside-out.

Abbie Layne

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Abbie Layne is a semi-retired consultant. She was employed as an energy and cyber security engineer for 30 years. Abbie brings to the Board considerable expertise in management, strategic planning, budget assessment and engineering.

Hunter Byrnes

Hunter Byrnes serves as a project manager at an owner’s representative firm, collaborating with a diverse group of non-profit, tribal, and public entities in the Pacific Northwest.

With a foundation in design, Hunter has contributed to a broad spectrum of construction projects throughout the United States, gaining valuable experience in fieldwork, design, and management. He brings to the board a wealth of construction expertise, adept problem-solving skills, and effective management skills.

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