Kilmer Statement on the Passing of Melanie Dressel

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the passing of Melanie Dressel.  

“There are people in this world who have a truly transformational impact on their community, and it is undeniable that Melanie Dressel was one of those people,” said Kilmer. “Beyond being the CEO of a major employer that put the word "community" in a community bank, she dedicated so much time to strengthening Tacoma. From her involvement with the Economic Development Board, Tacoma Chamber and Executive Council to her efforts on behalf of the UWT, the United Way, Bellarmine, and the State History Museum, Tacoma is a better, more vibrant place because of Melanie. But beyond dedicating herself to organizations, she also invested in people -- myself included. I will always be grateful for her friendship and mentorship. Tacoma just lost an icon.”