Staff Bios

Chris McCabe

Executive Director


Chris McCabe has served as Executive Director of NWPPA since October of 2011.

Chris previously served as Government Affairs Director for the Association of Washington Business (AWB) focusing on environmental and energy issues. Prior to his work with AWB, Chris practiced law in Olympia representing individuals and small businesses on a variety of environmental and other legal issues. Between 1991 and 1996, he served as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska and later as an aide to Washington State Representative Tim Hickel of Federal Way. Chris holds a B.A. degree in political science from Washington State University and a law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University.

A Washington native, Chris lives in Olympia with his wife and son, where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Olympia Lacrosse Club. Chris and his wife, Jocelyn, are active supporters of the Hands On Children's Museum and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. Chris enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, cycling, camping, hiking and golf.


Kathryn VanNatta

Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs


Kathryn VanNatta has been with the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association since 1995. She manages the association’s regulatory, policy and government affairs work. Kathryn worked her first Oregon legislative session as staff in 1987 and was a Committee Administrator in the 1991 and 1993 sessions. She worked for Oregon State Treasurer Tony Meeker in 1992. She also lived in Washington and worked for Boeing Computer Services from 1988 to 1990. Kathryn holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and a Master of Management degree from the Atkinson School at Willamette University.

Kathryn and husband, Roger Barnhurst, live in Hillsboro, Oregon where she spends her free time on a variety of outdoor activities, travel, sewing and reading.


Mary Rants 

Office Manager


A Washington native, Mary was born in White Salmon on the Columbia River. She was raised in Olympia where she currently lives with her children. Mary has over two decades of experience working in administration for small businesses. Prior to her business career, Mary devoted several years to being a stay-at-home mom. During that time, she also volunteered for her church high school youth group and served as the junior high youth minister.

Mary enjoys the great outdoors, cycling, walking and spending time with her family.


Government Affairs

Bill Stauffacher, Stauffacher Communications

Washington Government and Public Affairs

Paul Cosgrove, Lindsay Hart, LLP

Oregon Government and Public Affairs