Serving Washington & the Pacific Northwest
Association Reserves has been serving Pacific Northwest clients for over twenty years, preparing quality Washington Reserve Studies. This beautiful region’s climate, design parameters and history within it’s building industry demand a strong working local knowledge in guiding association’s near and long term maintenance, repair and replacement needs. We are uniquely staffed with years of experience in the following fields: construction, architecture, building envelope assessment, property valuation and finance. We have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help your Association make informed and responsible decisions regarding reserve funding. We strive for a long-term relationship as your community’s trusted reserve planning partner.
Jim Talaga, RSPresident
Jim began with Association Reserves in 1997, as a field representative, then opening the regional office in 2001. Under his leadership, the Washington team has reached the significant milestone of 10,000 completed reserve studies, serving a wide range of facilities and interests in the Pacific Northwest. A resident of Washington since 1978, he has more than 30 years of experience in Reserve Study preparation, custom home construction, and real estate valuation. Jim earned the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Reserve Specialist designation, having the distinction of being RS #66 across the United States. He is a former board member of the Washington Chapter of CAI, and current author, speaker, and educator. A strong advocate for consumer protections, he served for eleven years on the CAI Legislative Action Committee (LAC), ending as co-chair. As a member of the LAC, Jim reviewed proposed legislation affecting community associations, and co-authored bills during the 2008, 2009 & 2011 sessions that were ultimately written into law. Outside of the office, Jim is an avid jazz bassist, and loves boating, snowboarding and travel.
Rich DubuqueProject Manager
Rich started with Association Reserves at the beginning of 2018. A native of New England, his life as an Army brat brought him to Washington in 1989 where, with the exception of a short stint in Anchorage, he has lived ever since. He brings to Association Reserves years of association management experience. His clients have included small to large condominium and homeowner associations, in both suburban and urban settings, including high-rise buildings. Prior to association management, Rich worked with property taxes and escrow accounts. His history in the real estate industry has brought a great appreciation of the importance of a Reserve Study as not just a budgeting tool, but an instrument to help maintain and enhance a community in hopes of community harmony and increased values. Rich’s attention to detail, communication skills, and appreciation of history provide accurate and concise reports. In his free time, he enjoys reading history, politics, and 20th Century novels, watching sports, having a beer with friends, and taking walks with his Great Dane, Walden.
Karen McDonald, PCAM, RSProject Manager
Karen joined Association Reserves Washington in early 2015. A graduate of Western Washington University, Karen spent nearly 15 years in the community management industry before transitioning to reserve studies and holds the prestigious Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) and Reserve Specialist (RS) designations. Karen’s management experience brings a direct, community minded approach to reserve studies and she works with associations to present accurate and clear results. Karen is a frequent author and presenter in the community association industry and is currently President of the Board of Directors for the CAI Washington State Chapter (WSCAI). She is the former editor of the WSCAI Journal, a member of several committees, and was the recipient of the 2013 WSCAI Volunteer of the Year award, 2015 WSCAI President’s Award and 2018 WSCAI Volunteer of the Year award. Outside of the office, Karen lives on a farm with a plethora of animals and a giant vegetable garden, where she sells her excess produce at the local farmer’s market on the weekends.
Susan Oord, RSSenior Project Manager
Susan joined Association Reserves in 2008, and earned the Community Association Institute’s (CAI) Reserve Specialist (RS) designation in 2010. She has completed over 1,600 Reserve Studies for a wide range of properties including condominiums, HOA’s, vacation ownership interests and private clubs within four states and Canada. Prior to joining the Washington regional office, Susan spent 14 years providing valuation services to approximately 5,000 Puget Sound area properties. Susan is a graduate of the University of Washington. The combination of her analytical skills and hands-on Real Estate experience suits her well as a Senior Project Manager. She currently oversees the production staff at our Washington office.
Michael Fleming, RSSenior Project Manager
Michael joined Association Reserves in 2004 and since then, his wide range of experience includes involvement in over 2,000 Reserve Studies. Client projects have included small to large condominiums and HOA’s, high-rise buildings, master planned communities, mixed-use buildings, resorts and condominium conversions. He consistently provides understanding with attention to detail while helping clients to achieve effective results. Michael earned his Reserve Specialist (RS #153) designation in 2008 from the Community Association Institute (CAI). Mike enjoys spending time with friends, and two daughters.
Nathan Rupcich, RSProject Manager
Nate has a degree in architecture and environmental design from the university of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He joined Association Reserves in 2016 and brings with him a diverse background. He has worked on many architectural design projects in the NYC and Seattle areas as well as worked for a home improvement show on HGTV. Previously he worked with a developer in California wearing many hats as a designer, construction manager, leasing agent, and owner’s representative for many projects. His experience gives him a broad understanding of all aspects of buildings, projects and their residents which will be essential at Association Reserves. Nate spends his time with his wife and daughter and enjoys home improvement projects, cooking, and a good game of baseball.
Stephanie SmithOffice Manager
Stephanie began working for Association Reserve in 2006. Her background prior to joining our firm consisted of Human Resources, Customer Service, and Office Administration in the mortgage and accounting fields. As the Office Manager, Stephanie shepherds Association clients through the proposal, go-ahead and report delivery stages to ensure consistent file information. She is also involved in the accounting, payroll, and other business functions of the Washington regional office. Her free time is spent with her two boys, family and friends.
Mike Walker, RSProject Manager
Mike began his career with Association Reserves Washington in 2016 after twenty years in property and Association management. His happy clients included small to medium size condominiums and HOA’s, a few Seattle high-rises, mixed-use buildings, and couple of smaller Hawaiian resorts. In 1993 Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2004, for reasons that remain a mystery, Mike transplanted his family to rainy Seattle after living on sunny Maui and the Big Island for thirty years. He takes pride in staying organized and delivering a quality product in a busy work environment while maintaining a refined sense of humor. Mike has authored several articles for Washington’s CAI magazine, “The Journal.” Outside the office he enjoys reading theology, fixing broken stuff, drinking craft beer and smoking a good cigar.
Douglas White, Architect, RSSenior Project Manager
Doug has a Masters Degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and joined the Association Reserves Washington family in 2009. He is a licensed architect in Washington (#8326) and California (31329) as well as a Community Associations Institute (CAI) credentialed Reserve Specialist (RS #199). Doug’s strong technical background allowed him to rise quickly in capabilities to the Senior Project Manager position. Association clients benefit from his over 30 years of architectural experience, including multi-family design, repair and renovation, building envelope issues, and Reserve Study preparation. Doug’s expertise covers a variety of multi-family building types, including condominiums, senior housing, and low-income housing facilities. He is an active member of the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and the Seattle Building Enclosure Council (SeaBEC).