Years ago, I returned to Tacoma with a dream of starting a life science incubator that would educate students, grow jobs, and turn out start-up companies for our region. RAIN is the recognition of that dream. My strength is in creating innovative spaces where people can collaborate develop skills and invent useful tools. RAIN is about rapid prototyping of ideas, demonstration of technology to investors and solutions to local problems. RAIN is about fundamental work from the bottom up. We want to be Tacoma’s hometown innovation center, a proving ground for technical expertise. We are developing human capital for the community.
Director of Operations, Ms. Reche is an accomplished operations specialist who is focused on developing RAIN as it grows from a small non-profit to a Research and Development hub for Tacoma. She is a dedicated manager with excellent organizational and financial skills who is focused on diversity and inclusion in building equity in scientific opportunities for local youth.
Vyshnika is RAIN's Data Analyst by way of Houston Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Biomedical Informatics. Vyshnika has a wide range of interests but has really been into drawing lately.
Chloe Mae Martinez received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is fascinated by molecular and microbiology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys going out to eat, snowboarding (new to it), and watching new shows.
Matthew is a Research Technician II at RAIN. He is a pacific northwest native and has a B.S. in biology. His work at RAIN primarily revolves around antibody research and testing for COVID-vaccinated and/or recovered individuals. Outside of work really enjoys golfing and skiing.
Nicole is an Army Veteran of 10 years. She loves cetacean conservation and marine biology. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies with a concentration in marine biology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Community Outreach Specialist, Mr. Penn is an accomplished advocate for the Tacoma community and brings to RAIN a strong background in communications, information technology, and audio-visual production and development. He is a musician, singer songwriter and producer and has taught classes on these topics.
Mr. Struthers, has over 20 years experience in logistics, professional shipping, and customer service. He is primarily responsible for logistics for foreign pharmaceutical distribution in the United States and also provides shipping and Covid-19 testing kits for wastewater collection.