About the President
Renee C. Ries- Founder
Renee C. Ries founded Fairchild Record Search in 1980. Ries hails from Freeman, South Dakota, and is an alumna of St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, where she studied English Literature.
An avid philanthropist and supporter of the Arts, Ries serves on numerous Boards of Directors in Thurston County, and volunteers her time for many local fundraising events. Ries is a Past President and a current Board Member of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Downtown Olympia Rotary Club. She is on the SMU President’s Council, and the University of Washington Advisory Committee for the School of Music. She also participates in the Arts Alliance of Downtown Olympia and is a trustee for the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. Ries was named “Woman of Influence” by the Business Examiner in 2010. Fairchild is the proud recipient of “Small Business of the Year 2012”, awarded by the Thurston Economic Development Council.
She is an active member of the National Public Records Retriever Network as well as the National Federation of Independent Business.
About the Office Manager
Fanny Sparling- On staff since 1997
As office manager, Fanny oversees the day-to-day operation of the Fairchild office. She specializes in domestic and international corporate work, filing and retrieving documents including but not limited to: Certificates of Formation, Good Standings, Apostilles, and Legalizations. She specializes in conducting UCC, Fixture, Tax Lien, Litigation, US District Court and US Bankruptcy Court searches in the following states: AK, GA, ME, MN, SC, & WV.
When she’s not at the office, Fanny loves bowling, heading out to the beach, and spending time with family.
What is LTC, you may ask? It’s an amazing program put on by Thurston County to help individuals meet members of the community with diverse and strong leadership skills. They assist in expanding knowledge of the place we live in, as well as being a mentor in our everyday goal to become informed, skilled, and committed community leaders.
About the Registered Agent Coordinator/ Contractor Licensing Specialist
Debbie Payne- On staff since 1998
Debbie is one of our in-house notaries. She manages the Registered Agent Services we offer nationwide, as well as in the US Territories and Canada, and oversees Contractors Licensing. She specializes in conducting UCC, Fixture, Tax Lien, Litigation, US District Court, and US Bankruptcy Court searches in the following states: AR, CT, LA, NH, OK, PA, VT & VA.
Debbie loves bowling and spending time with her grandchildren. On weekends, you can often find her spending time outdoors, or at home working on crafting.
Graduate of Leadership Thurston County (LTC), Class of 2015.
About the Legalization/ Out-Of-State Corporate Specialist
Jacob Williams- On staff since 2013
Jake is one of our in-house notaries. His specialties include background searches as well as corporate work outside of the State of Washington. Additionally, he specializes in conducting UCC, Fixture, Tax Lien, Litigation, US District Court and US Bankruptcy Court searches in the following states: CA, MI, NE, NJ, NM, ND, & UT. He also conducts vessel searches and vital statistic requests for birth, death certificates, and more.
In his spare time, Jake loves to be outdoors exploring the Pacific Northwest, spending time with his family, or playing guitar.
Graduate of Leadership Thurston County (LTC), Class of 2017.
About the IT Admin/ In-State Corporate Specialist
Huong (Brock) Le- On staff since 2013
As our in-state corporate specialist, Brock services our clients’ document filing and retrieval needs in the State of Washington. He is also a Washington State certified Vietnamese interpreter. Brock brings with him a strong background in computer systems and handles all of Fairchild’s in-house I.T. needs. Additionally, he specializes in conducting PPSA, Civil Court, Bankruptcy, Federal Civil Court, & Tax Court searches in Canada.
Brock is an avid lover of Washington State, citing Olympia as a great place to call home because of its location- less than two hours from both Ocean Shores and Mt. Rainier! On sunny days, he loves going outside to fish, hike, kayak, and bike ride with his twin six-year old boys.
Graduate of Leadership Thurston County (LTC), Class of 2018.
About the Administrative Assistant/ Bookkeeper
Lurlene (Cathy) McKenney- On staff since 2016
Cathy is the Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper for the Fairchild office. She specializes in conducting UCC, Fixture, Tax Lien, US District Court, and US Bankruptcy Court searches in the following states: ID, OH, SD, TX, WA (All counties), & WI.
Cathy loves being outdoors, and enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time in her garden.
Current participant in Leadership Thurston County (LTC), Class of 2019
About One of Our UCC Search & Filing Specialists
Atikah Samal- On staff since 2017
Atikah is Fairchild’s filing specialist, servicing our clients’ UCC filing needs across all 50 states. She also assists with our Registered Agent Services, accepting service of process on behalf of our clients. Additionally, Atikah specializes in conducting UCC, Fixture, Tax Lien, Litigation, US District Court and US Bankruptcy Court searches in the following states: FL, MS, MO, MT, WA DC & WY.
Atikah’s interests include going to the beach, cooking and trying new foods, and spending time with her family.
About One of Our UCC Search & Filing Specialists
Kristen Tuman- On staff since 2018
Kristen is the newest member of the Fairchild team. She assists with our Registered Agent Services, and specializes in conducting US District Court, US Bankruptcy Court, and county searches in the State of Washington.
Kristen recently moved to Washington from Illinois and has fallen in love with the Northwest’s natural beauty, beaches, and sightseeing opportunities. However, she still retains her passion for Chicago sports, and regularly roots for the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. Aside from sports, she cites learning new things and spending time with her dog Jake as two of her favorite pastimes.
About the Chief Body Guard
Charlie “Mackanme Sparkmeister” Ries
Charlie was born in Gig Harbor on June 12, 2017. He had 4 sisters and 3 brothers in the litter. Charlie exhibited precocious behavior from birth and quickly became THE most sought after puppy of the litter. Fairchild was gifted with Charlie due to FRS’ extraordinary office camaraderie, dedication to detail and exceptional client service. Now 20 months old, Charlie continues to develop with a speed previously unknown in the history of the world.
He joined the Fairchild staff on August 14th 2017 at the age of 8 weeks.
His interests include playing with other dogs, kissing people faces, eating and sleeping.
About the Retiree
Kathleen Staloch- On Staff 1985-2017
About One of Our UCC Search Specialists
Nathan Dyson- On staff since 2018
Nate is no longer with the company. He went back to school to pursue his dream.
When he’s not at the office, Nate enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and watching movies.