Kelly Prior

President & CEO

“Providing a community with access to excellent education starts a positive domino effect.”

Kelly offers more than 25 years of business management and financial experience. His career began with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he served as Manager of Business Assurance. From there, Kelly moved onto higher education as Director of Internal Audit for Eastern Washington University (his alma mater) before gaining Controller and CFO experience in the software industry. 

After joining Litehouse in 2002, Kelly worked his way up to CFO by 2005 and became an Executive Vice President in 2010. In 2019 Kelly became President & CEO of Litehouse. It is important to Kelly to be a leader in the local community. He is currently on the Executive Board and serves as the President for Panhandle Alliance for Education, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Sandpoint Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bonner County Economic Development Corp. 

Kelly’s family includes his wife Diane and two sons, Jackson and Parker. 

Dorrie Francis

Vice President, Technical Services

“Consumer trust starts with making transparency part of our brand.”

A graduate of Kansas State University with a Master’s degree in Food Science, Dorrie has more than 17 years of progressive food industry experience with responsibilities encompassing areas of R&D, Regulatory, and Food Safety management. Dorrie has earned many industry certifications, including an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is active within the food industry and sits on the Association of Dressings and Sauces Executive Board. It is also very important for Dorrie to be involved locally by supporting numerous charities including Kinderhaven and Boundary County children's food outreach.

Dorrie Joined Litehouse in 2013 when her family decided to move from Tampa, Florida to Sandpoint, Idaho. Dorrie’s family includes her husband Tony and 3 children, Naomi, Myah, and Kaden. 

Rob Tyrrell

Vice President, Operations

“Small acts, when multiplied by many, can change the world.”

A graduate of University of Texas Arlington with a degree in Microbiology, Rob is a 25-year industry veteran who brings to Litehouse extensive food industry expertise in manufacturing, food safety, supply chain management, co-packing and packaging innovation. Most recently, he spent more than a decade at a leading CPG Company, holding key manufacturing and operations positions. Outside of work, Rob is active in the community while enjoying the wonderful recreation that the northwest has to offer.

Rob moved to the Sandpoint community in 2017 with his wife Lisa and daughter, Erin.

Charmaine Cook

Vice President of Human Resources

“A successful company is one in which the leadership truly values, invests, and develops their greatest resources - their employees”

Charmaine brings over 25 years of HR expertise to Litehouse. Previously, Charmaine served as the Vice President of Human Resources with The Hain Celestial Group and as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for The Broe Group, for their U.S. and Canadian businesses. At Hain, Charmaine oversaw HR services for the global company with over 5,000 employees and played a key role in supporting the company’s growth during her nearly seven-year tenure. Since 2016, Cook has owned and operated her own HR consulting business in Denver, Colorado. Outside of her extensive HR experience, Charmaine currently serves as Board Director and Office of Good Samaritan Medical Foundation in Denver.

In her spare time, Charmaine can be found living an active lifestyle and enjoying the great outdoors with her two children, Christelle and Tristan.

Matt Burrows

Vice President, Finance & Accounting

“Employee Owners are the greatest asset our company possess and together we can carry on the legacy of Litehouse for future generations.”

With more than 16 years in corporate accounting and finance, Matt brings a wealth of experience to Litehouse. A Sandpoint native, Matt graduated from the University of Idaho with a double major in Finance and Accounting. After graduating, he worked for BDO Seidman and Key Tronic before joining Litehouse as the Accounting Manager in 2010. He then worked his way up to become the Controller, and then the Director of Corporate Finance, before becoming the VP of Finance & Accounting in 2019. Outside of work, Matt enjoys the outdoors. Matt and his family enjoy camping, skiing and hunting. Matt is also actively involved in his church, and also coaches youth basketball and soccer.

Matt’s family includes his wife, Lisa, and four children, Hunter, Taylor, Braden, and Camille.

Derek Christensen

Vice President, Information Technology

“True innovation happens at the collaborative intersection of people, culture and technology”

An experienced Information Technology professional, Derek brings more than 20 years of experience to Litehouse. A graduate of Cal State University at San Bernardino, Derek earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science. After working in the technology industry in California, Derek joined Litehouse in 2010 when he decided to move to Idaho with his family. He first started at Litehouse as Applications Manager. Over the years, Derek was promoted to Technology Manager, then Director of Information Systems and now the VP of IT. When he’s not at work, you can find Derek building a homemade hockey rink in his backyard, or spending time outdoors with his wife and 3 kids.

Derek’s family includes his wife, Julie, and their three children, Ciena, Blake and Ethan.