The next nearest dojo to you would be the newly opened Tacoma Aikikai
, run by Eá Murphy-sensei, 4th Dan. She has Birankai upbringings, but spent two years as an uchi-deshi (live-in student) at Aikido Kyoto under Yoko Okamoto-sensei and Chris Mulligan-sensei. She has some yudansha (black belts) and seasoned junior students training under her already, "borrowed" from other Puget Sound area dojos.
From personal (although admittedly not extensive) experience, I'd say she takes more of a technique-based approach to teaching Aikido, and probably doesn't spend a lot class time devoted to meditation or ki-development sort of exercises. She also enjoys teaching weapons.