If you could write your own job title concerning what you do here, what would it be? Chaos Coordinator Extraordinaire – that does it all with a sense of humor and a smile. I have also been referred to as “Prineville’s Cheerleader”.
Describe any professional designations and industry-related accomplishments. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Communication. I have 15 years experience as a marketing coordinator for Les Schwab who was a very community oriented company. That and my love for Prineville, prepared me for this position. I also served on the Prineville – Crook County Chamber Board of Directors for a year prior to taking my position with the Chamber.
What inspires you about working for the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center? I love helping people. Being able to be an extension of the business community and assist our members with resources and tools is very rewarding. I also love how this town is getting known and making a larger mark on the map. Whatever we do to bring tourists into Prineville trickles down and helps fund so much in this town. Jobs, economic development, infrastructure, real estate and development, arts and entertainment, and recreation opportunities are all given a boost from our local tourism dollars.
Give us a few personal details. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my teenage girls and tending to my three dogs (Luda, Nate Dogg and Hazel), one cat (Nelly Purr-tado) and seven chickens that I affectionately named after rappers because ‘they know how to lay it down’. I also love spending time out and about in Prineville getting to visit the shops, restaurants, and events that make this town so special.
Tell us your favorite inspirational quote. My goal is to live up to what I remind my kids to do daily as I drop them at school “Be kind, learn something new, and make good choices”. Also I love the words of Allen Drury: Be kind, be decent, be generous, be tolerant, compassionate and understanding. Be fast to praise, slow to judge. Remember, we’re all human and don’t cast the first stone.
What Netflix Series do you most recommend? The Kindness Diaries. Spoiler alert – have tissues handy!
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
If you could write your own job title concerning what you do here, what would it be? Office Team Captain, AKA: “Google”.
Describe any professional designations and industry-related accomplishments. I have extensive professional office experience and management as well as a lot of side hustle. But, by far my biggest accomplishments are my 4 amazing children.
What inspires you about working for the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center? The atmosphere we create at the Chamber between the three of us makes working at the Chamber quite entertaining. But this small town and genuine people I’ve met over the last couple years and the relationships I’ve formed really make the difference in my work. Being the hub of information and working with the business community and helping navigate the world of business is both challenging and satisfying. Knowing that I am helping in my own way makes me happy at the end of the day.
Give us a few personal details. It’s no surprise that God and family is the most precious and important thing in my life. You can find me at high school sporting events, cheering my oldest daughter through dance. At middle school choir listening to my youngest daughter sing like an angel. Driving my mom or youngest boy to appointments or shopping, making sure they have everything they want and need. You can find me snuggling my oldest son’s new baby or just out with friends catching up over a beer. I’m surrounded by good people but more than anything I also enjoy a good hike and a place that I can spend time talking to God.
Tell us what inspires you, or provide your favorite inspirational quote. “Live in such a way, that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you”
If you could write your own job title concerning what you do here, what would it be? I plant, and then nurture, the seeds of change and growth!
Describe any professional designations and industry-related accomplishments. I like to have as many tools in my toolbox as possible! I am a general notary, a master gardener, have an OLCC license and food handlers card, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. You’ll often see me around Central Oregon working local events during the weekend. For most of my life, I have lived and breathed hospitality and tourism. I love chatting with people, especially those who have the travel bug – like me!
What inspires you about working for the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center? People inspire me! Being able to support those who do what they love every day is what inspires me about working at the Chamber!
Give us a few personal details. I love music, dancing, and traveling! If you ever come to my house, you’ll find the record player roaring, a couple of candles lit, and a plethora of memorabilia from my adventures!
Tell us what inspires you, or provide your favorite inspirational quote. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou