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 two dogs (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 tollerant, 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? Visiting the town of my grandmother in Bari, Italy. Owning a tiny house. Finding out there is a cure for Type 1 Diabete
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”
I was born and raised in Prineville and Prineville is home. I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with individuals that gave me career opportunities to grow. My husband and I wanted to raise our kids here.
I was approached by the former director to fill a vacant roll on the Board as the St. Charles Prineville representative, upon leaving that position, I still wanted to continue my term. I feel as though perhaps I fell into the Board position by accident, lol. I do believe though I certainly add value, whether it is my history here, family history, or raising my kids here and being a part of the community.
I love that Prineville has always “survived” and is resilient. When we lost several of the mills, and the economy really took a dive, I love that our community leaders saw the need and looked for outside opportunities to bring in jobs. I realize with growth comes some heartburn however Prineville continues to strive to stay on the map and actually thrive. I believe we are a resilient bunch who wants to continue our success and growth. I grew up here and I love the fact that people that also grew up here come back and raise their families here. I love that some of my school teachers, teach my children. I value going to the market and seeing someone I either went to school with, was a friend of my folks or knows my children. That makes me happy.