STAFF

John Sternlicht
CEO

Economic Development

John Sternlicht, attorney and certified economic developer, was selected as the third leader of EDASC and the EDASC Foundation in its 43-year history. He brings to the organization senior executive expertise in law, economic development, community relations, public policy, finance, and government relations with a...

Sean Connell
Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness

Economic Development

Sean Connell is responsible for business and investment attraction, with a focus on the advanced manufacturing sector, and state, national, and international-level outreach and marketing. Prior to joining EDASC, Sean was Director of Trade and Economic Development for Snohomish County, Washington. He previously served as...

Audra Ramerman
Director of Finance and Administration

Economic Development

“I think that the most important thing in my choice to come to EDASC from the private sector was that I see this as an opportunity to make a difference in my local community.” Audra joined EDASC from VT Volant, a division of ST Aerospace and...

Cindy Brooks
SBDC Certified Business Advisor

Economic Development

Cindy is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She joined the SBDC network in 2017 bringing 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, and entrepreneurship. She is interested in the relationship between local business ecosystems and community resilience. Cindy serves Skagit,...

Diana Morelli-Klima
Director of Latino Business Retention and Expansion

Economic Development

Diana Morelli-Klima earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages, Literature and Linguistics from the University of Washington. From 2004 through 2012, and again from 2015 to the present, she has served as Director of the EDASC Latino Business Retention and Expansion program, the only program of...

Kathryn Bennett
Director of Leadership Skagit, EDASC Foundation

Economic Development

In her position as the Director of Leadership Skagit, Kate Bennett is responsible for the program’s ongoing development, delivery and direction. Prior to joining the EDASC Foundation as the director of its community leadership program, Kate served in executive positions with the American Red Cross,...

Sunny Siers
Program Support Coordinator

Economic Development

Sunny Siers joined EDASC in 2017 as Program Support Coordinator, providing administrative support for EDASC’s investor relations, events, and the EDASC Foundation’s Leadership Skagit program. Previously, Sunny was executive assistant to the general manager at OutBack Power Technologies, a renewable power electronics company in Arlington,...

Annette Pankey
Office Manager

Economic Development

Annette Pankey joined EDASC in June 2015, bringing with her over 15 years of executive administrative experience in government, corporate and not-for-profit arenas. As Office Manager of EDASC, she ensures the daily operations of EDASC run smoothly, while providing administrative support to the CEO and...

Dr. Tom Keegan
EDASC Chair

Board

President, Skagit Valley College

Heather Hernandez
EDASC Vice Chair

Board

President & Publisher, Skagit Publishing

Alice Takehara
EDASC Secretary

Board

Senior Vice President & Commercial Lending Officer, Peoples Bank

Rod Cann
EDASC Treasurer, Officer

Board

Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, SaviBank 

Lennart Bentsen
EDASC Member At Large, Officer

Board

President, Hotel Services Group LLC

Lisa Janicki
EDASC Member At Large, Officer

Board

Skagit County Commissioner

Justin Clary
EDASC Director

Board

Principal Engineer, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.

Darrell Drummond
EDASC Director

Board

Sales and Marketing Specialist, Eagle Haven Winery

Brian Gentry
EDASC Director

Board

President, Landed Gentry Development, INC

Scott Holley
EDASC Director, Foundation Secretary

Board

President, Eddyline Kayaks

Michelle Hurteau
EDASC Director

Board

Principal/COO, TRICO Companies, LLC

Christopher Johnston
EDASC Director

Board

Chief Administrative Officer, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Patsy Martin
EDASC Director

Board

Executive Director, Port of Skagit

Tammy Masalonis
EDASC Director

Board

Producer, McGregor Benefits 

Jason Miller
EDASC Director

Board

Mayor, City of Concrete

Mike Nelson
EDASC Director

Board

Vice President, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. 

Ryan Sakuma
EDASC Director

Board

Farm Manager, Sakuma Bros Farms, INC

Dr. Phil Stephenson
EDASC Director

Board

General Manager, PACCAR Technical Center

Tiffany Urland
EDASC Director

Board

District Manager, Cascade Natural Gas

Dan Worra
EDASC Director

Board

Executive Director, Port of Anacortes 

Frank Chmelik
EDASC Of-Counsel

Board

Principal, Chmelik Sitkin & Davis

Laura Cailloux
Foundation Chair

Community Development

Vice President, Whidbey Island Campus, Skagit Valley College

Eric Petersen
Foundation Vice Chair

Community Development

Partner & Vice President, Bellingham Capital Management, Inc.

Scott Holley
EDASC Director, Foundation Secretary

Community Development

President, Eddyline Kayaks

Debra Lancaster
Foundation Treasurer

Community Development

Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County

Heather Hernandez
Foundation Director

Community Development

President & Publisher, Skagit Publishing

Janie Beasley
Foundation Director

Community Development

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Gregg Davidson
Foundation Director

Community Development

Rodriguez-Davidson

Michael Gaffney
Foundation Director

Community Development

Assistant and Acting Director; Director, Community and Economic Development Program Unit, Washington State University Skagit County Extension

Kevin Meenaghan
Foundation Director

Community Development

Director, Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy

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Kelley Moldstad
Foundation Director

Community Development

Anthony Young
Board Member

President, Young International Consulting

Gregg Davidson
Board Member

Retired Health Care Executive

Julie Blazek
Immediate Past Chair, Officer

Partner, HKP Architects, LLP

Staff Member Photo
Linda Jones
Secretary

Rita Ordóñez
Director

Director

Shirley Yap
Board Member

General Manager, Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Stephanie Hooper
Vice Chair

Owner, Bayside Specialties, Inc.

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