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...

Andrew Miller
Director of Business Retention and Expansion

Economic Development

Andrew Miller, who focuses on growing and keeping local businesses here and healthy, is a proud Skagit County native. He returned to the Skagit Valley to raise his family after managing global teams at Expedia, Weyerhaeuser, and Amazon and a distinguished military career leading intelligence,...

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...

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