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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 a public policy professional with extensive experience bridging the international, national, state and local levels.  Prior to joining EDASC, Sean was director of trade and economic development for Snohomish County, Washington.  He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and director...

Andrew Miller
Director of Business Retention and Expansion

Economic Development

Andrew Miller, who focuses on growing and keeping local businesses, 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, counter-terrorism, homeland security,...

Audra Ramerman
Director of Finance and Administration

Economic Development

Audra Ramerman serves as EDASC's finance and administration manager.  Audra joined EDASC from Volant, a Burlington, Washington-based manufacturer and refurbisher of aircraft interiors, where she served as Senior Finance Manager and Controller.  Before that, Audra performed managerial roles in finance, IT, strategic planning, budgeting, and market research for OutBack Power...

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, Kathryn Bennett is responsible for the program’s ongoing development, delivery and direction.  Prior to joining the EDASC Foundation in 2008 as the director of its community leadership program, Bennett served in executive director positions with the...

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 activities and 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, Washington. ...

Richard Sentinella
Communications and Research Coordinator

Economic Development

Richard Sentinella has returned to Skagit County to join EDASC in 2017 as communications and research coordinator.  Before joining EDASC, he spent his last few years at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) in Austria, where he recently completed a master's of...

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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