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John Sternlicht
CEO

Economic Development

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

Sean Connell
Director of Business Recruitment

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 is a proud Skagit County native and has returned to Skagit Valley to raise his six children after leading global teams at Amazon, Expedia, and Weyerhaeuser and a distinguished military career as an intelligence, counter-terrorism, homeland security and cyber operations officer.  A nationally-recognized...

Audra Ramerman
Finance and Administration Manager

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...

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 she provides administrative support to EDASC’s CEO and staff.  She previously served as executive assistant to the President of...

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