By Edward Stratton
EO Media Group
It started when Anna Stamper recently delivered an order from the Downtown Coffee Shop to the advertising team at The Daily Astorian.
Now Stamper, an Oregon Coast native, is introducing herself to downtown Astoria as the newspaper’s newest advertising representative.
Stamper’s arrival is part of a restructuring of the newspaper’s advertising department, with ad representative Brandy Stewart transferring to Seaside and taking on the accounts of Wendy Richardson, who died in December after suffering an aneurysm. Taking over Stewart’s previous accounts in the Astoria-Warrenton region is Lisa Cadonau. Stamper is taking over Cadonau’s previous downtown accounts.
Advertising is a new world for Stamper, who before moving to Astoria was a social studies and humanities teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
Stamper moved to Astoria in July to be close to her family members, spread between her hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon and Whidbey Island, Washington. She cut her teeth in downtown working for the Wet Dog Cafe and later the Downtown Coffee Shop until it transferred ownership earlier this month.
While she enjoys the outdoors and coastal living, Stamper said she also feels at home in Astoria, a U.S. Coast Guard city, after serving nine years in the guard. After high school, Stamper attended the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, for four years, earning a bachelor’s degree in government and a commission as an ensign, an entry-level officer.
She served two years on the Coast Guard cutter Mellon, safeguarding fisheries in
Alaska’s Bering Sea and apprehending drug and migrant smugglers on the Mexican border, and another five years in law enforcement at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“Through working at the coffee shop, I got to know many of the business owners and employees,” Stamper said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them in a capacity in which I can help out with their advertising.”