How long have you lived in Seaside?
I have been here for 12 years.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up all over. I graduated from high school in Salem. I spent like half of my freshman year up until graduation in Salem and then a little time after that.
Tell me about your family.
I have a son, Nick, who just graduated, and he works downtown at Beach Bites. I have a daughter (Anna) who is turning 15 at the end of this month, who is going to be a sophomore at Seaside High School. She was also second runner-up at Miss Oregons Outstanding Teen Competition. (My husband) Frank and I have been married for 20 years, and he works at the (Seaside) convention center and has worked there for eight years.
How did your daughter get involved in pageants?
Her dance instructor had been a contestant in the Miss program and had been volunteering as a pageant choreographer and producer. I was kind of a backstage dance mom helping out with dance competitions and recitals. It was another opportunity for (my daughter) to dress up and be on stage, and so we started at the Miss Clatsop County level for princesses. Then we found out you could be a state princess; thats an open program. She was eligible and determined and finally won Miss Cascade.
How long have you been at the chamber?
Seven years, going on eight.
What do you enjoy most about chamber work?
I am in the middle of switching jobs as office manager I enjoy working with the public and helping people and connecting with the organizations around town. And then with the events, I enjoy the creative side and the organizing of the detailed parts of it.
What is your favorite chamber event?
The Hood-To-Coast beer garden, that it all happens in one day, that there are that many volunteers. Thats the one that amazes me the most. One hundred volunteers, 100 kegs. Youre down there for 14 hours, but, darn, it does the chamber a lot of good in one day.
Whats the thing you enjoy most when youre not working?
My family. My parents live here in town they have a second home in Tigard. Through my daughters dance, we have discovered Disney vacations, so every year we do a Disney vacation. People who know me know Im kind of a big Disneyland fanatic. I also enjoy (helping in) the community. I enjoy knowing that my kids are volunteering in the community. My husband does what he can to volunteer in the community. Ive done a lot Im not able to do a whole lot right now because Im back working full time. I used to be able to volunteer with Miss Clatsop and Miss Oregon, but now that I have a contestant I cant.
What is your favorite restaurant in town?
We frequent two restaurants quite a bit Bigfoots and McKeowns.
What is your favorite thing about living on the North Coast?
Its funny because my favorite thing is kind of my least favorite thing. I enjoy that were in a rain forest and the green environment and the ocean, feeling like youre on the edge of the world. But at the same time when you talk about rural and you talk about our radius around our world, half of it is the ocean, and the other half is the woods. Im glad we have Highway 26 and Highway 30 and are close to the major cities to do what you need to do. But I enjoy the natural environment, and how lucky are we that people have to come here to see it?