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Chamber Board of Directors
Lester Cooper, President
Lester Cooper was born in England, immigrated to North America in 1965, moved to Seattle in 1971 and purchased a home in Chelan in 1992. Lester worked for PACCAR for 21 years and recently retired from an extensive career with General Electric. As a businessperson, he has traveled extensively throughout the world and has a unique understanding of many different cultures and international diversity. Lester is active in the community and presently serves on the Board of Directors of Chelan Valley Hope, Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation and Lake Chelan Rotary. As a past President of Lake Chelan Rotary, he is passionately involved with many community activities, is the advisor to Chelan High School INTERACT club and is responsible for Rotary International Service. Lester loves living in Chelan and enjoys every aspect of the life that the Lake Chelan Valley has to offer. Lester believes strongly in the need to give back to the community and is dedicated to helping the community in any way possible.
Guy Evans, Vice President
Guy Evans owns and operates the Tunnel Hill Winery with his father, Denny Evans. As a fifth generation native to the Lake Chelan Valley, Guy is passionate about expanding the valley's tourism economy into the shoulder and off-seasons. In an earlier career, Guy co-produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, Broken Limbs, Apples, Agriculture and The New American Farmer. Guy is the proud father of one daughter, Jessie.
Eric Campbell, Vice President of Operations, Campbell's Resort
Eric Campbell was born and raised in the Chelan Valley. After graduating from Chelan High School in 2001, Eric attended the University of Puget Sound where he majored in Politics and Government and minored in History. Eric graduated in 2005 and moved to Seattle where he began working in commercial real estate. After three years Eric decided to move into hospitality and took a position at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle. While at this property he was part of a team that was voted in the top 10 in the country on Expedia's 'Insiders Select' in 2008 and 2009. Eric moved back to Chelan in 2010 to get involved with his family business. Eric is proud to be the first of the 5th generation to be a part of Campbell's Resort and is looking forward to seeing the Chelan Valley continue to grow and evolve. Eric is also an active board member of the Washington State Lodging Association.
Angela Jacobs, Owner The Blending RoomAngela Jacobs is the owner of WineGirl Wines, LLC & The Blending Room Winery. Angela is an ambitious winemaker and entrepreneur, who plays a little roller derby in her spare time. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in Biochemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology, Angela began a world tour learning winemaking skills from renowned winemakers. Angela returned to Seattle in 2007 and licensed her first wine production site where she debuted her signature vintages of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Viognier. In 2010 after receiving an M.B.A. from the Foster School of Business, she decided it was time to put down roots, literally and figuratively when she acquired 10 acres in the hills of Manson to cultivate grapevines. Joining five generations of family from the Wenatchee and Chelan Valley, she moved her wine operations to Manson and opened her first public tasting room and production facility called The Blending Room Winery showcasing her "serious wines with a friendly attitude". As a member of the Lake Chelan Chamber Board, Angela brings a fresh and energetic perspective to the valley's businesses.
Thyra (Timi) Starkweather, Owner Fromaggio Artisian Cheese Shoppe
Timi Starkweather is a Manson business owner of Fromaggio Artisan Cheese Shoppe of three years. Timi is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Maribeth Clark, Owner Chelan Vacation Properties
Immediate Past President
Maribeth Clark and her husband Lew own My Chelan Vacation. Maribeth has been active in the local tourism industry through her involvement in vacation rentals for the past 13 years. She is also a registered nurse and has practiced at both Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Central Washington Hospital. Maribeth and Lew have lived in Chelan for over 30 years and have enjoyed raising three children and watching four grand children grow up in the beautiful Chelan Valley.
Marcela Anaya, owner Marcela's Cocina Mexicana
Marcela opened family-owned and operated Marcela's Cocina Mexicana in 2010. After an unfortunate interruption due to an electrical fire after just 10 months in business, she is happy to be back serving the Lake Chelan Valley and its visitors. She says, "there is no better place to be, the Chelan community and our customers in general have been supporting and caring beyond explanation."
Marcela is eager to give back to the business community and to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce, its operations and its members.
Aaron Evans, General Manager Lake Chelan Walmart Supercenter
Aaron Evans has been the General Manager at the Lake Chelan Walmart Supercenter since opening in 2007; prior to this he managed the Walmart Store in Pleasanton, CA for four years. He has many years in the retail industry starting out in retail in 1989, working for Hallmark Greeting Cards, and has had a 22-year career with Walmart. Aaron attended the University of Texas at El Paso, with a Major in Business Management. He has been a member of the Lake Chelan Rotary Club since 2007 and enjoys volunteering time on community projects. In off time, he spends it with his family either on the lake in the summer or snowmobiling in the winter. If elected to the board, Aaron would work hard to help improve off season growth for all businesses in the Lake Chelan Valley.
Ray and his wife Kathryn (Kelly's Resort) moved their family to Chelan in 1976 when Ray began a 20+ year career at KOZI Radio. When KOZI was sold in 1999, Ray purchased the cell phone and computer divisions that he had helped develop at KOZI and started Raycom RadioShack. After growing Raycom into five technology divisions and fourteen employees, Ray and Kathryn sold the company in 2011. Ray continues to apply his customer service and creative solution skills today with North Cascades Bank. Ray is a 30+ year member and past President of Chelan Rotary. He currently serves as the Treasurer on the board of Historic Downtown Chelan Association and sits on the City of Chelan's Planning Commission. He and Kathryn are also very involved with leadership at Little Stone Church in Chelan.