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Chamber Staff

Mike Steele

Executive Director
Mike was born and raised in Lake Chelan. He is a graduate from Pacific Lutheran University, majoring in Political Science and Business Administration. Upon his graduation Mike had the opportunity to serve in the White House as a member of the Political Affairs Team. Mike moved back to Washington State in 2006 and began work with the State Legislature as a member of the Republican Caucus staff, until coming to the Lake Chelan Chamber where he has now served as the Executive Director for over 12 years.

Mike served as a member of City Council in Chelan and is an active board for several community and business organizations including: the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation, the North Central Washington Small Business Loan Fund, The Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the Lake Chelan Rotary Club. Mike is currently serving his second term in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Claudia Shipman

Membership & Finance
Claudia grew up in Lake Chelan, graduating from Chelan High School and sequentially began her long standing career in banking for 11 years. She joined the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce in 2018 after a long break to enjoy motherhood.

She loves Lake Chelan, the community and is proud to be raising her two daughters alongside her husband in this valley.

Jill Babcock

Sales & Events
Jill is a Washington native, she grew up camping and boating in the Lake Chelan area. Her family enjoyed the valley so much they made it their permanent home in recent years.

She graduated from Bellevue College with an Associates Degree in Business Management, Certificate in Project Management and Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She found her passion for customer service in the wine industry, which is what moved her to Chelan in 2016.

Her love for the Chelan Valley through its natural beauty, hiking, boating, people, wine tasting and living the good life, helped cultivate her position to support the community, by joining the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Steiner

Director of First Impressions

Jennifer grew up visiting and camping in Lake Chelan and continued that tradition with her kids. When her children were off to college, she decided moving to the valley full time in search of sunshine and a relaxed small town pace. 

Jennifer and her spouse enjoy everything this beautiful area has to offer. A lover of wine tasting, boating and the cuisine offered in the valley. She has two adult kids, one lives in Kirkland and the other resides in New York.  Her favorite time is when family and friends come to stay. To her, a house full of people is a house full of love, fun and memories to be had. 

Ruby Garcia

Director of First Impressions


Ruby grew up in the Lake Chelan area, she had the opportunity to attend both, the Manson School District and the Lake Chelan School District, ultimately graduating as a goat from Chelan High School.

She enjoys sharing the many adventures she experienced while growing up in the area with her 2 year old son.  Skiing at Echo Valley, snowmobiling, tubing, and the endless hours spent enjoying our beautiful lake to name a few. She is grateful to be able to share with our visitors what the Lake Chelan Valley has to offer.

Eleazar Pacheco

Information Specialist 

Mike Obert

Distribution Specialist 

Joyce Lippincott

Lifetime Volunteer

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