Chamber Board

Sandy Calicoat-President

Caliber Home Loans

Sandy Calicoat is a mortgage broker with Caliber Home Loans – her office is located in the Chamber of Commerce building.  She has been in the residential mortgage industry as a loan officer for over 20 years.  Sandy and her husband have lived in the valley for the past 15 years.  She is involved with many community activities and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Lake Chelan Rotary.  Sandy feels giving back to the community and helping the Chelan Valley businesses in whatever way the Lake Chelan Chamber can assist with or promote is very important.

Ben Williams-Vice President

Lake Chelan Winery, Wapato Point Cellars & Washington Gold Cider

Ben Williams is co-owner and CFO of two wineries, two restaurants and a hard cider business in Lake Chelan.  Prior to settling in the Chelan area, he was an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and later worked in Corporate Finance for Amazon.com inc.  Ben is a native of Spokane, and lives with his wife of 20 years, April Williams, and three teenage kids, Steven, Alexis and Benjy.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from Duke University.  Ben has been on the Lake Chelan Chamber Board for five years and is in his second year as Vice President.  He is a highly sought after Trivia Night teammate and if you challenge him to “name that tune”, he will win.

Adam Rynd-Secretary/Treasurer

Sage Vacation Rentals

Adam grew up in the Seattle area, vacationed in Chelan as a child, and made Chelan his home in 2012. After graduating from the University of Washington, Adam began a career in the software industry. He now owns and manages several successful family businesses in Central Washington with his wife Kelli, including Swim World, Sage Vacation Rentals, and Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties, the premier real estate firm in Central Washington with offices in Chelan, Brewster, and Winthrop. Adam and Kelli are very active in the community as volunteers, philanthropists, and presenting sponsors of major events including Winterfest and Jazzfest. Adam lives in Chelan and is actively involved on the boards of several business and community development organizations.

Pete Luchini

Manson Red Apple and Tamarack Tax & Consulting, LLC

Prior to her career in public accounting, Ms. Luchini worked in both academia and industry. She began her accounting career in Montana in 2004 and then worked at length for two accounting firms (one in Yakima and one in Wenatchee) until she opened her own tax practice and consulting firm in Wenatchee in 2018. She specializes in all things tax, IRS representation, and litigation support. She is Accredited in Business Valuation by the AIPCA. Ms. Luchini also runs the Manson Red Apple grocery store with her husband. She enjoys all of this as well as all the activities generated by her and her husband’s six kids at home.

Lester Cooper

Lake Chelan Rotary

Lester was born in England and immigrated to Canada in January of 1965. He and his wife Carol moved to Seattle February 1971. Lester’s work experience includes 21 years of service with PACCAR followed by a number of years working for News International and as an independent consultant in various process industries. Lester retired from General Electric as Director for International Business Development and Manufacturing Execution Systems. Lester and Carol bought their first home in Lake Chelan in 1992 and as he says gave up all “dark side rights” in April of 2005.

Lester is a past President for the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. He is also Past President for the Chelan Rotary Club and former board member for the Lake Chelan Health and Wellness Foundation. He is also a Trustee for the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Jay Witherbee

KOZI Radio

Jay Witherbee is the news director/morning host for KOZI radio.  During the three decades he has lived in Chelan, Jay has owned several businesses and has worked with the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and business community in multiple capacities, including elected city government.  Jay’s business involvement has included operations in both Chelan and Manson and he has working relationships with businesses and community members surrounding the greater Lake Chelan alley.

In the 1990s, Jay served for many years as a board member of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and was awarded Chamber Member of the Year.  During this period, he was active in establishing community events and ensuring return on investment for Chamber members.

His interest in returning to the Chamber board now reflects not just his continued passion for the greater Lake Chelan community but also his interest in seeing the community thrive for the enjoyment and needs of its year-round citizens, investors and guests.

Krysta Westmoreland

The Meat Shop

Krysta recently relocated to the Lake Chelan Valley in 2017, along with her husband Gary and their dog Nala. Upon settling they opened The Meat Shop in Chelan and haven’t been happier! Prior to The Meat Shop, Krysta worked in various marketing and event management roles for Brandeis University, The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and several non-profits in the Greater Boston Area. Krysta has thoroughly enjoyed becoming active in the community and is looking forward to becoming even more involved. When not in the shop, Krysta can be found volunteering with Rotary, supporting one of the areas many great wineries, or enjoying the outdoors.

Ryan Peterson

The Apple Cup Café

Born in Colorado, Ryan moved to Chelan when he was 8 years old and graduated from Chelan High School in 2005. He spent most of the next decade in different parts of Oregon before settling in Astoria. In Astoria he worked as an administrator for a new 50 bed drug and alcohol treatment center in the area and helped grow and expand the company for 3 years. In the winter of 2013, he and his wife moved back to Chelan to purchase the Apple Cup Café from his mother who owned the restaurant for nearly 20 years. For the last 4 years they have run the restaurant with a hands on approach, employing 30+ people year round and strengthening ties to the community wherever possible.

His goal in joining the Chamber Board is to be part of the biggest resource to local businesses, have another outlet to give back to the community and represent not only the business owners of the valley but also the employees of local businesses that make up a vast percentage of our local population.

Heather Neff

Nefarious Cellars

Heather Neff grew up 20 minutes north of Lake Chelan in Pateros and is a graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration.  She and her husband, Dean, have been in Lake Chelan since purchasing property and building their winery, Nefarious Cellars, in 2004.  Prior to her career in wine, Heather spent many years working for Alta Lake Golf Resort and brings a depth of experience in tourism and family owned business.   She has been a board member of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance since 2009 and loves the evolution of the wine industry.   Heather spends her time away from the winery with her two young boys and Dean skiing, golfing, and enjoying the beauty of the valley.

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