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Edmonds Chamber announces 2 new hires


Last updated 11/5/2018 at Noon

Chamber President Greg Urban has hired Alicia Moreno, center, and Megan Des Jardins.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it has made two hires to replace Development and Community Engagement Manager Jan Nicholas and Operations and Finance Manager Stephanie Johnstone, both who resigned on the same day in September.

“Over the years, many wonderful volunteers and staff have helped shepherd this organization along, each bestowing their own unique talents and gifts upon the chamber and community,” Chamber CEO and President Greg Urban said.

“I am very pleased to announce the newest members of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce staff and know they will bring new energy and passion into this organization and our greater community.”

Development and Community Engagement Coordinator Megan Des Jardins is a Pacific Northwest native, with degrees in both history and art history. She spent her early career heading up the contemporary art gallery Winston Wachter Fine Art in Seattle before moving to London to accept a position at the Tate Britain.

After returning to the Northwest, she worked independently with clients as an art adviser, and most recently as a project manager with Dale Chihuly Studio in Seattle.

Des Jardins volunteers her time for several nonprofit organizations locally, including the Edmonds Kiwanis Club.

Communications and Program Coordinator Alicia Moreno spent two years with AmeriCorps NCCC. She earned her master’s at the University of Washington's School of Social Work, where she concentrated in community organizing and policy and administration.

Des Jardins will oversee the major community events and festivals, work with Log Cabin Visitor Center volunteers and manage the chamber’s communications.

“As the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce approaches its 112th anniversary, we look ahead with great optimism and excitement for the coming year,” Urban said.

Personnel changes

Nicholas was named the chamber’s membership manager in September 2016. She replaced Sandra Williams, who resigned in July 2016.

Williams replaced Valerie Claypool, and began her duties in December 2014. Claypool had held her position since March 2012 and worked as a co-manager with Ailsa Kellam, who was named business and communication manager.

Claypool and Kellam’s jobs were part of a cost-cutting move for the chamber, which eliminated the position of executive Jan Vance after she had served five years.

Kellam resigned in July 2013. She had replaced Carolyn LaFave, who now is executive assistant to Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.


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