This past week, we honored our third group of young leaders in North Central Washington and it is an impressive, energetic group.
Our Wenatchee Valley Business World publication sponsors the "30 Under 35" award. We solicit nominations from businesses and others in the community to help us recognize outstanding young leaders. Last Thursday, the 2013 honorees gathered at our production facility on 9th Street for some beverages and networking. We also printed copies of a publication devoted to this group of individuals that will show up in the next edition of our Business World magazine.
Last year's group changed the course of the Wenatchee School District by interviewing about 40 businesses and producing a report that showed how the schools could connect students with businesses in meaningful ways. That led to a decision by the Wenatchee School Board to hire a coordinator to develop business partnerships and build a more effective community volunteer effort in the schools. Diana Haglund, formerly of Central Washington University, was hired for that position recently. It shows what is possible when we tap into the talents of younger leaders.
This year's group is full of accomplished, dedicated young leaders.
It includes: Kelsey Mehelich, owner of Dilly Deli restaurant; Braden Draggoo, New York Life Insurance; Matthew Hepner, an electrician at Schmitt Electric; Soccoro Yanez, a Mission View Elementary teacher; Arianna Cozart, a principal at Cozart Moreau Law Firm; Jay Zimmerman, marketing analyst at Crunch Pak; Nick Lofing, Davis Arneil Law Firm; Kathryn Stevens, owner at Atlas and Elia Photography; Lacy Bennett, office manager at Alpine Valley Wellness Center; Nate Kansky, sales and advertising manager at Sav Mart; Edwin Eaton, district sales manager for York Building Services; Nicole Conner, owner of Nicole Conner Photography; Jennifer Higgins, a therapist at SAGE social service agency; Tiffany Mauswer, a clerk at Valley Tractor and Equipment; Kyle Strong, vice president at North Cascades National Bank.
Also, Tom Campbell, food and beverage director at Campbell's Resort; Michael Everson, director of communications and technology at The World; Chris Willett, quality control and packaging manager at ENZA; David Visser, attorney at Overcast Law Office; Kelly Cordell-Stine, wildlife biologist and Chelan Public Utility District; Hanne Beener, stewardship assistant at the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust; Shawn Arington, pastor at Lighthouse Ministries; Tyce Thomas, project manager at Blodgett construction; Beth Bratton, partners at Woods and Brangwin Law Firm; David Yonaka, owner of Cashmere Auto Repair and Service; Cara Hackenmiller, a founder of Joyful Scholars Montessori Elementary; Chelsea Ewer, marketing and sales at Weinstein Beverage; Chris Ewer, vice president of equipment leasing at Cashmere Valley Bank; Hana Butler, experiential programs coordinator at Chelan County Extension and Kayla Van Winkle, patient services manager at Confluence Health.
This is a talented group of young leaders who are devoted to not only their work but also making North Central Washington a better place. If you see them on the street, please give them a pat on the back for a job well done.
With leaders of this caliber, the future of North Central Washington will be in good hands, indeed.