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Wert to lead downtown group

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CHELAN — A former commercial pilot and public relations expert has been chosen as the new executive director of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association, the group announced Monday.

Darci Wert, 51, assumed the post Feb. 14 and will lead the group’s effort to promote the downtown core and emphasize the preservation of the town’s historic features.

We’re pleased Darci has agreed to be our next executive director,” said Linda Van Lunsen, HDCA president. “She not only has an extensive background working with nonprofit groups, but also many other skills that will enhance our organization.”

A native of eastern Washington, Wert served as director of the Colorado-based Fantasy of Flight Foundation, a group using aviation to inspire students, and director of education for the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. She’s also done public relations for the city of Longview, served as tourism coordinator for Juneau, Alaska, and worked as a website administrator, commercial pilot and flight instructor.

For more info, call Wert at 682-4322 or visit


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