SLU Chamber Board of Directors

 


Curt Archambault, President

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Curt Archambault, Vice-President of People and Performance Strategies, brings a real world perspective that connects with clients and participants in a way that motivates them to take the steps necessary to improve performance. Curt has spent over 30 years in the training and hospitality industry where his career started in operations. He has fulfilled every role from entry level employee to corporate training and development manager playing a key role in developing and implementing performance-improvement projects.  Along with his wife Carla, he became a resident of the South Lake Union neighborhood in April of 2007 and has watched as the neighborhood has grown over the past 5 years. As a resident and small business owner in the neighborhood, he knows it is important to take an active role in the community.He is the chairperson for the Neighbors of South Lake Union Park group working to promote the value of the park to the surrounding neighborhoods.


Matthew Curry

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Matt is a longtime Seattle resident who grew up on Queen Anne Hill. He is the Research Operation Manager for UW Medicine at South Lake Union, where he supports over 40 basic science research labs and administrative offices for the School of Medicine, with a site population of over 1200 people. Matt brings background in media, public affairs and government relations outreach to his work on Chamber initiatives. He looks for areas of shared interest among the life sciences entities in the neighborhood and the independent businesses that make SLU a vibrant place to work and live.


Rhonda Curry

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Rhonda Curry serves as the Director of Communications and Government Relations at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the nation’s pre-eminent research organizations. Curry is responsible for overseeing classic corporate communications functions, including media relations, public relations, community outreach and governmental relations. She joined Fred Hutch’s Communications team in November of 2013. Prior to this role, Curry held administrative positions in acute care health delivery systems for over a decade. She joined the Hutch from PeaceHealth’s Northwest Network, where she was Regional Director of Communications. Previous to that she was the executive lead for Olympic Medical Center’s affiliate relationship with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the cancer treatment arm of Fred Hutch, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s. Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and a Masters in Communication from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Her interests outside of work revolve around the Seattle Seahawks, shoe procurement, wine tasting and enjoying large raucous family dinners – not necessarily in that order.


Britta Hendren

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Britta is Private Dining Coordinator and Concierge Liaison for Tom Douglas Restaurants. The South Lake Union business Britta represents is Chamber member Cuoco, a Tom Douglas restaurant. Britta enjoys sharing all the creative and delicious aspects the company offers.  A proud member of the SLU Chamber Events Committee, Britta is a hospitality industry veteran with an emphasis on catering sales in Seattle. Her previous employers include Four Seasons, Ray’s Boathouse and Cameron Catering. She enjoys building ongoing relationships within the corporate and non-profit communities.  Originally from Virginia, she lives in Magnolia with her husband and three sons.


Renee Klein, Treasurer

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Renee Klein is President & CEO of the American Lung Association (ALA) of the Mountain Pacific, a 7-state public health organization that fights for clean air, helps eliminate the crippling addiction of tobacco, and supports those with lung disease.  In this role she oversees a staff of 30 working in public health programs, advocacy, and fundraising for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming.  She also serves on the 10-person Executive Leadership Team of the nationwide American Lung Association. Previously Renee had a long career in corporate America in communications and marketing roles and ran a successful consulting practice for more than a decade. Renee has served on many community, economic development and nonprofit boards. She is eager to support the SLU Chamber and help continue the neighborhood’s growth and sustainability.  She and her husband have been thoroughly delighted South Lake Union residents since June 2012, and their hound dog Cooper joined them as a SLU resident in December 2012.


Kim Leggett

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Kim is the Branch Manager of Salal Credit Union’s South Lake Union branch. Kim has been with Salal Credit Union for five years. She was the Assistant Manager at Salal’s Bellevue branch before her recent promotion to Branch Manager here in SLU. She has 20 years experience in the credit union industry. Kim has been actively involved in fundraising for Health Point, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Her passion for fitness prompted her to join Salal’s Wellness program, where she is instrumental in supporting her colleagues as they make lifestyle choices and set achievable goals for sustainable, healthy lives. Kim joined the South Lake Union Board in 2012 and serves on the Finance and Membership Committees.


Erika Melroy

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Erika Melroy oversees Recology CleanScapes’ government affairs and community investments and partnerships with current cities. Prior to joining Recology CleanScapes, Erika worked for elected officials at all levels of government and most recently with non-profits and local government to improve organizational operations. In addition to the South Lake Union Chamber Board, she serves on the Boards of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, and is a United Way of King County Public Policy Impact Council member and a Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Steering Committee member. Erika lives in Madrona with her husband and two French Bulldogs, Oscar and Felix.


Huy Nguyen

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Huy Nguyen was born and raised in Vietnam. He moved to Seattle WA to embark on a new journey where he discovered his passion in helping individuals and small businesses reach their financial goals through strategic planning. With over 7 years of experience in the banking industry, Huy joined Umpqua Bank, South Lake Union store in 2012. Since then, Huy has been actively volunteered and partnered up with many local organizations including the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, Immanuel Community Services, Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Seattle office, YouthCare, and Compass Housing Alliance. Huy joined the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2014 and presently serves on the Event Committees. As a board member, he is ecstatic to share his desire to build resilient neighborhoods through establishing sincere relationships with community members and local business owners.  


Ben Reilly

Ben is the Branch Manager of US Bank's South Lake Union Branch.  Ben has been with US Bank for just over a year, when he decied to join the Bank's South Lake Union Team and move his growing family from Issaquah to the fastest growing neighborhood in the Northwest.  Prior to US Bank, Ben was an Executive Team Leader with Target in Factoria, Bellevue.  Ben has been actively involved in fundraising for Home Team Harvest and Make-A-Wish, and is an active proponent of the Small Business Community in South Lake Union.  His transition into the financial industry has hinged critically on proactive outreach, business advocacy, and community volunteerism. Ben joined the South Lake Union Chamber Board in 2013 and serves on the Membership and Marketing Committees.


Tyler Roush

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Tyler is Communications Manager of Compass Housing Alliance, which develops affordable housing, shelter and support services for homeless and low-income people in the Puget Sound region. The agency’s newest development, Compass on Dexter, provides 72 units of permanent, supportive housing for formerly homeless families and low-income individuals in South Lake Union. A lifelong communications professional with a background in journalism, photography and graphic design, Tyler brings his skills to the Chamber’s Marketing Committee. He lives in Broadview with his wife Jen and their dogs Anubis and Rhea.


Michelle Sievers, Immediate Past President

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Michelle is currently the Community Relations Manager at PEMCO Insurance, headquartered in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Michelle is responsible for engaging employees in volunteer efforts that support our Northwest communities where we live, work, learn and play. She also represents PEMCO in the greater community through a variety of outreach efforts and corporate events. She joined the SLU Chamber Board in 2011 and serves on the Executive Committee and the Marketing Committee. A graduate from the University of Washington, Michelle is active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Union and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Business Week (a.k.a. Foundation for Private Enterprise Education) as Vice Chair of Volunteers.


Noelle Smithhart, Secretary

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Noelle works in Marketing for Vulcan Real Estate, where she has worked since 2005. She is stationed out of the South Lake Union Discovery Center. Noelle is very involved in the neighborhood and serves on Immanuel Community Services Board of Directors, the South Lake Union Art Walk commiittee, and has served on Compass Housing Alliance's Capital Campaign Committee. She is passionate about building community and connecting people. She loves to be a resource on all things SLU. She is a Seattle area native and has been a resident of South Lake Union since 2008. Noelle is involved in the greater community through volunteerism and was recognized as Seattle Works Volunteer of the Year in 2007, and the SLU Chamber's Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She loves to travel and write.


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Danah Abarr, Interim Executive Director

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Danah Abarr is the Founder and President of HPV Hope, a Seattle based nonprofit focused on providing support, education and resources around HPV and HPV related cancers. Danah has been an active member of the SLU Chamber since 2011 and served a 3 year term on its Board of Directors. She enjoys meeting new people and identifying mutually beneficial opportunities for companies and individuals looking to connect. Danah holds a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley and is a passionate supporter of the SLU community and the great work being done by Chamber Members. Her interests outside of work include cheering for the Seahawks, outdoor adventures and playing with her beloved dog, Fawn.  


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