SLU Chamber Board of Directors

 


Danah Abarr

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Danah is the founder of HPV Hope, a Seattle-based volunteer organization focused on community education and outreach for individuals affected by HPV (human papillomavirus) and HPV related cancers.  She is currently earning her Masters in Public Health  through a UC Berkeley remote program and is a proud Seattle resident.  Prior to pursuing a Masters degree Danah was the Business Development Manager for the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association; helping to connect life sciences companies in Washington state to the resources and support needed in growing their business.  Ms. Abarr also holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University.


Curt Archambault, Vice-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.


Amy Besunder

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Amy Besunder is a member of the leadership team at Compass Housing Alliance.  Her current scope of work includes managing a $5 million capital campaign that supports the development of 200+ units of affordable housing, a community resource center for people experiencing homelessness and develops and upgrades necessary infrastructure to communications and data management systems to ensure quality program delivery.  She has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector.  In addition to her work with the South Lake Union Chamber, Amy serves on the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, is a member of Ballard Rotary, and is the Sponsorship Chair for Seafood Fest.


John Carrico

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A Seattle Native, John Carrico has been heavily invested in the fitness industry since 1999. He has been a personal trainer, fitness manager, public speaker/teacher, and small business owner in the City of Seattle since 2007.  Having grown up in the northwest, he understands the value of our diversity, overall community philosophy and the culture we have created and value. It has become his passion to connect as deeply as possible with his neighborhood and give back to the community through entrepreneurism. The transition from corporate fitness to the world of small business revealed how vital a supportive network is to overall success, and the Southlake Union Chamber provides organization and guidance to that entity. As owner of Excellence Health and Fitness he is helping to create a new standard for fitness facilities and bring a holistic approach to helping people reach their personal goals.


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.


Camberly Gilmartain

Camberly Gilmartin joins the SLU Chamber Board as VP Client Services + Development at Graphica Inc, a strategic communication and branding firm that's been calling South Lake Union home since 1996.  She's amassed a myriad of design, marketing, and communication savvy on both the agency and client side during her colorful corporate journey.  You'll find her strong communication and high-level thinking skills hard at work developing successful projects and relationships.  She is passionate about helping people succeed.


Elisabeth Hamon

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Since November 2003, Elisabeth has worked as Catering Sales Manager for The Westin Seattle.  During her first four years she focused on events held at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.  Prior to the Westin she worked six years for a locally owned catering company on the North shore of Lake Union.  With this company she helped to open the Experience Music Project and planned many social and corporate events at the Paramount Theater and private homes and venues in the Northwest.  Elisabeth brings over 15 years of catering and event experience.  She joined the SLU Board in 2011 and is co-chair of the chamber events committee. Elisabeth is a native to Washington having grown up in Redmond.  She has lived her adult life in Seattle and is married with two young children, a son and daughter.


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.


Ben Reily

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.


John Savo, former Board President

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John is a Principal at NBBJ where he has been a leader in their commercial and corporate practice for the last 27 years. After serving as Principal-in-Charge of the design team for the Alley 24 Project and NBBJ’s subsequent move to the Cascade Neighborhood in 2006, John joined the Board of Directors of the South Lake Union Community Council and became co-chair of the Policy and Planning Committee. He is also on the Board of Leadership Tomorrow, chairs the Citizen Advisory Committee for Seattle University, sits on the Professional Advisory Council for the UW School of Architecture and joined the SLU Chamber Board in 2011. He served as SLU Chamber Board President in 2012.


Michelle Sievers, 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. Noelle is very involved in the neighborhood and serves on Immanuel Community Services’ Communications Committee, Rebuilding Together Seattle’s Outreach Committee, and Compass Housing Alliance's Capital Campaign Committee. She is passionate about building community and 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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Jodie King, Executive Director

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Jodie is a native Washingtonian, long-time Seattle resident, and Central Washington University alumni. Her professional experience includes serving on community relations teams for two corporate foundations within the financial community, and recently as a member of the fundraising team at the largest United Way in the world, United Way of King County.  Active in the community, Jodie demonstrates a passion for building stronger neighborhoods, supporting volunteerism and strengthening relationships within a city she is proud to call home.


Josh Watts, Part-Time Administrative Assistant

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Josh joined the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce team as a part-time administrative assistant in June 2013. Josh has served as an administrative assistant for the Belltown Business Association for the past two years. He hails from Alabama and attended college in Missouri where one of his majors was Creative Arts including Marketing and Design. He worked for an educational organization that was very involved in the local Chamber, and was able to experience from a business perspective how beneficial that involvement was. He is enthusiastic about serving on the SLU Chamber team, and looks forward to meeting members when he is out and about in South Lake Union.

Professional headshots courtesy of Lifestring Photography.