• January 2019 Member Spotlights

    December 27, 2018

    Member Spotlight: Renee Wagner of Simple Box Storage

    We believe there is a better way to move and store your things.

    Simple Box rents, sells, and moves storage containers throughout the Northwest, providing convenient and secure storage right where you need it. The company started as a senior class project in high school and now has 8 locations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

    But enough about us! Our only reason for being in business is because of the amazing people we serve. Our mission is to help people move and store their things so that they can focus on the things that matter most and the work that they do best.

    If you are moving, building or need more space, consider Simple Box at getSimpleBox.com or call 360-200-6609.​

    Board Member Spotlight: Diane Bobko of Bobko Consulting

    Diane Bobko was born and raised in Tulsa, OK, and moved to the beautiful Skagit Valley in 1986 as she followed her parents (her dad worked for Texaco Refining for 35 years).  She lives in Burlington, although she and her husband John are building a new home in Anacortes with plans to move next year! John is retired now, after spending 30 years at Boeing.  They have 2 grown boys, Brian who lives in Everett and Aaron who lives in Bellingham.  Diane and John are also proud parents of a sweet little Golden Retriever puppy who is now 21 weeks, and keeps their lives very busy!  

    Diane’s undergraduate degree is in Business/Interpersonal Communications from ORU in Tulsa.  She spent 25 years in leadership of Hospital Human Resources, beginning right after college graduation.  In 1986 she accepted the position of Director of Human Resources for United General Hospital – which is what brought her to the Valley.  She continued to support both United & Skagit Valley Hospital leading HR through the affiliation (for those of you who have been around the Valley for a while) before she was called into the ministry in 1998.  She stepped out of the Director role into a staff role while she attended Bible School, and continued on staff in a variety of roles (trainer, project coordinator, CPR/BLS Instructor) until last year….a 30 year career!  In ministry, Diane is ordained in the Assemblies of God, has been an associate pastor at several churches, and lead pastor of LIFE Church in Burlington (which closed in 2016).  She completed her master’s degree in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University in 2017, and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Family Life Assembly of God in Anacortes.  

    Diane formed her consulting business, Bobko Consulting & Training, to support various clients in the area in short term HR needs, as well as project facilitation, conflict resolution, retreat facilitation, and teaching BLS (Basic Life Support/CPR) classes. 

    Diane joined the Burlington Chamber when she was pastoring in Burlington, and immediately embraced the vision of supporting businesses in Skagit County.  She served as an Ambassador for a few years, joined the board in 2015, and served as interim CEO of the Burlington Chamber last year as we recruited for our current CEO, Peter Browning.  Diane states that “small businesses are the life-blood of the community,” and loves seeing businesses connect and support each other through the Chamber.

    Ambassador Spotlight: Kaaren Flint of Hospice of the Northwest

    Serving Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish Counties since 1989, Hospice of the Northwest is dedicated to providing compassion and dignity every moment of life. 
    The Hospice of the Northwest team consists of healthcare professionals specially trained to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses as well as the people who love them. The members of this interdisciplinary team include: physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, spiritual counselors, trained volunteers, and bereavement specialists. 
    These caring individuals make sure the hospice patients under their care have the highest quality of life possible. Wherever the patient calls home—a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home—it is the team’s job to ensure their patient’s last months, weeks, or days are lived with compassion and dignity.
    Because of our generous donors, Hospice of the Northwest is also able to provide a robust community bereavement program and a host of complementary therapies like massage, music, pet and essential oils.

    Kaaren Flint, Community Outreach and Education Specialist has been with Hospice of the Northwest since August of 2017. Kaaren is passionate about helping the community better understand hospice care and the positive impact it can have on patients and their loved ones. 
    Kaaren was born and raised in Skagit County and currently still lives in Mount Vernon with her husband of 10 years and their 2 daughters. She loves travel, is a foodie, and can be found exploring our local outdoors. 

    For more information about Hospice of the Northwest or to connect with Kaaren regarding presentations and education, contact 360-814-5550. 

    JD Boucher, Marketing/Communications Coordinator
    (360) 757-0994
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