• March 2020 Member Spotlights

    March 01, 2020
    Ambassador Spotlight: Gina Eakin of Washington Vocational Services
    My name is Gina Eakin, and I have worked for Washington Vocational Services (WVS), a non-profit vocational organization, for eight years. I am the Business Development Coordinator for WVS’s Adult Transition to Independence Center (ATTIC).  ATTIC contracts with our local school districts to provide 18-21-year-old students with vocational training. 
    As the Business Development Coordinator, I work with businesses, non-profits, and other community organizations to enable our students to experience a wide variety of work experiences in diverse settings.  
    Students complete Community Based Learning Experiences (CBLEs) that allow us to assess our students’ skills and interests at the work site and utilize local professionals to help teach the skills needed to succeed in future job placement. I enjoy working with students who have varied abilities to help them learn skills to be a valued member of society by working and volunteering in Skagit County.
    One of my current areas of focus is working on our upcoming fundraiser for ATTIC which will be held on April 25.  We are also excited to hold our first business luncheon on May 13, where local businesses will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch, learn about our program, and see video resumes of our graduating students.  I look forward to speaking with my fellow Chamber members about attending this event.
    In addition to ATTIC, WVS also has vocational contracts with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) where we are dedicated to providing outstanding quality services that result in successful community involvement and employment.  WVS believes that all people should be recognized for their abilities and contributions in the workplace and community.  
    For more information, please visit www.wvs.org.

    Board Member Spotlight: Kendra Decker of Landed Gentry Homes and Communities
    Kendra has almost two decades of Landed Gentry in her blood, and leads the sales and marketing team, where she has played a key role in shaping the ideals of Landed Gentry and sharing the unique story.  

    Kendra serves as a key member of the Landed Gentry executive team and board.  In addition, she serves as the immediate past president of the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors where she has been a dedicated board member since 2011.   Kendra is also a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and a proud graduate of the Leadership Skagit Program. 

    Landed Gentry began in 1979 as a small, family-owned real estate sales and brokerage company, founded by Kendall and Nancy Gentry. Today, Landed Gentry has grown to be a multigenerational building company and community developer in the Pacific Northwest, crafting beautiful homes and wonderful neighborhoods.

    Kendra along with her business partner (and brother) Brian Gentry lead the company today. And while the business is building homes and communities, they see it as much more — as helping people live their best life yet.

    Jointly they share in general management duties. Together, with the skilled team at Landed Gentry, they work closely with the homeowner in mind. The end result is a beautifully designed and crafted home, inside and out.

    Kendra and Brian didn't start Landed Gentry, but it's been a part of their life from its inception nearly 40 years ago, when their parents founded the company. Today they're honored to be a second-generation family-owned home builder in the Pacific Northwest. 

    As they look to the future, they continue to offer new homes and neighborhoods for active adults and families of all ages — building thoughtful and beautiful environments that can help you create wonderful memories.

    Kendra, her husband Phillip, their 9-year-old daughter Olivia and their dog Ramsey live in Edmonds.  When she’s not working, Kendra loves traveling with her family, golfing, a great glass of red wine, and the occasional CrossFit class.    

    Introducing our Marketing and Tourism Coordinator: Alyssa Pitcher
    I’m Alyssa Pitcher, the new Marketing and Tourism Coordinator for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. I’m a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in Visual Journalism and Studio Art. My focus was in photography and I learned how to shoot with both digital and film cameras. A fun fact about me: I have 7 different kinds of cameras!

    After graduating, I worked as a bakery supervisor for several years. In my spare time I enjoy hiking the beautiful pacific northwest and baking all kinds of delicious treats.  My passion, though, is photography and visual storytelling. I believe that images, layout, and design are one of the most important parts of telling a story. 

    As the Marketing and Tourism Coordinator I will be handling the event marketing, creating our chamber publications, sending weekly e-newsletters and creating the marketing materials for chamber events such as Berry Dairy Days. You will also see me at events with my camera snapping photos, one of my favorite things to do! 

    I had the pleasure of meeting some of you at the February Luncheon; I felt so welcomed, thank you! I'm excited for the opportunity to work with and get to know you all. Please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself and your business or stop by the visitors center!
    Alyssa Pitcher, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator
    (360) 757-0994