Red hair, wicked smart with a touch of sass and a heart of gold would be a good start describing the Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Shiloh spent 10 years working with Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette prior to accepting the job at the Chamber in 2013. Shiloh is excited to have the opportunity to return to the community full time and to meet the challenges of this changing organization. Shiloh likes words that start with “P” like passionate, perseverance, and purpose (oh, and peppermint candy).
With an orchardist heritage she enjoys a Common Delicious apple right off the tree, but store bought Pink Lady’s are pretty good too. “Then again, I like Johnny Golds and Honey Crisp and…,” and just about then you could see the memories start to well up.
Quote: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford. Or how about, “Never allow a person to tell you no that does not have the power to say yes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Community Development Director
Jerrilea loves the business and challenge of working at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, developing relationships and helping others. She has coordinated and facilitated the Chamber’s annual Community Leadership program for the last 16 years, one of her babies so to speak and definitely a passion. Just ask her!
Jerrilea is a member of Kiwanis and volunteers with PTO. She also ios currently serving on the City of East Wenatchee City Council. She grew up square dancing and values sleep but usually can’t fit either of those into her busy schedule. One of her favorite foods is iced coffee and that is important to know because she can easily be bribed with it. Her favorite apple is a Braeburn.
Quote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin
Visitor Services Coordinator
Sandy Appel has not only the perfect name for someone that runs the Visitor Center but she also has the perfect demeanor. Her sense of selflessness makes everyone feel welcome and admittedly it is hard to find something she doesn’t know about our area. Sandy was born in Seattle and moved into the area in 1970. She loves the four seasons, enjoys the many attractions in our Valley, and of course the many orchards, vineyards, and farms. You can find her skiing, paddling, hiking, and picking fresh fruit at Stutzmans’ Ranch anytime she has a day off. She also know a bit about our local wines. Her favorite apple is a Red Delicious but Hershey’s Kisses go a long way with her too.
Quote: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
Wenatchee Valley Sports
Matt came to us via a media background. Prior to a 24 year stint at the Wenatchee World, mostly in advertising/marketing management, Matt was KPQ Radio Sports Director for 10 years. He possesses the perfect combo of passion and background to be our sports guy. Favorite color is green and he loves to munch on hard candy. Red Delicious is his favorite choice of apple. The word he really likes: assist – powerful in sports and day to day living.
He was born in Seattle and raised on Snoqualmie Pass relocating to Wenatchee in 1976.
Favorite Quote: “I am a strong believer in the “6-P’s” – “Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.”
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Relocating in 2001 from Portland, OR the vast orchard scenery, Apple Capital Loop Trail along the Columbia River matched with the Downtown Criterium were compelling enough reasons for Jerri to stay.
Spending 10 years at Mission Ridge as the Marketing & Sales Director helped her develop a passion for this area and the businesses in it. The choice to work for the Chamber of Commerce and the team doing marketing was an easy one for Jerri.
Favorite apples – “there is not one I don’t like, is that a bad thing? Favorite color – yep, hard to choose just one of those as well but rather than risk being indecisive, I will go with red, no wait, maybe yellow.”
Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr Suess
Tess’s background in theatre performance and education fuels her passion to learn, to connect, and to develop community. Growing up in San Diego Tess felt a bit like a fish out of water and has found home in the Wenatchee Valley where she was instantly hooked by its strong sense of community, its four seasons, and its possibility for adventure.
Tess came to the Chamber from Iron Horse Brewery where she worked as the community manager and event coordinator for several years. When Tess relocated to Wenatchee, she set her sights on working with the team at the chamber in hopes to serve the residents and businesses of this valley. She feels incredibly lucky that she is now getting to do just that.
Favorite Apple: Honey Crisp—that loud crunch when you bite into it is everything!
Favorite Quote: “Strong reasons make strong actions” — William Shakespeare (my favorite!)
Soon after her son turned a year old, Rachel abandoned her yoga pants for work slacks and re-entered the workforce. Her brief stint away from work allowed her to not only enjoy new motherhood, but to also carve out time to finally complete her undergraduate degree online. This life-changing year motivated her to seek out new ways to immerse herself in the community she has been apart of since childhood.
With extensive experience in medical office settings, Rachel brings strong organizational skills as well as a deep concern for the needs of others. Working at the staff at the Chamber of Commerce has given her the opportunity to see, experience, and learn from new areas of her hometown. She enjoys being able to provide visitors and longtime Wenatchee residents alike with the scoop on the best ways to live, work and play in this incredible valley.
Favorite apple: Granny Smith—tart is the best!
Favorite quote: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” -Nelson Mandela