our board members

PASSIONATE ABOUT INSPIRING OTHERS
Verity Swearingen
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CHAMBER PRESIDENT | BECU

Verity came to Newcastle after graduating from WSU with a degree in Hospitality and Business Management. After working in the wine industry for several years, she switched gears to BECU; a local, member owned, not-for-profit credit union known for being more than just money. As a cooperative, BECU brings people together to improve the financial well-being of their members and their communities. Verity serves as a Sr. Program Manager for Commercial & Business Services where she is dedicated to improving the member experience with new features, products and services that businesses need to be efficient and stay competitive. Her favorite part of her role at BECU is highlighting local businesses in member focused marketing. 

Caroline Smith
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CHAMBER VICE PRESIDENT | Dataworks Consulting

Caroline Smith is the owner of Dataworks Consulting, a company that supports the technology needs of small to mid-size businesses in the Puget Sound Area. Besides calling Newcastle, WA home for the last 14 years, Dataworks is also a Certified Women Owned Business. When not working Caroline loves spending time with her family and her dog, Arlo.

Beth A. McDaniel
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CHAMBER SECRETARY | Law Offices of Beth A. McDaniel, PLLC

Beth A. McDaniel is a certified elder law attorney, as accredited by the National Elder Law Foundation. She is the principal of the Law Offices of Beth A. McDaniel, PLLC, with offices in Renton and Bellevue, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, guardianship, probate, elder law, and trust administration. Beth resides in Newcastle with her husband Tim Siebersma and their two children.

Andy Sharpe
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CHAMBER TREASURER | Coal Creek Family YMCA

Andy Sharpe has served as the Coal Creek Family YMCA Branch Executive since November 2019.  Originally from North Carolina, Andy has lived in the Puget Sound area since 2014 and has supported various YMCAs across King County.  As a lifelong non-profit professional, Andy has experience with developing community partnerships, philanthropy, and volunteer stewardship that has benefited each the communities in which he has worked.  Andy looks forward to lending this expertise to the Newcastle Chamber in the coming years.  In his free time, Andy enjoys hiking, golf and watching his Tar Heels play college basketball.

Norma McKinney
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PAST PRESIDENT | New Generations Strategies

Norma is Director of Partnerships and Alliances for New Generation Strategies, a local insurance brokerage that with expertise in the Medicare insurance portfolio of products for senior and special needs individuals.

Yvonne Gitchel
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ADMINISTRATOR | Executive Support Advantage