our board members

PASSIONATE ABOUT INSPIRING OTHERS
Karin Blakley

CHAMBER PRESIDENT | Waddell & Reed

Karin Frost Blakley is a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Accredited Asset Manager Specialist designations. She has served as President of the Newcastle Chamber for two years, as a Newcastle Planning Commissioner for over eight years, and has resided in the Newcastle area with her two sons since 1993.  Waddell & Reed and the Newcastle Chamber are unaffiliated.  

Mark Hutcheson

CHAMBER VICE PRESIDENT | Homestreet Bank

Mark Hutcheson is the Vice President, Branch Manager for HomeStreet Bank’s Newcastle office.  Mark’s background includes management roles in the industrial and service sectors, where he gained an appreciation for the challenges faced by small business owners.

Dani Hastings

CHAMBER SECRETARY | Coal Creek YMCA

Dani moved from Iowa to Washington in 2012 to pursue her graduate degree at the University of Washington. She has worked for the Coal Creek Family YMCA since 2014 and loves working in the Newcastle community. 

Amy George

CHAMBER TREASURER | Curriculum Writer & Educator

Amy George is a Curriculum Writer and Educator with experience in K-12 classroom teaching, curriculum development, and professional teacher training. She served as Hazelwood Elementary PTSA President for two years and is currently the Content Coordinator for Newcastle Living magazine. "Getting involved in the Chamber has been a great way to stay connected as a home-based business and serve my local community.”

Norma McKinney

AT-LARGE MEMBER | 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.

Verity Swearingen

AT-LARGE MEMBER | 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 moved over to BECU, a member owned and not-for-profit credit union that puts people over profit.

Clare Vellek

AT LARGE MEMBER | Realtor®

As a Realtor®, I have discovered not many people know where Newcastle is and how close it is to major shopping and business districts... not to mention our own. As a Newcastle Chamber board member, I want to help build Newcastle's presence showing it is a viable resource for the surrounding communities.

Yvonne Gitchel

ADMINISTRATOR | Executive Support Advantage

Contact

6947 Coal Creek Pkwy SE #150

Newcastle, WA 98059

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Tel: 425-316-9964

info@newcastle-chamber.org

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