Staff

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Jenny Rojanasthien

Executive Director

Jenny’s strengths as an effective leader come from years of experience in retail operations management, including retailers in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Before Jenny ventured into the non-profit world, Jenny served as the Store Team Leader for Target where she oversaw a team of over 100 employees and 19 million in sales. She made the transition from private sector to non-profit after falling in love with the Wenatchee Valley. Before GWATA, Jenny was the Operations and Marketing Manager for Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee. Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Washington State University. Jenny met her husband at his family restaurant, which they now own together. She is scary passionate about traveling, pad thai… and cats.
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Becca Freimuth

Marketing & Events Coordinator

After graduating from Western Washington University with a journalism degree, Becca moved back to Wenatchee and got involved with the tech and business scene. She brings a unique set of skills and experience to the team that is driven by her passion for creative marketing and visual media. Born and raised in Wenatchee, Becca has enjoyed seeing the Valley grow and evolve over the years. You can catch her attempting to be good at trivia at a local bar or binging too much Netflix with her dog at home.

Board of Directors

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Ron Brown

President

Ron has been the passionate leader of the GWATA board since January 2017. Ron believes that the right education is the key to our regions continued success and will continue to foster relationships between our K-20 education institutions and the private/non-profit sectors through his work with GWATA and as an administrator for Wenatchee Public Schools. He has his superintendent of education credentials and principal credentials through Washington State University and his BaED and MaED in Education from Eastern Washington University. Ron’s greatest accomplishments are his family and his marriage.  Ron has been married to Taunya for over 25 years and they have three children currently attending college.
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Stacy Luckensmeyer

Vice President

Stacy has been involved with entrepreneurship in the region since 1998, first as the owner of her own small businesses and then with a focus on working with other businesses to help them grow.  She currently oversees Wenatchee Valley College’s Center for Entrepreneurship and has been with the GWATA board for over four years.  She and her husband of 22 years recently returned from their first ever real vacation and are in agreement that another one just might be in their future.
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Scott Ptolemy

Secretary/Treasurer

Scott is an owner at Web Guides Marketing who partners with small and medium-sized businesses to optimize their digital footprint, grow website traffic, improve revenue, and streamline marketing efforts. Scott is an ecommerce and online advertising expert who, previous to Web Guides Marketing, helped grow a startup from less than 10 employees to over 70 during his tenure. In his spare time you kind find him skiing up at Mission Ridge or riding his mountain bike in the Wenatchee foothills.
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Renee Parkins

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society
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Rodney Dye

Stemilt Growers
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Robert Pageler

Confluence Health
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Pete Phillips

North Central ESD

Board of Advisors

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Bert Holeton

The Mastermind Group
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Jenny Rickel

Native Network
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Jim Huffman

Port of Douglas County
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Dan Paquette

Key Methods
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Laura Jaecks

Port of Chelan County
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Lisa Karstetter

Microsoft

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