Women in Business
Welcome to our Women in Business special section. We hope you find the information instrumental for not only your business but also your life as a whole. For advertising please contact Hazel Borden at 425-334-9252 Publisher Desiree Cahoon Editor Pam Stevens Special Supplements Hazel Borden Art Director Shane Kantzer Graphic Designers Heather Ream & Kelcey Hatch Office Manager Nancy Shields Office Assistant Michelle Templeton
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within the Lake Stevens community BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR â€œWomen bring a positive, can-do, attitude into the workplace,â€? Desiree Cahoon, Publisher of the Lake Stevens Journal said. â€œMany have a genuine passion for the work they are investing their time and often their own money into. I enjoy working with women because they are organized, even when they feel overwhelmed; they are able to multi-task and handle just about any situation.â€? The women on our front cover are no exception. It takes a village to keep a community going and this elite group of women, among many others living and working within the community, are making a difference each and every day. Many have heard their names, but most may not know their faces or the reasons they do what they do. Each of them has a passion for their work and a love of the Lake Stevens community. Lake Stevens City Administrator Jan Berg, has worked for the City of Lake Stevens since 1997. She got her start in government working for the State of Washington for six years and then moved on to the City of Marysville. She is now a prominent leader in the Lake Stevens community.
Her fatherâ€™s example throughout her life sparked her interest in community work. â€œGrowing up my dad worked in local government working his way through the Seattle Police Department all the way to Chief of Police in Mount Vernon,â€? Berg said.Â â€œI saw how being involved in the local community you could make a difference.â€?Â Â Over the past eight years, Berg has jumped into our community with both feet and has seen how people in Lake Stevens come together for the good of their friends and neighbors. â€œI have never seen a community so involved and dedicated as the citizens of the Lake Stevensâ€™ community.Â The service clubs, non-profit groups, volunteers and neighbors working together for the better-
ment of the citizens,â€? she said. â€œI am very lucky and proud to have the opportunity to work alongside many amazing people.â€? Spending time with her daughter is an important part of Bergâ€™s life and she feels that Lake Stevens residents understand the importance of family. â€œI have been extremely lucky to work in an environment that values family and am able to spend quality time with my daughter,â€? she said. A 25-year veteran of the Lake Stevens School District, Community Relations Director Arlene Hulten has seen much growth and innumerable changes within the school district and the community. For Hulten, her work is about keeping
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Dear Community Readers, As Publisher of the Lake Stevens Journal, Iâ€™m proud to recognize the women who contribute to the success of producing a weekly newspaper. From gathering and writing the news, selling advertising, billing customers, answering telephones and e-mails, inserting special supplements, these women are a dynamic force in our work place. I couldnâ€™t ask for a more competent group of women to be associated with. They take pride in their work and the product we produce every week. It is because of this we can deliver a reliable source of community news, events, sports and provide local businesses an excellent vehicle where over 50,000 readers see their message. Thank you ladies for being part of your hometown newspaper. I salute you. I would also like to recognize Shane Kantzer. Although Shane is not a woman he has endured 13 years with mostly women. Most mere mortal men could never achieve such a feat. Publisher/President
Pam Stevens Managing Editor
Nancy Shields Office Manager Accounts Rec.
Michelle Templeton Front Desk/Calendar
Hazel Borden Advertising
Patsy Nelson Inserts/Distribution
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Women in Business
WOMEN FROM PAGE 2 citizens informed about what is happening within their school district. â€œIn my role I strive to keep open communications with our community about the students, staff and programs in our schools,â€™ Hulten said. â€œI strive to invite the community into our schools to use the facilities that truly belong to them.Â Events such as the Dickens Fair and the District wide Volunteer Celebration are such examples.Â Our facilities are available to the c o m munity and non- profits to use at reasonable rates and are booked throughout the year.Â Two-way open communication about our schools is always my first goal.Â I strive to inform and involve the community in our school district.â€? Working in a growing community and within a school district, it is evident that it takes many to keep a community growing and moving forward, Hulten points out.Â â€œAs the saying goes, it takes a village,â€? she said. â€œOur community enjoys a balance of dedicated women and men (students too) that are dedicated to the success of our community as a whole which includes schools, civic organizations, business and non-profit organizations.Â Balance is the key to the success and the women in these
roles speak by their actions and deeds, which is a huge asset to the success of our community.â€? In her spare time, Hulten enjoys volunteering for many organizations in the Snohomish County School Public Relations Co-Op and she is currently the PresidentElect of the Washington State Public Re-
owned shops. In their place we now have large corporate operated â€˜box storesâ€™. Convenient for the consumer but it changes the flavor of the community at large.â€? The Lake Stevens Journal has existed through a half-century of progression within the Lake Stevens community and has always been a fundamental source of information to the citizens living within the city.
direct mailed every week, allowing businesses to advertise in a reputable and reliable newspaper for pennies on the dollar,â€? she said. â€œIt is our duty as a local newspaper to keep our readers up to date on local business affairs, including churches and non-profit organizations.â€? T h e Journal also provides Lake Stevens residents a place to share their talents within their own hometown. â€œAs a local business the majority of our staff live in Lake Stevens and/or Granite Falls. We provide a venue for local writers/photographers to get their stories or photos in print or online,â€? Cahoon said. â€œThe Lake Stevens Journal will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Iâ€™ve been truly blessed to spend the last 27 years with the Journal. I am so thankful to have a great staff, thousands of loyal readers and a business community that believes in their hometown newspaper. Because of you the Lake Stevens Journal has become the leader in local news, in print and online.â€? Diana Jackson, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Lake Stevens has a featured article on page 7 of this special section.Â
esir v i e t , i D c s o a p â€? n , a e do, attitu ng plac k i r o r w e b h t d o t e n i n e m o lations Association, among other positions within the community. She also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and golfing. Desiree Cahoon is the Publisher of the Lake Stevens Journal and has seen many changes within the community since starting her career her at the Journal. â€œOver the last 25 years business has certainly changed in Lake Stevens,â€? Cahoon said. â€œI remember when we use to have a pharmacy downtown where the library sits today. For many years there was only one major market in Frontier Village. Originally known as the B&M. (Iâ€™m not kidding.) The market was named after the owners, Boggs and McLean. It wasnâ€™t until the late 1980â€™s that B&M became Safeway. The biggest change to our business community is the loss of smaller, locally
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