H aving lived in Sedro-Woolley area for most of my life, I will always love, respect, and honor the natural beauty surrounding us. While providing good-paying jobs, we can still offer a beautiful place to live. Affordable housing is essential for job growth.
My family came to the area in 1920 and through hard work enjoyed a comfortable life. My grandparents owned a shake mill; my uncles owned a logging company. That strong work ethic and sense of entrepreneurship is part of what drives me to work for a robust local economy.
With our community on the verge of a major breakthrough in manufacturing, Sedro-Woolley could once again be the major source of jobs in the area. An example is the development at the SWIFT Center, which is vital to sustainable and controlled growth, and on track to become the 21st-century leader in world-changing technology.
Forward thinking and positive action are the keys. The Chamber has been one avenue to being a part of what is new and exciting, but I would like to see plans move forward into action, such as the common library. As your Council at Large, I will work towards creating good jobs and a strong, vital community.
- Currently Executive Director of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce past 8 years
- Served on the board for the 7 years prior to accepting current position
- Self-employed 1999-2011 local insurance agent
- Prior to that employed as a marketing director for two environmental firms.
- Graduated MCL from Gonzaga University with BA in Political Science and Speech Communications
- Graduate studies in Organizational Leadership
- Leadership Skagit 2011
- President of the Community Board for Peace Health United General Medical Center
- Board Member of Skagit County Chamber Executives Directors Association and the Cascade Loop Association
- Community Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs
My family is very important to me. My mother came to the Skagit Valley with her parents and younger brother in 1920. The family homesteaded land that had been previously logged and created a place for the growing family. My grandfather, Stanley Janicki Sr., started out working in the mill in Clear Lake. When it shut down, he found a way during the depression to use the stumpage on the land to create a cedar shake business that flourished. He became a successful businessman, setting up his business on Township Street in Sedro-Woolley.
I was raised here in Sedro-Woolley. My mother and father worked for my grandfather until Dad switched to Skagit Corporation. After graduation and a brief marriage, I set out to make a living for myself and two daughters. As a single mother, I can truly appreciate the struggles many go through to raise their families. I am proud to say I did so while gaining an education for myself and making positive contributions to my community.
Meanwhile, my children grew up and became successful in their own right. My daughter Trish is a wife, mother, grandmother, and entrepreneur. Her husband Craig is a union construction operator/supervisor. Together they have raised three children, the oldest a wife and mother herself with a 6-year-old and an infant.
My daughter Bridget is a teacher, currently teaching abroad while on leave from SWHS. She was able two years ago to realize a dream of her own when she adopted two children. In her position at the bilingual school, she has helped those in the senior class submit college applications, all of which were accepted.
And there is my son, Merek who served 10 years in the Navy, meeting his lovely wife MeLissa while stationed at Pearl Harbor. They make their home in her hometown of Newton, Iowa, and have two lovely daughters.
With 3 adult children, 3 grown grandchildren and 4 younger ones who are blending with the next generation, I find plenty of motivation to want the best world possible for the coming generations.