Meet your SDDA Board Members & Staff

2020-2021 SDDA Board Members

SDDA Board President

Keith Chandler

Seaside Aquarium & Gifts Shop

Keith brings his energy and vast knowledge of the downtown district events. With many years of serving  on the SDDA Board

he has continued to share his time with the community and GM of the Aquarium.

SDDA Board Member

Dawn Fujiwara-Pavlik

Seaside Slushies & Dogs

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SDDA Board Treasurer

CC Wakefield

LINE-X of Clatsop County

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SDDA Board Member

Neil Dundas, Business Owner

Dundee's Bar & Grill

Car enthusiast, Beer expert and loyal Gulls fan. Neil is one of the business owners who has taken on the famous annual Seaside Car Shows. When he's not busy at the Restaurant, you can find him hanging out with his family at sporting events." 

SDDA Board Member

Kerri Lambert

Times Theatre & Public House

Kerri has worked in downtown Seaside since 2004.  When she's not working you will find her practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with her husband and two daughters.


SDDA Board Member

Samantha Urbach, Bridge Tender

Samantha and her husband own the Bridge Tender, and Broadway Mini Mart. She is a mother to two young boys who keep her on her toes. She is also on the ORLA North Coast leadership team and is a proud Journalism graduate from UNLV. In her spare time she runs “By the Sea Sanctuary,” a local rescue for farm animals.


SDDA Board Member

Jeff TerHar, Business Owner


"Looking for Seaside pictures? Then Jeff is your guy! You can always count on Jeff to give you the most up-to-date info about the local High School's sporting events as well as the Oregon Ducks. He is a successful businessman as well as one of SDDA's founding Members!" 

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SDDA Board Member

Gini Didium, Beach Drive Buccaneers

Gini is a founding member of the  Beach Drive Buccaneers, a group that has led the July 4th -5th beach cleanups since 2006 and started the monthly beach cleanups.

She has volunteered with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce and served on the Seaside Tourism Committee and both the  Seaside and Gearhart Planning Commissions. She also serves on the Oregon AAUW Executive Board. 


SDDA Board Member

Rachel Shack 

Rachel grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She's lived on the North Coast since 2018 , and currently works for locally produced 94.9 The Bridge as an Account Executive. Rachel also serves on the Sunset Empire Foundation Board, and participates in various artisan and craft markets through her hobby art company, Hirvi designs.

SDDA Executive Director

Laurie Mespelt

We welcomed Laurie back after a 5 year absence.  She brings with her 8 years of past SDDA experience as a past Director.  When she's not out and about visiting with local merchants, you can find her in the company of her grandson!

Be a part of something great!

If you are currently an SDDA member and have a drive to a part of something great, then consider joining the SDDA Board!

Board members are elected by a majority vote from other SDDA members and serve a 3-year term. We have monthly board meetings, multiple committees for you to be a part of as well as the opportunity to voice your thoughts and ideas to help increase the viability of Downtown Seaside. 

To be considered, you must be a current SDDA Member, your business located within Downtown core area (we do have some spots available for businesses located outside the core; for more details please reach out to us), and the time to dedicate yourself towards our organization. 

Elections will begin in September 2020. Announcement for Board openings. October 1st. closing of board nominations and ballots mailed out. November 1st Closing of ballots accepted.