Meet your SDDA Board Members & Staff

2022-2023 SDDA Board Members
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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 Vice President

Dawn Fujiwara-Pavlik

Seaside Slushies & Dogs 

BAMM! Promotional Products

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SDDA Board Treasurer

CC Wakefield

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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

Zach Poole

Pig 'N Pancake

SDDA Board Secretary

Rachel Schack

94.9 The Bridge 

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 Board Member

Melissa Ousley

Sunset Empire Park & Recreation

SDDA Board Member

Ashley Swenson

The Hillcrest Inn

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!

SDDA Administrative Assistant

Kerri Lambert

Kerri has worked in downtown Seaside since 2004.  

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.