Say 'Hello' to the Team!
Director of Member Services, Steve Owens
Steve has had an interesting career prior to joining the Chamber. He previously worked in B2B marketing, communication and sales with Coffey Communications. He has been in Walla Walla for the last 15 years. Earlier in his career, Steve was a television sports producer with KOMO Television in Seattle.
Manager/Marketing Operations, Marissa Miller
Marissa wears many hats at the Chamber, handling both Communications/Marketing and the Plan Center Coordinator. She spends most of her time managing the Chamber's day-to-day marketing and communication needs, as well as creating and maintaining new marketing campaigns and overseeing various projects within the organization. She also likes to dabble in graphic design.
A graduate of Walla Walla Community College, Marissa majored in Business, was active in Phi Beta Lambda and has an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Business and Management.
Born and raised in Eastern Oregon, Marissa relocated to Walla Walla to go back to school and fell in love with the beauty of the Walla Walla Valley. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, completing DIY projects around her home, fishing, hiking, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and spending time with her other half and their house full of rescue animals.
Office Manager, Tawnya Richards
I find my job in my very complex family: 53 foster children, 2 biological children (still at home, 1 in college and 1 a Junior in High School), 5 horses, 3 French Bulldogs, 1 Lab/Collie mix, 1 American Cream Draft horse, 3 miniature donkey’s, 10 rabbits (sometimes up to 100) and a Camel named Izzy the Camel, who joined the family when, while at a Horse expo in Boise, we ran across a Camel for sale. My husband Mickey said, “We don’t have a camel, it must be a sign.” This sort of thinking did not immediately appeal to my mildly OCD, logical, analytical side (after all, I do love being a bookkeeper), but all is well after 8 years later, Izzy is truly a LARGE part of our family and a big hit on the local celebrity appearance circuit from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He has also appeared in 2 TV series.
Through all of this blessed chaos, I have learned that life does not always need to be planned and executed. Sometimes you have to lean back and enjoy the ride, as Mickey and I like to do on frequent weekend rides on our motorcycle…when we’re not travel to appearances with Izzy the Camel, having a litter of Frenchies, or feeding our small family varying from day to day..