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New chamber board members elected

"The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce elected five new members to its Board of Directors June 30.Karen Busso, Quentin Tex Lewis, Jennifer Green, Shirley Casteel and Mark Keel will serve three-year terms on the board. I'm looking forward to giving back to the community, said Casteel, a Silverdale native and vice president of the Silverdale Branch of the Kitsap Mortgage Company. Casteel, a mortgage broker for 11 years, has been involved with the Military Affairs Committee during her seven years as a chamber member. She also is involved in the Kitsap Association of Realtors and the Kitsap Home Builders' Association.The community comes together in Silverdale, Casteel said. There are a lot of citizens that care about it to make it successful.Casteel will be joined by Green, a Washington native who is the director of development for the YWCA of Kitsap County. Silverdale is the major growth area (in Kitsap County), Green said. It is a leader in setting the trend of what growth might look like.Green worked for the American Red Cross in Seattle before coming to Silverdale. She is involved with the Feminist Women's Health Care Center, the Leave A Legacy Campaign and is a marketing chair for the Chamber's Summer Splendor Garden Tour. The most challenging and rewarding aspect of problem solving is becoming a problem solver, Green said.Keel is the School-to-Career Facilitator for the Central Kitsap District and recently was named Central Kitsap High School's head football coach. He managed a Black Angus Restaurant before going to work for the Central Kitsap School District. Busso, who is a chiropractor at The Chiropractors Clinic, also serves as a Chamber Ambassador. She is a member of the Kids' Day board of directors, a member of Women in Networking Generating Success and is on the Central Kitsap Vocational General Advisory Council. She donates time to help treat cowboys during Kitsap County Rodeo and volunteers for the Central Kitsap Food Bank.Lewis, a chamber member since 1989 and a board member since 1997, is the only board member who sought re-election.Everyone has been active, Lewis said. It's one of the best community based organizations in Silverdale.Lewis said one of Silverdale's biggest challenges is earn recognition despite being unincorporated.We have to work hard to get recognition in the county, Lewis said.He has participated in the Community Actions Committee, Whaling Days, Silverdale Urban Design Study, the Economic and Government Impact Committee and has served as a Chamber Ambassador. He is currently serving on the Clear Creek Task Force and on the Summer Splendor Garden Tour Committee. He was a self-employed professional engineer in Virginia, Hawaii, California and Washington and was in the Navy for 30 years."

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