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After interviewing several qualified candidates we have hired a new Executive Director!

As sad as we are to have our founding Exec. Dir. Vickie Chambers retire, we’re excited to welcome Rainy Simpson to the position!

Happily Vickie will continue on to help with the transition, and make introductions of Rainy to our community.

After interviews our board felt Rainy was the best choice. Her life experience, understanding of our mission and the profound impact we have in our community (as a state supported historic Main Street town), seem made for a great fit.

Rainy spent much of her childhood visiting family in Coupeville and why she and her husband decided to move their own family here several years ago. Her husband works at Whidbey Health and their children attend Coupeville schools. Active in many aspects through fellow non-profits in our community, Rainy is especially proud of her work in our local schools, mental health and equality.

We thank our board members who lead the search and interviews for this very important position.

A few words from Vickie

Leaving after 10 years as Exec. Director of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront, I am so pleased to be able to transfer the office keys to someone able to maintain our unique district while developing new relationships and programs.  Rainy will join a full board of experienced, passionate members, and well-developed committees to carry on.

Our members are the best and I know they will work hard to make Rainy feel welcome and supported.

There’s so many to thank. Each of our members, partnering organizations, community leaders and citizens have helped to make CHWA the strong Main Street program it has become. CHWA represents a wide variety of interest and passions through our mission, and everyone’s participation has allowed us to focus on what is important and vital for our historic community’s well-being. 

It has been my honor and great joy to be a part of this Association.

  • Well, she’s hardly “..Outta Here!” – As we mentioned, Vickie will be helping with the transition and also the annual events we’re able to hold over the next year. She’ll be making introductions, happily on call, and of course we can always zip down to see her (through the summer and fall) and have a hot-dog when she’s working at her other job, Coupe’s Last Stand hot-dog stand!
  • Congratulations to Vickie’s husband, Randy, and their family! You’ll have much more time together and we promise to only borrow her now and then.

Rainy and Vickie – July 2021 – Two happy people who have the back of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association and our great community!