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Staff changes abound at Valley Record

SNOQUALMIE - A familiar voice to many in the local retail community for the past few years, former Snoqualmie Valley Record advertising assistant Leesa McKay has been promoted to advertising manager, making her the new "old" face of the newspaper's advertising department.

"Leesa has been with us for over three years now and knows our customer base pretty well," said Valley Record Publisher Jim McKiernan. "The one thing we have been lacking is stability in the sales position, and I believe Leesa will bring that stability. She honestly cares about our advertisers. By promoting Leesa into the position, it will be a smooth transition for both our advertisers and the newspaper operation."

McKay, who has also owned her own graphic design company for the past six years, worked part time as the advertising assistant, developing relationships with many customers over the phone, but rarely having the opportunity to meet with them in person.

With former advertising manager Shannon Meyers' departure in early October, McKay was promoted to the management role.

"I'm excited about it," she said, adding that customers can expect the same - if not extra - service.

Born in Seattle and raised in Carnation, McKay, who pronounces her first name exactly as it's spelled - "Leesa," with no "z" sound - moved to Seattle at age 16, only to return to the Valley in 2001, settling in Snoqualmie with husband Doug and her two children from a previous marriage.

With two young children, McKay was reluctant to devote full-time duties to work. Noticing a classified advertisement for part-time work at the newspaper in 2002, she decided that the position would be a great way to use her customer service experience and design knowledge.

"It turned out to be a really cool job," she said.

McKay expanded her role, writing a column titled "Leesa's Craft Corner" for the Record's Valley Living publication from 2003 to 2004. She also assumed management responsibilities at various points. However, McKay wanted to wait until her children were older to pursue the position full time.

With her daughter Olivia, 11, and son Russell, 12, now in middle school, McKay jumped at the management position when it became available the end of September.

In this new role, McKay expressed her eagerness to meet new people and promised long-term commitment to those who have been through the high turn-over rate of the position in the past.

McKay said she enjoys working with customers and has no plans to leave the position or the Valley anytime soon.

She looks forward to providing a face to those she has communicated with over the phone throughout the years, as well as meeting many new faces herself.

Though the role will have increased responsibility, McKay is ready for the challenge.

"I just want people to know that I'm there to support Valley businesses and help them grow," McKay said.

Adrienne Turley, a longtime Valley resident who currently lives in Fall City, was recently hired for the advertising assistant position. She graduated from Skagit Valley College with a special emphasis in journalism. She also attended Washington State University and Montana State University before graduating from the Seattle Arts Institute with a degree in visual communication in the top 2 percent of her class.

She has a grown daughter living in Duvall and three grandchildren.

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