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Chamber welcomes new events coordinator
NAU student and chamber intern Alicia Raecke holds position on interim basis

Alicia Raecke is the new events coordinator at the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Alicia Raecke is the new events coordinator at the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Ryan Williams/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - If you have visited the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce recently you might have noticed a new face gracing the halls with her presence. Northern Arizona University (NAU) senior Alicia Raecke began earlier this summer as an intern and has just been named interim events coordinator.

"I'm going to school for graphic design, but it works perfectly with this job because I can promote all the events that I'm planning, create ads, and gain experience in project management," said Raecke.

Raecke is a student at NAU and is on track to graduate in May. She is originally from southern California but moved to Payson, Ariz. with her family when she was in high school. She worked previously in retail at Lady Footlocker for the past couple years but is elated to now work for the chamber as an intern and interim events coordinator using her skills and knowledge gained at NAU.

"I was working retail all the way up until this position, but I knew that I need to get on the ball as far as intern work and doing something that is directed towards and related to what I want to do," Raecke said. "I got really lucky, it's been great working here."

Once she completes her coursework and receives her degree, Raecke said she hopes to become the permanent events coordinator and then possibly move to Williams; she currently lives in Flagstaff. During the school year, Raecke works approximately 20 hours a week at the chamber plus evenings and weekends when necessary if an event is going on.

"It's worked out great, I'm getting a lot of portfolio work, ads left and right, and I get to practice doing what I love to do," Raecke said.

Raecke designs the advertisements for chamber events and other happenings in and around Williams. She just recently put together the flyers, applications, and tickets for the annual Taste of Williams event being held Sept. 29 at Bearizona Wildlife Park.

"We got lucky, we did," said Gioia Goodrum, president and CEO of the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. "She's a great addition to our team, we're really happy to have her. She's very conscientious, hard working, organized and helpful."

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