In the upcoming weeks, La Grande Main Street will take you behind the scenes and introduce you to the folks that make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we will feature one of the many individuals who contribute so much to La Grande Main Street, ultimately making La Grande a vibrant, stable, beautiful place to gather, shop, eat, work, live, and play.
This week, we will start off with the President of our Board of Directors, Mary Ann Miesner.
If you have spent any time around La Grande, you have probably heard of Mary Ann Miesner. She has been an active booster and contributor to our community in many and varied roles since she landed here in the 1970s.
Having served on our Board since 2009, Mary Ann is currently the Board’s new President. Over the years, she has spent countless hours working with groups of enthusiastic volunteers on different projects including Safe Trick or Treat for Halloween, the Holiday Parade, Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, Crazy Days, and flower baskets, just to name a few.
In her capacity as Board President, Mary Ann looks forward to continuing to contribute to La Grande’s growth and success. She is a semi-retired computer instructor for the Training & Employment Consortium, and brings multiple skill sets to her role with La Grande Main Street.
Throughout her years of community involvement and service, Mary Ann has received many accolades, the latest of which is the Leadership on Main Award from Oregon Main Street’s “Excellence on Main” awards given out at the annual Main Street conference in October of 2022.
Mary Ann also is a member of the La Grande City Council, Position 4. In addition to serving her community, she loves gathering with her family, reading mysteries, and keeping the Timber Cruisers classic car club organized.
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