With Meet LGMSD, we take you behind the scenes to introduce you to the folks who make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we plan to introduce you to one of the many individuals who contribute so much to La Grande Main Street, ultimately making La Grande a vibrant, stable, and beautiful place to gather, shop, eat, work, live, and play
This week, we continue our introductions with Stephanie Hansen, the Beer Festival Committee Chair.
Stephanie Hansen, the Chair of our Beer Festival event, was born in Portland and, because her father was in the military, the family traveled around some. They eventually ended up in Keating in the early 1980’s. Stephanie graduated from La Grande High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. She later received a Master’s degree from Webster University.
Her career path has been based in the military and, according to Stephanie, “the next adventure I could embark upon.” She now works for the Oregon Employment Department helping veterans find work.
Stephanie started volunteering with LGMSD in 2018 as a pourer at Beer Fest. She then obtained her liquor license so she could be a beer captain in order to learn more and be more valuable to LGMSD at Beer Fest.
When asked what she likes most about working with LGMSD, Stephanie said, “Honestly, I like the commitment.” She went on to say that she has never met a group of individuals more committed to making a great event. She singled out the people that she works with on Beer Fest who strive each year to make this a better event. She says she really loves our community and all of the entertainment around in the surrounding counties
Stephanie loves hanging out at home with her dog, her family and her friends. Her dog, a beautiful 14-year-old yellow lab, is her fur-buddy and they like to chase balls in the water, go paddle-boarding, and just go fast, enjoying the people in their lives.
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