With Meet LGMSD, we take you behind the scenes to introduce you to the folks that make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we 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 are featuring Tisha Comer, the secretary of the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival and co-planner of their VIP event.
Tisha was born in La Grande and moved with her family to Montana at age five. She landed back in La Grande to attend Eastern Oregon University, but returned to Montana upon her marriage. Tisha has had a varied career path, ranging from making donuts in the middle of the night to working for a climbing and rescue gear manufacturer. She currently works for the Circuit Court, which brought her back to La Grande two years ago. She also works for her previous employer, the Bellingham branch of GeoEngineers, evenings and weekends as needed.
When Tisha first moved back to La Grande, a co-worker suggested that she volunteer as a beer pourer for the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival to meet new people. This year, she is the Beer Fest’s secretary and co-plans the VIP event with Stephanie Hansen. Besides being closer to family, Tisha says that one of the main reasons she moved back to La Grande was to be involved with the community. Along with her contributions to Beer Fest and LGMSD, she is also a member of the Liberty Theatre Board.
Along with giving back to the community she loves, Tisha says that another highlight of being involved with LGMSD was that she was introduced to our Executive Director, Monica McLaughlin. Tisha is excited to be working with Monica and feels that Monica has been working tirelessly to revive downtown La Grande and possibly bring the Beer Fest to downtown next year
Tisha’s two children are grown, with one living in Washington, and the other just finishing their junior year of college in Pennsylvania. Most of her family live in La Grande, including her parents, both sisters, an aunt, and more. Tisha is an avid outdoor enthusiast. In the summer, she enjoys backpacking and hiking, and winter finds her skiing and snowshoeing. Her favorite indoor pursuit is reading, often losing herself in a book for hours. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining.
Tisha says the only thing missing from her life is a dog. Until she finds the perfect home to buy, she lives vicariously through the fur babies of her friends and family.
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