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Hermiston graduate leads Boardman chamber

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on August 22, 2018 4:39PM



Eastern Oregon native Keri Heideman was recently hired as the new Boardman Chamber of Commerce executive director.

A 2004 Hermiston High School graduate, Heideman worked in operations support and law enforcement during a four-year career with the United States Coast Guard. She now lives on a farm outside of Ione with her husband, Nathan, and two daughters.

Heideman said she really likes the Boardman community and the direction it’s going. In addition, she’s enthusiastic about its growth and possibilities.

“There are so many things coming to Boardman and I’m excited being a part of helping that happen,” she said. “I have a lot of energy.”

The chamber, Heideman said, assists with the growth of the community. In addition to attracting new businesses, it provides support for current businesses. Also, she said, an important aspect of the chamber is to highlight existing programs and other resources in the area.

“There are a lot of educational opportunities with Blue Mountain Community College,” Heideman said. “Also, there are a ton of jobs at the port.”

There are numerous agriculture-related classes and educational support that focuses on technology and industry that are specific to the area, she said. Part of the chamber’s role, Heideman said, is to shine a spotlight on those resources.

Heideman most recently worked as code compliance officer with the city of Boardman. In addition, she worked part-time as a lifeguard at the Boardman Pool and Recreation Center. Also, she’s a reserve sergeant with the Boardman Police Department. She has served as a law enforcement reserve for 10 years with several agencies, including in Boardman, Umatilla and the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

For a chance to meet Heideman, as well as local first responders, attend the Boardman Chamber Night Out. The free event is Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5-8 p.m. at Boardman City Park, located between Boardman Avenue and Park Place.

For more information,, contact Heideman at 541-481-3014 or keri@boardmanchamber.org.


Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539


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