Up Close With Heather Stebbings

Current job: Director of Communications at the Port of Vancouver USA.

First job: Serving up ice cream at the Dairy Queen in Winsted, Conn.

Fun fact: I’ve moved back and forth across the country four times. We’ve ultimately decided that the West Coast is the best coast!

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I like to cook and really enjoy having our friends over to the house for dinner and drinks. That said, I have two kids and there are some weekends where a cozy family movie night is the best idea ever!

Favorite movie: I love classic thrillers – “Rear Window” is one I can watch again and again.

Music of choice: This usually changes with my mood, but Fleetwood Mac is my all-time favorite!

Favorite place to eat: With my new job at the Port, I’ve been able to explore Vancouver a bit more and have found some great lunch spots – NOM NOM and Sushi Mo have been two of my favorites. On the weekends, we often stay close to home and Ciao Vito is one of our go-to restaurants – they have great Italian food that reminds me of back East where I grew up.

Motto/Inspirational quote: “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

What drives you to do what you do? What gets you out of bed in the morning? I really love the energy of working on a team. That is one of the reasons I’m enjoying working at the Port – the collaboration and collegiality of the staff is outstanding!

Joanna Yorke-Payne
Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.

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