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Chamber gains new staff member

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By Kelly LeVan

Members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will soon get to know a new personality – one with which Monitor readers are already familiar: Katy Korkos.The chamber’s new member services coordinator has spent the past year covering the county government beat at the Monitor. Now, she will help chamber members make good use of their member benefits, and keep them informed about new membership features.“I feel a strong connection with local businesspeople,” said Korkos, who owned and operated Katherine’s Restaurant in White Rock with her husband David from 1983-2006.She continued, “I feel that I can relate to them. I know what their issues and problems are. I saw the economic roller coaster effects that are magnified here, from lab layoffs and threatened layoffs, from the publicity associated with the Cerro Grande fire and from downturns in the stock market in my 23 years in business.”She said that while working in her restaurant, “I loved being part of people’s lives, the births and weddings, birthdays and memorials.”Korkos remains active in many aspects of her community, including the arts. Her fiber art pieces have shown at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, the Unitarian Church, Mesa Public Library and other locations both in and outside the county. She is currently showing at the Johnsons of Madrid Gallery and in the Capitol Building in Santa Fe.She has taught her craft at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, making wildflower quilts in collaboration with wildflower expert Terry Foxx. Korkos’ wildflower quilt will be auctioned off at the Party for PEEC April 27.“I also know the joys and satisfaction – the creative aspects of community-building,” Korkos said.She reached out in yet another medium through her work at the Monitor, which she described as a “very intense learning experience – one I took on gladly because I wanted to practice writing.”Staff at the Monitor said they greatly valued Korkos’ huge network of friends and acquaintances, and often asked her for help finding a reliable source.The community will continue to reap the rewards of Korkos’ contact list – a list she hopes to expand even more.“I hope to connect with every chamber member in the coming months,” she said, adding, “This is a great chair to sit in to learn about new businesses.”Although she belonged to the chamber for many years as a business owner, Korkos said the chamber has a variety of new programs that make it an even better deal for current members, including a website where they can post information on their goods and services, an up-to-date, online events calendar and lots of promotional opportunities, including FAN Clubs, Chamber Fest and LA Deals (online coupons).The chamber has also expanded its advocacy role since Korkos was a member, she said.The organization has advocated for the West Jemez Bypass on behalf of its members and is working with Community Development on signage and codes in the downtown area, she said.Meet Korkos – if you haven’t already – at the next FAN Club meeting, scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. April 16 at the Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square. The event is open to all chamber members and prospective members.Call the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 662-8105.