June 2018

Boston Marathon No Match for Chelan Fresh Employee


Our Chelan Fresh employees are by nature an active group of people; but one employee goes over and above in her fitness regime. Sharla Austin (pictured above right), Controller at Chelan Fresh, loves to run ½ marathons, full marathons and a 5K is a sprint for her. In April Sharla added another notch to her race belt as she and her sister Heather Fox (pictured above left), conquered the Boston Marathon and qualified for 2019.  

Growing up in the Tonasket Valley prepared them well for the crazy Boston weather they encountered on race day. Sideways rain, 20 mph headwinds and cold temperatures made for less than ideal race conditions, but the course was no match for Sharla and Heather. They both finished in just over 4 hours and were out on the Boston tourist trail the next day. Our hats are off to Sharla and her sister for all of their commitment to their sport!

Sharla Boston Marathon

Name: Sharla Austin

Position: Controller

Favorite Apple: SugarBee®! It is crisp and sweet at the same time.

Favorite Cherry: Orondo Ruby® - I like that it is sweet but has a firm texture as well.   

Favorite part of working at Chelan Fresh: The People. Chelan Fresh is an active supporter of local school programs and I am very proud of the mentorship program the Accounting department started 10 years ago.  Chelan High School’s Mentorship program chooses students who are interested in a career in accounting, fruit sales or business studies and pairs us with a student to join our team for a semester or in most cases a year long placement that turns into full time summer employment. Our Accounting department provides training and encouragement for students to advance by attending college or participate in advanced training. In some cases, we take on the role of a second parent and help with scholarship applications, college applications, letters of recommendation and even motherly advice for life after high school. Many of the students have told us that if it weren’t for the mentor program and Chelan Fresh they would have never even thought of going to college. Chelan Fresh believes it takes a village and we are proud to be part of the village for our local students.    

Sharla_AustinFavorite thing to do outside of work: I love to run! I especially love the challenge of training for races. It forces me to focus and stick to my goals.  I also enjoy baking and still bake regularly using fresh fruit and some of the recipes shared to me by my grandmother when we were growing up in Tonasket, WA.


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