Our Team

Jennifer Baker


Jennifer Baker is president of CREDC, where she leads the development and execution of the organization’s strategic direction. Jennifer has been an active contributor to the Pacific Northwest community for over 15 years and serves on a number of local professional and nonprofit organization boards. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and modern languages from Pacific University and a master’s degree in international policy studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Clint Hendricks

Vice President of Business Development

Clint Hendricks is the VP of Business Development for CREDC and is responsible for managing all business recruitment, retention and expansion activities. Clint holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Marnie Farness

Director of Relationships and Strategy

Marnie Farness is the Director of Relationships & Strategy for CREDC and is responsible for establishing strong relationships with business and community leaders and building awareness that Clark County presents unique opportunities for businesses to thrive. Marnie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Warner Pacific University.

Maureen Chan-Hefflin

Manager of Investor and Media Relations

Maureen works closely to nurture strong CREDC investor relations and serves as the primary contact for media communications. As a Washington State University alumnus, Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Pre-Law and followed with her Master of Public Affairs.

Kayla Anderson

Manager of Events and Marketing

Kayla Anderson handles events and digital media at CREDC, driving the organization’s social media presence and fostering stakeholder engagement. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts from CSU Long Beach in East Asian Studies and Environmental Science and Policy. She also has several years of freelance entrepreneurship experience in digital marketing, live broadcast production, project management, and community relations.

Kim Cheatley

Fiscal Administrator

Kim is the Fiscal Administrator for CREDC and is responsible for administrative and accounting support. Kim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Central Washington University.

Ellen Mickle

Research and Strategy Graduate Fellow

Ellen is pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at Portland State University with a focus on economic development, expecting to graduate in June 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and prior to graduate school worked in the sustainable food and agriculture industries, mostly in the private sector. Ellen looks forward to applying the research and data skills she’s been honing in her graduate program in this fellowship, and is thrilled to be doing this work among such a dynamic team and community.


Business Development Specialist

Vanessa Casillas is the Business Development Specialist for CREDC and is responsible for identifying business growth opportunities. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a minor in History from Washington State University in Vancouver.


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