Blaine club hires new director
By Tara Nelson
Karin Schulhauser’s favorite part of her job is listening to the perspectives of the more than 100 Blaine youth who visit her office daily.
“I like it when they come in and talk to me about their day,” she said. “It’s fun and they bring great energy to the club. I’m lucky that this is my job and I get to do this.”
Schulhauser, the new director of the Blaine Boys and Girls Club, took over office on February 28 and brings extensive experience in hospitality and personal development training to Blaine.
A graduate of Washington State University’s hotel management program, she completed an internship at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California in 1993, where she said she enjoyed helping to make visitors’ experiences unique, recalling the extra effort she made for a young girl whose father missed her dance competition.
“We put out milk and cookies for her,” she said. “Later, she came to the front desk and all you saw was this little hand holding up a trophy. That was the best part of the job.”
She moved to Bellingham in 1994 with her husband Chad, where she was hired as sales manager of the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham. She was later hired into the sales and training department of Harrah’s Skagit Casino in Bow where she was promoted to Harrah’s corporate office.
She left the hotel industry in 2000 to spend more time with her daughters Presley, 6, and Alexandra, 9.
Schulhauser, whose Danish great grandfather built a cabin on Birch Bay Drive near the turn of the century, said Blaine is familiar territory since she grew up spending her summers in the area.
She said in addition to continuing the momentum that’s been brought to the club in the past, she would like to reach out more to older youth, as well as looking into the possibility of acquiring more space as the current facililty is little more than 2,000 square feet and hosts a daily average of 117 youth per day.
“We have the
smallest space in Whatcom County and the highest daily
attendance, so it just goes to show the need it’s
meeting here,” she said.
The Blaine Boys and Girls Club is open Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They can be reached by calling 332-3008.