Kandi Parkinson has joined the Woodburn Independent team as a circulation assistant, effective Friday.

Parkinson is a graduate of Clackamas High School and of George Fox University, where she majoPhoto Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Kandi Parkinson has joined the Woodburn Independent staff as circulation in physical education.

“I wanted to work in clubs and be a personal trainer,” she said. “It wasn’t as big a thing as it is now, so it was harder to get a job.”

Instead, she got married to her husband, Jack, and was a stay at home mom for 12 years to her daughters Mackenzie, 20, and Caitlin, 18.

After that she started working as a ministry support assistant at Second Street Community Church in Newberg and also as an assistant to her husband, who is an independent contractor.

“We built a lot of cool things,” she said. “It was nice because I had some flexibility. With both jobs, family would come first, so if something happened with the kids, they were understanding.”

Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, her position at the church was eliminated, allowing her to find the circulation assistant position at the Independent, which she was alerted to by her friend.

“I’m excited about working and developing the relationships in the community,” Parkinson said. “It’s all about the relationship. I don’t care what business you’re in or what’s going on in your personal life, relationship counts.”

Parkinson will provide support for the Independent’s delivery operation, including working with youth carriers, and servicing newspaper racks and in-store newspaper stands.

“Kandi’s background makes her an excellent role model and a great fit for our team,” Publisher Nikki DeBuse said.

In her spare time, Parkinson enjoys photography, do-it-yourself projects, gardening and camping.

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