Convention Center Team

The Seaside Civic and Convention Center staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and care, delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, and individual pride. Our fundamental aspiration is to exceed the expectations of our customers. We look forward to working with you soon.

Administrative Staff

Russell Vandenberg, CVE

General Manager

Russ has been involved in the public assembly facility management industry since 1982. He holds a bachelors degree in management from Saint Mary’s College of California, and was awarded the designation of CVE (Certified Venue Executive) from the International Association of Venue Managers. Russ oversees the day to day management of the convention center that includes administration, marketing, sales, operations, fiscal responsibility and approval of facility contracts.

Tina Eilers

Director of Sales

Tina joined the Seaside Civic & Convention Center staff as Office Manager in the fall of 2015 and transitioned to Director of Sales in the spring of 2021. Prior to that, she worked with college students for 17 years at Ecola Bible College in Cannon Beach, OR. She has an extensive background in office management, working with people and promoting the Oregon Coast. Tina holds a B.S. degree from Washington State University. She is responsible for sales and contracts. She would love to have you drop by the administrative office to say hello!

Celeste Kenneally

Event Coordinator

Celeste joined the team in December of 2019, but she is no stranger to the Convention Center and the many events that make Seaside its home base. Previously working as an Events Coordinator for a local Seaside nonprofit organization, she gained knowledge and experience working with many different groups planning events. These events ranged from single-day to multi-day and were designed to attract tourism to this beautiful beach town. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern New Hampshire University and has an extensive background in Customer Service and Hospitality. She is excited to meet both returning clients and new clients to assist them in whatever they need to ensure that their event runs as smoothly as possible. She is a wife to an active Coast Guardsman, and she is happy to have made the Pacific Northwest her home away from home.

Jennifer Biamont

Office Assistant

Jennifer joined the Seaside Civic & Convention Center staff as the Office Assistant in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the city, she worked in Special Education for almost 13 years for the Seaside School District as well as in the tourism industry. She has a background in both office administration and tourism. She prides herself in providing excellent customer service, takes great pride in her work and is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of customers.

Julene Godfrey

Office Manager

Julene joined the Seaside Civic & Convention Center as Office Manager in May of 2021. Prior to that Julene worked in the design for aerospace industry for almost 13 years specializing in compliance, administration, mockup & prototypes, and people management. Julene is skilled in and enjoys process improvement, business administration and team building. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. Julene is happy to now call the North Oregon Coast her new home!

Operation Staff

Andrew Argeris

Operations Supervisor

Andy has worked in the Operations department since 2008 and was promoted to Operations Supervisor in 2010. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audio visual and event staffing. Andy is committed to providing outstanding customer service to all of our clients.

Frank Kaim, CTS

Operations / AV Tech

Frank has worked in the Operations department since 2005. He is responsible for audio-visual services, room set-ups, maintenance and HVAC systems. Frank's specialty is providing quality audio, lighting, and video/projection services for both small and large events. Frank is a U.S. Navy veteran and a native of Davenport, Iowa who takes great pride in providing a superior guest experience and exceptional customer service.

Nick McKenzie


Nick has worked in the Operations department since 2017. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. Nick has extensive knowledge of all phases of event management and prides himself in making sure all details are carried out to satisfaction.

John Stockenberg


John has worked in the Operations department since 1998. He is responsible for operations, HVAC, set-ups, maintenance, audiovisual and housekeeping. His attentiveness to customer service and maintaining cleanliness of the facility during events is exceptional.

Keith Seibel


Joining the operations team in 2019, Keith has been responsible for audio-visual services, room set-ups, maintenance, HVAC systems and housekeeping. Keith holds a Bachelor's Degree from Webster University in Film Production and has a comprehensive background in hospitality. Previously employed as a Park Ranger for Oregon State, Keith takes much pride in assisting customers and maintaining facility cleanliness.