Mikla brings visual creativity to Milaca Chamber
Milaca – “Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
That quote from author Mitch Albom gives a great deal of insight into the mindset of Andrea Mikla, the new executive director of the Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce.
In her new role of chamber director, Mikla seeks to create something in Milaca that has purpose and meaning.
Mikla took over for Rich Melvin, who retired in June after four years as Chamber director.
A native of Bagley, Minnesota, Mikla calls herself a A multipotentialite, which is a person who has many gifts to share and interests in life. She will lean heavily on the experiences of a longtime career in retail management and as an event planner and interior designer to create new value in being a member of the Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m excited to share my marketing and event-planning skills,” Mikla said.
A graduate of Bagley High School, Mikla went on to study at St. Cloud State University where she majored in painting and drawing and minored in graphic design. She studied abroad in the Czech Republic, and was selected to participate in the prestigious summer Disney College program through the Walt Disney Company and attended the company’s “Disney University.”
“It was an invaluable experience,” Mikla said.
In addition to her personal endeavors with event planning, interior design, and marketing, Mikla had a long career with Daytons/Marshall Fields/Macys where she was employed as a visual manager. She has also worked for the Ulta Beauty chain of beauty stores as a operations manager.
Most recently, Mikla has worked – and continues to work- as the media specialist for the Milaca School District, where her duties include handling graphic design work for the Planning and Implementation grant-funded Milaca Community Coalition. She is also very involved with the Milaca Fine Arts Council.
Mikla says she has a love for the Milaca community, which solidified her as a good fit for the Chamber executive position.
Andrea Mikla is married to Milaca High School social studies teacher Jeremy Mikla. The two have been married 18 years and have lived in Milaca nine of those years.
The Miklas have two children, Aiden and Reina Mikla. Both are students in the Milaca school system.