Who We Are

Board of Directors

2023 Board of Directors - Executive Committee
  • Chris Comer, Kernersville Chamber - President/CEO 
  • Jimmy Flythe, Duke Energy Carolinas – Chairperson
  • Tammy Coulter, Piedmont Savings Federal Bank – 1st Vice Chair
  • Rishado Robinson, Robinson and Co.,– 2nd Vice Chair
  • Dr. Mishi Jackson, Novant Health Union Cross Family Medicine – 3rd Vice Chair
  • Laura Alamillo, Orano - Vice Chair of HR
  • Natalie Babson, First National Bank – Secretary
  • Molly Barber, First Citizens Bank – Treasurer
  • Joe Orenstein, Atlas Orange Law Firm – Past Chairperson
2023 Board Members
  • Ryan McGirr, Truist 
  • Dana Caudill-Jones, Caudill's
  • Kate Allred, Lowes Foods
  • Chief Scott Alderman, TOK Fire Rescue 
  • Larry Redfearn, Edward Jones 
  • Chris Booth, Kernersville Family YMCA 


The Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers within the Chamber that focus on member retention, engagement and recruitment.  This group of volunteers work throughout the year attending events like Business Before and After Hours, ribbon cuttings and Business of the Month presentations to meet potential and new members. They work with new members of the Chamber to introduce them to longtime members and they work with the Chamber staff to recruit new members. The Ambassadors have monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events in the Chamber and the community as well as potential mentoring opportunities.

Our Ambassadors:
Terri Johnson - 2023 Chair

Terri Johnson is a Realtor with Maureena Shepherd & Associates - Allen Tate Realtors specializing in residential real estate. Terri has been an active member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce since 2019. Terri has participated in the Kernersville Networking group, volunteered at Chamber events, and served as Co-Chair and then Chair of the Ambassador





Rob Cook

Rob is President at Russell & Cook Insurance, an independent insurance agency providing Home, Auto, Business, and Life insurance. Rob has been an active member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce since 2007, has served on the Kernersville Chamber Board in multiple capacities (including Chairman), and has been active on many Chamber committees (including Chair of the Ambassador Committee). Rob is also a past board member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of both Leadership Kernersville (class of 2014) and Greensboro City Academy (class of 2016).  



Bruce Frankel

Bruce Frankel is the President of The Mindful Traveler, a full-service travel agency located in Kernersville, and has been an active member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce since 2008.  Bruce has served on the Chamber Board and has chaired multiple committees over the years where he has focused on assisting local businesses as well as the greater Kernersville Community.  Bruce is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society.




Aixa Maria Haskins

Aixa Maria Haskins is the owner of Aixa Maria's Gift Baskets & More, a gift shop & boutique composed of gift baskets, clothing, candles, jewelry, treats, art and tons more locally crafted and handmade goodies. Her shop is located on Main Street in Downtown Kernersville with the bright yellow door and windows. Aixa organizes over 10 craft markets each year that help showcase more locally owned small businesses. These markets bring in thousands of people to the area annually. Aixa has been an active member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce since 2019. She earned the Kernersville Chamber's Business of the Month in January 2022, and she earned the Small Business Person of the Year with under 10 employees in 2022. Aixa also currently serves on the board for the Kernersville YMCA.


Monte Long

Monte Long is a graduate of Lees McRae College with a BS degree in Business Finance.  He has been with Long Insurance Services since August 1, 2014.  Previously he spent 17 years as an independent sporting good representative in the ski, tennis and footwear industry. 

Long Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency with access to more than 200 insurance companies.  Our agency book of business is approximately 50% personal lines(home, auto, etc.) and 50% business policies (casualty, property, workers compensation, umbrella, professional liability, etc.) with our products being tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.

 Civic involvement includes The Kernersville Rotary Club (International & Vocational), Kernersville Ambassador, Kernersville Downtown Committee, Kernersville Museum (Treasurer), Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation, Shallowford Lakes HOA (Vice President) and Appalachian Ski Education Foundation (President)


Kathy Hoffner

My Name is Kathy Hoffner and I have been with Crisis Control Ministry since 1996. Crisis Control Ministry is a private non-profit that provides emergency assistance to persons in crisis situations who need help with basic life necessities. Services include assistance with housing and utility costs, food from our pantry and or medications from our free pharmacy located in the WS office. As the Director of the Kernersville office, I am responsible for direct client services, volunteer recruitment and training, marketing, public relations and special events for the Kernersville area. I became a member of the Chamber in 1996. Graduated from Leadership Kernersville in 2006. I started serving as an Ambassador for the Chamber in 2006, helping new members learn about the opportunities provided to them by being a Kernersville Chamber Member.


Chris Comer
Chris Comer
President Kernersville Chamber of Commerce (336)993-4521
Ashley Sinclair
Ashley Sinclair
Marketing Director of Programs and Downtown Kernersville Chamber of Commerce (336)564-2252x8103
Director of Marketing Programs and Downtown
Lisa Hedgecock
Lisa Hedgecock
Executive Assistant Kernersville Chamber of Commerce
Executive Assistant
Amanda Ruark
Amanda Ruark
Director of Finance, Tourism, and Econ Development Kernersville Chamber of Commerce
Director of Finance, Tourism, Economic Development