Chris grew up in Central Pennsylvania. A graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, her first experience working with Non-Profits was teaching youth to swim at the Lock Haven YMCA. Arriving in North Carolina in 1989 Chris spent 24 ½ years with the YMCA of NWNC.
In 2013 Chris joined the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce as the President and CEO.
Chris resides in Kernersville with her husband Thomas; Her two sons Hunter in school at Penn State and Jarrod a recent graduate of Lees McRae.
Chris currently sits on the Better Business Bureau Board, Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Kernersville Rotary Club.
Mary Kay was born and raised in northern Minnesota. After college, she taught school in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where she met her husband, Bob. After 8 years in Hollywood, FL, they moved to Kernersville to raise their two children, Christopher and Marissa. Mary Kay began working at the Kernersville Chamber in March 2004.
Mary Kay and Bob enjoy traveling to visit their children and grandchildren out west. Christopher, Sarah, Mackenzie and Sebastian live in Aurora, CO and Marissa currently resides in Walla Walla, WA.
Taylor is a Kernersville native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in elementary education. She worked at the Kernersville Family YMCA before beginning her teaching career at Kernersville Elementary. In April of 2015 she started at the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce as the Programs and Membership Director. Taylor resides in Kernersville with her husband, Jordan and their two fur babies, Ash and Charley.
Taylor is a connoisseur of coffee and lover of all things monogrammed. She is actively involved in the Junior League of Winston-Salem, Sister City Association of Kernersville, Crisis Control Ministries, State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, and the Kernersville YMCA board of directors.
Emily was born in Raleigh, NC and soon moved to Kernersville where she grew up. She began her college career at Liberty University and later graduated from UNC-Wilmington, where she received a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her position as the Membership Development Specialist for the Kernersville Chamber in October of 2016. She resides with her future husband just outside of Kernersville.
Emily has a heart for animals and the elderly community. She enjoys an active lifestyle and spending quality time with family and friends.
She is an active board member of the Young Professionals Network and currently enrolled in Leadership Kernersville Class of 2018.
Molly Beasley is the new Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Marketing Developer. She is excited to work with everybody in this context, especially since her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University was in communications, with a concentration in public relations!
Currently, Molly is working towards her Masters in Website Development; all great things that can really benefit this position. She is originally from the Kernersville area and has loved seeing the area grow and thrive in so many different ways. Molly has prior experience working in events and cannot wait to get started in the great town of Kernersville!
2017 Board Members
(1st Row L-R) Katy Ringeman, LuAnn Davis, Courtney Turlington, Deb Mitchell, Chris Comer
(2nd row L-R) Jim Tobin, Brooke Cashion, Brooke Kochanski
3rd row L-R) Allan Younger, Dennis McNeil, Joey Herman
(Top row L-R) Jeff Jordan, Rob Cook, Jason Grubbs
(Not pictured – Tony Smits)
2018 Executive Committee
Joey Herman – Chairperson, Deb Fletcher – 1st Vice Chair, LuAnn Davis – 2nd Vice Chair, Rob Cook – 3rd Vice Chair, Molly Barber – Secretary, Jeff Jordan – Treasurer, Courtney Turlington – Past Charperson
2018 Board Members – Nancy Bourn, Brooke Cashion, Brooke Kochanski, Joe Orenstein, Neal Parnell, Jim Tobin
The Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers within the Chamber that help grow member retention. This group of volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year attending events like Business Before and After Hours, ribbon cuttings, Business of the Month presentations, Healthy Living Expo, Job Fair and YPN events to meet potential members and new members. They work with new members of the Chamber to introduce them to longtime members and they work with the Membership Development Specialist to recruit new members. Their work is never done. The Ambassadors have monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events in the Chamber and in the community along with discuss potential mentoring opportunities.