Committees

One of the many benefits of joining the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is the great volunteer opportunities that are provided. Committee work offers an opportunity to make an impact for the business and communities the Chamber serves, while forging friendships with other like-minded Chamber members.

Business and Education

Co-Chair: Jamie Mercaldo, Advance Central PA
Co-Chair: Jennifer Hain, SUN Area Technical Institute
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: First Wednesday of the Month, 8:30 a.m., Zoom

The purpose of the Business & Education Committee is to work with area public school districts, career & technology centers, private schools, trade schools, career schools and universities to ensure that the workforce training needs of the Valley's employers are being met, and to provide opportunities for students to interact with business people both in and out of the classroom.

Communications & Technology

Co-Chair: Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank
Co-
Chair: Jessica Plehn, Associate Member
Staff Contact:
Bob Garrett
Meets: Monthly


Provides enhanced, concentric messaging to deliver the Chamber’s value proposition to our members and the communities in our region.  Serving as the platform to address emerging issues, provide and host needed training, and identify opportunities for technology improvements in our region.

Community Prosperity Alliance

Co-Chair: Ellen Ruby, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership
Co-Chair: Taylor Lightman, Lewisburg Neighborhoods
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett
Meets: First Thursday of the Month, 9:00 a.m., Zoom


The purpose of the Community Prosperity Alliance (formerly known as the Downtown Affiliates Committee) is to encourage collaboration and cooperation among nonprofit organizations committed to advance the economic development of the communities in our region. 

Click here to view their quarterly publication, Local Gems Regional Riches, published by the Standard Journal.

Events

Co-Chair: Sabra Karr , Villager Realty
Co-Chair:
Stacey Napoli, Isabella's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett

Meets: Second Tuesday of the Month, 12 noon, Zoom

Plans, organizes, and conducts activities and events for Chamber members to help promote education, fellowship and networking opportunities.

Governmental Affairs

Chair: Malcolm Derk, Susquehanna University
Staff Contact: Chris Berleth
Meets: First & Third Friday of the Month, Zoom

Develops, promotes and articulates the business viewpoint of federal, state, and local issues that impact the health and vitality of business in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.

Greater Susquehanna Valley Young Professionals

Chair: Catherine Kramm, The Coup Agency
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett
Meets: As Needed

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce serves as host and supporter to the GSV Young Professionals (GSVYP). Their mission is to strive to connect like-minded individuals with networking, professional development & volunteer opportunities in social settings, making the Valley a better place to live, work and play. Find GSVYP events on our events calendar, or on Facebook and Instagram.

Transportation

Chair: Joe McGranaghan, Shamokin Dam Mayor
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: Second Friday of the Month, 7:30 a.m., Zoom

This Committee encourages public sector support for improved roads, streets, highways, bridges, airports and traffic flow to enhance the Greater Susquehanna Valley as a place to operate a business.

Women's Leadership & ATHENA®

Chair: Kendy Alvarez 
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett
Meets: 4th Tuesday of the month, 9:00 a.m., Zoom

The Women’s Leadership Committee designs initiatives that successfully empower, develop, and influence women in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. This committee also hosts the Chamber’s Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium which invites women from throughout the valley to spend a day with highly experienced professionals. The conference gives attendees dozens of new ideas and action plans to boost their career, their attitude, and their life. It is specially designed to give powerful information and profound insights that will make a lasting, positive impact on attendees’ lives.

The ATHENA® program develops, plans, and executes the ATHENA® Award for the Greater Susquehanna Valley.  

Young Americans

Chair: Ed Moyer, Service 1st Federal Credit Union
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Zoom

The Chamber is a leading advocate in the Valley for recognizing and promoting its future leaders. In cooperation with local school districts, media organizations and volunteers, the Chamber recognizes the scholastic, extracurricular and civic leadership qualities of more than ninety students from eleven school districts throughout the Greater Susquehanna Valley. In May, the Chamber invites the Young American award recipients, their parents and relatives to attend the Annual Young Americans Awards Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and a recognition ceremony.

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