Staff

President/CEO

Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett

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Bob Garrett serves as the President/CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. He works closely with the Chamber's Board of Directors, committees and affiliates in order to implement and coordinate the Chamber's new strategic plan, the Chamber's mission and the daily activities of the Chamber.

Twenty-two years ago, Bob made the difficult decision to make a career change and go to work for then - Congressman Tom Ridge and ended up serving four different governors at PennDOT in Harrisburg. Before this move, he was very active with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce as its Transporatation Committee Chairman, headed up the Route 15 Coalition and was serving as the Director of the Union County Economic Development Council. Now, after his two-decade Harrisburg stint, Bob is back and ready to work hard on building partnerships, creating an economic development buzz, increasing the Chamber's membership and helping to take the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway from the drawing boards to a ground breaking and, finally, to a ribbon cutting.

Bob grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, graduated from the Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology and received his teacher's certification at Penn State. In 1980, he began his professional career at the SUN Area Vocational Technical School. While director of the Union County Economic Development Council, during the 1990's, Bob had a major role in siting the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex as well as the expansions for several well-known companies.

Director of Workforce

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Jenny Wentz

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As the Director of Workforce, Jenny strives to meet the workforce needs of the local community through the CareerBASICs initiative of the Chamber. CareerBASICs (Building And Strengthening Individual Choices) is a platform that includes the Chamber’s Business & Education Committee activities, the Young Americans Program of events, the Central Pennsylvania Career Pathways Partnership advocacy, pre-apprenticeship programming, and the ‘Clean Slate’ community re-entry programming. Jenny also serves as the Assistant Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber, which serves as the region’s premier business leadership organization.

Jenny grew up in Northern Dauphin county, where she graduated from Williams Valley Jr./Sr. High School. Following high school, Jenny graduated as the Valedictorian from McCann School of Business and Technology in 2011, earning an associate degree in administrative office technology. The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has provided Jenny invaluable opportunities over the past nine years, which have allowed her to grow and flourish in her professional development. 

Executive Director of Finance

Abbie Sholley

Abbie Sholley

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As the Executive Director of Finance, Abbie is responsible for overseeing all the Chamber’s financial dealings. She also works closely with the Boards of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and local Non- Profits to ensure that their day to day financials are completed. Abbie is also the administrative-financial assistant to the Greater Susquehanna Business Development Council Board of Directors. She aids the Chamber President/CEO as well as its Board of Directors with a variety of tasks to keep the office running efficiently. 

The Greater Susquehanna Valley has always been home to Abbie. She is a graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education with a minor in computer information systems from Bloomsburg University. Prior to her current position on the Chamber team, Abbie was employed as a substitute teacher in several local school districts and Weis Markets Corporate Office, located in Sunbury.

Executive Director of Membership

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Chris Berleth

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As Executive Director of Membership, Chris works to ensure the “value proposition” of Chamber membership.  In a sense, he’s the Chamber’s guarantor of a personal connection between members, volunteers and staff.  Equally field-deployed and office-based, Chris is externally focused and oversees the Chamber’s field operations. Specifically, he engages new members, corporate sponsors, staffs the Chamber’s Agriculture, ATHENA, Ambassadors and Governmental Affairs Committees respectively, and ensures that each Chamber member is aware of member benefits.  Chris also serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber which serves as the region’s premier business leadership organization. 

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Chris fell in love with Pennsylvania while enrolled at Gettysburg College and subsequently with the Valley upon meeting his wife Kali in 2011. A 2015 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, Chris’ combined experience in for-profit and non-profit work makes him an asset to the Chamber team.  Chris and Kali have two children, Remy (4) and Rutledge (1).

Director of Communications

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Vanessa Venios

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As the Director of Communications, Vanessa works closely with members to help them become leaders in the valley by connecting them with communities, resources, fellow citizens and businesses so that they can all work together to make our region a great place to live, work and play.  Vanessa also coordinates Chamber events to shine awareness on important topics that fit within the Chamber’s strategic plan while bringing members together to network, and most importantly, have fun. She is responsible for maintaining the Chamber calendar of events, connecting with news media, designing and implementing marketing campaigns and oversees the Chamber’s social media accounts and website. Vanessa is staff support for the Community Prosperity Alliance, Women’s Leadership Symposium, Golf Classic, Communications, Technology and Events committees.

Vanessa is very active in the Valley through philanthropy and is the Board Vice President of T.I.M.E. - The Improved Milton Experience, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on community revitalization, and a Board Director at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau.  Her and her husband Rob reside along the Susquehanna River in Milton and together own a hard cider business in downtown Lewisburg.

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