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Board & Staff

The Chamber is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors and a 10-member Executive Committee, and supported by a dynamite staff of eight and dozens of volunteers. Together with more than 700 member enterprises, The Chamber delivers on its mission to connect, advocate, drive progress, and build community.

2021 Officers and Executive Committee Members


Tom Wiltberger
Terra Nova Global Properties

Vakesia Graves

Vakesia Graves
Vice Chair
Duke Energy

Ellen Shannon

Ellen Shannon
Immediate Past-Chair
Chapel Hill Magazine


John Kiley
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
SCORE (Retired)


Creighton Blackwell
 The Partnership for a Sustainable Community Chair
Coastal Credit Union


Tola Oguntoyinbo
Technology Committee Chair
ShineBiG Feedback


Robert Saunders
General Counsel
Brooks Pierce


Lori Doherty
Membership Committee Chair
Doherty Home Inspections


Aaron Nelson
Secretary and CEO
The Chamber


Betsy Harris
Government Affairs Committee Chair
Armacell, LLC

2021 Directors

Manish Atma
Atma Hotel Group

Jes Averhart
Jes & Co.

Brett Bushnell
Tri Local Realty LLC

Tim Dalton
BB&T Now Truist

Zoë Dehmer
Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Karin DeMarco

Chris Ehrenfeld
Bold Development Group

Greg Fitch
Fearrington Village

Kim Grooms
Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA

Dr. Jean Hamilton
ex-officio, non-voting member
Orange County Commissioners

Dr. Nyah Hamlett
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Mayor Pam Hemminger
ex-officio, non-voting member
Town of Chapel Hill

Mayor Lydia Lavelle
ex-officio, non-voting member
Town of Carrboro

Dan Lehman
UNC Health Care

Joel Levy
Joel I. Levy, CPA, PLLC

Denny Marcin
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Lydia Mason
Piedmont Health

Chris McClure
UNC Chapel Hill

Poonam Nandani
Hendrick Southpoint Auto Mall

Chris Peronto

Eliazar Posada
El Centro Hispano

Dr. Antoine Puech
Prestige Associates, Inc.

Mike Vikitsreth
Spicy 9

Connolly Walker
Harris & Company Insurance

Paige Zinn

Our Staff

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Rebecca Dickenson
Vice President for Membership
(919) 771-7530 (m)
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Katie Loovis
Vice President for
External Affairs
(919) 696-0781 (m)
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Aaron Martin Nelson, IOM
President & CEO
(919) 967-7077
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McKenzie Reinhold
Director of Programs
& Member Engagment
(443) 907-5476 (m)
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Brian Rowe
Chief Financial Officer
(919) 357-9975
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Justin Simmons
Vice President and Chief of Staff
(919) 357-9982
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Aury St. Germain
& Events Coordinator
(828) 674-8982 (m)
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