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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 and dozens of volunteers. Together with more than 600 member enterprises, The Chamber delivers on its mission to connect, advocate, drive progress, and build community.

2023 Officers and Executive Committee Members


Lori Doherty
Doherty Home Inspections

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Dan Lehman
Vice Chair
UNC Health

Vakesia Graves

Vakesia Graves
Immediate Past-Chair
Duke Energy

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Sweta Adkin
Treasurer & Vice Chair for Finance


Creighton Blackwell
Chair of the Partnership
Coastal Credit Union


Chris Peronto
Vice Chair for Strategy
Healthcare Strategist


Robert Saunders
General Counsel
Brooks Pierce Law Firm


Betsy Harris
Vice Chair for Government Affairs
Armacell, LLC


Connolly Walker
Vice Chair for Membership
Harris and Company Insurance


Aaron Nelson
Secretary and CEO
The Chamber


Tola Oguntoyinbo
Vice Chair for Technology
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2023 Directors

Elie Abou-Rjeileh
Olmaz Jewelers

Manish Atma
Atma Hotel Group

Jes Averhart
Jes & Co.

Donna Bell
Congruence Counseling Group

La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Infinity Bridges

Tim Dalton

Greg Fitch
Fearrington Village and Fitch Creations

Rory Gillis
Triangle Digital Partners

Dr. Nyah Hamlett
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

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

Kelly Holcombe
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Joel Levy
Joel I Levy, CPA, PLLC

Scott Maitland
Top of the Hill

Lydia Mason
Piedmont Health

Chris McClure
UNC Chapel Hill

Poonam Nandani
Hendrick Southpoint Auto Mall

Eliazar Posada
Posada Strategy Consulting

Jennifer Player
Habitat for Humanity

Anna Richards
ex-officio, non-voting member
Orange County Commissioners

Caroline Riggsbee
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Michael Rodriguez

Wes Rowe
Wintergreen Hospitality

Mayor Damon Seils
ex-officio, non-voting member
Town of Carrboro

Mark Sherburne
The Carolina Inn

Ryan Stewart
Trinisic Residential

Our Staff

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Aaron Martin Nelson, IOM
President & CEO
(919) 967-7077
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Jensen Anderson, MSW
Director of Community Engagement and Assistant to the President
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Rebecca Dickenson
Vice President for Membership
(919) 771-7530 (m)
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Cherelle James, MBA
Interim Chief Financial Officer
(984) 444-5841
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 McKenzie Steagall
Director of Programs and Member Engagement
(443) 907-5476 (m)
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Aury St. Germain, MS
Director of Communications and Business Development
(828) 674-8982 (m)
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