Ames Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Team

DAN CULHANE, CEcD, CCE
President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Organizational leadership and management
  • Cultivation of external relationships
  • Membership

Click here to contact Dan 
 



BRENDA DRYER
Senior Vice President

  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Staff Liaison, Story City
  • Story County Outreach
  • Executive Director, Nevada Economic Development Commission

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AMY HOWARD, IOM
Vice President

  • Finance and administration
  • Invoicing
  • Human Relations
  • Staff Liaison, The Ames Foundation

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JAN WILLIAMS
Vice President

  • Membership development & retention efforts
  • Sponsorship programming & revenue generation
  • Ames Main Street investment and sponsorship

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SARAH DVORSKY
Director, Events & Ames Main Street Director

  • Event coordination and execution
  • Ames Main Street coordination
  • Staff Liaison, FUEL Story County

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NIKKI FISCHER
Director, Workforce Development & Diversity

  • Story County COVID – 19 Workforce Innovation Project
  • Oversee Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion programming
  • PK-12 Engagement
  • Lead Child Care initiatives
     


STEELE HARTER
Director, Economic Development Research

  • Economic Development Research & Data Collection
  • Economic Development Project Response
  • City of Ames Development Review Committee
  • Special Projects
     


MELISSA GILLEN
Client Services Coordinator

  • Administrative support
  • Front desk operations
  • Event registration support

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STEVEN LAWRENCE
Marketing Coordinator

  • Membership data management
  • Website coordination
  • Digital media analytics
  • Content development and execution

 

 

JASON MOHR
Director, Government Relations & Business Services

  • Lead all aspects of Government Relations Program
  • Assist with fundraising to support the Public Policy Program of Work
  • Oversee the BRE Program of Work
  • Manage BEST of Iowa requirements



LOJEAN PETERSEN
Ames Main Street Farmers' Market

  • Manages all aspects of the Market

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MIKE UPAH
Director, Ames Seed Capital

  • Ames Seed Capital manager
  • Staff Liaison, City of Huxley
  • Staff Liaison, Iowa State University Research Park

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ALLEE WENGERT
Director, Marketing & Communication

  • Marketing and communication strategies
  • Graphic design and video production
  • Leadership Ames

Click here to contact Allee

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