TACC Welcomes New Board Members
A new year brings a few changes to the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. Two board members retired from the organization at the end of 2016, including previous board chairman John Flannery.
At the December board of directors meeting, Alfred Bendell IV, President of Thompson Oil Company was unanimously chosen as the board chairman for 2017. The following individuals were also elected to leadership positions: Barb Danowski (Owner of Fast Ink) – Vice Chair, Annalisa Ambrisco (Regional Office Manager at First Community Bank of Mercersburg) – Treasurer, and Amanda Woodring (Owner of Elite Cleaning) – Secretary.
Three new members were also welcomed to TACC’s Board of Directors; Kristin Burdette, Derek Stoy, and Amanda Woodring.
Kristin Burdette is the President of Burdette Ironworks, Inc., an Artisan Metal Work Firm specializing in aesthetic, functional design located in Mercersburg. Kristin also consults with fellow small business owners, providing marketing services to ensure that they “Succeed with Intention”. A native of Bucks County, PA, Kristin previously worked at Trans Ova Genetics in Boonsboro, MD as the Chaos Coordinator for eight years. She is a 2004 graduate of George School, and a 2007 graduate of Penn State majoring in Biology (Human Genetics and Development). Kristin is also a current member of the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association. When she isn't fulfilling her professional passions, Kristin kicks back with her fur kids and husband, Kyle.
Derek Stoy is currently the Assistant Borough Manager for the Borough of Mercersburg. He is a graduate of Fannett Metal High School, and attended Penn State University. Derek is a life member and Deputy EMS Chief of the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Company, a member of the MMP&W Fire Department, and a member of the National Rifle Association and National Wild Turkey Federation. He also served for ten years on the board of school directors for Fannett Metal School District, the joint operating committee for the Franklin County Learning Center, was a member of the Franklin County Republican Committee, and coached pony league baseball in Fort Loudon and Path Valley. Derek enjoys spending his free time outdoors, as noted in his column in the Mercersburg Journal.
Amanda Woodring is currently the Owner/President of Elite Cleaning, which serves over 40 residential and business clients in the Mercersburg and surrounding areas. A native of Mercersburg, Amanda previously worked for Bell Insurance as a personal lines producer. She is a 2006 graduate of James Buchanan High School, and a 2008 graduate of Hagerstown Community College as a business administration major. Amanda is a current member and past secretary of the Greencastle Exchange Club. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy, family and her dog Luna, riding ATVs and camping. She currently resides in Mercersburg.
During the organization’s annual breakfast meeting, John Flannery and Dr. Elizabeth George were recognized for their nine years of service to the chamber, as well as their multiple contributions to the organization and the community.
With a year under my belt in this role, I am excited for chamber initiatives for 2017, and look forward to working under a great board. It is a pleasure to welcome Kristin, Derek, and Amanda to the team. They represent a group of hardworking, committed individuals that care about the Tuscarora region. This year, we are striving to ramp up our events, promote the positive things that our members are doing, and continue to be the economic development leader of the region. These goals will continue help us brand the Tuscarora area as a place to live, work, and play.