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Volunteer Committees

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE

 

  • Board Representatives

    Joe Hill
    J.Smith Lanier & Co.
  • Chair

    Christy Stephens
    Captial City Bank
  • Co-Chair

    Bethany Roughton
    Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Committee Members

    Alison Osborn
    Southern Union State Community College
    Adrian Holloway
    Chattahoochee Hospice
    Bethany Roughton
    Farmers & Merchants
    Christy Stephens
    Capital City Bank
    Carly Byrd
    MainStreet Family Urgent Care
    Lorraine Brown
    CharterBank
    Audra Prather
    Auburn Bank
    Darenda Huguley
    J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh and McLennan Agency LLC company
    Tammy Lamb
    J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh and McLennan Agency LLC company
    Nancy Warren-Holland
    Renasant Bank
    Jacobie Dardy
    Lee's Assisted Living and Adult Day Center
    Mark McGee
    Chattahoochee Hopsice
    Stacey Hand
    Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union
    Heather Brumfield
    Cusseta Event Center
    Cindy Brooks
    EAMC-Lanier Health Services
    Tabitha Truitt
    Chambers County Library

 
The GVACC Ambassadors serve as goodwill representatives to enhance membership development and community involvement. They are known as the Chamber’s public relations team and are highly visible throughout the Chamber of Commerce and the community. Ambassadors are responsible for engaging, encouraging, nurturing and expanding relationships on behalf of the Chamber. They welcome new members and businesses as well as promote growth and prosperity. Our Ambassadors represent companies or organizations that are members of the Greater Valley Area Chamber or our cities – LaFayette, Lanett, Valley and West Point. 

If you are interested in this committee, please contact the Chamber at (334)642-1411.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

  • Board Representative

    Alicia Lyles
    Chambers County Board of Education
    Kim Gradic
    WestRock
  • Chair

    Alicia Lyles
    Chambers County Board of Education
  • Committee Members

    Alicia Lyles
    Chambers County Board of Education
    Kim Gradic
    WestRock
    Dr. Kelli Hodge
    Chambers County Board of Education
    Phillip Johnson
    Lanett City Schools
    Rick Johnson
    Springwood School
    David Owen
    Springwood School
    John Mehaffey
    Chambers Academy
    Matt Hurst
    Chambers Academy
    Robin Brown
    Southern Union State Community College
    Trudye Johnson
    Goodsell United Methodist Church
    Julia Ann Hyde
    Chambers County DHR
    Mary Hamilton
    Bradshaw Library

The Education Committee is a representative group from local fields of education who assist and act as a liaison between the education and business communities, to develop a stronger partnership between the two. The committee will create on-going programs to bring business and education together to develop young leaders and develop a workforce that will keep the Greater Valley Area competitive when attracting and retaining business.

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

  • Board Representatives

    David Wilkerson
    AJIN USA
    Debbie Kelley
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    Chris Strength
    Allstar Graphix
    Merilyn Vines
    Vines Funeral Home
  • Chair

    David Wilkerson
    AJIN USA
  • Committee Members

    David Wilkerson
    AJIN
    Chris Strength
    Allstar Graphix
    Debbie Kelley
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    Merilyn Vines
    Vines Funeral Home
    Drew Ferguson
    State Representative
    Issac Whorton
    State Representatives
    Debbie Wood
    Chambers County Commission Chair
    Barry Moody
    Mayor of Lafayette
    Kyle McCoy
    Mayor of Lanett
    Leonard Riley
    Mayor of Valley
    Steve Trammel
    Mayor of West Point
    George Fannings
    City of Fredonia
    Kent Lauderdale
    City of Cusseta
    Louis Davidson
    City Clerk of Lafayette
    Deborah Gilbert
    City Clerk of Lanett
    Tony Chandler
    City Inspector of Lanett
    Kathy Snowden
    City Clerk of Valley

The Chamber serves as the lead advocate for business at all levels of government. By developing positions on issues of public policy and communicating these positions, the Chamber creates value for its members. The Chamber provides a forum for the business voice to be heard. As a result, state, local, and federal leaders seek the audience of our members and their opinion with regard to public policy.

  • Local issues
  • State Legislative Initiatives
  • Federal Legislative Initiatives

JR. AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE

  • Board Representative

    Chris Strength
    Allstar Graphix
  • Chair

    Samantha Lowery
    Grossman Law Firm, LLC
  • Jr. Ambassadors

    Kristina Stewart
    Chambers Academy
    Lindsey Stewart
    Chambers Academy
    Sarah Parker
    Chambers Academy
    Evan Johnson
    Harris County High School
    Markevious Tolbert
    LaFayette High School
    Tytianna Smith
    LaFayette High School
    Vazquez Sydney
    LaFayette High School
    Whitney Booker
    LaFayette High School
    Ashley Floyd
    LaFayette High School
    Nicholas Fell
    LaFayette High School
    Alicia Abner
    Lanett High School
    Cameron Reed
    Lanett High School
    JaLa Brown
    Lanett High School
    Soteria Huguley
    Lanett High School
    Fenica Darden
    Lanett High School
    Ronesia Glaze
    Lanett High School
    Jakhiya Miles
    Lanett High School
    Venu Reddy
    Springwood School
    Madeline Johnson
    Springwood School
    Simon He
    Springwood School
    McLane Martin
    Springwood School
    Chris Sprout
    Springwood School
    Elizabeth McClendon
    Springwood School
    Ananth Reddy
    Springwood School
    Mitchum Smith
    Springwood School
    Nam Dang
    Springwood School
    Chandlor Champion
    Springwood School
    Nathan Clark
    Springwood School
    Ieshia Paige
    Valley High School
    Callie Pike
    Valley High School
    Michael Pigg
    Valley High School
    Caden Prather
    Valley High School
    Mady Herrington
    Valley High School
    Bentley Herrington
    Valley High School
    Arsheika Mitchell
    Valley High School
    Jase Phillips
    Valley High School
    SarahAnn Southerland
    Valley High School
    Ivey Gibson
    Valley High School
    Colby Cannon
    Valley High School
    Jared Chappell
    Valley High School

The Chamber’s Jr. Ambassadors are students in grades 9 – 12 in area schools. Applications to become a Jr. Ambassador are distributed to the schools each September and draw a good response from students eager to serve. After their first year, a number of students reapply for additional years in the organization.

Under guidance of Chamber Ambassadors, the junior representatives make their own significant contributions while learning the personal benefits of volunteerism. They also assist with Chamber events as they are developed. For many, serving as a Jr. Ambassador is the first step in lifelong volunteerism and community service.

TOURISM COMMITTEE

  • Board Representatives

    Debbie Kelley
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    Sheri Gaddy
    Alabama Power
  • Chair

    Debbie Kelley
    Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Committee Members

    Debbie Kelley
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    Sheri Gaddy
    Alabama Power
    Laurie Blount
    City of Valley Parks and Recreation
    Eddie Adams
    Chambers County Rodeo Association
    Chris Busby
    Chambers County Development Authority
    Mike Pitts
    City of West Point
    Sid Lockhart
    Chambers County Sheriff's Department
    David Bell
    Valley Times News
    Mary Susan Underwood
    Point University
    Laura Smith
    Alabama Welcome Center
    Charlotte Blasingame
    Lafayette Sun
    Mercedes Richardson
    Southern Union State Community College

The mission of the Tourism Committee is to promote, develop and coordinate year-round tourism/visitation to the Greater Valley Area, and create an awareness and understanding of tourism’s effect on, and enhancement of, the local economy and residents’ quality of life. A major focus of the Tourism Committee is what we have right here at home: West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River, our local sites on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail and the natural resources that we promote through our participation in the East Alabama Tourism Initiative.