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2021-2022 Committees


Ambassadors serve as volunteer representatives for the Chamber at public and chamber-sponsored events. They assist in the promotion, support, and development of various chamber affairs.  Ambassadors can also act as a mentor for new chamber-members.

  • Robin Amequita, AAA Ohio Auto Club
  • Tami Bennett, Forever Essentials
  • Ryan Bowers, Cousino Restoration
  • Yolanda Churchwell, YCVA Consulting, LLC - The Business Assistance Group, LLC
  • Glenn Donnithorne, Hilltop Energy
  • Jim Ervin, Sandusky Segwave
  • Mark Harrington, U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC
  • Joe Hayberger, Leadership Erie County
  • Kathleen Hottman, Block Advisors
  • Melanie Kempton, Re: Solutions Mediation
  • Alley Patterson, Dave Proy Agency
  • Rebecca Perry, Ace Insurance Agency


Business Services Committee

Chair: Al Nickles, Payne, Nickles & Co.

Develops and conducts business workshops and educational seminars. Seeks to provide other business-related services and information.


Governmental Affairs Committee

Chair: Lee Alexakos, Cedar Fair 

Monitors legislative issues and recommend policy positions to  the Board of Directors. Conducts regular meetings with government officials. Conducts Candidate Forums for members and the general public to meet and question candidates for public office. Conducts an annual reception for all elected officials in Erie County.

  • Lee Alexakos, Chair, Cedar Fair
  • Mark Ballard, WNZN Power 89.1
  • Carrie Beier, Erie County Board of Development Disabilities
  • Ryan Bowers, Cousino Restoration
  • Karen Brown, Elite Wellness Group
  • Doug Crooks, North Point Educational Service Center
  • Glenn Donnithorne, Hilltop Energy
  • Joe Hayberger, Leadership Erie County
  • Nick Katsaros, First Energy Corp.
  • Larry Knauer, Vita
  • Dr. Elizabeth Laffey, Elite Wellness Group
  • Matt Nicol, Lightscape Outdoor Lighting
  • Maria Robinson, Mental Health & Recovery Board Erie & Ottawa Co.

Senior Council

Chair: Naomi Twine, Ohio Veterans Home

Group of members that have served as a Past Board Chair who select recipients of Annual Awards. Provides counsel to the Board of Directors, upon request.


Gallery of Achievers Board of Selectors

Chair: William Lally, Retired

Receives nominations and selects inductees for the Gallery of Achievers:  a “hall of fame” type program that honors the significant lifetime achievements of graduates of Erie County school systems.