Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Staff

Consider your Chamber staff another resource that comes with your membership. Ask us about ways to get involved, how to connect with your target audience, or just bounce ideas off of us! Use the following contact list to find the go-to person for key areas of member support. Click to learn more about each staff member for a description of key areas of responsibility.
Contact us at 703-368-6600 or click on an email address to contact staff online.

President & CEO

Debbie Jones // djones@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our President & CEO

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Member Concerns & Compliments // Sponsorships Sales // Information and answers to questions on locating your business in Prince William County or the Cities of Manassas & Manassas Park // Media Contact

Preferred Method of Communication: Email me at djones@pwchamber.org or call me directly at 571.765.1877

How long have you been with the Chamber? I started April 18, 1990 as the Communications Coordinator– 26 years ago!

What drew you to work at the Chamber? Actually a friend of mine told me that there was an opening at the Chamber, he felt that I would be a great fit.  I was ready for a change and boy did I get a change! What has kept me at the Chamber is the people that I have met, the opportunities that I have had and the chance to make a difference in this community and, I hope, in the lives of many individuals. 

What is the thing you love most about your job? I love connecting people!  I like that every day is different.  To give you an example, 6 months after becoming the President & CEO in 1993 Disney announced their plans for Disney America in Haymarket.  What a whirl wind experience!  But fun!!

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to travel and explore new places.  I spend a lot of time with family and friends.  I volunteer my time with different nonprofit organizations in the region.  I also have a beautiful art studio that I wish I made more time to enjoy!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be?  If I owned a business I think I would like to be a broker for artists.  Many talented artists produce amazing works of art but do not know how to market or sell their product.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member?  The Prince William Chamber is a resource for you and your business.  Remember to use it- whether for personal or professional reasons.  We have a vast knowledge of the community and usually know what is happening, often before it happens.  We can help you meet whomever you need to know.  We are experts at making connections.  People to people, projects to people, companies to companies- you name it!

Vice President of Operations

Mary Leslie // mleslie@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our VP of Operations

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of Contact for the Board of Directors // Conference Room Reservations // Manages the Vision & Cornerstone Partnership Programs

Membership Engagement Specialist

Peggy Kimmey // pkimmey@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Membership Engagement Specialist

Primary Areas of Responsibility: I work to ensure that all members have the tools they need to get the most from their membership.

Membership Renewals // Chamber Orientations // Chamber Check-Ups // Point of contact for Ambassador Committee 

Preferred Method of Communication: Call me! My direct line is 571-765-7567.

What drew you to work at the Chamber? I was a long-time member with my own training/consulting business. Circumstances changed for running my own business and the Chamber was hiring, so it seemed a good idea to put my Chamber experience to work for others.   Now I get to help the members do a better job of leveraging the benefits & opportunities! You won’t believe what you don’t know! 

What is the thing you love most about your job? When I explain something (i.e. using chamber tools or how to make better partnership connections) and hearing how well it worked (i.e. won a contract, gained a new client, established a solid partnership).  Successful Members = Successful Me!

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? There are many ways to make use of your chamber membership even if you can’t attend many events/meetings – don’t give up, let’s talk!  

Events Coordinator

Kaitlyn Britton // kbritton@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Events Coordinator

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Manages Chamber events & programming (including event planning committees // Point of contact for event registration questions // Point of contact for Young Professionals of Northern Virginia

Preferred Method of Communication:  Email

How long have you been with the Chamber? 8 Months as of April 2016

What is the thing you love most about your job? I get to bring people together for something whether it is for networking or to learn something new.

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would own a corporate event planning company.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Thank you for all your help with events; whether attending or helping in the planning process.


Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Whaley // awhaley@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Marketing & Communications

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Chamber emails, website & social media // Media Contact // Event Promotions // Chamber Marketing // Ad Sales // Point of contact for Young Professionals of Northern Virginia

Preferred Method of Communication:  Text (email me for my mobile number) — Trust me! It’s the best way to get a response from me! 

How long have you been with the Chamber? 8 years as of February 2016

What is the thing you love most about your job? No two days are the same. So far, I’ve been in the membership, events and communications departments. Whenever I need a change, it seems like the Chamber has another opportunity for my professional development. 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I’m a realist and I don’t think I could EVER own my own business. I need the motivation of answering to someone else! But in a fantasy world wherein I’m a self-motivated individual? I would own a vintage clothing store that offers personal shopping and at-home wardrobe consultations. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Ask the staff! Whenever you wonder if we might offer a particular service, if we can help you navigate local government, if we can connect you with another business where you’ve been trying to get a foot in the door,  or you have what you think is a hare-brained idea for a new event or program….always feel free to come to us. We LOVE helping you that way!  

Member Services Coordinator

Christine DiModica // cdimodica@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Member Services Coordinator

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of contact for all networking events // Works with sponsors to ensure they receive their benefits // Coordinates booth sales on annual expos like Transitions and Connections (new name coming soon!)

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

How long have you been with the Chamber?  2 years as of August 2016

What drew you to work at the Chamber?  Prior to joining the Chamber staff, I was the lead in a charitable volunteer role working with members and managing events. When I heard about the roles and responsibilities of an open position at the Chamber, I felt it was a natural progression for me to work in the capacity of something I had enjoyed doing in my volunteer time.  I was also ready to re-enter the workforce after staying at home for 15 years to raise our children.

What is the thing you love most about your job? I most enjoy getting to know our members and having a pulse on the region’s business community. It’s great to be “in the know”!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be?  In my spare time, I love to cook.  I would find it very gratifying to go into business with my sister, open a café, and spend our days creating and serving traditional family recipes and other Mediterranean cuisine.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Chamber membership is a long-term investment. The longer you’re a member, the greater the benefits in return.

Membership Sales Representative

Allison Haught  // ahaught@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Membership Sales Representative

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Bringing on new members // Reach out if you want to know about how to become a member// Point of contact for Ambassador Committee

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy mountain biking, flying, reading non-fiction books and science periodicals, sleeping when possible and evidently working 7 days a week.

What is the thing you love most about your job? I love connecting people with one another; helping them build relationships within the community.

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? Microsoft…. oh, smaller scale? Maybe a Cyber Security or Lobbying Firm. In reality I already do own a candy store in Downtown Culpeper; My Secret Stash — what is to become the world’s largest online and best small-town Candy Store. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? My goal is to get to know every one of you and to be in a position where I can help you meet the people you need to know, not just in the Prince William area, but throughout the region.

Director of Community Outreach

Suzanne Lewis // slewis@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Community Outreach

Primary Areas of Responsibility: I work with our members on initiatives and guest speaker series for the Chamber’s Committees & Councils: Business Growth Committee, Education & Innovation Committee, Government Contracting Council, Health & Wellness Council, Not-for-Profit Council, Hispanic Council and Veteran Council. I also manage the Business Academy Program.

Preferred Method of Communication: I’ll answer any method! But if I need to pick one, it would be email.

What drew you to work at the Chamber? The mission. Being a part of an organization that is an influence in the community where I live; that was a huge draw for me. After having worked for a consulting firm I can now help others achieve their business goals – what could be more rewarding? I have continued my work with the Chamber since I’m  always meeting interesting people and I learn something new almost every day.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? Wine! And now learning about what’s brewing in the brewery industry! I am the proud owner of a Penn Yan and love spending summers at Lake Sebago, Maine. I also love hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, snow skiing, horses, and spending time in a cabin overlooking the mountains. I also love traveling….just about anywhere! Ask me about the next trip I have planned! 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I do own a business that takes up my evenings. With an 11-year career working for universities in the field of undergraduate college admissions, I use that expertise and inside-track knowledge to assist students and their families navigate the college search and application process.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? The Chamber is designed so there is something for everyone…no matter the type or size of your business or even your personal working style.  Get involved! You’ll not only make key connections in the place where you do business but you’ll become more connected in your own community.

Finance Director

Anita Duecaster // aduecaster@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Finance Director

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of contact for billing & financial questions // Reach out if you are having problems paying for invoices or event registrations online // Point of contact for Finance Committee

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

How long have you been with the Chamber? 17 years

What is the thing you love most about your job? Numbers! And people. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to golf!

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would probably do bookkeeping. 

Director of Government Relations

Brendon Shaw // bshaw@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Director of Government Relations

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Point of Contact for Policy Committee // Point of Contact for Economic Development Committee // Point of Contact for Chamber PAC // Lobbies for the interests of member businesses at the state and local levels // Point of contact for all elected officials.

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

What drew you to work at the Chamber? The Chamber afforded me the opportunity to work on issues that I am passionate about. 

What is the thing you love most about your job?  I love being able to work in the community that I grew up in.   

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Golf. 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be? I would own a restaurant. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member? Sponsorships are still available.

 

Administrative Assistant

Becky Ward // rward@pwchamber.org

Learn more about our Administrative Assistant

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Becky’s is the face you’ll see when you walk into our office and the voice you’ll hear when you call our main line. Not sure who to talk to? Start with Becky. She will point you in the right direction.

Preferred Method of Communication: Email

What drew you to work at the Chamber?  After a lengthy career in the telecom industry, I was interested in how the Chamber operates and to work close to home.

What is the thing you love most about your job?  The versatility. Every day is an adventure.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy exercising and exploring the great outdoors. I also love American history, music, art and design. 

If you owned a business, what kind of business would it be?  A custom design dress shop.

What is one thing you wish you could tell every member?  Utilize the many benefits of Chamber membership!

 

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