Committees

Ambassadors

The mission of the Chamber Ambassadors is to promote the role of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce in the community by welcoming new members, encouraging current members to maximize their membership and aid in maintaining and increasing the retention rate of new and existing members through reinforcing the Chamber benefits. Ambassadors create a positive image for the Chamber by acting as liaisons between members and the Chamber Staff.

Ambassadors are a very important part of the Chamber, and are selected on the basis of the individual’s interest, dependability, integrity, energy, and communication skills. An Ambassador uses those skills and provides a communication link between our membership and the Chamber, and our community and the Chamber.

If you are interested in becoming a Chamber Ambassador, contact Janelle at jelwood@mcachamber.com.

Current Ambassadors

Alison Beatty, First Trust Credit Union – As Member Development Representative at First Trust Credit Union, Alison participates in community outreach in La Porte, Porter, Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties. In her position, she also attends marketing events on behalf of First Trust and assists in designing promotional material for the credit union. She is an ambassador for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce. Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and French from Saint Mary’s College. In her free time, she hosts trivia in Valparaiso and bowls in a league in LaPorte.

Belle Corleyturnipseed, Horizon Bank – Belle is a Michigan City Native and a has been a Michigan City Chamber Ambassador since 2019. She lives by the motto “service before self” in her role as a customer service representative for Horizon Bank. Belle is civic-minded by desire and her conscience is guided by design.

Glenn Firme, Sullair

Casey Krivak, Modern Woodmen of America

Karri Krumnow (Chair), 1st Source Bank – In her role as Assistant Vice President of Business Banking, Karri works with different businesses to help them fulfill all of their banking needs and dreams. Karri has been in the banking industry for over 25 years and believes outstanding customer service and trust is a large part of her success. She believes in community service and donates a portion of her time to different organizations such as; an Ambassador for the Michigan City Chamber, Finance Committee for the Lubeznik Center, EDCMC Revolving Loan Fund, GLEDC Revolving Loan Fund, Business Retention & Expansion Committee for Laporte Chamber, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. Karri works on building LaPorte County one business at a time.

Amanda Meyne, JMJ Talent Solutions & Staffing – Amanda was born and raised in the region. She has a business management degree and has been working in a human resources type role for 5 years. Amanda’s current role is an Account Manager at JMJ Talent Solutions & Staffing. Her passion is recruiting and building lasting relationships with her clients. She has newly become a Michigan City Chamber Ambassador as of the end of 2018.

Eileen Quigley, Midwest Lending – As a licensed mortgage professional, Eileen has the knowledge, training and expertise to match the perfect mortgage product to your individual financial picture. It is her responsibility to educate borrowers on the best home financing options available. She will be with you through the entire process from application to the closing table. Eileen is a resident of Michiana Shores and is licensed in IL, IN and MI. She has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2019.

Maceo Rainey, Purdue University Northwest – Mr. Maceo M. Rainey, affectionately known as the “RtI” (Response to Intervention) Administrator is an intervention specialist with a proven track record of success by way of transformational leadership. During his tenure in public education, Mr. Rainey has served as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, consultant, guest presenter, and special projects coordinator at the elementary and secondary level. He is a native of North Carolina and grew up in Chicago and its surrounding southern suburbs. Mr. Rainey brings a unique perspective the field of education. He attended Illinois State University on a full athletic scholarship for men’s football. During this time he served as team captain on the men’s football team, and an elected officer of the university’s Black Student Union. Mr. Rainey received his undergraduate degree in History-Teacher Education from Illinois State University and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University. Mr. Rainey is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis University. Mr. Rainey has delivered presentations to various segments in the field of education. Some of the topics included: RtI (Response to Intervention): The Practical Approach, Why Gender Matters (Single Gender Education), Hip-Hop and the Curriculum, the Socialization of African-American Boy’s, and a host of moral and ethical issues that impact education. Mr. Rainey’s unique perspective results from his ability to see the world from multiple viewpoints and to value the diversity in learning, behavioral, and communication styles that characterize the American experience. His wealth of experience highlights a lifelong commitment to social justice issues, equality components, advocacy, and empowerment. Equally as important, Mr. Rainey has managed to maintain a refreshing sense of humor while addressing the challenges of functioning in a culturally pluralistic society. As testament to Mr. Rainey’s strong leadership abilities and service to the community. Mr. Rainey has been appointed to work with the City of Gary’s Scholarship Committee, Alternatives to Suspension Program, One Church One School Initiative, and the IU Dons Program. In his personal and professional life, it is clear that each thread of his background has contributed to his strong message of promoting student achievement and advocacy for those whose perspectives and voices often go unrecognized within the environments in which they must function. Maceo has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2019.

Rose Tejeda, Interior Designer/Consultant – Rose is a licensed, commercial interior designer specializing in retail environments, showrooms, facade and shopping center renovations. She has over 25 years experience in the industry. She works with clients who want to make a statement. Rose is proud to have provided successful and inspired solutions for clients such as Michael Jordan Golf, Motorola, United Paradies Shops (airport retail), C.D. Peacock and H20+. She has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2019.

Dawn Zigler, Meridian Title – In her role as Account Manager, Dawn focuses on establishing and maintaining business relationships with potential and existing clients through professional, social, civil, and community groups which promote the services and goodwill of the company. Dawn is devoted to exceeding her customers’ business goals expectations. She started as Escrow Officer with Meridian Title in 2002, and moved to an Account Manager roll in 2011. Dawn is very committed to giving back to the industry. She is an Ambassador for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of the LaPorte County Association of Realtors and the LaPorte County Family YMCA.

In celebration of the Chamber’s Centennial Year, the Ambassadors checked in with Chamber members to say “Thank You” through the 2018 Chamber Check-In Program. Selected member received delicious cakes featuring their logos, donated generously by Al’s Supermarket. Those deliveries were featured monthly in the News Dispatch Newspaper, as well as on the Chamber’s website & Facebook page. Thank you to our Ambassadors for all of your help in making this program a success. Click to view photos. 

 

Community Development

The Community Development Committee is the group that is the steward of The Chamber Education Foundation Fund (CEFF).

The CEFF is held at the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County. The purpose of the fund is “dedicated to the enhancement of the local educational environment through efforts to achieve a high quality education in the Michigan City area.” The CEFF has granted funds ranging from: the MAP Program for Middle Schools , Summer Camps for students, Culinary Workshops, College and Career Pathways Summit & more. Learn more about the CEFF.

Lakefront Career Network

This Young Professional Division of the Chamber are leaders in the community that focus on connecting the next generation of business leaders and attracting & retaining young people to work & live in Michigan City. LCN is “Developing today’s connections for tomorrow’s relationships.” Learn more about the LCN.

Manufacturers’ Council

This council meets bi-monthly for joint meetings with the LaPorte Chamber Manufacturers Redevelopment Association on a variety of topics related to manufacturing.

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