Chamber Staff

The Greater Elkhart Chamber’s professional team is here to meet your business needs.

Kathy Cardwell, IOM

Kathy Cardwell, IOM

Vice President Administration

Oversees internal operations of the Chamber, administrative support to all departments, human resource functions, accounting/financials and management of the front office and communication systems.  Liaison to Business Recognition, Education/Career Development and Women’s Council.

Business Recognition Council
Education/Career Development Council
Women’s Council

Contact Kathy Cardwell, IOM
574-293-1531 ext. 122

Merritt Dilts

Merritt Dilts

Vice President Business Resources / Center for Business Excellence

Works with small and medium sized businesses and nonprofits on continuous improvement process. The work includes leadership training, team building, wasteful practice elimination, and creating increased efficiency. Among the tools utilized are DiSC and Six Sigma. Liaison to OSHA and Leadership Councils.

Center for Business Excellence/Michiana Lean Network
Leadership Council

Contact Merritt Dilts
574-293-3209 x 121

Jes Elam

Jes Elam

Member Engagement Specialist

Implements retention and collection programs for the Chamber.  Assists members in connecting with Chamber programs, services and involvement. Collaborates with staff on member platinum, gold and silver sponsorships. Serves as staff liaison to the Ambassadors Council.

Ambassadors Council

Contact Jes Elam
(574) 293-1531 x 124

Kay House-Clark

Kay House-Clark

Vice President Communications

Oversees Communications, including print, social media, media releases, and website. Maintains membership database.  Liaison to Environmental and Transportation Councils.

Transportation Council

Contact Kay House-Clark
(574) 293-1531 ext. 138

Levon Johnson

Levon Johnson

President/CEO

Oversees research, development, and implementation of strategic planning to address the priorities as identified by the Board of Directors. Directs operations of the Chamber to carry out programs of work to meet the members’ needs. Acts as a chief spokesperson for the Greater Elkhart business community in areas that are supported by Board and Council policies.  Serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Contact Levon Johnson
(574) 293-1531 ext. 120

Amanda Logsdon

Amanda Logsdon

Executive Administrative Assistant

Performs scheduling, administrative, meeting planning, confidential secretarial duties in assisting the President of the Chamber and the Board of Directors.  Performs general office duties in support of the Chamber as a whole.

Contact Amanda Logsdon
(574) 293-1531 ext. 101

Ginger Lyons

Ginger Lyons

Director of Member Engagement

Establishes and executes retention and collection programs for the Chamber.  Assists members in connecting with Chamber programs, services and involvement. Oversees member platinum, gold and silver sponsorships. Liaison to Ambassadors and Leadership Councils.

Leadership Academy

Contact Ginger Lyons
(574) 293-1531 ext. 134

Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews

Administrative Assistant

Initial contact in communicating with visitors to the Chamber.  Scheduling and preparation of meeting rooms. Support staff to CBE.  Performs general office duties in support of the Chamber as a whole

Contact Lauren Matthews
(574) 293-1531 ext. 101

Rolf Preibisch

Rolf Preibisch

Accounting Assistant

Handles account receivables and payables and event registration. Works with Accounting Manager/Contracted Services Support on Chamber’s and CBE’s financials.

Contact Rolf Preibisch
(574) 293-1531 ext. 130

Rebecca Rea

Rebecca Rea

Business Relations

Responsible for the growth of the Chamber membership base by developing relationships with prospective members.  Chamber representative to Downtown businesses. Plans and coordinates other member activities to support and promote Chamber services.

Contact Rebecca Rea
(574) 293-1531 ext. 141

Maria Rojas

Maria Rojas

Small Business Advisor

Serves as a liaison between greater Elkhart small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and the Chamber. The advisor will offer assistance and counsel in the area of business plan development and more.

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Contact Maria Rojas
(574) 293-1531 x 132

Kristen Smole

Kristen Smole

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Oversees Economic Development Initiatives which include redevelopment, business retention, expansion, and recruitment, works on local, state, and federal advocacy business impact issues, engages in regional initiatives. Serves as staff liaison to the Young Professionals Council.

Young Professionals Council

Contact Kristen Smole
(574) 293-1531 ext. 108

 

Kris Weimer

Kris Weimer

Startup Moxie of Elkhart County Executive Director

Oversees the recruitment curriculum development, lesson planning events, and daily class activities for students enrolled in Start Up Moxie Elkhart County. Responsible for recruitment of mentors and guest speakers. Serves as the chief fundraiser for the program.

Contact Kris Weimer
(574) 606-8942

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