Chamber Staff

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

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

Kathy Cardwell, IOM

Kathy Cardwell, IOM

Chief Administrative Officer

Oversees organization’s human relations, oversees the Chamber accounting, handles internal communications, helps to establish and maintain workplace culture. Serves as the staff liaison to the Business Recognition Council, Education/Career Development Council, and Women’s Council.

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

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

Kay House-Clark

Kay House-Clark

Chief Operations Officer

Oversees the organizational policies and procedures, external communications, and building maintenance. Maintains member data and coordinates with membership and accounting. Serves as Staff Liaison to the Transportation Council

Transportation Council

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

Rebecca Rea

Rebecca Rea

Member Relations Specialist

Oversees new membership, works as part of the member retention team, ideates, develops and implements Chamber member promotions.Serves as the staff liaison to the Downtown Merchants Alliance.

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

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. Coordinates ribbon cuttings/member celebrations. Serves as staff liaison to the Ambassadors Council.

Ambassadors Council

Contact Jes Elam
(574) 293-1531 ext. 124

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

Amanda Logsdon

Amanda Logsdon

Executive Administrative Assistant

Serves as Assistant to the Board of Directors, President/CEO, CAO, and COO. In addition is responsible for ordering all office supplies. Performs general office duties in support of the Chamber as a whole.

Contact Amanda Logsdon
(574) 293-1531 ext. 136

Merritt Dilts

Merritt Dilts

Center for Business Excellence Executive Director

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. Serves as the staff liaison to the OSHA Council.

Center for Business Excellence/Michiana Lean Network
OSHA Council

Contact Merritt Dilts
(574) 293-3209 ext. 121

Ginger Lyons

Ginger Lyons

Leadership Academy Coordinator

Coordinates all Leadership Academy activities, collaborates with CBE Executive Director in reviewing, revising, and implementing Leadership Academy curriculum, helps coordinate the recruitment of participants and nonprofit organizations, and facilitates financial transactions between Leadership Teams, the Chamber, and nonprofits. Serves as the staff liaison to the Leadership Council

Leadership Academy

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

Maria Rojas

Maria Rojas

Small Business Advisor

Works with small businesses to build business plans and represents the Chamber in entrepreneurship initiatives. Serves as the staff liaison to the Business Diversity Initiative.

Business Diversity Initiative

Contact Maria Rojas
(574) 293-1531 ext. 132

Kris Weimer

Kris Weimer

Start Up Moxie 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