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 Michele BarrettSpecial Events & Marketing Director

  

Michele started her employment with the TriCounty Chamber on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Michele will primarily be responsible for planning and execution of all Chamber events including but not limited to Business Card Exchanges, Membership Breakfasts, and Refresh Fridays. She will also design and facilitate all annual events such as the Legislative Coffee, College Fair, and the Boyertown Area Progress Dinner. Michele will be your business-to-chamber contact for marketing of all events. We look forward to Michele’s contributions to the Ambassador Program, Women of the Workforce Program, Family Business RoundTable, and Lead Engage Young Professionals.

Michele earned her M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She enjoyed teaching middle and high school English and Language Arts for seven years, in part teaching in the Antietam School District, before dedicating her time to raising her children, Grace who is now 16 and Nicholas who is now 13.
 
During her years as a “stay-at-home parent,” Michele started a nonprofit organization, Walk Bike Berks, and served the tri-county area as a transportation education and equity advocate at the local, state, and national level. Michele says she is delighted that her early work as a grant writer for the Pottstown School District’s Safe Routes to School program was able to serve as a small component of the overall success that has led to the new bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the Pottstown area. She went on to become the first Executive Director for PA Walks and Bikes. She served both leadership roles until her family made the move to Montgomery County in 2010 where Michele served on the board of directors for Building a Better Boyertown. She offered her help as a temporary full-time Main Street Manager to the BBB while the established Manager, Adrianne Blank was on leave for a short time.

In 2014, Michele went on to serve as the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust’s Assistant Director. Michele is delighted to have the opportunity to currently serve on the Pennsylvania’s Americana Region’s visitor’s bureau’s ADA/Autism Friendly Committee. The work will enable the bureau to launch a new website page and print resources to highlight businesses and destinations in our region that provide ADA and autism-friendly infrastructure and supports.

Michele looks forward to being a vital part of the tri-county region and contributing to the growing success of the ongoing business development.

 


Eileen Dautrich, IOM, PaCCE, President


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Articles by Eileen: January 2018 President's Message; Making a Difference is What We Do

In 1990, Eileen Dautrich began working for TCACC as a student intern in the Boyertown Area Chamber of Commerce office.  She returned to the Chamber a number of times, working in various capacities and eventually being hired as the Vice President of Administration in 1999.  Eileen was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2006.  With the reorganization of the Chamber in fall of 2010, Eileen was promoted to President of the TriCounty Chamber effective November 1, 2010.

In her position as Executive Vice President, Eileen facilitated and managed the day-to-day operations for the Chamber.  In addition, for 9 years she served as the Director of the Leadership Tri-County program, and continues to manage the Chamber’s 501(c)(3) organization, the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Inc. Foundation.  As President, Eileen is responsible for building relationships with the members and the community as well expanding the organization’s programs, member benefits and continuing to manage the daily activities of the organization.

Eileen earned a B.S. in Business Education, with a concentration in accounting, from Bloomsburg University.  Her ongoing professional development has included graduating from the U.S. Chamber’s four year program, the Institute for Organization Management, in 2005 and graduating from the Leadership Tri-County program in 2000.  She attends various seminars and participates in webinars every year that help strengthen her business knowledge and allow her to greater assist TCACC and its members.  Her favorite part of working at the Chamber is that she is passionate about what the Chamber stands for in the tri-county community and the satisfaction of being able to help the local, small businesses, and the community at large through her daily activities.

Eileen is the recipient of the YWCA Tri-County Area’s Tribute to Exceptional Women Award for the Non-Profit/Public Service category. Eileen also received her Pennsylvania Certified Chamber Executive designation from the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals in 2013. She has served on various boards in the tri-county region including the Healthy Woman Advisory Board at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and was a board member for the YWCA Tri-County Area; she is a current member of the board of directors for Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc.  In a statewide role, Eileen also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals and currently serves as a member of the Professional Development and Recognition Committee for the Association. 

A graduate of the Boyertown Area School District, she still resides in the district with her husband and her daughter.


Tarra Farrell, Events & Marketing Director
  
Tarra began working at the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce as the Events & Marketing Director in December 2017. She has spent the last 8+ years in the events field ranging from sporting events, and marathons to professional trade shows, receptions, and luncheons.

Tarra graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Sports and Recreation Administration. She then continued on to receive her M.S. in Sports Management from Canisius College in Buffalo NY. She finished her masters degree in Florida while working at the Walt Disney World Resort where she spent several years at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Afterwards she had a year long stint as an Event Manager at the Orange County Convention Center, where her understanding and knowledge of the business world grew exponentially. Taking the chance at an opportunity to move closer to home, she then moved back up to the Pottstown Area in November 2017. She is excited to be a part of the TriCounty Area Chamber and looks forward to learning all she can about the community.

Tarra also enjoys sports and coaching youth volleyball on the side. Her interests include singing, traveling, playing volleyball, and watching hockey games.


Gregory Glenn, Member Relations Director
   
Gregory Glenn started his employment with the TriCounty Chamber in September 2018. Gregory will primarily be focused on recruiting new members for the Chamber.  He will work to grow the size of our Chamber Community while guiding new members on how to grow their business through their membership.

He spent the last year working at Tri County Toyota where he was busy learning about the car business and selling 15 to 20 cars a month while educating customers on vehicle safety. Before that, he spent 12 years with Yellowbook (HIBU) as a sales executive assisting customers on their advertising campaigns by putting together their optimized websites and placing their ads in the phone directory.


Serving the tri-county region is important to Gregory, a Pottstown resident and graduate of Pottstown High where he excelled in Football and Basketball.  After high school, he went on to play football and graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Management and Marketing.   After college he moved to the Maryland area and took a job working for the Department of Health and Human Services.  He moved back to his roots to take a sales position for WFMZ-TV Channel 69 while also coaching basketball for the Pottstown High Boys Basketball team.

Gregory is married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara.  He enjoys watching sporting events with Barb and spending time with family, especially daughters Asia, Alexis & Jasmine and with friends.  He also keeps busy with officiating PIAA Basketball and Football games.


Jennifer O'Donnell, IOM, Leadership Tri-County Director

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 Jenn joined the Chamber staff in January 2015 and brought a passion for engaging and interacting with the community as well as her unique perspective as a former member of the Chamber for over nine years. As Member Relations Director, Jenn engaged businesses with the opportunities membership provided to expand their presence throughout the tri-county region, facilitated member engagement, led the Chamber Ambassador Committee, and also served as Director of Leadership Tri-County.

In July 2018, Jenn has transitioned to full-time Director of Leadership Tri-County. As Director, Jenn will be expanding the existing program and its offerings to the community by working closely with employers to help identify and develop emerging leaders, assist the nonprofit community with project proposals and board development, and will be seeking out educational programming and funding that will provide a strong foundation for our participants.

Jenn earned her IOM designation in August 2018 from the Institute for Organization Management, a four year program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Tri-County.

Born and raised on Long Island, Jenn moved to Collegeville in 2001, where she resides with her husband and raised their daughter, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In fulfillment of her passion for choral arts education, Jenn is a member of the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and serves as Committee Chair for the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.


  Melissa Shainline, Communications & Administrative Director

    

Melissa started at the Chamber as Administrative Assistant in November 2012. She began her role as Communications & Administrative Director in December 2017. She resides in the Hill Church area and attended St. Pius X High School in Pottstown.

Melissa also attended Delaware Valley University. While there she studied Large Animal Science and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Science & Management. She was a member of the Western Equestrian Team, Apiary Society, the academic fraternity Delta Tau Alpha, and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. During college, Melissa also studied abroad at Hartpury University in Gloucester, United Kingdom. While abroad, she had the opportunity to volunteer for the 2010 Badminton Horse Trials.

In addition, Melissa serves on the Foundation for Pottstown Education's Board of Directors as Secretary. She also works for CVS Health and pet sits. When not at work, she enjoys: traveling, reading, gardening, beekeeping, embroidery, knitting, and spending time with her dogs (Zoey and Morgan) and cats (Jada and Patches).

 

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Pottstown, PA 19464

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