Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Seats New Board Members and Elects Executive Committee

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce recently elected their 2018 executive committee and seated five new board members. 

The executive committee for 2018 includes Jennifer Drake of Independent Living Services as President, Ben Turrano of Charlotte A. Solt, Inc. and Charles X Blocks as Vice President, Rich Shupp of Cloud Service Center as Treasurer, and Mary Linkevich of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as Secretary.

Newly elected board members include Anthony Odorizzi of Bowe & Odorizzi Law Offices, Chris Henritzy of Del Rose Awards, Mike Bellizia of Dawn’s Vinyl Designs, Nathan Gerace, the Mayor of Tamaqua, and Stephanie Klatka of Silberline Manufacturing.

The newly seated members and the executive committee join returning board members Ann Ostergaard of Heisler’s Dairy Bar, Jack Kulp of WMGH 105.5 and a local music group, Kim Noel of WMGH/WLSH, Larissa Verta of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Linda Marchalk of Northeast Edge Associates, Major Sharon Whispell of The Salvation Army, Manda Smarr of St. Jerome’s Regional School, Megan McGeehan of Mauch Chunk Trust, Rich Stianche of Dn’A Bikes, Serge Chrush of Santander Bank, Steve Gintz of Revive Community Fellowship, and Susan Fegley of Versum Materials.

“I'm honored to lead this volunteer board and appreciate their commitment to our community and its prosperity. Together, we look forward to a busy 2018," says chamber president Jennifer Drake.

The Chamber organizes and helps with a variety of community events throughout the year including the popular Summer Concert Series at the Tamaqua Train Station, the new Tamaqua Remembers initiative to honor the 150th celebration of Memorial Day, the Hometown Heroes banner program, the Annual Community Yard Sale, and a regular schedule of workshops and mixers. A new tourism committee is focused on attracting visitors to the downtown area and all members of the community are welcome to participate in the effort.

Upcoming events and programs include the annual Chamber dinner which will be held on April 26, a community day at Owl Creek Reservoir on Saturday, May 19, and a new option for chamber members to purchase and hang coordinating "Open" flags outside their business.

The Chamber is now accepting nominations for Citizen and Business of the Year, and encourages the community to download a nomination form from its website, Both will be honored as part of the annual dinner festivities.

2018 Executive Committee