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Chamber leaders accepted to Fellowship

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Leaders from 21 chambers of commerce, representing communities throughout the United States, have been selected to participate in the fourth cohort of ACCE’s Fellowship for Education Attainment.

The Fellowship is an immersive executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals with education and tools to improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in the communities they serve.

Throughout the year-long experience, Fellows work to develop a regional action plan that focuses on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.

Find more information about ACCE’s Fellowship for Education Attainment by visiting, or contact Molly Blankenship, community advancement coordinator, by email at or phone at 703-998-3530. ACCE will begin accepting applications for the next Fellowship cohort in early spring 2018.

Congratulations to this year’s Fellows!

Amber Mooney
Manager, Government Affairs
Business Council of New York State
Albany, N.Y.

Chris Romer, IOM
President & CEO
Vail Valley Partnership
Avon, Colo.

Dr. Gilda Ramirez
Vice President, Small Business & Education
United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
Corpus Christi, Texas

Kristi Barr
Director, Workforce Development & Education
Little Rock Regional Chamber
Little Rock, Ark.


Travis Burton
Manager of Public Affairs
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Frankfort, Ky.

Cathy Burwell, IOM
President & CEO
Helena Area Chamber of Commerce
Helena, Mont.

Tim Cairl
Director, Education Policy
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Atlanta, Ga.

Brett Campbell
Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce
Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa, Okla.


Jonathan Davis
Director of Workforce Initiatives
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
Augusta, Ga.

Melanie D’Evelyn
Manager, Education Attainment
Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation
Detroit, Mich.

Dexter Freeman, II
Director of Intelligence, Innovation & Education
Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Irving, Texas

Christy Gillenwater, IOM, CCE
President & CEO
Southwest Indiana Chamber
Evansville, Ind.


Derek Kirk
Director of Community & Government Relations
North Orange County Chamber
Fullerton, Calif.

Angelle Laborde, CCE
President & CEO
Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce
Greenwood, S.C.

Christopher Cooney, IOM, CCE
President & CEO
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Brockton, Mass.

Meaghan Lewis
Government Affairs Manager
North Carolina Chamber
Raleigh, N.C.


JoAnn Sasse Givens
Director of Workforce Development
Effingham County Chamber of Commerce
Effingham, Ill.

Mary Anne Sheahan
Executive Director of Leadership & Workforce Development
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Burlington, Vt.

Barbara Stapleton
Vice President of Workforce & Education
GO Topeka
Topeka, Kan.

Sherry Taylor
President & CEO
Mason Deerfield Chamber
Mason, Ohio


Emily Ward
Vice President, Foundation Supports & Grant Management
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn, New York


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