President & CEO
Anne is a Danville native and a proud alumni of George Washington High School and Averett University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration. She most recently served Danville Public Schools in several capacities; the community engagement and business partnership specialist, teacher quality specialist, and the director of the Danville Public Schools Education Foundation. She also worked for Gateway Health as a project manager, and for the City of Danville as a project manager for the Office of Economic Development where she was responsible for the revitalization of the Downtown and Tobacco Warehouse historic districts.
Anne is excited to lead the Chamber during this time of growth for the community. Having been born and raised in the region, Anne has a passion for seeing her community grow and prosper.
In her role, Anne will work tirelessly to build the Chamber's role and relevance in the economic vitality of the region. She will serve the business community and the Chamber's 600 members by listening to members and collaborating with partners to enhance programs and services, engage volunteers, build financial strength and develop staff to make the Chamber a respected thought leader, convener, and an effective advocate for business.
Anne is an alumni of Leadership Southside and the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership.
She lives in Danville with her husband Todd and their 3 fur babies.
Director of Member Engagement
Christy was hired in 2021 as Membership Manager and helped lead the Chamber through COVID and recent leadership changes. She was promoted to the Director of Member Engagement position in June 2022.
In her new role, Christy develops strategic projects that focus on the execution of initiatives that drive results in member recruitment, retention, and engagement. She implements programs, events, and services that directly affect member needs and interests.
Christy brings a strong background in community development, community engagement, and business networking. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Paul's College, a Duke Non-Profit Management Certificate, and is a graduate of Leadership Southside. She was a member of the Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem COVID-19 Microgrant Selection Committee and led production for a recent TEDx Danville.
She also serves on various boards within the community to include the River District Association and the Danville Science Center. In addition, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Christy has a passion for the community and walks with a strong Christian faith. She attends Christ Temple Apostolic Church where she is instrumental in several ministries. She is married to Darrell Harper, and together they have two amazing children, Kristen and Kohlman.
Director of Operations
Crystal was hired in August 2022 as the Director of Operations, a newly created position that will play an integral role in delivering high value to Chamber members.Crystal is responsible for the management and coordination of operational activities which are vital to the execution of Chamber programs and initiatives. She also collaborates with Christy Harper, the Director of Member Engagement, to develop and oversee membership recruitment, retention, and engagement for the Chamber and manage administrative tasks related to communication with vendors, partners, board members, and event coordination.
Crystal brings a strong background in community engagement and workforce development. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management from Patrick Henry Community College and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society. She is also a Certified Career Coach. She most recently held positions with Piedmont Community Services as an Employment Specialist/Case Manager and with Goodwill Industries of the Valley as a GoodCare Regional Coordinator.