June 14, 2018
Chamber Announces Staff Changes

We are excited to welcome Rachel Covington to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce as director of member services. Rachel comes to the Chamber from Averett University, where her work focused on leveraging students, faculty, staff and citizens to serve the community; building relationships with partners at the local, regional and state levels to ascertain their needs; and overseeing a comprehensive communications plan for the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mary Washington, Rachel earned Duke University's Certificate of Nonprofit Management, and expects to receive her master's in Nonprofit Leadership Studies from the University of Lynchburg in 2020. She is a graduate of Leadership Southside XIX, a 2016 recipient of the Chamber's Young Professionals PACE (Professional and Civic Engagement) Award and a 2017 Middle Border Forward Fellow. She currently serves on the boards of the River District Association, Danville Science Center, Festival in the Park and Southside Area Tennis Association.

Her position at the Chamber will focus on member recruitment and retention, refinement of a multi-faceted communications strategy, dynamic programming that benefits members and the further development of the Chamber's Young Professionals, WE!Lead and Leadership Southside initiatives.

At the same time that we welcome Rachel, we say goodbye to both Amy Boles and Allison Moore.

Amy has served as the tourism coordinator since November 2016. In that time she launched our regional tourism website, experiencedpc.com, created the LOVEworks sign, which continues to be featured at events throughout Danville and Pittsylvania County, and has brought recognition to the region through social and print media campaigns.

Amy's last day at the Chamber will be June 15, and she then will move on to Davenport Energy. Congratulations, Amy!

Allison has been the Business Services Manager since October 2016, and her work has focused on connecting employers throughout Danville and Pittsylvania County to workforce resources and training opportunities. During her time she assisted with reemployment efforts following several business closures; spearheaded recruitment events, sector workforce discussions and data resources; and assisted employers with accessing training funds.

June 22 will be Allison's last day at the Chamber; after her departure, employers wishing to access workforce funding may contact Robert Bencini of the West Piedmont Workforce Development Board at 276.656.6190 or robert@wpwib.org. Congratulations to Allison for her new opportunity with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research!

We are grateful for the contributions of both Amy and Allison and wish them the best!