The Columbus Chamber of Commerce has announced the results of their annual board of directors elections that took place in late August. Three board incumbents were re-elected, and two new members were elected. They are Ryan Fedako, Michelle Gorman, Zach Venghaus, Carrie Foster, and Hadley Sciba.
Ryan Fedako is owner of Ryan’s Device Repair and will be serving a second term as a Chamber board member. Ryan has served on several committees for the board and books the entertainment for Magnolia Days Festival. He also oversees stage and production during the festival.
Michelle Gorman works for Five Oak Construction and manages their residential division. Michelle is also returning for her second term on the Chamber board. She has served on many committees, including but not limited to, St. Paul Creative Child Care Board of Directors and the Columbus Board of Adjustments. She has also served as the chairman of the children’s activities during the Magnolia Days Festival and Ladies Night Out.
Zach Venghaus is the Director of Technology for Columbus Independent School District. Zach joined the board in June of this year to fill a vacated seat. He will now serve another term on the board. Zach is a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony School Advisory Council, and several other volunteer organizations.
Carrie Foster, Area Manager of Lone Star Bank, is a newly elected member of the board. Carrie has worked with CASA for Kids of South Central Texas and is a Leadership Washington County 2010 Alumni. Carrie brings years of management and volunteer experience to the board.
Hadley Sciba is the owner of Windshield Express and Columbus Tire Center. Hadley joins the chamber as a newly elected board member eager to help Columbus grow and prosper. He is a member of the Columbus Lions Club and plans on getting much more involved since moving back home to Columbus.
“We are thrilled to have these new and returning members on the board, “ said Janet Hollmann, Chamber executive assistant. “Our board members are a valuable asset and we rely on them heavily to assist with our Chamber events and activities. I look forward to working with all of them and believe each will bring their own uniqueness and talent to the Chamber”.
A great big thank you is extended to outgoing board members, Kathleen Townzen, Jolyn Goolsby, and Marilyn Wade for their many years of dedication and support of the Chamber. Their hard work is greatly appreciated, and they will be missed.
Seven other board seats were not up for re-election and remain filled by Kirk Lowe, Amber Becerra, Shelley Eden, Lindsi Graham, Molly Harkness, Ann Butler and Alesia Woolridge.
The new board will elect officers for 2020-2021 term at their next meeting on September 23rd.