Rebekah E.B. LaMoreaux, joined the Chamber team in February of 2008. Unbeknownst to her, during those first cold, snowy Upstate New York days she fell in love with Chamber work and found herself whole-heartedly supporting the mission of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. As she moved from Contract Bookkeeper to Director of Operations & Finance to Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer, she continued to learn the intricacies of Chamber programs, events, and activities. Rebekah is committed to supporting the Chamber members, constituents, partners, and team. In May of 2010, by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, she was named President/CEO of the Chamber and is ready to lead this Chamber forward!
Rebekah’s professional career began at Schuyler Hospital (a rural, big-hearted hospital located in Montour Falls, NY) in the accounting office, where she worked for seven years. In 2005, when Rebekah resigned from the hospital to stay at home with her young children, she was functioning in the capacity of Assistant Director of Human Resources and Junior Accountant. For the next three years, Rebekah was the sole-proprietor of two different businesses – a registered group daycare (REBEKAH’S PLACE DAYCARE) and a consulting business. While wearing her “consultant” hat, she contracted with Corning’s Gaffer District (Corning, NY) as its Interim Director of Operations, performed all billing services for two small medical offices, performed Sales Tax Recovery Projects for local non-for-profit organizations, and prepared small business and personal income tax returns.
Rebekah is proud to say that she has lived in the area since she was eleven, and currently resides in downtown Watkins Glen, NY with her children, Ryanna (age 13) and Alexandria (age 11). Rebekah enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, and spending time with her children. Rebekah is actively involved in the community and serves on Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) and Finger Lakes Wine Country’s boards of directors. Rebekah is a member of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club and the Schuyler County League of Women Voters. She graduated from Leadership Schuyler in 2010 and earned her Business Administration (A.A.S.) degree from Corning Community College (Corning, NY) in 2009.
Tourism & Marketing Manager
Drew Guild joined the chamber in November 2013. Guild comes to the Chamber following a 25-year career in broadcasting, industry sales and management. He will provide the strategic planning and direction for the major elements of the Chamber’s integrated marketing programs including, advertising, media relations, media and tourism promotions, research, and product development. He will also develop tourism campaign strategies and implementation of those plans as approved by the Chamber and its Board. Other responsibilities include working with local, regional, national, and international organizations on tourism development initiatives regarding the membership, Watkins Glen International, culinary and wine trails, Seneca Lake and beyond.
Guild has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication (Broadcasting) from Alderson-Broaddus University, Philippi, West Virginia and a MS in Corporate Communication credits from Ithaca College. He has worked extensively as a volunteer in many capacities with a multitude of Chambers of Commerce including the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chemung County Chamber of Commerce (winner of the Goostrey Award for most new members), and Corning Area Chamber of Commerce among others.
The Guild family has a long history with the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier, and New York State dating back to 1833. Guild has a wife Rebecca – Lab Manager at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, and a teenage daughter who is a senior attending Odessa-Montour Central School District and a teenage son who is a freshman at University of Buffalo. For fun, he enjoys his extensive avocation of ferroequinology (study of the iron horse).
Membership Services Manager
In May 2014, Meredith was promoted to Membership Services Manager. Meredith officially joined the Chamber team as the Visitor Center and Resource Coordinator in June 2013. In this position, Meredith focused on reception, agri-tourism promotion, travel package promotions, and social media enhancements. In January 2013, Meredith interned with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce as an agri-tourism intern. During her 15 week internship she focused on agri-tourism development and created an Agricultural Brochure of agribusinesses within Schuyler County. In the spring of 2013, Meredith graduated from SUNY Morrisville with a bachelor of business administration degree in Agricultural Business Development, finishing in three years.
She hopes that her career here at the Chamber and other future endeavors will allow her be a part of sharing the diversity of agriculture as well as inviting travelers to enjoy the beauty of the region!
In her free time, Meredith enjoys working on her family’s 3rd generation farm, riding, drawing and painting. She hopes that her career here at the Chamber and other future endeavors will allow her be a part of sharing the diversity of agriculture as well as inviting travelers to enjoy the beauty of the region!
Visitor Center & Events Manager
Katherine Strawser, Visitor Center & Events Manager, joined the Chamber full time in early 2008 as the Visitor Center Coordinator. Katherine staffs the Business & Education Committee and helps with upcoming events such as the Monthly After Hours Mixers, July Fundraiser, Annual Celebration, Golf Tournament, and many more when needed.
Katherine graduated from Watkins Glen High School and has attended Corning Community College and is excited to continue furthering her education. She started her career at the age of 14 by cleaning a local bed and breakfast. She then worked at a local restaurant in Watkins Glen as a busser. After Katherine graduated from Watkins Glen High School she was given the opportunity to work at the Schuyler County Visitor Center as a part time summer staff for the 2007 Summer and Fall season. Her love for the community, businesses and the Finger Lakes Region has grown!
Katherine has lived in Schuyler County since the age of 8, and currently resides in the county. She loves spending time with her family, friends and her two furry pets; Richard (Weimaraner) and her cat George. If she’s not snuggled in with her furry pets she’s working on her many DIY projects. Katherine plans on continuing her career with the Chamber. She loves living in the Schuyler County area, and hopes to one day have a family of her own with a summer cottage on Seneca Lake.
Douglas (Doug) Quade joined the Chamber Team as contract bookkeeper on June 27, 2013. Doug has
extensive experience in accounting, finance, and business management. Previous jobs include VP of
Finance & Information Systems at Peak Resorts and Business Manager at East Burke School.
He has been married to Sue Quade for 32 years, and they have a daughter and son. Doug and Sue own
property on Keuka Lake and live at Keuka Park, NY. Doug enjoys hunting, fishing, RVing and visiting his
Visitor Center & Resource Coordinator
Cassie Smith is a Finger-Lakes-local coming from Bath, New York. She moved to Montour Falls in 2012. Cassie is currently enrolled at Bryant and Stratton College online, for the Medical Coding and Reimbursement degree program. She is engaged to get married in October, 2014, to her best friend.
Cassie has past experience at Glenora Wine Cellars and as a Presentation Manager at PetSmart for four years. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two border collies Luigi and Domino. She is a longtime animal lover and advocate. She also enjoys going to watch her fiancé race his three-wheeler!
“I am excited to help and add value to this ever so growing chamber. The region is so beautiful, and I’m so thankful to be able to be a part of it.”