Rebekah E.B. Carroll, 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. She currently lives with her new husband and their four 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. She graduated from Chamber Institute in 2015 receiving her degree in Organizational Management, from Leadership Schuyler in 2010 and from Corning Community College in 2009 where she earned her Business Administration (A.A.S.) degree.
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!
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. 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.
Cassandra is a Finger-Lakes-local coming from Bath, New York. She moved to Montour Falls in 2012. In her capacity at the Chamber, Cassandra is the front line representative for the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center. This position’s primary function is to interact with visitors and Chamber members in providing information and guidance to enhance the visitor’s stay and to be an information resource to the Chamber membership.
“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.”
Brittany joined the Chamber Team in December 2014. Brittany grew up in Dundee, New York and graduated from Ithaca College in 2007. She parlayed her love for wine and the Finger Lakes into a ten year position at a winery on Seneca Lake, where she handled all aspects of advertising, marketing, wine club management, and event planning. During her time at the winery, she was an active member of the Academy of Wine Communications Finger Lakes Chapter, served among the first group of Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors as a Team Leader, and also served as the chair of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Brochure Committee.
In her capacity at the Chamber, Brittany is responsible for promoting Schuyler County’s tourism industry by creating and implementing tourism marketing and public relations programs. She is also responsible for developing and implementing programs to increase the visibility and credibility of the Chamber including membership benefits, programs, activities, and events. Brittany serves on the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council Board of Directors, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Marketing Committee, the Schuyler County Planning Board, and the Community Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Brittany’s expertise includes marketing, advertising, public relations, social media, and event planning. Being a true Finger Lakes girl at heart, she is excited to put her skills and experience to work for the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and its members. When she is not working, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the beautiful Finger Lakes with her husband.