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Staff

  • Crystal Brown | President and Chief Executive Officer

    Crystal was named president and CEO in 2021 after previously serving as vice president of development for four years and having joined the Chamber staff in 2012. Prior to joining the Chamber, she held advertising positions at The Decatur Daily for 18 years. Crystal is responsible for management of the professional Chamber staff and has oversight of all Chamber programs. She serves as lead spokesperson for the Chamber on all economic development projects, strategic community initiatives, and public policy issues. Crystal currently serves as vice chair for the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, and as the chair of Leadership Alabama’s Decatur Regional Council. She has actively served on boards for the Alabama Community College System, Athens State University, the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County, chairwoman of the board for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce as well as many others. Crystal is a recipient of the international ATHENA Leadership Award and the 2020 Chamber Professional of the Year award. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama. To email Crystal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Leissa Chittam | Chief Financial Officer
    Leissa has been with the Chamber since 1991. Leissa previously worked with Sunburst Bank in Mississippi, where she was responsible for the accounts payable department and facilitated the computerization of the department. Her responsibilities include all financial aspects of the Chamber's operations and maintaining computer systems. She is a 1999 graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Georgia and a 2013 graduate of Athens State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. To email Leissa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Judy Brown | Director of Member and Investor Relations

    Judy rejoined the Chamber staff in 2018 after having served as an administrative assistant with the Chamber in 2010. While in Decatur, she was responsible for business development in the auto retail industry, as well as inventory control and accounting departments in the local industry sector. Her past community involvement includes work with the Princess Theater Center for the Performing Arts, Parents & Children Together (PACT), Junior League of Morgan County, Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Decatur City Schools Parent-Teacher Organization. Judy is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in marketing. Her responsibilities include the Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership program of which she is a graduate, Edge Student Leadership, the Chamber’s public policy agenda, and investor relations connected to the Chamber’s Partnership initiative. To email Judy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Denice Marco | Director of Program Development

    Denice joined the Chamber staff in 2020 with a long resume of non-profit financial and volunteer experience. She is a former small business owner and held accounting and office manager positions with two area private businesses. Before coming to the Chamber, she served as claims clerk for Chapter 13 Trustee Michele T. Hatcher in Decatur. She also serves as chair and member of on several committees at her church, as well as a leader of several area Boy Scouts initiatives and the Enchanted Forest of Decatur – a fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Marco, who is responsible for the implementation and development of the Chamber's program of work, as well as the Total Resource Campaign, has an associates degree in business administration from Miami-Dade College in Miami, Fla. To email Denice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Amber Fortenberry | Director of Talent Development & Recruitment

    Amber joined the Chamber staff in 2018, bringing experience in human resources management with Toray Carbon Fibers and more recently with Intergraph Services Company in Huntsville. During her career, she has worked in all phases of employee development and training, including employee recruitment through state and national networks, career fairs and outreach events. She received her bachelor of arts with a major in human resource management from Athens State University in Athens, Ala., and will be responsible for the organization’s education and workforce training efforts. To email Amber, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Rachel Keith | Director of Communications
    Rachel joined the Chamber staff in January of 2022. Rachel is responsible for communicating the work of the Chamber to its members and the community through media relations, website and social media management and coordination of annual events. Rachel graduated from West Morgan High School and received a degree in Communications from the University of North Alabama. Prior to joining the Chamber, Rachel spent 20 years in television news, where she most recently served as assignment manager for WAAY 31. During her news career, she served as the Decatur bureau multimedia journalist, chief photographer and is a FAA certified drone operator. She has also worked on numerous community service projects to help bring awareness to area non-profits. To email Rachel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Chamber thanks its Strategic Partners for their support.

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