The Matthews Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Jessica Tullar, the organization’s new Executive Director.
Jessica brings 16+ years of non-profit experience to her role with the Chamber, most recently serving as the manager of Discovery Place, Inc.’s Rockingham location. She worked for Discovery Place for nine years, first as a creative play professional and then a program coordinator, before she was promoted to manager. Prior to Discovery Place, Jessia spent seven years as the education coordinator for a New York museum.
In addition to dual undergraduate degrees in Communications and Dance from SUNY Brockport, Jessica holds a M.A. degree in Liberal Studies with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC Charlotte.
As the manager of Discovery Place Kids – Rockingham, Jessica was active with the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce. She served as an Ambassador and was a graduate of the Richmond County Chamber’s Leadership Institute. “I have seen how valuable the Chamber of Commerce can be and the impact businesses and non-profit organizations can achieve when they work together,” she says. “I am looking forward to growing and strengthening the network of support and fellowship that already make Matthews such a wonderful place.”
Amongst an extremely competitive applicant pool, Tullar impressed the Board of Directors from their first meeting.
“Jessica has a long track-record of collaborating and building partnerships, as well as achieving great success through fundraising and promotions,” notes Matthews Chamber Board President Kim Gossage. “More than that, though, she brings a warmth and energy to her work that will be an asset to the Chamber as we continue to support our members for many years to come.” Jessica fills the position previously held by Kelly Barnhardt, who served as the Chamber’s Executive Director for more than three years.
Jessica has lived in the Matthews area for seven years, noting she was drawn to the “charming downtown, restaurants, and businesses” in the community.
“Matthews always felt like home, so I am thrilled to take on this new role in a place I already love,” she says. Jessica joined the staff at its Matthews Station Street offices on Monday, August 10 and has quickly begun meeting members and community leaders. Introduce yourself to Jessica at an upcoming Chamber event, or email her at the Chamber to welcome her aboard!