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Deb Settle      

President/CEO – dsettle@nejcchamber.com

How I arrived at the Chamber: In the banking industry for 24 years, I was in charge of growing the retail market without any marketing budget, so I sought advice from the local Chamber. I stopped by the NEJC Chamber office and left with a spot on a committee. I progressed from there to Chair of the committee, then served on the Board of Directors, then Chairman of the Board, and when the Chamber president resigned in 2009, I was offered the opportunity to take over that position.

Favorite part of my role here: Being the President of the NEJC Chamber gives me the opportunity to connect with people, businesses and the local community. I enjoy working with the Board of Directors to implement their direction for the Chamber through sponsorships, events and programs. Another important part of my job is serving as a community advocate by staying in touch with our local elected officials so we continue helping small businesses grow.

Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ENFJ. Strengths: Woo, Maximizer, Activator, Communicator, Positivity

First job: I was a nurse aid at Kingman Community Hospital in Kingman, Kansas. I always wanted to be a nurse until I found out I had chronic sinusitis because I was allergic to the hospital cleaning products! I decided I needed a new career path.

 

MWP-18Stoney Bogan

Business Development – sbogan@nejcchamber.com

How I arrived at the Chamber: I retired from Westlake Hardware and had opened a couple side businesses in Merriam. I went to We’re Talkin’ Tuesday one morning and afterwards Deb, a long-time friend, asked me if I would consider taking on business development for the Chamber. As a past Board member and Chairman of the Board, I was excited to get involved again as I knew how important the Chamber is to this community.

Favorite part of my role here: I like that every day is different. I especially enjoy being the first contact for new businesses to the area to welcome them to the community and invite them to get involved with the Chamber.

Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ESTJ. Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Belief, Responsibility, Ideation

First job: When I was 19 I had my acting debut in a television mini-series called The Blue and the Gray.

 

Michael Poppa

Membership Engagement – mpoppa@nejcchamber.com

How I arrived at the Chamber: I was introduced to the Chamber after my election to the Roeland Park City Council in April 2015. Over the next year I became active as an Ambassador and served on the Legislative Committee. I then completed the Leadership NEJC program as 2016 class president and went on to serve on the Curriculum Committee. When the opportunity presented itself to be an official part of the team in 2017, I jumped on it.

Favorite part of my role here: The opportunity to connect with a diverse group of people and businesses in the NEJC community.

Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ENTP. Strengths: Input, Activator, Ideation, Adaptability, Arranger

First job: I worked at my great uncle’s produce stand in the City Market.

 

Cheryl Aufdemberge

Office Coordinator – cheryl@nejcchamber.com

How I arrived at the Chamber: I responded to a job opening on Nonprofit Connect and interviewed with Deb Settle that week. After the interview, we both knew that working for the Chamber was the best place for me to be.

Favorite part of my role here:  I will be able to utilize my knowledge and experience in the fields of front/back office administration, events, social media,, technology, marketing and entrepreneurship to better serve the members.

Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ISFJ. Strengths: Achiever, Adaptability, Harmony,  Intellection, Learner

First job: Switchboard operator for JC Penneys.