The Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce has hired a Nobleboro woman as its new executive director.
Stephanie Gallagher’s first day in the office was Monday, Feb. 27. Gallagher’s hiring follows the retirement of Toni Crouch in December 2016.
Gallagher said one of the major factors that drew her to the job was the chance to work with the people involved in the chamber. After reading about Crouch’s retirement in The Lincoln County News, Gallagher spoke with a few board members about the job.
“Part of it was really about the board and the people involved,” Gallagher said. “I’ve lived in the community and I know these people, and now I have the chance to work alongside them.”
Gallagher brings a varied professional background, including positions in human resources management, information systems, communications, and customer relations, to her new role, she said.
“Because of all this experience, I think I can lend a lot to the local businesses and help them gain exposure in the community,” Gallagher said. “I’m looking forward to meeting with the board and talking about what we can all do and offer, and I also want to bring more members to the chamber.”
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and I think I can make it my own. I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher lives in Nobleboro with her husband, Jack, and their children, Tegan and Aidan, who attend Nobleboro Central School. Gallagher is the vice president of the Nobleboro Parent Teacher Organization.
Cindy Wade, the chair of the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said in a statement that the chamber is excited about the hire.
“With roots in the community, Stephanie brings both a professional background and a passion for the region,” Wade said. “We look forward to introducing Stephanie to the business community over the next several months, and to having her be a strong, outgoing resource to our members and the new ‘face’ of the chamber.”
For more information about the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce, call 563-8340, go to damariscottaregion.com, or stop by during business hours at 67 Main St. in Newcastle.