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Chamber head meeting many

June 23, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jeannie L. Bryan is getting her feet wet as the new president and CEO of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce by trying to meet as many of the Chamber's 300 members as fast as she can.

"That's a lot of names and places to remember, but I'm getting there," said Bryan, 31, of Shippensburg, Pa. "I've been learning the ropes and meeting the business owners," she said.

After she learns her way around, she said she wants to start recruiting more members.

Bryan was hired last month to replace Lori Coover as head of the Chamber at 217 E. Baltimore St.

Bryan grew up in central Ohio and became a police officer in her hometown after earning a certificate in criminal justice at a technical college. Two years later she left the force to raise her family.

She and her husband, Michael, have two children. He works at Letterkenny Army Depot, but expects to change careers next year, Bryan said.

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The family is considering moving to Greencastle, she said.

Bryan returned to school for more training, this time in a medical-related field. When her children got older, she found a job as a marketing director and regional supervisor for a medical lab firm in central Ohio.

From there she moved to a nonprofit hospice home care agency, also in Ohio. Next she managed offices for Planned Parenthood of the Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania.

Her next job was as marketing director for Colton Villa Nursing Center on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

She was hired for the Greencastle post from a field of 30 applicants.

"My strength for this job is my experience in marketing for nonprofit agencies," Bryan said. "It's in knowing what it takes to make a nonprofit exist."

Her next goal is to develop new programs for Chamber members, she said.

"We need to ask businesses what they need. We're in a good area for growth and development," she said.

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