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Greencastle-Antrim chamber director to step down

May 24, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director.

Dana Given, who served as executive director for the past three years, resigned to accept a position with a church north of Greencastle.

"It's going to take some hard searching to find a replacement for Dana - someone who can take up where she's leaving off," said Greencastle Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger Thursday.

Given, 36, leaves June 21 to become director of the children's and women's ministry at the Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, where she is a member. The church's pastor recruited her for the job, she said.

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"I had intended to stay with the Chamber for years," Given said. "I have so many ideas and things that I wanted to do."

Among them were revising the billboard on Interstate 81 that promotes the area, see the completion of the renovation of the Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St., launch a membership drive, expand the Chamber's Web site and go after more grants, she said.

Given said she wrestled with the decision and finally decided that someone else could come in with ideas to move the chamber forward.

"It's still hard to let go. I've made a lot of friends. I'm glad I'm staying in Greencastle," she said.

She owns a house in Greencastle, where she lives with her sons, Drew, 12, and Nick, 10.

She said she will help her successor with the transition.

The Chamber's executive committee has already begun the search for her replacement.

Given succeeded Lori Coover as executive director of the Chamber. Coover held the job for seven years. Coover's predecessor was Jeannie Bryan, who left after 11 months to follow her husband to a new job in the Midwest.

Given worked in marketing and public relations for seven years at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, Pa., before taking the chamber post. She was born in Hagerstown.

"The merchants are going to miss her," Pensinger said. "She did a lot to promote them, especially with her Chamber mixers. She really worked hard at them. This loss will be felt throughout the community."

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