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New executive director named for Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce

March 23, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro resident Jackie Mowen has been named executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Longtime Waynesboro resident Jackie Mowen has been named executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Mowen, 43, will begin her new duties with the chamber on Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to cultivating relationships with the local businesses, expanding membership and enhancing the programs and services the chamber already provides and hopefully coming up with new events and programs as well,” Mowen said Friday.

She was unanimously approved by the chamber board on Wednesday to replace Carlene Willhide, who resigned last month to spend more time with her family.

Willhide served as executive director of the chamber for nearly six years.

About 20 resumes were received for the position and three candidates were interviewed, Bernie McGarity, vice president of the chamber board, said Friday.

The chamber board wanted an executive director with knowledge of the Waynesboro area, and McGarity said Mowen fit the bill perfectly.

“She is local, and she’s been here since she was 7 years old,” McGarity said. “She’s gone to local schools and been involved in many local organizations like Quincy Home, Easter Seals and numerous homes like Shook Home and Menno Haven.”

Mowen’s experience with fundraising and knowledge dealing with other organizations such as the Lions Club and Rotary Club are invaluable, he said.

“We’re just very excited for her to hit the ground running, and I don’t think the chamber will skip a beat,” McGarity said.

Willhide will help Mowen transition into her new role during her first week on the job, McGarity said.

Mowen has been development specialist for Easter Seals in Waynesboro for more than two years. Before that, she was director of marketing at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, Pa., for six years.

She also was director of marketing and development at Shook Home and the Quarters at Shook in Chambersburg for two years. Before that, Mowen worked at Quincy Village (formerly Quincy United Methodist Home) in Waynesboro as director of marketing and development for eight and a half years.

“We were very excited (about her more than 18 years of experience) when she interviewed,” McGarity said. “She just seemed like a perfect candidate ... she’ll fit right into our organization. Personally, she’s a very pleasant, friendly, easygoing person to deal with and that will be a real asset in dealing with the community.”

Mowen received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations and marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992. She graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1988.

Mowen and her husband, Sean, reside in Waynesboro and have three children — twins Colby and Hunter, 17, and Dalton, 13.

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