Chamber Staff

Tim Arbeiter, CEcD, IOM

Tim Arbeiter, CEcD, IOM

President

Tim Arbeiter, CEcD, IOM

Tim Arbeiter, CEcD, IOM

President

Tim joined the Chamber as President in July 2016. He has worked in the chamber industry since 2006, serving as vice president at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/finance, as well as a Masters of Arts in guidance and counseling. He also earned his Institute of Organization Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber in 2010 and his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential from the International Economic Development Council in 2013. Tim is responsible for the program of work and financial operation of the Chamber. He works closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as providing input and guidance for the other committees.

Stephanie Kusek

Stephanie Kusek

Director of Communications

Stephanie Kusek

Stephanie Kusek

Director of Communications

Stephanie started out as an intern at the Chamber in 2013 and has since been brought on as Director of Communications. She handles Chamber communications including the Chamber Link newsletter, event materials, social media and more. Stephanie also provides staff support for the Chamber Young Professionals and Visitors Council. She previously worked for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Matt Baird

Matt Baird

Director of Business & Governmental Relations

Matt Baird

Matt Baird

Director of Business & Governmental Relations

Matt joined the Chamber team in 2015. He comes to the Chamber from HCA Midwest Physicians, where he served as the practice administrator since 2010. Prior to that, he co-owned a residential/commercial real estate firm in Lee’s Summit. He has been engaged with legislative advocacy throughout his career – from real estate with the KCRAR governmental committee to healthcare, where he has served on the KC Healthcare Managers Association Board promoting the growth of large and small business practices at the local, state and national levels.

Matt provides staff support for the governmental relations committee, business development council and BOOST Lee’s Summit.

Cathy Young, IOM

Cathy Young, IOM

Director of Member Services

Cathy Young, IOM

Cathy Young, IOM

Director of Member Services

Cathy became an integral part of the Chamber upon her arrival in 1999. As Director of Member Services, she handles all inquiries from prospective and current members, as well as the Chamber’s database. She also provides members with account and registration information for online submissions. She provides staff support for the Membership Committee and Ambassadors. Cathy earned her IOM designation from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management in 2009.

Stacy Needels

Stacy Needels

Director of Special Events

Stacy Needels

Stacy Needels

Director of Special Events

Stacy joined the Chamber in June 2015 as the director of special events. She is responsible for Chamber events including Oktoberfest, Annual Gala, golf tournaments and more. Stacy provides staff support for the Leadership Lee’s Summit program, education committee, annual gala and golf task forces and Oktoberfest committee.

Prior to working at the Chamber Stacy worked for JDRF, organizing the One Walk program and Dream Gala. In addition, she worked as events and promotions director at Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street for more than six years where she coordinated the Downtown Days Festival, Piccadilly Gala and many other events. Stacy brings extensive knowledge of the details that go into making events successful.

Anne Aubuchon

Anne Aubuchon

Administrative Assistant

Anne Aubuchon

Anne Aubuchon

Administrative Assistant

Anne came to the Chamber as administrative assistant in 2015. She is an integral part of the Chamber’s daily operations, performing tasks and assisting staff and visitors. Anne has lived in Lee’s Summit with her husband and son for 21 years and worked most recently as volunteer extraordinaire for Lee’s Summit CARES. She has chaired the Got Talent fundraiser for five years and has also been involved in coordinating other events for the organization. In addition, Anne has chaired fundraisers for Pro Deo Youth Center, Hope House and more.

Vanessa King

Vanessa King

Bookkeeper

Vanessa King

Vanessa King

Bookkeeper

Vanessa joined the Chamber as bookkeeper in May 2016. Her responsibilities include the daily bookkeeping as well as assisting with various office tasks as needed. Vanessa has many years of experience in accounting and financial management, most recently at RT Specialty, LLC in Kansas City, Mo.

Taylor Roehr

Taylor Roehr

Creative Coordinator

Taylor Roehr

Taylor Roehr

Creative Coordinator

Taylor joined the Chamber in April 2017 as the creative coordinator. She is responsible for designing Chamber publications, working on Lee’s Summit’s tourism efforts to promote the city to visitors and also helping out at various Chamber events. Taylor came to Lee’s Summit from the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota, where she worked in marketing and communications.

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

Advertising Account Manager

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

Advertising Account Manager

Heather brings 15 years of marketing experience and expertise to the Chamber as advertising account manager. She matches Chamber publications with members for promotion in Catalyst, Visitor Guides, Community Profile and more. Heather has developed integrated marketing plans for companies wanting to mix a variety of communication channels.

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