August 31, 2010
(From left) Dr. Cheryl Evans, David Pecha and Dr. Deena Fisher are continuing their leadership roles outside of Northwestern by serving on their local Chambers of Commerce. Evans is the Enid Chamber of Commerce chair, Pecha serves as the president of the Alva Chamber of Commerce, and Fisher is the vice president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce.
Three employees at Northwestern Oklahoma State University not only serve in different leadership capacities on campus, but they also are serving in their community Chambers of Commerce. Dr. Cheryl Evans, Northwestern-Enid dean, serves as the Enid Chamber of Commerce chair; Dr. Deena Fisher, Northwestern-Woodward dean, currently is the vice president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce; and David Pecha, vice president for administration, is the president of the Alva Chamber of Commerce.
Evans has been working for Northwestern for 17 years. For the past seven years she has been the Northwestern-Enid dean.
While working as the Enid Chamber of Commerce chair she hopes to make many positive changes such as improving Enid education and workforce development, enhancing Enid tourism and developing a branding and marketing plan for Enid’s economic development.
Fisher has been a part of the Northwestern community for 14 years along with being the current vice president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the executive committee and the education committee. Her role as vice president is to chair meetings when the president-elect or president are absent, and assist in reviewing financial documents before they are sent to the board.
Fisher said the main goal of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce is to make Woodward a strong and thriving business community. Once her term is up, she will become president-elect.
Pecha has worked at Northwestern for 19 years. Currently, he is serving a one-year term as president of the Alva Chamber, which will expire in October. He’ll then serve a one-year term as past president on the board.
Two project goals that he and the board have tried to accomplish involved creating a printed document to give to new residents or visitors. It contains advertisements from businesses, as well as general information about Alva that may be of interest to newcomers.
He said they also have implemented a monthly coffee social called Alva Chamber Community Coffee that is open to members of the community, and each month a business/organization plays host to it. This gives business owners the opportunity to give updates on future events or promotions they might be having. Pecha and the board also have worked hard this past year to increase memberships.
Pecha also has continued using a yearly calendar of events, an idea that was implemented prior to his role as president.
Three leaders in three different cities are all helping to make the university and their respective communities better places to work, live and earn an education.
Tue, August 31, 2010
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