Cuyahoga Falls Chief Executive Officer, Laura Petrella has stepped down from her role on Feb 8th after over 25 years serving her community. She will be replaced immediately by interim Executive Director, Kamelia D. Fisher while an extensive search for her permanent replacement commences.
Although her departure was unexpected, the Board of Directors fully supported her decision and wish Petrella all the best in future endeavors.
Laura’s tireless work has allowed for the development of a nationally recognized organization that is the model for Chambers across the country. Her relationships with thousands of business owners and dedication to the City are unmatched. Laura is leaving the chamber on a very firm footing that has allowed us to weather the current challenges and look confidently ahead.
In a letter to the Chamber Board, Laura called it the “honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve our businesses and community” and went on to say how grateful she was to spend this time with the Chamber making it one of the best Chambers in northeast Ohio. She also expressed respect for our Chamber and the board. Chamber Board President, Kathy Romito, indicated the appreciation for Laura’s many, successful years of service at the helm of the Chamber. She went on to say that the board is committed to keeping our events and meetings as scheduled and maintaining “business as usual” during this time of transition. We appreciate our members’ and communities support and confidence and we look forward to moving ahead in a positive direction.
We are pleased to introduce our new Interim Executive Director, Kamelia Fisher. Kamelia has an extensive background in Non-Profit Management. She is respected for helping organizations innovate, thrive and grow. Additionally, she is known for optimizing resources to achieve their core mission by earning the confidence of key stake holders and establishing a positive and enthusiastic culture.
Kamelia brings to the Chamber a wealth of knowledge including repositioning organizations for success, budget and fiscal management, negotiation and consensus building as well as strategic planning and vision.
Her previous experience includes Executive Director positions at One of Kind Pets, Summit Artspace, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Roscoe Village.
The Board of Directors is excited to engage Kamelia’s leadership during this time of transition. This opportunity allows the chamber to take a closer look at the chamber offerings and what matters to its members. As the membership organization, the chamber belongs to you and we want to hear from you.
Member input is important now more than ever. Please reach out to Kamelia Fisher by phone 330-808-0032 (mobile) or directly to the office at 330-929-6756. Also, you can email her at email@example.com.
Additionally, you recently received a survey link of questions for the Chamber’s Strategic Plan. Rest assured, this is completely confidential and no identifying information is included. We want to hear the truth- good, bad and ugly. We want to make the chamber reflect the needs of our members and we cannot do that without input from each of you.
The survey link can be found here. Again, you will not be connected with your answers.
Let’s work together to make YOUR chamber what you need and want.
President, Board of Directors