President & CEO
Rachael oversees the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce's daily operations, and works with local and regional stakeholders to advocate on behalf of the Grinnell community. She works with the Board of Directors to set the strategic priorities for the organization and represents Grinnell on a variety of local and regional organizations' board of directors. She is passionate about supporting small businesses and strives to engage the organization in community development efforts to ensure Grinnell as a unique place to live, learn, work and play.
Rachael lives just west of town at Rock Creek State Park with her husband Kory, their three children: Hunter, Harper & Hadley and chocolate lab, Barrett. She enjoys running, reading, and gardening in her spare time.
UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Grinnell United Way
Iowa Association of Chambers of Commerce
Member Engagement Coordinator
Kendra helps businesses and organizations to best utilize their chamber benefits. From organize and managing member events, drafting and updating newsletters, website maintenance, recruiting partnership opportunities and more. She manages the Chamber’s social channels and on-boards new members.
Kendra lives in Grinnell with her husband Clint, pup Seger, and cat Reese. She enjoys cooking, running, collecting plants she tries not to kill and is a member of the Stew Ceramic Studio.
Imagine Grinnell Foundation Board Member
1000+ Trees Grinnell Committee Member
Marketing & Events Specialist
Temesha assists the Chamber with various Marketing efforts including website updates, social media, graphic creation, virtual event planning and video production work.
Temesha is a Grinnell native who graduated in 2015 and then graduated from Simpson College in 2018. She's an avid coffee connoisseur, loves spending time with family, traveling, cooking, playing volleyball and discovering new places and hobbies. She's passionate about serving others and has been involved in numerous service organizations and leadership projects.
2020 Board of Directors
Chair - Mark Kolpin, Edward Jones Investments
Past Chair - Shane Hart, Grinnell College Golf Course
Lauren Augustin, Grinnell Mutual
Meg Jones-Bair, Grinnell College & Grinnell-Newburg School District Board of Directors
Alicia Blankenfeld, Total Choice Shipping & Printing
Stephanie Connor, Bates Flowers by Design
Jessica Dillon, Grinnell State Bank
Steve Gant, Bayer Crop Science
Brian Graham, BakerStarrett
Jennifer Havens, UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Carol Jordan, Senior Chamber representative
Sally Lang, Waterford Group
Steve Langerud, Mayflower Community
Bill Menner, The Bill Menner Group
Joey Pagliai, Pagliai's
Darcy Swick, Ramsey-Weeks