Chamber Chair Rayanne DuChane, Nacogdoches ISD, left, and Imidiate Past Chair Angela Wiederhold, Point A Media, standing at The Chamber.
(Photo by: Berenice Tirado)
By Berenice Tirado
On Oct. 1 the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce welcomed nine new members of the board of directors for 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The new chair of the board, Rayanne DuChane moved to Nacogdoches in 2009. She joined the Nacogdoches Independent School District as communications coordinator in 2012. DuChane is currently serving on the Downtown Wine Swirl committee and helping with the Nac in Action movement. She is married to Greg DuChane and mother to Kelsey, Shelby and Garrett.
The theme she chose for the 2013-2014 year is “Champions for Success.”
“Each person has talents to share. The possibilities are endless, if we use our God-given talents to benefit Nacogdoches and its residents,” said DuChane.
The 2012-2013 chair Angela Wiederhold moved from Dallas to Nacogdoches in 1989 when she fell in love with her husband Hank. Today Wiederhold is co-owner of Point A Media advertising agency and mother to Hunter and Henry. Wiederhold served on the Nacogdoches County United Way board as campaign chair in ’94-’95 and president in ’95- ’96.
New to the board of directors are:
Daniel Alders is a seventh generation East Texan. He is a full time realtor with Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc. and also the East Texas field representative for the Todd Staples campaign for Lt. Governor. Alders is involved with several Chamber committees, including chairing the Accreditation committee and serving as an Ambassador Captain, and he is on the Government Affairs, Agribusiness, Small Business Development and Chairman’s Circle committees. He and wife Joanna have two daughters, Trinity and Madeleine.
Kinnie Douglas is the program coordinator for Community Health Education at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital . She is a Chamber Ambassador Captain and serves on the Blueberry Golf Bash and Government Affairs committees. Douglas also serves on the Nacogdoches Advisory board for the Rural East Texas Health Network, the Texas State Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association and helps facilitate strategic planning for the Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition.
Clay Farell earned his Bachelor's from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin . He is Chief Operating Officer at Nacogdoches Medical Center . He serves on the Chamber’s Government Affairs committee. Farell is involved in his two children Ryan and Elizabeth ’s education; he serves on the Nacogdoches Christian Academy school board, and is a member of the Dean’s Circle at SFA.
Keith Hand is a life-time Nacogdoches resident and married to Patricia Hand. They have three children; Bethan, Amber and Douglas . He serves on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Banquet and Small Business Development committees. In the 80’s and 90’s Hand was self-employed at Hand Printing Inc. Hand is now plant service manager for Nacogdoches Plant of NIBCO Inc., is an active elder of the First Christian Church, is chair of the Stewardship committee and a member of the General board.
Grace Handler is originally from Plant City , Fl, married to Bobby Handler and mother of six. She received her life and health insurance license in 1998. In 2004 she received her property and casualty license, and in 2007 she opened Handler Insurance. She is the Chamber vice chair of Membership Services and is the 25th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival chair. She also volunteers for the Nacogdoches Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations.
Monique Nunn is originally from Lufkin . She and her husband Arlington , an SFA football coach, have two daughters Alyssa and Aria. She serves on the Chamber’s Education and SFA-Chamber Connection committees. She is project coordinator for the Project CONFIANZA Grant, and working on her doctorate in educational leadership at SFA.
Dr. Adam Peck is from the St. Louis metropolitan area and attended the University of Texas at Austin . After working at the University of St. Louis for some time, Peck and his wife Michele missed Texas so much, they decided to move back. He is assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA. He is very passionate about helping first-generation college students succeed. At the end of the day he finds it rewarding serenading his children, Noble and Josie to bed with his skills on the piano.
Misty Roe moved to Nacogdoches from Austin at the age of three and stayed to become a Lumberjack at SFA. Roe is an accountant at Rex Perry Autoplex. She is married to Jimmy Davis, the assistant principal at Woden ISD, and mother to four-year old Troy , a Webelo Scout. She is the Chamber vice chair of Community Development and serves on several committees including Education, SFA-Chamber Connection, Chairman’s Circle, Government Affairs, Retiree Marketing, Accreditation and Nac Fast Trac. She also serves on the board of directors for the Nacogdoches County United Way .
Polly Etta Sunda is originally from Douglass, and graduated from SFA in 2005. She is wife to Clay and a mother of three. Kaylyn, Hayden and Hailey. Sunda has worked for Axley & Rode for nine years. She is the Chamber treasurer, and she serves on the Chamber’s Texas Blueberry Festival, Annual Meeting & Banquet and Education committees. She also volunteers with the Nacogdoches Community Partnership (the Rainbow Room).
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 2013-14 Board of Directors
Dr, Judy Abbott, SFASU James I. Perkins College of Education
Daniel Alders, Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.
Angela Bradford, Appleby Sand Mercantile Cafe
Marcela Coe, E. S. Translations Plus
Clayton Collier, Hydrex Environmental, Inc.
Kinnie Douglas, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital
Rayanne DuChane, Nacogdoches Independent School District
Clay Farell, Nacogdoches Medical Center
Jason Gound, Gound Chevrolet Co.
Keith Hand, NIBCO, INC.
Grace Handler , Handler Insurance
Jessica Henderson, The Hospice of East Texas and The Hospice of East Texas Shop
Staci Hodges, Brookshire Brothers Food & Pharmacy
Keith Kiplinger, Nacogdoches City
Monique Nunn, SFASU James I. Perkins College of Education
Dr. Adam Peck , SFASU Dean of Student Affairs
Parker Riley, Liquor Mart
Misty Roe , Rex Perry Autoplex
Rusty Rust, Commercial Bank of Texas , N.A.
Polly Etta Sunda, Axley & Rode, LLP
Jan Tracy, Wildflower - inside Brick Street Antiques
Maria Veliz, Farmers Insurance
Cathy White, retired
Angela Wiederhold, Point A Media
Chris Wigington, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Ben Wright, Texas Farm Products