Staff

Rebekah Carroll
Rebekah Carroll, IOM
President/CEO

Rebekah E.B. Carroll, joined the Chamber team in February of 2008. Unbeknownst to her, during those first cold, snowy Upstate New York days she fell in love with Chamber work and found herself whole-heartedly supporting the mission of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. As she moved from Contract Bookkeeper to Director of Operations & Finance to Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer, she continued to learn the intricacies of Chamber programs, events, and activities. Rebekah is committed to supporting the Chamber members, constituents, partners, and team. In May of 2010, by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, she was named President/CEO of the Chamber and is ready to lead this Chamber forward! 

 

Rebekah’s professional career began at Schuyler Hospital (a rural, big-hearted hospital located in Montour Falls, NY) in the accounting office, where she worked for seven years. In 2005, when Rebekah resigned from the hospital to stay at home with her young children, she was functioning in the capacity of Assistant Director of Human Resources and Junior Accountant. For the next three years, Rebekah was the sole-proprietor of two different businesses – a registered group daycare (REBEKAH’S PLACE DAYCARE) and a consulting business. While wearing her “consultant” hat, she contracted with Corning’s Gaffer District (Corning, NY) as its Interim Director of Operations, performed all billing services for two small medical offices, performed Sales Tax Recovery Projects for local non-for-profit organizations, and prepared small business and personal income tax returns. 

 

Rebekah is proud to say that she has lived in the area since she was eleven. She currently lives with her new husband and their four children. Rebekah is actively involved in the community and serves on Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) and Finger Lakes Wine Country’s boards of directors. Rebekah is a member of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club. She graduated from Chamber Institute in 2015 receiving her degree in Organizational Management, from Leadership Schuyler in 2010 and from Corning Community College in 2009 where she earned her Business Administration (A.A.S.) degree.

 

 

Max Neal
Max Neal
Interim President

Max served as President of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (then known as the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce) from 1990-1997; served as Interim President several times and continues to be active in the Chamber.  She also served as Director of Marketing and Tourism and following the death of husband in 2004 she once again “retired” from the Chamber. She was Director of Administration at the International Motor Racing Research Center before retiring again in 2013 and moving to Vermont.  In Vermont she was hired as the Executive Director of the local Chamber of Commerce promising two years of leadership to that Chamber.  She served as Interim Director there for two years following her retirement.  She is passionate about the growth and economic vitality of Schuyler County.  After serving as Acting Director for the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (Januaryn221 through March 1, 2019) , she will return for her second year as a “meet and greet” person at the Watkins Glen State Park as Team Leader.   In 2018 the Watkins Glen State Park team welcomed over 90,000 visitors to the area.  

Anna Rainous
Anna Rainous
Events Manager

Anna Rainous is responsible for planning and executing all Chamber events including monthly After Hours Mixers, the Winter Gala annual fundraiser, the annual Golf Tournament, Friday on Franklin, monthly Think Tanks, and the Health and Wellness Fair, to name a few.

Anna was raised in Muncie, Indiana, but has lived in Nashville Tennessee for the past seven years. She earned her Bachelor degree in Studio Art from Belmont University in 2014, after which she began working in arts administration and gallery management at several galleries in the Nashville area. Anna and her husband, Jonathan, moved to the Watkins Glen area in May 2017.

Anna is looking forward to deeply investing in the community, both on a personal level and through her role as Events Manager. She shares, “I am so excited to get to know the area and local businesses better through my position at the Chamber. I feel like this area has so much to offer, and I am thrilled to be able to make it my home.”

Mary Beth Hollenbeck
Mary Beth Hollenbeck
Membership Services Manager

Mary Beth Hollenbeck is a dedicated Event Planner with 11+ years of experience in scheduling and managing event reservations, logistics and space management, and creative vision.  She is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning, and execution.

Mary Beth grew up in the Finger Lakes region, spending every summer on Keuka Lake.  After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Canisius College in 2006, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she resided for 10+ years.  Working as a freelance Event Planner, she was responsible for creating exciting, memorable and successful events.  Weddings, anniversary parties, non-profit fundraisers are just a few of the notable events for which she was responsible.

In January of 2016, Mary Beth began working for the University Of North Carolina Charlotte Center City as a Meeting and Events Coordinator where she was responsible for scheduling and managing event reservations throughout the 11 floor 143,000 sq. ft building.  These events ranged from small conference room meetings to large 300+ high profile events.

After spending the majority of her adult life in North Carolina, Mary Beth returned to where she has always called home; the Finger Lakes.  While in the Finger Lakes she has worked as an Assistant Wedding and Events Coordinator at Glenora, as well as VP of Experience and Social Engagement at Hollenbeck Film + Experience, and serves on the board of the Seneca Film Festival.  Not only has experience as an Event Coordinator provided a creative outlet, but has also allowed for her to utilize her abilities to sell event space, book clients, and fundraise.  Now as the Membership Services Manager, she brings years of experience, creative vision, and talent to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce in creating meaningful relationships with members and local businesses in and around the Finger Lakes.

Manley Gavich
Manley Gavich
Office Assistant

Manley was born and raised in the Village of Odessa, where he enjoyed all of the unique perks that come with living in the rural finger lakes! He is a focused and dedicated individual  with a passion for the local tourist industry.  After graduating from high school, Manley went on to earn a degree in theatre, concentrating on stage management and choreography from Potsdam State  University. After spending some time touring as an actor in the professional theatre industry, he decided to return home to Schuyler County. He retains his love for music and art and is a patron of the fine arts in the local area. Now working in the chamber office, Manley enjoys sharing the unique thrills of the area with visitors and encouraging the development of business in the Finger Lakes.