Kellie Goodman Shaffer – President/CEO
Kellie Goodman Shaffer, President/CEO of the Chamber, manages and coordinates all organizational activities and resources of the Chamber and identifies and meets all appropriate member and county service needs consistent with the organization’s mission. She also serves as the Executive Director of the 501-(c)(3) Bedford County Chamber (Educational) Foundation.
Kellie is the staff point person for several Chamber and Foundation committees, including Agri-Business, Government Affairs, Technology and Personnel, as well as all Chamber event-related committees. She also oversees the marketing resources of the Chamber, including the E-Newsletter, E-Connection e-mail blasts, radio and television projects, and website.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals and co-chair of the PACP Conference Committee.
Additional responsibilities include serving as the Chamber liaison to a variety of community agencies, boards and organizations, including the Bedford County Visitors Bureau, Downtown Bedford Inc., the Everett Area Better Business Association, Allegany College of Maryland Advisory Board, Bedford County Technical Center Advisory Board, Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Friends of Shawnee State Park, Special Olympics PA, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and others.
Kellie was named to the chief executive post of the Chamber in February of 2010. Prior to that, she served as the Marketing Director of the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau/Game Director of the PSFCA East West All-Star Game and Manager of the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association. Kellie also spent nearly 20 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist in the Johnstown-Altoona-State College television market, most notably serving as Sports Director for WTAJ-TV from 1998-2008 and host/writer of Emmy-Award Winning Penn State Women’s Basketball Coaches Shows. She still writes a weekly sports column for the Altoona Mirror newspaper.
Kellie is a graduate of Penn State University, where she captained the Lady Lion softball team.
Joel Black – Vice President
Joel Black joined the Chamber staff as Vice President in March of 2016, and serves many roles, including liaison between the Chamber and the community.
Joel’s duties include serving on and/or leading a number of organizational committees, including Government Affairs, 15522 Young Professionals, and signature events. He is also tasked with significant responsibility in the application of the Chamber’s 5-year strategic plan.
Joel has the distinction of being the first person to graduate from the Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Bedford county program as a high school sophomore and Leadership Bedford County as a business professional, making him a perfect fit for Staff Liaison for the Chamber’s Leadership programs, including XLBC (Extreme Leadership Bedford County.)
Prior to joining the Chamber staff, he most recently served as the District Outreach Specialist for Pennsylvania Representative Jesse Topper. Joel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is completing an MBA from Liberty University.
Cara Beemiller Communications/Membership Coordinator
Cara Beemiller oversees Chamber Communications and Member Services, including the marketing resources of the Chamber: E-Connection Electronic Newsletter, Connection monthly direct mail newsletter, various radio and television projects, and assists with website development.
A graduate of Penn State University, Cara brings an impressive cache of multi-media experience to the Chamber, having worked for the Bedford Gazette as both a news reporter and sales associate, and most recently serving as a news producer for WJAC. Her experience also includes extensive training in social media and electronic communications.
Cara joined the Chamber staff in April 2016.