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 (Education) Foundation.
Kellie is the staff point person for several Chamber and Foundation committees, including Agri-Business, Government Affairs, and Personnel, and works with all Chamber 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.
Kellie serves the Chamber industry as 2020 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP.)
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 Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA.)
Kellie also spent more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist in the Johnstown-Altoona-State College television market, most notably leading the award-winning sports department for WTAJ-TV (CBS) from 1998-2008 and host/writer of Emmy-Award Winning Penn State Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Shows for WPSU. She was the first woman to hold the post of Sports Director at a Pennsylvania television station.
She still periodically contributes to the Altoona Mirror newspaper and is a regular contributor to Generations and Timeless Magazines.
Kellie is a graduate of Penn State University, where she captained the Lady Lion Varsity Softball Team. She resides in Osterburg with her husband, Jeff, two friendly chocolate labs and three silly cats.
Sarah Ferrari – Program & Events Coordinator
Sara Ferrari, a native of Bedford, comes to the Chamber from the Omni Bedford Springs Resort where she most recently served as the catering sales manager.
A former exchange student through the Rotary foreign exchange program, Sarah lived in Italy for five years where she studied Interior Design in Milan at the Scuola Politecnica di Design before returning to Bedford where she helped to open LIFeSTYLE, an Italian market and trattoria in downtown Bedford. Ferrari said the Chamber is a good fit because it encompasses all of her past lives.
Sarah coordinates most of the Chamber’s signature events, including the Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration, Women in Business Series, Golf Tournament, Olde Bedford Beer Festival, the new Bridges & Barns Farm-to-Table Progressive Dinner, Foundation fundraisers and is always dreaming up new events. She also serves as staff liaison to Youth Leadership Bedford County.
She resides in Bedford Borough with her children, Alex and Layla and their rescue dog, Trip, a miniature poodle/schnauzer mix who can often be found “working” at the Russell House. You can reach Sarah Ferrari by calling 814-6234-2233 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Octavio – Bookkeeper
Bob Octavio serves as the Chamber’s contracted bookkeeper, managing the finances of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, Bedford County Chamber Foundation and Russell House Business & Education Center.
The Chamber is extremely fortunate to have the corporate expertise of Octavio, who retired from Cycling Sports Group in 2016. In addition to his work with the Chamber/Foundation, he also serves in leadership positions of the Bedford County Airport Authority and the Bedford Elks Lodge.
Rick Smith – Facilitator, Leadership Bedford County
Rick Smith retired as Vice President of the Chamber in March of 2019, but remains part of the Chamber Foundation as the Facilitator of Leadership Bedford County. For more than a decade, Rick has led the servant leadership program, which provides its class members the opportunity to explore the Bedford County region as well as themselves.
Prior to his role with the Chamber, Rick was the Executive Director of the United Way of Bedford County after a long career in the telecommunications industry.
Rick and his wife, Judy reside in Bedford. They have two sons and two granddaughters. You can reach Rick via email: Rick@BedfordCountyChamber.org.
Dailey Chandler – Facilitator, Youth Leadership Bedford County
Dailey Chandler has been part of the leadership committee and facilitator for Youth Leadership Bedford County for more than a decade, guiding students from all of the county’s high schools through the ten-month course of leadership development and discovery of the world around them.
Dailey is a first responder with the Bedford Area Ambulance Service and also serves as the organization’s training coordinator. His prior experience includes serving as Youth Program Director for White Sulphur Springs/Officers Christian Fellowship.