Ambassador/ Membership Committee

Chair: Karen Ruiz/Courney Robinson Co-Chair

Devra Leonard, Irma Torres, John Peterson, John Schmoeger, Kim Mrak, Liz Moses, Ran Taylor, Terry Hardin, Danny Gonzalez, Danielle Balek, Kim Lenburg, Michael Scanlan, Roger Moehl, Amy Armstrong

This committee helps promote the Chamber as well as identifies/recruits new membership and helps maintain retention through enhanced programs and services. Committee meets the second Monday at Rittenhouse Senior Living in Portage at 8 am.  


Banquet/Awards Committee

Chair:  Brandie Belstra

Terry Hardin, Nancy Simpson, Linda Hardin, Jamie Lewis, Melinda Metz, Danny Gonzalez, Mike Sarver, Irma Torres, Lisa Kizer, Liz Moses, 

This committee reviews all nominations presented by Chamber members for several community awards that are presented at the Community Awards and Recognition Banquet. This committee also organizes the November Community Awards and Recognition Banquet including securing sponsorships and raffle items.  This committee meets around 4-5 times between August and November at the Chamber office.  


Budget/Finance Committee

Chair:  Kim Mrak

Brandie Belstra, Mike Sarver, Terry Hardin, Nancy Simpson, David Ondrovich, Irma Torres

This committee analyzes and recommends ideas/policies concerning the financial affairs of the organization. The committee meets monthly at various times in the Chamber office.

Building Committee

Chair:  Jeff Liggett

The Building Committee oversees all activities associated with the operation, maintenance, safety and security of the building, grounds, furnishings and equipment owned by the organization. This committee meets on an as needed basis.


Community Profile Committee

Chair:  Nancy Simpson

Erin Robles; Melinda Metz

The directory committee develops the Community Profile, which is an overview of the Portage community, which goes out to 10,000 Portage residents and businesses. The committee also, helps in the design of the Chamber Directory which is given to all chamber members.  The committee meets monthly or as needed from March thru July.  


PCBN Committee (Portage Community and Business Night)

Chair:  Melinda Metz

Liz Moses, Lori Monahan, Irma Torres, Tim Flatz, Nancy Simpson, Kim Lenburg, Mike Lovings, Lisa Kiser, Stan Lease

The committee plans and executes the largest networking night in Portage which hosts 100-150 businesses and provides these businesses to promote to 500-700 Portage Residents at Woodland Park. This committee meets every other week from November thru April.


Golf Committee

Chair:  Matt Workman

James Hazzard, Jake Reeder, Emery Kostelnik, Jason Klosiara, Karen Ruiz, Kristi Rapka, Linda Hardin, Danny Gonzalez, Nancy Simpson, Lisa Kiser

The committee organizes this annual one day golf outing featuring one flight, continental breakfast, sack lunch, dinner buffet, awards, sponsorships and contests. Committee meets 4-5 times from February thru June.


Governance Committee

Chair: Matt Workman

David Ondrovich, Jess Liggett, Terry Hardin, Jamie Lewis, Nancy Simpson

This committee helps with providing legal oversight for the organization


Marketing and Communications Committee

Chair: Shannon Burhans/ Nancy Simpson

Melinda Metz, Emery Kostelnik, James Hazzard, Frank Farkas, Andrea Starling, Lisa Kiser, Kim Lenburg, Amy Armstrong, Marianne Jusik-Minier

This committee works to raise needed revenue for continued operations and to raise donations for a particular cause. The marketing committee develops strategies on how to communicate messages to potential members and to generate interest in the benefits of becoming a Chamber Member. This committee meets ongoing every other month.


Personnel Committee

Chair:  Jamie Lewis 

The personnel committee handles the human resource issues that may arise.





Education Committee

Liaison between the Chamber and the Portage Township School System.


Nomination Committee

Chair: Terry Hardin, 762-5025, hardintd@msn.com

Irma Torres, Jamie Lewis


Public Policy Committee

As needed