Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

CYNDI MILLS
CYNDI MILLSPresident of the Board
Cyndi is publisher of the Canadian Military Family Magazine. Canada’s only military lifestyle magazine, providing insightful information on programs, policies, promotions and articles with a military focus. As a military spouse and mother, Cyndi is committed to supporting fellow mil-spouses live their passion.
JODI BUCHOLTZ
JODI BUCHOLTZVice President of the Board
Jodi Bucholtz has over 15 years’ experience working in higher education at college and university campuses with a dedication to seeing students and, most recently, newcomers to the Ottawa Valley succeed; helping ensure that rural communities grow and thrive. She also serves as a Community Leader for Startup Ottawa Valley.
MEGHAN SUTHERLAND
MEGHAN SUTHERLANDPast President
Meghan is the branch manager for the local Meridian Credit Union. Meghan advocates for businesses every day; her leadership specific to professional financial advice and resources. Meghan networks extensively in a variety of professional business organizations and actively volunteers in the community. A local champion!
STEPHANIE HEWITT
STEPHANIE HEWITTTreasurer
Stephanie is currently a professor at Algonquin College, Pembroke campus. Stephanie is completing her degree in business commerce, among her other educational credits. Stephanie is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs grow and succeed and hopes to one day realize a small business
CHRISTINE MITCHELL
CHRISTINE MITCHELLDirector
Christine passionately supports and builds strong communities through engagement, asset development and grassroots initiatives. Christine is the Economic Development Officer for the Town of Petawawa and feels grateful that she can actively participate in opportunities to shape and grow rural businesses.
MARIA ROBINSON
MARIA ROBINSONDirector
Maria has over 30 years of experience in the financial and tax sector and has taken that knowledge and created her own local franchise tax service, Eagle Tax. Maria is also a Councillor for one of the local municipalities. As a municipal representative, she can champion for and innovate governance policy for business.
CHRISTELLE SAM
CHRISTELLE SAMDirector
Christelle is the co-owner of Stone Moss Construction, a landscape and hardscape design and construction business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A business
owner from the age of 18, she is passionate about being involved in the business community.
HEATHER SUTHERLAND
HEATHER SUTHERLANDDirector
Heather is the economic development and communications officer for the City of Pembroke. She started her career in community journalism, and then moved into economic development with the Pembroke Business Improvement Area. She has been working for the City for five years in communications, tourism, and economic development.
KELLY HOLLIHAN
KELLY HOLLIHANExecutive Director
Kelly is the Executive Director of the chamber and joins us with a wealth of experience from a customer service career path that brought her to the region some fifteen years ago with her partner and husband Ron Duncan. Together, they own
Ottawa Valley Power Play, a virtual reality arcade.