• Chamber Team

  • The Jackson County Chamber & Visitor Center Team:
    Julie Spiro Donaldson - Julie is the Executive Director of the Chamber, and has been the amazing leader of the Chamber Team since 1999. Her enthusiasm for the area is contagious, and she and the Chamber Team produce quality events for guests and locals to enjoy, while supporting the local community. Julie is a co-founder of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Concerts on the Creek, the Hook, Line & Drinker Festival, July 4 Festivities (since 2015) and worked to establish Jackson County as the NC Trout Capital.  She has also served as a pivotal member of many local, regional and state boards and committees including the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority and Main Street Sylva Association. Julie is a full-time team member and responsible for all chamber and visitor center operations. She can be reached at Julie@nc-mountains.com
    Kelly Donaldson - Kelly is the Assistant Chamber Director, and has been providing stellar member and guest service since 2014. Kelly helps coordinate team efforts for all the Chamber's award-winning printed and online publications, website & social media engagement. He is the co-producer of all Chamber events including the July 4 Festivities, Concerts on the Creek and the Hook, Line & Drinker Festival and works tirelessly to market the area and our chamber members. Kelly has served on several local boards and committees over the years, including Greening Up the Mountains and the Town of Webster. Kelly is an experienced photographer, graphic designer and a valuable full-time team member, Kelly@nc-mountains.com
    Sande Lolli - Sande is the Member Services Coordinator and a trusted team member since 2016. Sande is a terrific member of the Chamber Team and works daily to promote members and the community through positive engagement with guests. Sande is the primary leader for recruitment, retention, billing and guest services. Sande has also been responsible for restructuring the visitor center into a more user-friendly facility with new and improved merchandise. Sande has been a longtime member of the Chamber's Ambassador program, has volunteered for several local events and festivals, and served on various committees and boards including the Lions Club. Sande is a wonderful part-time team member, Sandechamber@gmail.com
    Ali Smith - Ali works with the Chamber part-time to provide quality guest services, as well as event and special project assistance. She also helps with administrative and member services, and is an integral part of the organizational success of the team. Ali has been a terrific part of the Chamber Team since Spring of 2019. She is a student at Western Carolina University as well. She can be reached at alismith.chamber@gmail.com
    Dillsboro Visitor Center & Chamber Team (Seasonal Service):
    Pat Newman- Pat has worked with the Chamber since 2008, providing info to locals and guests for over a decade, and is known for her smile!
    Vickey Fraizer - Vickey has been with the team since 2013 and provides guests and residents with information and local referrals. 
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