Meet The Team - Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Meet The Team

We’re a team dedicated to the prosperity of Lancaster County through business and community success.

Meet our team below.

Heather Valudes
President & CEO (Leadership Team)

Phone: (717) 696-6255

Heather Valudes became the President & CEO of The Lancaster Chamber at the end of June 2022.  Heather recently served as the Vice President of the Lancaster Chamber.  She joined the Chamber in 2011 as the Advocacy Director with a focus on government affairs and community impact. Since that time, she has continued to advance that work while also leading events and programs strategy and engaging in the overall operations and strategic direction of the organization.

Tom Wallace
Director of Business Development (Leadership Team)

Phone: (717) 696-6235

Tom is responsible for leading the strategic vision of business development and member relationship activities of the organization. He is also responsible for managing the Chamber’s Value Add and Ambassador programs.

Julie Houck
Director of Finance (Leadership Team)

Phone: (717) 696-6244

As Finance Director, Julie oversees the fiscal operations of the Chamber, including the Foundation and Biz-Corp with value-adds – this allows the team to track the strategic initiatives of the organization to allow the Chamber to better serve the needs of the business community.

Justin Johnson
Director of Marketing & Communications (Leadership Team)

Phone: (717) 696-6236

Justin develops and implements a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy for the organization, focuses on storytelling to illustrate the Chamber’s mission and strategic priorities, and refines and implements the Chamber brand to ensure cohesion across all communications and marketing efforts.

Molly Crouser
Director of Events & Partnerships (Leadership Team)

Phone: (717) 696-6246

In this role, Molly is responsible for the Chamber’s signature events like State of the County and Annual Dinner, as well as collaborating on events, programs, and initiatives that support the strategic direction of the organization. Molly is also responsible for the development and sales of sponsorships and representing and building relationships with strategic community partners. Molly cohosts the “What’s on Tap, Lancaster!” podcast.

Penny Brady
Business Development Manager

Phone: (717) 696-6213

As our business development manager, Penny is responsible for identifying strategic opportunities, cultivating relationships, and driving Membership growth. She collaborates with all our teams to develop and implement effective business strategies that deliver exceptional value and service to all Lancaster Chamber Members, Non-members, & businesses in the community.

Yolanda Brown
Office Manager

Phone: (717) 397-1836

In this role, Yolanda oversees Human Resources including benefits administration and organizational culture, day-to-day internal operations functions, acts as a liaison for volunteers, and coordinates administrative components for senior leadership.

Javar Colon
Business Engagement Manager

Phone: (717) 696-6243

Javar works hard to ensure all Chamber Members understand the value proposition associated with their membership, enjoy a positive and rewarding membership journey, and grow their existing membership investment, He is responsible for indentifying sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and other needs that will help our Member’s growth.

Katharine DeSantis
Public Policy Coordinator

Phone: (717) 696-3531

Katharine builds, implements, and manages all aspects of the government affairs program of the Lancaster Chamber, inclusive of a pro-business agenda, policy research, grassroots efforts, managing issues committees, working with elected officials, and coordinating educational opportunities, while representing the interests of the business community at the federal, state, and local levels.

Tom Finger
Print Room & Operations Manager

Phone: (717) 696-6252

Tom supports all internal operations of the Chamber including but not limited to: assisting with the creation, preparation and mailing of Chamber publications and direct mail pieces; providing the materials and ancillary support to the staff to help them accomplish their scope of work; and maintaining the appearance and readiness of the facility for internal and external users.

Juliane Flood
Business & Education Coordinator

Phone: (717) 940-4742

In this role Juliane coordinates the Inspire Lancaster Platform as well as supports and develops business and education partnerships to strengthen the talent pipeline in Lancaster County. As the Business & Education Coordinator, she develops and maintains relationships with businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations. Her role identifies, supports, and/or leads opportunities to collaborate on initiatives that enhance students’ workplace readiness skills, offer educator exposure to local industry and business leaders, and directly connects businesses and educators to work-based learning opportunities for students. Juliane is also the Co-Chair for the Career Ready Lancaster! marketing committee.

Ashley Glensor
Programs & Workforce Strategies Manager

Phone: (717) 696-6240

Ashley Glensor serves as the Programs and Marketing Specialist at the Lancaster Chamber. Ashley develops strategic programming related to workforce development, best business practices, networking, and strengthening the talent pipeline, including career exploration, mentoring, and niche communities: the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network and Women in Business. Ashley writes and cohosts the “What’s on Tap, Lancaster!” podcast.

Aliyah Mengal
Social Media Coordinator


Aliyah is responsible for managing and curating content across all of Lancaster Chamber’s social platforms, engaging with our community, and implementing strategies to grow our social media presence.

Laurel Riehl
Data & Verification Specialist

Phone: (717) 799-5331

Laurel manages the Chamber’s database software, ensuring the accuracy of data in the Chamber’s database, maintaining functionality of the software, and assisting with utilizing the data, which is vital to the success of Chamber membership, initiatives, and projects.

Jared Spackman
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Phone: (717) 696-6249

Jared supports the Marketing and Communications department promoting the work of the Lancaster Chamber through graphic design and visual communications. Jared is responsible for designing impactful marketing materials, creating visually engaging content for digital and print platforms, and collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure brand consistency.

Krista Sultzbach
Customer & Operations Support Specialist

Phone: (717) 397-3531

Krista is responsible for delivering superior customer service to Chamber members, the business community, and internal staff. She is the primary point of contact for members, visitors, and callers. Krista also provides administrative support for the President/CEO and the organization as well as manages all meeting room reservations and rentals.

Sandi Thompson
Mentoring & Awards Coordinator

Phone: (717) 239-6963

Sandi leads, directs, and manages volunteer groups involved in accomplishing the scope of responsibilities for successful implementation of programs, events, and resources for the NxtGen Young Women and Young Men Discovering Paths Mentoring Programs.

Abby Williams
Programs & Events Coordinator

Phone: (717) 696-6247

In this role, Abby provides support for the Chamber’s programs and events by handling attendee registration and invoicing, post-event reconciliation, and providing pre, during, and post-event logistical support. Abby also handles networking events, professional development, Leadercast, Industry Tours, and other events. She serves as a primary point of contact for Chamber members and the community.

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